Coach Barb has always had a passion for helping others, which is why she chose to be a physical therapist. While watching Leslie Stahl’s 60 Minutes segment about her husband fighting back against Parkinson’s with a program called Rock Steady Boxing, she was so moved by it, that it became her mission to bring this program to the central jersey area.
She earned a certification as a Rock Steady Boxing Coach at the RSB Headquarters in Indianapolis, as well as certifications as an LSVT BIG Therapist, LSVT BIG for Life Therapist, and PWR! Moves Therapist, which are specific to the therapeutic treatment of Parkinson’s. Coach Barb is also a Geriatric Certified Specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
She is grateful daily for the opportunity to work with such inspiring people, both her fighters and all the people who support them (volunteers and care partners). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, traveling with her husband Sam, and spending time with her family and friends.
Denise Cheskis (Coach Denise)
Denise figured out what her life-long career was going to be as an 11th grader, over 35 years ago. To be an effective physical therapist, she knew she would use some of her favorite subjects (anatomy, psychology, physiology and neurology) as well as some of her personality traits (compassionate, encouraging, resourceful, entertaining – to name just a few) to be the best therapist she could. to name just a few) to be the best therapist she could. After finding her niche in geriatric rehabilitation and progressive neurological disorders she then discovered specialized certifications for treating people with Parkinson’s Disease; Denise became a PWR! Moves Therapist, a Rock Steady Boxing Coach and an LSVT BIG Therapist.
Kelsey Hyde (Coach)
“I am beyond excited to be able to start my experience as a Rock Steady Boxing Coach!”
After graduating with a BS in kinesiology from Penn State University this fall, Kelsey wanted to find something that she could be involved in throughout her year off from school. She heard about RSB through a friend at Penn State who spoke so highly of the program. She fell in love with the RSB mission and knew she wanted to be involved as much as she could. She feels that every boxer in the class brings such joy and she couldn’t be happier to begin her journey as one of the coaches.
Kelsey is currently enrolled in the DPT program at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, but loves RSB and our boxers so much that she continues to help out on Zoom, as well as at the gym when home for breaks from school.