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

Dr. Adrian Hutber PhD, MS

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Adrian Hutber, PhD, MS, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of PWR!. He joins PWR! from his previous Vice President position at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), where he was the executive staff member leading the Exercise is MedicineR Global Health Initiative (EIM), a multi-organizational, multi-national initiative co-founded by ACSM and the American Medical Association to integrate the scientifically proven benefits of physical activity to prevent and treat chronic disease into the world’s health care systems. Adrian has been invited to give keynote lectures and presentations about physical activity and chronic disease at US and international scientific and medical conferences on five continents and has helped to establish more than 40 EIM National Centers, all with the goal of making physical activity assessment, prescription, and referral part of health care systems globally.

Adrian previously served as the vice president of a fitness corporation and as the Director of the Distance Education Division of the world’s largest physical activity publisher, Human Kinetics.

Dr. Hutber has numerous publications in physiology and sports medicine scientific journals and continues to serve on the editorial board or as a reviewer for medical and scientific journals.

In his spare time, Adrian enjoys driving sports cars and motorcycles on both the road and track, is a black belt martial artist, and has coached dance sport.

Kimberly Peute – JD, MBA

Chief Operations Officer

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Kimberly joined PWR! in 2015 with a background in portfolio and project management that spanned both the government and commercial sectors. Working for the Air Force, she oversaw the planning, scheduling, and execution processes in a developmental flight test organization, during which time she became a certified Master Trainer in Theory of Constraints Portfolio Management. She has also worked with government agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration and with other branches of the military in both logistics and acquisition management.

Upon leaving civil service, she took on a new role as management consultant and worked with clients ranging in industries 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. She has coached management executives, mid-level managers and project teams on project management principals and through process improvement initiatives. Kimberly is proud to be part of the passionate and professional team at Parkinson Wellness Recovery and use her skills and experience to help bring PWR! to the next level of organizational success.

Kimberly holds a JD from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, a MBA from Webster University and a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa. She is an avid runner and cyclist, a travel addict, a lifelong pianist, and a breast cancer survivor.

Becky Farley – PhD, MS, PT

Chief Scientific Officer & Founder

IMG_1256-280x300Dr. Farley received a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma. She has over 30 years of experience in neurorehabilitation, and is currently the CRO/Founder of the nonprofit Parkinson Wellness Recovery | PWR!. and a Physiology Associate at the University of Arizona. During her post-doc, Dr. Farley studied bradykinesia, developed the LSVT®BIG exercise program, and completed an NIH funded randomized clinical trial documenting its’ short-term efficacy (3-months).

To increase real world carryover and allow for adaptability of large amplitude training across disease severity, Dr. Farley has now created a FUNctional PD-specific exercise program called PWR!Moves®.

PWR!Moves are building blocks for everyday movement and are performed with large amplitude, high effort, and attention to action in multiple postures (floor, sitting, standing). PWR!Moves can be can combined and progressed into a standalone exercise program or integrated into ANY exercise program, in ANY setting, by therapists and fitness professionals. In addition, Dr. Farley has integrated other essential research-based exercise components into her PWR!Moves program to optimize brain health and learning, and to better address all the motor, cognitive, and emotional symptoms of PD.

Dr. Farley is now training clinicians and fitness professionals to be PD-exercise experts to ensure the foundations of large amplitude FUNctional training and other essential research-components are implemented into a comprehensive PD-specific exercise and integrated throughout the Parkinson’s community. She is advocating that local PD-exercise experts join forces to allow people with PD to have access to comprehensive neuroplasticity-principled exercise programming for life, beginning at diagnosis. This is the type of paradigm shift that is necessary to truly slow disease progression. On February 2012, the doors to the first PWR!Gym, a Model Community NeuroFitness Center for people with Parkinson disease, were opened in Tucson, AZ to truly implement Exercise AS Medicine.

Additionally, Dr. Farley is a current member of the scientific committee of The European Parkinson Therapy Centre.

Lauren Spradlin is our PWR!Moves® Workshop Manager. 

She joined the PWR!Gym staff after moving back home to Tucson for a change of pace following 5 years working toward her Ph.D. in Linguistics in New York City, where her research focused on historical phonology, slang, and internet linguistics. In addition to teaching at Hunter College, City College of New York, the CUNY Graduate Center, and NYU, Lauren coordinated a literacy class for speakers of underdocumented languages in her neighborhood of East Harlem called Intercambio de Idiomas. Her experience organizing academic conferences and working as an academic editor have transferred well to running PWR!’s very busy Workshops Office, which has trained 3,685 therapists and fitness instructors in the PWR!Moves curriculum since 2010. Outside of the gym, Lauren enjoys crafting and spending time with her cat, Percival.

Nancy Nelson

PWR!Moves Certified Instructor

Nancy Nelson comes to us from Portland, Oregon. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and fitness specialist with over 15 years experience working with people with Parkinson’s disease and 30 years working in the health and wellness industry. In 2009, she founded her company, PDEX, LLC offering group classes and one on one personal training for people with Parkinson’s throughout the Portland area. Nancy has taught a number of evidence based programs and research projects for Parkinson’s disease for the Oregon Research Institute and Oregon Health Sciences University.   Prior to starting her business, Nancy had a long history with the YMCA. As Program Director, she was responsible for the operation of the Health and Wellness department.

Nancy first became associated with PWR! when she took her first Instructor Workshop in 2012.  For the past three years, she has volunteered at the PWR!Retreat.  Her passion is working to enhance the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease.

Shelly Dainty

Rehab Services Coordinator

 

Shelly Dainty is the new Rehab Services Coordinator at the PWR!Gym.  She has worked with several medical offices in different specialties, both as front desk staff and manager, but her favorite is physical therapy!  She looks forward to seeing clients succeed and feels grateful to be a part of that process. 

 

Catherine D. Printz, PT, DPT, NCS
Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies
PWR!Moves Certified Therapist

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. Since then, she worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the University of California, both in San Diego and San Francisco, where she was previously an Assistant Clinical Professor within UCSF’s School of Medicine. She is board-certified as a neurologic certified specialist by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. She holds several certifications specifically tailored to the treatment of patients with Parkinson disease; she is both a PWR!Moves Certified Therapist and Instructor, as well as certified in LSTV BIG. She joined the PWR!Gym in 2018 and is very excited to become part of the team!

In her free time, Cat enjoys running, biking, acting as a diabetes advocate, and spending time with her new baby boy.

Jennifer Bazan-Wigle – PT, DPT

PWR!Moves Certified 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” mail order effexor xr principles to help bring evidenced-based therapy and exercise to communities all over the U.S.

Emily Borchers – PT, DPT

PWR!Moves Certified Physical Therapist

IMG_8676-300x213Dr. Borchers joined our PWR! Team from Dayton, Ohio in September of 2014. Emily graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2010. In May of 2014, she graduated as a doctor of physical therapy from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She completed an internship at the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia where she gained experience working with people with Parkinson Disease and helped to implement a Parkinson-specific community boxing class. Along with being a PWR!Expert and resident Physical Therapist, Emily teaches the dance class here at the PWR!Gym in Tucson, AZ.

Carla Perez – PWR!Moves Certified Instructor

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Carla received her 200hr yoga certification in 2013 and found her passion, her calling and her joy when she began teaching as a yoga instructor working with seniors, those with Parkinson’s, thosewith dementia, adults with limited mobility, underserved populations, special needs populations, adults and children with full mobility and everything in between. She believes in the abilities and importance of each and every person that attends her class and hopes to guide students deeper into themselves by teaching them to move mindfully, to listen to their bodies, to breathe deeply and to slow down enough to tune in. She teaches classes ranging from flow yoga to slow yoga on the mat, yoga in a chair, playful yoga for children and more while bringing her own unique style to every class that she teaches.

She was trained as a PWR! Instructor in December 2014 to further her knowledge and to work more effectively with those diagnosed as having Parkinson’s disease. She began teaching PWR!classes as an instructor at the PWR! Gym in April 2015.

Andrea Kress – OTR/L

PWR!Moves Certified Occupational Therapist

IMG_3682Andrea completed a Master of Occupational Therapy from Ohio State University in 2010. Following clinical experiences in rehabilitation and psychiatric settings, Andrea moved to Tucson in 2011 where she began her career as an Occupational Therapist working in intensive inpatient rehabilitation.  Her focus is on helping patients achieve independence with their daily activities through individualized treatments with an emphasis on education, activity adaptations and environmental modifications.  Andrea also has experience working in outpatient rehab, home health and skilled nursing settings.

Andrea became a PWR! trained therapist in 2014 and joined the gym as an instructor in April, 2015, bringing her experience as an Occupational Therapist and enthusiasm for exercise to her classes.

Natalie Comerford Dadey – CPI, BSRT, RRT, RPSGT

PWR!Moves Certified Instructor

Natalie moved from New York to Tucson in 1994. She worked full time as a Veterinary assistant before going back to school for Respiratory Therapy. She earned registries in both Respiratory and Polysomnography while working in the UMC Neurophysiology lab as a sleep technologist. Natalie worked as part of the team at the university for eight years and then accepted a position as lead technologist, at the Sleep Center of Oro Valley Hospital in 2008.

Natalie completed her BSRT. through Pima Medical Institute and she has been part of that respiratory program as faculty, since 2013.

Having earned several certifications for different formats including Pilates, Barre’, PiYo and Silver Sneakers, Natalie has been working in varying capacities as a fitness instructor since 2007.

Natalie began volunteering at the PWR!Gym in August of 2013 and she feels very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to train as a PWR! Instructor. She began teaching for PWR!Gym in January 2014. After 14 years of working in Respiratory and Sleep medicine in a hospital setting, she resigned in June of 2014 in order to teach more exercise classes. She is looking forward to growing with the PWR!Gym. She feels that this has been such a positive experience. Natalie hopes that she has much to share, knows that she has much to learn and looks forward to the challenges of doing so. (She still works part time with kitty cats and she is a very proud cat mom.)

Claire McLean -DPT, NCS

PWR! Faculty and Consultant

Dr. Claire McLean is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. She graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California and has specialty training through the University of Southern California/Rancho Los Amigos Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program.

Dr. McLean worked as a neurologic clinical specialist at Hoag Hospital, an NPF Care Center from 2010 to 2015. Dr. McLean worked in the outpatient rehabilitation clinic primarily with clients with neurologic dysfunction with an emphasis on Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. She was on the interdisciplinary team assessing and treating patients prior to and after receiving Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery. Dr. McLean also coordinated and instructed multiple community exercise classes for individuals with PD following physical therapy.

Additionally, Dr. McLean is an Adjunct Faculty member instructing in USC’s entry-level doctorate program. She has instructed in continuing education courses on the topics of self-efficacy and executive function training for patients with neurologic dysfunction as well as for the LSVT® BIG program.

Dr. McLean has research experience working as an intervention therapist on the LEAPS (Locomotor Experience Applied Post-Stroke) trial, as an intervention therapist on multiple studies investigating the effect of exercise in people with Parkinson disease, and was the primary blinded evaluator for the California sites of the ICARE (Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation) trial.

Dr. McLean is currently pursuing her dream of starting a community wellness program for people with Parkinson’s in Southern California. Dr. McLean is also a member of the PWR!Faculty and continues to work closely with Dr. Farley and PWR! on the PWR! Workshops and the PWR! Retreat.

Board Members 2018

Officers

Jeanna Nash, PWR! Board Member Tucson ArizonaJeanna Nash, Chair

Jeanna Chandler Nash is a native Tucsonan and a partner with the Udall Law Firm (since 2003), practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, construction litigation, premises liability and professional liability defense. Jeanna’s grandmother, Helen Chandler (“Nana”), had Parkinson Disease and graduated from this earth in July of 2013. Jeanna’s interest in PWR! was initially driven by her concern and love for her Nana and wanting to gain a better understanding of the disease and the therapy and exercise PWR! implements to help people with the disease, in addition to her ongoing desire to “give back” to our wonderful community. Since joining the PWR! Board when it received its nonprofit status in 2011, and thereby being given the benefit of continuous education about PWR!, Jeanna has been so genuinely amazed and impressed by this organization, the people within the organization, and the benefits the organization provides to people with Parkinson Disease.

Gail Koshland, Vice Chair

 

Jared Simte, Finance Chair & Treasurer

As the Finance Chair and Treasurer, I aim to serve the PWR! community by leveraging my accounting and finance experience to ensure the finance committee effectively conveys the needs and health of PWR!'s financial position to the board.

As an indoor and outdoor volleyball coach since 2009, I have been an advocate of exercise. When first introduced to PWR! in January of 2016, the organization's mission and impact were immediately evident. I jumped at the opportunity to serve. PWR! is a community and, moreover, a family made up of individuals who strive to mitigate the effects of Parkinson's disease. I am inspired by the PWR! community and I look forward to serving this organization.

By day, I work as one of the grants and budget accountants of the biology business center at the University of Arizona. I am also a candidate in the Eller Evening MBA program and am slated to graduate in August of 2020.

Aimee Guerrero, Secretary

 

Aimee is a licensed Physical Therapist who graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont in 1992. She relocated to Tucson, AZ from Vermont and has worked in multiple settings including Acute Neurological Rehabilitation, Home Health PT, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Outpatient Rehabilitation. Her passion has always been Neurological disorders and since 2012 she has specialized in Vestibular Rehabilitation and has worked in the Carondelet Neurological Institute's Balance Center. She works with patients who have dizziness, vertigo, imbalance and frequent falls. She first found a passion for working with the Parkinson's population when she met Becky Farley and was able to see the impact of exercise on Parkinson's Disease. As a true proponent of exercise and a lifelong athlete as well as a PT it was a perfect fit. She is now the Clinical Coordinator of OP Neuro and Balance Rehabilitation at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital and one of the newest members of the Board of Directors for the PWR Gym. 

Directors

Martha Brumfield, Director

Martha A. Brumfield, PhD, is CEO & President of Critical Path Institute, an Arizona-based non-profit whose mission is to catalyze the development of new tools to advance medical product innovation and regulatory science by leading teams that share data, knowledge, and expertise resulting in sound, consensus-based science. In addition to the 15 consortia which C-Path manages; she and her staff are collaborating with regulators and other biomedical research consortia to inform evidentiary criteria for regulatory qualification decisions. Brumfield is a regulatory professional and executive leader with 25+ years’ experience in pharmaceutical product development strategy and implementation, regulatory strategy and policy advocacy. She spent over 20 years of her career at Pfizer in regulatory affairs and pharmacovigilance and served as senior vice president of worldwide regulatory affairs and quality assurance. She recently served as Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society Board of Directors and is currently President of the RAPS Affiliate Board. She is a Director and Secretary on the Board of the Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children. She is a member of the Steering Committee for Harvard & Brigham & Womens’ Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Initiative. She is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy.

Mary Carryer, Director

Mary is a retired banking executive who has lived in Tucson since 2007. She grew up in Canada, received her MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and pursued her banking career in San Francisco, Australia and Honolulu. She also has a long history of involvement in the non-profit sector.

Mary’s interest in Parkinson Disease started with the diagnosis of a family member. Visiting PWR! to learn more about the disease and the benefits of exercise for those with PD led her to a real appreciation for the mission of PWR! and the impact it has on those it serves. She is delighted to join the board in 2019 and looks forward to contributing to the organization’s future success.

Thom Cope, Director

Thom Cope is a Partner who practices in the firm’s Employment and Labor Section. Thom is licensed to practice in Nebraska, California and Arizona. He has served as a judge in the area of public employment law and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and Southwest Super Lawyers. Thom has tried over 80 jury trials to verdict, in all areas of Employment Law, represented numerous clients in Wage & Hour cases, and before the National Labor Relations Board in 47 years on practice. Additionally, he is a Mediator/Trainer for the Arizona Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. His latest book is “How Not to be a Stupid Manager.

John Ritchie, Director

John Ritchie is a new member of the PWR Board for 2018. John is a participant in the gym having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in March of 2012. He volunteered to join the board to serve as representative of the gym membership. In late January he spent two days visiting all of the classes offered by the gym. He did this to become familiar with all of the classes and to have the opportunity to introduce himself to the gym members as their representative.

John has a Bachelors Degree in English and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona. He also has administrative certification for grades K - 12. John served as a teacher and principal for 33 years in the Amphitheater Public School District in Tucson and finished his career by serving three years as the middle school principal for El Colegio Nido de Aguilas which  is the American International School in Santiago, Chile.

John is a committed advocate for the PWR Gym. He feels that his symptoms have not progressed since being diagnosed and joining the gym six years ago. He attributes the delayed progress in large part to the exercise regimen that he has maintained at the gym.

Finally, John will be serving as a member of the fundraising committee on the PWR Board.

Betty Rohde, Director

Betty previously spent thirty years in the private sector developing and implementing training programs for Fortune 500 companies. This past experience focused primarily with institutions in the banking and finance arena. She is excited to bring both that discipline and structure to this new endeavor. During this time much of her responsibility dealt with personal and business finance.

She is looking forward to create personal relationships and to utilize skills that have been developed over the past three decades to better those afflicted with Parkinson Disease.

Naren Velu, Director

Naren founded Astra in 2007 to focus on the IFS market and has since grown the Astra team into a well-respected unit and valuable partner for IFS North America. He brings over 20 years of ERP systems experience to the company. After graduating with a master’s degree in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona, he started developing and implementing ERP system functionality for several companies, including IFS. At IFS he held positions as software designer and developer within R&D, North America manager of the localization team, and product manager. Naren also holds an MBA from the Eller College, University of Arizona.

Naren lives in Tucson, AZ, where he is active in the local business community. He serves on the board of a non-profit organization dedicated to improving Parkinson’s disease, assisting with fundraising and board management activities. An avid outdoor person, he enjoys hiking, biking, tennis, and golf.