Parkinson Disease | A Weekend of Education, Inspiration, Relaxation, And Care

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is hosting a very special weekend for people with PD and their care partners, friends, and family members on Saturday, October 28 – Sunday, October 29, at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA. The APDA West Coast Parkinson’s Educational Forum  is a two-day comprehensive forum that will provide a unique opportunity for people impacted by Parkinson’s disease (PD) to hear firsthand from leaders in PD treatment and research, as well as enjoy important opportunities to connect with other members of the PD community for support, inspiration,and guidance. The program also incorporates much-needed moments of fun and relaxation including exercise demonstrations, min spa treatments and an evening of dinner and dancing.

This two-day event is FREE for attendees and will feature some of the best and brightest minds in the world of Parkinson’s.

“APDA works tirelessly every day to provide the support, education and research to help everyone impacted by Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest, and we’re so excited to bring this unique two-day educational forum to Southern California,” states Leslie A. Chambers, President & CEO, APDA. “The APDA West Coast Parkinson’s Educational Forum includes an important mix of education, inspiration and fun for both people living with PD and their care partners. Our goal is to arm them with tons of information, useful tips and a healthy dose of optimism to help them live the best lives possible.”

The weekend program will feature some of the best in the field of PD research and treatment, including:

  • Ian Bledsoe, MD, University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • Teresa Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Sandeep Thakkur, DO, Hoag Neurosciences Institute, Orange County, CA
  • Rafael Zuzuarregu, MD, University of California, Fresno, CA
  • Giselle Tamula, MSN, NP-C, St. John’s Providence Health Center, Santa Monica, CA
  • Elliott Hogg, MD, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA
  • Beate Ritz MD, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA,
  • Echo Tan, MD, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA
  • Natalie Diaz, MD, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, West Carson, CA

From discussions on the changing landscape of PD treatment to the benefits of exercise for people with PD, those who attend the APDA West Coast Parkinson’s Educational Forum will have the chance to gain important knowledge that can help them make educated decisions about their treatment plan along with exposure to helpful exercise options they may not have tried before.

Keynote speaker Allison Toepperwein will close out the weekend with her inspiring personal journey that lead her to compete on television’s American Ninja Warrior, despite a diagnosis of PD at 37 years of age.


“When I was diagnosed as a 37 year old, newly single mom, I had a choice to make — give up or gear up. With a beautiful four year old watching my every move, I chose to gear up and fight for the best life possible for us both!” states Toepperwien. “It’s so important to be well informed with current and reliable information about managing the disease, treatment options and how to work best with your medical team. The support of others in the PD community is also a key to success. The APDA West Coast Forum is exactly what people impacted by PD need, all in one place, and I’m so excited to be a part of it.”

Thanks to generous support from AbbVie, Acadia and Sunovion, this two-day event is free for attendees, although registration is required. Participants can attend either one or both days. Participants will only need to pay the cost of lodging (if needed) and travel to/from the venue (limited scholarships are available to assist with lodging expenses.)

Learn more about the APDA West Coast Parkinson’s Educational Forum and see the full event agenda by visiting  Questions about registration can be directed to [email protected] or 310-486-0153.


The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease (PD) and works tirelessly to assist the more than 1 million Americans with PD live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, neurological disorder. Founded in 1961, APDA has raised and invested more than $170 million to provide outstanding patient services and educational programs, elevate public awareness about the disease, and support research designed to unlock the mysteries of PD and ultimately put an end to this disease. To join us in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and to learn more about the support APDA provides nationally through our network of Chapters and Information & Referral (I&R) Centers, as well as our national Research Program and Centers for Advanced Research, please visit us at

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