2022  Speaker Meetings

SPEAKER MEETINGS  (listed below.) 


Speaker presentations are currently being held on Zoom unless otherwise noted. Reservations not Required.  Contact Admin at mypasb@gmail.com for more information.


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 will be sent out prior to each meeting.


June 15th, 2022--Kate Carter, LifeChronicles, Inc. 

                                              The Gift of Remembering


Remembering who we are, who we were, who we love, and sharing those memories brings joy and comfort to everyone. Remembering transports us into cherished moments and sharing those memories brings connection, opportunities to heal and to renew connections. Preserving these memories and moments of sharing extends the gift to the future. 

As if part of a great plan, almost everything in Kate Carter’s life has prepared her for her work today.  From an internship in video production, embarked upon solely from a fascination with the field, to her own critical illness 34 years ago when her children were very young, her experiences and training have made her comfortable with and capable for the work she pursues each day.  Even her past administrative experience as executive assistant to the president of a corporation was invaluable when she needed to mold an innovative idea, originally intended to help a dying friend, into a functioning, thriving organization intended to help any person, anywhere, in the same situation.


In the past 24 years, LifeChronicles, with the help of hundreds of student and adult volunteers, has produced videos for more than 1800 families experiencing health or life crisis in 41 states, 421 cities, the UK and Canada. 

May 25th, 2022--Dr. Rubio, MD (IN PERSON)

Time? 4:30-5:30pm

Donde/Where? St. George Community Center, 1032 E. Mason St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103


La Enfermedad de Parkinson, Come Se Evalua, Y Como Se Trata

Understanding Parkinson's Disease, how it is evaluated, how it is treated. Program will be in Spanish and English. 

May 18th, 2022--Dr. Hiner, MD, Link Neuroscience Institute (On Zoom)

                                              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

                                              Mind/Body/Spirit Connection


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 experience and our response to it. Learn how our ability to adjust to a new normal facilitates development of realistic 'coping  strategies.'


March 16, 2022-Noah Gaines, DPT, NCS

                                                       LSVT BIG

      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 mypasb@gmail.com.

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