Our Team

PWR! Therapists, Instructors, employees, and volunteers are dedicated to making a difference and do everything in their power to ensure our members are happy and comfortable. We provide all of our members with kindness and consideration, as we want everyone to feel comfortable while working to meet their goals. Our goal is to Make Function Exercise and strive to play a major role in the retention of self-confidence, empowerment, physical gains and cognitive improvement.

We are always looking for like minds to join us, so please contact us if you are looking for the opportunity to make a difference or would like to volunteer at the PWR!Gym® or at one of our exercise events. We will be glad to have you with us!

PWR! Staff  &  PWR!Gym®  Staff

Kimberly Peute – JD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

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Kimberly Peute joined PWR! in 2015 with a background in portfolio and project management spanning both government and commercial sectors. Working for the Air Force, she oversaw the planning, scheduling, and execution of processes in a developmental flight test organization, during which time she became a certified Master Trainer in Theory of Constraints Portfolio Management.

Upon leaving civil service, she took on a new role as a management consultant and worked with clients in industries ranging from ice cream to submarines. Helping dozens of companies design and implement transformational changes, her efforts have helped clients increase on-time project completions, reduce project lead times, more effectively utilize resources, align organizational policies and processes, and achieve breakthroughs in bottom-line performance. Kim is proud to put her skills to use as part of the passionate and professional PWR! team. Kimberly holds a JD from the University of Arizona, an MBA from Webster University, a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa. She is an avid runner and cyclist, a travel addict, and a lifelong pianist.

Becky Farley – PhD, MS, PT

Chief Scientific Officer & Founder

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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!. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Arizona, her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina, and her Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Oklahoma. In her capacity as an expert on exercise for people with Parkinson disease, Dr. Farley delivers public and medical seminars across the US and world. Her postdoctoral research, for which she was awarded an R21 NIH grant, investigated the muscle activation deficits underlying bradykinesia in people with PD. Dr. Farley completed a randomized clinical trial to establish the benefits of LSVT BIG®, the first whole-body, amplitude- focused, physical and occupational therapy exercise approach for individuals with PD.

Dr. Farley is also the creator of PWR!Moves, a Parkinson-specific skill training approach that directly targets the training of amplitude into building blocks of function, where each of the building blocks counteracts a primary motor control deficit known to interfere with everyday mobility. Since 2006, Dr. Farley has been training therapists and fitness professionals, teaching them to work together to create rehabilitation and community exercise programs that apply neuroplasticity-based principles of practice to work toward shared PD-specific functional goals.

Stemming from her belief that lifelong access to integrated rehabilitation and community exercise and wellness programming is what’s necessary to optimize and perpetuate functional mobility benefits and to slow disease progression, Dr. Farley’s current focus is the publication of research using data from the Tucson-based PWR!Gym facility and integrating new research into PWR!Moves workshops and PWR!Gym programming.

Kristi Weber, M.Ed., M.S.

Operations Manager

Kristi is an exercise physiologist, clinical nutritionist, certified health coach and above all someone who loves to get things done!  She has been in the wellness space for over 25 years (11 years in Tucson) and has most recently worked at Canyon Ranch as well as at Miraval.  Throughout her career, she has inspired, motivated, and educated individuals and organizations.  Having served eight years in the Marine Corps taught her discipline and persistence.  Kristi started at PWR! in Dec 2020 and enjoys belonging to the PWR! family.  She has a BS in Kinesiology, an MEd in Exercise Science, and an MS in Human Nutrition.  As a native of northern Wisconsin, she loves the warm weather in Tucson with her 11-year-old son Cassidy, husband (and former Marine) Ken and Great Dane puppy Athena. Kristi also has a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s CORe program. She enjoys ultra-running, staying current with integrative medicine practices and various aspects of business.    

When not at work, Kristi can be found gracing the friendly skies at Tucson International Airport working on her private pilot license, training for 100-mile running races, watching her 11-year old son play basketball, or knocking things off her 40-item bucket list. 

Catherine D. Printz, PT, DPT, NCS
Board Certified Neurologic Specialist
Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies

Catherine (Cat) specializes in neurological physical therapy. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiological Sciences in 2006, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from The George Washington University in 2009. Following graduation, she worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the University of California, both in San Diego and San Francisco, where she 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.

In her free time, Cat enjoys running, biking, acting as a diabetes advocate, and spending time with her young son.

Jennifer Bazan-Wigle, PT, DPT, CEEAA®
PWR!Gym Physical Therapist

Dr. Jennifer Bazan-Wigle began her first career in 1992 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Arizona University. She taught science for the Department of Defense Schools in Asia and Europe for 10 years, and then in Miami, FL. In 2010, she graduated as a doctor of physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Jennifer moved to Tucson, AZ after graduation and began working in an inpatient rehabilitation setting with the neurological population. Since 2013, Jennifer has been applying her enthusiasm and expertise at the PWR!Gym® as lead physical therapist. She is treating individuals and providing group exercise instruction to people with Parkinson disease and various movement disorders. Jennifer is involved with community-based research projects being performed at the PWR! Gym, with presentation of posters at the International Movement Disorder Congress, APTA IV Step Conference, and World Parkinson Congress. She is also training other therapists and fitness instructors in the “Exercise4BrainChange” principles to help bring evidenced-based therapy and exercise to communities all over the U.S.

Shelley Hockensmith, PT
Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
PWR!Gym Physical Therapist

 

Shelley Hockensmith is a southern Indiana native and graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville in 2003. She moved to Tucson in 2005 and has since spent the majority of her career in outpatient neurological therapy with specialized training in balance and vestibular disorders and movement disorders. She has been board-certified by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy as a neurologic clinical specialist since 2008. Shortly after moving to Tucson she was introduced to Dr. Becky Farley and, through that mentorship, was heavily influenced by the power of exercise in the treatment of Parkinson disease. Shelley officially joined the PWR! team in 2019 and is thrilled to share her diverse knowledge of neurologic conditions for complex client presentations and fulfill her passion to help people feel and move better. Outside of the PWR!Gym, Shelley loves her desert gardens and is an avid exerciser, which helps her keep up with her two very active children.

Calli Hutchison, PT, DPT
PWR!Gym Physical Therapist

Calli first discovered her passion for working with people with Parkinson disease in 2014, when she was an undergraduate working on a research study on activity levels in people with PD. A few years later, she first joined the PWR! family in 2017 on a clinical rotation as a physical therapy student at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Calli found working at the PWR!Gym so deeply rewarding that, after graduation, she moved to Tucson and accepted a position as one of our full-time physical therapists. In addition to treating clients, Calli organizes our Wellness Series and social events.

Amy Holthaus, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

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!

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

Jenna Munson
Therapy Coordinator

Jenna came to the PWR! team with a wide range of previous experience working in medical and physical therapy offices. She spent some of her career working in pediatrics, but has found that she loves listening to and learning from more seasoned clients, just like the ones we see at the PWR!Gym. Jenna finds fulfilment in helping our clients navigate their PD journeys, seeing them happy and successful, and knowing that they have access to PD-specific services that will help them get better and stay better longer.

Nancy Nelson
Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist
Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate ®, Tucson

 

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 the NeuroFit Faculty and to be able to share her expertise with participants across the US and world.

Natalie Comerford-Dadey, CPI, BSRT, RRT, RPSGT
Exercise Therapist

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.

Pam Crocco
Parkinson Disease Exercise Specialist

Pam is a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and PWR!Moves Certified Instructor. Pam enjoys working at the PWR! Gym and helping people at all levels with functional mobility, healthy living, and finding the motivation to stay active.

Carla Perez
Exercise Therapist

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.

Lauren Spradlin
Education Manager

Lauren Spradlin is PWR!’s Education Manager. While her formal training is in linguistics, Lauren’s graduate studies also included work in assessment and curriculum design and development, pedagogical methods, academic editing and publication, and conference organizing. In addition to teaching linguistics and education courses across New York City, Lauren coordinated Intercambio de Idiomas, a functional literacy class for speakers of indigenous, underdocumented languages of Mexico and Guatemala who lived in her neighborhood of East Harlem.

After moving back to Tucson in 2017, Lauren joined the PWR! Staff and found that her skills transferred easily to the Workshops Office and Education Department. In her time at PWR!, the Education Department has trained over 1200 physical, occupational, and exercise therapists at workshops spanning 27 states and 4 countries, adding to the over 4300 professionals that have been PWR!Moves certified since 2010. Outside of the gym, Lauren enjoys crafting and spending time with her cat, Percival.

Shelbi Strube
Exercise Therapist

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.

Dominique Dominguez
Education Coordinator

Dominique (Dom) Dominguez is PWR’s new Education Coordinator at the PWR!Gym. He was born in Chandler, Arizona where he spent most of his time before moving to Tucson in 2016. Dom first joined the PWR! family as a PWR!Gym intern while he was completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences - Public Health from Northern Arizona University in 2019. Dom appreciates being able to apply his public health education to his work in PWR!’s Education Department. In his spare time, Dom enjoys exercising, visiting family, cooking, and spending time with his girlfriend, Taylor, and their Golden Retriever, Brody.