Neurosciences, Gerber Memorial Hospital

Parkinson’s Support Group Features Spectrum Health Expert May 20

May 19, 2021

FREMONT, Mich., May 12, 2021 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s free Parkinson’s support group meeting on Thursday, May 20, will feature Ashok Sriram, MD, a Spectrum Health board-certified neurologist and fellowship-trained movement disorders specialist.

The free virtual event on May 20, is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants 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.

Ashok Sriram, MD

“Previous participants of our support groups say they value feeling heard and appreciate hearing others go through what they’re going through so they don’t feel alone,” said Gerber Memorial’s Shelly Klochack, RN, who facilitates the support groups. “Support groups like ours encourage a sense of belonging and acceptance. With Dr. Ashok Sriram joining us at our upcoming event, we look forward to hosting a renowned expert and having him share his insight with individuals and families who are living with Parkinson’s.”

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 663 413 214#.

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.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Azlan Ibrahim
Communications Manager
Office: 231.924.1264
Mobile: 616.227-1940