Ashley and Justin Remus live in New Ulm, Minnesota, a farming community about 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis. They’re keenly aware of the lack of information and awareness about Parkinson’s disease (PD) in small towns and rural areas. In fact, theylived this lack when Justin’s grandfather was diagnosed with Lewy Body, a variation of PD,… Read More

Steve Snater

Life is bittersweet for Steve Snater. He is living with his parents so that he can be a caregiver for his father, who has Parkinson’s disease (PD). “It sucks in every way,” said Steve. “But it is wonderful that I can be there for him. “I had the most wonderful parents,” he said. “I am… Read More

Jean Spielman Housh is young, only 52 years old.  She married an “older man” now in his 70’s.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) six years ago.  That means that Jean’s husband, Al, is still functioning relatively independently.  But the reality of what Parkinson’s is going to bring is starting to appear on a… Read More

As so many others, Marie Dydasco – Walch has to “watch” her brother’s Parkinson’s disease (PD) progress from afar.  Marie is from the Island of Guam and that is where her family still lives. Her journey with PD began in 1976 when her father passed away from kidney failure.  Her father’s autopsy revealed PD, although… Read More

** For 17 years Barb Green has walked and volunteered at the Moving Day Twin Cities: Walk for Parkinson’s annual fundraising event sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota (NPFM). Barb’s first walk was in 1997.   My dad was always a kid at heart. He did not like practical gifts. He liked to play sports and… Read More

Marcia Cotter

“My company is both a personal and professional thing for me,” said Marcia Cotter.  “My father-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2004, and he passed away in 2013 at the age of 85. His journey with PD is the reason my company specializes in caring for people with this disease.” Marcia was one… Read More

Dr. Stein is connected with Parkinson’s disease (PD) both professionally and personally. When Dr. Stein was in medical school, he did a rotation in neurology and that’s when he knew where he belonged. “What’s more fascinating than studying what is going on in the human brain?” While in medical school he also started to date… Read More

Ruth Hagestuen, Chairperson of Health Professionals Special Interest Group of the Movement Disorders Society Ruth Hagestuen started preparing for her place in the Parkinson’s professional community when she was a nurse working overseas in Bangladesh and Madagascar. “I gained a different and more global perspective from my time there. I can see the value of… Read More

Neurologist and Medical Director of the Struthers Parkinson’s Center How did you come to be a professional dealing with PD? I completed my training in Neurology and then did a fellowship in Clinical Genetics, because I was interested in genetic disorders of the nervous system.  I became an expert in Huntington’s disease, a genetic movement… Read More

Rose Wichmann’s path to the Struthers Parkinson’s Center unfolded one step at a time; at each step she found new ways of supporting PD patients and their families. Rose began her journey over 30 years ago in the physical therapy department at Methodist Hospital, where a small Parkinson’s center did multidisciplinary team assessments of three… Read More