HEALTH-E-FIT Hampton Roads
Wendy Wilkerson’s passion for helping people with a chronic disease started with her experience in cardiac rehabilitation in southern California. This is where she learned to thrive in understanding the disease process and how lifestyle changes improved overall wellbeing. After three years, a move back to the east coast (husband retired from the Navy), and no jobs in cardiac rehabilitation, she started working as a Clinical Exercise Specialist in outpatient physical therapy. This gave her a new direction in helping those with chronic disease working with people with Parkinson’s disease. It was in this setting she was able to get certified as a PWR! Certified Instructor (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) and certified as a Rock Steady Boxing coach. After struggling with the fact that she had limited control of what she could do to grow the program and that her vision was not her employer’s vision, that gave her the driving force to open her own wellness facility to empower people to not be defined by their disease. She is the owner of Rock Steady Boxing Virginia Beach, LLC dba Empowerment! Wellness, a wellness facility for people living with Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
Shortly before the pandemic began, Wendy was introduced to a new concept being formed to certify those with a health and wellness background to work with clients with an exercise prescription from a doctor to help improve the lives of those living with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, COPD, and high blood pressure. That perked up her ears and she knew that she had to find out about it and add that to her facility. Enter HEALTHEFIT.
She received her BS and MS. Ed. (Exercise Science and Wellness) from Old Dominion University.
Wendy is always looking for ways to improve her knowledge by attending conferences and webinars to help her grow. She has received certifications as a Medical Fitness Practitioner, a Multiple Fitness Specialist, Urban Poling Instructor and Let’s Face It Together, TM.