ThE team

Lacey
The Free Spirit

Dancer, yogi, world-traveling free spirit—Lacey exemplifies the holistic possibilities of the PEWC. Lacey’s dream is to heal others naturally and intuitively, whether that be through Pilates, yoga, dance, herbs, Reiki, massage, or diet. She joined the Parkinson's Exercise and Wellness Center family in 2016, inspired to become a coach by watching her father, Kent, battle the progression of his Parkinson’s while at the center.  

 

Lacey started dancing when she was six years old and never stopped. She began teaching dance and PoundFit, a drumming fitness class, while in college at Kansas State University.  Since then, her interest in movement, healing, and wellness has grown immensely. She loves how dance clears the mind, makes people laugh and smile, all while providing a heck of a workout. She is passionate about natural healing and loves
finding new ways to rebuild and work with the body.

Mat Pilates and Moving & Shaking are Lacey’s creation, and she absolutely loves bringing new movements and challenges to our boxers. Lacey believes Pilates and yoga are beneficial for Parkinson’s Disease, because they teach bodily awareness, breathing techniques, core strength, balance, postural alignment and center the mind/body connection. She is our resident Reformer Pilates instructor and teaches private sessions in our new therapy room. 

Certifications and Degrees include:

DK Body Certified Reformer & Mat Pilates instructor

Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Avila University

200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher through The Yoga Alliance

Rock Steady Boxing Certified Coach

Certified PoundFit Instructor

Reiki Level I & II Practitioner

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Sarrisa
The boss Lady

Sarrisa is a NASM-certified Personal Trainer, Rock Steady Certified Trainer, PWR!Moves Certified Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor. Her work with people with Parkinson’s Disease began in 2015, and inspired her to co-found Rock Steady Kansas City in 2015. She now serves as the President and Head Coach of the Parkinson’s Exercise and Wellness Center. In 2019, she also became an ambassador for the national Parkinson's
Foundation "Aware in Care" hospital safety kit.

Sarrisa’s fascination with the adaptability and wonderment of the human body began when she was young. Driven by the desire to learn how the body works, she sought to understand how the body can heal itself through exercise, nutrition, and change. She exercises her love for learning and adaptation on a daily basis in her work at the center. Designing classes that challenge in creative and unique ways, she possesses the skills
required to provide, safe, effective workouts for her fighters.

 

Sarrisa brought together a coaching staff that shares her mission of cultivating a PD community of like-minded individuals who support each other, care deeply, and fight hard.  With their help, she has created a space that fosters belonging and hopeful inspiration. 

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josh
The enforcer

Josh may have a friendly demeanor, but during class, he’s our resident enforcer. As an NSCA-certified Personal Trainer, his boxing drills never fail to keep our fighters energized and working until that very last drill. He also specializes in pre- and post-surgery exercise rehab, and was awarded “Most Motivating Trainer” from the PFI Las
Vegas Boot Camp. As a trainer, he combines his education and experience with a little
God-inspired creativity to bring the best he can to our boxing family.
 
Having served the Parkinson’s community for ten years and co-founded Rock Steady KC in 2016, he strives to be a beacon of hope in this corner of our local PD community.


Certifications:


PCI Lawrence Personal Training certification and 4.0 Honor Roll

NSCA Certification

Specialist in pre/post surgery/therapy for safe knee/shoulder/back/joint exercise rehab

Career Highlights:

PFI Las Vegas Boot Camp Most Motivating Trainer Award
Featured on KCTV5 for Parkinson's Training and Boxing

Featured in the Topeka Capital Journal for work with Parkinson's

10 years as a Parkinson's Personal Trainer

Rock Steady KC Co-Founder

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STEPHANIE
The Dynamo

Stephanie, a life-long learner, carries expertise in more fields than she can count. Becoming a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), a senior-level yoga instructor with over twenty years’ experience specializing in restorative and adaptive yoga, and holding certifications in PWR!Moves, RSB and Tai Chi for Rehabilitation are just some of her accomplishments.


Stephanie’s clinical and educational background allow her to bring a multi-faceted approach to the battle against Parkinson's Disease. She 
possesses a spirit of hard work, camaraderie, creativity, and fun. Her sessions include diversified, science-based,
holistic strategies to target the activities of daily living, overall fitness, functional movement, gross and fine motor coordination, vocal production, mind-body connection, and mental agility. 


Stephanie is also a professionally-trained actor, director, and arts-educator.  She has  created an innovative, theatre-based program, Parkinson’s—Art of Expression (PARTE™),

which addresses the motor and non-motor symptoms of PD.  This popular pilot program is currently offered only at the PEWC.
 

Stephanie's education includes an Applied Science degree from Metropolitan Community College, an MFA from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and a BFA from the University of Florida. Stephanie strives to stay current on PD research and intervention strategies via continuing education and networking with neurology-based therapists and educators.  She is an integral part of the PEWC team of outstanding coaches and staff. 

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