CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS

Our extraordinary instructors are certified experts in their field adapting every class to assure that participants benefit on every level

Parkinson Place Center is proud to offer a variety of programs that have been proven to improve motor and non-motor symptoms of all Movement Disorders. Our instructors make every class fun, interactive, and rewarding.

Manny Arce

Manny Arce

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

ROCK STEADY BOXING

Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing-inspired fitness program that anyone can participate in no matter what their age or condition.

ABOUT MANNY

Manny was born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 12. Manny loves boxing and wants to show people how beautiful and meaningful the combat sport can be.

Manny’s passion is for helping others, showing them there’s always room for improvement, always room to become the best version of yourself in all aspects, and he believes that is worth fighting for!

 

Please Visit: Title Boxing Club

Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers

Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers

DANCE FOR MOVEMENT DISORDERS

Dance for Movement Disorders with Sarasota Contemporary Dance uses expressive movement exercises to a live drum beat that can be performed standing or sitting in a chair.

ABOUT XUAN

Xuan was nominated for Best Female Dancer in Australia in 2009 and has performed throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States with the Australian Dance Theater and Cloudgate 2.

She has danced with and choreographed for Sarasota Contemporary Dance since 2012.

She has had the opportunity to assist and help build the Dance for Movement Disorders program alongside Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Leymis Bolanos Wilmott.

Please Visit: Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown

A.S.F.A Group: Aerobics, Water Aerobics, Spinning Hydro Ryder American Heart Association: CPR/AED

FUN FITNESS

Fun Fitness is like, pulling out the spatula and lifting our bodies into action! Our movements are fun, energetic and will provide excise for standing and sitting aerobics.  Here you can tone, balance and increase endurance while moving to music.

ABOUT CAROLYN

Exercise is a way of life! that is, for 19 years I worked out at the YMCA doing exercises that ranged from Swiming, Spinning, Yoga, Pilates, Weights, and various floor aerobics exercises.  I decided that with all this training that I could share the energy with people who wanted to improve their health. 

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. 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

Michelle Del Giorno

Michelle Del Giorno

Owner and head coach/instructor at Epic Martial Arts in Sag Harbor, New York

WARRIOR WORKOUT FOR

MOVEMENT DISORDERS

Warrior Workout is a non-contact fighting inspired fitness program that anyone can participate in no matter what their age or condition.

ABOUT MICHELLE

Michelle Del Giorno is the owner and head coach/instructor at Epic Martial Arts in Sag Harbor, New York, home to Rock Steady Boxing Sag Harbor. A 35 year veteran of teaching and training, she specializes in teaching self-defense, martial arts, boxing and kickboxing to men, women and children of all ages.  In addition to teaching Martial Arts and Rock Steady Boxing, she is a personal fitness trainer, serving clients in and around the Hamptons, Long Island.

Michelle has a long, successful and competitive career in Sport Karate with many National and World titles. Her greatest accomplishment however is working with her Parkinson’s Warriors. Their relentless courage and determination to fight back is truly inspiring!

Robin Mandel

Robin Mandel

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

DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES

Improve gait and balance, boost your mood, and stimulate cognitive function.

ABOUT ROBIN

Robin Mandel is an International master-level fitness guru from NYC, NY. She holds certificates as a Life coach, Law of Attraction coach, AFFA GF, SCW aquatics, Pre/Postnatal, Parkinson’s, cycling, rebounding, and foam rolling.

Stephanie Lomazov

Stephanie Lomazov

Certified Speech-Language Pathologist Owner and Founder of Neuro Speech Therapy LLC.

KEEP YOUR BRAIN STRONGER LONGER

 A cognitively stimulating class designed to engage your brain with fun activities and helpful tips! Learn strategies to strengthen your language, memory, and cognition.

ABOUT STEPHANIE

Stephanie Lomazov is a bilingual Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and owner of Neuro Speech Therapy LLC in Sarasota, Florida.

Stephanie holds a Clinical Master’s degree from Northwestern University and has practiced in both Chicago and Florida in a variety of medical settings. She is a specialist in working with adults with neurogenic conditions including post-stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, and traumatic brain injury, and helps individuals with their cognition, speech, language, and swallowing. Stephanie is on the Board of Directors for the Aphasia Community Center where she spreads awareness and works with individuals and their families who have aphasia. She has a passion for working with adults and their families and is a firm believer in connecting with others to solve their challenges and improve their communication and quality of life.

Please Visit: Neuro Speech Therapy

Alisha Laps

Alisha Laps

Issa certified personal trainer Nutrition Strength and conditioning Group Fitness instructor Exercise Therapy

PEDALING FOR MOVEMENT DISORDER

Many people say they have fewer tremors , more energy and better muscle control after a cycle class

ABOUT ALISHA

Flora Kirwan

Flora Kirwan

AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Aerobics, Conditioning, Spin American Heart Association:CPR/AED

FUN FITNESS

Fun Fitness is positive energy, using inner strength, feeling good vibes, for enhancing movement, stretching, balance, toning and endurance. This fun experience is for all ages in a seated or standing format conducted to high motivating music.

ABOUT FLORA

Flora was born in NY, moved to Sarasota at the age of 10 and has 35+ yrs. of extensive experience in the fitness industry. Her passion is to help individuals enhance their commitment and drive for their well-being. Flora’s enthusiastic personality provides a nurturing, entertaining and encouraging atmosphere.

Pam Polowski

Pam Polowski

CAREGIVERS ONLY CLUB

Renee Dorn

Renee Dorn

Life Coach, Group Fitness Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Tai chi and Qigong Instructor, and Qigong Therapist, Renee holds a Bachelor's of Arts and a Master's of Business Administration.

 

TAI CHI FOR MOVEMENT DISORDERS 

This class is a moving meditation that cultivates harmony within the mind, body, and breath. Each session entails a series of exercises based on qigong, tai chi and other mind body practices; balance; and a guided tai chi flow.  The purpose is to reduce stress, open energetic pathways, and bring the body to a state of energetic relaxation.  Doing so fosters an environment where the body warms and inflammation decreases.

 ABOUT RENEE

 Renee Dorn is a perpetual student of ancient eastern traditions that have been used successfully through the centuries to promote good health and well-being. Her passion is the continual exploration of how to use the power of the mind to treat disease, generate power and promote good health. This concept (technically termed psychoneuroimmunology) is intrinsic to the practices of Qigong (pronounced Chee Gung) and Ayurveda, in which she has trained and implements in her daily life.

 Renee spent 11 years as a martial arts student, both training in the physical practice of Karate, Aikido and Jujutsu, and learning about and assimilating the spiritual philosophies associated with each into her own life. The benefits she reaped compelled her to delve more deeply and she turned her search inward.

 Renee’s journey revealed not only a path to physical health, but also an optimal way of living underscored by authenticity, self-expression, joy and continuous growth. This discovery made clear the unlimited potential that comes from experiencing each moment as special and unique, and highlights the fact that each day is an opportunity to cultivate and shape a life that is brimming with goodness, joy and beauty.

As a Life Coach, Fitness Instructor, and Taiji and Qigong Practice Leader, Renee is honored to have the opportunity to assist clients in taking control and responsibility for their body, mind and spirit.

As a certified Qigong therapist, Renee enjoys helping clients understand and alleviate energetic blockages that, if not addressed, can manifest disease in the body, discomfort in the spirit and distress to the mind.

    Maggie Donaker

    Maggie Donaker

    Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist Transcend Speech and Swallowing Solutions, LLC

    SAY IT LOUD & CLEAR

    Upbeat, educational and motivating workshop on the voice and communication overall to empower and maximize your message

    ABOUT MAGGIE

    Maggie is a graduate of Ohio University (BS) and BGSU (MS). She has over 10  years of knowledge and expertise within the acute/subacute settings. She is a 7 time ASHA ACE Award recipient, is the facilitator of Dysphagia Digest of Florida and the first awardee of the NFOSD/DRS Michael Donovan Advocacy Award.  Maggie is a respected presenter, educator and believes in the power of a sense of humor!

    Please Visit: Transcend Speech

    Lauren Vines

    Lauren Vines

    Fitness Professional: certified in spinning, water exercise, Yoga, Pilates, and personal training

    PEDALING FOR MOVEMENT DISORDERS

    We pedal our way with a proven method for improving overall health and endurance.

    It is a workout that is challenging and fun.

    ABOUT LAUREN

    Carolyn Brown

    Carolyn Brown

    A.S.F.A Group: Aerobics, Water Aerobics, Spinning Hydro Ryder American Heart Association: CPR/AED

    BRAINS & BALANCE

    Stretching muscles can support  flexibility, thereby improving movement.  A stretch band is used to aide in limbering up the muscles.  Weights are used to enhance muscle movement.  In addition to muscle movement, we play trivia for laughter and fun.  This class supports sitting and standing exercise that can improve your daily movement and test your laughter skills!

    ABOUT CAROLYN

    Exercise is a way of life! that is, for 19 years I worked out at the YMCA doing exercises that ranged from Swiming, Spinning, Yoga, Pilates, Weights, and various floor aerobics exercises.  I decided that with all this training that I could share the energy with people who wanted to improve their health. 

    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 MOVEMENT DISORDERS

    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