2012 Parkinson's Superstars

Dr. Padraig O’Suilleabhain
He is very kind and thoughtful about his patients and has a great grasp and understanding of their physical, mental and emotional status.  He counsels his patients on a broad spectrum of spiritual and psychiatric issues as this disease can affect each patient in different ways.

Dr. Paul Short
I nominate Dr Paul because he helps PWP learn how to LIVE with this disease. Dr. Paul even took some of his own personal time to come into the ParkinsonsChatRoom and answer questions from us. That dedication to helping people makes him a star in my book.

Drew Dimmel
Drew Dimmel’s positive attitude is enough to qualify him as a Parkinson Superstar. His smile, words of encouragement and genuine concern make every day brighter for those fortunate enough to know him.

Elena Tuero
My mother should be chosen for the Parkinson's superstar because she has helped out the Parkinson's community in so many ways. In 2005, she got DBS surgery and the day after she picked up a paintbrush and started to paint.

Elizabeth Burd
Elizabeth then developed a Parkinson’s yoga class as a volunteer offering it free to all participants and their care partners. Following two years of volunteering, the AMPDA at Main Medical Center hired her as an instructor, providing space and compensation.

Elizabeth Dekle
Since learning I have Parkinson’s I have been able to revolutionize my life and create a better version of myself, even though I had to leave professional kitchens as I had graduated from culinary school and was working as a pastry chef.

Erin McGee
Erin has implemented dance classes, clay classes, tai chi and assorted exercise programs for the Parkinson's patients and caregivers. She is very proactive in finding these programs and getting them implemented in an efficient and friendly manner.

Fitzgerald Walkes, Jr.
Coach, police offer, volunteer and educator are all descriptors that characterize Fitzgerald Walkes, Jr. My father has spent 2/3 of his life dedicated to serving others. It is a charge that he has taken on earnestly.

Gary Altman
Since his diagnosis, He joined a support group and has become very active in it. He is an inspiration to keep moving forward and has the taken steps to spread the awareness in such a small community.

George Mitchell
Using the creativity, determination, and humor that so thoroughly defines him, he plunged into researching all sources he could about the disease. He used his gifts to help raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for Parkinson’s.

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