December 1, 2021

A day-long event designed to Empower you as you live your journey with Parkinson’s.

Local experts, speakers, exhibitors and breakout workshops are featured.

The PASD Empowerment Day Event presents current information on every imaginable aspect of living with Parkinson’s. See and hear local live presentations on exercise, medications, research, local programs and resources and much more.

Join the fun, join the community and embrace your journey.

Empowerment 2021 Agenda

December 1, 2021
Marine Village Conference Center
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109

7:45 Check-In Opens

8:45-9:00 – Welcome and introductions. Award presentation

9:00-9:10 –Overview of PD – Nelson Hwynn, D.O.

9:10-9:20 – Happiness in aging – Jonathan Schwartz

9:20-9:40 – Attitude and exercise – Sherrie Gould, FNP

9:40-10:00 – Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) – David Barba, M.D.

10:00–10:15 – Rock Steady Boxing – Teresa Hodge and Mike Reeder

10:15-10:45 – Break and exhibitor fair

10:45-11:05 – Environmental toxins and PD – Sherrie Gould, FNP

11:05 -11:25- Medications for PD – Brenton Wright, M.D.

11:25-11:30 – Stretch with Danica Edelbrock, MS, Exercise Physiologist

11:30 -11:50 – Speaker panel

11:50 – 11:55 – Introduction to Support Groups – Paul Dawson

11:55 – Introduction to Tremble Clefs – Matt Ignacio

12:00-1:05 – Lunch, Exhibitor Fair & Tremble Clefs presentation

1:05-1:30 – Alternative Medicine – Stephanie Lessig, M.D.

1:30-1:50 – Non motor and sleep in PD – Abigail Lawler, M.D.

1:50-3:00 – Caregiver Breakout

1:50-3:00 – For PD patients while caregivers are in breakout. All PD sessions in main room (see below).

1:50- 2:10 – LSVT BIG – Christina Dinh

2:10-2:30 – Audibility – Lindsay Zehren, MT-BC

2:30-2:50 – Yoga – Danica Edelbrock, MS, Exercise Physiologist

3:00-3:25 –Research and future Pipeline in PD – Melissa Houser, M.D.

3:25-3:45 – Speaker Panel and Closing Remarks 

Thank You to Our Empowerment Sponsors

A note from our Medical Director, Abigail Lawler, M.D.

To our Parkinson’s Community. As Empowerment day draws closer, we become more excited to holding a live event and seeing everyone in person. However, I would like to take this time prior to our event to review with you the CDC guidance for public gatherings as it stands today. We are asking that you provide proof of vaccination upon check-in. It has been shown that the risk of spreading COVID-19 is decreased when all parties are vaccinated. We are asking that you follow CDC, state and local guidelines for face coverings. See below guidance from the CDC updated November 2021. Our hope is that everyone feels safe and looks forward to a day of fun and learning. See you soon!


Recommendations for Indoor Settings from the CDC

Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, severe disease, and death is reduced for fully vaccinated people. However, since vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19 infection. Fully vaccinated people who do become infected can transmit it to others. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can further reduce their risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 and transmitting it to others by wearing a mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high community transmission. Wearing a mask in public is most important for people who are immunocompromised due to their risk of becoming infected. Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of community transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is not fully vaccinated. People at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions. Fully vaccinated people should also continue to wear a mask where required by federal, state and local law requires.

Click below for recap and speaker videos from 2018 and 2019.

Click the above video for a short recap of the 2019 Empowerment Day.


Click the above video for a short recap of the 2018 Empowerment Day.