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.

Molly Donelan

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

June 2022

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

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

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

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

Nicole Irving, M.A.
HopeSpring Child and Family Clinic, LLC
(703) 259-5617
3915 Old Lee Hwy. #23A,
Fairfax, VA 22030

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

John Norce

ABC’s of Medicare

September 2021

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

Bonnie O’Leary

Miscommunication or
Missed Communication?
The Challenges of Hearing Loss

August 2021

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 is available at

Steve Gurney

A New Perspective
on Senior Living

April 2021

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

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