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Dr. Ihtsham ul Haq, MD, FAAN with the University of Miami, and Dr. Bhavana Patel, OD, MS with the University of Florida will Speak at the Symposium

Dr. Bhavana Patel

The Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida (PASWFL) announced the keynote speakers for their annual Living Well with PD: Education Symposium to take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm, at the Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34103. The symposium brings together medical specialists and health professionals in the field of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The focus of this year’s symposium is the multidisciplinary team approach to living well with PD. Movement Disorders Specialists presenting include Dr. Ihtsham ul Haq, MD, FAAN, Division Chief of the Movement Disorders Department of Neurology, University of Miami Health Systems, and Dr. Bhavana Patel, DO, MS, Assistant Professor in the Division of Movement Disorders and Behavioral Neurology and the Fixel Institue of the University of Florida. Dr. Haq will present “Unlocking the Mysteries of Parkinson’s: The Latest in Research and Diagnosis.” Dr. Haq will discuss our current understanding of why and how Parkinson’s disease occurs, and how that knowledge is driving our search for better treatments and ultimately a cure. Dr. Bhavana will present “Advancements in Management of Parkinson’s Disease.” Dr. Bhavana will review recently approved treatments for Parkinson’s disease, optimal management of PD, and upcoming treatment strategies.

“We are excited to bring together specialists who care and support individuals with Parkinson’s Disease,” said Mary C. Schoeffel, CFRE, Executive Director of the PASWFL. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for persons with PD, their care partners, family members, and support team of doctors and therapists to hear about best practices for successful outcomes, and to have the opportunity to have their questions answered.”

Dr. Ihtsham ul Haq

In addition to the featured speakers, guests will hear from a panel of specialists providing information on supportive interventions that include LSVT BIG, LSVT LOUD, nutrition, speech exercise, Rock Steady boxing, and mental health support. The panel includes Dr. Christina Metz, PT, DPT, Florida Gulf Coast University Faculty, Matt Beke, MS, RDN, LDN, Clinical Dietitian at the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health, Erin Trifilio, Ph.D., Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, UF, and staff from Florida HIIT Factory on Rock Steady Boxing.

The program is open to the public and of special interest to persons with PD, their family members, care partners, and the medical community. Admission for the symposium which includes lunch, is $65 before March 1, 2023, and $75 after that date. VIP admission is $125 and includes preferred seating. Registration closes on April 2, 2023.

For over twenty-five years, PASWFL has provided effective programs and services that improve the quality of life and educate, enrich, and empower our community members affected by PD and related neurological diseases. Each week PAWSFL offers more than 20 programs and support groups for members with PD and their care partners in addition to the greater SWFL community. There are no fees associated with becoming a member; the membership application is available online at .
Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, visit or call 239-417-3465. Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida, 2575 Northbrooke Plaza Drive, Building 300, Suite 301, Naples, FL 34119.

WHAT: Living Well with PD: Education Symposium
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34103
WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

COST: Registration for the program and lunch, are $65 before March 1, 2023, and $75 after that date. VIP registration is $125 and includes preferred seating.
INFORMATION: (239) 417-3465

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