July 2014, Guest Speakers/Programs at PD Support Groups in Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for July 2014.

Please see the Stanford APDA website for the meeting location, day/time, contact info, and RSVP details (if an RSVP is required or preferred) for all Northern and Central California support groups:


What does it mean if a support group you sometimes attend isn’t listed below?  It might mean that the group doesn’t have its regular meeting this month, or the group is having a social event.  Or it might mean that this month’s meeting doesn’t have a guest speaker.  Or it might mean that the guest speaker info didn’t arrive from the group in time to be added here.  Last but not least, it could mean that I messed up.  If you are not a regular attendee of a group, it’s always a good idea to call the group leader to confirm the meeting!  (See the link above for the group leader’s contact info.)

Happy summer,
Robin Riddle


San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 7/1, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Jasmine Lipscomb, RN, Interim Healthcare, Jackson
Topic:  Maintaining a healthy brain
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/1, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Stanley Johnson, pharmaceutical rep, Health Diagnostics
Topic:  Genetic testing for movement disorders
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Cruz
Wednesday, 7/2, 12:30-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Josh Novic, MD, neurologist, Palo Alto Medical
Foundation, Santa Cruz
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 7/7, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Kim Garcia, speech therapist, Lodi Health Outpatient Center
Topic:  An interactive presentation on LSVT LOUD speech therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset  (diagnosed at age 50 or younger)
Tuesday, 7/8, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  John Berdoulay, physical therapist, Kaiser Redwood City
Topic:  An interactive demonstration of PD exercise
RSVP?:  Yes, if you are a first-time attendee.  Contact group leader.

PD and Parkinsonism (LBD, PSP, CBD, MSA) Caregiver Symposium
Final registration deadline – Tuesday, 7/8, 11pm , or when all the
seats are taken
Symposium – Saturday, 7/12, 8am to 4:15pm, Crowne Plaza Foster City
parkinsons.stanford.edu/cgr_events.html — link to registration
Fee is $50.  Includes breakfast, delicious lunch, and great program!
Family caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited
Questions?  Contact Robin, 650-724-6090rriddle@stanford.edu

Roseville  (different day, time, location, and RSVP requirement for
July meeting only)
Wednesday, 7/9, 1-3pm
Location:  John’s Incredible Pizza, Roseville.
Guest Speaker:  Stuart Isaacson, MD, medical director, Parkinson’s
Research & Education Foundation, Boca Raton, Florida
RSVP?:  Yes.  Call Hap or Shelley Butler, 916-726-1573
Note:  lunch and talk sponsored by pharmaceutical company

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 7/9, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Stanford University
Topic:  “Am I Receiving the Best Treatment for My PD?”
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 7/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Preeti Oza, PhD, physical therapist, University of
the Pacific, Stockton
Topic:  Exercises for People with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 7/11, 1-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Shelley Von Berg, PhD, speech therapist, CSU Chico
Topic:  “LOUD Crowd”
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 7/12, 10am-noon.  New location at DHHSC.
Guest Speaker:  Matthew Norton, DC, chiropractor
Topic:  Chiropractic adjustments to benefit those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 7/14, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Nicklesh Thakur, DO, movement disorder specialist,
Sutter Medical, Sacramento
Topic:  Updates on Parkinson’s treatment, including surgical options
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 7/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Bill Kearney, North Lake Pharmacy
Topics:  Drug interactions, Parkinson’s medications, etc.
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/15, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speakers:  Fred Stapleton and Tom Bollum, National Aging in
Place Council (NAIPC) of Greater Sacramento
Topic:  Services you need for a life at home
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – The Villages
Tuesday, 7/15, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Judith London, PhD, psychologist
Topic:  “Keeping your brain in tip-top shape!  And what is normal aging?”
RSVP?:  Required if you are not a resident of The Villages.  Contact
group leader in advance about access.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 7/15, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jennifer D’Attilio, speech/language pathologist,
Central Coast Language & Learning Center
Topic:  “Voice and Speech Therapy for People with Parkinson’s”
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 7/16, 1-3pm.  Note new location at Trinity Presbyterian.
Program:  Show KVIE Viewfinder’s “Living with Parkinson’s” TV program
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento – Arden Arcade
Thursday, 7/17, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Ehsan Hadi, MD, neurologist, Mercy Hospital, Sacramento
RSVP?:  Yes, if you are not a regular member of this group.  Contact
group leader in advance.

Thursday, 7/17, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Sheila Ross Barrett, physical therapist, Austin, Texas
Topic:  Safety and convenience in the home for people with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 7/19, 10am-noon  (guest speaker from 11am-noon)
Guest Speaker:  Carol Fisher, registered yoga teacher, Walnut Creek
Topic:  PD movement and exercise strategies to improve daily living
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 7/22, 1-3pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Helen Garvy, Parkinson’s Cannabis Project
Topic:  Cannabis (medical marijuana) and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 7/28, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Chrystallynn Pigee, AbbVie
Topic:  New Parkinson’s advocacy program
RSVP?:  No.

If you know of a PD support group meeting with a guest speaker,
please pass the info along!

Finally….if you copy this guest speaker information elsewhere,
please give credit to:  Robin Riddle, Stanford APDA Information &
Referral Center.  Credit is always appreciated 🙂