Resources and Contributors
Welcome to the resource section where we will list helpful books, literature and websites. Please recommend any resources that have been helpful to you by submitting them by email
. The following list highlights each of the contributors that have helped to keep this website an active and informative one.
Monique Giroux, MD, Wellness Center Director. Dr. Giroux
is the medical director of the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and medical director of the Movement & Neuroperformance Center of Colorado
. Dr. Giroux also leads The National Parkinson’s Foundation Care Consortium, designed to bring together national experts in the spirit of collaboration and innovation to meet the care needs of our community. She is a national speaker on issues related to wellness, comprehensive care, quality of life, and chronic disease management and serves as medical faculty for the NPF Allied Team Training Program. Dr. Giroux received training in mind-body medicine through training in mindfulness therapy for professionals at Duke University, and participation in a 7-day professional training program under the direction of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) founder Dr. Jon Kabat-Zin and Dr. Saki Santorelli and a 2 year study program in holistic medicine as a clinical fellow in Integrated Medicine at the University of Arizona
. Dr. Giroux completed her medical residency at Yale followed by a two-year fellowship in Movement Disorders at Emory University
in Atlanta, Georgia
. She is board certified in Neurology. She is co-author with Sierra Farris, PA-C of Every Victory Counts. Essential information and inspiration for a lifetime of wellness with Parkinson’s disease
Sierra M. Farris, M.P.A.S., PA-C, is DBS program services director and the director of medical fitness and Neuroperformance program at the Movement & Neuroperformance Center of Colorado
. She is also an instructor at the University of Washington Department of Neurosurgery and Physician Assistant Studies Program. Her clinical interests includes Deep Brain Stimulation and medical fitness in Neurologic disease. She has a Master's degree in Neurology PA Studies, as well as a master's degree in p[philosophy and bioethics. Ms. Farris is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Specialist and Health Fitness Specialist. She is co-author of Every Victory Counts. Essential information and inspiration for a lifetime of wellness with Parkinson’s disease, http://www.everyvictorycounts.org/
. Contributing author: Exercise, DBS, relationships, motivation.
Jeffrey Shaw, PsyD clinical neuropsychologist with the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center in Kirkland, WA. Contributing author on article related to emotional and cognitive health.
Lindy D. Wood, PharmD, Eastern Washington University
, Spokane WA
. Contributing author: Medicine safety, interactions, and vitamins.
Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D. Asst. Staff, Center for Neurological Restoration and Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland
Clinic, Principal Investigator, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center
, Cleveland, OH
. Contributing Author: Exercise and Neuroprotection.
Melanie M. Brandabur, MD, Clinic Director, The Parkinson’s Institute,
Sunnyvale, CA. Contributing author: Medicine Pilpeline
Ted Brown, MD, MPH. Multiple Sclerosis Center
at Evegreen Hospital Medical Center
, Kirkland WA
. Contributing author: What is Physiatry?
Daniel J. Burdick, MD,Movement Disorders Fellow, University of Washington, VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Contributing author: Bladder problems
Patricia Chalk, PT Orthopedic Physical therapist, Evergreen Hospital MedicalCenter, Kirkland, WA. Author of article on spinal health and posture.
Cheri Clampett, ERYT-500. Director and Co-Founder of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program and co-author of the Therapeutic Yoga Kit. Cheri currently teaches yoga at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. As a certified Yoga Therapist, Cheri focuses on the healing aspects of yoga: freeing the body, breath, and flow of energy through practicing with awareness, compassion, and love. Contributing Author: Therapeutic Yoga.
David Engle. Massage therapist at Evergreen Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center
, Kirkland, WA
. Contributing author: Massage therapy.
Jan Fite, Ph.D. Clincial Psychologist, University of WA. Dr. Fite uses mindfulnes techniques to help people with chronic pain and other chronic conditions. Contributing author: Mindfulness therapies
Don Fiore, Certified Tai Chi & Qigong Instructor, PO Box 50663, Phoenix AZ 85076
. Don teaches classes at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center in Scottsdale, AZ
and has produced a DVD for people with Parkinson’s. Contributing author: Tai chi and Parkinson’s disease.
Martha Glisky, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist, Evergreen Medical Center Department of
Rehabilitation and Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center
, Kirkland, WA
. Contributing Author: Neuroplasticity and non-movement activities.
, CHES, Lead-health Education Coordinator and Community Health Education, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center
, Kirkland, WA
. Contributing author: Finding resources in your community.
Lisa Ireland, CCC. Holds a doctorate in Education Administration from the College
and Mary in Virginia
. She began her career as a school speech pathologist but found her real calling working in medical settings. She enjoys working with people with Parkinson’s disease, is licensed by the State of Washington
, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association, is LSVT certified, and has participated in the Allied Team Training Program sponsored by the National Parkinson’s Foundation.
Laurie K Mischley, ND. Laurie is a Naturopath in private practice at Seattle Integrative medicine as well as researcher at Basyr Univesity in Kenmore, WA. She is researching the effects of intranasal glutathione on Parkinson's disease.
Arturo Peal. Anatomy and physiology (A&P) instructor and a Certified Yoga Therapist. He Holds a Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine, practices Craniosacral Therapy, and has been involved in the "alternative" health-care field for more than 30 years. He integrates his expertise in Anatomy, Kinesiology, Chinese Medicine, and the healing processes to present a multidimensional understanding of the human body. Contributing author: Therapeutic Yoga.
Susie Ro, MD. Movement disorders neurologist. Swedish Medical Center
. Contributing author: Exercise and motivation.
Anna Satenstein, MA is Evergreen Healthcare’s Health Education Coordinator for Integrative Medicine. In addition, she is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Relational Life Coach in Kirkland, WA
Yumi Sumida, MFA MS CCC-SLP, Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist, Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program (CORP), Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. author: Swallowing Problems.
Concetta M. Tomaino, D.A., MT-BC, Music therapist. Executive Director/ Co-Founder, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, New York
. Contributing author: Music and Parkinson’s disease.
Marco Vespignani, ND. Graduate of Bastyr University and has spent the majority of his career specializing in naturopathic treatment of neurological conditions such as Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis. He is on staff at Seattle Integrative Medicine
Maria Walde-Douglas, PT has been a physical therapist for 20 years. She works at The Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Golden Valley, MN, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. She teaches a yoga class for persons with PD and is certified in the LSVT BIG method of exercise for Parkinson’s. Her treatment philosophy is a holistic team approach to the management of PD and that fun, laughter and exercise are not mutually exclusive! Contributing author: Starting an Exercise Program.
Ann Zylstra, PT. Lead therapist at the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center and the outpatient rehabilitation manager at Evergreen Hospital Department of Rehabilitation in Kirkland. “My philosophy is every individual I meet is unique, with different needs and concerns. Practicing physical therapy is not following a cook book but more designing the recipe for success with each individual I meet. I believe strongly in ‘use it or lose it’. Contributing author: Physical therapy.