Parkinson’s Support Group

St. Augustine Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The St. Augustine Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is committed to giving patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their care partners access to researchers, health care practitioners, and each other.

The group meets monthly, hosting social gatherings and educational guest speakers. We also have special events to help fund raise and raise awareness to support our local Parkinson’s Community.

All of the meetings and events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Communication about upcoming meetings and events occurs through our support group email list. Please contact the support group coordinator, Dr Melanie Lomaglio, via text, or voice message at (904) 501-8779. Alternatively, you can email her at

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings are being hosted online through Zoom. Details and dates are below.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped STARS Rehab raise $5250 dollars for the Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day Jacksonville event. Our November fundraising raffle was a huge success and our local beach walk, where some of our PD STARS walked 3 miles, was the perfect ending to celebrate the importance of movement!


Special Event: Friday January 8th AND Friday January 22, 2020; 330pm-5:00pm: Nutritional Classes with Keri Bomarito, licensed dietician and nutritionist from Seaside Nutrition.

Information: Turn over a new health leaf in 2021 and learn all about the Mediterranean diet over a 2 part educational series. This series is supported by our community grant and is therefore free to participate! This event will host 8 socially distanced live participants (masks required) at our STARS island location and the rest can join via a live stream through zoom. Note that PART 2 is an extension of PART 1 and not a repeat. These sessions will be repeated in the summer if you can't make it in Jan.

To participate in person please sign up here to reserve your seat (limited to 8 people, including spouses. Masks and social distancing required):

PART 1 sign up:

PART 2 sign up:

Alternatively you may join us live through zoom from your home:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 862 9855 4495
Passcode: 814535

Special Event: Thursday Jan 21st - Virtual Event 12pm-5pm. Stronger Together - 2nd Annual PD Expo hosted by the Parkinson's Association of Greater Daytona. This event will host an amazing line up of speakers representing our home state of Florida from Tallahassee Memorial, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, and University of Florida in Gainesville, as well as out of state speakers from the University of California San Francisco and University of Alberta. Hot topics such as the Science behind CBD, clinical trials, and new sleep research will be covered. John Zells will be the master of ceremonies, John is a person living with young onset PD and is both a PD advocate and a patient ambassador for Boston Scientific (maker of a DBS system.

For more information and to register - please visit

Mark your calendar for future events coming down the pipeline:

Support Group Social: Friday February 26th, 2020; 3:30pm-4:30pm at your home via zoom. - Details coming.

Support Group Meeting: Friday March 12th; 330pm-430pm at your home via zoom - presented by neurologist (TBD). The doctor will discuss a medication called Apoynk. APOKYN is used by injection, as needed, to treat loss of control of body movements in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). This condition is also called hypomobility or "off" episodes. An off episode may include symptoms such as muscle stiffness, slow movements, and difficulty starting movements. APOKYN may improve your ability to control your movements when it is used during an "off" episode. This may help you walk, talk, or move around easier. APOKYN does not take the place of your other medicines for PD.

Support Group Meeting: Friday April 23, 2021; 3:30pm-4:30pm at your home via zoom. Mistee Richards from Medtronic will present on the new Percept neurostimulator for Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy. The new technology will help doctors personalize your DBS stimulation and it can also track when you take your meds to give you the best outcomes.

*Links to previously recorded meetings*: