The First Annual PD Expo Day

A wellness day dedicated to those living with Parkinson's Disease
Stuart Blatt PHD, PT

August 12th, 2017

9am - 4pm

$20 per participant

Oakland University

Recreation and Well-Being Center

569 Pioneer Drive

Participate in wellness classes throughout the day including Dance for Parkinson's Disease, Rock Steady Boxing, The Recovery Project, McEntire Pilates, Stuart Blatt, PH.D, PT and more! Concluding with a talent show and raffle drawing!

Sponsored in part by Oakland University's Recreation and Well-Being Center and Oakland University Community Engagement Grant.

Follow these two easy steps to register today!

1. Click here to fill out and submit the registration forms.

2. Pay online or mail us a check! ($20 per participant)

Mail check to:

Take Root Attn: Ali Woerner

Department of Music, Theater and Dance

Oakland University

Varner Rm 207

371 Varner Dr.
Rochester MI 48309-4485

*Make check out to Take Root, Inc.

Pay online here:

* You may pay for more than one participant, however each participant must fill out individual registration forms. Thank you!

Information about The PD Expo


What's included in the $20 registration fee:

  • All class sessions

  • A T-shirt

  • Two raffle tickets

  • Lunch

About the class sessions that will be offered:

  • Dance for Parkinson's Disease

    • In a class taught by Ali Woerner, participants will be empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.  This class is an aesthetic experience that uses the elements of narrative, imagery, and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such PD specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression.

  • Rock Steady Boxing​​

    • In addition to being an intense and diverse form of training, boxing is also an incredible stress reliever, confidence booster and FUN!​  Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, balance, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At Rock Steady the opponent is Parkinson’s disease.

  • The Recovery Project​

    • Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) is an exercise-based program designed for all stages of Parkinson’s disease (PD).  The classes are research-based and organized into a variety of different intensities to accommodate the specific needs of each individual as well as the disease severity.  Classes uniquely address the cognitive, emotional, sensory and motor symptoms often associated with PD.

  • Stuart Blatt PHD, PT

    • Stuart Blatt, MA. PT, Ph.D, from Howell MI, is a physical therapist with 25 years of clinical experience, treating persons with various neurological injuries. Dr. Blatt received his doctoral degree from Michigan State University in the area of Adult Learning.

    • He is currently self employed as a physical therapist in his own company called Therapists on the Move which is a mobile outpatient clinic serving people with progressive neurological diseases (like Parkinson’s Huntington’s and MS). He is also the CEO and founder of A.S.C.E.N.D (Always Striving to Create Environments which Normalize Disabilities), a not for profit organization designed to promote clinically based research and a greater understanding of the care of people with progressive neurological diseases, through non-traditional programs.

  • Angee Ludwa, MPT

    • Angee Ludwa is the owner of Motivate to Move Physical Therapy and Wellness.  She will be presenting a "Exercise for Brain Change" class that incorporates PWR! moves into daily activities to help with improved movement and improved cognition.

  • McEntire Pilates

    • ​At McEntire Pilates, we are movement experts and problem solvers. We understand how the body is designed and wired to naturally move. So when our clients come to us wanting help to overcome movement problems and restore their lost abilities, this is when we do our best work.


Schedule for the day:

  • 9 am - 10 am: Doors Open and Check In starts at Oakland University's Recreation and Well-Being Center

  • 10 am -10:45 am: First Class Session

  • 11am-11:45 am: Second Class Session

  • 12 pm -1 pm: Lunch

  • 1pm - 2 pm: Third Class Session

  • 2:30pm - 4pm: Talent Show and Raffle


Talent Show information:

Participants have the opportunity to perform in the talent show! Any form of talent is welcome and encouraged! Indicate on your registration form if you would like to participate and what you would like to showcase.  This is a wonderful way to show off your hidden talents!

The talent show will also include a special performance by the dancers of Take Root!



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