Guest Speakers

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month to hear from our Guest Speakers. Their topics and expertise are not always Parkinson specific, but they have services and programs to help you live your best life.

Below you’ll find speaker name, topic, and contact info, with the most recent first.

Sabina Kelly

Healthy Eating

April & July 2023

Sabina is a certified nutrition coach and we’ve created a page to post contact info for her, as well as details about her talks.
Check it out at:

Molly Donelan

Climbing for Parkinson’s
Up ENDing Parkinson’s
& Sportrock
Climbing Centers

June 2022 & March 2023

Molly Donelan
Director – Alexandria
Sportrock Climbing Centers
Up ENDing Parkinson’s

From Brain and Life Magazine:
The Benefits of Rock Climbing for Parkinson’s Disease

A New Perspective on Senior Living

January 2023

We had 3 speakers for this program:

Steve Gurney, Positive Aging Sourcebook
Click here to order the Positive Aging Sourcebook. (free)
Click here to access recordings of live and interactive discussions.

Heather Suri, Pathways in Aging

Karen Thompson, BrightStar Care of Fairfax

Michelle & Chris Viggiano

Boxing and Strength Training
for Parkinson’s

December 2022

AIM Human Performance
P (571) 398-6923

2218 Tackett’s Mill Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Classes sponsored by IPMDC and free to attendees:
Beginner Level: Mondays at 1:00 pm
Intermediate Level: Thursdays, 1:00 pm

John Norce

ABC’s of Medicare

November 2022
September 2021

John Norce
President at Medicare Portal
P  703-214-4600
M  703-628-7149

A couple of pages on the Medicare website that John referred to:

Maria Spetalnik

Downsizing and Decluttering

October 2022

Maria has over 30 years of experience helping others get control of their homes and lives by helping them get the clutter out of their lives.

If you’re looking for information before Maria’s presentation, please check out her website at, and if you browse through her blog at you’ll find lots of helpful information too!

Conquer the Clutter Office

Resources we discussed:

National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO)

Institute for Challenging Disorganization

Greg Sieb & Suz Klyber

Live in Place / Live in Place Safely

August 2022

Click here for a list of webinars on home modifications with thanks to Positive Aging Sourcebook.

Alec Langstein

Rock Steady Boxing

May 2022

Alec Langstein
Owner/Personal Trainer
Rock Steady Boxing NOVA
Vortex In-Home Training
My Parkinson’s Gym

Bob Pearson & Carolyn Grafton

Veteran’s Benefits for
People Living with Parkinson’s

April 2022

Bob Pearson
DAV Service Officer
Text: (703) 402-3498
**Additional information at

Lindsey Vajpeyi

Brain Health as We Age

March 2022

Click here for a discussion and memory care resource fair featuring Lindsey, with thanks to Positive Aging Sourcebook.

Lindsey Vajpeyi
Director of Early-Stage Programs
Insight Memory Care Center
Fairfax: 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
Sterling :45945 Center Oak Plaza, Suite 190, Sterling, VA 20166

Joanne McCarty

What are Aging Life Care Managers,
and how can they help us?

February 2022

Click here for a list of recordings featuring care managers with thanks to Positive Aging Sourcebook.

Joanne McCarty RN, BSN, CMC
Co-Founder & Executive Director of Clinical Services
Independent You – Senior Services
9489 A Silver King Ct
Fairfax, VA 22031
Office 703-999-3006
Cell 703-929-3367
Fax 703-279-8134

John Dean

Techie Talk

January 2022

John M Dean MA CCC-SLP
Phone (303) 532-6209 (Cell)

June 2022: Recordings and slide decks for John’s 4 part series on Speech Recognition Tools is available at

Nicole Irving

Are you Surviving or are you Thriving?

December 2021

New contact info as of December 2022:
Nicole Irving, MA
Resident in Counseling
Virginia Oak Counseling

Arvette Reid

Five Important Questions:
Planning for the care you

or your loved one may need

November 2021

Arvette M. Reid
Client Services Director
Signature Estate & Investment Advisors
1650 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1575
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
Direct – 703-940-3485
Main – 703-940-3000

Katie Fair

Driver Rehabilitation

October 2021

Katie Fair, MS, OTR/L, CDRS
Driving Program Specialist
Medstar National Rehabilitation Network
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200
Mclean, VA 22101

Bonnie O’Leary

Miscommunication or
Missed Communication?
The Challenges of Hearing Loss

August 2021

Click here for a recording of this presentation dated 7/23/22 with thanks to Positive Aging Sourcebook.

Bonnie B. O’Leary
Certified Peer Mentor and Hearing Loss Support Specialist
Director of Community Outreach Programs
Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030
703-352-9055 x 106 (V)
571-350-8656 (VP)
703-352-9056 (TTY)

Jeff Parsons

Advanced Home Care
for All Ages, at All Times

July 2021

Jeff Parsons
Director of Continuum Services
Capital Caring Health
Toll free number: (844) 398-4720

Shirlea North &
Victoria Pavelko

The Diaphragm: 
The Multipurpose Muscle

June 2021

Shirlea North, PT, DPT, GCS, CLT,
Clinical Director of Rehabilitation
Victoria Pavelko, MS CCC SLP,

Virginian Rehabilitation and Wellness Services

Fairfax Location:
9229 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax VA 22031
Ph: 703 277-6611

Chantilly Location:
4299 Chantilly Shopping Center #104
Chantilly, VA 20151
Ph: 703 844-0690

John Dean

Everyday tools and tech
for living better with Parkinson’s

May 2021

John M Dean MA CCC-SLP
Phone (303) 532-6209 (Cell)

June 2022: Recordings and slide decks for John’s 4 part series on Speech Recognition Tools are available at

Steve Gurney

A New Perspective
on Senior Living

April 2021

Steve Gurney
Positive Aging Sourcebook
800-394-9990 | 703-966-6182