Save the Date for our 2018

APRIL 21, 2018

7440 S. Mason-Montgomery Rd.
Mason, OH 45040

Our featured speaker will be Heather Zwickey, PhD, author of the new book Eating Better for Parkinson’s: A Nutritional Starter Guide. Dr. Zwickey's website, Zwickpedia, focuses on “Where Natural Medicine Meets Science.” 

Check back soon, event registration will open January 1.



Heather Zwickey, PhD, is the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the National University of Natural Medicine and Director of the Helfgott Research Institute. She also has faculty appointments at Oregon Health and Science University and University of Washington. She’s a leading researcher in the field of Integrative Medicine. She’s published more than 50 papers, spoken at more than 40 conferences, had several NIH grants, and won 8 leadership awards. She’s served on the National Vaccine Safety Working Group, the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians, the Scientific Advisory Board for the State of Oregon Retail Marijuana Sales.

Special Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors 


ABOUT OUR 2017 SPEAKERs & Panelists

Dave Iverson

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for the 2017 Spring Forum will be Dave Iverson. Dave is an independent filmmaker, broadcast journalist­, and person living with PD. He is a contributing editor for the Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF), and a founding member of the MJFF Patient Council. You may have seen him in action as moderator of the MJFF Partners in Parkinson’s event held last summer in Cincinnati, or in a similar role at the World Parkinson Congress.

Two of Dave’s films focus on the topic of Parkinson’s disease. Capturing Grace is a feature documentary about a group of dancers with Parkinson’s disease and their unique collaboration with the world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group. It aired on PBS in 2015 and has won a number of awards. Iverson was also the writer, correspondent and co-producer/director of the 2009 PBS Frontline documentary My Father, My Brother and Me, which explored how he and his family have battled Parkinson’s disease. He has previously produced over 20 films for PBS, served as a radio host for KQED in San Francisco and produced programs for Wisconsin Public Television for 20 years. 

Since his diagnosis of PD in 2004, Dave has established a very strict workout routine which he credits (along with some luck) with keeping his symptoms at bay. Dave feels fortunate to have the wonderful support of family and friends and to have the opportunity to be engaged with the broader Parkinson’s community from whom he has learned some of the deepest truths and life lessons. He looks forward to sharing some of his wisdom with us this Spring.


Steve Gifford

Speaker &  Arts Panelist

Diagnosed with Parkinsons at age 35, Steve turned from an career in automotive engineering to wildlife photography.  He is an avid exerciser, participating in the Rock Steady Boxing program; he is also a cyclist, having recently completed the Sunflower Revolution 10K. 


Nancy Fountain

Arts Panelist

Nancy has been an instructor for the Dancing for Parkinson's class in Cincinnati since it began 5 years ago. Prior to that she had a career in classical ballet, dancing professionally in Louisville, Tulsa, Salt Lake City, and Philadelphia. She was a principal of the Cincinnati Ballet for 5 years. She also had a teaching career eventually becoming the Director of Ballet Theatre Midwest. 


Amy Dennison

Arts Panelist

Teacher, musician, and administrator Amy Dennison has been connecting music to people of all ages for over 35 years, with the last 16 years at the College-Conservatory of Music. Whether the purpose is for skill based learning, music appreciation, enrichment, or stress reduction, actively engaging in music awakens and energizes the brain to think creatively and spark curiosity. An active performer as well as a person with Parkinson's, Amy believes that finding and committing to what you are passionate about can help you live a rich and purposeful life in spite of your situation.