About Us

Inspiring Individuals of all levels of ability to reach their full potential.

Our Story

ExercisAbilities was founded in 2011 by Melanie Brennan, PT, DPT. Dr. Brennan identified a problem that needed to be solved – people of all ages with neurologic or medical conditions that impacted their physical mobility, cognitive awareness, and overall health needed a place to go in the community where they could continue their rehabilitation after they finished their initial care at Mayo Clinic. Individuals with disabilities were not able to access the same care that able-bodied individuals could and their health was suffering. They needed a place that was accessible, had staff who understood their needs with multiple different disciplines available and had the right kind of equipment to help them achieve their goals. Ongoing exercise, recreation, and rehabilitation are key to keep moving forward, not backward, in the rehab recovery process. After working at Mayo Clinic for 11 years in acute brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, Melanie conceptualized a place that would meet all of these needs. She set to work to build ExercisAbilities. Over the years it has grown into a full-service rehabilitation and fitness facility and now includes neurologic recovery, nutrition services, adaptive fitness and recreation, pediatric services, pain management, orthopedic physical therapy, occupational hand therapy, speech therapy and so much more.

Our Mission

To inspire individuals of all abilities to reach their optimal health potential.

At EA, we empower better health for all!

Our Vision

All people, children to adults, will have unrestricted access to the rehabilitation process including physical activity and health promotion to achieve their goals of optimal health, pain-free movement, and functional quality of life.

ExercisAbilities is proud to be a nonprofit, 501c3. We have a vision that our services and resources will be available to all that desire to improve their quality of life, despite any accessibility issues or financial hardship. EA staff deliver services at high levels of fiscal responsibility and work to find every resource possible to cover the cost of care. We strive to keep our fees as low as possible, providing services according to a sliding scale fee to those in financial need if their services are not covered by other payors. We are excited to be a valued partner in health care in Rochester and Olmsted County. Seeing the difference that we make, improving the health and quality of life of so many in our community is our why.

Melanie Brennan, PT, DPT – CEO/Executive Director, Founder

Physical Therapist

Meet Our Staff

Vicki Allen

Chief Development Officer

Cindy Wiest, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Emily Breunig, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Jinise Trueblood, PT, DPT

Pediatric and Adult Physical Therapist

Savannah Sund, CIFT

Therapeutic Health Specialist I

Marina Schwanke

Exercise/Therapy Technician

Justin Roe, ATC, CSCS, CPT

Exercise/Therapy Technician

Desiree Nerud

Medical Receptionist

Andréa Hanson

Case Manager

Melanie Brennan, PT, DPT – CEO/Executive Director, Founder

Physical Therapist

Lisa Bailey, PT

Physical Therapist

Jared Peterson, PT

Physical Therapist

Rio Bentley, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Laurie Brengman, RDN/LD

Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach

Kathy Smith, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Krissy Gillard, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Michelle Roberts, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Trevor Redlin, MS, CIFT, CTRS

Recreation Therapy Specialist / Exercise Supervisor

Jordan Montes, EP-C, BS & Certified Lifestyle Coach

Therapeutic Health Specialist II

Zach Curry, CPT & Certified Lifestyle Coach

Therapeutic Health Specialist II

Alex McKay, CPT

Therapeutic Health Specialist II

Rhonda Burnap

Business Office Manager

Maria Serbus, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Ronda Lovelace, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

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