Host of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s & the Michael J Fox Foundation Podcasts.
Discover how to be instrumental in helping your clients achieve high priority goals including greater independence and active community participation with friends and family as well as increased confidence levels for walking with our ACTIVATOR Poles!
Prescribed as best practices for neuro rehabilitation in Canada and abroad, ACTIVATOR Poles improve all aspects of gait including: stride, posture, speed and arm swing (see video below). Patented ACTIVATOR Poles are recognized as an effective option to canes to delay or reduce the use of walkers (under the direction of a physical therapist).
PLUS – Learn tons of new and dynamic seated and standing exercises to improve balance,
range of movement while inspiring your client to love exercising!
Dr. Sunhan Anderson
– Mandy Shintani, reg. occupational therapist & gerontologist (CAN)
Developer of the evidence-based and patented ACTIVATOR® poles and program
– Dr. Sunhan Anderson, Neurological & – Orthopedic Physical Therapist.
– Wendy Wilkerson, M.S., Founder of Rock Steady Boxing Virginia Beach, LLC dba Empowerment! Wellness.
Instructor Course – 12 to 2 pm EST
Audience: fitness instructors
UP Instructor Course
- Pre-Conference Virtual Warm UP – Barb Gormley
Instructor Course for Fitness Professionals – Mandy Shintani & Diana Oliver
- Agenda: Intro, Benefits (fitness related), Urban Poling Technique, Assessment, Contraindications, Activator Technique.
Activator Course for Rehab Professionals – 4 to 6 pm EST
Audience: physical therapists, occupational therapists, PTAs, OTAs, ATs
UP Activator Course
Presented by: Mandy Shintani, OT & Gerontologist
Agenda: Intro, Research, ACTIVATOR Technique, Assessment, Contraindications, Urban Poling Technique
Parkinson’s Session – 2 to 4 pm EST (for both Instructors & Therapists).
- Welcome & Agenda – Diana Oliver & Mandy Shintani
- Perspectives from patients with Parkinson’s
- Guidelines for Group Exercise Programs
- Seated, Standing & Gait Exercises – Sunhan Anderson, physical therapist
- More Exercise Ideas with poles & other devices – Wendy Wilkerson
Instructor course & PD Session: 4 ACE, 4 ACSM, 4 FAI
ACTIVATOR course & PD Session: 4 Procert with FSBPA, 4 ACSM
reg OT (BC) & gerontologist
Vancouver, BC Canada
Mandy Shintani is an occupational therapist with more than 30 years of experience as well as being a gerontologist and international conference speaker on Nordic walking/urban poling for rehabilitation and fitness. Fifteen years ago, she applied her skills as an occupational therapist to develop the Activator Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation, which are evidence-based and the focus of 15 current studies. Research on the Activator poles has been presented at international conferences and poster presentations including; International Stroke Congress, Canadian & UK National Physical Therapy Association Conference, International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease in Australia, ACPIN Neuro conference (UK), the National Fall Prevention conference (Canada) and the Western USA occupational therapist conference.
More than 5,500 therapists and wellness professionals in Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland and most recently in the USA have completed her courses developed for fitness and rehabilitation. Mandy has been featured on numerous occasions in the national media and was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
DPT BSc, ON Canada
Sunhan completed her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2006 at the University of Minnesota. She is certified in: the LSVT BIG, PWR! Moves, and Rock Steady Boxing program. Sunhan is currently working towards a diploma in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy.
Wendy has over 14 years experience in the health and wellness field including, cardiac rehabilitation, orthopedic and neurological physical therapy.
She is a member of the MedFit network, a professional membership organization for fitness and allied professionals.
Received both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Exercise Science and Wellness from Old Dominion University. Founder of Rock Steady Boxing Virginia Beach, LLC dba Empowerment! Wellness
Specialty certifications include:
- Rock Steady Boxing Coach
- PWR! Certified Instructor
- Urban Poling Instructor
- Let’s Face It Together Instructor
- Multiple Sclerosis Fitness Specialist