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, or Ronnie Wanetick at (925) 933-6357.
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Except as otherwise noted, each meeting will follow the agenda below:
9:00 to 9:50 a.m. – Three concurrent meetings. No RSVP’s needed. All are welcome, and there is no charge:
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (925) 254-8349.
- 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 (email@example.com) (925) 944-0769.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
10:00 to 12:00 – Assemble in the Oak Room for refreshments, general information, guest speakers and Q&A. The PNMD Library with books, flyers, videos, etc. is open at this time.
10:45 to 12:00 – guest speakers
Upcoming Guest Speakers:
June 17th, 2017: Dr. Nijee Luthra, M.D. UCSF will present Advances in Parkinson’s Disease.
Dr. Nijee Luthra obtained her degree in Medicine as well as a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. She completed her residency in Neurology at University of California, Davis Medical Center, where she also served as a Chief Resident. She is interested in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia and tardive dyskinesia and treatments including deep brain stimulation and botulinum toxin therapy. She is pursuing a Movement Disorders Fellowship at UCSF/San Francisco VA, to be completed in 2017.
July 15th, 2017: Salima Brillman, MD will do a presentation titled, Parkinson’s Disease: More that Motor Symptoms.
Dr Salima Brillman is a movement disorders specialist from the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center in Sunnyvale.
Dr. Salima Brillman joined the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center in December 2015. Dr. Brillman is a bilingual board certified neurologist devoted to diagnosing and managing patients with PD and other movement disorders. She has expertise in the use of Botulinum toxin and Deep Brain Stimulation. Dr. Brillman recognizes the importance of dedicating time and education to the PD population and their relatives. She feels strongly that the PD patients need and deserve a multidisciplinary approach to their diagnosis in order to achieve better outcomes.
Prior to joining the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, Dr. Brillman was with the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton in Florida. There she gained considerable experience in clinical research as a sub investigator in several trials including the Levodopa intestinal gel infusion (recently FDA approved), Apomorphine pump, inhaled levodopa, sublingual apomorphine, droxidopa in the treatment of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (now FDA approved) , and several oral agents used for end of dose wearing off and motor fluctuations. In addition to PD clinical studies, she was also involved in trials for tardive dyskinesia, dementia and Huntington’s Disease. Prior to this Dr. Brillman worked in a private practice with Dr. Horstmyer in Bismarck, ND where she was one of the founders of the only Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) programs in North Dakota.
Dr. Brillman received her BA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California; her MA in Neuroscience at the University of Hartford in Hartford Connecticut; and her MD from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. Dr. Brillman completed her neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
August 19th, 2017: EloiseTheisen, Founder Green Health Consultants and board director American Cannabis Nurses Association and Rebecca and Tim Byers of Agathist Collective will present A Panel Discussion on Medical Marijuana: An Education Panel
For almost 16 years, Eloise Theisen has been a dedicated and patient-focused nurse specializing in cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, ALS, dementia, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, PTSD, fibromyalgia, and various auto-immune and neurological diseases. The founder of Green Health Consultants, she started her career at John Muir Medical Center caring for patients suffering from cancer, terminal illnesses, respiratory failure/complaints, drug overdoses, acute alcohol ingestion, gastrointestinal bleeds, traumatic brain injury, and multiple traumas and from there worked her way up to management.
Eloise is a passionate advocate for medical cannabis and cannabis oil alternatives after seeing the positive benefits it has had for patients. In partnership with Dr. R. David Ferrara MD, she started Green Health Consultants (GHC), a clinic dedicated to ensuring patients receive the qualified counseling they need to safely and effectively use cannabinoids to manage a health condition, cure an illness or reduce their intake of pharmaceuticals.
In June 2015, Tim and Rebecca co-founded The Agathist Collective, a cannabis consulting and delivery service that provides members with the information, products, and support that they need for relief from chronic and age-related illnesses.
Tim and Rebecca provide in-home guidance to members who are new to cannabis, and provide detailed and accurate information about products, efficacy, benefits, and adverse effects. They help you understand your treatment plan, why specific cannabinoids, terpenes, and routes of administration can be effective at treating your disease or condition, and help you understand and apply your dosing instructions.
Tim and Rebecca have been active in the cannabis community since 2014. They are both members of the Rossmoor Medical Marijuana Club. Rebecca co-founded Flower Maid in 2014, and Timothy is currently working on cannabis training modules for medical practitioners and dispensary staff.
Sept. 16, 2017: Dr. Marilyn Stebbins from UCSF along with UCSF pharmacy students will present a discussion, All You Ever Wanted to Know about Pharmacy.
Marilyn Stebbins joined the faculty at UCSF, School of Pharmacy in 1998. Her clinical work has focused on developing innovative pharmacy practice models in the physician group practice setting, primarily for underserved populations. Her teaching has been in the areas of Medicare Part D, innovative practice models, health policy, managed care and leadership development. As a faculty member of the HSPR Pathway, she serves as a faculty adviser for HSPR students. Her longstanding research emphasis has been on Medicare Part D as she received, with Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Helene Levens Lipton, a major grant from the Amgen Foundation to work in collaboration with all seven pharmacy schools in California. The goal was to leverage the Medicare Part D expertise of doctor of pharmacy students statewide to help Medicare-eligible people throughout California enroll in the Medicare Part D plans that best meets their needs and their abilities to pay, and seed a spirit of collaboration among pharmacy, medical and nursing students. The ultimate hope is that this program, called Partners in D, will be applied nationwide. Since moving back to UCSF in 2013 as the Vice Chair of Clinical Innovation, her goal is to extend her clinical work to develop innovative team-based practice models in other ambulatory and community pharmacy settings. Presently, her research focus is in transitions of pharmacy care from the acute and post-acute setting back into the community with an emphasis on an accurate and portable medication list through these transitions of care.