Adaptive Abilities Fair

This year’s event was another great success!

Thanks to the speakers, volunteers and vendors for donating your time and energy to help Alaskans living with chronic illness.

And a special thank you to Genentech for their generous donation to sponsor this event!

We hope to see you all again next year!





2017 Adaptive Abilities Fair

This event is FREE, but please preregister: at 907.929.2567 or

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!


Through out the day, learn about:
~Adaptive recreational opportunities  with  CHALLENGE ALASKA
~The  ALASKA TRACK CHAIR and Track Stander
~ACCESS ALASKA’S  wheelchair obstacle course
~Putting  on the “MS Costume”
~What ALASKA STAIR LIFT has to offer
~Which  classes  SPIRIT PATH YOGA has to offer

Purchase “My Degeneration” by  Peter Dunlop-Shohl.  He’ll be available to sign copies immediately following his 10am talk.

Learn  how you can Bead even with Arthritic Hands


11:30 – 12:00 and 1:30 – 2:00
Chair YOGA with Shelley Christopherson, Spirit Path Yoga

2:30 – 4:00 
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) with Fabiola Alcala


SPEAKERS    Room U2285
9:00   Julia Moore – Elemental Acupuncture
Julia  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.

10:00  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. He will be available to sell and sign copies of his book after the talk.

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.


Lunch and 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?

Dr.  Osterbauer has been a member of the Alaska medical community since 2006, when he was transferred by the U.S. Air Force to Elmendorf, AFB. He retired from the Air Force in 2011 and stayed in the area with his family. Dr. Osterbauer treats all aspects of neurologic disease, but has special interests in multiple sclerosis, headache medicine, sleep medicine, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. He also has special training in brain chemistry, and his unique skill set allows him to “think outside the box” to which many neurologists are confined. Patients consistently rate Dr. Peter Osterbauer as “Superior,” citing his bedside manner especially. He makes a focused effort to treat each patient as a unique person, rather than a “number in the queue,” and it shows. Each of his patients is approached as a medical mystery until proven otherwise. He leaves no stone unturned, but is humble enough to admit when he feels that he is in over his head, and offers relevant referrals to other providers when necessary. Dr. Osterbauer has served as Chief of Neurology and Consultant to the Surgeon General for Neurology for the Pacific Air Force Command. He also spearheaded the development of the U.S. Air Force’s first mild traumatic brain injury center. While active duty, he assisted in the development of his facility’s sleep medicine and infusion therapy clinics. He is currently in private practice in Anchorage, Alaska. His goal is to treat each of his patients with integrity, dignity, and compassion, and to bring healing whenever possible. 

1:30  Richard Driefuerst- Alaska Track Chair and Track Stander
Richard is the distributor of The Action Trackchair in Alaska and is dedicated to bringing those who are disabled more access to the hobbies they love and cherish. The Action Track Chair gives you the ability to go to areas that were previously inaccessible to those in a wheelchair.

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 Manager of Inpatient Dietitians and the Diabetes & Nutrition Center at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

3:30 Mary Tirrell Bevans & Atari – Service vs Support Dogs
Mary  worked in Medical Rehabilitation as a Speech Language Pathologist in Alaska and Washington. …. For the past 13 years she has also viewed Medical Rehabilitation from the other side of the table. Atari was born and raised through Guide Dogs for the Blind program, San Rafael in Seattle from birth through eighteen months and at Washington State University Veterinary Medicine School. When he was a year and a half year, he transferred to JLAD in Salem Oregon for another 6 months of Mobility Harness Training . Afterward, Mary joined Atari for a two week training camp, and Mary and Atari graduated together in October 2015