I am honored to be serving on the board for the Minnesota Chapter of the APDA. When my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago, we decided that knowledge is power, and we committed ourselves to learning everything we can about this disease so that together we would live life to the fullest. I look forward to helping educate others about Parkinson’s and encouraging them to adopt the motto we live by, “everyday is a good day, some are just better than others”. I believe that if PD is going to affect my life, I want, in some way, to have an effect on PD, and so I choose to be active in the Parkinson’s community, participating as a healthy control for PD research studies. I work in finance and accounting. In addition, I teach yoga classes, and I hope to bring yoga to the Parkinson’s community.
I am a retired airline pilot, diagnosed with Parkinson’s in August 2012. With no family history of PD, I was caught off guard, but relieved to put a name to my symptoms. On my Parkinson’s journey, I’ve gone through questioning, acceptance, education, action, and now advocacy. PD patients need information, support and encouragement. I’m a proponent of coordinated patient driven treatment, and believe strongly in exercise in the management of PD. You’ll find me at the YMCA most days of the week.
My goal of joining the board of directors is to find purposeful ways to contribute by adding my experience as a leader of other volunteer efforts with the motivation to help others diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Each day I am inspired by many sources to remain optimistic, because I believe the future is ours to define despite every and any adversity. My background as a former technical writer will be put to good use for writing about results of new research and effective methods of living well.
I am a physical therapist with a neurologic certified specialty and practice at Bethesda Hospital's Outpatient Clinic. I enjoy working to optimize people's lives through therapy and educate individuals with Parkinson's Disease on resources and research available. Over the years, I have educated various support groups and therapists on Parkinson's Disease and the various treatment options.
I was diagnosed with PD in the summer of 2015. It was a struggle to understand the disease and get as much information as I could. This led me to the Minnesota Chapter of the APDA where I was encouraged to apply as a member of the Board of Directors. I retired from 3M 12 years ago this June. I believe that my management experience, combined with my volunteer service in raising funds and board membership for Habitat For Humanity and for the United Way will help me make a difference with the Minnesota Chapter of the APDA. I am looking forward to helping serve those with PD in the Twin Cities' community as well as learning more about the disease and possible treatments.
I started my journey with the organization when I began volunteering in 2013 at APDA MN information and referral center. In 2014, I was honored to accept a position serving on the Board of Directors. I have worked in the finance world for 8 years so when I was asked to serve as treasurer I knew it would be a great fit. My personal journey with Parkinson's Disease started in 2011 when my mom was diagnosed. I became passionate about learning more and navigating resources. I'm very excited for this opportunity and future growth within the organization.
Medical Director of the APDA
I have been caring for patients with Parkinson's Disease since 2009 when I started neurology residency at Boston University. I am happy to have been able to return here to my home state of Minnesota to continue in this care. It was during residency in Boston that I found an interest and passion for, not only the medical aspects of the disease, but the human side of treating people with Parkinson's Disease. Working with patients and their families, learning patients' stories and coming up with a care plan that addresses their individual needs is what motivates and inspires me. What you start to realize as a physician is that there's a limit to what you can do during the clinic visits. How that care plan is implemented largely depends on the patient themselves, and other people in their care network, the caregivers, therapists, support groups, as well as access to good information and ways to exercise. I am thrilled to be involved with an organization like the APDA that aims to help fill in these gaps for patients and their families and works with communities on awareness and education.
Dr. Park received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Kansas (KU) in Kansas City, KS, and received a Bachelors in Biology from KU in Lawrence, KS, and dual Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He was a 2009 recipient of the William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship and studied at the Assistance Publique L'Hopital d'Adulte de la Timone, Marseille, France.
My journey with Parkinson's Disease began 11 years ago when my husband was diagnosed with PD. I am at a point in my journey where I want to be more involved and help other families going through their own Parkinson's journeys. I am looking forward to my involvement and contributions to this organization and future events to help bring awareness to Parkinson's Disease.