Dianna is an artist, dancer and teacher specializing in dance and exercise for people with Parkinson’s, as well as Yoga and Fall Prevention programs for seniors. A Skidmore College graduate, she enjoyed a 30-year performing career in the Boston area while teaching Pilates, dance and yoga. She is currently a Wertheimer Fellow of the Mark Morris Dance for PD program in Brooklyn, New York, where she has had the privilege of ongoing training from movement specialists from around the world. Her training includes RYTE200 certification through the Yoga Alliance, with specialized training for seniors and people with Parkinson’s, AHEC Fall Prevention Awareness and the Parkinson’s SMART program. In collaboration with Parkinson’s Fitness, Dianna teaches Balance in Motion classes on Monday afternoons at the Danvers Community YMCA , on Tuesday afternoons at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Topsfield, at the Gloucester Council on Aging on Thursday afternoons, and at the Danvers COA on Friday afternoons.
Kim is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She has taught group exercise across the North Shore and is a former YMCA Associate Health & Wellness Director. Her experience extends to teaching children, teen, and adult group exercise, the senior population, people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, cancer survivors, and people with Parkinson’s disease. Her fitness education includes the Parkinson’s SMART Program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for cancer survivors, and seven years as a licensed Zumba fitness instructor. Kim is passionate about helping people build self-confidence and activities they enjoy for healthy living. She teaches the Parkinson’s Fitness Strength in Motion classes on Tuesday mornings at the Marblehead JCC, on Wednesday mornings at the Danvers COA,Thursday mornings at the Beverly COA, Conditioning & Boxing Thursday afternoons in Salem, and strength-building at the Marblehead JCC late Saturday mornings into early afternoon.
Heather Tharpe – Strength, Flexibility & Balance
Heather was among the first instructors to introduce the practice and benefits of yoga in the North Shore area. In her weekly Strength, Flexibility & Balance class in Hamilton, Heather invites participants to experience movement with a greater sense of ease. She instructs class members in basic postures, form, and breath work, while helping them build physical strength, flexibility and balance. Heather incorporates her specialized background training into an enjoyable class experience for people affected by Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Post-rehab conditioning, or other functional instability.
Linda is trained in seniors’ group exercise, as well as yoga and Dance for PD. She tirelessly oversees the administrative functions of the organization, and participates in clinical trials and specialized Parkinson’s physical therapy, exercise, and cognitive programs alongside Keith. Her ever-present smile, compassion and welcoming personality make her a special favorite with class members whenever she assists in program locations when needed.
A former pilot, Keith has always been an exercise enthusiast, whether at the gym, instructing young baseball players, or perfecting workouts at home. His determination to not allow his Parkinson’s diagnosis to define who he is and what he does is a beacon for everyone who knows him. His fitness training experience and knowledge reinforces all aspects of the Parkinson’s Fitness concept.
Whether they are scheduling educational seminars for the local Parkinson’s community, interacting as class members, assisting as instructors, sharing their experiences as clinical trial participants, or creating innovative programming, Linda and Keith have turned what began as a vision into an expanding reality.
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This dedicated Parkinson’s Fitness team invites you to join them in any of their class locations as often as you wish. Each of them presents a unique type of teaching that guarantees an opportunity for anyone taking their classes to stay motivated!
For descriptions of each available class and the day and location, click here.