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About Julie Carda
Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from St. John’s University Collegeville, MN, a Geriatric Wellness Instructor certification from Western Oregon University Northwest Rehabilitation Associates, several specialty fitness and wellness certifications, and a B.A. in Dance /Liberal Arts from Creighton University Omaha, NE.
As a young adult, Julie studied ballet in New York and Paris then settled in the Midwest where she taught and performed. Here, Julie began researching cognitive fitness and integrating the techniques into movement and dance for rehabilitative purposes.
After raising two children, Julie moved to Bend, Oregon with the express purpose of serving the needs of the aging population. In 2011, Julie created the company Everyday Brain Fitness and Bioflex Laser which offers cold laser therapy for management of inflammation and pain due to degenerative disease and injury, fall prevention programs like Tai Chi, as well as private and group brain fitness classes for the senior community.
Through purposeful interactions, Julie has been quite successful in helping clients maintain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual independence with dignity while maximizing their functional independence and morale through community connection. Currently, Julie collaborates with the First Presbyterian Bend Center for Wellbeing & Wisdom.
Within this collaboration, Julie provides three types of Tai Chi classes and two types of group brain fitness classes. With the educational support of the Stanley J. Wertheimer Dance for Parkinson’s fellowship Julie received in 2015, she also teaches a Dance for People with Parkinson’s class.