Register for the NW Iowa Parkinson’s Disease Symposium!

NW Iowa Symposium Agenda and Invite

Presented by the American Parkinson Disease Association and Medtronic

Date and Location: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1132 Larsen Park Rd., Sioux City, IA 51103

Time: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost: The event is free with a $10 suggested donation per person.

Why: This is  annual symposium in the Siouxland area for people with Parkinson’s, caregivers, family members, friends and health professionals.


Register one of the following ways:

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- Call us at 877-872-6386


NW Iowa Parkinson’s Symposium Speakers


Cherian Karunapuzha, MD - Symposium speaker

Cherian Karunapuzha, MD, Neurologist and Assistant Professor, Oklahoma University

Cherian A. Karunapuzha, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named an assistant professor for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

Karunapuzha has specific experience in diagnosing and treating patients with movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonia and other related disorders. Treatment may include deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, tremors and dystonia; and Botox injections for dystonia, blepharospasm and spasticity.

Karunapuzha completed a movement disorders fellowship and a neurology residency at Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He earned his medical degree at the Government Medical College, Trivandrum, India.




NW Iowa Symposium speaker - John Baumann

John Baumann Motivational Speaker

John Baumann is a motivational speaker, college lecturer, and author WJSHTHP*.
*Who Just So Happens to Have Parkinson’s

John Baumann is a former top corporate attorney and chose to do something good with his Parkinson’s diagnosis. Leaving the practice of law, he began a new chapter as motivational speaker and author, penning “Decide Success: You Ain’t Dead Yet: Twelve Action Steps to Achieve The Success You Truly Desire.” Published in 2011, the book describes various episodes in Baumann’s life that shaped him as a person and the intense visualization behind every goal that led him to achieve tremendous success, such as gaining admission to Cornell Law School and a 25-year career representing Exxon Corporation and Steel Technologies.





Katy Hendron, DPT, PT, NCS - Symposium Speaker

Katy Hendron, DPT, PT, NCS
Boston University
Center for Neurorehabilitation

Dr. Hendron is a physical therapist in the Center for Neurorehabilitation. She provides clinical services, participates in research activities, and supports various educational programs for persons with Parkinson disease and related movement disorders. In addition, she provides information and resources on exercise and rehabilitation to persons with Parkinson disease, families and health care providers around the country through the American Parkinson Disease Association National Rehabilitation Resource Center at Boston University.

She has published in the Physical Therapy Journal and presented at national physical therapy conferences. Prior to coming to the Center, she completed a Neurological Physical Therapy Residency program at Boston University in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy.



Mike Kendall - Symposium Speaker

Mike Kendall, LMSW
Social Worker, Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services, Des Moines

Mike Kendall received his Bachelors in Public Service Administration and Master’s degree in Counseling from Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!).  He has been employed in Human Services for the past 35 years in a variety of settings and clientele. He has given presentations at national conferences on topics such as adolescent suicide prevention, storytelling in therapy and caregiving. He is currently the Team Leader of Senior Outreach Counseling at Eyerly Ball Community Health Mental Services in Des Moines.