Meetings

PNMD general support group meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. General questions may be directed to Abraham Raja at (925) 304-2064, or Lance Gershen at (925) 932-1028.

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Except as otherwise noted, each meeting will follow the agenda below:

9:00 to 10:15 a.m. – Three concurrent meetings.  No RSVP’s needed. All are welcome, and there is no charge:

  1. Men with Parkinson’s Disease Only: For men newly diagnosed or who’ve had PD for years:  time to share, laugh, and learn from each other.  Meeting location is the Fireside Room at Grace Church.  Contact person is Gregg Riehl (jgriehl@gmail.com) at (925) 254-8349.
  1. Women with Parkinson’s Disease Only: For women newly diagnosed or who’ve had PD for years:  time to share, laugh, and learn from each other.  Meeting location is the Library at Grace Church.  Contact person is Sandy Clark (sandchu@aol.com(925) 944-0769.
  1. Caregivers Only: Caregivers discuss issues relating to their roles. Meeting location is the Sanctuary at Grace Church.  Contact person is Norman Kibbe (925) 935-9322 (nkibbe@aol.com).

10:15 to 10:45 – Assemble in the Oak Room for refreshments, welcoming new members, and announcements. The general meeting is moderated by Bill Clinch.  The PNMD Library with books, flyers, and videos is open at this time.

10:45 to 11:45 – Guest speaker.

11:45 to noon – Q&A and wrap-up.


Upcoming Guest Speakers:

February 17, 2018

Duopa: A treatment for advanced Parkinson’s Disease

A joint presentation by Salima Brillman, MD, Parkinson’s Institute, and Stephanie Fiola, BSN, RN, CCRN, Abbvie.  Dr. Brillman is a board-certified neurologist devoted to diagnosing and managing patients with PD and other movement disorders.  Ms. Fiola has been an ICU nurse for over 20 years.  For the past four years, she has been a full-time nurse educator.

Catering will be underwritten by Abbvee and presented by Cindy Gershen and her Mt. Diablo High School Students.


March 17, 2018

Linda Fodrini-Johnson – Presentation on Eldercare Services
Navigating the terrain of living with a progressive illness:  the important resources you want to know about.

Lina is a licensed Family Therapist and certified Professional Care Manager.  She founded Eldercare Services.


April 21, 2018

Victoria O’Kane – Presentation on Living Joyfully

Victoria O’Kane is the author of the book, A Journey to Joy, 13 Steps to Heal Your Self-Esteem.  After a lifelong career in sales, she now teaches adults the same skills she learned that changed her life, so that they may also embark upon their own journeys to joy.  It is her mission to inspire and motivate others to heal emotionally and to learn how to find and live in the joy we all deserve.


May 19, 2018

Dr Cameron Dietiker – Presentation on Therapies in Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Dietiker is an assistant clinical professor of Neurology at UCSF where she sees patients at the Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center as well as in the Huntington’s disease and Ataxia clinics at the Memory and Aging Center.  She attended medical school at New York Medical College and completed both her neurology residency and movement disorder fellowship at UCSF.  She has expertise in deep brain stimulation and botulinum toxin therapies for the treatment of various movement disorders and is active in ongoing clinical research trials at UCSF for Parkinson’s disease, Essential Tremor, and Huntington’s disease.

Catering will be underwritten by Medtronics and presented by Cindy Gershen and her Mt. Diablo High School Students.

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