Saturday October 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Where - NOTE:  New Location

Mount Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Driving Directions 


Kathy Morton
APDA Richmond Metro Chapter
(804) 261-5201

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • AbbVie
  • APDA Information & Referral Center at UVA
  • APDA Raffle Table - Richmond Metro Chapter
  • Assitive Technology - McGuire VAMC
  • Circle Center Adult Day Services
  • Lawrence Rehabilitation - The Gait Center
  • Medtronic
  • Parkinson's Disease Foundation
  • Parkinson's Disease Research, Education & Clinical Center (PADRECC) at McGuire VAMC
  • Sheltering Arms
  • Teva Neuroscience
  • The Hermitage
  • UCB
  • US WorldMeds
  • VCU Parkinsons & Movement Disorders Center
  • VCU Pharmacy School - Medication Logs
  • VCU Occupational Therapy Students Demonstrations
  • YMCA of Greater Richmond

2014 Richmond Parkinson's Disease Community Education Day 

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Mount Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road
Glen Allen, VA  23059

Annual conference for patients and families impacted by Parkinson's Disease, offering educational presentations, breakout sessions, exhibits & networking.   


8:00 - 9:00 AM -- Registration & Browse exhibits
                             Continental breakfast available

9:15 AM - 12:15 PM -- KEYNOTE Sessions
9:15 - 10:05 AM
Hollistic Health for Parkinson's Disease - Monique L. Giroux, MD
Movement Disorder Specialist, Movement and NeuroPerformance Center, Englewood, Colorado
Dr. Giroux will address the concepts of holistic health and integrative medicine and discuss practical considerations for blending traditional and complementary therapies in managing Parkinson's.

10:20 - 11:10 AM
Deep Brain Stimuation (DBS) and Quality of Life - Kathryn Holloway, MD
Neurosurgeon, McGuire VAMC and VCU

11:10 - 11:24 AM (Transition Presentation)
Laughter Yoga - Heather Umberger, MS, CMT, CLYL
Heather will describe laughter yoga and its benefits and lead the audience in a few laughter exercises and breathing techniques.

11:25 - 12:15 PM
Nutritional Issues in Parkinson's Disease - Marian L. Evatt, MD
Movement Disorder Specialist, Atlanta (Decatur) VAMC and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Evatt will present about a healthy diet for PD, discuss vitamins and supplements, protein and levodopa issues. 

12:15 - 1:30 -- Lunch

1:30 - 3:30 -- BREAKOUT Sessions

1:30 - 2:20 - Session 1:  Participants choose one:

 A. PD 101 - Matthew Barrett, MD
Movement Disorder Specialist, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Dr. Barrett will discuss the basics of Parkinson's disease, what it is, who it affects, why it occurs, and what to do about it.  The session will conclude with a question and answer session.

B.  Wiihab for PD - Nathan "Ben" Herz, OTD
Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Staunton, Virginia
Dr. Herz will discuss how Video Gaming can remediate various symptoms in Parkinson's disease.  He will explore the different aspects of gaming as a virtual environment and exercise platform.  Included will be the physiological reaction to the video game and symptoms associated, and how the "Wiifit" can address and assist with balance issues.  Dr. Herz will talk about his research in this area and the results he had in a study, focusing on the effect of video gaming in PD.

C.  Continuing the Conversation - Monique L. Giroux, MD
Movement Disorder Specialist, Movement and NeuroPerformance Center, Englewood, Colorado
Dr. Giroux will expand on a holistic philosophy of care for Parkinson's and treatmetn tailored to an individual's needs.  Complimentary therapies with the most benefit, safety issues, and related pros and cons will be part of the discussion.

2:35 - 3:25 - Session 2:  Participants choose one:

 A. The Challenges of Changing Roles & Caregiving in Parkinson's Disease -
Carol Manning, PhD
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Parkinson's disease impacts spouses, family members and partners in addition to the individual with the disease.  Dr. Manning will discuss the impact of PD on all of these people including the challenges of being a partner and a caregiver.  This will be used as a springboard for group discussion.

B.  Physical Therapy for Individual's with Parkinson's: Decided when to go and who to go to - Jeff Hoder, PT, DPT, NCS
Program Director, Rehabilitation and Wellness, VCU PMDC, Richmond, VA
Dr. Hoder will discuss the importance of exercise and physical therapy across the spectrum of Parkinson's disease, from newly diagnosed onward.  Additionally, he will discuss how to best choose a provider, how to set specific goals, and how to make sure the improvements last!

C.  Living well with DBS - Miriam Hirsch, MS, RN and Jackie Johnson, RN, BSN
McGuire VAMC Parkinson's Disease Research Education and Clinical Center, Richmond, Virginia

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Registration Open July 1st

Early Bird Special $20 until July 31st.  

$25 after August 1st

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel and require a refund, please contact us as soon as possible. 
Refunds will be granted until Monday, October 6, 2014.

Registration Fee Assistance:
Please contact us for more information about scholarships to assist with registration fees.

Staying overnight?

Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook
4050 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA  23060

(804) 521-2900

Rooms are available for $83 + 13.3% tax
October 10-11, 2014
Ask for group code "PARK"
Reservations must be made before September 26th in order to receive this rate.

This conference is hosted by:

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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