Dedication of a new building designed specifically for the mobility challenges of her clients is above and beyond what Neurobalance founder Joy Wagner had hoped for her organization.
Joy Wagner's Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis knocked her down in 2001, but not for long! A pediatric nurse, Joy Wagner, RN, BSN, used her training to research and learn how diet, exercise, and attitude might help not just her, but others with mobility issues due to autoimmune diseases.
Starting out, she held group exercise classes at a local YMCA. FitMS, as her initial organization was called, out grew the YMCA and shared spaces where she helped her clients. She moved a few times over the next decade as she added more important services to help her clientele. Joy started offering education, consulting, nutritional counseling & food sensitivity testing, wellness coaching, gait & balancing training, chiropractic care, and therapeutic massage therapy. She also purchased specialized equipment designed to enable the disabled.
When Joy learned many of her clients could not get the help they needed and access her services because they lacked the appropriate transportation, she wrote grants and networked with area foundations and organizations. She raised funding to initially borrow and eventually buy a handicapped accessible van.
A little over a year ago, Joy realized that she needed a new space. Her client base had been growing 25% each year and the area she was renting was not ideal for her client's mobility challenges. The Foglia Family Foundation learned about Joy and her organization and offered to help. They asked her to consider her own state-of-the-art facility focused specifically on the accessibility challenges of her clients.
The Foglia Foundation's challenge was met by other generous donors enabling the new Neurobalance Center to become a reality.
"The new building is an ADA Heaven, designed not just to accommodate those with mobility challenges, but to make them feel like Kings & Queens!" Joy shares.
The beautiful new building features wide halls, large workout rooms, flexible meeting rooms, and not just bathrooms that are completely ADA accessible, but a test kitchen as well.
The building, located at 1529 South Grove Ave in Barrington, was dedicated on Monday, September 11th, 2017. Neurobalance Board President Tom Burns called on Rabbi Steven Peskind of Amita Health and Rev. Zina Jacque of the Community Church of Barrington to offer blessings to the new facility before friends and supporters made their way inside.
The Neurobalance Center offers a personal approach towards each client that comes into the center. From determining how a condition or diagnosis is affecting an individuals life, through determining what therapies and classes can help, their goal is to give everyone they encounter to live a life with the greatest opportunity for mobility and independence.