MEET THE PARKINSON PLACE TEAM OF INSTRUCTORS

PARKINSON PLACE is proud to offer an array of programs that have been proven to improve the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  Our extraordinary instructors are certified experts in their field adapting every class to assure that participants benefit on every level.  They demonstrate sincere love and support for Parkinson patients and caregivers making every class fun, interactive and rewarding.

Lynn Burgess

Lynn Burgess

RYT 500, E-RYT 500

 

GENTLE YOGA

Meditation, breathing and ability based poses that unite body, mind and spirit for a sense of mental and spiritual well-being.

 

Lynn is the founder and director of Sarasota’s most established studio, Yoga from the Heart. She is registered with Yoga Alliance at the highest possible levels as an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 500 and E-RYT 500 instructor. Lynn has trained, graduated and certified dozens of local instructors. She is known for her inspiration in relating the philosophy of yoga, revealing to her students how yoga can infuse everyday life with meaning and purpose.  Her charisma and witty sense of humor lend a wonderfully modern twist to this age-old practice.  Lynn has adapted her Gentle Yoga class to assure that everyone can participate no matter what their age or condition.

Please Visit: Yoga from the Heart

Leymis Bolanos Wilmott

Leymis Bolanos Wilmott

Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Adjunct Professor of Dance at New College of Florida

DANCE FOR PARKINSONS

Expressive movement exercises to live drum beat that can be performed standing or sitting in a chair.

 

Leymis was the first in the state to receive a certificate in “Dance and Healing” from the University of Florida and has a Master of Fine Arts in Performance/Choreography from Florida State University.  Her deep love for education and community building continues as she advocates for dance as a Teaching Artist through the Sarasota Arts Council, Manatee Arts Council and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.  Ms. Wilmott is a certified “Dance for PD” instructor trained by the Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, NY.

Please Visit: Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Kathi Sims

Kathi Sims

Certified Parkinson Fitness Instructor; Medical Exercise Specialist; Certified Aqua Fitness Instructor

FUN FITNESS

 A fun and interactive ability based exercise class that can be performed standing or sitting in a chair.

As an Exercise Specialist, Kathi has worked with physicians, surgeons and physical therapists to create exercise programs for individuals with specific medical conditions post-surgery and post-rehabilitation. Kathi has been teaching Parkinson fitness classes for 15 years. As a fitness instructor, Kathi connects with her participants on a personal level. She recognizes physical limitations and encourages the social supportive aspects of her fitness programs, acknowledging that in addition to the physical benefits of exercise; support, socialization and a sense of fun and play are all important contributors to overall health and well-being.

Kane Henneke

Kane Henneke

American Medical Association Recognized; Rock Steady Boxing Certified Parkinson’s Disease Fitness Instructor

ROCK STEADY BOXING

A non-contact boxing inspired fitness program that anyone can participate in no matter what their age or condition.

 

Kane is the owner and founder of Rock Steady Boxing-Sarasota. He has thirty-four years of boxing and martial arts experience. Various studies support that rigorous exercise emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, rhythm and hand-eye coordination improves range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait and the ability to perform activities of daily living.  Studies at Cleveland Clinic suggest that forced exercise, such as boxing, are neuroprotective and may actually slow disease progression.

Please Visit: Title Boxing Club

Manny Arce

Manny Arce

American Medical Association Recognized; Rock Steady Boxing Certified Parkinson’s Disease Fitness Instructor

ROCK STEADY BOXING

A non-contact boxing inspired fitness program that anyone can participate in no matter what their age or condition.

 

I love boxing. It goes way back into my culture from where I grew up. I want to show people how beautiful and meaningful this combat sport can be and how rewarding it can be toward your life, especially in areas that you least expect.

My passion toward helping others and showing them to never settle, there’s always room for improvement, always room to become the best version of yourself in all aspects, and that is worth fighting for!

Please Visit: Title Boxing Club

Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers

Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers

DANCE FOR PARKINSONS

Expressive movement exercises to live drum beat that can be performed standing or sitting in a chair.

 

Xuan, nominated for Best Female Dancer in Australia in 2009, has performed throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States with Australian Dance Theater and Cloudgate 2. Previously Assistant Professor at the Taipei National University of Arts, she has danced with and choreographed for Sarasota Contemporary Dance since 2012. In 2013, Yang Dancigers co-choreoghraphed “Dreamfall” featuring music by NOW Ensemble with Leymis Bolanos-Wilmott. She has also danced as a soloist in Bolanos-Wilmott’s “Summer Days”, of which the Sarasota Herald Tribune wrote, “With…Dancigers’ total ownership of the characterization, it was stunning.” She was also a soloist in Gerri Houlihan’s “Every Little Movement”, of which the Bradenton Herald wrote, “A highlight on opening night was the long and unspeakably gorgeous solo by Xiao Xuan Yang Dancigers. If you appreciate dance at all, you find yourself wishing the solo would never end.” In 2017 she choreographed and performed the solo “Signal” for New Music New College, to music by Luciano Berio, with the Herald Tribune calling the performance “stunning…precise.” Dancigers is excited to return to Sarasota after being away in Californa for a year to continue her work with Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Parkinson Place. She has had the opportunity to assist and help build the Dance for Parkinson program along side Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Leymis Bolanos Wilmott.

Please Visit: Sarasota Contemporary Dance

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