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July Speaker Forum: Palliative Care and Parkinson’s: A Total Health Approach

(Saturday, July 10)
Dr. Maya Katz is a movement disorders neurologist at Stanford Health Center. Her main clinical and research focus is optimizing the delivery and accessibility of palliative care for people with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. Dr. Katz is dedicated to taking a comprehensive approach to well-being and to optimizing quality of life for patients and their families.

The PD Active live webinar taught about Palliative Care and Parkinson’s. Did you miss the Speaker Forum or want to revisit it? The recording is available on PD Active’s YouTube channel.

June Round Table: Finding Your Voice with PD

(Tuesday, June 6)
“Finding Your Voice with PD” with speakers Heather Kennedy and Sharon Krischer was a fascinating talk about the physical challenges to the emotional struggles associated with voice and PD. Our panelists shared their expertise and our attendees made connections to their own lives. That event can be viewed on the PD Active YouTube channel.

April Round Table: What to Know About the Legal and Some Insurance Issues Surrounding PD

(Tuesday, April 13)
Our April Ask the Experts Round Table was well received. The topic was “What to Know About the Legal and (some) Insurance Issues Surrounding PD”, and our panelists were Deborah England (attorney specializing in labor law) and Brandie Sendziak (attorney specializing in SSD/SSDI). Our attendees had lots of good questions. That event can be viewed on the PD Active YouTube channel.


March Speaker Forum: Holistic Treatments for PD: Wellness, Integrative Medicine, Social Isolation

(Saturday, March 13)
Dr. Indu Subramanian received her medical degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. She completed a neurology residency and a Movement Disorders fellowship at UCLA. Currently Dr. Subramanian is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at UCLA. She established the movement disorder clinic at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration and is the Director of the South West PADRECC (Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Care) Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Subramanian has a strong interest in integrative medicine with a special interest in Yoga and Mindfulness. She is designing a yoga teacher training program for yoga instructors interested in working with PD patients. Dr. Subramanian is board certified in Integrative medicine and is passionate about palliative care in Parkinson’s disease. She is the host of a virtual support group and webinar series with world experts in PD.

The PD Active live webinar taught about Wellness, Integrative Medicine, Social Isolation and Holistic Treatments for PD. Did you miss the Speaker Forum or want to revisit it? The recording is available on PD Active’s YouTube channel.


February Round Table: Dying with Dignity

(Tuesday, February 9)
This was an Ask the Experts Round Table by PD Active with panelists Sue Moss (PDA member), Thalia DeWolf (RN) and Janet Thompson (Senior Living Counselor). It was a free-flowing conversation with panelists’ views, information and experiences. Attendees also asked and submitted questions on the topic.

Did you miss the Round Table or want to revisit it? The recording is available on PD Active’s YouTube channel.


January Speaker Forum: Nutrition and the Neuroscience of PD

(Saturday, January 9)
Dr. Laurie Mischley studied naturopathic medicine (ND) at Bastyr University and epidemiology (MPH) and nutritional sciences (PhD) at the University of Washington. Her work is focused on identifying the nutritional requirements unique to individuals with neurodegenerative diseases.

The PD Active live webinar taught about nutrition and the neuroscience of PD. The presentation by Dr. Mischley was followed by discussion and questions from participants. Did you miss the Speaker Forum or want to revisit it? The recording is available on PD Active’s YouTube channel.


December Round Table with Claire McLean, DPT and Nate Coomer, DPT on Exercise and Motivation During COVID: Avoiding Depression and Apathy

(Tuesday, December 8, 2020)
PD Active convened an Ask the Experts Round Table; “Exercise and Motivation During COVID: Avoiding Depression and Apathy” with panelists Claire McLean, DPT and founder of Rogue in Motion and Nate Coomer, DPT and founder of The Daily Dose PD.

The conversation was lively and informative. Did you miss the Round Table or want to revisit it? The recording is available on PD Active’s YouTube channel.


November Speaker Forum: Surgical Options for PD: DBS and Beyond- A Look at Pain and Pain Management with Dr. Jaimie Henderson

(Saturday, November 14, 2020)
Dr. Henderson is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center. His clinical focuses are Functional Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Neurological Surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Deep Brain Stimulation, and Neuromodulation. He spoke to the PD Active community on “Surgical Options for PD: DBS and Beyond” as well as Chronic Pain and Pain Management.

A recording of Dr. Henderson’s Forum/Webinar is on PD Active’s YouTube Channel.


October Speaker Forum: Cannabis and the Treatment of Parkinson’s:
Is Anything Known?
with David E. Presti

(Saturday, September 19, 2020)
The medicinal, mind-altering, material, and nutritional qualities of Cannabis have resulted in human relationships with this plant dating back thousands of years. Its complex and unique chemistry has fostered the development of important discoveries in neuroscience. What, if anything, is known about the potential therapeutic effects of Cannabis in the treatment of Parkinson’s. David E. Presti teaches neurobiology and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been on the faculty in molecular and cell biology for nearly 30 years.

A recording of Dr. Presti’s Forum/Webinar is on PD Active’s YouTube Channel.


August Round Table on DBS: What to Expect and How to Live With It

(Tuesday, August 18, 2020)
This was a free-flowing conversation: Our panelists shared their experiences, and our attendees asked questions on the topic. The session was hosted and moderated by PD Active.
Experienced Community Panel
Karen Garrison (DBS patient)
Mike Gabel (DBS patient)
Amy Scheinbaum (care partner of DBS patient)

A recording of the DBS Round Table is on PD Active’s YouTube Channel.


July Forum/Webinar with Dr. Diviya Kaul on Medications in Parkinson’s Disease

(Saturday, July 11th, 2020)
Diviya Kaul, MD is a Movement Disorders Specialist currently working at Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek. Her webinar about medications in PD was live and there was an opportunity to engage by submitting questions as she presented. This is a condensed version of the slides that were used in her presentation.