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Epilepsy Education Conference

Saturday, July 20, 2024
Academy of Our Lady of Peace
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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.

Save the date! Learn from experts about new research, emerging technologies and treatment options, and medicine and therapies to manage seizures. Clients, parents and caregivers, medical professionals, teachers, school personnel, employers and advocates of all ages are welcome to attend. 
Partnership Opportunities are now available! Registration and event schedule coming soon.  



Funds raised from the Epilepsy Education Conference provide year-round education and awareness resources, training programs on seizure recognition and first aid, as well as access to specialty and supportive care at no cost for the more than 50,000 people in San Diego who are impacted by epilepsy.

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

“Absolutely fantastic! Well-done! Thank you!”
“I participated in the conference and enjoyed it immensely.  Congratulations on a job very well done!”
“Thank you for having the 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.”
“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 Few New 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 improves the lives of people affected by epilepsy through education, advocacy, research, and connection. 

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.