Community, Neurosciences, Gerber Memorial Hospital

Parkinson’s support group features Spectrum Health expert April 21

April 1, 2022

A Spectrum Health neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s disease will be the featured speaker at a Parkinson’s support group meeting on Thursday, April 21, that will be offered virtually and in-person. Ashok Sriram, MD, a board-certified neurologist and fellowship-trained movement disorders specialist, will share insights at the free event from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

With the hybrid virtual/in-person option, anyone with a laptop or a phone can join from anywhere. Participants choosing to participate from the comfort of their home can join via smartphone and laptop, or through a conference phone call.

At the support group meeting, Spectrum Health will share education on symptoms, treatments and living with Parkinson’s. Participants also provide support to each other as the meeting is an opportunity to share experiences and coping skills. The Parkinson’s support group meets every third Thursday of the month.

“Spectrum Health’s Parkinson’s support group bring people together every month to share experiences so they know they’re not alone, and being able to offer the virtual option allows more people in more communities to connect with each other on this journey,” said Spectrum Health support group facilitator Shelly Klochack, RN. “Our Parkinson’s support group encourages a sense of belonging and acceptance. We look forward to having Dr. Ashok Sriram share his expertise in Parkinson’s research and empower families with helpful information.”

To join the virtual support group, copy and paste the following link to enter the meeting: Then click: “Join on the web instead” and the meeting will open. For help getting the link or other questions, call Klochack at 231-924-3275.

For those who don’t have a smartphone, laptop or tablet and want to call into the meeting, please dial: +1 616-773-2109, then enter conference ID 666 108 443#. (Be sure to press the “#” sign at the end of the ID numbers.)

Dr. Sriram uses a multidisciplinary team approach to care for people with Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonia, ataxias, and other movement disorders. His clinical interests include surgical treatment/deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and tremors, and botulinum toxin injections for cervical dystonia, blepharospasms, hemifacial spasms, spasticity, sialorrhea and chronic migraines.

Based in Grand Rapids, Dr. Sriram frequently visits and speaks with communities across West Michigan. To set up an appointment, contact: 616.267.7900.

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