The Victory Summit® Virtual Event: Mental Health and Wellness

Friday, September 17, 2021
The Victory Summit Virtual Event Mental Health and Wellness

On September 17, 2021, we held The Victory Summit® Virtual Event: Mental Health and Wellness, shining the spotlight on how to manage the symptoms you can’t see in Parkinson’s.

In case you missed the event, you can watch all the recordings of the presentations below.


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Welcome and Inspiration
Connie Carpenter Phinney and Davis Phinney
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Movement Break- Boxing
Melissa Tafoya

more about our speakers

Headshot Brian Luke SeawardBRIAN LUKE SEAWARD, PHD

Brian Luke Seaward is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the foremost experts in the field of resiliency, stress management, and corporate health promotion and is an esteemed and often-quoted inspirational speaker and TEDx speaker. He has authored more than 18 books, including the popular best sellers Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water;The Art of Calm; and Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward and the awardwinning college textbook Managing Stress (10E). His corporate clients include Hewlett Packard, Royal Caribbean, Wells Fargo, TransAmerica, Procter & Gamble, Conoco-Phillips, Motorola, Quaker Oats, John Deere, BP-Amoco, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Maxtor-Seagate, Organic Valley Dairy, The US Army, and the Air Force. For 25 years he served on the faculty of the University of Colorado Consortium for Public Health. Currently, Dr. Seaward is the Executive Director of the Paramount Wellness Institute in Boulder, CO, and serves on the faculty of The Graduate Institute (Bethan, Connecticut).  

Headshot-Dr-Gregory-PontoneGREGORY PONTONE, MD, MHS

Gregory Pontone is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an Attending Psychiatrist in the Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry division where he treats patients with neurodegenerative disorders (including Parkinson’s and related disorders, Alzheimer’s dementia), and behavioral disturbances resulting from these diseases. Dr. Pontone is the director of the Johns Hopkins Parkinson’s disease Neuropsychiatry Clinic, which focuses on diagnosing and treating the neuropsychiatric aspects of Parkinson’s and related disorders. His research focuses on the interaction between neuropsychiatric symptoms such as cognitive impairment, anxiety and depression, and motor impairment in Parkinson’s.


Alexander Pantelyat is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the director of the Johns Hopkins Atypical Parkinsonism Center, the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Movement Disorders Fellowship Program, and the co-founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine. His research is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of atypical parkinsonian disorders, such as dementia with Lewy bodies, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal syndrome/degeneration and multiple system atrophy; cognitive aspects of movement disorders; and music-based rehabilitation of neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Pantelyat earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, completed his residency training in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and completed a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Pennsylvania/Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He is a 2013 American Academy of Neurology Palatucci Advocacy Leader and grant recipient, a 2014-15 American Academy of Neurology Emerging Leader, and a 2014 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Osler Attending Program inductee.

Headshot-Melissa-TafoyaMELISSA TAFOYA

Melissa Tafoya is an activist and advocate for people with Parkinson’s to provide hope and improve quality of life. She is a pint-sized powerhouse with a mountain of creativity, experience, and purpose and has been training and coaching special populations for nearly a decade. Growing up she felt different; she was incredibly shy and terrified of the world. In elementary school, she found her voice on the playground and became known as the Mini Mike Tyson of tetherball. Melissa grew to be a voice for others who were too shy or misunderstood. Little did she know it would define her destiny to start Rock Steady Boxing Sacramento, while allowed her to put her love of hitting things and defending others together. This worldwide affiliate program is evidenced-based, non-contact boxing designed to improve quality of life for people with Parkinson’s. She recently founded her very own center of hope, Hope In Your Corner, a safe space designed specifically for her fight family and private clients to thrive as well as for support groups to meet. In addition, she currently serves on the Latino outreach committee through Parkinson’s Association of Northern California (PANC).

Want to learn even more about mental health and wellness?

Check out our blog

The Davis Phinney Foundation blog is full of resources on all things mental health, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, apathy, mindfulness, resilience, and much much more.

Check out our Podcast

The Davis Phinney Foundation Podcast, features episodes relating to mental wellness such as “Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance,” “Living Well with Chronic Pain and Illness,” and “Emotional and Psychological Care”. Find all our episodes on our Podcast Page or on any Podcast Hosting App such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

Check out our Youtube Channel

See webinar recordings, interviews, announcements and more on the Davis Phinney Foundation Youtube Channel.


Our final event in the 2021 The Victory Summit® virtual event series will be held Saturday, November 13, and shines a spotlight on the Parkinson’s care partner experience. Learn from and interact with Parkinson’s care partner experts, Parkinson’s care partners, and mental wellness professionals who will help you become the care partner your person with Parkinson’s needs without burning out, losing yourself, and losing the joy of life. By the end of the event, you will have a whole new community of support at your fingertips and a toolbox of practices that will help you thrive as a Parkinson’s care partner. Learn more and register for the event here.

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