Parkinson’s Symposium

A multidisciplinary approach to current evidence based practice for the patient with Parkinson’s Disease

October 6-7, 2017 | Providence Portland Medical Center

About this symposium

This course will provide an update on evidence-based practice across the continuum of care for the patient with Parkinson’s Disease. Join us for presentations from Neurologists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and a Naturopathic doctor on current care of the patient with Parkinson’s Disease.

Register Online Now


Providence Rehabilitation Services

Target Audience

This course will benefit Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Physical Therapists and Assistants and Speech Language Pathologists and Assistants who work with patients with Parkinson’s disease.

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Apply an evidence based Occupational Therapy treatment plan for the patient with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Describe medical management of Parkinson’s Disease including Parkinson’s like Diseases
  • Summarize how Parkinson’s Disease affects speech, swallow and cognitive-communication skills and develop and evidence-based treatment plan for this population
  • Develop an evidence based physical therapy plan of care for patients with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Describe Parkinson’s specific community resources for fitness 
  • Show understanding of a Naturopathic approach to supportive care for patients with Parkinson’s Disease


Register online using the link above.

  • Registration for in-person attendance is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Livestreaming attendance is open to Providence employees only. Please choose the “Video conference from a computer” option and a link will be emailed to you approximately one week prior to the course with confirmed registration.

Registration fee

$99; includes Friday snacks, Saturday continental breakfast and snacks, access to online course materials and course certificate for those completing the continuing education requirements.

Refund Policy

Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by September 22. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.


Day 1

4 p.m.


4:30 p.m.

Update on Medical Management of Parkinson’s Disease
Elise Anderson, MD

5:30 p.m.

Parkinson’s Disease Mimics
Joanne O’Leary, MD

6:30 p.m.


Day 2

7:30 a.m.


8 a.m.

Evaluation and Treatment of speech, swallowing and cognitive communication skills in patients with Parkinson’s Disease
Karen Smith, SLP-CCC and Sarah Sellevaag, SLP-CCC

9:30 a.m.


9:45 a.m.

The Role of Occupational Therapy in the Evaluation and Treatment of the patient with Parkinson’s Disease
Amy Dodson, OT

10:45 a.m.


11 a.m.

Circadian Rhythm, Nutrient therapies, Lifestyle counseling and Cannabis related to Parkinson’s Disease
Shena Vander Ploeg, ND

12 p.m.


1 p.m.

Evidence Based Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease including history, falls assessment, home safety assessment, gait assessment and training, functional testing, strength and flexibility, balance and coordination
Deborah Jones, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, ATP and Jenny Coulter, MPT, GCS, CEEAA

3 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

The Benefit of referring to a Parkinson’s Disease Specific Community Program
Kimberly Berg, MS, CEP, ACSM

4 p.m.

Wrap up and Q&A

Contact Hours

This course will qualify for 8 Continuing Education hours for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists in Oregon.

Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.


Kimberly Berg, MS, CEP, ACSM

Clinical Exercise Physiologist/Owner of Kimberly Berg, LLC/Rock Steady Boxing
Kimberly has trained individuals specializing in Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease and orthopedic rehabilitation for over 20 years.

She became focused on Parkinson’s in 2006 when she served on an expert research panel at OHSU to create the best comprehensive exercise program for people with Parkinson’s. From there, she developed and directed the Parkinson’s Bootcamp and Dance Program at RiverPlace Athletic Club for five years.

In 2012, she became the Brian Grant Foundation Exercise Coordinator, creating the Powering Forward Boot Camp, organized wellness retreats and developed a series of on-line exercise videos for people with PD. She also served on their Medical Advisory Board. Kimberly’s programing was a feature article in the March 2016 edition of “Neurology Now”.

In 2015, She launched her own business Kimberly Berg LLC. This includes 5 affiliate Rock Steady Boxing program sites throughout Portland and SW Washington, offering 20+ classes/week with nearly 200 fighters, plus the ever popular “PD REBELS” Parkinson’s dance company which performed Michael Jackson’s Thriller, opening night at the World Parkinson’s Congress in full costume and make-up. Kimberly is an avid blogger creating weekly work-outs for people with PD to do in their homes.

She holds several certifications specific to Parkinson’s: Rock Steady Boxing, PWR! Moves, Dance for PD, OHSU Team PD and Boxing Fitness Institution, TRX special populations. She’s also STOTT Pilates trained - an area of expertise integrated into her teaching.

Elise Anderson, MD

Dr Anderson is a board certified general neurologist. She treats patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, with a focus on treating Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. She also provides botulinum toxin injections and Deep Brain Stimulation management.

She earned her medical degree from USC Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. She completed a medical internship at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, a neurology residency at University of California Los Angeles and a movement disorders fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University.

During her fellowship, Dr. Anderson was an investigator on clinical trials, principal investigator on a levodopa study and treated patients with Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, restless legs syndrome, Huntington's disease, tardive dyskinesia and other movement disorders.

Joanna O'Leary, MD

Dr O'Leary focuses on movement disorders and general neurology. She earned her medical degree from Rush University in Chicago, Ill., and completed her internship, residency and fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

She became a neurologist to work with patients who have challenging diseases. She also enjoys working with a large number of general neurology patients.

Karen Smith, MS/CCC-SLP

Karen has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist since 1996 and has been working for Providence Outpatient Rehab since 2001. Since beginning with Providence, she has been serving patients with Parkinson's Disease, in addition to other patients with various swallowing, communication, and cognitive impairments. She is certified in LSVT and has attended numerous continuing education classes through the OHSU Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Program.

Karen presented on PD in a multi-disciplinary symposium in 2006. She is also the Providence Portland regional resource for Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) services for the adult population.

Shena Vander Ploeg MD

Dr. Vander Ploeg is a Naturopathic Physician focusing on integrative functional wellness care in her private practice. She has passionate interest in nutrition and botanical medicine. She is intrigued with endocannabinology and is consistently researching and learning about cannabinoid therapies and how they may benefit patients. Locally, she has aligned with MDs to gain unique perspective on clinical use of cannabis through the OMMP.

Dr. Vander Ploeg recognizes the mental, emotional, and physical components of health and creates treatment plans that incorporate these various areas. Her process aims to strengthen our relationships with ourselves as well as with others.  She hopes to share her insights with you in hopes of assisting you in better supporting patients with Parkinsons to support their quality of life, support their health, and enhance clinical outcomes.

Amy Dodson, OT

Amy graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelors degree in Occupational therapy in 1993. She worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA focusing on spinal cord injury and neurological disorders for 13 years before returning to Oregon. She then worked in Neurological outpatient therapy with the Parkinson’s team at OHSU. During this time, she presented lectures with the Parkinson’s team throughout the state of Oregon.

Amy has also worked across the continuum of care at Evergreen outpatient hospital and Providence Mt. St. Vincent before coming to Providence Portland in 2016. She currently works in Outpatient neurological rehab in the NE Portland clinic.