PWR! Wellness Series: Movement Disorder Alleviation Therapy

Movement Disorder Alleviation Therapy

Philip R. Johnson, PhD

Movement Disorder Alleviation Therapy (MDAT)™, developed by Philip Johnson, is a non-medical intervention for treating motor and non-motor symptoms of movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). In this presentation, Dr. Johnson will review the protocol for MDAT™, discuss results from two case studies, and present findings from a study he is currently conducting. If time permits, Dr. Johnson will conclude with a brief neuromuscular relaxation training session.

November 21st, 2019 4:00-5:30PM

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“EmPWR” Yourself! – Wellness Series


Dawn Hecht, MS, CCC-SLP will be presenting an educational and informational discussion on the exciting new and affordable choices you have in independent living, assisted living, private care homes and memory support. She will also discuss the TEN important things you must do in the year prior to moving into a retirement home. Be empowered and be your own advocate for what YOU would like in the future!

October 17, 2019

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By phone at 520-591-5346
or by email at

PWR! Wellness Series: Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among people over 60 years old. The base cause of most falls is fear. This presentation will look at what causes fear, how it works to make a fall likely, and what we can do to lessen fear and fall risk. It will look at systems of balance as well as environmental and physical factors that can be lessened to make people safer.

September 19th, 2019 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | at the PWR!Gym

Presented by: Tom Plyman, Master Trainer, A Matter of Balance

Our free Wellness Series events are scheduled for the third Thursday of the month at 4pm and are open to the public. Please share with or invite anyone in the community who may be interested in or benefit from attending. Please RSVP at 520-591-5346.

Mark Your Calendar to watch live on Youtube. Times listed are in Arizona Time. (Non Daylight Savings).



What can you do when your movement disorder gets you TWISTED UP on the OUTSIDE?


Dystonia may be the reason why your muscles twist in ways that you do not want them to. Dystonia is a disorder that causes involuntary, repetitive, twisting muscle movements. It can occur on its own, or with Parkinson disease.

On August 15, 2019, come learn the following:

  • What is dystonia?
  • How do I know if I have dystonia?
  • How can I treat my dystonia?
  • What resources exist for me, if I do have dystonia?


The PWR!Gym’s own Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies, Catherine Printz, PT, DPT, NCS, will lead the PWR!Gym Wellness Series in an interactive discussion on the details of dystonia, specifically as it relates to Parkinson disease and other types of parkinsonism.



August 15th,  2019

4:00 pm-5:30 pm

RSVP at:

or 520-591-5346

Join an interactive discussion with the PWR!Gym’s own Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies, Catherine Printz, on the details of dystonia as it relates to Parkinson Disease and other types of parkinsonisms. Dystonia is involuntary, repetitive, twisting muscle movements. Cat specializes in treating movement disorders, atypical parkinsonisms, & dystonias. RSVP to learn more!


About the speaker:

Catherine (Cat) specializes in treating people with movement disorders, including idiopathic Parkinson disease, atypical parkinsonisms, and dystonias.  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.  She is board-certified as a neurologic certified specialist by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.  She joined the PWR!Gym as a staff physical therapist in 2018, and recently accepted a role as the new Director of Rehabilitative and Exercise Therapies in 2019.


Documents & Handouts from Series

Please note that some of the wellness series do not have materials available to download. The handout availability depends on the topic and permissions of presenter. Thank you!

Speech, Swallowing and Cognition in Parkinson, September 21st, 2017
Janet Hawley, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Pathologist, University of Arizona professor

Medical Marijuana and Followup, August and October, 2017
Kathy Inman and Adriana Tysenn
Followup by Dr. Becky Farley

The Importance of Getting a Good Nights Sleep, Thurs, March 16, 2017
Nancy Nelson

Nutrition and PD Symptoms, Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Vanessa Leschak

Optimizing your Medications, Tuesday, October 4th
Becky Farley, PT, MS, PHD