Welcome to the Parkinson Association of Santa Barbara
We offer programs that empower those with Parkinson’s and their Care Partners to be
pro-active in managing their day-to-day lives, working to delay progression, and committing to living well with Parkinson’s. Our shared experiences and triumphs drive everything we do, and strengthen our resolve to spread the message, “You may have Parkinson’s, but Parkinson’s doesn't have you."
We do not have a physical location for PASB. Most of our activities are held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Please send mail to: PASB, PO Box 6254, SB, CA 93160-6254
We are now offering the following meetings on ZOOM (in person meetings TBD):
Grief Support Group Meeting Tuesdays at 11 am (meets in person at private home)
Care Partners (Caregivers Support Group) Meeting Tuesdays at 2:30 pm (on Zoom only)
Early Onset Support Group Meetings 3rd Sunday of every month at 3 pm (meets on Zoom only)
click here for more info about how to join these meetings
Move to Connect Exercise classes Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm
for more information and to be added to the email list for one of these groups, please email email@example.com
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Dr. Sarah Kempe-Mehl
What's New in Neuropalliative Care
View the video from this Speaker Meeting Presentation
from Thursday, July 1st from 3:00 on Zoom. click HERE
Exercise for Wellness
View the video from this Speaker Meeting Presentation
from Wednesday, February 16 from 1-2:15 on Zoom. click HERE
Upcoming Speaker Meetings
Presented on Zoom
2022 PASB Speaker Programs
All will be on Zoom unless otherwise noted and the programs will run from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
*Invitations with Zoom link will be sent out prior to each meeting. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list.
May 18th, 2022--Dr. Hiner, MD, Link Neuroscience Institute
PD, Sleep and Me
How does Parkinson's Disease affect sleep? Join Dr. Hiner of Link Neuroscience Institute in Oxnard to learn about medical and non medical approaches to this issue. Dr. Hiner received his M.D. cum laude from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1982, having completed the usual 4 years in 3 years in an accelerated scholars program. He was inducted into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha by his second year. He completed Neurology training at Stanford University, chosen Administrative Chief Resident by the faculty his senior year. After a year of basic neurosciences fellowship he embarked on a career in clinical medicine and research, establishing one of the largest programs for Parkinson’s disease and other Movement disorders first at the Marshfield Clinic and then at the Medical College of Wisconsin. As full professor he developed one of the largest and most active programs specializing in advanced treatments including Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), where he served as Neurologic Director. He has over 40 research publications in the field, and has participated in over 800 DBS surgeries performing intraoperative microelectrode recording (for precise targeting) and post-op DBS programming.
April 20, 2022- Ericka Dixon, LCSW with Ashley Goodson, LCSW
Ericka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years of experience. She began her career in Washington, DC where she worked with a Holocaust Survivor program and began to hone her expertise in the genetic and neurologic expression of trauma as a multi-generational phenomenon, also known as Epigenetics. Upon returning to her hometown of Santa Barbara, Ericka worked with renowned Alzheimer’s researcher, Ken Kosik, PhD in his Center for Brain Fitness. Ericka has been with Cottage Health system since 2010, first as a psychotherapist to Caregivers of those with neurologic disorders, dementias and brain injuries. Ericka currently treats those who are living with neurologic injury, illness and progressive diseases. In her free time, Ericka enjoys swimming, yoga, attending concerts and exploring architecture.
Those with chronic illness often find themselves on anemotional and physical "roller coaster ride." The way we think about a situation shapes our experienceand our response to it. Learn how our ability to adjust to a new normalfacilitates development of realistic 'coping strategies.'
LSVT BIG. What is it? Who is it for? Does it work? Learn about all this and more with Noah Gaines DPT, NCS. Noah has worked as a Physical Therapist for the last 14 years. He specializes in treating patients with neurologic problems and he particularly enjoys working with people that have Parkinson's Disease.
February 16, 2022-Angie Ruccio, BS, LMT, CPT and Rock Steady Boxing certified
Exercise For Wellness
Angie originally started her wellness career as a yoga teacher, this sparked a joy and interest in learning more about health and fitness for body and mind. She has been practicing massage therapy for 16 years. She is also a personal trainer specializing in senior fitness and a Rock Steady Boxing coach.
Get ready to move! Join Angie Ruccio as she discusses the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson's disease and the importance of finding something you like to do and fits your individual needs. Angie will also discuss alternative treatments such as massage and acupuncture.
January 19, 2022 – Dr. Erin Presant, DO, CCMS
The Medicine of Yum
Erin Presant is a board certified Neurologist and fellowship trained Movement Disorders specialist. In addition Dr. Presant has earned her certification in Culinary Medicine. Dr. Presant has experience working in the academic environment as well as in private practice, having co-owned her own Movement Disorders practice. She has experience in clinical trials as well and enjoys being part of research.
She will teach you about the most up to date research regarding your brain and your diet and easy ways to implement changes in your own kitchen. What you eat can help you to feel better and can make a difference in your Parkinson's Disease as well! Dr. Presant will also do a cooking demo to show you how to incorporate yummy flavors and brain healthy foods!
*All speaker meetings will be presented on Zoom until further notice and will run from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Invitations will be sent out prior to each meeting. For more information, contact Erin Dougherty at email@example.com.
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Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive, debilitating neurological movement disorder. Many in our community deal with this disease every day, as it challenges their quality of life and affects their entire families.
We are a non-profit, not affiliated with any national organization and have no building or office. We completely rely on donations to support our Parkinson's community and to help our families live better with Parkinson's Disease. Your donation is tax deductible.
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