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A major mission of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute is to provide education, support and empowerment for those dealing with neurological challenges. Through our speakers, volunteers and educational support, we strive to help patients and their families cope with and ultimately conquer their illnesses.

Our support group is for patients, their family members, and friends.

Pituitary Disorders Patient Support Group

Under the direction of Daniel F. Kelly, MD, and patient advocate Sharmyn McGraw, our group meets four times each year with guest speakers, patient discussion and light refreshments.

Pacific Pituitary Disorders Center at Pacific Neuroscience Institute is a comprehensive Center of Excellence. Our doctors are committed to giving patients the most current and accurate information available to help improve their quality of life. For more information about pituitary conditions, please visit our website at Pacific Pituitary Disorders Center.

2017 quarterly patient support group meeting schedule:
February
June
September
December

MEETING:

Saturday, December 2, 2017
10 am – 2 pm

Speakers:
Dr. Garni Barkhoudarian, Neurosurgeon
Dr. Patti Johnson, Clinical Psychologist

Please join us! 
Hear from two of our favorite speakers. Dr. Barkhoudarian will kick the meeting off and Dr. Patti Johnson will follow. Lunch will be served after the meeting.

10 am  Continental Breakfast

10 – 11:30 am  Dr. Garni Barkhoudarian

11:45 am – 12:45 pm  Dr. Patti Johnson     

1 – 2 pm  Q&A / Lunch

RSVP to Sharmyn McGraw at 888-410-3334 or pituitarybuddy@hotmail.com

Dec 2 Pituitary Support Group

Location:
John Wayne Cancer Institute
2200 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404
2nd Floor Conference Room

Free parking with validation, behind building in the JWCI parking lot.


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Contact information:
Sharmyn McGraw, Meeting Facilitator  | 888-410-3334 | pituitarybuddy@hotmail.com
Krystina Trzaskowski, Co-Facilitator

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Brain Tumor Patient Support Group

Brain Tumor Support Group

Join our brain tumor support group led by a licensed psychotherapist and a nurse practitioner, both with many years of experience in working compassionately with patients. Pacific Brain Tumor Center

Facilitator:
Amy A. Eisenberg, MSN, ARNP, CNRN
Nurse Practitioner, Pacific Brain Tumor & Pituitary Disorders Centers, Pacific Neuroscience Institute

2017 monthly patient support group meetings:
Free meetings are held on the
3rd Wednesday of each month | 1 – 2 pm

2017 meetings
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15

No December meeting

Location:
Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404
Team Conference Room, First Floor

Please call Caroline Sarafin for details at 310-829-8524/310-829-8542.

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Stroke Patient Support Group

Stroke Support Group #PNI

Join us as we help stroke survivors, their families and close friends cope with the aftermath of a stroke. This group provides information on stroke recovery, resources and a forum to learn new coping skills and is facilitated by stroke survivor Dana Rivera. Guest speakers include physician specialists, nutrition experts and the rehab team at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Pacific Stroke & Aneurysm Center

2017 monthly patient support group meetings:
Free meetings are held on the
First Friday of each month   |  2 – 3 pm

2017 meetings
June 7
No July meeting
August 4
September 1
October 6
November 3
December 1

Location:
Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
4th Floor Conference Room (CSS)

Free valet parking

For more information, please call 310-582-7383 or email us at stroke.center@providence.org.

For more information, visit Pacific Stroke & Aneurysm Center Patient Support.

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Parkinson's Disease Patient Support Group

Parkinson's Disease Patient Support Group

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We understand that patients and their families need support in the fight against disease. Please join our Parkinson’s disease support group led by knowledgeable medical professionals. You will have opportunities to talk with other patients and hear from guest speakers, including health care team members, who can provide insight and information about navigating disease and symptoms.

Facilitators:
Melita Petrossian, MD
Director, Pacific Movement Disorders Center
Giselle Tamula, MSN, NP-C
Nurse Practitioner, Pacific Movement Disorders Center, Pacific Neuroscience Institute

2017 monthly patient support group meetings:
Free meetings are held on the
Third Tuesday of each month   |  6 – 7:30 pm

2017 meetings
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21
No December group

Location:
Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Flora Thornton Conference Room, 3rd Floor

Free validated parking when you bring in your ticket

For more information, please call Giselle Tamula at 310-582-7433 or email at giselle.tamula@providence.org

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For more patient resources, visit Pacific Movement Disorders Center Patient Support.

Yoga Group

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Experience the stress reducing, immune system boosting, and strength building benefits of yoga.

Please join us for a therapeutic yoga group for cancer patients at all stages of treatment and survivorship. Our compassionate yoga instructor, Lauren Mones, has many years of experience and will help tailor the poses and movements to your needs.

Weekly meetings
Wednesdays   |  10 – 11 am

Location:
Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

To register or for more information, please call:
Caroline Sarafin at 310-829-8524/310-829-8542 or
Lauren Small, LCSW at 310-829-8544

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From Cancer to HealthTM

From Cancer to Health Banner TM

Join us for a biweekly support group, From Cancer to Health™, where you will learn the right tools to manage stress and gain support. Research shows that the program helps people reduce stress, improves social support, reduces physical side effects and facilitates easier communication with health care providers, family and friends.

Bi-weekly meetings
Please call for meeting times

Location:
Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

To register or for more information, please contact:
Caroline Sarafin at 310-829-8524/310-829-8542

Look Good, Feel Better Classes

Look Good Feel Better

Come and receive free instruction on coping with the appearance-related side effects of your treatment. A licensed beauty professional will teach make-up application, provide skin care tips, and offer suggestions for using wigs and headwear. Receive a complimentary make-up kit.

2017 meetings*  |  2 – 4 pm
Monday, June 19
Monday, September 11
Monday, November 13

Hosted by:
Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Lobby Level, Team Conference Room

Registration is required. Please call American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

* Please check dates as they may be subject to change.

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Freshstart Smoking Cessation

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Freshstart is a smoking cessation program developed by the American Cancer Society and offered to you by Providence Saint John’s Health Center. This program is designed to help you take charge of your efforts to quit smoking. Join now and enjoy the benefits of living a tobacco-free lifestyle.

To register or for more information, please contact:
Caroline Sarafin at 310-829-8524/310-829-8542 or
Lauren Small, LCSW at 310-829-8544

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