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 Derek Ransley, 925-944-0162,
  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 Rosemary Way, 925-476-5661,
  1. Caregivers Only: Caregivers discuss issues relating to their roles. Meeting location is the Sanctuary at Grace Church.  Contact person is Norman Kibbe,

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:

June 16, 2018

Kaitie Ty Warren – Presentation: Be Heard! The Mechanics of Speech for Parkinson’s

Ms. Warren teaches a weekly class in Berkeley, using relaxation, exercise, games, muscle training and music to develop the tools to maintain the ability to speak clearly.   She has decades of experience in theater, singing, and speech and has studied with some of the best vocal teachers in the Bay Area, Seattle and Los Angeles.  Her experience ranges from opera to the revolutionary Fitzmaurice Technique for voice training.

July 21, 2018

Lena Hart – Presentation:  Redefining and Finding Balance with Parkinson’s Disease
(How to make everything easier)

Ms. Hart teaches the Alexander Technique at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has a private practice.  She is an experienced postural and ergonomics specialist, helping students and clients become aware of the harmful, habitual physical choices they make in daily life in order to reduce pain and improve abilities.  She is a graduate of the Alexander Education Center of Berkeley and holds an MFA from the University of Tennessee and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

August 18, 2018

Dr. Maxwell B. Merkow – Presentation: Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease: Rationale, Evaluation, and Emerging Technology

Dr. Merkow’s many areas of clinical interest include functional neurosurgery, including the implantation of deep brain stimulation devices for the treatment of PD and essential tremor.  He received his medical degree from Columbia University, and completed a seven-year residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Merkow practices at Bay Area Neurosciences and has privileges at John Muir Medical Center – both in Walnut Creek.

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

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