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Karen Johanson

Battling Parkinson's one punch at a time

Beat PD founder and owner Karen Johanson entered the world of fitness specifically to help people with Parkinson’s after seeing the devastating impact of the disease on her father. When she discovered Rock Steady Boxing, it was an obvious fit with her experiences in martial arts and action sports. Weeks after attending training camp in Indianapolis, she opened the first Rock Steady Boxing affiliate in the Pacific Northwest and only affiliate in Washington state. After starting the program, she became aware of other needs facing PwPs and their caregivers, and created Beat PD, an umbrella organization designed to help battle Parkinson's via holistic health tools, with the assistance of other wellness professionals.

Awards and Affiliations

Rock Steady Boxing affiliate

Causes and Organizations

Parkinson's, Rock Steady Boxing

Karen Johanson

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