Pacific Stroke Association


Virtual Post-Stroke Programs 2022

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


DATE: Friday, December 9
TIME: 10:30am – 12pm – VIRTUALLY
Group Exercise Session for Stroke Survivors – Renee Augsburger, OT, TRCare
TOPIC: “Women & Stroke”
SPEAKER: Farah Osmani, AGACNP-BC, NVRN, ANV – Regional Medical Center San Jose
GUEST SPEAKER: Julia Fernandes – Author, Stroke Certified RN

DATE: Friday, December 16
TIME: 10am – 12pm – VIRTUALLY
Team LLAMA (Life-Long Activity through Movement for Aphasia) –  Michelle Gravier, PhD, CCC-SLP, Albert R. Mendoza, PhD & Jennifer Sherwood, PhD – Department of Kinesiology from California State University, East Bay
TOPIC: “Role of medical imaging in acute stroke diagnosis and post-stroke care”
SPEAKER: Jennifer Shih, MD – Radiology – Kaiser Permanente, San Jose


Topic & Speaker in 2022 –  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

We extend our thanks to Renee Augsburger, OT at TRCare and to Team LLAMA- Michelle Gravier, PhD, CCC-SLP, Albert R. Mendoza, PhD & Jennifer Sherwood, PhD – Department of Kinesiology at California State University, East Bay – for offering regular Exercise Sessions at our monthly programs in 2022

TOPIC: “Blood in the Brain: Updates on Cerebral Hemorrhage and the Upcoming FASTEST Trial”
SPEAKER:  Ilana Spokoyny, MD – Vascular Neurology & Co-Medical Director, Mobile Stroke Unit
Mills Peninsula Medical Center | Sutter Health

TOPIC: “Fall Prevention After Stroke”
SPEAKER:  Denise Cachola, PT – Kaiser Permanente

TOPIC: “Post-Stroke Fatigue”
SPEAKER:  Meagan M. Littlepage, MD Medical Director, Rehab Services and Stroke Rehab
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – El Camino Health
GUEST SPEAKER: Christy MacDonell, PT, DPT, NCS –  Neurility Physical Therapy, Inc.

TOPIC: “Medication Management and Stroke”
SPEAKER:  Minh Le, PharmD & Ellen Wu, PharmD – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City

TOPIC: “Post-Stroke Depression”
SPEAKER: Kacey M. Marton, Ph.D, Clinical Neuropsychologist – VA Palo Alto Health Care System
GUEST SPEAKER: Jacqueline Ottino, SLP & Cathleen Lencioni, MOTR/L – Introducing Skills Plus Program.

TOPIC: “Post-Stroke Swallowing: Managing the Leftovers”
Katherine Seto, SLP–Kaiser Permanente – Redwood City
GUEST SPEAKER: Matt Kitagawa, OT (student) – Samuel Merritt University – Developing project of using musical instruments as a therapeutic medium to address upper extremity functioning for individuals post stroke.

TOPIC: “Pilates for motor re-learning and fitness after stroke”
SPEAKER: Teresa Wong, PT
TOPIC: “Stem Cell Study”
GUEST SPEAKER: Kathy McDonald –Clinical Research Coordinator II- Department of Neurosurgery – Stanford University School of Medicine

TOPIC: “Stroke and Nutrition”
SPEAKER: Tim Hsieh, Dietician – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City

TOPIC: “Music Therapy”
SPEAKER: Caitlin Hebb, MT-BC – Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow – Clinical Operations Manager MedRhythms, Inc.

TOPIC: “Blood Pressure – Silent Danger”
SPEAKER: Ursula Kelly-Tolley, RN

TOPIC: “Laugh for Your Health”
SPEAKER: Carole Holcomb – Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher – Laughter Ambassador
GUEST SPEAKER: Stroke Research Study – An H Do, MDAssociate Professor, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine Brain Computer Interface Lab

TOPIC: “Stem Cell Study”
GUEST SPEAKER: Kathy McDonald –Clinical Research Coordinator II- Department of Neurosurgery – Stanford University School of Medicine

TOPIC: “Neuro anatomy”
SPEAKER: Kathryn  Snow, RN – Clinical Nurse Specialist – Kaiser Permanente Redwood City
GUEST SPEAKER: Sidney Collin –  CEO of De Oro Devices

TOPIC: “Medicare 101”
SPEAKER: Maha Justi – Counselor – HICAP of San Mateo

TOPIC: “Emerging From the Smoke: A Collection of Warrior Voices
SPEAKER: Orlena Fong Shek – Author

TOPIC: “Tips For Eating Healthy During The Holidays”
SPEAKER: Sukhjeet Bhalla, MS, RDN – Kaiser Permanente, San Jose
GUEST SPEAKER: Michael Grover – Global Director of Clinical Experience at Ekso Bionics

TOPIC: “Safety on the Go”
SPEAKER: Deborah Bolding, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Occupational Therapist, Community Outreach and Injury Prevention – Stanford Health Care
GUEST SPEAKER: Colleen Kichula, SLP presenting Connect, Create Thrive

In 2021, over 30 speakers presented various topics at the PSA’s Virtual Post-Stroke Programs including:

Brain-Computer Interface-Functional Electrical Stimulation for Post-Stroke Gait Impairment
Can Acupuncture Help You Recover Better from Stroke
Can we make immediate stroke detection a reality?
Cardiovascular Risk Management for Stroke
Communication Strategies Post-Stroke
Coping With Emotions After Stroke
Demystifying Post-Stroke Pain
Emerging Platform Technology in Electrical Stimulation
Food, Mood, and Cognition
Graduate Research Inquiry: Request to Recruit Asian American Caregivers of Stroke Survivors
Home Safety After Stroke
Healthy Diet for Stroke Prevention
High Blood Pressure & Stroke:  Are YOU at Risk?
Holiday Meal Planning for Better Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Control
Improving Memory and Attention After Stroke
Moving Forward: the Continuum of Recovery Post Stroke
Optimizing Post-Stroke Nutrition: Navigating Digestive Challenges
Pathophysiology of Stroke
Physical Therapy intervention after Stroke
Positive Mood Swings: Real-Time Online Exercise for Adults with Chronic Aphasia
Post-Stroke Dizziness & Disequilibrium: How Vestibular Therapy Can Help
Research Opportunity at UCSF: BCI Restoration of Arm and Voice (BRAVO) Clinical Trial
Sexual Health After Stroke
Stroke & Self-Care
Stroke and Vision
Stroke Survivor Story
Tech Talk
Tech Tools Family Caregivers
Telecommunications assistance to individuals with difficulty hearing
Uncover the 3 P’s of Stroke Recovery Success

Our sincere thanks and gratitude to speakers and panelists who presented a talk in 2021: 
Dr. Saviour Achilike, MD – Neurology – Kaiser Permanente
Jodi Bjurman, RD, CDE and Clinical Dietitian, Outpatient – El Camino Health
Shari Bookstaff, PhD – Stroke Survivor
Sabrina Belen & Helen Chan – occupational therapy graduate students at California State University, Dominguez Hills
Andy Chan, PharmD – Kaiser Permanente
An H Do, MD – Associate Professor – Department of Neurology – University of California, Irvine
Jhaynehl Fortaleza – California Relay Service/Hamilton Relay
Michelle Gravier, PhD, CCC-SLP – California State University, East Bay
Christina Irving, LCSW – Client Services Director Family Caregiver Alliance & National Center on Caregiving
Anne Burleigh Jacobs, PT, PhD – SensoMotor
Vishakha Khanna, RD–  Kaiser Permanente
Connie Liang, RD – Kaiser Permanente
James C. Lu, DPT – Hope Neuro-Acupuncture Rehab
Doanh Ly, RN, Stroke Coordinator-Kaiser South San Francisco
Albert R. Mendoza, Ph.D – Department of Kinesiology- California State University, East Bay
Sandy Mobley, DNP, ACNP-BC, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN – Stroke Program Manager, Advanced Practice Provider Department of Neurosciences – Stanford Healthcare
Naz Motayar, PhD, Neuropsychologist – Good Samaritan Hospital
Katie Parafinczuk, PT –  Kaiser Permanente
Jeremiah Robison, Founder and CEO of Cionic 
Nidhi Seth, PT – NeuroBloom Physical Therapy & Wellness PC
Margaret Seaton – Clinical Research Coordinator – UCSF
Katherine Seto, SLP–Kaiser Permanente – Redwood City
Deb Shaw – Champion the Challenges
Swarna Subramanian, RD –  Kaiser Permanente – Santa Clara
Pamela Triano, PT, NCS – Outpatient Rehabilitation – Stanford Neuroscience Health Center
Orestis Vardoulis, CEO & Urs Naber COO/CMO-Zeit Medical
Priya Varma, MD, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Elizabeth Danielle Vasquez – Graduate student – Stanford University
Dr. Lee Q. Vien – Optometry Polytrauma, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Carolyn Wilson, OT – Kaiser Permanente
Barry Wong, PT – Kaiser Permanente

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 2022.

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.