I was introduced to Parkinson’s in 2010 when I met June, a patient in a nursing and rehabilitation facility who was in the later stages of Parkinson’s and was bedbound due to severe rigidity. I was drawn to June’s lively demeanor, her heart of gratitude, and her ability to find joy despite her pain. I began educating myself about Parkinson’s while June helped dissolve the myths and stigmas.
Founding a community-based Parkinson’s Wellness Center in Bloomington, Indiana, I am now a rehabilitation therapist and a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with a Health and Human Services degree from the University of Southern Indiana. I have completed multiple trainings and certifications that are Parkinson-specific to serve the Bloomington area with excellence. Some of the certifications I hold include LSVT BIG ®, PWR! (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery), and Delay the Disease. I am also trained and certified by the University of Iowa by the Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s with the Parkinson’s Foundation. This intense curriculum is offered to multi-disciplinary care teams that desire to use the best practices and the latest research in Parkinson’s care.
Through the Ambassador Leadership Program, I am excited to connect my community with resources, hope, camaraderie, education, and reminders that rediscovering joy is found in movement. Living well to me means choosing to do the best I can every day, in every way.