2018 Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium

Topic:‘The Mind, Mood and Memory in Parkinson’s Disease.’

Keynote Speaker:Dr. Chauncey Spears, MD is a neurologist and senior movement disorders fellow at the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. In addition to providing care for patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, he is actively engaged in research and educational activities related to these conditions. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, International Movement Disorders Society and has served as content editor for the Parkinson’s Foundation webpage.



Speaker:  Mr.  & Mrs. John & Bernadette Baumann

John is an internationally renowned motivational inspirational and educational speaker who also happens to have PD!John & Bernadette’s mission is, inspiring and motivating individuals living with PD to live life to the fullest, and fulfill their life’s purpose.

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Broadway Palm Dinner Theater 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Seating is limited, $25. Individual ticket includes food and beverage; Pre-registration is required Reserve your seat now at


John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.


Speaking with European Parkinson Disease Association

Two decades ago, John Baumann was a US lawyer who thrived on competition and the thrill of winning a case. Now, nearly 20 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he’s motivated by helping inspire others live to their full potential.

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