Upcoming Events

Dystonia Support Group of Greater Washington DC

Meetings Scheduled for 2017

September 17, 2017 - What to look for in a Physical Therapist

November 19th, 2017 - Dick Stuart, MC, DMin, How to better navigate the dystonia journey.

Our Next Meeting:

Location: Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910-1484 (301) 754-7000

When: September 17, 2017  Informal social starts at 12:30PM, Program starts at 1:00PM


1:00—1:15          Announcements—Sally Presti

1:15—2:15          Phil Goglas—Legislative Associate with the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington DC—Health Care Legislation and What it Means to the Dystonia Community

2:15—2:30          Break

2:30—3:30          Melanie Nupp— Functional Nutritionist — Functional Nutrition and Chronic Illness

3:30                      Dr. Stephen Grill — Our Support Group’s Medical Advisor—Q&A


First Speaker: Philip Goglas II has worked with the Dystonia Advocacy Network for over 2 years where he has worked on ensuring dystonia’s inclusion in the Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program and has been DAN’s representative on the Hill. Prior to joining the Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, Phil worked for Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) giving him direct knowledge of the legislative process. Phil graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Government and Politics where he was involved with the Terps football team. A New York native, Phil is an avid New York Mets fan and can be found cheering them on at Nationals Park every time they are in town. 

Mr. Goglas’ Topic: Mr. Goglas will speak on the current Capital Hill legislative agenda as it affects the dystonia community. ____________________________________________________________________________________

Second Speaker: Melanie Nupp is a Functional Nutritionist offering Private Functional Nutrition Consultations for people with chronic conditions whose symptoms are getting in the way of them fully living their lives.  She helps people to alleviate chronic symptoms, to better understand what's going on in their bodies, and to gain confidence and clarity around what to eat.  After experiencing many chronic health concerns of her own, Melanie had a transformational experience when she was able to make connections between what she was eating, how her body was working, and how she felt.  Melanie loves helping other people connect the dots for themselves so they can also experience the transformational power of food.  Melanie believes that what you eat can make a difference in how you feel and that each of us has the power to positively impact our own health.  Melanie lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with her husband and 2-year-old daughter who loves to make cameo appearances in Melanie's weekly nutrition videos!

Ms. Nupp’s Topic: Functional Nutrition and Chronic Illness

At this presentation, you will learn specific strategies you can implement on a daily basis to support your body’s optimal functioning so that you can feel your best and live your life to the fullest.  Functional Nutrition uses targeted food, supplement, and daily lifestyle modifications as healing agents to improve and enhance the functioning of your various body systems.  What this means for you is alleviation of chronic symptoms so that you can feel better.  Come and learn more about how nutrition is key to unlocking your body’s natural healing potential.  



Directions to Holy Cross Hospital    1500 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910-1484   301-754-7000

From I-495, take exit 31, Georgia Ave - Wheaton (Rt. 97 North), Turn right onto Forest Glen Rd, Follow 4 blocks (.3 miles) to Holy Cross Hospital on the right, at the corner of Forest Glen and Dameron Drive

Metro Directions to Holy Cross Hospital
Holy Cross Hospital is located five blocks from the Forest Glen (Red Line) Metro station. From the station, cross Georgia Avenue then walk five blocks down Forest Glen Road.  Hospital is on the right.