In September 2020, LDBF Boxing for Parkinson’s opened a 4,700 square foot Wellness Center located at 6667 Vernon Woods Drive; Suite A-16; Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328. Despite COVID-19 and through the generosity of Ralph Gilbert and Virginia Hepner, GHL Properties, the hard work of Chris Smith, Top Shelf Contractors, and his team, and the support from LDBF members and friends of LDBF Denise Formisano’s dream became a reality.
The Wellness Center is the dream of Chairman Denise Formisano, and, her husband Tom Jeffrey, to expand member services and programs, including other movement disorders in conjunction with Dr. Joash Lazarus at the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta. In addition to its original boxing exercise program, LDBF now offers additional physical therapy-based programs, yoga and meditation, speech therapy, massage therapy, and free Caregiver exercise classes.
The Wellness Center also offers:
- Two-day,16-hour certification program for trainers interested in starting a safe and sustainable Parkinson’s exercise program.
- Free Monthly Educational Workshops (with over 100 attendees per workshop (in non-covid times) and made possible by the generosity of sponsors, including pharmaceutical companies Supernous, Amneal and Acorda, as well as Boston Scientific, maker of Deep Brain Stimulation medical devices.