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January 13, 2015 | By Nancy Stohn | My first association with Parkinson symptoms occurred when I took a class about brain health at Stanford’s Continuing Studies program. After class, I asked the professor Dr. Simon Tan, a Stanford University clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist about my shaking left hand. He suggested I make an appointment with Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart, Director at the Stanford University Movement Disorders Center. She diagnosed me as having Parkinson’s Syndrome, discussed the condition at length, and told me about plans for a Neurology building at Stanford where there would be a special room for stretching, yoga, ballet and movement.

Shortly after my diagnosis, I joined the Parkinson’s Women Support (PWS), a group of women with Parkinson’s fondly nicknamed “Parkinson Princesses,” and I met fellow PWS member and Stanford Neurology Patient & Family Advisory Council member (Neuro PFAC) Sondra Erickson who introduced me to Joan Scott who was steering a committee to help design the Neurology department at Stanford’s new hospital.

I was a residential and commercial interior designer in New York and Texas in the ’60s and after I moved to Boston, I published Feng Shui Simplified in 2005. Because of my professional background in interior design, the Stanford Neurology PFAC’s design work on the new Hoover Neurology building was right up my alley!

I joined the design committee and participated in a space planning experience to improve their visit experience for neuroscience patients including Parkinson’s patients on the first floor of the new building. Our group focused on specific design details to accommodate patient needs. I joined over 30 members of the present Neurology Department to help create a functional, harmonious area to make medical visits as seamless as possible.

The four-story building is scheduled to open in late 2015, and it will be located next to the recently renovated Hoover Pavilion on Quarry Road. I’m looking forward to the opening of the new hospital so the Parkinson’s community can experience the beauty of a visit to Stanford Neurology!


About Parkinson’s Women Support  The  mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are Parkinson’s Disease patients. Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen

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