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Art Braun

Position: Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

My wife Sheri and I moved from Nebraska to Carlsbad, CA in 1999. We were semi-retired after I left the corporate world and we sold the fine dine restaurant that we owned and Sheri managed for 16 years. After a year we both accepted jobs with our church. I became the Controller and IT Manager and Sheri was the Administrative Assistant to the Missions pastor and the Life After 50 ministry. In 2006 Sheri was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. We weren’t too concerned since her father had Parkinson’s disease and did fine. Her disease progressed slowly and her symptoms increased each year. She had dyskinesia, bradykinesia, “freezing”, Parkinson’s dementia, and Parkinson’s psychosis as well as restless leg syndrome. By 2016 I became her 24/7 caregiver. God took her home in September 2019 after 58 years of marriage. Along the way I learned so much about how to lovingly care for the love of my life and face the challenges that Parkinson’s disease presents on the journey. I am retired and continue to volunteer with the Care ministry at my church.

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Art Braun

Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's

My wife Sheri and I moved from Nebraska to Carlsbad,...

Edna Culp

Position: Mentor for Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

Edna Culp from San Diego, CA is an Advance Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist with focus in adult Gerontology, currently affiliated with University of California San Diego Health. Edna is married to Mark who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Diagnosis came in year 2000 when they had been married for 10 years. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in June 2020, hence they had been living with this uninvited guest in their home for more than 20 years. Mark is now in the last stages of PD with Dementia and at times does not recognize her and their daughters, and is now requiring full care, 24-7 at home.

This has become a life of service and there is passion, joy and reward in sharing with others what was experienced and learned down this difficult road.

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Edna Culp

Mentor for Care Partners

Edna Culp from San Diego, CA is an Advance Practice...

Elaine Browning

Position: Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

After my retirement, my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, with Lewy Body dementia eventually added to the DX. Prior to that we were overseers of his mother’s Parkinsons caretaking. In the 8 years of being his caretaker, I learned much about my role and about PD from him (both as a patient and as a retired physician). People skills, caring, listening, patience, time management, gratitude for the joyful, happy times are some of the things I learned on this journey. Now I want to share what I learned with other caretakers.

My B.S. degree is in Business Administration. Work experience includes public schools, interfacing with students, staff, and parents daily, often in unscripted situations.

Contact Elaine:

Elaine Browning

Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's

After my retirement, my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, with...

Irene Miller

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners, Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

I have been a primary Care Partner for my loved one for the past 12 years. We have experienced and learned much on this Parkinson’s journey. I compare the journey to a river, early on symptoms progress slowly and life is smooth for the most part.
As the journey progresses from calm still waters to running stream and encountering rough waters & surprise waterfalls down stream, I’ve learned to be flexible and do all I can to prepare.
I am a Support Group leader of local NCPSG chapter, attend PD seminars, participate in Care Partner group meetings.
I work part time in the Hospitality Industry and retired after working 33 years in management for JCPenney department store.
I have a passion for people and my mission to serve others.

Contact Irene:

Irene Miller

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

I have been a primary Care Partner for my loved...

Kristine Negrete

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners, Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

Kristine is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) who treats individuals with conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinsonism’s and Aytpical’s.

“I help individuals with Parkinson’s and Aytpical’s each day. I find joy in helping people navigate through their journey with PD and improve their overall quality of life. With my experience I am always looking for opportunities to help those in my community. “

Exercise is Medicine!

Contact Kristine:

Kristine Negrete

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

Kristine is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and...

Lisa Tataryn

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners, Mentors for Newly Diagnosed

Lisa is a clinical neuroscientist for Parkinson’s and her work was inspired by her mother’s struggle with a movement disorder. Working closely with people with Parkinson’s has helped her understand how to help and she has been recognized with the Dunay Quality of Life award for her compassionate work. Her area of expertise is in using neuroscience-based tools and technology to improve the daily life of people with Parkinson’s. If you find yourself overwhelmed by information overload she can help you search for what is best for you.

Contact Lisa:

Lisa Tataryn

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Care Partners

Lisa is a clinical neuroscientist for Parkinson’s and her work...

Paul Dawson

Position: Mentor for Care Partners of People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

Paul leads the Oceanside chapter of North County Parkinson’s Support Group and is NCPSG Board president. He was care partner for his wife Eva in her 21-year battle with Parkinson’s, and serves the Parkinson’s community in her honor and memory.

He grew up in San Diego and Orange Counties, served in the US Navy Reserve, and became a firefighter/paramedic for Vista Fire, promoting to Fire Marshal, serving 26 years. Soon after retiring from Vista, he joined the County as they established the San Diego County Fire Authority, serving again as a Fire Marshal for another eight years. He retired for a second time to become fulltime care partner for Eva.

Eva and Paul’s experience with Parkinson’s Support Groups and Parkinson’s Association of San Diego helped them anticipate challenges and discover coping skills in their Parkinson’s journey. “We learned so much, built wonderful friendships, and enriched our lives through those relationships.”

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  • If for someone else, please check 'other' and note the person's name and relationship to you.

Paul Dawson

Mentor for Care Partners of People with Parkinson's

Paul leads the Oceanside chapter of North County Parkinson’s Support...

Sam Cooper

Position: Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's Dementia
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

Sam has been on the North County Parkinson’s Support Group Board for 9 years and serves as the leader of the La Costa support group. He was his wife’s care partner for their 22 year journey with Parkinson’s before she passed in 2018 from Parkinson’s Dementia. Sam and Ruth raised their two wonderful boys in Tucson where they both had careers in education. They enjoyed several years of RV trips throughout the American West and Canada. Sam took long motorcycle rides in the summer including one trip from Tucson to Banff, Alberta. They moved to Oceanside 10 years ago. Sam is available to mentor care partners who have dementia by email only.

Contact Sam (please note, Sam is available as a mentor by email only):

Sam Cooper

Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's Dementia

Sam has been on the North County Parkinson’s Support Group...

Sandra Miller

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

Sandy is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others.  She is the care partner for her husband who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006. As Parkinson’s symptoms increased, they began attending support groups and enjoyed meeting people who were facing some of the same challenges. The information they learned made the Parkinson’s journey easier.

For the last few years she has served as a facilitator for the Oceanside Support Group Care Partners. She likes to develop friendships so that other care partners don’t need to feel alone. Sandy is still learning.  She watches informative Webinars on Parkinson’s and Care Giving. She has been part of the UCSD Care Partners Research Programs and has learned the importance of taking care of yourself and some special techniques.

Contact Sandy:

Sandra Miller

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

Sandy is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her knowledge...

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Art Braun

Position: Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

My wife Sheri and I moved from Nebraska to Carlsbad, CA in 1999. We were semi-retired after I left the corporate world and we sold the fine dine restaurant that we owned and Sheri managed for 16 years. After a year we both accepted jobs with our church. I became the Controller and IT Manager and Sheri was the Administrative Assistant to the Missions pastor and the Life After 50 ministry. In 2006 Sheri was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. We weren’t too concerned since her father had Parkinson’s disease and did fine. Her disease progressed slowly and her symptoms increased each year. She had dyskinesia, bradykinesia, “freezing”, Parkinson’s dementia, and Parkinson’s psychosis as well as restless leg syndrome. By 2016 I became her 24/7 caregiver. God took her home in September 2019 after 58 years of marriage. Along the way I learned so much about how to lovingly care for the love of my life and face the challenges that Parkinson’s disease presents on the journey. I am retired and continue to volunteer with the Care ministry at my church.

Contact Art:

Art Braun

Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's

My wife Sheri and I moved from Nebraska to Carlsbad,...

Edna Culp

Position: Mentor for Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

Edna Culp from San Diego, CA is an Advance Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist with focus in adult Gerontology, currently affiliated with University of California San Diego Health. Edna is married to Mark who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Diagnosis came in year 2000 when they had been married for 10 years. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in June 2020, hence they had been living with this uninvited guest in their home for more than 20 years. Mark is now in the last stages of PD with Dementia and at times does not recognize her and their daughters, and is now requiring full care, 24-7 at home.

This has become a life of service and there is passion, joy and reward in sharing with others what was experienced and learned down this difficult road.

Contact Edna:

Edna Culp

Mentor for Care Partners

Edna Culp from San Diego, CA is an Advance Practice...

Elaine Browning

Position: Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

After my retirement, my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, with Lewy Body dementia eventually added to the DX. Prior to that we were overseers of his mother’s Parkinsons caretaking. In the 8 years of being his caretaker, I learned much about my role and about PD from him (both as a patient and as a retired physician). People skills, caring, listening, patience, time management, gratitude for the joyful, happy times are some of the things I learned on this journey. Now I want to share what I learned with other caretakers.

My B.S. degree is in Business Administration. Work experience includes public schools, interfacing with students, staff, and parents daily, often in unscripted situations.

Contact Elaine:

Elaine Browning

Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's

After my retirement, my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, with...

Irene Miller

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners, Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

I have been a primary Care Partner for my loved one for the past 12 years. We have experienced and learned much on this Parkinson’s journey. I compare the journey to a river, early on symptoms progress slowly and life is smooth for the most part.
As the journey progresses from calm still waters to running stream and encountering rough waters & surprise waterfalls down stream, I’ve learned to be flexible and do all I can to prepare.
I am a Support Group leader of local NCPSG chapter, attend PD seminars, participate in Care Partner group meetings.
I work part time in the Hospitality Industry and retired after working 33 years in management for JCPenney department store.
I have a passion for people and my mission to serve others.

Contact Irene:

Irene Miller

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

I have been a primary Care Partner for my loved...

Kristine Negrete

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners, Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

Kristine is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) who treats individuals with conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinsonism’s and Aytpical’s.

“I help individuals with Parkinson’s and Aytpical’s each day. I find joy in helping people navigate through their journey with PD and improve their overall quality of life. With my experience I am always looking for opportunities to help those in my community. “

Exercise is Medicine!

Contact Kristine:

Kristine Negrete

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

Kristine is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and...

Lisa Tataryn

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners, Mentors for Newly Diagnosed

Lisa is a clinical neuroscientist for Parkinson’s and her work was inspired by her mother’s struggle with a movement disorder. Working closely with people with Parkinson’s has helped her understand how to help and she has been recognized with the Dunay Quality of Life award for her compassionate work. Her area of expertise is in using neuroscience-based tools and technology to improve the daily life of people with Parkinson’s. If you find yourself overwhelmed by information overload she can help you search for what is best for you.

Contact Lisa:

Lisa Tataryn

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Care Partners

Lisa is a clinical neuroscientist for Parkinson’s and her work...

Paul Dawson

Position: Mentor for Care Partners of People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

Paul leads the Oceanside chapter of North County Parkinson’s Support Group and is NCPSG Board president. He was care partner for his wife Eva in her 21-year battle with Parkinson’s, and serves the Parkinson’s community in her honor and memory.

He grew up in San Diego and Orange Counties, served in the US Navy Reserve, and became a firefighter/paramedic for Vista Fire, promoting to Fire Marshal, serving 26 years. Soon after retiring from Vista, he joined the County as they established the San Diego County Fire Authority, serving again as a Fire Marshal for another eight years. He retired for a second time to become fulltime care partner for Eva.

Eva and Paul’s experience with Parkinson’s Support Groups and Parkinson’s Association of San Diego helped them anticipate challenges and discover coping skills in their Parkinson’s journey. “We learned so much, built wonderful friendships, and enriched our lives through those relationships.”

Contact Paul:

  • If for someone else, please check 'other' and note the person's name and relationship to you.

Paul Dawson

Mentor for Care Partners of People with Parkinson's

Paul leads the Oceanside chapter of North County Parkinson’s Support...

Sam Cooper

Position: Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's Dementia
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners

Sam has been on the North County Parkinson’s Support Group Board for 9 years and serves as the leader of the La Costa support group. He was his wife’s care partner for their 22 year journey with Parkinson’s before she passed in 2018 from Parkinson’s Dementia. Sam and Ruth raised their two wonderful boys in Tucson where they both had careers in education. They enjoyed several years of RV trips throughout the American West and Canada. Sam took long motorcycle rides in the summer including one trip from Tucson to Banff, Alberta. They moved to Oceanside 10 years ago. Sam is available to mentor care partners who have dementia by email only.

Contact Sam (please note, Sam is available as a mentor by email only):

Sam Cooper

Mentor For Care Partners Of People With Parkinson's Dementia

Sam has been on the North County Parkinson’s Support Group...

Sandra Miller

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentors for Care Partners, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

Sandy is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others.  She is the care partner for her husband who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006. As Parkinson’s symptoms increased, they began attending support groups and enjoyed meeting people who were facing some of the same challenges. The information they learned made the Parkinson’s journey easier.

For the last few years she has served as a facilitator for the Oceanside Support Group Care Partners. She likes to develop friendships so that other care partners don’t need to feel alone. Sandy is still learning.  She watches informative Webinars on Parkinson’s and Care Giving. She has been part of the UCSD Care Partners Research Programs and has learned the importance of taking care of yourself and some special techniques.

Contact Sandy:

Sandra Miller

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

Sandy is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her knowledge...