Seminars and Support Groups
At the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Center, we recognize our patients’ different needs and interests for information and interaction with others within the MS community. We therefore have created a blended curriculum of live formats and internet-based programs for education and support.
New and Early Diagnosis OrientationEvery other month, on the second Thursday of the month, Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman leads an on-line orientation to a new diagnosis of multiple sclerosis- so you can participate from home. In this session, she provides an overview of the causes of MS and what to do about it. There is ample time for Q & A. This program is in collaboration with the National MS Society. Click here for the details regarding our next program.
The next event is Thursday May 9th, 2013 at 6PM. Log In at: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/Calendar/1142985886?view=Detail&id=307311
Monthly Support Group - The Art of LivingWhen: The 3rd Thursday of every month
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: 1500 Owens St., 3rd Floor, Room 343 (Classroom).
“Art of Living” is a once-a-month gathering in a supportive environment for discussion of ideas that enhance daily living. The group is facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman . Dinner and parking are complimentary. No RSVP is necessary and spouses, family and friends are welcome to attend. We meet together as a group to do the following:
✦ Listen to informational presentations from guest speakers from a variety of disciplines
✦ Discuss issues that impact the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS)
✦ Share information and feelings
✦ Provide mutual support
✦ Socialize, eat good food, and laugh together
Benefits obtained from attending our group include:
★ Learning new information and strategies for confronting problems
★ Finding reassurance and support from others with similar life experiences
★ Having the opportunity to be helpful to others
★ Feeling empowered in coping with challenges
★ Developing a connection to a community and personal identification with a social group
May 16, 2013: Adina Niemerow, author and nutritionist, will discuss Whole Foods that Heal.
Bio on Adina: Adina Niemerow is a holistic chef wellness coach and noted author of "Super Cleanse." She studied whole foods nutrition with emphasis on Asian traditions and modern nutrition, and shiatsu, at the Heartwood Institute with renown leader in plant based nutrition, Paul Pitchford. Adina completed her culinary education at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and then went on to study at the Californa College of Ayurvedic Medicine. A good part of her life has been in kitchens at the top wellness spas and restaurants including, The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center and the French Laundry. She has been personal holistic chef to Fortune 500 CEO’s, top designer, musicians, models and Hollywood actors. Adina’s wellness consulting, programs and classes are available upon request.
June 20, 2013: TBA
July 18, 2013: Lisa Shoenberg, physical therapist will discuss specific areas of focus in exercise for people with MS
Bio on Lisa: Lisa Shoenberg has a BS in Integral Studies from CIIS and is certified through NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) as a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). She is also a Certified LIfe Coach through New Ventures West Integral Coaching School. To quote Lisa, "Become strong and flexible in your body and it will help you develop the inner strength and courage to face the everyday challenges of your life."
For those 20's-30's-The Magnificently Sexy (MS) GroupYoung or young at heart and want more camaraderie? George White leads this support group with regular meetings out and about the town. Please contact George directly at (415)-724-0064.
Champions Against MSThis live program is in collaboration with the Stanford MS Center, The National MS Society, and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and has dual objectives. Our MS centers and advocacy groups come together to reinforce the community of support for our patients in Northern California.
Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree-Hartman moderates dynamic programs with faculty members from each center to deliver the most up to date information borne from contemporary research. These programs transpire every three to six months. Click here for a link to a calender to find our next program.
Please join us for the upcoming Champions Against MS Lecture Series with Dr. Bruce Cree from the UCSF MS Center and Dr. Alexandra Goodyear from the Stanford MS Center. Dr. Cree and Dr. Goodyear will discuss new disease-modifying therapies and provide updates on others. This is a dynamic gathering with the our two MS Centers, the National MS Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. The dual objectives are building the community of support for our patients and providing non-branded up-to-date information on important topics.
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Location: Fisher conference room, UCSF Mission Bay campus
Parking and food is provided.
Please register for the event at the NMSS website, programs calendar.
Additional ResourcesPlease visit the following websites to navigate other resources for education and support:
NMSS- National MS Society Northern California Chapter
MSAA- Multiple Sclerosis Association of America