About

Beat PD offers one-stop shopping for Parkinson’s exercise and other holistic health tools, including personal training, wellness coaching and the latest news about how exercise, nutrition, pharmaceuticals and more can help beat the disease.

Our founder Karen Johanson entered the world of fitness specifically to help people with Parkinson’s after seeing the impact of the disease on her father. Here’s a bit of information about her background.

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

Education
University of Oregon – Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art/Photography
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

Martial arts, movement + sports training
NSI
PTK
Muay Thai
JKD
Parkour
Snowboarding
Velodrome + mountain bike racing