March 2017, Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern and Central California

March 2017, Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern and Central California



Some Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for March 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’tarrive 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.)

Enjoy the sunshine,
Robin Riddle


Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 3/1, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Maria Bellumori, PhD, CSUMB, kinesiologist
Topic:  Speed training for PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 3/2, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Ysela Jimenez, Alameda County Senior Injury Program
Topic:  Emergency preparedness
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 3/2, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Judy Pruzinsky
Topic:  Acupuncture and PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 3/3, 10am-noon (program starts about 10:20am)
Program:  Two discussion groups – PWP and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 3/3, 10:30am-noon
Program:  Video on emotional health
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 3/4, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Alisa Liguori, PhD
Topic:  Mindfulness practice with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 3/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Instructors:  Yue Whelchel, Palo Alto YMCA and Avenidas PD exercise instructor, and Leanel Liwanag, Stanford Balance Lab, PWR exercise instructor
Program:  Join a Parkinson’s and PWR (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) exercise class.  Chairs and water provided.
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 3/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speakers:  Karen Fabreo-Hittle, PT, and Teresa Lohr, OT, O’Connor Woods, Stockton
Topic:  LSVT BIG physical therapy program
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)/UCSF
Thursday, 3/9, 6-8pm
Topic:  DBS, MRIs, and new FDA guidelines
RSVP?:  Preferred.  Email Monica Volz,

Friday, 3/10, 1-3:30pm  (guest speaker 1:30-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Stephanie Fiola, RN, AbbVie, and patient volunteer
Topic:  Duopa
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 3/11, 10am-noon
Program:  Break into smaller discussion groups
RSVP?:  No.

Berkeley PD Active Forum
Saturday, 3/11, 10:30am-12:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Donna Deng, MD, neuro-urologist, Kaiser Oakland
Topic:  PD and the bladder that has a mind of its own
RSVP?:  Required.  Email PD Active,
Fee:  $10 donation

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 3/14, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Diane Grundy
Topic:  Medical cannibas
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD
Tuesday, 3/14, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Elena Call, MD, movement disorders fellow, Stanford
Topic:  Overview of PD medications, what’s in the medication pipeline, and who makes a good DBS (deep brain stimulation) candidate
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to Martha Gardner, group leader,

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, March 15, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Theresa Najjar, PT, NCS, physical therapist
Topic:  Sleep and PD – helpful hints for sleeping
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 3/15, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Dawn Fischer, holistic health coach
Topic:  Essential oils – what they are and how they can help
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 3/16, 10am-Noon
Program:  “Pain and Fatigue” – webinar recording from Michael J. Fox Foundation
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 3/16, 10am-Noon
Guest Speaker:  Christy Adams, RN, trauma prevention coordinator, UC Davis
Topic:  Matter of balance
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 3/18, 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):  Maya Katz, MD, UCSF Movement Disorders
Topic #2:  Multidisciplinary supportive care clinics – improving quality of life for people with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS Class/Kaiser
Monday, 3/20, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Karen Low, speech therapist, Kaiser Point West, Sacramento
Topic:  Speech issues
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Kaiser Neuroscience Reception Desk, 916-973-6860.

Tuesday, 3/21, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Garvy, PD advocate and care partner
Topic:  Cannabis (marijuana) and Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 3/24, 1-3pm  (speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, and Nieve Lopez, UCSF
Topic:  Parkinson’s supportive care clinic at UCSF
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 3/27, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Karen Marshall, Community Resources for Independent Living
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 🙂