Books & Resources

Optimal Health with Parkinson’s Disease: A Guide to Integrating Lifestyle, Alternative, and Conventional Medicine

By Dr. Monique GirouxIM Book

Paperback: 320 pages, Publisher: Demos Health (November 11, 2015) ISBN-10: 193630385X; ISBN-13: 978-1936303854

Safely integrate complementary, alternative, and lifestyle medicine with conventional medicine in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Adding complementary, alternative, and lifestyle therapies to a care plan can result in symptom relief and a higher quality of life without compromising conventional treatment. Written by a board-certified neurologist and expert in mind-body medicine, Optimal Health with Parkinson’s Disease provides a thorough and up-to-date guide to help you:

  • Learn the benefits of a holistic approach
  • Find effective, low risk therapies for symptom relief such as tremor, muscle rigidity, depression, constipation, and insomnia
  • Understand the pros and cons of popular diet and exercise approaches
  • Determine which integrative therapies are best for you
  • Personalize your treatment plan to help meet your goals


Endorsed by Dr. Andrew Weil, Todd Sherer PhD CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Dr. Victoria Maizes Executive Director University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Alter Your Course – Parkinson’s The Early Years

By Dr. Monique Giroux and Sierra Farris PA-C

ISBN/EAN13 1497549647 / 9781497549647; Publication Date: April 18, 2014

This book is written to give you the guidance, support and confidence you need to influence your future and alter the course of your life with Parkinson’s disease. “You have Parkinson’s disease.” Hearing these words for the first time changes everything. A normal reaction to the diagnosis is to question, “what changes are in store for me, how will this affect my future, or can I do anything that will make a difference in how I feel or progress.” No one can predict the future. However, each of us can influence our future through the choices we make, attitudes we embrace and information we receive.

This book is not intended to be filled with facts about the disease; there are many books that cover these topics. Instead we have focused on 2 questions, “Does PD present an opportunity in disguise? What information, actions or attitudes are most helpful early in the disease to set the stage for living your best now and into the future?” Alter Your Course tells a different story -one that is emerging within you -the person with PD. Your story can be filled with hope, inspiration, empowerment, resiliency and strength. Each chapter concludes with helpful advice designed to help you take control of your PD journey and alter your course. Most importantly, the last chapter is filled with advice; not from the authors, but people like you-living with PD.

DBS A Patient Guide to Deep Brain Stimulation

by Sierra Farris PA-C and Dr. Monique Giroux.

ISBN/EAN13 1491283157 / 9781491283158; Publication Date: December 17, 2013DBS A Patient Guide to Deep Brain Stimulation

DBS A Patient Guide to Deep Brain Stimulation by DBS experts Sierra Farris, PAC and Monique Giroux, MD distill a high tech brain surgery into understandable terms for every reader. This guide offers a wealth of information whether new to DBS or already living with DBS. The authors bring 16 years’ experience working as a DBS team in treating over 1000 patients with DBS. Their easy to read format is packed with practical tips in a patient-centered approach. The authors hope to promote patient empowerment by offering insights that are rarely shared outside the clinic appointment. Being well informed is the first step in making the right decision for you. As medical consumers, patients must become their own advocates to ensure they are well informed, especially when considering brain surgery. Filled with case studies, personal stories, practical tips and unique graphics, this book offers in-depth easy to understand explanations for one of the most high tech procedures that can turn back the clock on neurological disease.

More than a Mountain

Dr. Monique Giroux and Sierra Farris contributing authors.
Publication Date: December 13, 2103 | ISBN-10: 1481048465 | ISBN-13: 978-1481048460 | Edition 1

A Story of inspiration and courage told by 19 people with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s, their companions and medical team as they climbed to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa. Dr. Giroux and Sierra Farris, PA-C served as medical support and observed first hand the power of determination, courage and positive thinking.

“More Than a Mountain” is a treasure of hope, courage and inspiration that will bring words of encouragement to the lives of so many that live with Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. This book is invaluable to our neurology community and the families impacted by a chronic neurological medical condition. The stories brought tears, laughs, joy and moments of sincere compassion and reminds us anything is possible, even when living with a neurological condition. Special thanks to Lori Schneider, the master of courage and believing and Jeff Rennicke for the wonderful memories captured in the moment. You will find personal accounts experienced on the mountain by Dr. Monique Giroux and PA Sierra Farris with a team of 29 climbers facing the challenge of a life-time.  Available at Amazon.

Every Victory Counts Essential Information and Inspiration for a Lifetime of Wellness with Parkinson’s disease

by Dr. Monique Giroux and Sierra Farris, PA-C. Publication Dates: 2009, 2012, 2015 | Third Edition.

Every Victory Counts

The authors partnered with the Davis Phinney Foundation to produce this unique working manual in promoting hope, a sense of community, well-being and empowerment for all touched by Parkinson’s. First published in 2010, the manual is now in its second printing.

The Every Victory Counts manual contains a general overview of Parkinson’s disease and the medical and surgical treatment. Other contributors include leaders in research and rehabilitation therapies as well as inspirational and heart touching stories from over 50 people living with PD. In addition, the manual contains worksheets and forms that address many of the symptoms of PD and how to manage the symptoms at home. This manual is for anyone living with PD, whether newly diagnosed or those living several decades will benefit from the person-centered concepts contained in the manual. The manual is available for free at the Davis Phinney Foundation.
The Every Victory Counts program manual has been endorsed by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Life with a Battery Operated Brain – A Patient’s Guide to Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease

Sierra Farris, PA-C is a contributing author.

Publication Date: April 15, 2009 | First Edition | by Jackie Hunt Christensen.

DBS Patient Guide

The following description by the author describes the book. Why would anyone say ”Let’s stick wires into someone’s brain, run voltage through it, and see what happens!” So asks Jackie Hunt Christensen in Life With a Battery-Operated Brain: A Patient’s Guide to Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Parkinson s Disease. Author Christensen answers this question — and more — in her unique and comprehensive book, as she has first-hand knowledge of the procedure commonly referred to as DBS. She herself lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than seven years before electing to be evaluated for DBS surgery. Life With a Battery-Operated Brain is a must-read for those who are considering deep brain stimulation. Excerpt from Jackie Christensen.

Navigating Life with Parkinson’s Disease

Sierra Farris contributing author on deep brain stimulation.
Publication Date: November 20, 2012 | ISBN-10: 0199897786 | ISBN-13: 978-0199897780 | Edition: 1

Navigating Life with Parkinson's disease

A marvelous guide for anyone affected by Parkinson’s disease–patients, caregivers, family members, and friends. Containing the most up-to-date information on the disease, one of the most common neurological disorders, it discusses the available treatments and provides practical advice on how to manage the disease in the long term. Emphasizing life-style adjustments that will provide a better quality of life and moderate the burden for patients and their loved ones, the book answers many questions and clarifies misunderstandings regarding the disease. Written by two experts on Parkinson’s disease and a freelance journalist, the book is approachable and easily understandable. Question and answer sections are provided, while “hot topics” are highlighted for easy visibility. The authors have also included true patient stories that will both inspire and instruct, and they have addressed several topics often not mentioned in physician-directed disease management, such as how to talk to family and friends about one’s life with Parkinson’s. Read the press release.