Susan Polhemus

Susan’s career has focused on helping seniors and individuals with disabilities, through more than two decades of fitness and wellness activities at senior facilities and YMCAs in New York and Florida. She is certified through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Susan has worked at the Read More …

Kathy Helmuth

Kathy Helmuth is a Registered Nurse and a wellness professional at the Sarasota, Florida YMCA. She developed the Parkinson’s Cycling training course for qualified instructors to coach group, in door cycling to People with Parkinson’s Disease (PWP). Kathy graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is an experienced, certified fitness instructor and in Read More …

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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Denver is offering scholarships to people in Wyoming and Colorado who want to attend GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network Foundations classes. Please contact them for more info at 303.698.5407.

Bill Castelli

I grew up with a love for the outdoors and an active lifestyle which includes running, backpacking, fly fishing and snow skiing. I have always been an avid runner and have competed in marathons, biathlons and mud runs and still run 4 to 5 mornings a week. I recently took up biking and completed a Read More …

Tom Williams

Tom had mostly a sedentary lifestyle when diagnosed with Parkinson’s (PD) in 2008. He was a legal aid attorney at Three River Legal Services in Gainesville, Florida for 30 years. He initially ignored his Neurologist’s frequent admonitions to begin a regular exercise regimen, and only began walking for exercise in 2012. In early 2014, a Read More …

How On Earth – The KGNU Science Show

Parkinson’s Network Exercise Class (starts 7:35) Gary Sobel leads an exercise class for people with Parkinson’s Disease. He talks about his own experience with exercise, and movement disorder specialist Heather Ene, MD, PMR/Neurology, shares the reasons physicians have moved from asking Parkinson’s patients to avoid exercise, to encouraging exercise. Hosts: Kendra Krueger, Beth Bennett Producer, Read More …

Exercise: New Prescription for Parkinsons Disease

VOICE OF AMERICA http://www.voanews.com/content/exercise-new-prescription-for-parkinsons-disease/2616831.html Shelley Schlender January 28, 2015 10:45 AM BOULDER, COLORADO— Exercise could be the new prescription for Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. More than six million people worldwide suffer from Parkinsons and they’re traditionally treated with medication and surgery. But 75-year-old Gary Sobel, who was Read More …

Mike Bleecker

Mike has lead a very active life throughout his 3 careers.  He traveled extensively while in the Navy and when employed by Northrup Grumman.  He moved to Fleming Island Fl. in 2003 from Fairfax Va. and started his own business. He was diagnosed with PD in July 2013 and met Gary Sobol and Paul Watford Read More …

John Zapanta, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

John received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He completed an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program in Arizona and is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2008. John has enjoyed working with people with Parkinson’s in the clinic and in Read More …

Norm Cook

NORM COOK Norm began his career in the fitness industry, to use his passion for fitness to help others.  He has been  a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association since April 2005. Norm is certified with the YMCA as a Personal Trainer and Group exercise instructor. He does personal training at Read More …

Tom Williams

I was one of the first participants when the Foundation exercise program began in Gainesville, Florida in April. My neurologist had always emphasized the importance of exercise, but it is difficult to be motivated when exercising alone and without a program or guidance. The program is challenging, but fun and I appreciate the encouragement I Read More …

Radford & Carol Byerly

My name is Rad Byerly and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago. I tried several physical therapy approaches which for some reason or another failed me. One company went bankrupt. Then Carol learned about the “Y” boot camp now known as Gary Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network Foundations Class. I have been coming regularly for Read More …

Gary Sobol

Hi, I am Gary Sobol, founder and CEO of GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network. Today, January 10th, 2014, is two years to the day that we had the first Parkinson’s exercise class. Since that time we have more than quadrupled the number of class members, quadrupled the number of instructors, quadrupled the number of class types offered Read More …

KB Berman

My name is Kathy Berman. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in February, 2003. I stared attending the Foundations class about 2 years ago. This class has improved my function by helping me improve my handwriting. My handwriting had deteriorated so much that I couldn’t read it and that meant that certainly my friends couldn’t Read More …

Mike Eikenberry

I have had Parkinson’s for 20 years and DBS for 9 years. I have found Gary’s fitness classes to be a serious and professional program, but also always upbeat and positive. Gary takes it upon himself to learn and use the 30-40 names of people in each class. The participants in the program vary from Read More …

Sue Haran

Hi, my name is Sue. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2008. My neurologist told me early on that exercise is being found to be as useful to the Parky person as medication are. Lucky me! I love to exercise and Richard Pagel, a trainer at Boulder’s YMCA was interested in working with individuals Read More …

Sandy Rothman

Hello, my name is Sandy Rothman. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2012. I started attending the Foundation’s Class about nine months ago. This class has been amazing at improving my balance, my agility and my strength. I had been on a cane for some time when I came into this class, even before Read More …

Gary Flebbe

My name is Gary Flebbe. The major changes I have noticed are that I am more aware of my body posture and can feel myself becoming stronger overall. I also look forward to the camaraderie of the instructors and members of the class. Even though I am tired after class I am energized overall. My Read More …

Nancy Mayer

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Variant Primary in late summer. The day after I got my diagnosis, I came to Gary Sobol’s Parkinson’s Boot Camp (now called Foundations) and I’ve been happily attending ever since. Gary is an extremely inspirational class leader and the fact that he also has Parkinson’s provides additional motivation for those Read More …

George Keenen

I have had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for about seven years. Like many a PD-sufferer, I’ve tried many things. That includes Carbidopa made from Mung Beans and powder made from the spores of Chinese red fungus. I have had two deep brain stimulation surgeries (DBS) and I have tried pills in various combinations and strengths. So Read More …

Connie Callahan

I started this program in October after much prompting from my sons. By Christmas I felt like a new person. I had been invited to a Christmas party. Everyone commented on my appearance and attitude (much more positive) and overall my “happy face”. I believe all the Parkinson people have been truly helped by taking Read More …

Nancy McCarthy

I have taken classes with Gail Borden for the past year. I never missed a class! The exercises are basic but they have a direct relationship to establishing new pathways in the brain. An extra bonus is the relationships I’ve formed with my fellow mates.

Yoga Stretches You Can Do in Bed – by Wendy Christ, E-RYT

Soothing music, a scented candle.  Roll out your yoga mat…..Whoa!  Yoga needn’t be this complicated!  Here are a few great stretches for PWP that you can do while lying in bed.   All you need is 2 pillows.  Consider having someone read these directions to you the first time you do the exercises.  Once you get Read More …

Anna Pergola

Anna Pergola was initially accredited as a Qigong instructor in 1997 and has taught continually since then throughout metropolitan Denver. Some of the current forms she enjoys teaching include, T’ai Chi Chih®, TaijiFITTM, Moving for Better Balance, Coiling Silk Qigong, Five Animal Frolics and Taiji Ruler Qigong. She has shared the wide range of Qigong Read More …

Wendy Christ

Wendy Christ has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years.  She is an enthusiastic and caring teacher who constantly offers modifications so everyone can safely enjoy their experience.  Her intention is to bring joy and a sense of humor to her classes, while offering a non-competitive environment.  Wendy’s certifications include: Experienced Registered Yoga Read More …

Whitney Garcia

Whitney has worked in older adult fitness for over 10 years, and at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder, CO in their Wellness Center for nine years teaching classes, doing personal training, and assisting clients of various levels and abilities in the fitness center.  She became the Director of Physical Fitness and Wellness in August Read More …

Teacher Gary Sobol knows firsthand that exercise helps people with Parkinson’s Disease

BOULDER — Even after two years of medical and physical therapy to treat Parkinson’s disease, Joan Knapp had trouble walking unassisted and getting up from a chair. So when she attended her first Parkinson’s Boot Camp exercise class at the Boulder YMCA last March, her jaw dropped. She watched, incredulous, Parkinson’s patients carefully rising from their Read More …

Trina Faatz

Masters of Art : University of Northern Colorado, Geriatric Management and Administration Horticulture  Therapist Denver Botanic Gardens Therapy Programs Colorado Certified Geriatric Case Manager Board of Director: Voices for Children/Court Appointed Special Advocate program, Boulder County Employed privately as a Care Manager for elder and disabled clients in Boulder County She is a mother of Read More …

Tracey Long, MPH, ACSM HFS

Tracey is a public health consultant, fitness trainer with a specialty certification in older adult fitness, cancer exercise trainer and fitness instructor. She has worked in health, nutrition and fitness for 22 years. She enjoys teaching a variety of fitness classes, including yoga. Tracey is looking forward to teaching classes for GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network. Read More …

Viki Psihoyos

Parkinson Dance instructor Viki Psihoyos has trained with the Brooklyn-based Dance for PD program, where retired professional dancers apply their experience and teaching skills to movement classes specially designed for the Parkinson’s community. Viki’s class is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. In chairs, at a bar and moving across the floor, Read More …

Jacqueline Teuscher

Jacqueline Teuscher is a Licensed Massage Therapist in practice for 14 years, Certified in Sports and Orthopedic Massage, and an ACE-certified Personal Trainer. She is passionate about helping People with Parkinson’s and has seen first-hand the powerful and positive change in Parkinson’s symptoms that exercise creates. She, along with Eva Gibbon, teaches GZS Parkinson’s Network Read More …

Eva Gibbon

Eva Gibbon is a Certified Polestar Pilates Instructor, teaching Pilates for 10 years.  Interests and involvement include exercise for people with Parkinson’s, MS and the aging population.  Presently teaching in Steamboat Springs and Hayden Colorado. Contact info: eva57gibbon@gmail.com

Dance for Parkinsons

Viki’s Dance for Parkinsons class is an aesthetic experience that uses the elements of narrative, imagery, music and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression. Participants of all degrees of mobility start the class with seated, simple warm up movements.  The group progresses to Read More …

Yoga, Tai Chi, and Movement for People With Parkinson’s

This class will include yoga, qi gong, and other exercises specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s. These practices are calming and have positive effects on the parasympathetic nervous system.  Learning to move mindfully and bringing each movement to completion will help prevent falls.  Visualization and learning to focus internally teaches the body to overcome a Read More …