Our Next Meeting is, as usual, the 3rd Saturday of the month, October 21, 2017.   As always, this is the perfect opportunity to share our challenges with ET and our successes despite ET. 

Recap of our August 20th, 2016, from 10:00 AM to Noon.  Our guest speaker was be Samuel Hamner, PhD, from Cala Health.   He gave a presentation about the company and told us about opportunities for you to get involved in studies.  Cala is a health tech company developing new ways to treat 
essential tremor that don't require surgery or drugs.  As Head of Product, Sam is passionate about patient-centered design in healthcare, and strives to create accessible solutions that have meaningful impact. Sam earned his PhD in biomechanics from Stanford University.

Recap of our June Meeting:  We were pleased to welcome Sarah L. Schneider, CCC-SLP, M.S., as our guest speaker in June.  Ms. Schneider is the Speech Language Pathology Director at the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.   Schneider specializes in evaluating and treating all aspects of voice, with expertise in the professional speaking and singing voice.  She joined the department in 2007 and has since helped develop the voice and swallowing program. She earned a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, or ASHA, and is licensed in California.  Schneider is active in several research projects at the center and also works as a voice research consultant outside of UCSF. She sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Voice, contributes to voice texts and speaks regularly at the local, national and international level on vocal health and rehabilitation.

Recap of our April Meeting:

We were thrilled that Paula Chidester, from Cala Health, was our guest speaker! You may remember that we were introduced to Paula and her team by Dr. Kate Rosenbluth, Bioengineer from Stanford.  Many of our EBET members participated in the original study, also at Stanford, involving a non-invasive wearable device for ET. This device was similar to a TENS unit and supplied electrical stimulation to the nerves in the wrist. Great news, they now have a finished product!!!!

Paula and her team are beginning a new study at UCSF in San Francisco and the Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale, the purpose of which is to show that the device is both safe and effective. 

Recap of our March 2016 Meeting:
We hosted another exciting guest speaker at our March 19th meeting. Dr. Leslie Cahan, neurosurgeon from UCLA & Kaiser, Los Angeles, presented detailed information about Gamma-Knife Thalamotomy. As we have discussed Deep Brain Stimulation surgery and MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound at our last meetings, we feel this information not only added to our comprehensive understanding of the non-invasive surgical treatments of ET, but was also a fitting way to celebrate National ET Awareness Month!

Recap of our February 2016 Meeting:
Our February 20th meeting was an interesting discussion about MRI-Guided Focused UltraSound (FUS) based on the very recent first-hand experience of one of our members. We were also enlightened about surgical treatment of ET by two other members who recently underwent DBS surgery.

Recap of our January 2016 Meeting:
We started out the New Year with a great guest speaker at our January 16th meeting. We were privileged to have as our guest Julie M. Muccini, MS, OTR/L, Neuro Clinical Specialist, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Services, from Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Julie spoke on a broad range of coping mechanisms for Essential Tremor. We had a great turnout!


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About East Bay Essential Tremor (ET) Support Group

The East Bay ET Support Group is based in San Ramon, California. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month (through October), from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Alcosta Senior Center & Community Center, Conference room #112, 9300 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon. For information about the meetings, directions to the meetings, or just curious about Essential Tremor and would like to join the group, please contact Sharon, our Group's Facilitator, at EastBayET@comcast.net . You are also encouraged to read the thesis written by our Support Group Facilitator, Essential Tremor: The Other ETThis is an excellent and detailed treatise regarding essential tremor . . . from one of our own!