Richard Symister


Richard Symister loves his profession.

A New York-licensed physical therapist, Richard has been guiding clients towards healing, fitness, and performance for over 20 years. His passion for infusing physical rehabilitation, bodywork, and alternative therapies was the founding motivation for MovEvolution.

Richard was the first African-American male to earn a Master’s Degree (MSPT) from the renowned Simmons Graduate School of Physical Therapy in Boston, Massachusetts, 2007. He went on to become a Strength Coach (CSCS) in 2018 and earned his USA Track & Field – Level 1 Certification in 2018.

Early in his career, he honed his skills in and around New York City’s performing arts scene, spending three years on Broadway with the Lion King, 42nd Street, Little Shop of Horrors and other major shows, working with their dancers, musicians and stage crews. In 2012, Richard studied dance medicine and traditional, folkloric dance in Cuba.

Richard has worked closely with athletes and martial artists from many sports and traditions. He also developed his skills in post-surgical practice (knees and shoulders).

On any given day, you’ll probably find him cycling, dancing, training in martial arts, or playing percussions.

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Eugene ‘Bo’ Babenko, DPT


Attending Brooklyn Tech and receiving his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in 2008, “Doc Bo” is truly a child of Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  He is excited to be working and giving back to the community that gave him so much. 

Bo started his career working as an EMT, athletic trainer (ATC), and strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). He has continued he s pursuit of clinical excellence, focusing on sports and orthopedic physical therapy.

Prior to joining the MovEvolution team, Bo worked in Dubai’s functional fitness world, helping to raise the bar of human performance.

A former triathlete, Division I college football player, and currently competing in Olympic weightlifting and Cross Fit, Bo pushes his body to the limits to better understand how to optimize his clients’ and patients’ recovery.

Bo utilizes a holistic approach (i.e. sleep, stress management, nutrition) combined with evidence-based research, manual therapy techniques and movement to address his clients’ pain, limitations, and dysfunction.

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