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Bill Farrington

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 met my wife when we were both Disneyland employees and we have been married 50 years. I owned a running store for 5 years and then became a sales rep for ASICS Tiger for 12 years. I became the National Team Sales Manager, in charge of selling team shoes to schools and other entities. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s 18 years ago, I retired on disability due to Parkinson’s symptoms. Have undergone 6 major spine surgeries along with heart, brain, 2 shoulders and 1 knee surgery. I have a Deep Brain Stimulator. I’m the proud parent of 3 adult children. I’m on the Board of Directors of the Tremble Clefs, a singing based voice enhancer, and am a discussion group leader for the North County Parkison’s Discussion Group. I teach a Bible study for people with Parkinson’s, called Movers and Shakers, and praticipate in 2 other weekly studies but I wecome interaction with people of any level of faith.

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Bill Farrington

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

I met my wife when we were both Disneyland employees...

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.

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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.

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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!

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Kristine Negrete

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

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

Marty Acevedo

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

Marty was diagnosed with essential tremor in 2004 and with Parkinson’s in 2010. Marty says that she experienced symptoms of gait disturbance, dystonia, and REM sleep behavior disorder 10 years prior to her diagnosis. After her progression through the grieving process, Marty decided that her life would not be defined by her diagnosis. Marty felt called to help others who share this journey and quickly became involved with the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. Serving as board member of the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego and as an ambassador to the Davis Phinney Foundation, she targeted her knowledge and passion towards educating others living with Parkinson’s, encouraging exercise and socialization and helping others to find their best life. Marty is most proud of her involvement in the development and implementation of an integrated, medically evidence based program for people with Parkinson’s at a local wellness center.

Marty is an avid traveler with her husband and their travel van, having covered 35 states and multiple national parks. Exercise, enjoying the ocean and beach, maintaining and cultivating new friendships, learning new things and sharing her positive outlook are all vital to her daily life.

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Marty Acevedo

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

Marty was diagnosed with essential tremor in 2004 and with...

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.

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Michael Walsh

Mentor to Mid to Long Term People with Parkinson's

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

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.

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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

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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.

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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...