About

Mission

The Parkinson’s Fitness Project’s mission is developing physical and online training centers to promote ongoing neurologic health in those with Parkinson’s Disease.

“The Parkinson’s Fitness Project started with you in mind. After working with neurologic disorders in physical therapy for over ten years, I realize the barriers that exist in our current treatment model for people with Parkinson’s Disease. I have heard patient’s frustrations with the “stop and go” pattern of therapy for people dealing with a diagnosis that is ongoing.

I also understand the abundance of research showing that physical and cognitive exercise is medicine for Parkinson’s and needs to be “taken” continuously.  I’ve seen the unbelievable transformation patients can make with the right exercise under expert guidance and have witnessed the devastating effects that can come from a sedentary lifestyle.

I truly feel a model allowing you to stay connected and receive skilled guidance by a trained professional is essential to avoiding progression of symptoms. That’s why we are providing formal Physical Therapy, Group and Private Neurofitness Classes, as well as online exercise training to address your symptoms – whatever your level of function and wherever you are.

The Parkinson’s Fitness Project has been formed for you. To keep you connected….. To keep you moving….. To keep you Fighting!”

Let’s Get Going! – Nate, DPT, NCS – Owner

Staff

Nate is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has been working with neurologic diagnoses as a physical therapist for over ten years. He received his certification as a Neurologic Specialist in 2010 by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities and has centered most of his work in the past four years to treating Parkinson’s, gaining certifications in LSVT BIG, and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!). He regularly participates in community events and educational opportunities for the PD community with APDA Northwest and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. Outside of his career, you can usually find him running frantically after his two small children throughout the streets of Seattle.

Nate Coomer, PT, DPT, NCS, Owner
Founder of The Parkinson’s Fitness Project

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Northwestern School of Medicine
2006

ABPTS Neurologic Clinical Specialist
2010

LSVT BIG Certified
2015

PWR! (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) Certified Instructor
2016

France is a Certified Fitness Instructor (ACE – American Council on Exercise) who started her career in movement over 30 years ago, first as a performer touring K-12 schools, then as a fitness instructor in the Seattle area. She has worked with a wide range of clientele from grade school students to senior citizens, as well as students with special needs (hip or knee replacement, hypermobility, injured athletes, autistic children, clients with dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease).  She currently leads AMP:Bootcamp and AMP:ChairFit classes at our TPFP First Hill Location.

Over the years, France has developed a highly efficient workout system that she uses in her daily group classes. She teaches her clients how to integrate fitness into their busy life encouraging them to become lifelong exercisers, always adapting routines for their current fitness level.

France is the mother of two adult sons. Her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015. She currently teaches in Seattle providing cardio, strength, balance, and flexibility training through variety, intensity, and consistency.

France Marien, ACE Certified Fitness Instructor

PWR!  (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) Certified Instructor 

January 2018

Brian Grant Bootcamp Certified Instructor
2017

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis Physical Therapy Program, Jenny completed a year-long residency training in treating geriatric patients. She loves working with the older adults, because Jenny really admires their resilience and motivation to get better. She also spent a few years working in an inpatient acute rehab setting where she treated people with neurological medical conditions. She has experience in working with people with stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain surgeries and patients with Parkinson’s Disease. This is why she was very excited to join Nate’s team at The Parkinson’s Fitness Project to serve the people that are in need. She is ready to challenge you and push you to the limit.
 
In Jenny’s spare time, she enjoys playing basketball, and doing outdoor activities such as hiking. She is currently learning how to cook, she would love to hear if you have any family secret recipes to share.

Jenny Chang, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis

2011

ABPTS Geriatric Certified Specialist

Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults

2013

Certified Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB) program instructor

2017

International Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Association Certified Therapist

2017

PWR!MOVES (R) Certified Instructor

2018