August 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 August 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.

In August, these groups are not meeting – Chico, Fresno, Oakland/East Bay, San Jose/The Villages, San Leandro/San Lorenzo, and Stockton.

In August, these groups are having picnics – Fremont, Lodi, Mill Valley/Marin County, and Soquel/Santa Cruz County.


Saturday, 8/1, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Adrienne Hancik, PWR!-certified trainer
Topic:  Value of Exercise for People with PD
RSVP?:  No.
Note for August meeting only:  will be on first Saturday

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 8/4, 10am-noon  (guest speaker starts at 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Gina Fox, information specialist, Area 12 Agency on Aging
Topic:   Services and programs available to seniors in five counties
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/4, 1:30-3pm
Discussion Topic:  How to prepare for natural disasters, especially wildfires, and special planning for PD folks with a medical emergency
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Puja Khana, PharmD, owner of Remedy RX Pharmacy, Roseville
Topic:  Q&A regarding PD-related medications
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser
Tuesday, 8/4, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speaker:  Heather D’Eliso Gordon, RD, dietitian, Kaiser SF
Topic:  Nutrition and plant-based diet for PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco (UCSF)/Young Onset
Tuesday, 8/4, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Marta San Luciano, MD, UCSF Surgical Movement Disorders
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 8/7, 10-11:45am  (guest speaker starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Neng Huang, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist, Valley Parkinson Clinic, Los Gatos
Topic:  What’s Up Doc? – Question & Answer Session
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 8/7, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Yee Vue, MSW, Valley Caregiver Resource Center, Fresno
Topic:  Overview of services provided
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 8/10, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Joe Carmona
Topic:  Info about PD, and Q&A
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 8/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Maritess Canlas, RD, general manager of food and nutrition services, Sutter Lakeside Hospital
Topic:  Nutrition Management of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
uesday, 8/11, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Theresa Najjar, PT, NCS, founder and therapist, Synaptic Physical Therapy
Topic:  Exercise is Medicine – Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity in PD
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred if this is your first time.  Email Martha Gardner,

San Francisco/California Pacific Medical Center
Wednesday, 8/12, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Jennifer Broder, PT, physical therapist, CPMC SF
Topic:  Importance of exercise for management of PD
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Jessica Fong, CPMC, 415-600-7886

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 8/12, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Kyrstle Barrera, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist
Topics:  Closeness and Connection During Difficult Times
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 8/15, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Suketu Khandhar, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser Sacramento
RSVP?:  No.
Note for August meeting only:  will be on the third Saturday

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 8/15, 9am-noon  (speakers begin at 10:45am)
Guest Speakers:  Melanie Lising, MD, and Laurice Yang, MD, movement disorder specialists, Stanford Neurology
Topic:  DBS Surgery – Past, Present, and Future
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/18, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Nancy Kretz, RN, JD, president, Parkinson Association of Northern California
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/18, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Jim Drews, volunteer, Auburn Police Department
Topic:  Senior Scamming
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Berryessa
Wednesday, 8/19, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Bret Gardun, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – A New Treatment for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 8/19, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Modesto Police Department representative
Topic:  Senior Scams – How to Recognize and Prevent Them
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 8/19, 2:30-4:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Terry Adair, DDS, dentist, and Linda Ramatowski, NP, Sutter Neuroscience
Topics:  Dental Health & Nutrition in PD
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Sutter Neuroscience, 916-454-6936

Napa Young Onset PD (YOPD)
Sunday, 8/23, 3-5pm  (speaker starts at 4pm)
Guest Speaker:  Bianca Molle
Topic:  Story of how speaker believes she has cured PD and is symptom-free
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 8/26, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Jaimie Henderson, MD, neurosurgeon, Stanford Neurosurgery
Guest Speaker #2:  Rohit Dhall, MD, MSPH, movement disorder specialist and director of clinical studies, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  Deep Brain Stimulation – New Collaboration in the Bay Area
RSVP?:  Yes, required by 8/25 as seating is limited and a light lunch will be provided (by Medtronic).Contact Donna Gow, 415-370-3555.
Note for August meeting only:  will be held on fourth Wednesday