California Chapter

Serving CA and HI

Set this as my local chapter

Parkinson’s Foundation California makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by improving care and advancing research towards a cure. Whether you are newly diagnosed with PD or have been managing it for years, are a care partner, family member or friend of someone with PD, we are here to help you.

People at Moving Day
Young family participating in Moving Day, a walk for Parkinson's

About Us

We are leaders in ensuring expert Parkinson’s care, educating and empowering the Parkinson’s community and driving the understanding of Parkinson’s through research. As a national organization with local presence and impact, we bring help and hope to the estimated one million people in the U.S., 10 million worldwide, who are living with Parkinson’s.

Our Impact

Your support of the Parkinson’s Foundation California Chapter makes a big impact on the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) right here in your community, as well as across the country and around the world!

Read more about our chapter's impact

Thanks to supporters like you, we are able to provide free resources and advance research toward a cure.

Resources

Find Expert Care

Access to care professionals, medications and services

Parkinson’s Foundation Global Care Network creates more opportunities for people with PD to access high-quality care.

Find Expert Care


Hospital Safety Guide

Advocate for your best care

The Hospital Safety Guide contains useful tools and information to help a person with Parkinson's during their next planned or unplanned hospital visit. 

Download or order a Kit


Helpline

The Helpline answers more than 20,000 calls a year

Call our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) to find your nearest PD specialist or local resources and get answers to your PD and caregiving questions.

Contact the Helpline


PD Library

We are your trusted ally for information at every stage

We offer resources including videos, podcasts, webinars and other opportunities to learn about the many aspects of living well with PD.

Search the Library

Community Grants

The Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grants program supports programs that further the health, wellness and education of the Parkinson’s community. We help people with Parkinson’s live better lives, today.

In the 2023 grant cycle, we awarded 12 local grants to community programs. These Community Grants are made possible through the support of donors.

Chapter Board

Our Chapter Board ensures our impact is community-based and community lead.

Executive Committee

Megan Gomez

Megan Gomez, PhD - Board President
Clinical Psychologist 
Tibor Rubin Medical Center
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Megan Gomez is a Staff Psychologist at the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. She provides psychological assessment and treatmentinterventions to Veteran’s enrolled in the Home Based Primary Care program, and also provides psychology support to their family caregivers. She works primarily with Veterans over the age of 65 that have chronic and complex medical and psychological conditions. Dr. Gomez completed her post-doctoral training at USC Keck School of Medicine neurology dept where she was part of a research team investigating impact of physical exercise and social engagement on cognition for people with Parkinson’s. She was hired at the VA Long Beach in 2015, and developed the Parkinson’s Support Group in 2016. She continues to facilitate this group on a bi-weekly basis. She is on the Board of Advisors for the Parkinson’s Foundation California Chapter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, 6-y/o daughter and 2-y/o son.

Board Members

Somil Bhusan - MPH, Medical Assistant, Mission & Outreach Committee Chair
Dylan James - VP and Head of Western Region Relationship Management at  Nasdaq 
Vikas Chinnan - Operations Manager
Deka Dike - CEO & Founder, Omatochi
Debbie Lucchesi - Personal Trainer, Cycle Instructor
Maureen McComsey - Social Impact Strategist, Momentum for Good
Craig Miyamoto - Financial Advisor & Principal with Edward Jones
Freddy Silva - Head Coach and Affiliate Owner, Rock Steady Boxing
Jessica Tax - Owner of Move Up Health. & Fitness, Rock Steady Boxing Coach
Derek Torry - Former VP/Group Director, Russ Reid Company
Lisa Inselman - Co-Founder and President at Fisch 4 Parkinson's
Jeff Bell - Former KCBS Radio News Anchor
Steve Fischlin - Former Director of Merchandising, The Raley's Companies

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