Explore Our 2024 Chicago wellness for MS Forum Exhibit Hall

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Yoga Moves MS presents this special Forum to empower those impacted by MS with information about a range of integrative and holistic mind-body strategies. This event is an opportunity to learn about healthy living and wholesome options that complement traditional medical care. Feedback from past year’s attendees is that they learned a LOT from our inspiring speakers. Sessions were packed with useful material. Many told us that they plan to watch the presentations again! You too can gain much from the Holistic and Wellness Forum for MS.

The purpose of this Virtual Exhibit Hall is to provide a place for exploration for Holistic Health and Wellness Forum for MS registrants before, during, and after the Live Event on May 18, 2024 from 10 am to 3 pm CT. It contains useful information available to you. Read about our very special presenters who are renowned National MS Experts. Learn about our fabulous sponsors and partners, and the products and services that they offer. Together we will gather, and learn about relevant and up to date information to help us along the MS journey.

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Yoga Moves MS Mission & Purpose

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Yoga Moves MS (YMMS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and supportive community of students, yoga instructors and therapists, and volunteers.

At Yoga Moves MS, our mission is to foster a resilient and adaptive community, uniting individuals with multiple sclerosis in a journey of inspiration, connection, and empowerment. Through the transformative power of yoga, holistic health, and wellness education, we are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our community.

The annual Holistic Health and Wellness Forum for MS offers opportunities to learn about an array of wellness topics from national MS experts.
The Yoga Moves philosophy cultivates empowerment, healing, and fun. We provide adaptive yoga resources for those with MS and neuromuscular conditions. We offer in-person classes throughout Southeastern Michigan as well as online LIVE classes and On-Demand classes through our website. To learn more about our Yoga Moves Any Body classes, you can view the schedule and descriptions at yogamovesms.org.

These classes can be supported by the purchase of our bookcard deck, and helpful videos such as Yoga Moves in a Wheelchair.

 

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Speakers and Their Presentations

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Mindy Eisenberg
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Mindy Eisenberg, MHSA, C-IAYT, ERYT-500
Founder of Yoga Moves MS

Presentation: Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis 

Founder of Yoga Moves MS and author of Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body Book, Mindy Eisenberg is honored to welcome you to Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body programs. She is proud of our mighty community, and how we improve the quality of life for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and other neuromuscular conditions. Her interest in adaptive yoga is extremely personal. Mindy’s mother was challenged with a progressive form of MS and confined to a wheelchair and bed for most of her adult life. Her mother is her guiding light. Mindy’s students continue to be her main source of inspiration to grow the Yoga Moves MS community.

 

 

Adrienne Castillo

Thomas Holland, MD, MS

Instructor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition

Presentation topic: Building a Brain Health Approach to the Care of MS Patients

Thomas Holland, MD, MS has expertise in general acute care clinical knowledge and lifestyle medicine (nutrition, physical activity, cognitive activities, etc.) and aging research, specifically related to neuro-degenerative diseases: e.g. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia’s, cognition, cardio-vascular disease, oncology, and various other chronic diseases of aging. Holland’s newest areas of interest include pharmaco-epidemiology and best practices for implementation of lifestyle modifications in primary care and the community to help improve public health.

 

Kathy Keefer
Brain Health Center of the Rockies

Kathy Keefer

President and Co-founder of the Brain Health Center of the Rockies, Fort Collins, CO

Presentation topic: Building a Brain Health Approach to the Care of MS Patients

Kathy Keefer started her career in expatriate management working for a large European multi-national. She continued her professional development as a compensation and mobility consultant working with one of the largest international HR firms assisting multi-nationals worldwide with developing sound policies and practices for their global workforce. 

The Brain Health Center of the Rockies was founded with an ambitious vision: To Create a Community in Which Everyone Achieve Their Maximal Brain Health Potential.

Kathy received her degree of Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College with major in International Affairs, with a concentration on Western Europe, and minors in German Literature and Anthropology. Kathy attended foreign studies at Friedrich Alexander Universität, Erlangen, Germany. Upon graduation she enrolled at the University of Strasbourg, France where she received the “Premier” and “Deuxieme” Degrees. She later completed advanced education in International Relations, Economics, and French at North Carolina State University. 

Kathy enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with her family. 

Bhupendra Khatri, MD

Dr. Bhupendra Khatri

Neurologist and medical director of the Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center in Milwaukee

Presentation topic: Healing the Soul, Finding Hope and Courage in Life with MS

Dr. Bhupendra Khatri is a neurologist and the medical director of the Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center in Milwaukee. He is the author of Healing the Soul: Unexpected Stories of Courage, Hope, and Power of Mind.

Dr. Khatri completed his medical education at Grant Medical College, University of Mumbai, in 1974. He then finished his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Sir Jj Group Of Teaching Hospital. Dr. Bhupendra is the esteemed founding medical director of one of the country’s largest MS centers, recognized for his exceptional care and groundbreaking research in multiple sclerosis. His commitment to excellence has earned him recognition as a top doctor by Milwaukee magazine and various prestigious awards. Dr. Bhupendra Specializes in treating myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, infusion therapy, and plasmapheresis treatments; Dr. Bhupendra’s expertise is highly sought after. He has also garnered attention as a renowned speaker, delivering lectures nationally and internationally on topics such as MS, neurological disorders, the power of the subconscious mind, and positive thinking. Currently, Dr. Bhupendra practices at the Center for Neurological Disorders, where he and his team prioritize patient convenience by offering flexible appointment scheduling.

 

Augusto Miravalle

Dr. Augusto Miravalle, MD, FAAN

Chief, Division of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology, Associate Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurological Sciences

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Presentation topic: Building a Brain Health Approach to the Care of MS Patients

Dr. Miravalle is the Chief of the MS and Neuroimmunology Division and Associate Professor of Neurology at Rush University, Chicago. Dr. Miravalle is a board-certified neurologist who sub-specializes in Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr. Miravalle received his Medical Degree from the University of La Plata, Argentina.  He completed his Neurology Residency training at Loyola University, Chicago where he served as Chief Resident of Education.  He subsequently completed a Neuroimmunology Fellowship at Harvard University in Boston and a Fellowship in Medical Education at the University of Rochester, New York. Dr. Miravalle is the recipient of the 2012 American Neurological Association Medical Education Fellowship Award, 2015 American Academy of Neurology Research in Education Award, and 2015 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Faculty Education Innovation Award.

Dr. Miravalle has been involved in both clinical and science based research in the field of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology.  He is a member of many professional societies and advisory boards.  He is frequently invited as speaker at national and international meetings.  He has published numerous scientific articles and serves as a consultant to various scientific organizations.

 

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Marquette

Mitra Rouhani
Physical Therapist and PhD Candidate

Presentation topic: Photobiomodulation (Light) Therapy for MS

 

Mitra Rouhani is a physiotherapist and PhD candidate in the Exercise and Rehabilitation Science program at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Her research is focused on chronic disease management in neurologic populations, in particular MS. Currently, she is investigating the extent and impacts of neuromuscular
fatigue and pain in people with MS. Her long-term career goal is to become an independent investigator conducting translational and implementational research focused on strategies that directly enhance the quality of life for people living with MS.

 

James Voci, MD
Chair, Yoga Moves MS

Dr. James M. Voci received his undergraduate training at Haverford College in Philadelphia followed by Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania. There, his interest in Neurology was nurtured by a strong faculty which included Dr. Robert Lisak who later became Chairmen of Neurology at DMC in Detroit. His residency in Neurology was performed at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. Upon completion of his training, he served on the faculty there as Assistant Professor Of Neurology, performing both research in molecular biology as well as the instruction of new residents. In 1996 he left for private practice and eventually arrived in the metro Detroit region in 1999 where he has remained since. Dr. Voci currently serves as the Director of Neurology at St. Francis Hosp in Evanston. He is actively involved in the care of Multiple Sclerosis patients both clinically and with clinical research studies. And, yes, he actively practices Yoga. He has been the Chair of Yoga Moves MS since 2014.

 

TOP Sponsors

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About TG Therapeutics
https://www.tgtherapeutics.com

At TG Therapeutics, our commitment to people impacted by immune diseases knows no boundaries. We are fiercely focused on the needs of patients and caregivers, as well as physicians and allied professionals, working together as one team to bring innovative treatments to those in need. We view our role as more than the development of novel treatments, but more broadly as the development of solutions to ease the burdens associated with immune diseases. To achieve this goal, we are actively pursuing partnerships that allow us to engage with the communities in the most respectful and meaningful ways. We look forward to working with you. Learn more about TG at www.tgtherapeutics.com.

To discover more about BRIUMVI, visit the website.

Over the past four decades, Biogen has been committed to translating science to meaningful advances for the MS community. Our industry-leading portfolio – backed by established safety and efficacy profiles, ongoing investment in our products, as well as our comprehensive services and solutions – enables us to offer a broad range of options to meet the ever-evolving needs of MS patients and drive greater individualized disease management.  

Learn more about MS support and resources from Biogen

Amgen Rare Diseases

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to
strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve
people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one
of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions
of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with
breakaway potential.

For more information, visit www.amgen.com and follow us
on @amgen.

Exhibitors

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Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing life-changing therapies for people living with rare disorders.

Bristol Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we work every day to transform patients’ lives through science. We combine the agility of a biotech with the reach and resources of an established pharmaceutical company to create a global leading biopharma company powered by talented individuals who drive scientific innovation.

Interested in learning about a treatment option? Take a look at ZEPOSIA® (ozanimod)—a pill by exploring the resources below and visiting ZEPOSIA.com. There you’ll get the information you need, including clinical study results, safety and side effects, support from the ZEPOSIA 360 SupportTM program, and more.

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Considered the founder of the industry, Genentech, now a member of the Roche Group, has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for more than 45 years.

Genentech is a biotechnology company dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

We celebrate our unique history as the pioneers of scientific breakthroughs that have an incredible track record of improving lives. And yet, our ambitions are bigger and bolder. Together, we are united in a bold quest to solve the world’s most complex health challenges and serve society.

Our ability to bring transformative medicines to patients depends on the positive experience, engagement and resilience of everyone who works here. Our employees are the heart of Genentech and the driving force behind the progress that brings important new medicines to the people who need them. We believe a great people experience is critical for revolutionizing healthcare and living Our Promise. That’s why we’re committed to cultivating an environment where people feel valued, included and able to thrive.

icompanion is a free smartphone app (iOS, Android) that helps you manage your MS. In between your doctor’s visit, a lot of information is lost: how you feel, which symptoms you experience, how strong these are, how your disability, fatigue, and cognition are changing, etc. You can collect this info very easily with the app and share the insights with your doctors. That way, both you and your care team can better understand your disease. https://icompanion.ms

We are a global healthcare company uniquely positioned to bridge the traditional divide between generics and brands, combining the best of both, to more holistically address healthcare needs globally. With a mission to empower people worldwide to live healthier at every stage of life, we provide access at scale.

The Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory promotes exercise for people with MS. The lab’s research focus is understanding the benefits of exercise on neurological conditions, specificaly multiple sclerosis. They genrerate scientific evidence to promote physical activity and wellness among all those affected. 

Research Opportunity

Exercise Training for Managing Major Depressive Disorder in Multiple Sclerosis

This study involves the remote delivery of a 4-month exercise training program with a 4-month follow up period for persons with multiple sclerosis who have major depressive disorder.

Benefits of Participating:

  • Improving your health and wellness through exercise training
  • Contribute to ongoing research on persons with multiple sclerosis

Partners

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The National MS Society brings the MS movement together—and turns our power and passion into real results. When the Society was founded more than 75 years ago, MS was neglected and poorly understood. What began as one woman’s vision and commitment is now a nationwide organization leading the global charge to create a world free of MS.
University of Illinois Chicago

Research Opportunity

Exercise Training for Managing Major Depressive Disorder in Multiple Sclerosis

This study involves the remote delivery of a 4-month exercise training program with a 4-month follow up period for persons with multiple sclerosis who have major depressive disorder.

Benefits of Participating:

  • Improving your health and wellness through exercise training
  • Contribute to ongoing research on persons with multiple sclerosis

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