ThE COACHING team

JOSH
The Enforcer

3...2...1… and if you are a boxer you’re hoping to hear rest...but it could be the start of the 3rd round and you are thinking, “This guy, Josh, is crazy”. But he smiles, provides a deviously encouraging laugh or that last wahoo of motivation needed and bam! The workout is done. The fight for that hour or 90 mins ends in victory and you continue to feel better conquering the day. That’s what Josh is blessed to do as a coach here on the Parkinson's Exercise and Wellness team! As a trainer, he combines his education and experience with a “lil” God-inspired creativity to bring the best he can to our boxing family. As the Rock Steady KC co-founder 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 Parkinson's Personal Trainer
Rock Steady KC co-founder

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LACEY
The Free Spirit

Lacey is a dancing, yogi, world traveling, music-loving free spirit whose dream is to heal others naturally, intuitively, and holistically.  Whether that be through Pilates, yoga, dance, herbs, Reiki, massage, food or more!  She has been an instructor at The Parkinson's Exercise and Wellness Center since 2016; and was inspired to become a coach by watching her father Kent, who is a current boxer at our gym, overcome and fight back against his Parkinson’s diagnosis.  


Lacey started dancing when she was 6 years old and has never stopped!  She began teaching dance and PoundFit, a drumming fitness class in college at KSU.  Since then her interest in movement, healing and wellness has grown immensely, she loves how dance clears the mind, makes people laugh & smile, all while providing a heck of a workout.  She is passionate about natural healing and loves finding new ways to heal and work with the body.

Our new classes Mat Pilates and Moving & Shaking are Lacey’s creation, and she is absolutely loving playing with these classes and bringing new movements and challenges to our boxers.  Lacey believes Pilates and Yoga are beneficial for Parkinson’s 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

Lacey loves working at the PEWC and is constantly inspired and surprised by the willpower and strength of our boxers, she hopes to continue learning and evolving into a better instructor, healer, coach, and friend to our PEWC Fighters.  ROCK STEADY!! 

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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. In 2019 Sarrisa became trained by The National Parkinson's Foundation as an Ambassador of the "Aware in Care" hospital safety kit. She is deeply involved in educating PwP and their caregivers, as well as Medical Professionals, of the importance of medication schedule adherence. 


Her fascination with the adaptability and wonderment of the human body began when she was young. She's driven by learning how the body works, how it falls apart, and how through exercise, nutrition, and change a body can heal itself. In 2015 Sarrisa began working with people with Parkinson's Disease (PwP). Her education, experiences, and passion in her life, up to that point, suddenly collided forcing a life-direction change.

In 2016 Sarrisa founded Rock Steady Boxing Kansas City. In 2019 she became the Founder and President of The Parkinson's Exercise and Wellness Center, a non-profit organization. 


 Now, Sarrisa exercises her love for learning and adaptation on a daily basis. Her teaching style showcases her years of experience in group instruction. She designs classes that challenge in creative and unique ways. She possesses skill in providing modifications to ensure a safe and effective workout for every class participant, no matter what level of progression or physical limitation. 


Sarrisa has created a coaching staff that shares in her mission to 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 hopefull inspiration. 

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STEPHANIE
The Dynamo

Stephanie is a life-long learner, she is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), a senior level yoga instructor with over 20 years experience specializing in restorative and adaptive yoga, and holds certifications in PWR!Moves, RSB and Tai Chi for Rehabilitation.


Stephanie’s clinical and educational background allow her to bring a multi-faceted approach to the battle against Parkinson's and reflect an atmosphere of hard work, camaraderie, creativity, fun and function!  Her session include diversified,  science-based, holistic strategies to target activities of daily living, (ADL's), 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 the Art of Expression PARTE™ which addresses the motor and non-motor symptoms of PD.  This popular pilot program is currently only offered at the PEWC.   However, will rollout nationally as a training program in the fall of 2020 . 


Stephanie's diverse education includes an Applied Science degree from 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 P.E.W.C. Team of outstanding coaches and staff.



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