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 Howard Zalkin at (925) 939-4210, 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 PNMD Library with books, flyers, videos, etc. is open at this time.

10:45 to 11:45 – Guest speaker.

11:45 to noon – Q&A and wrap-up.


Upcoming Guest Speakers:

December 16th, 2017: The Annual Holiday Party!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Can you believe it? It seem like just a year ago we were having the Annual Holiday Party. Wait… What?!?

The meeting starts at the usual 9:00 AM with our breakout support groups followed by our holiday lunch. This year we have our own Tremble Clefs providing musical entertainment. PNMD will be providing a choice of soups and salad for lunch! Please bring a fruit and/or dessert to share with everyone.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you and celebrating the holidays.


January 20th, 2018: Rock Steady Boxing will give a presentation from 10:45 to 11:15 about the their program.

Bob Wolf, author and PNMD member, will discuss his book, Honey I Sold the Red Cadillac from 11:15 to 11:45. We’ll have more info about Bob and his book soon. Bob’s book is available in the PNMD library. Just ask Abraham!


February 17th, 2018, we will have a presentation on Duopa by Stephanie Fiola, titled Duopa: A treatment for advanced P.D.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Medical College of Virginia as well as her certification in Critical Care Nursing. She has been a nurse for 20 years with majority of her experience in the Intensive Care Unit and the past four years as a full time nurse educator. When she is not working she enjoys her family, traveling, skiing, and the gym.

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


May 19th, 2018, Dr Cameron Dietiker will do a 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.

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