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
Members share their life stories. Pictures are encouraged. This has proven to be very cathartic for those who participate.
Art Class with Claire *
Explore different styles using acrylic and watercolor paints, and still life drawing with colored pencils. So whether you are an accomplished artist or just draw stick figures join us, maybe learn something new, and share in the fun!
Claire Downing 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.
At least once a month we play bingo to engage the members in a fun, competitive game that helps with congnitive and motor function.
Book Club with Denise *
We review one book a month. Come on a journey to be educated, inspired or entertained through the world of books. To date we've read close to 100 books.
Denise Riel 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.
Carepartners Group *
The carepartner support group, run by Kathleen Gerard, 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.
Chair Exercise with Brad
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.
Chair Exercise with Donna *
Physical fitness has been Donna Wheaton's passion for most of her 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!!
Chair Yoga with Michelle *
Michelle Tremont 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.
Chair Yoga with Pek
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!!
Chair Zumba with Michelle *
Dancing in your chair, using Latin rhythms as a focal point.
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!
Chat Session and Lunch *
Currently we are meeting virtually to eat lunch and chat about what's going on in each others lives.
Crafts with Carla
This fun activity encourages members to participate in making easy to do crafts.
My name is Carla Meisit. 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.
Dr. Jonathan Cahill, Q&A *
Regular visits in an informal setting with our MS Neurologist and board member Dr. Jonathan Cahill.
Wii Bowling, scrabble tournaments, Hi-Lo Jack, concentration and more. Lots of fun comraderie and friendly competition that helps keep our cognitive and motor skills strong.
For our members to use, we have available a recumbent bike, stationary bike, leg lift machine, and stationary pedals for developing arm and ankle strength.
Lydia Smith has been a hair stylist for 23 years, in both East Greenwich and Warwick. She is the mother of 2 wonderful boys, and happily married for 21 years. She has been with the Dream Center for 3 years.
Informational Network *
Guest speakers including, medical professionals, pharmaceutical companies, legal and financial advisers, mobility and other health and wellness related issues.
A once a month movie night that offers foreign and eclectic films, followed by a discussion after the movie. This program is run by member John Holloman, and his wife/care partner Kathleen Gerard.
MS Members Only *
Not a pity party, but rather an opportunity for members to share what’s going on in their lives relative to all areas of their lives, MS and beyond. Discussion on medications, progression of the disease, difficulty with finances, divorce, housing, and social security are among topics reviewed.
Reiki with Barbara
Reiki promotes healing, relaxation and decreases stress.
Barbara Ramer 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.
Reiki with Doreen
Reiki promotes healing, relaxation and decreases stress.
Doreen Beauvais is a Reiki Master and Retired Nurse.
Sometimes we just want to sit and talk, watch a movie or stream Netflix.