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Epilepsy Education Conference

July 2023
More info coming soon!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Academy of Our Lady of Peace, North Terrace

4860 Oregon St, San Diego, CA 92116
9 am – 12 noon
Registration $15*
(Virtual Sessions Included)

*Price will Increase to $20 at the door.



Emerging Technologies for Diagnosis and Treatment of Epilepsy with Dr. Jerry Shih
Medication Updates with Kim Tallian, PharmD
Surgery for Epilepsy with Dr. David Gonda
Cognitive and Memory Strategies: How Epilepsy Impacts Brain Function with Dr. Marc Norman

•Adult Epilepsy 101 with Dr. Abraham Chyung
•Pediatric Epilepsy 101 with Dr. Neggy Rismanchi
•Epilepsy Treatment Options with Dr. Olivia Kim-McManus
•Women With Epilepsy with Monsita Faley, DNP, FNP-BC
•Legal Rights with Lauren Giardina, J.D.
•Ketogenic Diet Therapies for Intractable Epilepsy with Vanessa Aldaz, MPH, RDN, CDCES


Registration Includes:

Access to Both In-Person and Virtual Topics
Free On-Site Parking
Shaded Outdoor Venue
Coffee and Refreshments
Q&A with Professional Speakers
Guided Meditation Exercise
Opportunity Drawing for Prizes
Information About No-Cost Programs and Services
Access to Vendors and Resources

Vendors & Resources:

Challenged Sailors San Diego 
Providing therapeutic and recreational adaptive sailing opportunities for people with disabilities to enhance their dignity, well-being and independence.

Cross Roots Fresh Cold-Pressed Juice 
Cold-presses the freshest organic ingredients from local farms to create raw juice and delivers it to your doorstep. Samples available.

Kate Recore, Author of Brain Storm: An Electrifying Journey
At the age of 23, Kate began having seizures in her sleep. Kate’s inspiring story leads us along her path through seizures to acceptance and wellness. Her journey continues, as she endeavors to bring awareness to the dangers of misdiagnosis, and to eliminate the lingering misconception about epilepsy. Signed book copies available for purchase.

Last Year...

What did the attendees say after participating in the Annual Epilepsy Education Conference?

“Absolutely fantastic! Well done! Thank you!”
“I participated in the virtual conference and enjoyed it immensely.  I wasn’t planning on listening to all the speakers but found it so interesting I stayed on to hear all the speakers.  Congratulations on a job very well done!”
“Thank you for having the conference on the computer. I was able to attend, listen and learn that way because I am not able to physically attend a conference. It was very interesting to learn of all of the advances. When I was diagnosed with Epilepsy, the MRI did not exist and now I learn of the future possibility of operating without cutting the skull. It was a well planned conference covering important topics and allowing questions and with good, interesting speakers. My thanks to all who worked to make it possible.”
“Fantastic keynote today, thank you!! It is always a pleasure to hear you [Dr. Jerry Shih] speak. I always learn new things and in fact took screen shots of several of the wearable devices in case they might be advantageous for my daughter.”
“I particularly enjoyed Dr Chyung’s piece about COVID 19.”
“Wonderful presenters [Dr. Mark Nespeca and Dr. Jeffrey Gold] – although they had a short time to present, they covered a lot in a succinct and concise manner.”
“Great [medication] overview; [Kim Tallian, PharmD] covered all the AEDs; many presenters on the topic don’t talk about recently approved drugs, but she did.”
“Good overview of Dravet drugs!”
“[Dr. Marc Norman] Did a great job explaining how the brain changes as one ages.”
 “I had brain surgery and my memory was ruined. He [Dr. Marc Norman] suggested a new few ways to improve it.”
“Both speakers [Lauren Giardina, J.D. and Dr. Jim Grisolia] provided great information – Dr Grisolia tied in all the key issues going on today. I am happy to hear work is being done to educate police officers; very much needed in light of recent events.” – Anonymous
“GREAT panelists [Ashley Yates, Carlos Medina and Morgan Saltamachio]- please thank them for sharing their stories.”
“All 3 [panelists] shared unique perspectives about the impact of epilepsy on their lives; each complemented one another which made it that more interesting.”
“Absolutely wonderful to hear from patients [people living with epilepsy]!!”
“Thanks [Dr. Lee Rice] for your inspiring and beautiful closing remarks. Such a perfect tone.

Our Mission

With your help, The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.

Our Programs
& Services

Our wide array of programs and services serve people living with epilepsy, families, friends and caregivers.

All of our programs and services are offered at no-cost.