Active Living with Parkinson’s

Active Living with Parkinson’s

Virtual LIVE – April 27, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EST)

Introducing the Free Webinar on Active Living with Parkinson’s Disease with Dr. Joy A. Cochran PT, DPT, CEEAA and Guest Speakers Dr. Michael Braitsch (PT, DPT) and Wendy Wilkerson, MS.Ed, MFP-C. This informative webinar is designed to provide helpful insights and practical tips for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.

The webinar will cover a range of topics including the use of Activator Poles to improve balance and gait stride, as well as other strategies for living an active and healthy life with Parkinson’s disease. 

Dr. Joy A. Cochran PT, DPT, CEEAA is a highly skilled physical therapist with years of experience working with individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Michael Braitsch (PT, DPT) is a renowned expert in the field of physical therapy, with a focus on helping individuals with neurological conditions improve their quality of life. Wendy Wilkerson, MS.Ed, MFP-C is a certified fitness professional with extensive experience working with individuals living with Parkinson’s disease

Virtual LIVE – April 27, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EST)

Recording Available with Registration!

Parkinson's Before & After Using ACTIVATOR® Poles:


Harry McMurtry who has Parkinson’s, completed the highly acclaimed event 500 Miles for Parkinson’s from New York to Toronto by walking 15 miles per day.  Early in his journey, Harry started using the ACTIVATOR® Poles which he called a Game Changer.


Dr. Joy A. Cochran

Dr. Joy is a physical therapist passionate about treating the neurologic and older adult populations.  She feels there is a disconnect between the current healthcare system and discharge to evidence-based fitness programs/reintegration back into the community.  As well, as a lack of encouragement to be proactive about one’s overall health.  Dr. Joy’s goal is to create a wellness community that:  1.  Empowers clients to thrive, play, grow, and have FUN with movement 2.  Live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life  3.  Believes exercise is the best medicine!

Dr. Joy graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University in 2016.  She is a Credentialed Balance and Falls Professional and Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult  (CEEAA) through the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a Master Trainer for Urban Poling, and also holds certifications specific to treating Parkinson’s Disease – PWR! Moves, Rock Steady Boxing (RSB), and LSVT BIG.  Dr. Joy is experienced in treating complex conditions, such as; Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), stroke, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), amputees, balance, and vestibular

Guest Speakers

Wendy Wilkerson is a Master Trainer at Urban Poling.

Wendy Wilkerson

  • Owner of Rock Steady Boxing Virginia Beach, LLC, dba Empowerment! Wellness, dba HEALTH-E-FIT Hampton Roads
  • Rock Steady Boxing Certified Coach
  • PWR! Certified Instructor
  • MS Fitness Specialist
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer

Dr. Michael Braitsch

Michael Braitsch, PT, DPT is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, a former amateur fighter, a former kinesiology professor, and an internationally certified fight referee.

In addition to treating individual patients, Braitsch runs group exercise programs steeped in leading evidence from physical therapy and exercise science to help people with chronic and progressive conditions move and feel better.

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