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New Diagnosis Workshop Series

Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) in the last two years? Join us for our New Diagnosis Workshop Series this February.

Movement disorder neurologists, Drs. Jonathan Squires and Melissa Mackenzie, and physiotherapist Michelle McCarthy from the Movement Disorders Clinic at the UBC Centre for Brain Health, will lend their knowledge to provide an overview of the disease, treatment options, and tips on staying active to help slow the progression of symptoms.

This workshop will also feature a panel of all three speakers for a final 30-minute question and answer session at the end of the series, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions about their Parkinson's diagnosis, management, treatment, and support.

Please note that only one registration is required to attend all sessions in this series. This series is free for participants. Please see full session descriptions and dates below.

Parkinson's and Diagnosis | Dr. Jonathan Squires, Movement Disorder Specialist

In the first session of our New Diagnosis Series, Dr. Squires joins us to discuss how Parkinson's is diagnosed, the causes of disease onset, and epidemiology of disease progression. Early symptoms, as well as both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's will also be discussed.

Date: Tuesday, February 16
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm


Parkinson's and Treatment | Dr. Melissa Mackenzie, Movement Disorder Specialist

In this talk, Dr. Mackenzie elaborates on Dr. Squires' discussion of motor and non-motor symptoms. This session will focus on symptom management through medication, as well as advanced and alternative therapies.

Date: Wednesday, February 17
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm


Living Well with Parkinson's: Exercise | Michelle McCarthy, Neuro Physiotherapist

Building on Dr. Mackenzie's presentation on treatment, this session will highlight exercise as a non-pharmacological treatment for Parkinson's. In addition to outlining the benefits of exercise, Michelle McCarthy will discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to managing symptoms and living well with Parkinson's.

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 11:00am – 11:45am


Panel: Question & Answer Session

Movement disorder specialists, Drs. Melissa Mackenzie and Jonathan Squires, and neuro physiotherapist, Michelle McCarthy, come together for a 30-minute panel to answer your questions about being newly diagnosed with Parkinson's.

To help our panelists prepare to give you their best answers, please send in your questions ahead of time to Alana Dhillon, Education & Support Services Coordinator, at adhillon@parkinson.bc.ca.

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 11:45am – 12:15pm


Registration for this series is now closed. Login instructions are emailed approximately 24 hours before the event.


A note on the collection of information: In the "Participant Information" section of this event registration form, you will be asked for your "Registration Type". The information collected here will provide a better understanding of the Parkinson's communities in which we serve, as well as improve our advocacy efforts on behalf of those living with Parkinson's disease. If you have any concerns with regard to the collection of this information, please contact us.

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