Ask the Expert

InMotion’s Ask the Expert education series on movement disorders will help you learn more about your disease, state-of-the-art Parkinson’s disease research, and ongoing issues of concern.

Strategies for Coping with Mental Health Challenges During the Winter Months

Presented by Christopher Zalewski, MSW, LSCSW, LISW-S


Christopher’s talk provides an overview of mental health challenges specific to managing PD during the winter months, and some general suggestions for coping and communication skills that may be helpful. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Drawing on his experience at the Institute for Family Health in New York and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Christopher currently operates his own talk therapy practice with a focus on providing support for individuals facing a long term illness and their care partners. Christopher also provides consultation for health care and community organizations, including InMotion.

Practical Strategies for Living with Parkinson’s Disease:
Tips for Completing Activities of Daily Living from an Occupational Therapist

Presented by Stefanie Roth, OTR/L

Stefanie provided education, as well as demonstrations, of various adaptive equipment and techniques that are especially useful for people with tremors, including tips for eating and writing. Stefanie Roth has been an Occupational Therapist for 8 years, with focus on Neurological Rehabilitation. She has been LSVT BIG certified since 2016, and is currently working at University Hospitals Warrensville Outpatient and Neuro Rehab. This presentation was recorded on October 25 as part of InMotion’s ongoing “Ask the Expert” educational series.

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Our Current Understanding of Parkinson’s Disease and Future Directions

Presented by Steven Gunzler, M.D.

This talk offers a broad overview of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Dr. Gunzler discusses our current understanding of motor and non-motor symptoms of PD. He also reviews common PD treatments, including medications, as well as challenges faced in treating PD. Finally, Dr. Gunzler discusses current knowledge gaps, and some research that is underway to give us a better understanding of PD. This presentation was recorded on August 25 as part of InMotion’s ongoing “Ask the Expert” educational series.

Aging with Parkinson’s Disease:  How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow

Presented by Professor Sharona Hoffman, the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, Professor of Bioethics, and Co-Director of the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University

Sharona Hoffman’s husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013, at the age of 55. Based on this and other experiences as a patient and caregiver, she wrote a book entitled Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow. Professor Hoffman addresses some of the social, financial, legal, and medical challenges that we face as individuals with Parkinson’s disease or their care partners.  For more information see her website This presentation was recorded on August 28, 2022, as part of InMotion’s ongoing “Ask the Expert” educational series.

New Advances in Parkinson’s Treatments and the Importance of Exercise

Presented by Cynthia Comella, MD, Professor of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Dr. Comella is Board Certified in neurology and sleep medicine; expert on Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and other movement disorders. Read Dr. Comella’s full biography here. This presentation was recorded on June 16, 2022, as part of InMotion’s inaugural Living In Motion open house event.

To view Dr. Comella’s slides, click here.

Advancing the Understanding and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease Through Clinical Trial Participation

Presented by Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D., Vice Chair of Innovations, Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute

Dr. Alberts’ research is focused on understanding the effects of neurological disease or injury on motor and cognitive function and developing disease-specific interventions to improve motor and cognitive performance. This talk focuses on ways participation in clinical trials can help researchers with treatments for PD. Dr. Alberts founded Pedaling for Parkinson’s and has worked to establish more than 125 Pedaling for Parkinson’s programs across North America. This presentation was recorded on March 3, 2022.

To view Dr. Alberts’ slides, click here.

The Impact of Plant-Based Nutrition on Chronic Disease

The Impact of Plant-Based Nutrition on Chronic Disease was hosted jointly by InMotion and The Gathering Place, and presented by Stephanie Hopkins, dietician at The Gathering Place. Stephanie discussed plant-based nutrition and how diet can be used as a tool to help manage chronic diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and cancer. The presentation concluded with a cooking demonstration before opening for questions and answers. This presentation was recorded on October 28, 2021.

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To view Stephanie’s slideshow, click here.
To view the recipe, click here.

Research Updates in Parkinson’s Disease

Presented by Xin Xin Yu, M.D.

Dr. Yu is a Movement Disorders neurologist in the Neurological Institute’s Center for Neurological Restoration at Cleveland Clinic. She received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2011, and completed a Neurology Residency and 2-year Movement Disorders Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. She is an active member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society and the American Academy of Neurology. In May 2021, Dr. Yu joined InMotion’s Board of Directors. This presentation was recorded on August 26, 2021

To view a recording of Dr. Yu’s presentation, click here.

Thriving Through Uncertainty: Collective Resilience on the Other Side of the Pandemic

Presented by Françoise Adan, M.D.

Françoise Adan, M.D., is University Hospitals’ Chief Whole Health and Well-Being Officer and the Director for the University Hospitals’ Connor Integrative Health Network. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Adan encourages clients and patients to understand the critical connection between the mind, body and spirit. She is a frequent presenter on the importance of utilizing integrative medicine to maintain optimal health. This presentation was recorded on July 27, 2021.

To view a recording of Dr. Adan’s presentation, click here.

Measuring Parkinson’s Disease

Presented by Steven Gunzler, M.D.

Dr. Steven Gunzler is a neurologist in University Hospitals Neurological Institute Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This presentation was recorded on May 13, 2021.

To view a recording of Dr. Gunzler’s presentation, click here.

Advanced Therapies for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, from DBS to Focused Ultrasound: the Cleveland Clinic Experience

July 7, 2020 – Ask The Doctor: Dr. Ben Walter

The Many Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and What To Do About Them

June 1, 2020 – Ask The Doctor: Dr. Jori Fleisher   | Powerpoint