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People Like Me

The People Like Me programs are developed for people who are living with chronic illness. The purpose of the programs is to help people suffering from chronic illness learn how to find balance in their lives through a holistic approach to a healthier and more active lifestyle.

There are 5 key components to the program:

  • Education
  • Exercise Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Social Support

Arthritis Program

Developed to help people living with arthritis, participants will learn to recognize when they are in an inflammatory state, acquire coping mechanisms and discuss how to continue activity throughout their daily lives through recognition, modification and moderation.

Fitness Conditioning

You will receive a 90 minute Fitness Assessment with a certified Kinesiologist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist. These expert trainers specialize in working with Chronic illness. You will have an exercise program specially designed to meet your needs, including what to do on "flare-up" days.

Athletic and Aqua Therapy


You will receive a 60 minute musculoskeletal evaluation in the Athletic Therapy Clinic, to assess any mobility issues, range of motion, and possible weaknesses. Your most affected joints will be the focus of the evaluation.

Once the evaluation is complete, you will be eligible to either continue manual treatment or do aqua therapy if appropriate.

The Clinic is staffed by athletic therapy internship students and supervised by certified athletic therapists. This elite internship program and unique research environment provides clients with the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from the highest quality preventative and therapeutic care.

The 12-Week Wellness Program

Goal: 3 active days per week and education

  • Education sessions: depending on availability, this can include meditation and relaxation or managing symptoms.
  • One 2 hour exercise training session per week
  • One  1 hour Athletic Therapy or Aqua Therapy session per week
  • One 1 hour Group exercise class per week, modified for mobility issues and limitations, such as Yoga, Zumba or Dance, depending on availability.

Maintenance: includes a follow-up phone call once per month, for three months, after the completion of the 12 week program.

Other services: Athletic Therapy, Aqua Therapy, additional gym training appointments and gym membership services are available for continual support post program.

Parkinson's Program

Currently under development.

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