Mandy Shintani is an occupational therapist, gerontologist and the founder of Urban Poling. Her mission is to inspire all towards active living and wellness through innovative pole designs and education. As an avid proponent of life long fitness, she has experienced herself how Urban Poling fuels a healthy and fun lifestyle that includes, using poles with other exhilarating activities such as snowshoeing, hiking and adventure travel, which she is passionate about. As a therapist, her design of the patented ACTIVATOR Poles was rooted in her desire to create a tool that would revolutionize mobility and rehabilitation programs. She is an international presenter and is considered to be one of the leading experts on this activity. She was a finalist at the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in the category of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.