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Parkinson's Disease: Past, Present, and Future

Aired on 7.17.2021
Parkinson's Disease: Past, Present, and Future

Parkinson's Disease: Past, Present, and Future

Full-Day Interactive PD Symposium

July 17, 2021, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm PDT





Ruth Almen, LCSW

Clinical Manager - Social Work Services

Ruth Almén received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wittenberg University in Ohio and her master's degree in social work from Temple University. She has extensive experience with nonprofit social service agencies, community collaboration and program development. Ms. Almén co-facilitates support groups, works directly with individuals and families, and collaborates with local agencies.  She is a co-creator of our Improv for Care program,  started our Yoga for PD program, is a founding Board member of Parkinson's Place Las Vegas and a Southwest Regional Board member  for the Parkinson's Foundation.  She just finished her 2nd year  as chair of the Moving Day for Parkinson's Foundation Walk, which raised over $48,000 for programs in the community and research to find a cure.

Lucille Carriere, PhD

Staff Health Psychologist - Angie Ruvo Endowed Caregiving Chair

Dr. Lucille Carriere is a clinical health psychologist specializing in neurodegenerative diseases and behavioral sleep medicine. She completed her graduate training at Auburn University, an internship through Vanderbilt University and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, TN, and fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis. Prior to joining the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, she worked in geriatric primary care and provided psychotherapy for individuals and caregivers living with neurodegenerative disorders and complex medical conditions. She is interested in outcomes research related to caregivers.

Eric Farbman, MD

Physician, Baseball Fan, Researcher, Volunteer and Collector

Dr. Eric Farbman received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Tufts University in Massachusetts.   He went on to receive his Medical Doctor degree from Rutgers University Medical School in New Jersey.  Following a four-year residency, Dr. Farbman went on to complete his Movement Disorders Fellowship, through University of Pittsburgh. Following his work in Pittsburgh, Dr. Farbman moved to Las Vegas and joined a medical practice that in time joined forces with the UNSOM/UNLV Neurology department.  Here, Dr. Farbman moved into academic medicine as well as a teaching role to educate future providers in his area of specialty. Dr. Farbman is now practicing at Roseman University Medical Group in Las Vegas. 

Trevor Mahoney, PT, DPT, MSCS, CDP

Physical Therapist

Dr. Trevor Mahoney received a bachelor’s in human movement science from Utah State University and a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since joining the rehabilitation team at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, he has completed advanced training in Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and dementia.

Zoltan Mari, MD

Dr. Zoltan Mari is a board-certified neurologist, fellowship-trained in movement disorders at the National Institutes of Health.  A member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Dr. Mari is an internationally recognized Parkinson and movement disorder expert, who directed the Johns Hopkins Movement Disorder Center before recruited by Cleveland Clinic.  A leader in his field as a clinician and educator, Dr. Mari is also a highly accomplished academic neurologist: he authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and serves in multiple leadership roles in top international Parkinson & movement disorder journals and professional organizations.  Dr. Mari is the Ruvo Family (Endowed) Chair and Director of the CC Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Co-Director of the Cleveland Clinic Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence.

Shaina Meyer, OTR/L, MSCS, CDP

Shaina Meyer received her bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in biology from Westminster College in Missouri and a master's in occupational therapy from St. Louis University. While at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Ms. Meyer has become a Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) Certified therapist, Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist, Certified Dementia Practioner, and has spoken at the Neurotherapeutics for Rehabilitation course.

Odinachi Oguh, MD

Staff Neurologist, Movement Disorders Team

Staff Movement disorder Neurologist, Dr. Oguh is a board-certified movement disorder neurologist who earned her neurology training at the University of Illinois and post graduate movement disorder fellowship at Northwestern University. She directed the Movement Disorders Clinical Program at the University of Florida, prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2019. 

Sherry Perucho, MA, CCC-SLP

Sherry Perucho received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of the Philippines in Manila, her post graduate Certificate in Disability Studies with focus on Communicative Disorders from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and her Master’s in Speech Pathology from San Jose State University in California. She received the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2007 and has been an active member since. She developed an interest in neurologic disorders and the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, cognition, voice, and swallowing disorders in this population.

Martie Vlcek

Martie Vlcek and her team of certified trainers – Orlando Illustrisimo, Mark Hitechew  and Gaylynn Strawberry - operate Rock Steady Boxing Green Valley.  Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing program for people with Parkinson’s Disease.   Our team is passionate about bringing movement to people with Parkinson’s and together we help our boxers fight their disease everyday. 

Ben Walter, MD

Dr. Walter is the Section Head for Movement Disorders and Medical Director of the DBS program at the Cleveland Clinic and Associate Professor of Neurology at the Lerner School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

He is a board certified neurologist and fellowship trained movement disorders specialist and has practiced in northeast Ohio since 2004.

His research focuses on Deep Brain Stimulation, Functional MRI and exercise interventions in Parkinson’s disease.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University with a B.S. in Biology and received his medical degree from MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Neurology at Emory University. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Movement disorders with emphasis on intraoperative mapping and Deep Brain Stimulation at Emory University. He also graduated from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve Universe Executive MBA Program.

Becky Wellman, PhD, LPMT, MT-BC

Music Therapist

Dr. Becky Wellman holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College, Master of Music in music therapy from Ohio University, and a PhD from Capella University. She has additional training in neurologic music therapy and is adjunct instructor of Human Services specializing in elder studies at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

Dylan Wint, MD

Interim Center Director; Director of Education

Dr. Wint joined Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in May 2010. He is board certified in neurology, psychiatry, and behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry.


8:30 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 9:20 am
History & Pathology
9:20 am - 9:35 am
Evaluation and Management of Motor Symptoms
9:35 am - 9:55 am
Evaluation and Management of Cognitive and Psychiatric Symptoms
9:55 am - 10:15 am
Evaluation and Management of Other Non-Motor Symptoms
10:15 am - 10:25 am
Panel Q&A
10:25 am - 10:35 am
Patient Interview
10:35 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:00 am
Strengthening and Balance through Physical Therapy and Tai Chi
11:00 am - 11:15 am
Mental Health Therapy: CBT, Acceptance Therapy and Biofeedback
11:15 am - 11:30 am
Social Work and Resources for Individuals Living with PD
11:30 am - 11:40 am
Rock Steady Boxing Demo
11:40 am - 11:55 am
Occupational Therapy
11:55 am - 12:10 pm
Speech Therapy
12:10 pm - 12:20 pm
Music Therapy with Becky | BREAK
12:20 pm - 12:40 pm
Clinical Trials: What You Should Know
12:40 pm - 1:00 pm
Stem Cell and Gene Therapies in PD
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
New Targets in PD Neuroprotective Therapies
1:20 pm - 1:30 pm
Panel and Closing Statements