Abilities Fair


Saturday, October 21st

Providence Health Park
3851 Piper St., Tower U
Rooms 2281 and 2285




8:30 am – 9:00 am

Lecture Schedule:
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

This event is FREE, but please preregister: at 907.929.2567 or alaskamscenter@gmail.com

Meet providers and experts who will share their knowledge, techniques and equipment to help physically challenged Alaskans live a more independent, fuller life.

 Vendors and representatives from community organizations will also be available throughout the day.

Come for the day or for a few hours.





9:00- Peter Dunlap-Shohl- “My Degeneration” –  A Journey Through Parkinson’s

In this chronicle of  his life post diagnosis, Dunlap-Shohl gives the person newly diagnosed with a chronic
condition the information necessary to cope with it on a day-to-day basis.

10:00- David Westlake – “Meditation”

Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also helps create balance and cultivate inner peace. Meditation may produce profound results on  all levels of your being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Come connect  with your own inner powers of vitality, clarity, and love!

11:00 – Rain Van Den Berg-” The Empowered Patient”

Rain Van Den Berg is the LEND Training Coordinator at the UAA Center for Human Development. She coordinates the training and experiences of the LEND Fellows and works closely with UAA Faculty Mentors. She has a Master’s in Public Health in Community Health Education.

 12:00 – Vendor Break

12:30 – Dr. Peter Osterbauer-” Sex on the Brain”

Where are love and sexual desire in the brain? How does it work, neurologically speaking? And how does brain dysfunction affect that?


1:30- Julia Moore Acupuncture

Julia Moore is a licensed acupuncturist and has been practicing in Anchorage since 2008. She earned a Masters degree in Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) in Louisville, CO; a small school dedicated to the teachings of Worsley Style Five-Element Acupuncture.


2:30- Laurie Ek Watson ,RD, LD, CDE, CSP –  Eat to Win-Feed Disease or Fight it


     Laurie has been a Registered Dietitian for 30 plus years, working in all areas of practice from preterm infants to geriatrics. She has been a Diabetes Educator for 15 years and Manage inpatient dietitians and Diabetes & Nutrition Center at Providence Alaska Medical Center.


3:30- Chris   – The Action Trackchair and Trackstander

With the Action Trackchair you will be able to navigate mountain roads, campgrounds, woods, beaches, hiking trails, frozen lakes, shallow streams, muddy and snowy terrain and much more.  The trackchair comes equipped with power seat tilt as a standard feature making it the ultimate in off-road wheelchairs. You will go places you didn’t think possible.

4:00 – Mary Bevans & Atari- Service vs Support  Dogs

Differentiating between, service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support animals is not a matter of splitting hairs or political correctness.  Each of these dogs has a very different job from the others and the terms are not interchangeable. 

Concurrant WORKSHOP SCHEDULES Room 2281
11:00-11:30  Meditation
1:30-2:00    Meditation
2:30-4:30    Watercolor Painting (there will be a $15 materials fee for this workshop, please reserve your spot when you pre-register and pay at the class)

Alaska MS Center

Center for Human Development
Parkinson’s Support Group
Challenge Alaska

Comfort Keepers
Dr. Peter Osterbauer, Neurologist
MS Mavigator

with more added daily….