History of InMotion

InMotion was founded in 2014 by Dr. Karen Jaffe, a person with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and an advocate in the international PD community; Dr. David Riley, a neurologist and movement disorders specialist; Ben Rossi, an ACE-certified fitness trainer, qualified community exercise instructor for Parkinson’s patients, and InMotion’s Chief Program Officer; and the late Allan Goldberg and the late Lee Handel, both of whom were business leaders, philanthropists and people with Parkinson’s disease.

Our founders began with a single question: what if we could create a center of excellence for community-based programming in Northeast Ohio where people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners could take part in high quality physical and emotional wellness programs regardless of their ability to pay?

The idea was innovative and bold, completely unique in the world of community-based programs for people with Parkinson’s disease.

In March 2015, this dream became a reality: InMotion opened its doors as the first and only center of its kind in the nation to offer evidence-based exercise, education, and support programs for people with Parkinson’s disease, all free of charge to clients and their care partners.

  • Since opening our doors in 2015, InMotion has provided classes, programming, and support for more than 2,000 people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Since 2015, we’ve offered 6,902 classes, and we have seen 118,590 class visits by clients.
  • InMotion conducts unprecedented ongoing community-based research that demonstrates the effectiveness of exercise, movement, and other therapies to manage and address the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

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