MSPT, CKTP, CSCS, USATF Level 1
Richard Symister loves his job. A New York-licensed physical therapist, Richard has been guiding clients towards faster healing, improved physical fitness and enhanced performance for the past 19 years. His passion for enabling physical rehabilitation, bodywork, and alternative therapies was the founding motivation for MovEvolution. The studio focuses on movement for high-performance athletes and performing artists.
Richard was the first black male to earn a Master’s Degree (MSPT) from the renowned Simmons Graduate School of Physical Therapy in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and then obtained certification as a USA Level I Track and Field Coach (USATF 1). Early in his career, he honed his skills in and around New York City’s performing arts scene, spending three years on Broadway practicing manual therapy with professional dancers, musicians and stage crews. He then studied dance medicine and traditional, folkloric dance in Cuba.
Richard has worked closely with athletes from many sports and martial artists from many traditions. He also developed his skill in post-surgical practice while working with patients in recovery at several outpatient clinics. Always advancing his knowledge of dance and sports rehabilitation, he recently became a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner (CKTP). His current focus is on increasing the mobility of the 40+ year old athlete and dancer, specializing in knees and shoulders.
Richard lives to help others move. On any given day, you’ll probably find him cycling, practicing martial arts, or playing his current instrument as a percussionist, the congas.