Take Control Series

APDA Take Control Series

Parkinson’s disease is a complex disorder with new challenges to face as the disease progresses.  The more educated a patient and family becomes the more they are able to Take Control of their disease.  Experts in the field will educate and prepare you to recognize these challenges and learn how to manage them with practical tools and greater knowledge so that you can live life to the fullest.

The program will take place once per month ON LINE via the Zoom platform.
Each session will be approximately one hour – a 40 minute presentation followed by Q & A from the audience.  The sessions will also be recorded for later viewing on the APDA Northwest YouTube Channel.

(To view previous programs scroll to the bottom of the page)

You can register for individual sessions below.
If you want to register for the entire 2021 series. Click here HERE



Friday, June 18, 2021 @ 10:30am pacific time

Innovations in Deep Brain Stimulation: A panel discussion

If you have ever considered Deep Brain Stimulation as a treatment option this conversation is for you. Join the renowned DBS team from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR for a discussion about the newest advances in DBS, their advanced interdisciplinary approach to selection of ideal candidates and expertise in programming procedures. Neurosurgeon Dr. Kim Burchiel, Neurologist Dr. Delaram Safarpour, Physician Assistant Shannon Anderson, and DBS recipient Diane Hutchins will discuss the latest developments and considerations in DBS.



We take a break to present the CREATE JOY series. A creative arts series featuring interactive workshops.
Registration and Information comes out in June.


Date TBA

Palliative Care in Parkinson’s disease: Providing patient-centered care, support, and symptom management

Join us for a panel discussion with a team from the Palliative Care program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle about the power of palliative care involvement in Parkinson’s disease.


  • Dr. Christopher Flynn, D.O.: Board-certified Palliative Care Physician
  • Rev. Lorraine E. Leist, MDiv, BCC-PCHAC: Board-certified Chaplain
  • Joan Luster,  MSW: Palliative care Social Worker


Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Please join us to hear about how palliative care can help in the care of people living with Parkinson Disease (PD).  We will explore how palliative care teams can assist with:

  • Providing a diagnosis and prognosis with compassion
  • Discussion goals of care
  • Managing complex physical symptoms
  • Providing caregiver support
  • Addressing social, emotional, and spiritual well-being

Registration coming soon.


Past Programs

Past Recordings of these programs can be found on our YouTube Channel

Dementia, Cognition & PD
Dr. Nancy Isenberg, Medical Director of the Center for Healthy Aging
Swedish Neurosciences

Neglected Clinic Topics
Dr. Laurie K. Mischley, Naturopathic Physician and Researcher
Seattle Integrative Medicine & Bastyr University

Avoiding Apathy in COVID Times: 4 Tips to Keep You Motivated and Moving in the Pandemic
Dr. Nate Coomer, Physical Therapist
The Parkinson’s Fitness Project

Sleep & Fatigue in Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, Movement Disorder Neurologist & Chief Scientific Officer
American Parkinson Disease Association

The Impact of PD on Vision
Dr. Steven Hamilton  Neuro-Ophthalmologist
Swedish Medical Center

The 5 W’s (Who…What…Where…When…Why) of Home Care and Home Health
Shawn D’Amelio, President, Washington Home Care Association
With A Little Help

Case Studies from the Exam Room
Dr. Pravin Khemani, Movement Disorders Neurologist
Swedish Medical Center

Mind Over Parkinsons
Dr. Patrick Hogan, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Puget Sound Neurology

Unlock the Healing Power of Food
Wilma Shaw, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition
Embrace Nutrition

The Gut Biome & PD
Dr. Kelly Condefer, Movement Disorders Neurologist
Confluence Health

Aging in Place Safely
Jay Berger, Physical Therapist

What a Pain! Understanding and Treating Pain in Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Pravin Khemani, Movement Disorders Neurologist
Swedish Medical Center

Cognitive Changes in PD and What to Do About Them. 
Dr. Reza Ghomi, Neuropsychiatrist
Evergreen Medical Center

What’s the Link? Cognitive Training & Exercise
Dr. Nate Coomer, Physical Therapist
The Parkinson’s Fitness Project

To view these and other educational programs please visit our YouTube Channel

Thank you 2021 series sponsors.