Joy Wagner, Founder & President
Joy Wagner, received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Iowa. She has practiced nursing and taught in the health field since 1982 changing her focus to Multiple Sclerosis, Auto-Immune and other Neuromuscular conditions after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. Determined to regain her independence, Joy developed a rehabilitation protocol for herself. She named this program fitMS® in 2003 when she began teaching other MS patients at local fitness facilities. She released a standing and seated version of fitMS® on DVD in 2004 to make the program available to MS patients outside her community. Joy received the National MS Society’s “Leader of Hope Award” in 2004 in recognition of fitMS and her dedication to helping MS patients improve their mobility. Joy has taught fitMS® and spoken at patient and healthcare provider education events across the country since 2003.
Joy founded fitMS® NeuroBalance Center (not-for-profit – NFP 501(c)3 Public Charity) in 2010. With the goal of providing more services to address the unmet needs of the MS population and all those with Neuromuscular conditions that threaten independence. In addition to group and private fitness, yoga and Power Plate® instruction, Joy counsels patients in disease management and educates patients and healthcare providers about MS. As President of the NeuroBalance Center, she is responsible for fundraising, community outreach and group education event speakers and topics.
Stephanie Bryan Kangas, MPH, Director of Philanthropy
Stephanie first met Joy in 2019 through a mutual friend. She was earning her master’s degree in Public Health from Benedictine University and needed an internship. After graduating, NeuroBalance offered her the position of Director of Philanthropy to develop new donors and support current ones. She is also responsible for fundraising throughout the year including writing grants for family and corporate foundations.
Jenny Wells, Administrative & Operations Coordinator
Jenny is the Administrative & Operations Coordinator at the NeuroBalance Center. She assists with scheduling, coordinates volunteers, manages our POS MindBody system, creates our Client newsletter, and assists with planning onsite events at the Center. She is also involved in facility management, oversees provider & employee needs, manages reception, and orients & trains new employees.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family, spinning, practicing yoga, cooking, and being outdoors. She is also very passionate about the small non-profit she leads that supports her local police department. She holds an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Dietetics, as well as two technical degrees in Nutrition, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science.