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2017 Hope Conference Bellevue

Saturday October 07, 2017 - 8:30AM
Meydenbauer Center | Bellevue, WA

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Northwest Parkinson's Foundation presents the 12th annual educational symposium for patients, family, friends and carepartners in the Parkinson's community. The 2017 HOPE Conference® offered the latest information on Parkinson’s, as well as Hope to live your best life with PD. Plus, breakout sessions, movement breaks and more! 

Online registration has now closed, but you can register in-person at the conference on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.

Can't make it in-person? Register now for the free online broadcast of the 2017 HOPE Conference! You can sign up for the online broadcast now through the day of the conferece. 


Speakers with an asterisk next to their name will be live streamed. 

*Allison Toepperwein, PWP & American Ninja Warrior Contestant

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By the time Allison Toepperwein was diagnosed at the end of 2014, she weighed only 100 pounds at 5’7”. She stood slouched over as if she had osteoporosis. She lost complete control of her left arm. She lost the ability to type. She ran into every door frame she walked through. She dragged her left foot. She began to slur when speaking, her name in particular. She couldn’t cut her daughter’s meat and began choking whenever she ate or drank. She was only 37 years old, and a newly single mom.
Two months after Allison was diagnosed, she went to see a Movement Disorder Specialist who gave advice that she took to heart. Exercise is THE ONLY thing proven to slow the progression of Parkinson’s. Allison began going to her local high school track and exercising daily. She found that every time she went to the track, she slept better, had more energy, her balance improved and anxiety diminished. By the end of 2015, she ran her very first obstacle course race by herself. That race led her to compete twice on American Ninja Warrior.

*Jason Aldred, MD, FAAN
Medical Keynote - latest research updates on PD

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Dr. Aldred is a board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is a co-owner of and sees patients at Northwest Neurological in Spokane, WA. He is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington, Department of Neurology and teaches medical students in the second year courses as well as clinical neurology clerkship.

He attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He then went on to attend the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Memphis. He made his way west where he completed neurology residency at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), serving as neurology chief resident. He then completed an additional two-year clinical research fellowship in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders at the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Educational, and Clinical Center (PADRECC), a collaborative program between the Portland VA and OHSU. Through fellowship training he honed skills in botulinum toxin injection techniques, patient selection for deep brain stimulation (DBS) and post-operative DBS programming, and advanced medication management for movement disorders. Dr. Aldred also completed formal training in clinical research through the Human Investigators Program (HIP) at OHSU focused on design and execution of clinical trials.

Dr. Aldred conducts phase 1 through 4 clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease through grants and funding sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI), as well as other sources. He provides regional and national education for other neurologists and patients living with neurological conditions. Through local collaboration with Premier Clinical Research in Spokane, he brings cutting edge clinical trials in Parkinson’s disease to the Northwest.

*Patty Murray, U.S. Senator
State of Healthcare Panel - Welcome Video

*Suzan DelBene, U.S. Congresswoman
State of Healthcare Panel
*Rick Desimone
State of Healthcare Panel
*Farrokh Farrokhi, MD
DBS Comparison of Devices

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I currently serve as the Chief of Neurosurgery at Virginia Mason Health System and as Chair of the Quality Assessment Committee. My clinical areas of interest include Deep Brain Stimulation therapy for Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. Our research team is actively working with other institutions across the state to build a personalized risk prediction calculator to help patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about their care. 

Nate Coomer, PT
Physical Therapy

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Nate is the owner of The Parkinson's Fitness Project in Seattle, which offers Physical Therapy, Personal Training, Group Classes and Online Training services. Nate is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has been working with neurologic diagnoses as a physical therapist for over ten years. He received his certification as a Neurologic Specialist in 2010 by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and has centered his career to treating Parkinson’s. He has certifications in LSVT BIG, Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!), and as a Brian Grant Foundation Bootcamp Instructor. He regularly participates in community events and educational opportunities for the PD community with APDA Northwest and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.

Ali Samii, MD
Clinical Trials

Pinky Agarwal, MD, FAAN
Clinical Trials

Alida Griffiths, MD
Advanced Stages of Parkinson's

*A.C. Woolnough, PWP
World Parkinson Congress Ambassador

Nancy Niedzielski
End of Life Washington

Bill Hickman, JD, Hickman Menshe, P.S.
Medicaid Planning

Amanda Herges
PD & Mental Health

*Jade Stefano, ND
Medical Marijuana

Judi Spencer
Tremolo Singers


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