Estate Planning for Families Affected by Parkinson’s Disease

Please join us for a virtual conversation around creating estate plans for families with Parkinson’s

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Julie Westbrock, Vice President of Business Development, TrustPoint Wealth Management

Wednesday, February 8 from 2 pm – 3 pm EST

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As the Vice President of Business Development, Julie’s team works with individuals, families, organizations, and businesses that benefit from sophisticated wealth-related services. She leverages her years of experience in her solo practice to help clients with complex trust and estate needs including settlement preservation trusts, special needs trusts, and estate planning.

Julie earned her BS in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University in New York and her Juris Doctor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Her career has focused around helping individuals with all aspects of estate planning.

Julie, her husband, and son live in the Minneapolis area. She enjoys her husband’s BBQ, her son’s rock band performances, and spending time at the family farm. She is active in the Minnesota/ Dakotas Chapter of the Parkinson’s Foundation, an organization dear to her heart. She is also involved with the Positive Coaching Alliance and the Rotary Club of Edina.

Julie will help participants understand the basics of setting up estate plans.

Cognitive Changes in Parkinson’s Disease

This lecture will discuss common cognitive complications of Parkinson’s disease, treatment for these changes, and current research on the topic. This talk will introduce concepts such as Parkinson’s disease dementia and Lewy body dementia. We will focus on identifying these symptoms and what medications and alternative therapies can be used to help. Dr. Heffernan will also discuss mental health complications of Parkinson’s disease and the best way to understand and treat those symptoms as well.

Dr. Heffernan received her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Bethel College in central Kansas. She went to medical school at the University of Kansas and completed her residency training at the University of Colorado, serving as chief resident in her fourth year. She is a board-certified neurologist who is completing subspeciality training in Movement Disorders at the University of Colorado. She has a special interest in the cognitive associations with Parkinson’s diseae.

This event is being hosted by the Parkinson Association of the Rockies.

From Dependent to Independent: Treatment Options for Essential Tremor & Parkinson’s Disease

Please join Dr. Drew Kern (Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders Neurologist) for a virtual event as he discusses the incisionless, outpatient treatment for patients diagnosed with Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s disease. Event attendees will learn how this innovative treatment can enhance and transform patients’ lives by improving hand tremor without invasive surgery.

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Insightec is hosting this event but does not provide or have influence over the content of the presentation.

DBS 101

From the website of Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies:

Dr. Kramer specializes in surgical treatments for movement disorders, epilepsy, and facial pain. Dr. Kramer has an interest in new applications for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and focuses his research on how to produce movement and somatosensation through the interpretation of neural signals. Join Dr. Kramer in discussing the basics of DBS, surgical treatments, and any current updates in clinical literature.

*The generous support of our sponsors makes our educational programs available; please note that this program is exclusively sponsored by Abbott and contains promotional material.

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Caring for Yourself | An Event for Care Partners

The University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center and the Neuro-Palliative and Supportive Care Section are grateful to have care partners like you in our community.

November is Care Partner Appreciation Month and we want to say thank you.

Join us on November 22 to find out about what resources are available for care partners and have a chance to learn from other care partners.

Read more about the ways that Neuro-palliative and supportive care can help in this article published in UCHealth Today.


Who: Care partners of people with neurological disorders

What: A virtual event for care partners to connect, led by Malenna Sumrall, PhD who is a volunteer for Neuropalliativ and Supportive Care. Dr. Sumrall also runs a monthly tele-support group for care partners of people with neurological disorders. An introduction to Neuropalliative Care will be given at the start of event by Dr. Antonia Pusso.

Where: Zoom (Virtual)

When: November 22, 2022 at 11:30 AM

The event is free, but registration is required. If you have questions or need assistance registering, please call Nicole at 303-724-8984


The Movement Disorders Center is growing again! A handful of providers have moved on from our center for various personal reasons, including retirement and spouses being transferred to new positions. But we are excited to welcome new faculty to our group.

The faculty and staff at the center continue to be dedicated to improving the lives of people with movement disorders.

We announced in our newsletter that Dr. Alex Baumgartner and Dr. Michael Korsmo will be graduating from our fellowship program and will be joining us as faculty in August. Both bring niched areas of expertise that will help round out our center.

Dr. Baumgartner will be joining Dr. Kern as part of our advanced therapies and deep brain stimulation (DBS) team in the operating room. In the past few years, the number of DBS surgeries performed yearly has nearly doubled. The team has recently added a new neurosurgeon and more programmers as well. Dr. Baumgartner will see patients in the clinic at the Anschutz Medical Campus and in Lone Tree.

Dr. Korsmo will be expanding our reach to underserved communities. In addition, he will be seeing patients at our main clinic on the Anschutz Medical Campus and at our Boulder clinic.

Dr. Vaughan is expanding her neuro-palliative clinic. Her clinic will now be found at the Anschutz Medical Campus. By moving her clinic, Dr. Vaughan and her patients will have access to more services and resources. Her focus will now be neuro-palliative care; the main difference is that she will not be the primary movement disorders specialist for patients. She will still serve the movement disorders community through neuro-palliative care during all stages of diseases. She will still be available to all patients for neuro-palliative care via telehealth.

For more information about neuro-palliative care, you can read our Fall 2021 newsletter.