The Victory Summit Symposia Series

Since 2008, more than 10,000 people with Parkinson's and their care partners have attended The Victory Summit® symposia.

The Victory Summit –
Western New York

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The Davis Phinney Foundation and our New York partners hosted The Victory Summit on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside. 425 people from around the state and surrounding areas joined us to learn about how to live well with Parkinson’s today.


10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Colleen Thurnherr, COTA, Creative Kinections, Danceability Inc.
Polly Dawkins, Davis Phinney Foundation
Patricia Weigel, RN, BSN, RNFA, University at Buffalo Comprehensive Movement
Disorders Center, Department of Neurosurgery
10:15 – 10:45 Parkinson’s Research Update
Peter Konrad, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
10:45 – 10:55 Movement Break: Laughter Yoga
Joellen Kuhl, Laugh Rochester
10:55 – 11:10 Taking Care of Your Spine
Jenni Tuller, PT, MS, Cert. MDT, Physical Therapy Services of Rochester
11:10 – 11:30 Connection Break
11:30 – 11:45 Movement Break: Drumming & PD
Karen Wright, Wright Rhythmology
Jeffrey Mann
11:45 – 12:15 Exercise as Medicine
Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
12:15 – 1:20 Lunch
Presentation of the Davis Phinney Foundation Local Hero Award
1:20 – 1:30 Movement Break: Dance for PD®
Cynthia Pegado, BFA
1:30 – 2:00 Living Well with Parkinson’s
Susan Imke, GNC-P
Kane Hall Barry Neurology, Bedford, Texas
2:00 – 2:25 Moments of Victory
Davis Phinney, Founder, Davis Phinney Foundation
2:25 – 2:40 Break
Browse exhibitors and move to breakout sessions
2:40 – 3:20 Breakout Sessions: Track One

Grand Ballroom D: Debunking the Myths of Clinical Trials
Moderated by: Claire Meunier, The Michael J. Fox
Kevin M. Biglan, MD, MPH, University of Rochester Medical
Cheryl Deeley, MS, RNc, APN, University of Rochester,
Department of Neurology
Rebecca Houde, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Research
Gleason: Parkinson’s Q&A
Moderated by Andrew Wensel, MD, University of Rochester
Medical CenterPanelists:
Peter Konrad, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Susan Imke, GNC-P, Kane Hall Barry Neurology
Michael Dunn, MD, PhD, Greater Rochester Neurology
Jenni Tuller, PT, MS, Cert. MDT, Physical Therapy Services of
Fitzhugh: Is Deep Brain Stimulation for Me?
Robert Plunkett, MD, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery
Michelle Burack, MD, PhD, University of Rochester Medical
Center, Department of NeurologyPanelists available for Q&A following the presentation:
Tony Geraci, MD
Kenneth Peebles
Eastman: Parkinson’s and Relationships
Nancy Cooper, PhD, CGP




Read about our Western NY Local Heroes: Tom O’Donnell & Rick Lipka.

With generous support from our sponsors:

The Victory Summit was made possible thanks to our New York partners:
National Parkinson Foundation | Greater Rochester

National Parkinson Foundation | Western New York

University at Buffalo Neurosugery

University of Rochester Medical Center