Pacific Stroke Association


Virtual Post-Stroke Programs 2024

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 – July 2024

Post-Stroke Educational Forum I – Friday, July 12, 2024, at 10:30am – VIRTUAL
Life-Long Activity through Movement for Aphasia, 45 minutes Exercise Session Team LLAMA:
Emily Van Horn –
BS Kinesiology & Albert R. Mendoza, PhD  – Department of Kinesiology from California State University, East Bay
Topic: Post Stroke Rehabilitation
Speakers: Terri Elliott, MPT; Kana Wong M.S. CCC-SLP; Sara Uroz, OTR/L – Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital

Topics and Speakers in 2024
January:  “An overview of stroke and how to prevent a second stroke” –  Jeffery Javerbaum, MD – Neurologist – Stroke Medical Director at Sequoia Hospital
February: ‘My Caregiver Experience for Granny Through Her Stroke Journey’ – Julia J Carranza, Quality and Safety Oversight Specialist, Kaiser Permanente at Redwood City
March: Emotional wellbeing – Trymel Harris, MATS, MACM – Dignity HealthⓇ Sequoia Hospital
April: Stroke & Nutrition You Wu, Registered Dietitian II – Kaiser Permanente Hospital’s Nutritional Services
June: Recovery for the Long Haul: Think Small – Tsgoyna Tanzman M.A./CCC – SLP
Cardiovascular Risk Management for Stroke – Jessica (Jiaqi) Wang – PGY-1 & Stephanie Yoonji Do – PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident – Kaiser San Mateo

Topics and Speakers in 2023

-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
-Atrial Fibrillation & StrokeJoseph Vistan, BS, MSN, RN – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City
-Self Care and Resilience in Caregiving Christina Irving, LCSW – Client Services Director – Family Caregiver Alliance
-Cardiovascular Risk Management for StrokeElaine Chow, PharmD &  Joey Ip, Pharm D – Kaiser Permanente San Mateo
-Types of Aphasia and Communication Strategies Debbie Cohen, M.S. CCC-SLP, El Camino Health
-Fit as a Fiddle: Modality Specific Communication ExercisesKatherine Seto, SLP–Kaiser Permanente – Redwood City
Inspiring The Stroke Community – Deb Shaw 3-Time Stroke Champion
Hand and Arm Care; Improving functional use of the hand after Stroke – Carolyn Wilson, OT – Kaiser Permanente
– Enhancing Learning After a Stroke. – Brian Trieu-Mallari, PT, DPT – Founder and Owner of Homestretch Neuro Physical Therapy
Neuroanatomy – Sherry M. Whitcomb, JD, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CNE, SCRN – Kaiser Permanente, Sacremento
National Poetry Day 2023: Poetry as a way of Healing for Stroke Survivors – Orlena Fong Shek – Author
Depression and Stroke – Luke White, MD – Psychiatry – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City
-The Brain Post Stroke: Exploring the Applicable Tools to Help Maintain Our Cognitive Health 
Cinnamon Westbrook, PsyD
-Benefits of Yoga to Stroke RecoverySandra Smith Grove – Health Educator II – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City
-Neuroplasticity and Clearance – The Underlying Mechanics of Recovery– Dr. Kirt Gill, MD – CEO and Co-Founder of NeuraStasis 

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 2024

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.