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Neurobalance Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Care, Neurology & Neuroscience, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: to provide education, healthcare, rehabilitation, fitness, research, support and community under one roof to those living with neuromuscular and autoimmune conditions that threaten independence.

Target demographics: those concerned about loss ofmobility and independence

Geographic areas served: Northwest Suburban Chicagoland

Programs: fitness classes, personal training, physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, infusion services, educational programs, functional medicine and functional neurology services, nutritional services, and more.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Karen B.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going to the NeuroBalance Center since July 2018 and it is the BEST decision that I ever made. From the moment you walk through the doors your mood can't help but improve -- the staff members are all so friendly and knowledgeable, the classes are fun, and using equipment that has been modified to address physical limitations is a Godsend. It is so nice to have a place to go where you can find individuals who understand your specific disability and the limitations that come with it. Everyone at NBC does such a great job helping people adjust to living their "new normal". And trust me, THAT is NOT an easy thing to do.You can tell that Joy and her associates put a lot of thought and care into designing the NBC facility. They remembered all the little things that others might tend to forget -- like building a relaxing outdoor patio with lovely tables and chairs, growing an elevated vegetable garden which allows patrons to take home fresh herbs and vegetables, and having a reception and waiting area with couches, tables and paintings that make you feel at home. It is all those little things that help to make one forget all the challenges that they may face in everyday life.I have never been to a facility like the NeuroBalance Center before and I am so happy that I get to experience it each and every week.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NBC is a big part of my life, not only offering me power-plate twice weekly under Margaret's direction; but more recently amazing "circuit training" with Gwen & Nick. I really know my balance and walking is improving!
I have been with Joy since 2011 including the amazing development and funding (thanks particularly to Vince Foglia).
All my FitMS friends understand the battle with MS, but NBC gives us all a great support community!
Thanks.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I ACTUALLY look forward to going to the NeuroBalance Center! ME??! The NBC bus picks me up at my doorstep and takes me to the Center.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been receiving pt for 5 years after a three major cervical surgeries. I made signicant improvements considering I began pt paralyzed from the waist down. I can now walk and lead a pretty normal life. However I seemed to have hit a platue about three years ago. Last year a began pilates training while in Arizona for the winter and enjoyed the benefits. Again, a platue. Last summer I connected with NBC and found a new and rewarding improvement in in my physical abilities. I am now once again leaving to spend the winter in Arizona and don't know how I'll continue to improve without the great resources of NBC. This past summer my walking and stair climbing has improved so much I hate to leave because I know I won't be able to duplicate my pt/Pilates/personal training activities in sunny Arizona. I guess you can't have it all. I am very grateful to NBC's staff that has given me more improvement than any other pt regime I have ever gotten in the last few years. I praise your organization every chance I get. Thanks again for all you've done for me. See you next May.
Dick Cieply

Joy W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joy Wagner, has made a difference in so many of our lives. She has given so much of her love, kindness, education, time, money and herself to help change people who are living with physical challenges. Joy Wagner who is also a RN, was diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, at that time she decided figure out a way to help us improve and keep our quality of life.
I started In 2003 when Joy started her program teaching fitMS classes to Multiple Sclerosis patients.
In 2011 Joy expanded and Dr. LeeAnn Steinfeldt joined fitMS NeuroBalance Center. Dr. LeeAnn Steinfeldt who was Lyme Disease as a child and Dystonia in her late 20's decided pursue a career in medicine to help others live better. Some of Dr LeeAnn Steinfeldt specialties are Chiropractic, Allergy & Sensitivity, Acupuncture, & Nutrition.
NeuroBalance Center has so many programs to offer:
Multiple Sclerosis classes: PowerPlate, Group fitness Classes FitMS , FitYoga.
Parkinson’s Disease classes: Rock Steady Boxing classes, & FitPD.
Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury: Fit Brain .
The center also offers Functional Medicine: Metabolic/Nutrition, Body, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy. Wellness Services: Acupuncture, & Therapeutic Massage
Personal training, Pilates.
Offers financial assistance and transportation within a certain radius (contact for information).The NeuroBalance team is wonderful and very knowledgeable.
What would all of do without her... —We are all blessed to have her and the Neurobalance team. .

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been going to NBC since 2016. Here are 12 reasons on why:

(1) NBC is strategically located 15 minutes from my home.
(2) There is ample parking. The first row of the parking lot is for handicap with no step up.
(3) The facility is well thought out and design. For example, the closet when I walk in on the left has no door. There are six accessible bathrooms and a library.
(4) I’m greeted by my name as oppose to do you have an appointment. Or worst, who are you?
(5) The equipment is state of the art. NuStep (exercise bike) is designed by someone who has MS. As of this writing, there is new equipment coming in.
(6) The culture is dynamic with art class, cooking class, rock steady boxing, body rolling, yoga, etc.
(7) The staff is genuine, unique, and friendly. Me and Ali whisper and giggle like we are grade school kids.
(8) The MS and the Parkinson Disease class are affordable at a low price of $8 per class. There is no contract to sign or commitment to take a certain number of classes.
(9) The participants in the Parkinson Disease class are supportive. After my first PD class, two participants whom I just met encourage me to come again.
(10) Margaret and Joy introduced me to TripleFlex (hip flexors and foot drop) to help me with my walking. I wear it 90 % of the time.
(11) The one-hour Pilate class with Margaret is dedicated to me and only me instead of double booking or triple booking like other profit center. NBC is non-profit.
(12) The one-hour physical therapy with Gwen has the most significant impact. Gwen knows every bone and muscle in my body including muscles I didn’t know I have. She moves heaven and earth and pushes me to my limit. She’s also working with Margaret on a comprehensive plan for me. As an added bonus, I take a four-hour nap after each physical therapy session.

Thank you Joy and the staff at NBC for turning a vision into reality. You’ve made a difference in my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with the NeuroBalance Center for over two years. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2016, I got progressively worse. I found out about the NeuroBalance Center, and decided to try it.

We are so lucky to have access to the NeuroBalance Center; Not only does it help my health physically, I have gotten to know the special people that attend there, and it has become kind of a support group also!

Hats off to the staff; one is more understanding than the other. The same goes for the van drivers who volunteer their time. These are all special people who have enriched my life and I know other people’s lives as well.

Multiple sclerosis can be very misunderstood, and very isolating. The people at the NeuroBalance Center is a refuge for me and for so many others. I cannot say enough great things about it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Neurobalance Center offers so much, and I take advantage of as much as I can. Starting with Dr. Steinfeldt on helping me better manage my symptoms and slowing the progression of my disease. Her dedication to helping her patients, and making the therapy work for me is invaluable, you can't do better. I work out every week with Margaret and Nick, they are both so knowledgeable and passionate about their strategies to help us with flexibility, strength and stamina. Lura is an amazing massage therapist with an abundance of knowledge to help loosen those knots and stiff muscles. The office team is always welcoming, and always wants to know what they can do to help. While we work hard, the ability to socialize with the other participants, building our camaraderie and friendships, is very special because we all know what we are battling. We can talk about the latest research one minute, kids and grandkids the next, or strategies for managing our symptoms. Joy has built a culture that benefits all who walk through the door. I'm truly grateful to be able to receive such great care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working with a personal trainer since the NBC opened, mostly on the reformers. All staff members are very professional and knowledgeable about the neads of the center clients. The facility is special and designed to accommodate the neads of all the people whose mobility issues bring them to the center.


Client Served

Rating: 5

The neuro balance center has been a save your for me, the staff is friendly and very helpful in there encouragement. they always have a joyful demeaner in helping you with the goals you set for yourself. the place is beautiful and I always happy when I go there.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My father who is ninety-one years old was diagnosed with Parkinson's in his eighties and had to give up the art classes at the community college that he loved. He had friends in his classes, and going to the college during the week gave him a purpose and a community which were sorely missed. A few years ago we were very fortunate that Dad's neurologist who was familiar with the NeuroBalance Center told us about it at an appointment. We left the doctor's office and went directly to the Center to get him enrolled in a PD exercise class. Margaret is the most amazing instructor and Dad absolutely loves her. She is so warm and nurturing, and she gives him a great workout three days a week. He also sees Margaret twice a week for personal PowerPlate training sessions which has been really beneficial for Dad. When the Center added Rock Steady Boxing classes to the curriculum Dad enrolled in a class and the instructor, Nick, has worked with Dad to increase his strength and balance. Before we found out about the Center I had talked my father into joining the local YMCA to take an exercise class a few times a week. He truly hated the experience, and the instructor didn't take an interest in any of the senior citizens in the class. She failed utterly to motivate my father to continue exercising or to try any of the other offerings at the gym. After a couple of months he refused to go back; now he's excited to go to class to see the instructors and his friends.

I can’t praise Margaret, Nick and everyone at the Center highly enough. There aren't enough superlatives to express my gratitude and absolute appreciation for everything that the Center does for my father on a daily basis. His improved physical and mental condition are due to the hard work and dedication of every single person at the Center, They foster a sense of family, and Dad now has a large group of friends who make him fee valued. He had become very solitary when he had to give up his art classes because of a hand tremor, and no longer had a daily destination. He goes to the Center four days a week, and really hates to miss a class, which is such a wonderful change. Ali and the other staff members are constantly planning special events like the picnic they organize every summer and frequent presentations.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Joy for starting the Center and maintaining such high standards. All the staff members and volunteers are all wonderful; they always greet everyone warmly and by name. The new building is awesome and they continually make improvements both indoors and out. The vegetable planters and butterfly garden around the patio are a great addition.

The NeuroBalance Center has really given my father a new lease on life. He is in great physical shape; no one can believe that he is ninety-one because he is so active. The classes have greatly improved his stamina, balance, flexibility, strength, coordination, and mental outlook. I credit everyone at the Center for improving my father's quality of life and helping to stave off the debilitating effects of aging and Parkinson's. They work hard to keep him involved and active, and not isolated at home watching television. I see the service and benefit they provide to everyone who has had the good fortunate to be involved with the Center. I give thanks for the Center and everyone who works there on a regular basis; I know my father would not be where he is in life if it weren’t for all they do.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The NeuroBalance Center has provided me, my husband and many others with a safe and comforting place to get help, make friends with similar difficulties and take classes throughout the week that have strengthened our bodies, minds and souls. I can not say enough about the people and services offered.

1 hazelw

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone in the organization understands and focuses on what helps those with auto-immune and other diseases that affect mobility and balance. Some come in in wheel chairs, others have no apparent problems.