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Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls of Wisdom is a series of seminars with local neurologists as well as doctors of various specialties, nutrition experts, and other professionals that are able to give information and advice that are pertinent to topics related to Parkinson's Disease. These sessions will include a lecture followed by a Q & A session. If you are not already on our mailing & email lists please call and let us know if you would like to be, or call if you need any further information. We are happy to hear from you.

Recently added April virtual meeting


Virtual Meeting in April, finding ways to help while maintaining social distance.

Have questions on new medications, DBS and COVID-19/  Join Dr. Andrea DeLeo for a virtual meeting to answer any questions you may have on Parkinson's Disease.  You may also email your questions ahead of time to

WHEN: Wednesday 4/29/2020 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

WHERE: Your computer, tablet or phone

To join by computer or tablet:


Click "Join by Browser" and follow the instructions that appear on your screen to join the teleconference.

To join by phone

To Join by phone for audio only:

 US Toll Free:  +1-855-756-6338 

US Toll:  +1-651-756-2222

Regrets only.

If you have any questions, please reply via email or call NWI Parkinsons, Inc., at 219-237-2342

upcoming event - June 2020 pearls of wisdom seminar


June Pearls of Wisdom Seminar should be a night full of valuable information. Please plan to attend!

June's speaker will be:


Dr. Andrea DeLeo, DO

Dr DeLeo will be speaking about Deep Brain Stimulation and Parkinson's Disease.

Dr. Andrea DeLeo is a neurologist affiliated with Community Hospital in Munster, IN, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, IN and Community Stroke and Rehabilitation Center, Crown Point, IN. She received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine..

Upcoming event - March 2020 Pearls of Wisdom Seminar


We were looking forward to our March Pearls of Wisdom seminar on the 19th. Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic

March Pearls of Wisdom speakers will be:


Janet McDaniel ST

Janet will be speaking on "Parkinson's...a hard pill to swallow".

More infomation and picture to be provided soon.

Past event: February 13th, 2020 was very informative.

Additional Information

Seminar being held on February 13th, 2020

Time 6:30 pm

Location NWI Parkinsons activity room

2927 Jewett Ave. Highland Indiana

Topic and Speaker will include:

Pulmonary Problems with Parkinson's Disease by Dr. Sharon Harig M.D

Dr. Sharon Harig M.D., graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1981. Dr. Harig works in Merrillville, IN and specializes in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Harig is affiliated with Franciscan St Anthony Health-Crown Point and Methodist Hospitals Southlake.


Past event - January 23rd. 2020 Pearls of Wisdom Seminar


January's Pearls of Wisdom seminar was a great success. We want to thank everyone who participated. We also want to give another thank you for all the positive comments we received from those who attended. We hope to see you again for the February Pearls of Wisdom Seminar

January's Speakers were:


Dr. Spencer Markowitz M.D.

Dr. Markowitz spoke about Depression in Parkinson's Disease.  

Dr. Markowitz, MD is a practicing Internist in Northwest Indiana for Aceso Visiting Physicians. Dr. Markowitz graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1994, and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland in 1990 with degrees in Biology and Chemistry.  He completed a residency at University of Maryland Medical System. He has been in practice for 25 years and has privileges at Franciscan Health Crown Point


Dr. Sachin Kapur M.D.

Dr. Sachin Kapur is a neurologist in Calumet Park, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Advocate Christ Medical Center and Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers. He received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University and has been in practice between 11-20 years.

Previous event - November Pearls of Wisdom Seminar


The November2019 Pearls of Wisdom seminar was very informative, and was enjoyed by those who attended. We want to thank those who braved the bad weather and managed to arrive for the seminar. For those who could not make it, we do hope to repeat some of these topics and speakers in the future.

November's Speakers were:


Julie Markowitz RN, BSN

Julie Markowitz RN spoke on the Complications of Immobility with Parkinson's Disease.

Julie has been a registered nurse for 27 years, primarily in the hospital setting with a background in the care of  renal, orthopedics, neurology, and critical care patients as well as management experience. She has been with NWI Parkinson's since March of this year. She is now our Nurse Educator, Web Director, and is a member of our Board of Directors.  Julie teaches our Fine Tuning Classes every Tuesday, and also assists with advertising, and event planning.


Louise Boyd

Louise led a short stretchercise session between lectures to help loosen up that stiffness from sitting still. This was well received and was a lot of fun.

Louise is the instructor for our Dance for P.D. Classes. She has a wonderful ability for making exercise a fun experience. Louise trained as a professional dancer in London prior to moving to the US and now lives in Munster. Louise is a Group Exercise Instructor, specializing in older adult fitness. In 2017, Louise was selected to study at the prestigious Julliard School in New York with David Leventhal, Director of "Dance for PD", where she became certified to teach Dance for Parkinson Disease.


Dr. Timothy Schlank D.O

Dr. Schlank spoke about the Benefits of Acupuncture for Parkinson's Disease.  

Dr. Timothy Schlank is a Acupuncturist based out of Highland, Indiana and his medical specialization is Acupuncturist. He practices at Highland Acupuncture, in Highland Indiana and has the professional credentials of DOM, which stands for Doctor of Oriental Medicine.  Tim Schlank first tried acupuncture 23 years ago and was healed of migraines, asthma and sinusitis that he'd suffered for 20 years. He has a degree in acupuncture and a masters degree in herbal medicine and has traveled the world teaching and practicing Chinese Medicine.

past event - October 2019 Pearls of wisdom seminar


October 2019's seminar was a packed house! Thank you to all who attended. The turn out for this seminar is what makes it all worth the work to prepare for it.

October 2019 Speakers were:.


Jerome Sabo

Jerome Sabo, clinical nutritionist at Methodist Hospital will be speaking at our October 2nd Pearls of Wisdom Seminar. Come join us to see what valuable information he has to share with us pertaining to nutrition and Parkinson's Disease. 

Nutrition is something that affects our daily lives as we all eat every day. Hear how knowing what kinds of foods to eat will help you with your disease process and/or symptom management.


Tamara Jercha

Tamara Jercha is a Zilis Ambassador who will also be speaking at our October 2nd Pearls of Wisdom Seminar. Her topic will be on CBD oil and it's benefits to people suffering from Parkinson's Disease. If you have any thoughts of taking this product, please join us so that you can ensure that you have an educated plan pertaining to dosage, administration, side effects, and for which symptoms it is supposed to help alleviate.