About Us

A nonprofit with a mission to make healthy, happy, and independent possible for EVERYONE!

Our Story

In 2009, our founder and CEO, Melanie Brennan, PT, DPT, 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 were being dismissed much too soon from beneficial therapy services after life changing diagnoses or neurologic injury due to arbitrary health insurance coverage issues.  Because the decision to end services is made by lacking health insurance as the primary reason, their needs and potential for benefit from ongoing rehabilitation was being ignored.  A safe, and affordable place was needed the community for people to go to continue their recovery to optimal health and independence that was accessible with advanced rehabilitation technologies, accessible adaptive equipment, and knowledgeable therapy and adaptive wellness staff.  Melanie set to work to build a nonprofit company with this goal, and in 2011, ExercisAbilities was born.

Over the past 10 years, ExercisAbilities has grown into a full-service rehabilitation and adaptive fitness facility and includes services in intensive neurologic recovery, community rehab and health for those with complex medical conditions, adaptive fitness, wellness, and sports recreation, pediatric rehabilitation and family wellness (EA Pediatrics) and health and lifestyle coaching including the National Diabetes Prevention Program.  Our state of the art community rehabilitation and specialized wellness facilities are located at 2530 Broadway Ave N (main EA building) and 2518 Broadway Ave N (EA Pediatrics).  We also provide services in our community with many community partners.


We believe everyone should have equal access to health improvement services and programs.  We want to serve all in our community – whether you can afford to pay full fee for the services or not.  For this reason, we have a wide range of ways that your services are covered financially at EA.  Through our proven process called the EA Health Action Plan, our entire team will work together with you or your child to complete an extensive in-person assessment, determine your personal health and independence goals, outline recommendations including a plan for care for you to meet your health and independence goals according to best practice and documented evidence for your condition. This plan will be created without any bias to ability to pay.  We are committed that everyone will be able to afford their recommended plan.

We are proud to be a 501©3 (EIN: 45-5214117018) nonprofit.  With this, we raise funds to be able to offer scholarships and organize a professional volunteer clinic so that you will meet your goals.  We also are in network with most major insurance companies including Mayo Medica Tier 2 in-network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ucare, and many others.  We also can accept Medicare and MN Medicaid.  However, due to the nature of chronic conditions and lack of insurance coverage for rehabilitation long term, many of our services are not covered by insurance.  This does not mean that they are not necessary for you to achieve your health and recovery goals.  They are!  We will work with you through our many options of ongoing payment, including a financial assessment for scholarship, to make sure you can continue to get the help that you need!


Community support helps make our work possible. Disability knows no bias and is encountered by individuals of all races, genders, ages, and family financial standing.   We receive many grants and individual donations throughout the year.   We also welcome volunteers on many levels to extend our services to more people.  Check out our volunteer page for opportunities.

Finding your way to EA

Meet Our Staff

Lauren Vincent, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Marissa Rahlf, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Shalynn Griesmer


Cindy Wiest, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Jenessa Reinhart, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Lori Banks, PTA

Director of Clinical Services/Physical Therapy Assistant

Collin Volkman

Therapeutic Health Technician

Desiree Nerud

Care Coordinator

Ellie Ronning


Jill Harkness

Volunteer Coordinator

Andréa Hanson

Office Manager

Gabby Herrera

Care Coordinator

Emma Burmester


Elora Koepcke, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Anne Guse, PT, DPT

Pediatric Physical Therapist

Stef Bjerke

Therapeutic Health Technician

Ryan Stavlo

Therapeutic Health Technician

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

Physical Therapist

Rio Bentley, PT, DPT

Adult Rehabilitation Manager

Laurie Brengman, RDN/LD

Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach

Kathy Smith, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Trevor Redlin, MS, CIFT, CTRS

Therapeutic Health Specialist

Zach Curry, CPT & Certified Lifestyle Coach

Therapeutic Health Specialist II

Alex McKay, CPT

Therapeutic Health Specialist II

Rhonda Burnap

Operations Director

Ronda Lovelace, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

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