Ryan is a physical therapist and experienced fitness professional with coaching, teaching, and management experience. He is dedicated to a lifetime of personal and professional growth to serve the local and global community through movement assessment, movement prescription, patient education, and manual therapy based on the latest evidence. His training started with a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science at the University of Michigan, which led him to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Mercy College, as well as many continuing education courses by industry leaders in both the performance and rehabilitation worlds.
He believes in movement as a skill to be developed throughout a lifetime and the gym to be a controlled environment to develop this skill. The ultimate goal of that skill is to have a strong, healthy, and long lasting body able to participate in and navigate the demands of day-to-day life.
Ryan has 6 years of experience coaching clients and has also been the former manager at a boutique private training gym. He sees himself as a lifelong student, which made teaching a natural career step for him. He is a faculty member at the Focus Personal Training Institute because he believes in its mission statement to improve the industry standard of personal training. He enjoys mentoring young trainers and believes teaching gives him a larger platform to reach more of society beyond the one-on-one setting. He believes his fitness experience and past position as a graduate teaching assistant at Mercy College gives him unique insight in the fitness, health, and wellness education. He sees a gap in the science that is taught at the university level and practical application of that knowledge. He wants to bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and real world application in new fitness and rehab professionals.
Ryan is also passionate about bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance, as he believes movement is medicine. He wants to be able to take any body, young or old, injured or healthy, and help them reach their movement goals, whatever they may be. This has led him to pursue advanced training by industry leaders such as functional training expert Craig Liebenson, low back pain researcher and guru Stuart McGill, and Gray Institute founder, Gary Gray, among others. He uses an evidence based approach, which has helped him develop a niche of working with those with injuries or complicating health factors to reach their fitness and performance goals.
Certifications and continuing education:
Mercy College – Dobbs Ferry, NY Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI B.S. Movement Science – School of Kinesiology
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
ACSM – Certified Exercise Physiologist
NASM – Corrective Exercise Specialist
NYS Dept. of Education Licensed Teacher
Gray Institute – 3DMAPS
Animal Flow Level 1
Annette Lang’s Training the Pregnant and Postpartum Client
FMS – Selective Functional Movement Assessment
Rocktape – FMT Blades
AHA certified Emergency First Aid Responder and CPR/AED
North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy – Lumbopelvic Spine I – 2015
NYAPTA RockTape Mini Conference – Movement Taping – 2016
FIFA – Manual and Diploma for Football Medicine – 2016
McGill 2 – The Detailed Back Assessment: Reducing Pain and Enhancing Performance – 2016
Muay Thai Techniques by Brandon Levi – 2015
Speed Agility and Quickness for Sport and Life by Nick Gehling – 2015
Effects of Coaching Style on Performance by Meghan Shea – 2016
Advancements in Program Design I & II by Brent Brookbush – 2011
One-on-one consultations with Dr. Stuart McGill and Craig Liebenson to develop techniques and treatment plan for a client with complex back injuries and health history
How I Stay Moving:
Weightlifting, kettlebells, body weight exercise such as Animal Flow and GMB fitness programs