Pacific Stroke Association


Virtual Post-Stroke Programs 2023

Pacific Stroke Association continues to offer post-stroke programs virtually. Stroke survivors, family caregivers and clinicians working with stroke patients can attend these FREE programs. Presentations are followed by Q & A.

TRC, an online Rehab Portal, generously provides a live exercise session at this program every month. For more information about the Home Exercise Program visit

Please Note: If you have attended PSA Programs in the past, going forward we plan to send you the Zoom link to ALL programs automatically the day before each event. If you are NEW to PSA please contact us at

Educational Forum – December 2023

Post-Stroke Educational Forum I – VIRTUAL
Friday, December 8 at 10:30am
30-minute group exercise session led by Renee Augsburger, OT – TRCare

Topic: TBD
Speaker: Neurastasis

Post-Stroke Educational Forum II – VIRTUAL

Friday, December 15 at 10:30am 
Life-Long Activity through Movement for Aphasia –  An 45 minutes Exercise Session
Team LLAMA: Michelle Gravier, PhD, CCC-SLP, Albert R. Mendoza, PhD & Jennifer Sherwood, PhD – Department of Kinesiology from California State University, East Bay

Educational Forum Topics 2023 – January, February, March, April 

TOPIC: A New Integrative Approach Combining Neuro-Acupuncture and Rehabilitation for Stroke Recovery”
Dr. James C. Lu, PT, DPT, LAc, Dipl. OM, OCS, MTC, CSAS – Hope Neuro-Acupuncture Rehab
Theresa Yao, SLPD, CCC-SLP – Swallowing Difficulties

TOPIC: Atrial Fibrillation & Stroke
SPEAKER : Joseph Vistan, BS, MSN, RN – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City
GUEST SPEAKER: Ben Inglis, PhD – MRI physicist – UC Berkeley

TOPIC: Self Care and Resilience in Caregiving
SPEAKER: Christina Irving, LCSW – Client Services Director – Family Caregiver Alliance
GUEST SPEAKER: Brian Trieu-Mallari, PT, DPT – Homestretch Neuro Physical Therapy – Maximizing Your Potential: Factors to Enhance Motor Recovery After Stroke”

TOPIC: “Cardiovascular Risk Management for Stroke” 
Elaine Chow, PharmD &  Joey Ip, Pharm D – Kaiser Permanente San Mateo
GUEST SPEAKER: Brenda Brown, PT – Program Coordinator – AbilityPath

TOPIC: “Types of Aphasia and Communication Strategies”
SPEAKER: Debbie Cohen, M.S. CCC-SLP, El Camino Health

TOPIC: “Fit as a Fiddle: Modality Specific Communication Exercises”
SPEAKER: Katherine Seto, SLP–Kaiser Permanente – Redwood City

TOPIC: “Inspiring The Stroke Community”
SPEAKER: Deb Shaw 3-Time Stroke Champion
Seth Smith – Uber’s wheelchair-accessible vehicle program, UberWAV

TOPIC: Hand and Arm Care; Improving functional use of the hand after Stroke
SPEAKER: Carolyn Wilson, OT – Kaiser Permanente

Topic: Enhancing Learning After a Stroke.”
Speaker: Brian Trieu-Mallari, PT, DPT
Founder and Owner of Homestretch Neuro Physical Therapy

Topic: Neuroanatomy
Speaker: Sherry M. Whitcomb, JD, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CNE, SCRN – Kaiser Permanente, Sacremento

Topic: “National Poetry Day 2023: Poetry as a way of Healing for Stroke Survivors
Speaker: Orlena Fong Shek – Author

Topic: “Depression and Stroke”
Speaker: Luke White, MD – Psychiatry – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City

Topic:The Brain Post Stroke: Exploring the Applicable Tools to Help Maintain Our Cognitive Health”
Speaker: Cinnamon Westbrook, PsyD

Topic:Benefits of Yoga to Stroke Recovery”
Speaker: Sandra Smith Grove – Health Educator II – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City 

In 2022, over 25 speakers presented various topics at the PSA’s Virtual Post-Stroke Programs including:

TOPICS INCLUDE: Blood in the Brain: Updates on Cerebral Hemorrhage and the Upcoming FASTEST Trial; Fall Prevention After Stroke; Blood Pressure – Silent Danger; Connect, Create Thrive; Developing project of using musical instruments as a therapeutic medium to address upper extremity functioning for individuals post stroke; Emerging From the Smoke: A Collection of Warrior Voices; Introducing Skills Plus Program; Laugh for Your Health; Music Therapy; Medicare 101; Medication Management and Stroke ; Neurility Physical Therapy, Inc ; Neuro anatomy; Post-Stroke Depression; Post-Stroke Fatigue.; Post-Stroke Swallowing: Managing the Leftovers; Pilates for motor re-learning and fitness after stroke; Safety on the Go; Stem Cell Study; Stroke and Nutrition; Stroke Research Study; Tips For Eating Healthy During The Holidays; Women & Stroke

SPEAKERS: Deborah Bolding, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Occupational Therapist, Community Outreach and Injury Prevention – Stanford Health Care; Sukhjeet Bhalla, MS, RDN – Kaiser Permanente, San Jose; Denise Cachola, PT – Kaiser Permanente ; Sidney Collin –  CEO of De Oro Devices; An H Do, MDAssociate Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine Brain Computer Interface Lab; Julia Fernandes – Author, Stroke Certified RN;  Orlena Fong Shek – Author; Michael Grover – Global Director of Clinical Experience at Ekso Bionics; Caitlin Hebb, MT-BC – Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow – Clinical Operations Manager MedRhythms, Inc.; Tim Hsieh, Dietician – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City; Carole Holcomb – Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher – Laughter Ambassador; Maha Justi – Counselor – HICAP of San Mateo; 
Ursula Kelly-Tolley, RN;  Colleen Kichula, SLP; Matt Kitagawa, OT (student) – Samuel Merritt University; Meagan M. Littlepage, MD Medical Director, Rehab Services and Stroke Rehab Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – El Camino Health; Minh Le, PharmD & Ellen Wu, PharmD – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City; Christy MacDonell, PT, DPT, NCS; Kacey M. Marton, Ph.D, Clinical Neuropsychologist – VA Palo Alto Health Care System; Kathy McDonald –Clinical Research Coordinator II- Department of Neurosurgery – Stanford University School of Medicine; Jacqueline Ottino, SLP & Cathleen Lencioni, MOTR/L
Farah Osmani AGACNP-BC -Neuroscience Director – Regional Medical Center San Jose
Ilana Spokoyny, MD – Vascular Neurology & Co-Medical Director, Mobile Stroke Unit Mills Peninsula Medical Center | Sutter Health; Katherine Seto, SLP–Kaiser Permanente – Redwood City; Kathryn  Snow, RN – Clinical Nurse Specialist – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City; Teresa Wong, PT
Our Thanks and Gratitude

We extend our thanks to Renee Augsburger, OT at TRCare for joining the PSA programs in 2021 bringing her expert exercise sessions to our monthly Post-Stroke Educational programs. Renee is based in Los Angeles Area & will continue her monthly virtual sessions in 2023

We are also grateful to Team LLAMA (Life-Long Activity through Movement for Aphasia) – for joining PSA in 2021 & will continue to offer regular Exercise Sessions at our monthly programs this year. The Team LLAMA includes: Michelle Gravier, PhD, CCC-SLP, Albert R. Mendoza, PhD & Jennifer Sherwood, PhD – Department of Kinesiology at California State University, East Bay. 

We sincerely thank PSA Program Donors & Funders among them:
Many Thank to PSA Community Partners: 



Speechless“, portrays the life of three stroke survivors who suffer from aphasia.