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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Stephanie Chan

Stephanie Chan has over 12 years of experience in orthopaedic and manual therapy, and is a Certified Barefoot Rehabilitation Specialist. She received both her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Northwestern University, where she rowed crew as an undergraduate in the Big Ten Conference. Incorporating principles of Pilates, yoga, athletic training, and her own sports background, she creates a custom plan for patients of every ability, from ages 8 and up. Originally from California, Stephanie loves nature, animals, and the outdoors, and bikes all over NYC. She has traveled extensively through Latin America and Asia, and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and some Chinese.