June 2015, Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern/Central California

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

Do you need to know the meeting location, day/time, contact info, and how to RSVP if required?  Please refer to the Stanford Parkinson’s website for all Northern and Central California support groups.


Monday, 6/1, 10-11am
Discussion Topics:  What makes life with PD easier; what are the
positives with PD?
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 6/2, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Terese Dell’Orto, speech/language pathologist, Sonora
Regional Medical Center
Topic:  Parkinson’s Speech and Swallowing
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 6/2, 1:30-3pm
Discussion Topics:  Impact of diet and certain foods on symptoms and
treatment of PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser
Tuesday, 6/2, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speakers:  Rebecca Hartman, PT, and Debbie Hopkins, PT, Kaiser San
Topic:  Physical Therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 6/3, 1-2:30pm
Discussion Topic:  Parkinson’s medications
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 6/5, 10-11:45am  (program starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Jocelyn Scherr, Advancement Officer, Michael J. Fox
Topic:  Latest research advancements funded by the MJFF
RSVP?:  No.
Note for June meeting only:  meeting is in the chapel

Friday, 6/5, 10:30am-noon
Discussion Topics:  Walk that got rained out; Update from symposium
group leader attended
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 6/6, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Wynnelena Canio, MD, geriatric medicine, Kaiser Santa Rosa
Topic:  Cognitive Changes with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 6/8, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Bill Fuller, Yuba City Fire Department representative
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 6/9, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  chiropractor used by a group member
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 6/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Neng Huang, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist,
Valley Parkinson’s Clinic, Los Gatos
Topic:  Parkinson’s Medications — Most Commonly Used, New on the
Market, and What’s in the Pipeline
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/11, 1:30-3pm
Program:  “Capturing Grace,” a film by Dave Iverson.  Special guest is
Claudine Naganuma, artistic director, dNaga Dance Company
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/11, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Ryan Watts, PhD, director of neuroscience department,
Topic:  Development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/11, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Karren Hittle, physical therapist, O’Connor Woods Community
Topics:  Walking, posture, correct use of a walker, and possible value
of walking sticks
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 6/13, 10am-noon
Program:  Showing PDF video “Diagnosis Parkinson’s Disease: You Are Not
Alone.”  Then breakout groups for those with PD and caregivers.
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 6/16, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Becca Danielsen, RN, Personal Medication Management,
Greater Roseville Area
Topic:  Senior Med Tips and More
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/The Villages
Tuesday, 6/16, 2-3:30pm
Discussion Topics:  You are not alone – share insights and solutions you
have discovered while living with PD
RSVP?:  Yes, required if you are not a resident of The Villages. You
must phone group leader Alice Pratte, 408-223-8033, in advance as your
name must be put on a list of those authorized to enter this gated

San Jose/Berryessa
Wednesday, 6/17, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Theresa Najjar, PT, NCS, founder and therapist, Synaptic
Physical Therapy
Topic:  Exercise is Medicine
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/18, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Marco Lopez Vizcarra, MD, neurologist, Dignity Health,
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/18, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Payne, speech/language pathologist, UC Davis
Topics:  Swallowing and Voice Disorders in PD – Evaluation and Treatment
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 6/20, 10am-noon  (speakers begin at 10:45am)
Topic:  Moving On Up with Parkinson’s Disease – An experiential
potpourri of exercise and movement for PD
Presenter #1:  John Argue, The Art of Moving
Presenter #2:  Carol Fisher, Yoga, Movement, and Boot Camp for PD
Presenter #3:  Debbie Sternback, Dance Moves Me
Presenter #4:  Heather Kennedy, Hip Hop Dance
Presenter #5:  Woody Thompson, professional dancer
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 6/20, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Adrienne Hancik, PWR!-certified trainer
Topic:  Value of Exercise for People with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 6/24, 2:30-4:30pm
Topic:  Non-motor Concerns
Speaker #1:  Michelle Payne, speech/language pathologist, UC Davis
Topic #1:  Swallowing and voice changes in Parkinson’s Disease
Speaker #2:  Debra Kahn, MD, psychiatrist, UC Davis
Topic #2:  Mood changes and apathy following DBS placement
Speaker #3:  Alexandra “Sasha” Duffy, DO, movement disorders
fellow, UC Davis
Topic #3:  Orthostatic hypotension – what is it and what do we do about it?
Speaker #4:  Jennifer Rothschild, MD, MPH, urologist, UC Davis
Topic #4:  Lower urinary tract dysfunction in patients with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Please phone Karla Lindstrom, UC Davis,
Note for June meeting only:  will be held on the 4th Wednesday

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 6/28, 1-3pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  David Robbins
Topic:  Fighting Parkinson’s Through Art – Finding Something You Are
Passionate About
RSVP?:  No.