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Beat Parkinson's Today Presents 
2023 Connecticut Parkinson's Sympo
Sponsored by 


Rentschler Field Clubhouse
(East Gate Entrance)

615 Silver Lane
East Hartford, CT 06118
Get directions here!


Date and Time 
Friday, March 24th 
Doors Open for Check-In and Exhibitor Tables: 12 pm 
Program: 1 pm - 5 pm 


This free event is
sold out!

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Joy Antonelle de Marcaida is the Medical Director of the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center of Hartford HealthCare and Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology. Find out more about her by clicking here!

Inspirational Speaker 

  • Steve Emt - From a small town in Connecticut to West Point, UCONN Basketball, a devastating automobile accident, and now a  2-time U.S. Paralympian, Steve has been through more than most people. Find out more about his story by clicking here!

  • Register for this FREE event by emailing,

  • Register by January 30th and receive a PRIZE at the door! 

Guest Speakers

  • Beat PD Ambassadors have decided to fight PD with hope, vigor and determination. Find out more about them here!

  • Amanda Brill is a Clinical Social Worker Specialist with more than 13 years of experience. She works at the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center in Vernon, CT.​

  • Dr. Sophie Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Neurology at Yale School of Medicine. She is presently involved in the Ketamine trial that is studying the effects of Ketamine on people with Parkinson’s and depression. ​

  • Joni Lowe​ is an enthusiastic, dynamic speaker, PWP and now rapper. She hopes to share her story to inspire a few along the way.​​

Guest Speakers


  • Dr. Duarte Machado ​is a neurology specialist   at the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center in Cheshire, CT. He has worked extensively on gait abnormality and the impact of the gut on PD. Find out more about him by clicking here!

  • Dr. Bernardo Rodrigues​ ​is a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders and is affiliated with UConn John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, CT. Find out more about him by clicking here! ​

  • Dr. Veronica Santini is an Associate Professor, the Clinical Chief of Movement Disorders, and the Neurology Director of Comprehensive Parkinson Disease Program at Yale School of Medicine. Find out more about her by clicking here!

  • D​r. Sule Tinaz is dedicated to her trials at Yale, working with Beat Parkinson's Today to show the effects of exercise on Parkinson’s symptoms and progression. Find out more about her by clicking here!

Event Schedule 

12:00 PM

​Doors Open for Check-In, Exhibitor Tables

1:00 PM

​Opening Remarks: Michelle Hespeler

Keynote: Dr. Joy Antonelle de Marcaida

Speakers: Dr. Sule Tinaz & Dr. Bernardo Rodrigues

2:35 PM

Break, Snacks and Exhibitor Tables 

​​2:50 PM

Breakout Sessions (Choose 1)

3:15 PM

Break and Exhibitor Tables

3:20 PM

Speakers: Dr. Veronica Santini, Dr. Duarte Machado, and Dr. Sophie Holmes

Inspirational Speaker: Steve Emt

Closing Remarks: Michelle Hespeler

Additional Sponsors and Exhibitors 

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Sule Tinaz

Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!

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