About Me


Who is The Perky Parkie?

You know when you are meeting someone new, they always ask, “What do you do?”….a flash of your life goes through your mind as you slightly begin to panic.  How do you define yourself in 30 words or less? Then, without a pause, you spout out the most superhero, ‘cliff notes’ version of yourself.  We all do it. But what really defines us, cannot be summarized into a paragraph.  My life cannot be categorized into comfortable, clean boxes.  So what do I do?

My name is Allison. I am a thirty-something girl who has been a medical anomaly since age 13.  I wanted to help people… to really make a difference. So I went to graduate school to become a Psychotherapist and during my second year, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The only thing that made sense to me was to give back.  I launched a program called “Parkinson’s in Balance” in 2010 with the goal to help my community.  My program offers fitness classes, support groups and social events.  You can also follow my advocacy work through my blog.  Don’t underestimate the power of sharing what you do, you might just give inspiration to someone in need of a boost. 

P.S. For those of you that need clean boxes, here is my formal introduction… About me.