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Parkinson Association of the Carolinas


Our "Columbia Parkinson's Suport Group" and the "Parkinson's Association of the Carolinas" are partnering to present you with a FREE educational event is for patients, caregivers, friends, family, PD professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about Parkinson's disease.
NOTE: This special symposium will be in place of our regular monthly meeting
on April 15, 2018
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM -- 2:00 PM, Registration at the Lourie Center opens at 8:30 AM

Breakfast & Lunch: Provided for FREE

(See Symposium Schedule Below For Details)

Location: The Lourie Center - 1650 Park Circle - Columbia, SC 29201

Click Here For A Map To The Lourie Center -- Located near the intersection of Blossom and Pickens in Five Points, next to Maxcy Gregg Pool, adjacent to the beautiful University of South Carolina campus. Formerly the Capital Senior Center, we offer modern amenities and plenty of free parking. The Lourie Center Office: 803-779-1971

Due to limited Handicapped Parking, we are asking those who can to please use the "lower parking lot" to allow others with more limited walking abilities to park in the "upper lot".
Welcome Table

Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and visit resource tables.
To Registration For The FREE Symposium

Please note that there is limited seating at the symposium. We encourage you to register before the seating is filled-up.

Click Here To Register For The Symposium www.parkinsonassociation.org/events-columbia

Click Here To Send Email - if you have any questions or want more information contact@columbiaparkinsonsupportgroup.org
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Symposium Schedule - 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
8:30 AM – 9:25 AM
Registration, Breakfast
Time to Visit the Resource Area
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM
"PWR Moves® Demo"
Kelly Brown, Healthy Living Director, YMCA of Columbia
Please Be Seated By 9:20 AM For The Beginning Of The Symposium Speakers Presentations
Welcome by Karen Basso
9:25 AM – 10:25 AM                         
"Parkinson’s Disease 101"
Dr. Colin McLeod, Movement Disorder Fellow, MUSC
10:25 AM – 10:45 AM                       
20 minute Restroom Break & Visit Resource Area
10:45 AM – 11:35 AM           
“Thriving With Parkinson’s Disease:  Helping you Be Your Best Mentally and Emotionally”
Dr. Myriam Sollman, PhD, Palmetto Health USC Medical Group
11:35 AM – 12:25 PM           
“Fighting Parkinson’s Disease Through Exercise”
Travis Gawler, PT, DPT, Palmetto Health USC Medical Group
12:25 PM – 1:15 PM   Lunch
12:40 – 1:10 PM
A Demo by Rock Steady Soda City - Elise Matthews and Kylie Godley of KORE Wellness
Time to Visit the Resource Area
Please Be Seated By 1:15 PM For The Continuation Of The Symposium Speakers Presentations
1:10 PM – 1:55 PM                
“Caring for the Care Partner: Learn to Thrive, Not Just Survive”
Marti Colucci, Dementia Specialist, Leeza’s Care Connection
1:55 PM – 2:00 PM
Closing remarks by Marie Obrikat
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COST --- While The Cost For This Special Event Is FREE -- A donation per person would be much appreciated to help defray the cost of hosting this event. Donations can be made when you register, or when you check-in at the symposium.
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Dr. Colin McLeod

Dr. Colin McLoeod, M.D.

"Parkinson's Disease 101"

Dr. Colin McLeod, M.D. is currently a Movement Disorders Fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr McLeod then completed Neurology Residency training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He has particular academic and clinical interest in Deep Brain Stimulation use in Movement Disorders.


Marti Colucci

Marti Colucci

"Caring for the Care Partner: Learn to Thrive, Not Just Survive!"

As the number of those providing unpaid care continue to increase, the impact of long-term care continues to take a toll on those providing care.  This type of care-related stress often leads to issues for the person providing care such as chronic illness and mental health problems like chronic anxiety and depression.  

Marti joined the Leeza’s Care Connection team in May of 2015 as Managing Director of the new Leeza’s Care Connection center at the Mary Meech & Michael J Mungo Home. She is a native of Irmo, SC and graduated from Irmo High School just like Leeza. She is a Dementia Specialist, Certified Business Coach, with a background in Business Administration and Hospice Education.  You will find her most days giving smiles, hugs and lots of encouragement at the free community center.

Leeza’s Care Connection
at Michael J. and Mary Meech Mungo Home
201 St. Andrews Road, Columbia SC, 29210
Email marti@leezascareconnection.org
Phone: 803.888.7525

Dr Travis Gawler

Travis Gawler, PT, DPT

"Fighting Parkinson's Disease Through Exercise"

Travis Gawler is the lead neurologic physical therapist at Palmetto Health Physical Therapy Specialists in Columbia, SC.  He specializes in the treatment of individuals with Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.  He is  most interested in fall prevention and the utilization of exercise in maximizing mobility and minimizing functional decline.   Travis has a B.S. degree in exercise science and his Ph. D. in physical therapy from the University of South Carolina.  He is a "PWR! Therapist", "LSVT BIG" certified, and Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Travis has collaborated with the Columbia YMCA and the Columbia Parkinson's Support Group to launch "PWR! Moves" classes with the Columbia YMCA; which was the first community based exercise class in Columbia specifically for individuals with Parkinson's Disease.   He is also an active member of the Davis Phinney Foundation Science Advisory Board.

Palmetto Health
Physical Therapy Specialists
Neuroscience Team
3010 Farrow Road Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29203
Office: 803-434-7750
Fax: 803-434-7751

Dr. Myriam Sollman

Dr. Myriam Sollman, PhD
“Thriving With Parkinson’s Disease:  Helping you Be Your Best Mentally and Emotionally”

Dr. Myriam Sollman, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in movement disorders and aging.  She is Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Palmetto Health University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  Dr. Sollman recently moved from NC, where she was faculty at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Chief of Neuropsychology, and psychology residency program director.  Dr. Sollman enjoys patient care and education.

Rock Steady

Elise Matthews
Kylie Godley

Rock Steady

Demo of Boxing for Parkinson Patients by Rock Steady Soda City with Elise Matthews & Kylie Godley

Rock Steady serves participants at all stages of Parkinson’s – from the newly diagnosed to those who have been living with the disease for decades. Our Soda City branch of Rock Steady gives those living with Parkinson’s hope by offering a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness routine proving to dramatically improve their quality of life.  These fun, intense classes are geared to people at all stages of Parkinson’s disease, but Rock Steady Boxing is about more than just one class or one program, our mission is to inspire and provide hope and better overall quality of life for those who are fighting back against Parkinson’s disease.

Rock Steady Soda City currently has 3 certified trainers and we are working on our 4th!  Elise Matthews is the owner of KORE Wellness and has been in the fitness/wellness business for 12 years.  Elise earned her undergraduate and master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of South Carolina where she also played Soccer. Kylie Godley came to KORE Wellness after earning her degree in Health and Wellness from Columbia College
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What is CAT? = Complementary and Alternative Treatments"

Several of our meetings in 2018 will have as topics alternative Treatments for a Healthy Body, Spirit and Mind

What is SMC? = Standard Medical Care - "Treatment that is accepted by medical experts as a proper treatment for certain types of disease and that is widely used by healthcare professionals. Also called best practice, standard of care, and standard therapy."

CAT includes Mind - Healthy Body - and - Spirit

Mind - Alternative things that focus on creative ways to exercise the mind -- reading, taking classes, puzzles, meditation, etc.

Healthy Body - Alternative things that focus on the body -- boxing, Tai Chi, yoga, various types of exercise, massage, etc.

Spirit - Alternative things that focus on ones appreciation of self - art, music , hobbies, gardening, etc.

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