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.

Parkinson’s Disease – Sex & Intimacy

The purpose of this presentation is to give the client and their partner more insight regarding the sexual issues many Parkinson’s patients experience and how to help clients navigate these issues with your provider. Alexis Santangelo will serve as guest speaker.

Alexis Santangelo, AGNP-C is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who obtained her BSN and MSN from The University of Akron. She has worked in neurology since 2017, first for 4 years at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio seeing movement disorder patients in clinic and in a research setting. She is currently working at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Movement Disorders Center since 2021. She is skilled in procedures that include deep brain stimulation, baclofen pumps, and injections. She has a passion for patient education both in clinical and out of office settings. 

Basics of Parkinson’s Disease

Ellen Walter, Certified Nurse Practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Neuro-Restoration, discusses the fundamentals of and important things to know about Parkinson’s disease.

This presentation was recorded on March 14, 2024 via Zoom, as part of InMotion’s ongoing “Ask the Expert” educational series.

Approach Care Giving Like a CEO

Lauri Scharf is the Lead Care Consultant/Master Trainer at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging delivering the evidence-based program WeCare…Because You Do.  Her prior experience was in delivering programs to early-stage dementia care givers and their loved ones, care giver support group facilitator and supervisor and delivering BRI Care Consultation to care givers.   

This presentation was recorded on January 18, 2024 via Zoom, as part of InMotion’s ongoing “Ask the Expert” educational series.

CLOSE CONTACT for Couples® with PD: Giving Partners Support

Couples living with Parkinson’s disease are often frustrated and disheartened as motor and non-motor symptoms progress over the years. 

This condition has often been called an “intruder” in the partnered relationship and can rob both individuals of their identity as well as the delicate bond that they have established over decades of living together. This program will demonstrate ways in which couples, working with partnered touch, new movement techniques and innovative communication strategies may improve mood, create intimacy, alleviate dissension and prevent falls. 

Judith Sachs is Founder and Director of ANYONE CAN MOVE, an adaptive movement program in Philadelphia, PA. After getting a degree in Comparative Literature from Brandeis University, she began her professional life on the stage as an actor and dancer, and then moved to the healthcare arena, she now combines these two passions. Her goal is to get everyone moving, whether in a chair or across the floor.

This presentation was recorded on December 14, 2023 via Zoom, as part of InMotion’s ongoing “Ask the Expert” educational series.

Impact of Plant-Based Nutrition on Chronic Disease

Join The Gathering Place and InMotion for a talk on nutrition. The Gathering Place’s dietitian, Stephanie Hopkins, discusses plant-based nutrition and how diet can be used as a tool to help manage chronic diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. The presentation concludes with a cooking demonstration followed by Q&A.

This presentation was recorded on November 8, 2023 via Zoom, as part of InMotion’s ongoing “Ask the Expert” educational series.

DBS and Other Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Benjamin Walter, movement disorder specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, discusses Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and other therapies for Parkinson’s disease.

This presentation was recorded on October 26, 2023 via Zoom, as part of InMotion’s ongoing “Ask the Expert” educational series.