Search for a Mentor in Northern Nevada

If you would prefer to search for a mentor by phone, please call us at 619-373-5476. (If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911.)

Bridget Ryan

Position: Mentor for Care Partners
Categories: For Care Partners
Location: Northern Nevada

My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017. I retired shortly thereafter and have been focusing my attention on providing the best care I can. In addition to the prescribed medication, we focus on strength training/movement as well as mental health. We feel that this regiment has been very helpful in adapting to the disease. We have also been able to manage his freezes by understanding how and when they are likely to occur – i.e. confined spaces, thresholds etc. When these occur, we have found that counting to five after coming to a complete stop enables him to start moving again.

I would like to help other care partners try to manage the disease with what has worked for us over the years. We have been through multiple stages of the disease and have focused on adapating as best we could to these progressions.

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Bridget Ryan

Mentor for Care Partners

My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017. I retired...

Dorene Whitworth

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's
Categories: For Newly Diagnosed
Location: Northern Nevada

Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s can be scary and isolating. Doctors are not necessarily in tune with just how devastating a diagnosis of Parkinson’s can be to an individual. As a mentor and someone with Parkinson’s, I hope to alleviate some of the fears, uncertainty and anxiety that often accompanies a diagnosed by giving them someone to talk to. I would encourage them to share their experiences and concerns and I could provide them with information on a number of local resources.

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Dorene Whitworth

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's

Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s can be scary and isolating....

Mark Lenz

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: For All People with Parkinson's
Location: Northern Nevada

I am a Reno, Nevada native, with degrees from UNR, the New England Conservatory of Music and Cornell Law School. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005, and eventually had to retire from both my music and law careers. I have, however, remained active in retirement, with fishing and other outdoor activities, woodworking and music composition.

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Mark Lenz

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I am a Reno, Nevada native, with degrees from UNR,...

Matt Riecken

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed
Categories: For Newly Diagnosed
Location: Northern Nevada

I believe I can help newly diagnosed people with the challenges and transitions they’ll need to make, and help them develop new and constructive perspectives.

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Matt Riecken

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed

I believe I can help newly diagnosed people with the...

Sarah Parks

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: For All People with Parkinson's, For Care Partners, For Newly Diagnosed
Location: Northern Nevada

I always want to help people find the positive side of Parkinson’s – the people they will meet and interact with. Diagnosed with PD in 2017 I’ve learned that fighting PD is most important and not a death sentence.

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Sarah Parks

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

I always want to help people find the positive side...

 

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