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Bill Farrington

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I met my wife when we were both Disneyland employees and we have been married 50 years. I owned a running store for 5 years and then became a sales rep for ASICS Tiger for 12 years. I became the National Team Sales Manager, in charge of selling team shoes to schools and other entities. Retired on disability from Parkinson’s symptoms. Have undergone 6 major spine surgeries along with heart, brain, 2 shoulders and 1 knee surgery. I have a Deep Brain Stimulator. I’m the proud parent of 3 adult children. I’m on the Board of Directors of the Tremble Clefs, a singing based voice enhancer, and am a discussion group leader for the North County Parkinson’s Discussion Group. I teach a Bible study for people with Parkinson’s, called Movers and Shakers, and participate in 2 other weekly studies but I welcome interaction with people of any level of faith.

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Bill Farrington

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I met my wife when we were both Disneyland employees...

Brandon Lascurain

Position: Mentor for People with Young Onset Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for People with Parkinson's, Mentor for Young Onset
Location: San Diego

I was diagnosed with advanced stage YOPD at age 40.  I have been through many ups and downs but nothing has made as much impact on my journey as having a mentor. It gave me a sense of hope to understand that others have the same struggles and continue to thrive! My goal is to help other young people with Parkinson’s navigate their journey as we are met with the challenges of school age children, careers and relationships.

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Brandon Lascurain

Mentor for People with Young Onset Parkinson's

I was diagnosed with advanced stage YOPD at age 40. ...

Diane Belcher

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor For Care Partners, Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

The tremors started seemingly out of the blue, the diagnosis was made, but it wasn’t for another couple years that I realized life could go on with joy, purpose and meaning in spite of and because of PD. With the loving support of my husband, friends and members of the Parkinson’s support group we belong to, my world has expanded to include knowledge of the disease, treatment options, healthy lifestyle choices and hope for the future. Having just completed the DBS surgery and programing, I am looking forward to hours of increased on-time, fewer hours of dyskinesia and tremor and less medicine.

Retired elementary school teacher, wife of husband Aaron for 40 years, mother of three children in their 30s, and grandmother of four, I love to read, hang out with friends, putter around in my garden, travel, and play with the grandkids.

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Diane Belcher

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's

The tremors started seemingly out of the blue, the diagnosis...

Irene Miller

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentor For Care Partners, Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I have been a primary Care Partner for my loved one for the past 12 years. We have experienced and learned much on this Parkinson’s journey. I compare the journey to a river, early on symptoms progress slowly and life is smooth for the most part.
As the journey progresses from calm still waters to running stream and encountering rough waters & surprise waterfalls down stream, I’ve learned to be flexible and do all I can to prepare.
I am a Support Group leader of local NCPSG chapter, attend PD seminars, participate in Care Partner group meetings.
I work part time in the Hospitality Industry and retired after working 33 years in management for JCPenney department store.
I have a passion for people and my mission to serve others.

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Irene Miller

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

I have been a primary Care Partner for my loved...

Kimberly Fowler

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

As a PWP I feel that I am in a unique position to be of help to those in the Parkinson’s community. I used to be a very physically active person, competitive figure skating, ultimately ending up coaching. I also marched in the high school and college bands. I worked continuously from age fifteen until age forty four when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. When I was diagnosed, I was eight years into my second career, having medically retired from the first. I have much to offer to my fellow PWP’s and am hoping that by sharing my story I can improve someone’s life and quell the fears that we face as we navigate our new normal.

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Kimberly Fowler

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's

As a PWP I feel that I am in a...

Kristine Negrete

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentor For Care Partners, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

Kristine is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) who treats individuals with conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinsonism’s and Aytpical’s.

“I help individuals with Parkinson’s and Aytpical’s each day. I find joy in helping people navigate through their journey with PD and improve their overall quality of life. With my experience I am always looking for opportunities to help those in my community. “

Exercise is Medicine!

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Kristine Negrete

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

Kristine is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and...

Michael Walsh

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

66 years old, recently ended a successful 43 year career in the building material distribution industries.
Celebrated 43 year marriage anniversary in March 2021, five adult kids and two grandchildren.
Enjoy playing golf and some sort of physical exercise daily. Stay active managing rentals and co-manage my retirement programs. Strong faith in God.

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Michael Walsh

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

66 years old, recently ended a successful 43 year career...

Pat Coughlin

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I have had Parkinson’s Disease for over eight years. I began showing non-motor and motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease when I was about 50 years old, but I was not diagnosed by a neurologist until I was 55 years old. At that time was still working as a senior level executive with the the largest construction material supplier in the US.

I am married with three daughters, the youngest is in her second year of college. I put a lot of value in leading a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods, exercising the mind and body, and remaining socially active in my local community. I was able to work until I was 61 years old and then I went on disability.

The wide range of experiences I’ve had since my diagnosis have really equipped me to be able to help people in a similar situation. What do I bring to the table personally? Dealing with a growing family was a challenge, my daughter was 12 years old when I was diagnosed. Negotiating through informing my employer about my diagnosis until leaving the company on my own terms 6 years later. Working a very high pressure and fast paced job while Parkinson’s began to affect my physical and emotional state. Obtaining SSA disability status and award. Staying informed about Parkinson’s disease through websites, podcasts, and my local support group. My personal experience with various therapists to stay ahead of disease symptoms and be as proactive as possible.

Probably the most important thing is I really believe in being the best person I can be in every situation. I believe the key to that is being a good listener – nothing is more important than that! And usually that’s what we all want, someone to listen to us and express some empathy. That’s what makes somebody a good mentor.

Contact Pat:

Pat Coughlin

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I have had Parkinson’s Disease for over eight years. I...

Sandra Miller

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentor For Care Partners, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

Sandy is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others. She is the care partner for her husband who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006. As Parkinson’s symptoms increased, they began attending support groups and enjoyed meeting people who were facing some of the same challenges. The information they learned made the Parkinson’s journey easier.

For the last few years she has served as a facilitator for the Oceanside Support Group Care Partners. She likes to develop friendships so that other care partners don’t need to feel alone. Sandy is still learning. She watches informative Webinars on Parkinson’s and Care Giving. She has been part of the UCSD Care Partners Research Programs and has learned the importance of taking care of yourself and some special techniques.

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Sandra Miller

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

Sandy is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her knowledge...

Stephen Lester

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I have lived with Parkinson’s since my diagnosis in 2012 when I suffered a severe side effect from the anesthesia given in my back surgery. Typical of Parkinson’s, I suffered through 21 days before they figured out what was going on and brought a neurologist to make the proper diagnosis. It was a diagnosis of exclusion given when all else had been eliminated. Since then it has been the pink elephant in the room with regard to my condition and every decision that I make regarding where I live and whether I drive. I was able to medically control the Parkinson’s until recently when I underwent DBS surgery which was an adventure in itself.

If you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed then drop me a line to talk to some one who has been there, done that.
Stephen Lester

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Stephen Lester

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I have lived with Parkinson’s since my diagnosis in 2012...

Wayne Label

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: En Español, Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I have been a teacher all my professional life and as a past president of the Parkinson’s Association in San Diego I received lots of phone calls from newly diagnosed patients and was able to talk them through the shock of the new diagnosis and show them all of the resources that are available to them at our association.

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Wayne Label

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I have been a teacher all my professional life and...

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Bill Farrington

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I met my wife when we were both Disneyland employees and we have been married 50 years. I owned a running store for 5 years and then became a sales rep for ASICS Tiger for 12 years. I became the National Team Sales Manager, in charge of selling team shoes to schools and other entities. Retired on disability from Parkinson’s symptoms. Have undergone 6 major spine surgeries along with heart, brain, 2 shoulders and 1 knee surgery. I have a Deep Brain Stimulator. I’m the proud parent of 3 adult children. I’m on the Board of Directors of the Tremble Clefs, a singing based voice enhancer, and am a discussion group leader for the North County Parkinson’s Discussion Group. I teach a Bible study for people with Parkinson’s, called Movers and Shakers, and participate in 2 other weekly studies but I welcome interaction with people of any level of faith.

Contact Bill

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Bill Farrington

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I met my wife when we were both Disneyland employees...

Brandon Lascurain

Position: Mentor for People with Young Onset Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for People with Parkinson's, Mentor for Young Onset
Location: San Diego

I was diagnosed with advanced stage YOPD at age 40.  I have been through many ups and downs but nothing has made as much impact on my journey as having a mentor. It gave me a sense of hope to understand that others have the same struggles and continue to thrive! My goal is to help other young people with Parkinson’s navigate their journey as we are met with the challenges of school age children, careers and relationships.

Contact Brandon

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Brandon Lascurain

Mentor for People with Young Onset Parkinson's

I was diagnosed with advanced stage YOPD at age 40. ...

Diane Belcher

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor For Care Partners, Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

The tremors started seemingly out of the blue, the diagnosis was made, but it wasn’t for another couple years that I realized life could go on with joy, purpose and meaning in spite of and because of PD. With the loving support of my husband, friends and members of the Parkinson’s support group we belong to, my world has expanded to include knowledge of the disease, treatment options, healthy lifestyle choices and hope for the future. Having just completed the DBS surgery and programing, I am looking forward to hours of increased on-time, fewer hours of dyskinesia and tremor and less medicine.

Retired elementary school teacher, wife of husband Aaron for 40 years, mother of three children in their 30s, and grandmother of four, I love to read, hang out with friends, putter around in my garden, travel, and play with the grandkids.

Contact Diane:

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Diane Belcher

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's

The tremors started seemingly out of the blue, the diagnosis...

Irene Miller

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentor For Care Partners, Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I have been a primary Care Partner for my loved one for the past 12 years. We have experienced and learned much on this Parkinson’s journey. I compare the journey to a river, early on symptoms progress slowly and life is smooth for the most part.
As the journey progresses from calm still waters to running stream and encountering rough waters & surprise waterfalls down stream, I’ve learned to be flexible and do all I can to prepare.
I am a Support Group leader of local NCPSG chapter, attend PD seminars, participate in Care Partner group meetings.
I work part time in the Hospitality Industry and retired after working 33 years in management for JCPenney department store.
I have a passion for people and my mission to serve others.

Contact Irene:

Name(Required)
Consent(Required)

Irene Miller

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

I have been a primary Care Partner for my loved...

Kimberly Fowler

Position: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

As a PWP I feel that I am in a unique position to be of help to those in the Parkinson’s community. I used to be a very physically active person, competitive figure skating, ultimately ending up coaching. I also marched in the high school and college bands. I worked continuously from age fifteen until age forty four when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. When I was diagnosed, I was eight years into my second career, having medically retired from the first. I have much to offer to my fellow PWP’s and am hoping that by sharing my story I can improve someone’s life and quell the fears that we face as we navigate our new normal.

Contact Kimberly

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Consent(Required)

Kimberly Fowler

Mentor for Newly Diagnosed People with Parkinson's

As a PWP I feel that I am in a...

Kristine Negrete

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentor For Care Partners, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

Kristine is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) who treats individuals with conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinsonism’s and Aytpical’s.

“I help individuals with Parkinson’s and Aytpical’s each day. I find joy in helping people navigate through their journey with PD and improve their overall quality of life. With my experience I am always looking for opportunities to help those in my community. “

Exercise is Medicine!

Contact Kristine:

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Kristine Negrete

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

Kristine is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and...

Michael Walsh

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

66 years old, recently ended a successful 43 year career in the building material distribution industries.
Celebrated 43 year marriage anniversary in March 2021, five adult kids and two grandchildren.
Enjoy playing golf and some sort of physical exercise daily. Stay active managing rentals and co-manage my retirement programs. Strong faith in God.

Contact Michael:

Name(Required)
Consent(Required)

Michael Walsh

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

66 years old, recently ended a successful 43 year career...

Pat Coughlin

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I have had Parkinson’s Disease for over eight years. I began showing non-motor and motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease when I was about 50 years old, but I was not diagnosed by a neurologist until I was 55 years old. At that time was still working as a senior level executive with the the largest construction material supplier in the US.

I am married with three daughters, the youngest is in her second year of college. I put a lot of value in leading a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods, exercising the mind and body, and remaining socially active in my local community. I was able to work until I was 61 years old and then I went on disability.

The wide range of experiences I’ve had since my diagnosis have really equipped me to be able to help people in a similar situation. What do I bring to the table personally? Dealing with a growing family was a challenge, my daughter was 12 years old when I was diagnosed. Negotiating through informing my employer about my diagnosis until leaving the company on my own terms 6 years later. Working a very high pressure and fast paced job while Parkinson’s began to affect my physical and emotional state. Obtaining SSA disability status and award. Staying informed about Parkinson’s disease through websites, podcasts, and my local support group. My personal experience with various therapists to stay ahead of disease symptoms and be as proactive as possible.

Probably the most important thing is I really believe in being the best person I can be in every situation. I believe the key to that is being a good listener – nothing is more important than that! And usually that’s what we all want, someone to listen to us and express some empathy. That’s what makes somebody a good mentor.

Contact Pat:

Pat Coughlin

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I have had Parkinson’s Disease for over eight years. I...

Sandra Miller

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners
Categories: Mentor For Care Partners, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

Sandy is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others. She is the care partner for her husband who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006. As Parkinson’s symptoms increased, they began attending support groups and enjoyed meeting people who were facing some of the same challenges. The information they learned made the Parkinson’s journey easier.

For the last few years she has served as a facilitator for the Oceanside Support Group Care Partners. She likes to develop friendships so that other care partners don’t need to feel alone. Sandy is still learning. She watches informative Webinars on Parkinson’s and Care Giving. She has been part of the UCSD Care Partners Research Programs and has learned the importance of taking care of yourself and some special techniques.

Contact Sandy:

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Consent(Required)

Sandra Miller

Mentor for People with Parkinson's and Care Partners

Sandy is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her knowledge...

Stephen Lester

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I have lived with Parkinson’s since my diagnosis in 2012 when I suffered a severe side effect from the anesthesia given in my back surgery. Typical of Parkinson’s, I suffered through 21 days before they figured out what was going on and brought a neurologist to make the proper diagnosis. It was a diagnosis of exclusion given when all else had been eliminated. Since then it has been the pink elephant in the room with regard to my condition and every decision that I make regarding where I live and whether I drive. I was able to medically control the Parkinson’s until recently when I underwent DBS surgery which was an adventure in itself.

If you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed then drop me a line to talk to some one who has been there, done that.
Stephen Lester

Contact Stephen:

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Stephen Lester

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I have lived with Parkinson’s since my diagnosis in 2012...

Wayne Label

Position: Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Categories: En Español, Mentor for Newly Diagnosed, Mentor for People with Parkinson's
Location: San Diego

I have been a teacher all my professional life and as a past president of the Parkinson’s Association in San Diego I received lots of phone calls from newly diagnosed patients and was able to talk them through the shock of the new diagnosis and show them all of the resources that are available to them at our association.

Contact Wayne:

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Wayne Label

Mentor for People with Parkinson's

I have been a teacher all my professional life and...