MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Programs

Eula C. and Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation and Wellness Program

The Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Shepherd Center is a dedicated program for the rehabilitative treatment and wellness of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and related conditions. We believe rehabilitation and wellness provide tools patients need to take control of their MS, whether through restoring lost function, learning to adapt to their current physical level, or continuing to remain fit and healthy.

We offer a comprehensive rehabilitation and wellness program with highly trained staff and specialized equipment. The Eula C. and Andrew C. Carlos MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Program offers multiple program tracks for patients with MS and related diagnoses. 

Download our MS Wellness Program fact sheet.

Rehabilitation and Wellness Program Location

Eula C. and Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation and Wellness Program

80 Peachtree Park Dr. NE

Atlanta, GA 30309

Download a map to the MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Program building.

Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program at Shepherd Center

MS Outpatient Rehabilitation

Skilled Therapy is available for MS patients who need to improve function for daily living and require a skilled therapist to provide treatment and care. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy focus on changes in function. Patients who may benefit from skilled therapy include those who have a specific health issue to address (e.g., gait dysfunction, swallowing issues, significant increase in fatigue, muscle weakness, poor balance and falls).   

Intensive Therapy MS Day Program activities are designed for patients who may benefit from intensive physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and wellness intervention. Patients who benefit from this program may have experienced a gradual decline over time or have experienced a significant decline in function from an exacerbation. This program helps patients gain greater independence and provides vital education for caregivers and loved ones. Housing for patients in the MS Intensive Day Therapy Program is provided at no cost for the duration of the rehabilitation program for patients who live 60 miles or more from Shepherd Center.

To schedule an appointment for physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy, contact Elizabeth Thomas at 404-603-4966.

MS Wellness Program

The MS Wellness Program is designed to assist individuals living with MS to learn to manage their health in both a physical and psychosocial sense. Under the guidance of an exercise physiologist, this comprehensive program will teach participants exercises that are appropriate for their physical abilities and promote self-care. The program empowers patients to stay active and decrease the effects of deconditioning. Clients benefit from MS-specific group fitness classes, including land and aquatic classes. Many people enjoy Shepherd Center’s pool, which is cooled on the days MS wellness classes meet, decreasing risk of heat-related symptoms.

Educational classes are offered on a rolling schedule, providing access to information that is up-to-date and trustworthy. In addition, several social/cognitive groups are scheduled on a rotating basis, and these include activities in the community.

To inquire about a membership to the MS Wellness Program, contact exercise specialist Blake Burdett at 404-603-4916.

Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program at Shepherd Center

MS Educational class examples include:

  • Symptom Management
  • Energy Conservation
  • Exercise Guidelines
  • Vocational Issues in MS
  • Community Resources
  • Research in MS
  • Treatments on the Horizon
  • Therapeutic Recreation and MS
  • Complementary Treatments
  • Nutrition

MS Exercise class examples include:

  • Core Strengthening
  • Lower-Extremity Strengthening
  • Cardio
  • Yoga
  • Aquatics
  • Pilates
  • Agility and Coordination
  • Newly Diagnosed Group

Social group examples include:

  • Fine Motor/Cognitive Group
  • Sewing
  • Bridge

Community outing examples include:

  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • High Museum of Art

To inquire about a membership to the MS Wellness Program, contact exercise specialist Blake Burdett at 404-603-4916.