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Soania Mathur - Designing A Cure Inc. Ajax, ON, CA

Soania Mathur Soania Mathur

Physician | Designing A Cure Inc

Ajax, ON, CANADA

Inspiring and empowering people challenged with chronic disease to live fulfilling lives.

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Biography

"For me it began at 27 years of age, a slight tremor in my right pinky finger, just as I was completing my residency in family practice and starting my career as a physician. At first I was more medically intrigued with experiencing a symptom that I had heard so many patients describe. But then my concern grew as the tremor went from sporadic to continuous and that's when I began to experience medicine from the patient's perspective. The frustration at the lack of control I had over my own body, the desperation I felt when told of the diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson's Disease and the fear of the future. And through it all, relentlessly, the tremor progressed. The effects transcended into my work, my social and family life. It made itself known from the moment I awoken until I fell asleep at night. All during a period of time, that I felt I should have been in the prime of my life. A decade into my journey I began to realize that although I had no control over my diagnosis, I did have control over how I faced this challenge. This acceptance allowed me to move forward."

Soania Matthur is an accomplished family physician who had to resign her practice as a result of her Parkinson's disease. Now she is a dedicated speaker, educator and Parkinson's advocate. She speaks passionately about the challenges of adjusting physically and emotionally and the coping strategies available to patients, both through medical and lifestyle tactics to manage the changes.

Soania is an active speaker with the Parkinson’s Society of Canada at patient-directed conferences and also serves as a resource for education projects. She works with The Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org) and serves on their Patient Council. She is an advisor for The Brian Grant Foundation and is helping them in the development of a comprehensive website, a resource for newly diagnosed patients, caregivers and family members including children (www.poweringforward.org). She is also writing a series of children's books to educate the youngest affected by this chronic disease and to open dialogue between children and their loved ones. The books are being illustrated by Emmy-Award winning animator James Tim Walker.

Industry Expertise (3)

Health Care - Providers

Elder Care

Women

Areas of Expertise (5)

Young Onset Parkinson's Disease

Optimism

Chronic Illness

Children Coping With Chronic Illness in the Family

Living Well With Parkinson's

Education (3)

Dalhousie University: BSc, Science 1991

Dalhousie University: MD, Medicine 1995

University of Toronto: CCFP, Family Medicine 1997

Affiliations (3)

  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
  • Parkinson's Society Canada
  • The Brian Grant Foundation

Event Appearances (7)

Life After Diagnosis

Parkinson Society Canada Patient Education Conference  Belleville ON

2010-04-10

My Experience with the Michael J. Fox Foundation

Cocktail benefit  Toronto

2010-09-25

Shakin' Not Stirred

Parkinson Society Southwest Ontario - Patient Education Day  Blue Mountain, ON

2011-03-14

Creating a Family Culture of Support and Understanding

Durham Region Conference 2011  Ajax, ON

2011-05-28

Acceptance Speech on Behalf of Michael J. Fox

15th International Conference on Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders  Toronto, ON

2011-06-05

Launching poweringforward.org

Shake It Till We Make It 2011  Portland OR

2011-07-23

Putting Parkinson's Into Perspective - Summer Speakers' Series

Parkinson Society Canada Summer Speaker Series  Toronto, ON

2011-09-14

Sample Talks (1)

Living Well with PD

This talk serves to inspire and empower people with PD to take back some measure of control, to become advocates in their own health. Lifestyle modifications (diet, exercise, sleep), optimism, team approach to treatment are all presented in great detail.

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  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance

Fees

500 to 1000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee