December 2015, PD Support Groups – Guest Speakers/Programs, Northern and Central California

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

Do you need to know the support group 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.


San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)/UCSF
Tuesday, 12/1, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Erica Byrd, MD, neurology fellow, UCSF
Topic:  Question and answer on exercise
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Contact Monica Volz,

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 12/4, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Blake Scanlon, PhD, psychologist
Topic:  Unseen Challenges of Living with PD (anxiety, depression, dementia, and sleep)
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 12/9, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Ellen Corman, manager, Stanford’s Farewell to Falls Program
Topic #1:  Fall Prevention with PD – Inside and Outside Your Home
Guest Speaker #2:  Freddy Silva, coach/trainer, Rock Steady Boxing Peninsula, San Mateo
Topic #2:  Innovative Exercise for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 12/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Evaldo dal Poggetto, opera singer
Topic:  Voice strengthening through voice training by singing
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 12/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Phil Myers, group leader
Topic:  Update on the latest research, including the recent National Geographic program on DBS surgery
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Berryessa
Wednesday, 12/16, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Representative from O’Connor Outpatient Rehab
Topics:  LSVT BIG and LOUD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/Sutter
Wednesday, 12/16, 2:30-4:30pm
Guest Speaker (for part of the time):  Renee Gardner, SLP, speech/language pathologist, Sutter Neuroscience
Topic:  Cognitive training
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Please phone Sutter Neuroscience, 916-454-6936.

Sonoma/Vintage House
Friday, 12/18, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Tom Bonlanza, speech therapist
Topic:  Speech therapy
RSVP?:  No.