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Phone 507-259-7570
Fax 888-624-31075335

East Frontage Rd NW, Suite C
Rochester, MN 55901
 
 

Staff

   
 

Melanie Brennan, PT, DPT
Melanie Brennan, PT, DPT is founder and owner of ExercisABILITIES Physical Therapy. Dr. Brennan attained her Masters in Physical Therapy with honors in February, 1998 and her Doctor of PT in 2008, both from the College of St Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She has 14 years experience working in a variety of fields including 10+ years in spinal cord injury and brain injury acute rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Melanie holds a certification as a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher. Other specialties include spinal cord injury locomotor training instruction from the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation NeuroRecovery Network and 3-week NDT (neuro-development technique) for stroke treatment. She also has advanced coursework in geriatric topics such as MS,Parkinson’s Disease, poor balance, falls, and osteoporosis.

Over the years, Dr. Brennan has developed a growing passion for providing a path for wellness for her clients following dismissal from formal physical therapy. She has seen many clients struggle with difficult home exercise programs, only to returnto therapy later with decline due to lack of ability to complete the exercises. The lack of available wellness opportunities in the Rochester area for people with medical and/or physical dysfunction has been her inspiration to create ExercisABILITIES Physical Therapy.


 

 

 

Marie Goihl, PT, NCS
Marie has practiced physical therapy since graduating from the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota in 1990. She has passionately served people with neurological conditions in the areas of acute care, rehabilitation inpatient and outpatient, wheelchair seating consultations, research investigations in functional improvements, and development of programming with technology based recovery tools.

She has been a certified neurological physical therapist since 2006. Marie has been trained by the Neuro Recovery Network in locomotor training and has developed programming for staff in this activity-based recovery approach.

Marie has an avid interest in the potential of the nervous systemto heal and the required movement induced learning that neural recovery encompasses. This includes the amount of repetition,intensity, and challenge through movement that will enhance the potential for recovery in the human nervous system. She has a particular interest in developing research in the area of recoveryand understanding the best environmentto obtain repetition and intensity for movement learning.

Marie enjoys time learning through traveling throughout the world, activities in her gardens and time with her grown children and extended family in the Lake City, Minnesota area. Her favorite activities for her mind and body are biking, swimming, learning through art and growing in her faith.

 

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Lisa Bailey, PT
Lisa has been a practicing physical therapist since graduating from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Related Sciences in 2002. She has served hospitalized patients with a broad range of diagnoses such as orthopedics, fall/ gait instability, amputee, general/ medical surgical, lymphedema, trauma, cardiovascar, and pulmonary to name a few. She has been an active student/ clinical instructor since 2007. Over recent years, she has assisted with review and creation of up to date fall prevention protocols and been able to speak on those topics in 2010 and 2012 at the MNAPTA conferences.

Lisa is a busy mother of three who enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children. In her freetime, she shares her love of music and as a vocalist at church, weddings, and other local venues. She stays active as a runner and enjoys playing volleyball.

Lisa comes to us with a vast amount of skills as an acute care hospital physical therapist from Mayo Clinic. We are excited to bring her expertise into her new role as our Falls Prevention LeadTherapist. Her experience and great energy working with older adults will benefit the entire community as she works at our clinic at the pool, and on the road at area centers and
home care.


 

 
 

Margaux Linde
Margaux Linde has been working in the fitness industry for 9 years in a variety of areas. For
the last 6 years she has specialized in post rehab fitness, and in most recent years has
focused on neurological recovery. Margaux has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Minnesota
State University, Mankato. She is an National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal
trainer since 2005 and carries certifications from National Exercise and Sport Trainer's
Association in Pilates and Sport Yoga. Margaux comes to us from the Courage Center ABLE
Program in Golden Valley, MN where she became a certified NeuroRecovery Exercise
Specialist. Margaux has a true passion for pushing all her clients to reach their full potential.

Margaux joins Exercisabilities from the twin cities where she lives with her husband, Elliot,
and 2 children, Eva and Asher. She enjoys bike rides with her kids roller blading with her
dog,T-Bone, and spending time with friends and family.


 
 

Nancy Drackley, PT, NCTMB
Nancy has practiced physical therapy since graduating from Mayo School of Health Related Science in 1992. She has practiced in a variety of settings including hospital, long term care
and outpatient treating mainly neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury and brain tumors, and chronic pain. She became certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) of Adult Hemiplegia in 1994.

Nancy is a master level Myofascial Release practitioner and is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork (NCTMB). In addition to neuro-rehabilitation, she has practiced
physical therapy in an Integrative Medicine setting utilizing MFR, aromatherapy, massage and mind body awareness with both acute and chronic pain and myofascial dysfunction. She has taught at numerous conferences and is co-author of several Mayo Clinic Rochester research publications.

Nancy lives in Zumbrota with her family of three teenage children. She loves to travel and spends most evenings at many different sporting events including football, basketball, softball and track meets. She is an avid photographer and has worked part time doing makeup and choreography for school and community drama productions.


 
  Connie Bruce, Certified Stott Pilates Instructor
Connie received her first Stott Pilates certification in 2007. She continued her Pilates training and received her Full Stott Pilates certification in 2009. She teaches the Pilates Method in
classes and in private sessions. Her Pilates journey has been filled with several ironic
moments. From deciding to be a Pilates instructor even though "I don't really know what it is,
but it sounds fun", to almost passing out from fright the first time she cued an exercise, to
giving serious thought to ending her training when she learned that most people have
physical imbalances. After seeing, again and again, the profound effects of Pilates to help
people have better movement and a better quality of life, Connie is passionate about offering
quality, personalized training. No two bodies are alike and Pilates is easily tailored to
fit everyone.

In her free time, Connie enjoys taking her dogs for long walks, spending time with family
and friends, biking, sailing, and looking for ways to be a better Pilates instructor.

 
 

Colleen Pelkey
Colleen Pelkey’s passion is teaching adaptive yoga and Stott Pilates to clients with physical challenges or special needs. She combines wisdom of ancient technologies like yoga and Tai Chi and modern scientific discoveries in order to teach clients to optimize their full capacities to effectively address individual challenges and meet goals. She offers yoga therapy as a path to an individualized holistic lifestyle that transforms stress and taps into creativity and resilience resulting in a joyful life. Colleen is Rochester’s first Comprehensive Yoga Therapist. She is registered yoga teacher (RYT 500), certified Stott Pilates instructor, and certified AFFA group fitness instructor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from MidAmerica Nazarene University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking,
gardening and spending time with her family and friends.



 
 

Matt Freidhof, B.A., ACSM-HFS
I graduated in 2012 with a four year degree in Movement Science from Winona State University.
I am a Health fitness specialist through American College of Sports Medicine.

I have played hockey on a rec league in town for the last 5 years. I have weight trained and worked out for 15 years. I have a 2 year degree from Riverland Community College in machine tool technology and worked as a cnc machinist for 5 years before going back to school. My main goal is to become physical therapist. My interests include prevention and rehabilitation through exercise and weight training.

 
 
Ben Wolter
I am from La Crescent MN. I received a Health Exercise Rehabilitative Science: Exercise Science degree and a Nutrition minor from Winona State University. While at Winona State, I helped out at Cotter High School working with their athletic teams and doing some specific training. I also supervised the wellness center at the Senior Friendship Center where I did some personal training. I interned at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center during my last semester of college and had an awesomeexperience. That is also where I met Nikki Campbell and ultimately, ended up working here at Exercisabilities!

Some of my passions outside of helping people improve their lifestyles are golfing, skiing, snow/long/wake boarding, sports, being outdoors, music, and spending time with family and friends.




 
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