Past Meetings​​

November 14, 2017

  • Thanksgiving PotlucK​

October 10, 2017

  • Jeanine O. Yip DPT, NCS Advanced Clinical Specialist CHOMP
  • Exercise for PD

September 12, 2017

  • Dr. Peter Lin, MD, Movement Disorder Specialist, Board Certified Neurologist      
  •  "New Developments in Parkinson's Disease" 
  •  Valley Parkinson's Center, Los Gatos

August 8, 2017

  • Henry Marquez
  • ​ADA compliant home remodel for PwP

July 11, 2017

  • Discussion Groups​

June 13, 2017

  • Katherine Pietsch, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS Speech Therapist CHOMP
  • "Think LOUD! Speech and Swallowing Changes with Parkinson's"

May 9, 2017

  • Osiris Salgado, Case Manager CCQLP
  • Osiris discussed the many services and classes the Central California Quality of Life Programs offer free of cost to PWP, included Water Aerobics, equipment reuse, Education and Advocacy, and Case Management.

April 11, 2017

  • Discussion Groups, several people volunteered to get together to discuss future meetings and speakers

February 14, 2017 and ​March 14, 2017

  • Discussion Groups

January 10, 2017

  • Andrea Fuerst reviewed the many benefits  that come with joining the Sally Griffin Center. 

December-No Meeting

November 8, 2016

  • Potluck -Favorite dishes were brought to share!

​October 11, 2016​

  • Karen Merchant RN, CNRN- Clinic Nurse, UCSF Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center​
  • "Sleep, A Piece of the Parkinson's Puzzle"

​​September 13, 2016

  • Discussion Groups

August 9, 2016

  • Laura Logsdon, RN from Abbie brought an patient who uses the Duopa system to followup on  our June discussion with Susie Fazlollahi.
  • ​Charmaine Eng, Sasha, and Dean from PPSG explained their mission and MPSG's connection with them. 
  • Charmaine discussed the progress in setting up a new PD Support Group in Salinas.

July  12, 2016

  • Senior Drive Ombudsman Rosemary Robles presented information on safe driving practices, traffic safety, and when it is time to get out from behind the wheel. 
  • Rosemary noted that obtaining a handicapped placard does not trigger a review of license eligibility.
  • Rosemary shared that some drivers, whose license is suspended due to a physical disorder, can qualify for reinstatement by submitting a Driver Medical Evaluation

June 14, 2016

  • Susie Fazlollahi from Abbie shared information about the newly approved treatment for Parkinsons's, Duopa. For Parkinson's patients who are experiencing "wearing off" of their carvadopa/levadopa medication, Duopa provides a continuous feed of meds during waking hours.
  • Clare and Lew will be leaving the group. We wish them well.
  • The possibility of starting a Parkinson's support group in Salinas with the help of Charmaine Eng from PPSG was discussed.

May 10, 2016

  • Jeanine Yip, DPT,NCS led a lively and informative session on the importance of exercise to restore vestibular balance and improve functioning and quality of life for PWP. She discussed the PWR! program, which she has been certified in. With the help of Bruce Belknap, a group boxing demo took place, Bruce also shared a short video about the benefits of boxing for PWP.
  • Dr. Yip is Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Hartnell Center

April 12, 2016

  • Member discussion

March 8, 2016

  • Dr. Alejandro Centurion, M.D., Neurology, presented information regarding Lewy Body Dementia and current treatments for PD, as well as fielding questions from a large and attentive audience.

February 9, 2016

  • Andrea Borgman-Quist of the Peninsula Pilates Project talked about the 8 free restorative Pilates for Parkinson's class program available to people with Parkinson's.
  • Sign up by calling 831 521-4288

January 12, 2016

  • Before breaking into discussion groups, we reviewed the results of the Speaker Survey conducted in November. Of most interest were the following topics: Exercise, Lewy Body Dementia, and Driving and PD.

November 10, 2015

  • Potluck

October 13, 2015

  • ​Martin Skerritt, LCSW, gave an excellent presentation and led a discussion about depression and PD.

September 8, 2015

  • Pole Walking-Jayah Faye Paley from brought a variety of poles and tips. We practiced walking with poles and discussed the benefits of pole walking.

August 11, 2015

  • Member Discussion

July 14, 2015

  • Dr. Fahd R Khan, MD, MSE of the California Neurological Institute, Los Gatos, presented Making Deep Brain Stimulation Easier and Safer for Parkinson's Patients.

June 9, 2015

  • Jeanine Yip, DPT CHOMP led a lively discussion about the importance of movement for PWP. 

May 12, 2015 

  • Member discussion

April 14, 2015

  • Helen Garvy, Parkinson's Disease and Cannabis

March 10, 2015

  • Dr. Matthew Arnold, MD Neurology gave a comprehensive presentation about living with PD.
  • Tim Jones, TEVA, shared current publications about PD.

February 10, 2015

  • Member Discussion

January 13, 2015

November 11, 2014

  • Potluck starring Henry's casserole.
  • Irene Watson and her PD dance troupe demonstrated their skills on the dance floor.

October 14, 2014

  • Grant Helm, Executive Director MS Quality of Life Project shared the role MSQLP plays in advocating for people with MS and PD.
  • Carol Simpson, George E Young, and Ivy and Eugene Olsen were honored and recognized for their service to MPSG

September 9, 2014

  • Member Discussion

August 19, 2014

  • Dr. Laura Banks, MD Neurology addressed the topic of communicating with your Neurologist

July 15, 2014

  • Dr. Jennifer D'Attilio, MS, CCC-SLP Director of Speech and Language at Central Coast Language and Learning shared her family's PD journey and the difference the LVST speech program makes for soft spoken PWP.

June 17, 2014

The following officers were nominated and elected;

  • President-Kathy Warthan
  • Treasurer-Henry Marquez
  • Secretary-Barbara Rosenthal

Clare S. volunteered to be responsible for refreshments


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Future Meetings​​​​

 December 2017


January 9, 2018

  • Colleen Fisher-National Coordinator of Signature Events
    Parkinson’s Foundation
  • "​Tips for Parkinson's"

​February 13, 2018

  • Dr. Salima Brillman, MD  Parkinson's Institute, Sunnyvale
  • "Parkinson's Disease: More than Motor Symptoms"
  • Sponsored by Crystal Miller, ARCADIA Pharmaceuticals

March 13, 2018

  • Discussion Groups

April 10, 2018

  • TBA

May 8, 2018

  • "Nutrition and Parkinson's"
  • Marilyn Uwate, MED RD CDE, CHOMP

June 12, 2018

  • Discussion Groups

July 10, 2018

  • TBA

August 14, 2018

  • TBA

September 11, 2018

  • Discussion Groups

October 9, 2018

  • TBA

November 13, 2018

  • Thanksgiving Potluck

December 2018

  • No Meeting



MPSG Meetings


When and Where We Meet

​The Monterey Parkinson's Support Group meets at 3:00 pm on the second Tuesday of every month except December at:

The Sally Griffin Active Living Center

700 Jewell Avenue

​Pacific Grove, CA 93950