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Hi, I am Darbe Schlosser, the coach, consultant, & creator of the Motorvation System. I am here to help you prevent falls by moving with more speed, accuracy, and purpose.

In addition to developing the best strategies to overcome movement loss within a highly variable disease, I also focus on improving the deliverance of these methods with consideration of gender, cultural, and regional differences that impact learning and performance outcomes.

I believe there exists an interrelatedness between sports and music that is built on similar learning tendencies that transfer to activities of daily living. Understanding these relationships can better provide you with tools on how to break through mental and motor blocks and successfully deconstruct and reconstruct complex movement patterns.

Motorvation Mindset

I will teach you how to embrace being in the moment during movement. When you enhance your awareness of how your body is interacting with the environment, you will become better at detecting errors. An improvement in error detection leads to better correction strategies. I will provide you with the tools to increase your awareness of an unpredictable and ever-changing environment. You cannot always prevent the start of a fall, but you can prevent the end result of one.

Kinesia Paradoxa

Kinesia paradoxa is the sudden and temporary ability of a person with Parkinson’s disease to perform a task he or she was previously unable to perform. You may have experienced this yourself briefly… catching a ball or stepping over a bright orange cone. One minute you cannot lift your foot off of the ground and the next minute you’re stepping towards the crack in the cement. Visual cueing is beneficial, but it requires constant input that is not always readily available. I can help you find ways to evoke an emotional response with meaningful auditory cues and tactile feedback that connects to the context in which your movement skills were developed.

Recalibrate

I will teach you how to make your body change shapes while moving at different speeds and how this leads to movement efficiency as well as injury prevention. Big amplitude movements are important but so are small amplitude movements. What’s even more important is being able to transition between them.

METHODOLOGIES

METHODOLOGIES

METHODOLOGIES

METHODOLOGIES

METHODOLOGIES

METHODOLOGIES

01.
Place a movement sequence into a measure similar to a measure of music.
02.
Break down points of contact that will effectively drive movement where there is impairment.
03.
Connect a single syllable directive cue to each point of contact. Practice and perfect at 3 different tempos.
04.
Implement the use of sounds and words that are congruent with goal directed motor behavior. Add variation in movement amplitude, creating rhythms.
the team.

We are a diverse group of professionals all sharing the same passion to help People with Parkinson’s build a life of movement, rediscover their inner athlete, and age successfully.

Darbe Schlosser

President / Founder

Growing up on 100 acres in the valley of Minot, North Dakota, I was gifted with space. Space to run, to jump and climb, and to explore how my body interacted with the environment and the world beneath my feet. I was my own coach and the uneven terrain I ran upon provided a level of unpredictability that bestowed upon me the feedback I needed to self-correct and to transfer learning and skill to multiple domains. Little did I know at the time; my life's passion and purpose were being built on the foundation of movement.

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Kris Butler

Secretary, Patient Advisory Board

Master’s in Social Work, Parkinson’s Advocate, & Parkinson’s Foundation Volunteer

Floyd Drew

Treasurer

Former president of M&D Metals Inc.

Dr. Zoltan Mari

Professional Advisory Board

Chair and Director for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center

Dr. Merrill Landers

Professional Advisory Board

PT, DPT, PhD, OCS Chair and Professor of UNLV Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Jimmy Pajuheshfar

Professional Advisory Board

DPT, Director of Physical Therapy and Balance Centers Las Vegas NW location

Lynda Mari

Mental Health Services

Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, specializing in Parkinson’s Disease and Apathy

Dakota Clarke

Research Assistant/Data Collector

Grad student at University of Nevada Reno studying nonprofit management and research coordinator studying levodopa induced dyskinesia at Portland VA Research Foundation

Kathy Nagle

Patient Coordinator

Licensed nurse practitioner with over 15 years’ experience working with people with Parkinson’s disease in a clinical and research setting

Javid Butler

Data Presenter

Electrical & Lighting Consultant

Jimmy Choi

Patient Advisory Board

Motivational Speaker/Educator at the Fox Ninja Group USA

Mariette Robijn

Patient Advisory Board

Parkinson’s disease blogger and advocate Netherlands

Ben Stecher

Patient Advisory Board

Parkinson’s Advocate Canada

Brian Reedy

Patient Advisory Board

Davis Phinney Ambassador USA

Darbe Schlosser

President / Founder

Growing up on 100 acres in the valley of Minot, North Dakota, I was gifted with space. Space to run, to jump and climb, and to explore how my body interacted with the environment and the world beneath my feet. I was my own coach and the uneven terrain I ran upon provided a level of unpredictability that bestowed upon me the feedback I needed to self-correct and to transfer learning and skill to multiple domains. Little did I know at the time; my life's passion and purpose were being built on the foundation of movement.

In 2014, I formed my company Motorvation USA, and began my entrepreneurial career as a trainer working with neurological disorders. These individuals were my very first teachers. They showed me that movement can be built and beautifully transformed out of the disruption of disease.

Over the past 7 years, I have administered nearly 5,000 hours of hands-on motor control training to People with Parkinson’s disease and have developed a system of methodologies to ameliorate symptoms of PD by increasing movement vigor. I’ve focused most of my attention on the underrepresented demographic of Postural Instability Gait Disturbance subtype (PIGD) as well as Freezing of Gait (FoG) and Parkinson’s disease with Dementia.

My empirical and exploratory work enlightened me regarding the many roadblocks impacting the biopsychosocial model of health and its effect on the trajectory of disease. Specifically, the ability to create adequate training protocols addressing Parkinson's disease within the context of all other co-occurring ailments. Transitioning from an exercise mindset to a training mindset that is more skill based so self-correction strategies can be used to promote learning initiatives that overcome pre existing coordination tendencies. Providing adequate training for movement professionals working with Parkinson’s to enhance their knowledge of what to look for when orchestrating group classes. Improving communication between MDS doctors and patients to prevent medication mismanagement as well as a model for care partner integration.

I want to create and implement programs that address these issues and I want to change policies that further fuel these issues. I want my voice to be heard so I can open doors to new and innovative ideas. I want to be a driver in the field of motor control and fall prevention research and I want to influence change at a global level by raising the expectations of what humans are capable of achieving through movement.