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

Making healthy, happy, and independent possible for EVERYONE!

At EA, we empower better health for all!

Our Vision

We believe that our community will achieve optimal health when persons of all abilities have equitable community access to lifelong supportive therapeutic health promotion services.

ExercisAbilities is proud to be a nonprofit, 501(c) (3). 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

Lauren Vincent, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Vicki Allen

Chief Development Officer

Cindy Wiest, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Emily Breunig, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Jinise Trueblood, PT, DPT

Pediatric Rehabilitation Manager

Katie Lamping, OTR/L, MOT

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Savannah Sund, CIFT

Therapeutic Health Specialist I

Collin Volkman

Therapeutic Health Technician

Marina Schwanke

Exercise/Therapy Technician

Desiree Nerud

Care Coordinator

Jill Harkness

Volunteer Coordinator

Andréa Hanson

Office Manager

Elora Koepcke, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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

Michelle Roberts, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Trevor Redlin, MS, CIFT, CTRS

Therapeutic Health Manager

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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