Program Leaders

Our program leaders represent the core of our mission.  They enhance the quality of life of our members through the activities they lead.  Exercise to music, yoga, weight training and chair zumba round out our schedule Additionally, we are fortunate to have two qualified Reiki instructors available to us.

As the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation increasingly impacts both our work and personal lives in unprecedented ways, the Dream Center has made changes to the way we deliver programs and services to our members while helping to ensure their safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers. Here is a list of the programs we offer and those marked with an asterisk (*) are currently being offered virtually, either by means of Zoom or Facebook:

All About Me

Job Title

Members share their life stories. Pictures are encouraged. This has proven to be very cathartic for those who participate

Claire Downing

Art with Claire *

Claire grew up in Connecticut. She moved to Rhode Island to work for a major computer company as a software troubleshooter.  Upon retiring from that company, she found the MS Dream Center and has been sharing her hobbies of arts and crafts with the Center since then.

Denise Riel

Book Club *

Denise has been living with MS for 25 years. She worked as a Clinical Social Worker with children, adolescents, and families before retiring. She lives in Scituate, RI with her partner and two dogs. 

Kathleen Gerard

Carepartners Support Group *

The carepartner support group meets monthly (in person when it’s safe to, and on Zoom when it’s not) to share thoughts, feelings, and practical advice on meeting the challenges and celebrating the small triumphs of living with and caring for our partners with MS.

Bradford Lane

Chair Exercise

In 2009 Brad Lane received his personal training certification through The International Sports Science Association mastering training and coaching techniques.  He opened the doors of It Starts Here Fitness, located at 380 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI in February 2014, to implement his master training and coaching techniques to fitness enthusiast clients.

Donna Wheaton

Chair Exercise *

Physical fitness has been my passion for most of my life. Seeing people benefit from exercise on so many different levels is truly fulfilling to watch. Participants always give it their best no matter what their hurdles may be!!! We all have a gift. Mine was to teach fitness and connect with people. We all must live our best life!!

Michelle Tremont

Chair Yoga with Michelle *

Michelle began practicing Yoga 16 years ago. Her teaching style is born out of a genuine sense of laughter and love. Her many years of experience and a multitude of training brings a very safe and comforting sense to her classes. It is through a combination of humor and sensitivity that she is able to afford students the opportunity to heal and accept life in the ever changing moment to moment transition.

Pek Khuth

Chair Yoga

My name is Pek Khuth, and I've been teaching Yoga for 10 years. Being a yoga instructor with MS Dream Center was the best decision that I ever made. Nameste!!

Michelle Calise

Chair Zumba *

Hi, my name is Michelle Calise! I’ve been an RN for 30 years, but my true passion has been teaching Zumba for 8 years. Zumba is a Latin inspired dance Fitness program, using music from all over the world. I love about teaching Zumba, because,  it’s for everyone! I teach high impact to chair Zumba. The most rewarding thing for me, is seeing my students, gain more strength, endurance, flexibility and just love to move to great music. Exercise in disguise! You literally get lost in the music and forget, you are exercising! Total win! 

Carla Mesiti

Crafts with Carla

My name is Carla I'm 48 years old with Relapsing and Remitting MS. I've been a member since 2015. I have learned so much about my MS from the Center, and I've also gained some strength from the exercise programs.

John Holloman/Kathleen Gerard

Movie Night

A once a month movie night that offers foreign and eclectic films, followed by a discussion after the movie.

Barbara Ramer

Reiki with Barbara

Barbara has been practicing Reiki since 1998. She worked as part of Integrated Care Program at Women & Infants, did Reiki sessions at 3 facilities of Blackstone Valley Community Action and have done numerous In-service programs. I enjoy sharing the gift of Reiki and seeing the peace and relaxation it brings to them with just a gentle touch.

Doreen Beauvais

Reiki with Doreen

Doreen is a Reiki Master and Retired Nurse.

 
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