Feb 2017 – Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs – Northern California

Feb 2017 – Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs – Northern California

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Lots of Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for February 2017.  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:


What does it mean if a support group you sometimes attend isn’t listed below?  It might mean that the group doesn’t have a guest speaker or specific program, the group doesn’t have its regular meeting this month, the group has a social event, or 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.)

If the guest speaker info arrives too late to be added to this email, it will be added to our Stanford Parkinson’s Community Blog:


Generally, I post the contents of this email to the blog within a business day or two.

Stay warm,
Robin Riddle


Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 2/1, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF
Topic:  Complexities of medication management for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 2/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Dianne Puckett, Peg Taylor Center Director
Guest Speaker #2 (2:30-3pm): Shelly Von Berg, PhD and students, CSU
Topic:  Speaking exercises
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 2/2, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Stephanie Johnson, speech therapist
Topic:  Speech exercises for PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 2/3, 10am-noon (program starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Veronica Santini, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Urination and Constipation in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 2/3, 10:30am-noon
Program:  Video of Fresno person with PD who has no signs of PD when dancing
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 2/4, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker #1:  Sirisha Nandipati, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser Novato
Topic #1:  Environmental causes of PD and atypical PD
Guest Speaker #2:  Allison Low, PT, Kaiser Santa Rosa, and Janet Cook
Topic #2:  Group participation in LSVT-BIG and PWR exercises
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 2/6, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Melissa Tofoya, head coach, Rock Steady Boxing Sacramento
Topic:  Rock Steady Boxing overview and demonstration
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 2/7, 10am-noon  (program starts about 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Katherine Pichette, owner, Interim Healthcare of Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 2/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Megan DePuy, SLP, senior speech therapist, private practice, San Mateo
Topics:  Voice, speech, and swallowing in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 2/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Quinn Monsma, Medtronic
Topic:  Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 2/10, 1-3:30pm  (guest speaker 1:30-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Maggie McNamara, caregiver advocate, Passages Mountain Caregiver Resource Center
Topic:  Dementia
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 2/10, 3-4pm
Program:  Group member giving update on DBS surgery he had in 2016
RSVP?:  No.

Los Altos Young Parkinson’s
Saturday, 2/11, 10am-noon
Guest:  Nick Mourlam, The Parkinson’s Institute
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 2/13, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  M. Esther Wright-Dankman, EdD, RN, Spa Therapy
Topic:  Using self-hypnosis to improve PD symptoms through relaxation
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 2/13, 2-3:30pm
Program:  Phil Myers, group leader, will share presentation from World Parkinson’s Congress on “Living Well with PD”
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 2/14, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Discussion groups – PWP and care partners
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser
Tuesday, 2/14, 4:30-6pm  (note new meeting day in 2017)
Guest Speaker:  Rima Ash, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser San Francisco
Topic:  Upcoming clinical trials Kaiser is participating in
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD
Tuesday, 2/14, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, director, Stanford Movement Disorders Center
Topic:  DBS Radio and other leading-edge work in deep brain stimulation (DBS)
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to Martha Gardner, group leader, mgapda@gmail.com.

Wednesday, 2/15, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – a new Parkinson’s treatment
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 2/16, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Catherine Knittel, Day Break Adult Day Health Care
Topic:  Benefits of adult day health care and how it can help the caregiver
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 2/18, 9am-noon  (speakers 10:30-11:45am)
Program #1 (10:30-10:45am):  Presentation by Rock Steady Boxing Concord
Guest Speaker #2 (10:45-11:45am):  Debbie Sternbach, founder, Dance Moves Me
Topic #2:  The power of dance in PD – using music to help you move and help your mood
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 2/21, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Nancy Barcal, speech therapist, Granite Bay Speech Therapy, Granite Bay
Topic:  Speech issues in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 2/21, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  John Koehler, LCSW
Topic:  Mindfulness approach for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 2/24, 1-3pm  (speaker 1-2pm; note new meeting day in 2017)
Guest Speaker:  Mary Botelle, registry coordinator, Marin Center for Independent Living
Topic:  How we empower seniors and people with disabilities to live independently
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 2/27, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Erica Kotkiewicz, DPT, senior physical therapist, Kaiser Fremont
Topic:  Role of PT, OT, and ST in PD
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 Parkinson’s Community Outreach Program.  Credit is always appreciated 🙂