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MS Seminar Series: What all MS patients should know

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

This year Adapt has again partnered with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to present a six-part seminar series on navigating life with a chronic neurological disease. This seminar series is specifically focused on life with Multiple Sclerosis and is designed to give patients the tools and framework to understand how to structure their actions and their thinking to maximize their life experience while dealing with the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. This is inclusive of education, experiential activities, and reserve building through leisure activities.

In curating this seminar series, Adapt has tapped into practitioners whose field of expertise is specialized around neurological disease and disability such that the content is truly tailored to the Multiple Sclerosis patient audiences and how they can improve their quality of life.

Subject matter experts, including neurologists, physical therapists, and social workers, will deliver lecture-based didactic learning sessions based on their expertise, while attendees enjoy specially catered meals and live music.

This seminar series will be offered both in-person and virtually via Zoom. Participants can register their attendance in advance via

Our next seminar will take place on Monday, April 17 at 4 pm. Seminars will be held bi-monthly at Adapt Functional Movement Center.

Keep reading for a recap of Part 1 of the seminar series.

Guest Speaker: John Monteith, Adapt.

Exercise is essential to managing MS symptoms, so we invited our CEO John Monteith to speak to participants about the services that Adapt offers and how these can be incorporated into an MS management plan.

John also announced the introduction of our Seminar Series Activities Program - a series of experiential activities open to our seminar series participants completely free of charge. Keep an eye on our newsletter and events page for details about upcoming events we have scheduled.

Download the slide deck below.

Adapt Slide Deck
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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Revere Kinkel, UCSD.

Key points covered by Dr. Kinkel in Seminar I:
  • MS is an extremely heterogeneous disease but treatable

  • Different pathological subtypes govern treatment response

  • Mechanism (biology) of tissue injury changes over time therefore treatment must change over time

  • Use appropriate DMTs (Disease Modifying Therapies) with quantitative monitoring DMTs best used early to gain control of disease by age 40-45.

  • Continuous education and goal setting is essential for you and your support network

Download Dr. Kinkel's presentation below.

Dr Kinkel Presentation
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Musical Guest: Lee Coulter

A special thank you to Kyre & Zach from Barn Time Music for handling our AV for this seminar series. Barn Time Music also provided our musical guest Lee Coulter who was an incredible addition to our event program. Lee is a local singer-songwriter and he delivered a beautifully thoughtful performance that had our guests captivated. Do yourself a favor and try to catch a live performance, you will not be disappointed!

Activities Program

The cornerstone of our activities program will be a monthly exercise class specifically designed for people with MS. These classes will be held on the first Thursday of every month at 4 pm, here at Adapt Functional Movement Center.

We have some exciting things planned including:

  • Yoga & Breath Work

  • Art Processing/Therapy

  • Music Therapy

  • Cooking Classes

  • Accessible Trails/Hikes

  • Holiday Celebrations

  • Adaptive Surfing

Our upcoming events will be posted on the homepage under events as well as in our monthly newsletter which you can sign up for here.

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