Amy Young is a person with PD and an improviser! She will be playing at the YOPN/YAX FUNdraiser on Tuesday, Dec. 5th at 4p Pacific. To join us, please register at:…

Who is this show for? Short answer: everyone. Is there something we’re not talking about that we should? Let us know and be the guest that shines the light on what we’re missing!

Robert and Susan form an interesting duo. Robert is a longtime care partner for his father with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Susan is a woman who was diagnosed with PD in 2015. They’ve both made award-winning films about their experiences with PD and are now co-founders of the non-profit, YAX! –

The mission of YAX! is to provide a safe, fun and kind place for people with and affected by Parkinson’s disease to connect, empower and enhance their lives through improvisation.

That’s right: improvisation. We play – mostly online so we can get as many people as we can from as many places as we can. We do not charge. We do accept donations from those who wish to pay it forward.

Robert earned his PhD from the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is researching the effect of improvisation on PD and the results of his clinical trials can be found at his website,

Join us for fun, laughter and your daily dose of dope(-amine).

Robert Cochrane, PhD Yes, And...eXercise!

Dr. Robert Cochrane is a graduate of UNLV's Integrated Health Sciences department. He's researching the effect of improvisation and storytelling on Parkinson’s disease. He received grants from the Parkinson's Foundation and support from the Davis Phinney Foundation along the way. He is a popular, unique and high energy Keynote speaker, bringing joy, optimism and practical tools for people in the PD community to thrive today.

He has a background in filmmaking, with the Artisan Entertainment release, The Playaz Court, and two Stephen King-based short films among his credits. His father, Dan, was diagnosed with PD in 2001, which shifted Robert’s artistic lens to health. He made his first documentary, the award-winning Boys of Summer in 2004. There are two follow up films in the series with the fourth film coming in 2023.

He moved his family back to Walnut Creek, CA, where he grew up. He lives there with his beautiful wife, two teenagers who are, indeed, "all that" and is a proud care partner for his amazing parents.