Integrating Lifestyle Strategies into the Care of Neurologic Disease–Virtual Event

Saturday, November 13th at 9:00 am to 2:30 pm PT

PNI CME Course Agenda 11_13_21

This course will review the current evidence for lifestyle strategies in optimizing brain and spine health in the setting of Alzheimer’s disease; other forms of dementia; Parkinson’s disease; multiple sclerosis; balance and gait disorders; and anxiety, depression, addiction.

Taught by ten PNI specialists, learn about integrative strategies including diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, cognitive stimulation, social engagement, mindfulness/meditation, psychotherapy and new medication options including novel use of psychedelic-assisted therapies, as well as an update on deep brain stimulation and trans-magnetic neurostimulation.

Course Objectives

This one-day CME conference will review the evidence for lifestyle-based choices in the
management of neurological diseases including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Balance and gait disorders
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Addiction

Integrative strategies to be discussed will include:

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Cognitive stimulation
  • Social engagement
  • Mindfulness / meditation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychedelic-assisted therapy
  • Medication options including updates from recent clinical trials
  • Deep brain stimulation and non-invasive neurostimulation

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In order of appearance

Daniel Kelly, MD
Director & Co-Founder
Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Scott Kaiser, MD
Director, Geriatric Cognitive Health
Pacific Brain Health Center

Verna Porter, MD
Director, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease
and Neurocognitive Disorders
Pacific Brain Health Center

David Merrill, MD, PhD
Director, Pacific Brain Health Center

Shanthi Gowrinathan, MD
Director, Psycho-oncology
Pacific Brain Health Center

Jean-Philippe Langevin, MD
Director, Restorative Neurosurgery and Deep Brain Stimulation
Pacific Movement Disorders Center

Keith Heinzerling, MD
Director, Treatment and Research In Psychedelics
Pacific Brain Health Center

Natalie Diaz, MD
Movement Disorders Neurologist
Pacific Movement Disorders Center

Melita Petrossian, MD
Director, Pacific Movement Disorders Center

William Buxton, MD
Director, Neuromuscular and Neurodiagnostic Medicine
and Fall Prevention, Pacific Brain Health Center

Barbara Giesser, MD
Multiple Sclerosis Neurologist
Pacific Brain Health Center



Welcome & Opening Remarks Daniel Kelly, MD


Introduction of Speakers Scott Kaiser, MD


Update on Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease Trials, Opportunities, and Challenges

Verna Porter, MD


Lifestyle Strategies for Prevention of Dementia

David Merrill, MD, PhD

Break 10:15–10:20


Anxiety, Depression,

and Neurological Disease

Shanthi Gowrinathan, MD


Neuromodulation for Mood and Anxiety

Jean-Philippe Langevin, MD


Research Updates in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Keith Heinzerling, MD

Break 11:50–12:10


Update in Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

Natalie Diaz, MD


Evidence for Exercise and Cognitive Stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease

Melita Petrossian, MD

Break 1:10–1:15


The Critical Contributions of “Below the Neck Neurology” and Balance in Brain Health

William Buxton, MD


Integrative Management of Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

Barbara Giesser, MD


Closing Remarks Scott Kaiser, MD

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Accreditation Statement

Providence Saint John’s Health Center (PSJHC) is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PSJHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

For more information, please contact:
Melita Petrossian, MD at