About

Beat PD offers one-stop shopping for tools to beat Parkinson’s via art, movement and the latest news about how exercise, nutrition, pharmaceuticals and more can help beat the disease.

Karen Johanson started working with the Parkinson’s community after seeing the impact of the disease on her father. Below is a bit of information about her background.

Questions? Contact us at 720.772.7320 or via our contact form.

Art education + experience
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art/Photography, University of Oregon
Continuing education at Santa Fe Workshops, Photograpic Center Northwest and more
Fine art photographer – 1987 to Present
Advertising and editorial photographer working with clients in outdoor sports, adventure travel, health, fitness and more –1990 to Present

Theo

Coaching + training experience
Personal trainer and wellness coach – Beat PD – 2016 to Present
Coach – Rock Steady Boxing Seattle – 2015 to 2017
Personal trainer – LA Fitness – 2014 to 2015
Bootcamp instructor – Karen Johanson Fitness – 2013

Rock Steady Boxing Seattle fighter Geof Miller on the heavy bag
Rock Steady Boxing Seattle fighter Geof Miller on the heavy bag

Health + fitness education
NASM-CPT Personal Trainer Certification
Brian Grant Power Forward Bootcamp Instructor Training
Parkinson’s Disease: Exercise Integration from Clinic to Community workshop, OHSU Parkinson Center, April 2013
Z-Health Essentials of Elite Performance
TRX Suspension Training and Sports Medicine Suspension Training Courses

IDEA Personal Trainer Institute™ West, 2013,  2016 + 2017
Currently studying for Precision Nutrition certification

Movement + sports training + experience
NSI
PTK
Muay Thai
JKD
Parkour
Snowboarding
Velodrome + mountain bike racing