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


Louisa Voss and her husband, Gregg, should get the award for the “most miles traveled” since Gregg, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2006. Gregg grew up on a farm and enjoyed hunting, a passion that continues to today. Since the day of the diagnosis, Louisa and Gregg have gone to Africa and this… Read More


Parkinson's Support Grants(2)

Here at NPFM we are very excited to offer three great opportunities for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. We truly believe that providing help and support for those living with Parkinson’s disease is the best way to raise awareness. After creating our first support grant and helping others, NPFM decided to evaluate the most prominent needs… Read More


Friendly Community[1]

               Visit our Parkinson friendly Community page to see what cities are involved. Why Parkinson’s friendly Communities? We believe there are over 1 million Americans with Parkinson’s disease and it is expected to double by 2030, yet there is not a national registry to calculate exact number of people living with Parkinson’s. In the 2016… Read More


Jackie

NPFM was thrilled to connect Star Tribune reporter Jeremy Olson to local experts for today’s story about  Parkinson’s and depression.  Jackie Christensen, Liz Ogren, Dr. Martha Nance and Dr. Steven Stein are generous NPFM volunteers, helping people with PD live well. While many people likely recognize tremors and difficulty walking as part of the illness, depression is… Read More


Congratulations to the City of St. Paul Park and Rec Department and HealthEast Capistrant Center for working together to bring Parkinson’s-friendly classes to the Park and Rec calendar. Starting July 9 the city is offering a Parkinson’s-friendly Tai Chi Chih class Wednesday mornings at Phalen Rec Center. More information and registration details are found here.… Read More