Monschke Hall at
Twin Lakes Church
2701 Cabrillo College Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

An Educational Symposium

Saturday, March 25, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Cruz'n thru PD: Living Well with Parkinson's Disease

With Major Funding From
The Bowen Family Foundation

Presented By the
Santa Cruz County Parkinson's Support Group
And EASE PD, inc 


Main Stage

  Rita Gandhy, MD, MPH   Movement Disorder Specialist

Rita Gandhy, MD, MPH

Movement Disorder Specialist


Living Well with Parkinson's Disease

Rita Gandhy, MD, MPH

Dr. Gandhy  brings over 10 years of experience partnering with and caring for people living with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. Her care philosophy is that we must care for the whole person and not just their disease. Dr. Gandy believes that comprehensive care includes not only access to the latest innovations in therapies and treatments, but also the thoughtful understanding and management of the many emotions experienced by people living with Parkinson’s and their family members that impact attitude, behavior, and ultimately quality of life.

Dr. Gandhy has expertise in the uses of Botulinum Toxin and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as therapeutic interventions for Parkinson’s. She has also been involved with levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) as treatment for Parkinson’s and is excited about the potential benefits of the apomorphine pump.

While at Marshall University in West Virginia, Dr. Gandhy established their movement disorders program with a goal of introducing a comprehensive care model to the community. Her program included the care for and treatment of both motor and non-motor or non-movement related features of Parkinson’s disease, DBS, LSVT Loud® and LSVT Big®, and other exercise therapies.


  George Triadafilopoulos, MD    Clinical Professor of Medicine   Stanford University School of Medicine

George Triadafilopoulos, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Practical Knowledge you can use

Parkinson's and the Gut

George Triadafilopoulos, MD

Dr. George Triadafilopoulos recently spoke on "Pathophysiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract & Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease" at the Parkinson's Institute CME seminar "Improving Patient Care in Parkinson's Disease. 

Dr. Triadafilopoulos serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. 
 In addition, he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Avantis Medical Systems, Inc., as well as a member of the Advisory Board at RenovoRx, Inc. Dr. Triadafilopoulos is an Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He privately practiced at El Camino Hospital, and was the Chief of Gastroenterology at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He received his Doctor of Medicine, Summa Cum Laude, from Aristotelian University Medical School in Thessaloniki, Greece.


   Dave Iverson     I   ndependent film producer and veteran journalist.

Dave Iverson

Independent film producer and veteran journalist.


Addition in the Face of Subtraction: Pushing back against Parkinson's

Dave Iverson, PwP

Dave Iverson’s career spanned both broadcast journalism and independent filmmaking. His most recent film is “Capturing Grace”, a feature documentary about a group of dancers with Parkinson’s disease and their unique collaboration with the world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group. The film screened to sold out audiences around the country and internationally. It won the Audience Favorite Award at numerous film festivals including the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival, the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival, the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival and the 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival among others. The film was broadcast on PBS during the summer and fall of 2015. 

Iverson was the writer, correspondent and co-producer/director of the 2009 PBS Frontline documentary “My Father, My Brother and Me” which explored his family’s battle with Parkinson’s as well as the scientific, ethical and political issues raised by the search for a cure for this condition. An earlier documentary of Iverson’s for PBS, “The Thirty Second Candidate”, won a National Emmy Award in 1999.  Iverson has also served as a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and as a radio host at San Francisco’s NPR affiliate KQED. 

Iverson is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences focusing on Parkinson’s disease and is a founding member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Patient Council.


Breakout Sessions

Learn even more by attending two of the following breakout sessions. (Program subject to change.)


Participate an Exercise class geared for People with Parkinson's (PwP)

Leah Santos, PT
Dominican Hospital


Recent Treatment Developments

Dr Gandhy
Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center

New to PD?

Intro to Parkinson's Disease ("PD101")

Dr Gandhy
Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center

Poor Sleep?

Sleep Disorders Associated with PD

Dr William T. Hart, M.D., FCCP, D, ABSM
Board Certified in Sleep Medicine


Participate in a speech strengthening class.

Dorie Melville, SP
Dominican Hospital

Get More Details

Parkinson's and the Gut – Q&A

Dr Triadafilopoulos


Emotional Aspects of Parkinson's Disease

Dr Jerry Solomon, Clinical Psychologist



Rock Steady Boxing Demonstration 

Cassandra Huff

DBS Panel Discussion

Years after Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS), still a good choice?

Panel of Local DBS patients


Experience a Dance for Parkinson's Class

Molly Katzman & Katie Griffin
Motion Pacific

Registration closes March 10, 2017
(Or before as Seating is Limited)


8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lunch Provided

Monschke Hall at
Twin Lakes Church
2701 Cabrillo College Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

Link to map and directions



Call Karen at 831-708-2906


George at 831-475-1175