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
Group Program Coordinator

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.

Parth Patel
Neuro-Exercise Specialist

Parth began his journey as an adult as a biophysics major. During that time, he learned that he did not enjoy spending time alone in a lab. He had been active through martial arts, lacrosse, and powerlifting throughout his young adult life and into adulthood. Many times, he would get injured and would try to learn why this occured and how to prevent this moving forward. This led him to earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Health and Human Physiology.

During this time, Parth had been working as a rehabilitation aide at Athletico Physical Therapy and that’s where he learned of his passion to help patients. He remembers the first patient that he worked with post-surgically and helped progress and the absolute joy it brought him to help someone else achieve something that was so meaningful to himself. He then moved on to Northwestern Medicine where he worked in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedic, neurological, lymphadema, and in-patient. During this time, he earned his Master’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Pain Science. It was during this time that he took a high liking to pain science and pain disorders and helping those experiencing pain to the betterment of their lives and handing them the tools necessary to meet their goals.

Parth loves spending time with his girlfriend, Nicky, traveling, experiencing new and unique things, especially within nature, and he absolutely loves trying new foods.

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.

Kelsey Kobringer

Neuro Exercise Specialist

Kelsey found her passion for exercise in high school where she played competitive soccer and ran track and field. After suffering from an Achilles injury that required surgery, she saw the profound affects rehabilitation has on the human body after spending many hours in physical therapy and the training room.

Following that passion, she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2022. During her time at Oshkosh, Kelsey worked as a Certified Nursing Aide and Rehabilitation Aide where she gained experience with many complex conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. She strives to deliver personalized sessions that best benefits each patient’s condition and goals.

Jerry Garcia

Neuro Exercise Specialist

Jerry’s interest in fitness can be traced back to a very early age and he credits his first workout program as a daily stretching routine he had when he was five years old with the goal of someday doing the splits, an idea after watching Olympic gymnasts’ routines. Although that goal was quickly forgotten at such an early age, the Olympics planted the seed that would later be watered in the weight room and left to grow in muggy football fields during two-a-days in Houston, TX. The sprains and strains earned on the field developed general interests in strength and conditioning, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. These interests were developed in the military where cardiovascular endurance is a more desirable athletic attribute and Jerry began doing homework on his off time trying to figure out how to blend his love of lifting heavy objects with the new need to run.

At the time Jerry didn’t realize that he was developing a crude set of skills that would later be refined as he navigated the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science program at Lewis University. It was here Jerry recognized the medicinal and therapeutic application of exercise, an idea later reinforced by his experiences as a rehabilitation aide in the stroke, spinal cord, and brain injury units at one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the country. Jerry heard about the work being done here at Movement Revolution, came in to shadow a class, and he hasn’t looked back since. He hopes to draw from his various experiences to help clients reach their personal goals and improve their general wellbeing.