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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...

Jorge Soto

Position: En español, mentor para personas con Parkinson's
Categories: En Español, Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

Naci en un pueblo llamado Sayula Jalisco Mexico el 27 de Septiembre de 1947 y vivi la mayor parte de mi niñez y adolesencia en otro poblado llamado Zapotlan el grande. Teminando la Preparatoria me fui a la Cd. de Guadalajara buscando estudiar Ingenieria Civil, trabaje los 5 años de mi carrera y emigre a la Cd. de Tijuana Baja California, donde me casé y tuvimos 5 hijos 4 hombres y una mujer. Despues de 25 años viviendo en Tijuana. Emigramos hacia los EUA y aqui hemos vivido los ultimos 25 años. Y ahora que estoy retirado me encantaria participar mas activamente en grupos que se dedican al apoyo de personas que estamos afectados por la condicion de Parkinson.

Contact Jorge:

Jorge Soto

En español, mentor para personas con Parkinson's

Naci en un pueblo llamado Sayula Jalisco Mexico el 27...

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...

Michael Walsh

Position: Mentor to Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for People with Parkinson's

66 years old, recently ended a successful 43 year career in the building material distribution industries.
Celebrated 43 year marriage anniversary in March 2021, five adult kids and two grandchildren.
Enjoy playing golf and some sort of physical exercise daily. Stay active managing rentals and co-manage my retirement programs. Strong faith in God.

Contact Michael:

Michael Walsh

Mentor to Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's

66 years old, recently ended a successful 43 year career...

Pat Coughlin

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

I have had Parkinson’s Disease for over eight years. I began showing non-motor and motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease when I was about 50 years old, but I was not diagnosed by a neurologist until I was 55 years old. At that time was still working as a senior level executive with the the largest construction material supplier in the US.

I am married with three daughters, the youngest is in her second year of college. I put a lot of value in leading a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods, exercising the mind and body, and remaining socially active in my local community. I was able to work until I was 61 years old and then I went on disability.

The wide range of experiences I’ve had since my diagnosis have really equipped me to be able to help people in a similar situation. What do I bring to the table personally? Dealing with a growing family was a challenge, my daughter was 12 years old when I was diagnosed. Negotiating through informing my employer about my diagnosis until leaving the company on my own terms 6 years later. Working a very high pressure and fast paced job while Parkinson’s began to affect my physical and emotional state. Obtaining SSA disability status and award. Staying informed about Parkinson’s disease through websites, podcasts, and my local support group. My personal experience with various therapists to stay ahead of disease symptoms and be as proactive as possible.

Probably the most important thing is I really believe in being the best person I can be in every situation. I believe the key to that is being a good listener – nothing is more important than that! And usually that’s what we all want, someone to listen to us and express some empathy. That’s what makes somebody a good mentor.

Contact Pat:

Pat Coughlin

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I have had Parkinson’s Disease for over eight years. I...

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...

Stephen Lester

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

I have lived with Parkinson’s since my diagnosis in 2012 when I suffered a severe side effect from the anesthesia given in my back surgery. Typical of Parkinson’s, I suffered through 21 days before they figured out what was going on and brought a neurologist to make the proper diagnosis. It was a diagnosis of exclusion given when all else had been eliminated. Since then it has been the pink elephant in the room with regard to my condition and every decision that I make regarding where I live and whether I drive. I was able to medically control the Parkinson’s until recently when I underwent DBS surgery which was an adventure in itself.

If you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed then drop me a line to talk to some one who has been there, done that.
Stephen Lester

Contact Stephen:

Stephen Lester

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's

I have lived with Parkinson’s since my diagnosis in 2012...

Wayne Label

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

I have been a teacher all my professional life and as a past president of the Parkinson’s Association in San Diego I received lots of phone calls from newly diagnosed patients and was able to talk them through the shock of the new diagnosis and show them all of the resources that are available to them at our association.

Contact Wayne:

Wayne Label

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's

I have been a teacher all my professional life and...

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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...

Jorge Soto

Position: En español, mentor para personas con Parkinson's
Categories: En Español, Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

Naci en un pueblo llamado Sayula Jalisco Mexico el 27 de Septiembre de 1947 y vivi la mayor parte de mi niñez y adolesencia en otro poblado llamado Zapotlan el grande. Teminando la Preparatoria me fui a la Cd. de Guadalajara buscando estudiar Ingenieria Civil, trabaje los 5 años de mi carrera y emigre a la Cd. de Tijuana Baja California, donde me casé y tuvimos 5 hijos 4 hombres y una mujer. Despues de 25 años viviendo en Tijuana. Emigramos hacia los EUA y aqui hemos vivido los ultimos 25 años. Y ahora que estoy retirado me encantaria participar mas activamente en grupos que se dedican al apoyo de personas que estamos afectados por la condicion de Parkinson.

Contact Jorge:

Jorge Soto

En español, mentor para personas con Parkinson's

Naci en un pueblo llamado Sayula Jalisco Mexico el 27...

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...

Michael Walsh

Position: Mentor to Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for People with Parkinson's

66 years old, recently ended a successful 43 year career in the building material distribution industries.
Celebrated 43 year marriage anniversary in March 2021, five adult kids and two grandchildren.
Enjoy playing golf and some sort of physical exercise daily. Stay active managing rentals and co-manage my retirement programs. Strong faith in God.

Contact Michael:

Michael Walsh

Mentor to Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's

66 years old, recently ended a successful 43 year career...

Pat Coughlin

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

I have had Parkinson’s Disease for over eight years. I began showing non-motor and motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease when I was about 50 years old, but I was not diagnosed by a neurologist until I was 55 years old. At that time was still working as a senior level executive with the the largest construction material supplier in the US.

I am married with three daughters, the youngest is in her second year of college. I put a lot of value in leading a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods, exercising the mind and body, and remaining socially active in my local community. I was able to work until I was 61 years old and then I went on disability.

The wide range of experiences I’ve had since my diagnosis have really equipped me to be able to help people in a similar situation. What do I bring to the table personally? Dealing with a growing family was a challenge, my daughter was 12 years old when I was diagnosed. Negotiating through informing my employer about my diagnosis until leaving the company on my own terms 6 years later. Working a very high pressure and fast paced job while Parkinson’s began to affect my physical and emotional state. Obtaining SSA disability status and award. Staying informed about Parkinson’s disease through websites, podcasts, and my local support group. My personal experience with various therapists to stay ahead of disease symptoms and be as proactive as possible.

Probably the most important thing is I really believe in being the best person I can be in every situation. I believe the key to that is being a good listener – nothing is more important than that! And usually that’s what we all want, someone to listen to us and express some empathy. That’s what makes somebody a good mentor.

Contact Pat:

Pat Coughlin

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I have had Parkinson’s Disease for over eight years. I...

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...

Stephen Lester

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

I have lived with Parkinson’s since my diagnosis in 2012 when I suffered a severe side effect from the anesthesia given in my back surgery. Typical of Parkinson’s, I suffered through 21 days before they figured out what was going on and brought a neurologist to make the proper diagnosis. It was a diagnosis of exclusion given when all else had been eliminated. Since then it has been the pink elephant in the room with regard to my condition and every decision that I make regarding where I live and whether I drive. I was able to medically control the Parkinson’s until recently when I underwent DBS surgery which was an adventure in itself.

If you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed then drop me a line to talk to some one who has been there, done that.
Stephen Lester

Contact Stephen:

Stephen Lester

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's

I have lived with Parkinson’s since my diagnosis in 2012...

Wayne Label

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentors for Newly Diagnosed, Mentors for People with Parkinson's

I have been a teacher all my professional life and as a past president of the Parkinson’s Association in San Diego I received lots of phone calls from newly diagnosed patients and was able to talk them through the shock of the new diagnosis and show them all of the resources that are available to them at our association.

Contact Wayne:

Wayne Label

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed and Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's

I have been a teacher all my professional life and...