Florida Chapter

P.O. Box 411416 Melbourne, FL, 32941-1416


The Tourette Association of America Florida Chapter is a volunteer led, nonprofit organization supporting the needs of individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. We are committed to raising public awareness and fostering social acceptance; advancing scientific understanding, treatment options and care; educating professionals to better serve the needs of children, adults and families challenged by Tourette and Tic Disorders; advocating for public policies and services that promote positive school, work and social environments; Providing help, hope and a supportive community across the nation; and empowering our community to deal with the complexities of this spectrum of disorders.



TAA Florida hosts several social and educational events throught the calendar year. We also have various fundraisers and operate information booths at various regional events. Our annual events include Family Weekend, the Pathfinder experiential teen event, the Brevard Picnic, and annual Golf Tournament and Auction. Coming in November is Pathfinder, our annual fall teen team building event. Teens with Tourette and one of their parents are invited to join us at Cedarkirk Retreat and Conference Center in Lithia, FL (just east of Tampa). Please check back, as on-line registration will be happening very soon! Contact TAA Florida at 727-418-0240 or director@tsa-fl.org (link sends e-mail) for more information and to sign up. For information about Cedarkirk Conference Center visit: http://cedarkirk.org/ (link is external) For information about Pathfinder, inc. and their programs visit:

Click here to see all upcoming events!


Support Groups

The following support groups or contacts are currently available. All other counties, contact TAA Florida Chapter’s Administrative Coordinator at 727.418.0240 or director@tsa-fl.org (link sends e-mail) Many Support groups will not be meeting during the summer months. Meetings will resume for most of the groups in the fall. Please call to confirm meeting dates and times. Disclaimer Support group leaders and individual volunteers who have agreed to accept telephone calls concerning Tourette Syndrome are knowledgeable about Tourette Syndrome. However, their comments reflect their personal background with Tourette Syndrome and do not necessarily reflect the views of the chapter.
Click Here to see all Support Groups listed!


Education In-service
TAA Florida is conducting in-service presentations around the state with various schools on an as needed basis. Very soon we will be adding webinar programs that will run as webinar events that medical and education professionals as well as parents can register toattend. It can make a tremendous difference in your child’s academic experience to have the school staff educated about the many facets of TS. Learn More

Youth Ambassadors
Trained TAA Youth Ambassadors (YAs) are available to provide peer presentations to classmates to educate them about TS. This proactive presentation helps to dispel myths and misconceptions among a child’s peers leading to greater understanding and compassion. Peer presentations are part of TAA Florida’s commitment to the national anti-bullying campaign. Learn More

Southeast Regional Centers of Excellence

South East Regional Consortium:

University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Director: Tanya Murphy, M.D.
Co-Director: Adam Lewin, Ph.D.
(727) 767-8230

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Gainesville, FL
Director: Michael Okun, M.D.
Co-Director: Irene Malaty, M.D.
(352) 294-5400

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
Director: Jorge L. Juncos, M.D.
(404) 778-3444

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Birmingham, AL
Director: Leon Dure, M.D.
Co-Director: Jan Rowe, OTR/L, FAOTA
(205) 638-6820

Palmetto Health – USC Medical Group, Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC
Director: Rebecca Lehman, M.D.
(803) 434-7961

Southeast Regional CofE Coordinator
Heather Simpson, MOT, OTR/L

Learn more about TAA Centers of Excellence


Chris Brown, Chairperson
Wendy Romeu, Vice Chair
Cindy Kurtz, Board Member
Sharon Thetford, Board Member
Carolyn Bodzin, Board Member
Laura Foster, Board Member
Betty Ray, Board Member
Gary D'Amico, Board Member
Tom Schmutz, Board Member