July 2019 – Parkinson’s Support Group Mtgs – Guest Speakers/Programs – Northern and Central California

July 2019 – Parkinson’s Support Group Mtgs – Guest Speakers/Programs – Northern and Central California

Some Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups meetings have speakers or discussion programs planned in July 2019.  See the list below of what is happening 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?  Generally, it means that there is no speaker at the meeting.  So, it’s an open discussion format. 

However, in July, many groups are NOT meeting or are having social events, so those groups are not part of this email list.  

It might mean that the guest speaker info didn’t arrive from the group in time to be added here.  Or, 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 this list for the group leader’s contact info.)

Happy 4th!

Robin Riddle


Monday, 7/1, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Martha Nguyen, San Joaquin Regional Transit District
Topic:  Door-to-door transportation with VanGo
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 7/2, 10am-noon  (guest speaker starts about 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Sara Herrin
Topic:  Marijuana
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/2, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Watch “Sleeping well with PD,” a Michael J. Fox Foundation webinar  
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Rylee Thompson, Boston Scientific
Topic:  New neurostimulator for DBS
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco Young Onset Parkinson’s (YOPD)/UCSF
Tuesday, 7/2, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speakers:  Doris Wang, MD, neurosurgeon, UCSF and Cora Hemptinne, PhD, UCSF
Topic:  Technological innovations in DBS
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred to Monica Volz 

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 7/3, 2-3:30pm
Program:  Small group discussion, led by group member Ginger Anderson
Topic:  We’re all in this together
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 7/8, 1:30-2:40pm
Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist, private practice
Topic:  How to manage PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/9, 11:30am
Speaker:  Quinn Monsma, Medtronic sales consultant
Topic:  Deep brain stimulation
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/9, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Maya Gurrin, Boston Scientific, DBS therapy consultant
Topic:  Deep brain stimulation
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 7/9, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Joy Smith, RN
Topic:  Making the hospital your partner in care
RSVP?:  No.   

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 7/10, 2:30-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Ekene Enemchukwu, MD, urologist, Stanford
Topic:  Urological issues in PD
Note:  New location and new start time (as of March 2019)
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 7/11, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Quinn Monsma, Medtronic
Topic:  Introduction to deep brain stimulation for PD
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Email Irene Duggan

Friday, 7/12, 1-3pm (guest speaker 1:30-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Khashayar Dashtipour, MD, movement disorder specialist, Loma Linda University, Murrietta
Topic:  How to manage PD
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 7/12, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Philip Geiger, outreach director, Hospice Giving Foundation
Topic:  Advanced health care directives and POLST

RSVP?:  No.
Clovis (Greater Fresno)
Saturday, 7/13, 10am-noon
Speaker:  Boston Scientific representative
Topic:  Newest implant for deep brain stimulation (DBS)
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 7/13, 1-3:15pm  (program and potluck lunch)
Program:  Discussion on how to evaluate and maintain your independence.  And describe your hobby to others.
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)/Kaiser
Monday, 7/15, 10am-noon
Program:  Speech and music therapy
RSVP?:  Yes, required to Meghan Anderson, Kaiser, 916-973-6860

Tuesday, 7/16, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Milly Nunez, fitness trainer, Sun City, Lincoln Hills
Topic:  Exercise for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Elk Grove
Wednesday, 7/17, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Lin Zhang, MD, movement disorder specialist, UC Davis
Topic:  Reducing psychosis with medication
RSVP?:  No.

MercedWednesday, 7/17, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Pecchenino, director, Merced College Nutrition Department
Topic:  Nutrition and constipation
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 7/18, 10am-noon
Topic:  Extended release carbidopa/levodopa
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 7/20, 10am-noon  (speaker begins at 10:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF
Topic:  Neuroprotective strategies for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 7/26, 1-3pm  (speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Laura Sheehan, Sheehan Chiropractic, Mill Valley
Topic:  Chiropractor benefits for PD
RSVP?:  No.