The Movement Revolution Family

We are dedicated to enabling our clients to maximize their potential, through the power of neuro-intensive exercise.

Certifications and Specialties:

Meet Our Team of Experts

Our team of Neuro Exercise Specialists have over 60 years of cumulative experience in working with neurological populations. Our coaches’ education level ranges from at least a bachelor’s degree to a PhD in exercise and wellness related fields while holding additional certifications and training in neurological symptom-specific exercise. We understand the unique impact of the conditions affecting our clients allowing us to develop the most impactful exercise programs that help them live stronger each day.

Eric Johnson
CEO & Founder

Eric founded Movement Revolution with the mission to foster hope and invigorate life through exercise, for people with neurological conditions.  Eric has a passion for coaching clients to reach their goals by maximizing their potential.  Exercise and wellness quickly became his passion and guided his career path to sharing his experiences as a coach to enhance the lives of others through neuro-intensive exercise.

Daisy Asimakopoulos
Director of Operations

Daisy was an athlete all throughout high school, but in college she became passionate about working with special populations and started working with children affected by neuromotor disorders and orthopedic conditions. She graduated with an Exercise Science degree from Illinois State University. While working at the top rehabilitation hospital in the country, Daisy began developing adaptive fitness programs for people with neurological disorders.

Daisy’s strong understanding of program development for conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and stroke recovery pairs perfectly with her passion to push clients toward their fitness goals. When not training, Daisy is in constant communication with clients and physicians to make sure the Movement Revolution experience is a great one.

In her free time, Daisy enjoys spending time with her husband & kids, traveling, and finding the best outdoor patios – live music required! 

Katherine Jacob
Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Katherine has been involved with athletics for many years. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Sport Management Degree where she also played for the EIU volleyball team. She has coached for 7 years training college level athletes.

Ever since Katherine’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, it became her new passion to train those with neurological conditions and strive to make a difference in their lives while helping them to accomplish their goals. She is a certified Rock Steady Boxing Trainer. She likes to push clients to their full potential to give them the best quality of life. Katherine has the knowledge and experience to build a well rounded and functional program that is individualized for each client.

In her free time, she enjoys playing in volleyball leagues, working out, eating at new restaurants with her husband and attending sporting events.

Adam Heredia
Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Adam’s interest in exercise stemmed from participation in football while attending high school. He was interested in the rigorous training process and, unlike most of his teammates, he enjoyed it. This is where he developed a mindset that puts function over aesthetics and pursued opportunities to help individuals function in life. Before Movement Revolution, he worked at a rehab facility as the resident fitness manager designing programs to improve the wellness of recovering addicts. While working full-time, Adam completed his master’s degree in Kinesiology that emphasized clinical exercise.

In 2018, Adam moved to Chicago to begin a new chapter in his life, and soon became a member of the Movement Revolution team. Adam has the developed skill set and experience to provide great care to those he works with. He’s confident he can help anyone via exercise and does so with the intent of not only improving physical outcomes but also positively impacting one’s mental climate.He found mental health to be of the utmost importance for his clients’ outcomes which motivated him to complete his doctorate in performance psychology. This skill set assists with the goal setting, stress management, concentration, program adherence, and overall well-being of those he works with.

In his spare time Adam enjoys vacationing with his girlfriend Kristin, martial arts training for himself, and agility training with his dog Indie.

Austin Pohlman
Lead Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Austin was a three-sport athlete in high-school, until he suffered a few major concussions in competition. Seeing the impact of rehabilitation in his own life, fostered a passion to enable and help others through their own personal journey.

Austin turned that passion into a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Dayton and will complete his masters in the summer of 2020. A internship in the Neurology and Psychiatry department of Northwestern Medical further confirmed that this was his correct path. Leveraging a scientific approach to rehabilitation and disease prevention, Austin has helped numerous clients with varied neurological conditions from Parkinson’s disease, MS, Brain Cancer and others, to improve their functional wellbeing and become more confident in their everyday lives.

In his free time Austin likes to walk his dog Finn, play sports with friends, and enjoys watching a good movie. He likes all types food and is always open to new suggestions or recipes!

Dillon Woodward
Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Dillon’s love of exercise started from being involved in athletics from a young age.  She had a competitive background in swimming, cross country, and lacrosse, and played club lacrosse throughout her time at Illinois State University.

Dillon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from ISU in May of 2021 where she grew passionate about learning the biological mechanisms that underlie physical activity and how important exercise is for both the mind and body.  She has a strong background in exercise program design, in both one-one-one training and group fitness settings and she is looking forward to creating exercise programs that are individualized, challenging, and enjoyable for clients and participants.

Dillon believes that exercise is truly medicine and she is eager to help her clients and participants reach their health and fitness goals!

Breea Bell
Lead Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Breea realized early on in her career that she was passionate to work with the special population community concentrating on Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, among others. Breea has a personal connection with the Parkinson’s community as her grandfather had the disease for 12 years. Making a difference in the lives of individuals with adaptive needs is a passion she strives to achieve each day here at Movement Revolution.

Breea has a bachelors degree and Masters Degree in Exercise Science with a dual concentration in Preventative Injury and Rehabilitation. She also is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) with both the Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist certifications in addition to her NASE Speed specialist Level II certification.

Eli Wargo
Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Eli grew up in an environment surrounded by individuals in the special population community and gained a love for helping others. She learned many skills from her father, who is a Physical Therapist Assistant. Her passion for helping others turned into a love for sports and fitness when she was in high school and participated in many sports and clubs, including water polo.

Eli graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, emphasizing Strength and Conditioning from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in December of 2020. During her time at Oshkosh, Eli spent three years working closely with the UWO Football team. In addition, she gained a true passion for helping others when she experienced personal injuries and spent many hours in the rehab room. To finish her degree, Eli completed an internship with Movement Revolution and fell in love with the work being done here.

Eli enjoys trying new foods in her free time, creating new memories with friends and family, and going for hikes with her two dogs Kota and Willow.

Alex Tran

Neuro Exercise Specialist

Growing up Alex loved playing basketball and dancing recreationally. However, his passion for exercise grew when he began weightlifting in high school. Early on he experienced many injuries such as a pectoralis major tear and herniated lumbar disc. Although the injuries were mild setbacks it opened a door which allowed him to use his knowledge to help others overcome their own difficulties.

Originally, Alex majored in Business Administration and planned to find a career related to the field. After some reevaluation he ended up switching majors and graduated from Aurora University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree. After graduation, Alex received his Exercise Physiologist certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Alex had previous experience working as a rehabilitation aide and fitness instructor for the geriatric demographic, many of which were diagnosed with medically complex conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia.

During his free time Alex loves going to all you can eat restaurants, cooking, weightlifting, and playing with his dog Luna.

Shari Manakul

Business Administrator

Shari graduated with her bachelors of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University. Soon after graduating Shari’s father was diagnosed with dementia so she put everything on pause to become her father’s primary caretaker for five plus years. She is confident that a big reason as to why her dad is still here today is because of the exercise and daily routine that she did with him. That exercise truly prolonged his quality of life. Which is why she strongly believes in the work at Movement Revolution.

Although she decided the hospital setting was not for her, she still enjoys helping others and bringing light into people’s lives. Shari has an immense compassion for others and in her free time she loves to volunteer and donate to women’s shelters and local food pantries.

Matt Costa

Neuro Exercise Specialist

Matt developed an interest for studying the human body while training for multiple sports in high school. He was fascinated with how each exercise translated into a sport-specific movement on the field. Matt studied exercise science at Slippery Rock University in western Pennsylvania, where he went on to get his Master’s degree in Adapted Physical Activity, studying Physical, Intellectual, and Developmental disabilities. 

Matt is extremely passionate about working with individuals with chronic conditions, and was previously the Director of Training for a nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh. He has tremendous experience working with individuals with Strokes, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Traumatic Brain Injuries. He believes everyone can improve their quality of life through purposeful physical training! 

In his free time, Matt enjoys any outdoor activity! He is an avid golfer, enjoys recreational sports, snowboarding, and watching the Buffalo Bills on Sundays.