PD Warrior Level 1 + 2 Certification Course

PD Warrior is an evidence-based, neuro-active exercise approach designed to improve function, quality of life, and long-term exercise behaviour in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). It was created in Australia by Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist, Melissa McConaghy, and is the founding organization of the Insight Into Parkinson's World Summit Conference. In recent years, PD Warrior has become increasingly popular, expanding to over eight countries, and can be seen at many global conferences, such as the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.

Parkinson Society BC (PSBC) is proud to offer the PD Warrior Level 1 and Level 2 course bundle on September 17 and 18, 2022, in Vancouver and Kelowna. The bundle is regularly priced at $720; however, PSBC is heavily subsidizing the course to help improve impact and reach for those living with PD in BC.

The PD Warrior course is open to all BC physiotherapists, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, and exercise professionals. New graduates are also welcome.

Level 1

Level 1 is an online theory course (15 hours) that is a pre-requisite for the in-person Level 2 workshop. The course will give you the foundation to apply the core concepts of this intensive and neuro-active exercise approach immediately to your sessions and will cover:

  • The latest evidence underpinning intensive and neuro-active exercise prescription
  • The pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease
  • How to tailor exercise effectively for the three different types of Parkinson's
  • The seven core principles of neuroplasticity and how to implement them effectively
  • How to create an enriched and motivating exercise environment
  • How to empower your clients and create long-term exercise behaviour change

Once you register, you will be given access to the Level 1 online course to complete before the Level 2 in-person workshop date.

Level 2

Level 2 is an eight-hour, in-person, practical course to help consolidate theory learned in Level 1. It offers transferable skills in clinical reasoning and effective coaching that can be used with all clients with Parkinson's disease.

The Level 2 workshop is fast paced and entirely practical. You will have the opportunity to work with live clients with PD, and go through assessment and treatment planning, to ensure you can confidently apply the core concepts of this neuro-active exercise approach immediately. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate and run a PD Warrior circuit class to consolidate your practical skills.

You are expected to fully participate in this practical workshop and should come dressed and prepared to exercise HARD! If you have any injuries or restrictions on exercise, please advise your trainer on the day of the workshop. As you will be working with live clients, sensitivity and confidentiality are expected.


PSBC is heavily subsidizing the course using the tiered registration schedule below (Level 1 + 2 bundle is normally priced at $720). Register early, as space is limited to 30 participants per date:

  • Super Early Bird – Register before June 15: $100 for Level 1 + 2 Bundle
  • Early Bird – Register between June 15 and July 14: $200 for Level 1 + 2 Bundle
  • Regular – Register between July 15 and August 15: $300 for Level 1 + 2 Bundle

Registration closes on August 15 at 12:00pm (noon) PT. Space is limited. Register early to avoid disappointment.

 Vancouver Workshop:

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm PT
Location: Creekside Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver BC, V5Y 0B1 [map]




Kelowna Workshop:

Date: Sunday, September 18
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm PT
Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna BC, V1Y 4P9 [map]




Melissa McConaghy – Physiotherapist and Founder of PD Warrior

Melissa is a specialist neurological clinician, educator, author, and health entrepreneur. She is the founder of PD Warrior and INSIGHT, an online conference that is part of the global education calendar for people with Parkinson's.

Melissa is the current Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Branch Councilor, a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, and on the Executive Committee of the International Neurological Physical Therapy Association at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. She is a Clinical Lecturer at Macquarie University and has taught on a range of topics, including neuroplasticity in Parkinson's, Parkinson's and other movement disorders, and hydrotherapy for neurological populations, and has contributed to the production of the APA Level 1 Neurological Rehab course.

Melissa was awarded Australian physiotherapist of the Year in 2019 and received the Australian Physiotherapy Association New South Wales Branch Council award for Contribution to the Profession, including recognition for her book, The New Parkinson's Treatment: Exercise is Medicine.

Shelly Yu – Physiotherapist and Level 5 PD Warrior trainer

Shelly Yu is PSBC's own neuro physiotherapist based in Vancouver, and is the lead on provincial exercise programs. She comes from a background of working with the Parkinson's community in the United Kingdom, where she worked in various clinics, including spasticity and dystonia, facial rehab, hand, vestibular, and movement disorder clinics.

Shelly is a licensed PD Warrior clinician and a level 5 PD Warrior trainer. Outside of her work with PSBC, she is the lead physiotherapist at a private neurological rehab clinic, and is the Advocacy Officer of the Global Health Division at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

To learn more about PD Warrior, please visit:


For more information, please contact Shelly Yu: 
1-800-668-3330 ext. 232 |