Dr. LeWitt directs the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan. In 1989, he was appointed Professor of Neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Together with extensive experience in designing and conducting clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders, his research interests have included animal models and biomarkers of neurological disease, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis of neurological drugs, and gene therapy. He is the author of more than 300 publications in basic and clinical neuroscience, including 2 books.
He attended Brown University and its medical school and completed post-graduate medical training at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. LeWitt is Board-certified in neurology. At the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (National Institutes of Health), he served as a research fellow in the Experimental Therapeutics Branch and had an appointment as Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service.
Dr. LeWitt was a founding member of the Parkinson Study Group and is Co-Chair of its Scientific Review Committee and an Executive Committee member. In 1998, he was elected as an officer of the Movement Disorder Society (now the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society), for which he serves as a member of that organization’s Task Force for the Development of Rating Scales for Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. LeWitt has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Harris Foundation Neuroscience Program, the National Parkinson Foundation, the KiMe Foundation, and other organizations. Since 2003, he has been editor-in-chief of Clinical Neuropharmacology and he has served on the editorial boards of Movement Disorders, Journal of Neural Transmission, Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, and Translational Neurodegeneration.
Dr. LeWitt has been a mentor for several movement disorder fellowship trainees and has been active in educational programs conducted by the Movement Disorder Society, the American Academy of Neurology, the European Federation of Neurological Sciences, and other professional organizations. He has served as a visiting professor nationally and internationally as well as a clinical trial and neuropharmacology consultant in the development of therapies for neurological disorders.
Her research focuses on investigating the impact of exercise and rehabilitation on physical capacity and community mobility in individuals with neurological conditions, including Parkinson disease and stroke. She also has expertise in using mobile health technology to help persons with Parkinson disease to engage in lifelong exercise with the goal of improving overall mobility, community engagement and quality of life. Dr. Ellis has a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neurosciences from Boston University School of Medicine and is a licensed physical therapist with board certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy. She has published numerous articles and lectures internationally on topics related to rehabilitation, exercise and mobile health technologies in persons with Parkinson disease.
Along with his duties at Private Wealth Consultants, LLC, Leo, is a national speaker and lecturer on wealth strategies for lifetime security, retirement planning, charitable giving and personal financial management. Leo was awarded the designation of CERTIFIED INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT ANALYST® (C.I.M.A.) from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, in association with the Investment Management Consultants Association. The CIMA® designation is held by only 5000 financial professional worldwide. In addition to the C.I.M.A. designation, Mr. Boisvert also is a CERTIFIED DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST™ (C.D.F.A.) where he works with lawyers and couples to determine financial needs and outcomes after divorce. He holds the NASD Series 7- (General Securities Representative), 8- (Securities Management and Supervision), 31- (Managed Futures), 63- (State Blue Sky Laws), and 65- ( Investment Advisor Law) registrations as a Registered Representative of Commonwealth and is also a licensed insurance representative in life and annuities.
Leo has been recognized as a community role model helping local non-profit and religious organizations raise over 25 million dollars through his workshops and personalized meetings. Through the donation of his time and expertise, Leo has helped develop plans that benefit not only the contributor but also the works of community non-profit and religious groups.
Practice: Estate and tax planning, planning for closely held businesses, estate administration.
Publications: Author of 43 books and more than l,275 articles. Editorial Board Member of Trusts & Estates Magazine, CCH (Wolter' s Kluwer) Co-Chair of Professional Advisory Board, CPA Journal, and the Matrimonial Strategist (through 2018). Has previously served on the editorial board of many other tax, estate, and real estate publications.
Media: Frequent source for numerous national publications, guest expert appearances on major financial and other television and radio shows.
Presented more than 60 lectures around the country on this topic for professional organizations, charities, and others. More than 50 of the articles he has published have addressed planning for those facing the challenges of chronic illness and disability.
Renée’s Military and Civilian Government service spans over 22 years. She served four years active duty with the US Coast Guard and 4 years as a reservist with a several months return to active duty after being recalled in support of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
Her civilian government experience includes her current position with Manatee County Veteran Services as the Senior Veteran Services Counselor for the past 5 years, several years as a 911 dispatcher and Intelligence Analyst on a Money Laundering Task Force for a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area office run by the Department of Justice and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. She was also employed for 2.5 years with the Manatee County Tax Collectors Office.
Renée is proud to be a 3rd generation Sailor and Coast Guardsman as her father retired Vietnam Navy Veteran and Grandfather a Korean Navy War Veteran. Her spouse is a retired disabled US Coast Guard Veteran. She is proud to serve the veterans and their families of Manatee County obtaining the benefits that they have earned through their service to their country.
Michael Swonger is Veterans Service Officer for Pinellas County Veterans Services. He has been working with and assisting Veterans and their dependents since 2015. Michael is a Florida Native who graduated from Palm Harbor University High, and holds a bachelors in Public Policy and Administration from St. Petersburg College.
In 2003 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman serving with 1st Bn 8th Marines and made deployments to Iraq, Beirut, and Katrina. He now lives in Dunedin with his wife and children, with his oldest son serving in the US Army at Fort Gordon.