Our Team

At PWR!, our amazing staff works with people with Parkinson's all day, every day.  We know that exercise is critical to overall health and wellbeing, and we've been integrating PD-specific exercise and wellness for our clients for over a decade.

We're excited to join you on your PD wellness journey.

In addition to the Parkinson disease exercise specialists you'll see on-screen, we're supported by our executive leadership, our Board of Directors, and our invaluable volunteers. Scroll down to get to know your PWR! team.

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Becky Farley, MS, PhD Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Dr. Becky Farley is a physical therapist, neuroscientist, and Parkinson exercise specialist, as well as the Chief Scientific Officer and Founder of Parkinson Wellness Recovery | PWR!. As an expert on exercise for people with PD, Dr. Farley delivers seminars across the world and leads our professional education faculty.  Since 2006, Dr. Farley has been sharing her expertise and has trained thousands of therapists and fitness professionals, teaching them how to more effectively work with people with Parkinson’s and to work together to best support them as they work toward achieving PD-specific functional and quality of life goals.

Becky is also the creator of PWR!Moves, a Parkinson-specific skill training approach that uses exercise to directly target specific PD symptoms to help with everyday functional mobility.  Becky teaches a variety of our exercise classes, so you’ll have the opportunity to do your PWR!Moves with their creator.  With her expert guidance, you’ll know that you’re getting high-quality workouts and gaining an understanding of how to use the PWR!Moves throughout your daily life.

Becky offers physical therapy to clients in Arizona and California wellness consultations to those outside of Arizona and California.

Outside the PWR!Gym, Becky loves cycling, yoga, and gardening (even though she’s almost certainly still thinking about new programming, our research, and advances in PD exercise science during those activities.) 😊  Becky has dreamed of an online resource like our Virtual Experience for over a decade, and is thrilled that it’s finally up and running.  She is so excited to share her knowledge, get people with PD across the US and world moving, and to help an even broader population get better and stay better with exercise.

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Calli Hutchison, DPT Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Calli first discovered her passion for working with people with Parkinson disease in 2014, as an undergrad working on a PD research study.  A few years later, she first joined the PWR! family as a physical therapy student on a clinical rotation. Calli found working at the PWR!Gym so deeply rewarding that, after graduation, she accepted a position as one of our full-time physical therapists, and she, her husband, and their three cats, Nugget, Peanut, and Khaleesi, moved to Tucson. In addition to treating clients, Calli organizes our Wellness Series and social events.

Calli offers physical therapy to clients in Arizona and wellness consultations to those outside of Arizona.

Outside the gym, Calli loves to travel—she’s been to four continents and she and her husband, Taylor, visit craft breweries everywhere they travel to.

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Carla Perez Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Carla is a 200 E-RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher), PWR!Moves Certified Instructor, and Rock Steady Boxing coach.

She has specialized in working with seniors and has over 7 years’ experience teaching active movement and seated movement. Carla offers chair and active yoga to a wide variety of people in the Tucson community, including people with Parkinson’s.

Carla believes that all we can do is keep moving through life, find those who motivate us to stay active, and surround ourselves with those who remind us to keep believing in ourselves. She hopes to motivate people and remind them of their strength for a long time to come.

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Catherine D. Printz, DPT Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist
Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Catherine (Cat) specializes in neurological physical therapy, has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the University of California in San Diego and San Francisco, and served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF’s School of Medicine. Cat is board-certified as a neurologic certified specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and holds several certifications specifically tailored to the treatment of patients with Parkinson disease; she is a PWR!Moves Certified Therapist and Instructor, as well as certified in LSVT BIG. She joined the PWR!Gym in 2018 as a staff physical therapist and now serves as the Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies.

Cat offers physical therapy to clients in Arizona and wellness consultations to those outside of Arizona.

In her free time, Cat enjoys running, biking, acting as a diabetes advocate, and spending time with her young son, who loves dinosaurs almost as much as he loves the family’s three Bengals, Thor, Loki, and Squeakers.

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Jennifer Bazan-Wigle, DPT, CEEAA® Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Jennifer Bazan-Wigle has worked in neurological rehabilitation for the entirety of her physical therapy career and has focused on people with Parkinson disease since 2013.  She specializes in one-on-one rehabilitation, specifically for those with freezing of gait and advanced PD, and group exercise instruction.  Jennifer is a senior member of our professional education faculty and, in addition to delivering countless presentations on PD, has delivered over 70 training workshops across the US and world.  In doing so, Jennifer has helped thousands of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and fitness professionals implement evidence-based rehabilitation and group exercise for people with Parkinson disease.

Jenn loves exercising and teaching exercise therapy classes (and even owns more workout clothes than regular clothes!).  Jenn teaches all kinds of classes, but you’ll see her most frequently in our cardio and circuit classes.

Jenn offers physical therapy to clients in Arizona and California and wellness consultations to those outside of Arizona and California. 

Outside the gym, Jenn and her chocolate lab, Ripp, go hiking every morning, and in the summer months, Ripp adorably finishes up by taking a flying leap into the pool.  Jenn also loves music and dancing, cooking, and traveling—two of her favorite trips ever were spent diving in Palau and exploring shrines in Nikko, Japan.

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Nancy Nelson, ACE-CPT Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Nancy Nelson brings over 30 years of experience in the health and wellness industry to her role as Exercise Therapy Programs Manager at the PWR!Gym. An avid proponent of continued education and training, she holds numerous credentials, including an ACE Personal Trainer certification, a Rock Steady Boxing certification, a Delay the Disease certification, Brian Grant Foundation training, Group Exercise Instructor training, and Parkinson Exercise Specialist.

For the past 15 years, Nancy has worked almost exclusively with people with Parkinson disease.  In 2009, Nancy founded her company, PDEX, LLC, to offer group classes and personal training for people with Parkinson’s throughout Portland, Oregon. During this time, she also taught evidence-based programs and conducted research projects with a focus on patients with Parkinson’s disease and cancer for both the Oregon Health Sciences University and the Oregon Research Institute.

Nancy took her first PWR!Moves training in 2012, and in 2016, Nancy moved to Tucson to fulfill her dream of joining the PWR! team.  Most recently, Nancy is thrilled to join our professional education faculty and to be able to share her expertise with participants across the US and world.

You’ll take all kinds of classes with Nancy, including PD-specific boxing, cardio, and Tai Chi.  Outside of the gym, Nancy loves cycling, cooking, and her two English Springer Spaniels, Kimber and Hazel.

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Natalie Comerford-Dadey, CPI Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Natalie began teaching for the PWR!Gym in 2013. Her love of mat Pilates, a format she had been teaching since 2007, opened the door to becoming a PWR!Moves Certified Instructor.  Natalie will tell you that she sees this as a gift in her life which evolved into further training, more teaching opportunities, and ultimately a change of careers. Prior to teaching exercise classes full-time, Natalie spent 14 years in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine in hospital settings and 5 years teaching Polysomnography for Pima Medical Institute. During Natalie's time at PWR!, she has completed over 500 hours of comprehensive Pilates training and certification, as well as certifications for formats including Barre', PiYo, Silver Sneakers, Pop Pilates, and TRX. She loves working with special populations and having a positive impact on the quality of life for the individuals who attend her classes. Natalie hopes that she has much to share, knows that she has much to learn, and looks forward to the challenges of both.

Natalie loves cats and is a proud cat mom of Klaude, Gert, and Jax, who have all been known to make occasional appearances in Zoom meetings.  Additionally, Natalie spends Sundays and holidays working at a veterinary clinic for cats.

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Pandora Larsen, ACE-CPT, ACE-GFI Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Pandora specializes health and wellness and the unique needs of people as they age and has worked in the fitness industry for over 25 years. After beginning her career as an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer in 2010. In addition to her ACE credentials, Pandora is a PWR!Moves Certified Instructor, Rock Steady Boxing Coach, a TRX personal trainer, TRX group fitness instructor, Silver Sneakers instructor, RIPPED instructor, Tabata Bootcamp instructor, Pima Council on Aging Matter of Balance instructor, and an experienced long distance runner. Before joining the PWR! team, Pandora worked as a Wellness Coordinator for the YMCA and as a Lifestyle Director for the Highlands at Dove Mountain 55+ active adult community.

In her free time, Pandora loves to be outdoors running, biking, hiking, and camping. Spending time with her husband and 3 children is what she most treasures.

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Amy Holthaus, PT, DPT Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Amy is joining the PWR! team all the way from the small town of Fort Loramie, Ohio. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Health Science in 2018 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy with an Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health from The Ohio State University in 2021. Amy completed her final clinical experience at the PWR!Gym and found the experience so fulfilling that she accepted a full-time position as a physical therapist upon graduation. In her free time, Amy enjoys hiking, biking, running, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her niece and nephew!

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Kay Stout Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

My name is Kay Stout, I grew up in the Northeast of England and lived in Durham city before moving to Tucson AZ in 1998 with my husband and 2 children at the time!

I have worked for the Northwest Y for 14 years and held the position of the Wellness / Group ex Coordinator for 9 years, I oversaw the running of the Group ex classes, Personal training and the fitness Center. I decided to step away from this position and go back into my passion for Personal training and leading classes. I joined Ageility physiotherapy at the Forum at Tucson, which is in house Rehabilitation, where I work as a Personal trainer in the Senior living community.

I hold many specialties which include corrective, orthopedic exercise, and clinical exercise specialist. I love to be in classes teaching or Personal training out on the floor.

I am a proud and busy mam of 4 adult children, 2 boys and 2 girls, along with 3 cats and 1 dog!

On my days off you will find me traveling with my husband or my youngest daughter to explore the different states. My favorite places so far in Arizona are Jerome and Globe, I just love the history of these towns. 

Certified Personal Trainer AFAA |  Certified Group Ex Instructor AFAA | Certified Corrective Specialist NASM | Certified PES Specialist NASM

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Scott Riggs Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Scott has been teaching exercise classes for over 13 years. After receiving his 2nd degree black belt in Wado-Ryu karate in 2012, Scott started to explore ways to bring movement to everyone. Over the course of his career, Scott has taught Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Vinyasa Yoga, and Yin Yoga to a variety of ages and experience levels. Scott has also worked as a physical therapy tech, helping people recovering from surgery. In all of Scott’s lessons, the priority has always been accessibility and inclusivity. When Scott discovered PWR! he was so excited to find somewhere that aligned so well with his teaching philosophy, and jumped at the opportunity to become an exercise therapist. Scott’s favorite thing is playing board games and video games with his wife, and practicing martial arts at the park. 

SUPPORT STAFF

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Jennifer Thrasher

Therapy Coordinator

 

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Denise Gastellum

Therapy Coordinator

 

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Jenna Munson

Exercise Therapies Program Coordinator

 

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The PWR! Virtual Experience team is supported by our PWR!Gym facility, Board of Directors, and other PWR! staff. To read about the rest of the PWR! team, click the button below.

PRESENTERS

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Shelbi Strube, ACSM-CPT Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

As a new resident of Tucson, Shelbi Strube comes to us with energy and passion for people with Parkinson's. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Shelbi expanded her fitness knowledge by becoming ACSM certified in Exercise Physiology and a PWR!Moves Certified Instructor.  After spending a few years working as a personal trainer, Shelbi has recently switched to working exclusively with the geriatric population, where she developed a deep passion for working with people with PD.

Making use of her PWR!Moves certification, Shelbi has successfully created and implemented customized Parkinson's programs to help address each individual’s needs. The resilience of her Parkinson's clients in overcoming barriers and succeeding inspired Shelbi to join the PWR!Gym family with an eagerness to help encourage, uplift, and inspire people with PD to live their lives to the fullest. Shelbi is also a small business owner of an online personal training business for the general population for fat loss and muscle building called Shelbi Kate Fitness, LLC.

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Emily Borchers, PT, DPT

After joining the PWR!Gym staff out of PT school, Emily served as a Physical Therapist and presenter on the PWR! Virtual Experience through 2021. In the PWR! Virtual Experience Emily teaches a range of pre-recorded classes—including dance, HIIT, and cognitive challenge classes.