March 2015 Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings, Guest Speakers and Programs, Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have
guest speakers or programs planned for March 2015.  Here’s what’s
happening at a support group near you.

Placerville
Tuesday, 3/3, 1:30-3pm
Group Discussion Topics:  Walking, gait exercise, and therapy for PD.
Discussion will be aided by online videos by physical therapists and PD
research organizations.
RSVP?:  No.

Roseville
Tuesday, 3/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Kimberly Lanni, PhD, Valley Psychological Center, Roseville
Topic:  Psychosocial symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 3/4, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Neng Huang, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist in
private practice, Los Gatos, and Fahd Khan, MD,  neurosurgeon, Good
Samaritan Hospital, Los Gatos
Topic:  New DBS implant center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos
RSVP?:  No.

Chico
Wednesday, 3/4, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Tai chi class, led by Ferrell Prouty
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 3/6, 10-11:45am  (program starts about 10:20am)
Program:  “DBS without the BS” — Q&A with panelists who have had DBS
(deep brain stimulation) surgery
RSVP?:  No.

Visalia
Friday, 3/6, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Ronald Ziman, MD, medical director at CARE at Granada
Hills Community Hospital
Program:  Updates with PD, and “Ask the Doctor”
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 3/7, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speakers:  Dave Iverson, journalist, and Torri Campbell, dance
instructor
Topics:  Parkinson’s Dance Project Sonoma, and “Capturing Grace”
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 3/9, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Kathryn Kring, speech/language pathologist, Ride Out
Hospital
Topics:  Swallow and voice functions in relation to PD
RSVP?:  No.

El Dorado Hills
Tuesday, 3/10, noon-2pm
Program:  “Arthritis – How to Put Pain in Its Place.”  Discussion will
be aided by DVDs and materials from the Arthritis Foundation.
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 3/10, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Matt Arnold, MD, movement disorder specialist, Sutter
East Bay, Berkeley
Topic:  Living Well with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD (YOPD)
Tuesday, 3/10, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  James Tetrud, MD, movement disorder specialist, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topics:  PD Medications – What’s Available, What’s New, and What’s in
the Pipeline
RSVP?:  Yes, requested as group leaders need a headcount for food.
Dinner will be provided.  Email rriddle@stanford.edu by Sunday 3/8, 5pm.

Lakeport
Wednesday, 3/11, 11am  (Day and time change for March 2015 only)
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UC San
Francisco and SF VA
Topics:  PD, medications, and Q&A
RSVP?:  Yes, requested as group leaders need a headcount for food. Lunch
will be provided.  Email phillip.e.myers@att.net

San Francisco (CPMC)
Wednesday, 3/11, 10am-noon
Program:  Open Q&A with Arshia Sadreddin, MD, movement disorder
specialist, CPMC
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Phone Jessica Fong, medical assistant, CPMC,
415-600-7886.

Turlock
Wednesday, 3/11, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Eddie Ballesteros, DMV senior driver ombudsman
Topics:  Driving with PD, and Tips for Safety on the Road
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 3/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Nikki Hochhauser, Home Instead Senior Care, Mountain View
Topics:  Care Options, Legal Changes in Home Care in 2015, and
Preventing Hospitalizations in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Oakland
Thursday, 3/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Jayah Faye Paley, certified trainer, Poles for Mobility
Topic:  Pole Walking for Balance and Mobility
RSVP?:  No.

Stockton
Thursday, 3/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Melody Tolmie, NMT, neurologic music therapist, private
practice, Stockton
Topics:  Health and wellness areas served by music therapy
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Thursday, 3/12, 6-8pm
Program:  Q&A with Melanie Lising, MD, and Svjetlana Miocinovic, MD,
neurology fellows, UC San Francisco
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Email monica.volz@ucsf.edu

Redding
Friday, 3/13, 12:30-3:30pm  (group meeting is from 1-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Matt Arnold, MD, movement disorder specialist, Sutter
East Bay, Berkeley
Topic:  Living Well with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Eureka
Friday, 3/13, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Ryan Vodden, LAC, acupuncturist
RSVP?:  No.

Fresno
Saturday, 3/14, 10am-noon
Guest Speakers:  Benjamin Remington, MD, neurosurgeon, Modesto, and
Jennifer Fry, Medtronic representative
Topic:  DBS – A Surgical Option in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Folsom
Monday, 3/16, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Payne, speech/language pathologist, UC Davis
Topics:  Voice and Swallowing Therapy in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Monday, 3/16, 10am-noon
Topic:  What’s New for PD?
Possible Guest:  Suketu Khandhar, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Kaiser Sacramento
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Please phone Kaiser Sacramento Neuroscience
Reception Desk, 916-973-6860.

Lincoln
Tuesday, 3/17, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Susan Feldman, Brightstar Care, Roseville
RSVP?:  No.

Auburn
Tuesday, 3/17, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Eddie Ballesteros, DMV senior driver ombudsman
Topic:  Senior Driving Safety
RSVP?:  No.

Modesto
Wednesday, 3/18, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Eddie Ballesteros, DMV senior driver ombudsman
Topic:  Senior Driving Safety
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS
Wednesday, 3/18, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Edward Jonathans
Topic:  Interactive metronome therapy
RSVP?:  Preferred.  Contact group leader in advance.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 3/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speakers:  Nicklesh Thakur, DO, and Linda Ramatowski, NP, Sutter
Neuroscience, Sacramento
Topics:  Non-Motor Symptoms of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 3/21, 9am-noon  (guest speakers from 11am-noon)
Guest Speakers:  Steve Molinari, OT, occupational therapist, and Marilyn
Nikkari, SLP, speech therapist, John Muir Health
Topics:  Occupational therapy and speech therapy interventions in the
treatment of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Fremont
Monday, 3/23, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jayah Faye Paley, certified trainer, Poles for Mobility
Topic:  Pole Walking for Balance and Mobility
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 3/24, 1-3pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Stephanie Lawrence, Iyengar yoga teacher
Program and demonstration:  Benefits of Yoga for PD
RSVP?:  No.