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Parkinson's Disease: Frontiers in Health and Research



Date and Time

Saturday, June 1, 2019
8:30 am to 2:30 pm


Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center
35 Labombard Road
Lebanon, NH

This is an educational event for people with Parkinson's, their care partners and the community.

Hosted by the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock 

Program Schedule

8:30 am Registration table opens

Visit exhibit tables and enjoy continental breakfast


9:00 am Welcome and Introduction

Diane Sherman, PhD

Coordinator of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


9:30 am Parkinson’s Disease and Dental Health

Dr. Elaine Neal, DMD

Dr. Tanner Wallace, DMD

Doctors of Medicine in Dentistry, Neal Wallace Dental, Hanover, NH

Understand the pathophysiology and epidemiology of Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Examine the oral/facial manifestations of PD.

Explore management options for maintaining oral health in the person with Parkinson's.


10:45 am Break


11:00 am Evaluating Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease Through Clinical Trials

Dr. Stephen L. Lee, MD, PhD

Movement Disorders Specialist, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program, Department of Neurology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Neurology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Results from recently completed clinical trials

  • Does treatment with levodopa slow progression of PD? Can a blood pressure medicine be repurposed for PD? What about antioxidants and PD?

Progress in ongoing and new clinical trials: What’s in the pipeline?

  • How might a cancer treatment help those with PD? Will there be an additional treatment for Parkinson’s hallucinations? Can we slow the progression of PD by preventing alpha-synuclein clumping?


12:00 pm Break/lunch and visit with our exhibitors


1:15 pm Exploring the Gut-Brain Connection: Microbes, Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease

Ana Maria Moise, MS, CNS, LDN

Licensed Nutritionist, The Nutrition Center, Northampton, MA; Author, The Gut Microbiome: Exploring the

Connection Between Microbes, Diet and Health

The gut microbiome contains trillions of bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract.

What role does the gut microbiome play in the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease?

How do gut microbes differ in individuals with Parkinson’s?

Which microbes are key players?

How does nutrition and lifestyle shape gut microbe populations, influencing progression of the disease?

How might therapeutic probiotics and dietary interventions affect Parkinson’s symptoms?


2:15 pm Closing Remarks


2:30 pm Adjourn

About the Presenters

Elaine Neal, DMD, PA is a Doctor of Dental Medicine providing dental care at Neal Wallace Dental in Hanover, NH. Dr. Neal graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. In 1988, she began her dental career as an associate of Dr. Red Logan in Hanover; she purchased his practice in 1991 and practiced with him until he passed away in 1995. Her earlier background in education is evident in her ability to explain complicated health matters and dental procedures to her patients. Dr. Neal is a compassionate dentist who has been active in educating the Parkinson’s community in the importance of oral and dental health.

Tanner Wallace, DMD is a Doctor of Dental Medicine practicing with Dr. Neal in Hanover, NH. Dr. Wallace graduated as valedictorian at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine. A native of Hanover, he shadowed Dr. Neal during summer breaks from Washington and Lee University and worked as her dental assistant for a year before attending dental school. He returned to Hanover in 2014 as an associate dentist for Dr. Neal. With Dr. Neal, Dr. Wallace has supported our Parkinson’s community with education, comfort and caring in their dental health needs.

Stephen L. Lee, MD PhD is a Movement Disorders Specialist in the Department of Neurology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He completed his PhD and MD at Washington University School of Medicine and his Neurology Residency in St. Louis. Dr. Lee joined DHMC after completing his Movement Disorders Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2004. He is co-founder and director of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center at DHMC and Assistant Professor at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Lee is a member of the Parkinson’s Study Group, which is a non-profit group of physicians and other health care providers experienced in the care of people with Parkinson’s and dedicated to clinical research of Parkinson's disease.

Ana Maria Moise, MS, CNS, LDN is a clinical nutritionist with expertise in functional foods as preventative and therapeutic medicine. She counsels patients on dietary strategies for treating gastrointestinal disorders, eating disorders, metabolic disorders, heart disease, autoimmune conditions and other chronic illnesses. She is the author of The Gut Microbiome: Exploring the Connection Between Microbes, Diet, and Health. Ms. Moise practices in Northampton, MA and Greenfield, MA and leads workshops on various aspects of nutrition, disease prevention, and gastrointestinal health.



To enroll, please fill out the registration form and mail with a check made payable to "Hitchcock Foundation" for $20 per person to:

Diane Sherman, PhD 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Download registration form here.

Payment is by check only. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Scholarships are available.
Registration deadline: May 22, 2019
Please note that space is limited and registration may close before May 22.



Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center
35 Labombard Road, Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 448-3300
If traveling north on I-89:
Take Exit 18, turn right onto Rte. 120. At first traffic light, turn right onto Heater Road. Turn left onto Labombard
Road. Follow to 35 Labombard Road. 
If traveling south on I-89:
Take Exit 18, turn left onto Rte. 120. Turn right onto Heater Road. Turn left onto Labombard Road. Follow
to 35 Labombard Road.
Guest rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn are available at a discounted rate of $156 per night plus tax (approximately
$170 total). Please request the reduced rate for the “Hitchcock Foundation Parkinson’s event” when you reserve.
Please call the Hilton Garden Inn directly if you wish to make a reservation: (603) 448-3300.
Other nearby lodging options:
Courtyard by Marriott: (603) 643-5600
Days Inn: (603) 448-5070
Element by Westin: (603) 448-5000



Contact the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock:
(603) 653-6672


Keywords: community health education,