OUR MISSION

NeuAbility strives to optimize the level of overall wellness for those impacted by a spinal cord injury, stroke, or any other form of paralysis through progressive, evidence-based adaptive rehabilitative exercise, alternative medicine practices and the cultivation of a robust community.

OUR STORY

NeuAbility was founded in 2007, to bridge the gap for post-acute rehabilitation services and exercise programs for those suffering with paralysis in Colorado’s communities. NeuAbility’s beginnings consisted of staff members traveling by van with minimal equipment to participants’ homes to provide adaptive exercise programs. As demand for service grew, NeuAbility settled into a 1,000 square foot facility in Boulder, CO. In 2008, NeuAbility became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and moved to a 5,600 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Denver. Currently, NeuAbility serves over 5,600 hours of one-on-one Adaptive Exercise and Integrative Therapy sessions a year. 

Our Staff

Adaptive Exercise Specialists

Dane Stair

Adaptive Exercise Specialist
University of Wisconsin
Kinesiology

Dane Stair was born and raised in southwestern Wisconsin. As a child, he was heavily involved in sports performance which eventually led to injuries that affected his athletic identity. Dane participated in Physical Therapy sessions and his experience led him down the path toward graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a major emphasis on Movement Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Throughout his time in school, he was able to participate in multiple programs that were designed to work on physical therapy for individuals with disabilities. Over time in this program he developed a passion for patient progression and holistic wellness regarding mobility, stability, and activity. In his free time, Dane’s hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, skiing, playing with his dog and working on home-improvement projects.

Dan Wagner

Adaptive Exercise Specialist
New Mexico Highlands University
Master's in Human Performance & Sport

Daniel Wagner was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Dan graduated from New Mexico Highlands University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master’s Degree in Human Performance and Sport.

Daniel is well-versed in the field of fitness and exercise and has competed in numerous sports at the collegiate level. Daniel participates on the Denver Barbarians Rugby team, playing the position of second row lock. Daniel now looks to feed his passion of using exercise science to assist others improve their quality of life through the programs at NeuAbility.

Adam Halpern

Adaptive Exercise Specialist
Colorado State University
Health & Exercise Science

Adam is a native to the Denver Metro area and grew up with a love for all sports, the complexities of the body, and the relationship of muscle training and performance. Adam suffered a serious leg injury before college began that ended his sports career, but drove his love for learning how to help the body rehab from injuries. Adam attended Colorado State University earning a degree in Health and Exercise Science.

 

Adam is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine and has had diverse experience with training individuals of many different ages and populations. In his last semester at CSU, Adam joined NeuAbility as an intern and developed a passion for the work that NeuAbility does. This passion drove him to join the NeuAbility team as a full time trainer.

Lindsey Lebel

Adaptive Exercise Specialist
Metropolitan State University
Exercise Science

Lindsey Lebel was born in Littleton, Colorado and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Exercise Science. While getting her degree she started to teach yoga and realized the importance of not only physical health but mental health as well. 

In her senior semester she interned at NeuAbility and was drawn to working with individuals with a wide range of abilities. Soon after, she worked at Craig Hospital for 3 years to continue her work in a Neuro setting. Once returning back to NeuAbility as a full time trainer, she feels like she has finally found her family. Lindsey loves working at NeuAbility because of the amazing community and energy that is alive in the gym.

In her free time Lindsey still teaches yoga, is a runner and enjoys spending time with her dog, Finley.

Integrative Therapists

Aimee Godin

Massage Therapist
Denver Integrative Massage

Aimee Godin incorporates a fusion of Thai and Western massage techniques to help clients make long lasting changes to their bodies, including increased flexibility and range of motion. She’s a graduate of Denver Integrative Massage School and has been practicing for 10 years.

She adds in herbal medicine, cupping, heated compresses, energy work and homemade salves to increase health and healing. Aimee likes to spend her time in nature, with her daughter, gardening, and training Capoeira.

Matthew Gibble

Massage Therapist
Boulder College of Massage Therapy

Matt began his journey in massage therapy in 1987 working for a professional cycling team. After a hiatus away from massage therapy, he attained an Associates Degree from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and opened his own practice in 2001. He’s maintained a private practice since that time specializing in Sports, Orthopedic and Medical Massage. Matt works to empower his clients, educating them about the potential that lies within their own bodies, striving to unharness that potential to lead a fuller life. He has discovered that learning about the body and how massage therapy affects it through manual therapy is a never ending, wonderful educational experience.

 

He is married to his wife Pam, a retired educator and has a son Benjamin, who is a Paramedic. Matt and Pam enjoy various outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, backpacking and camping.

Dr. Chris Dorsa

Chiropractor
Palmer College of Chiropractic

Dr. Christopher Dorsa grew up in Nashville, Tennessee playing sports all year round. Through his favorite sports, Chris discovered more about physical therapy and chiropractic, and eventually realized that the preventative hands-on approach to healthcare was his passion and pursued a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Palmer West in California. Dr. Dorsa’s style of treatment, which is different for each patient, translates to faster healing time and fixing the problem at the source rather than simply treating symptoms. Dr. Dorsa has extensive training in prenatal chiropractic, severe spinal cord injuries and paralysis, sports injuries, auto accident care, and overall wellness.


Outside of the office Dr. Dorsa has a large variety of hobbies. In the winter time you can find him in the mountains snowboarding and in the summer you may see him at the park getting upside down between hand balancing and acrobatics. Video and film work has been a new passion of his that started with his chiropractic.

Maya Kron

Acupuncturist
LA.c, MSTOM
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Maya Kron began her study of the human body while at York University, where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Integrating her knowledge of anatomy and physiology with Traditional Chinese Medicine, she earned her Master’s degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2010. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine with a specialty in pain management. She is nationally board certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed in acupuncture by the States of New York, New Jersey, and Colorado. She is also a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


Her approach to treatment is highly individualized and holistic. She develops a detailed and comprehensive treatment plan in line with individuals’ presenting aliment and root cause of the condition through relationship building.

Administration

Davis Hirschfeld

Executive Director

Davis Hirschfeld is a 10 year veteran of the United States Army, a philanthropist and non-profit leader, and a person who has a wealth of practical and fundraising experience. He was born in Colorado and has lived throughout the world during his military service. Davis plans to grow NeuAbility throughout the state of Colorado till the majority need has been met then look to expand to other states who would benefit from similar services.

Davis is married to his wife, Ashlee, and together they are avid snowboarders, love camping, and travel often. Davis enjoys building up communities and other individuals which is what drove him to pursue a career in Nonprofit Management. Davis believes that team building, solid leadership and culture is what enables any organization to grow, and to do so efficiently.     

Riley Kelner

Operations Manager

Riley is a Colorado native, having grown up in the South Denver Metro area. She moved back to Denver after graduating from Oregon State University. She enjoys being outdoors hiking, kayaking, and camping and tries to stay active in her lifestyle. Because of her passion for nature, she studied Environmental Science and has a large interest in how things work around her- so she is always open to learning new things! She also values the importance of business and obtained a background in management as well. She is happy to be a part of a wellness community and she looks forward to working with the community more.

Community Partners

Accessible Systems, Adams Twelve School District – Bollman Occupational Center, Adaptive Adventures, Craig Hospital, Chanda Plan Foundation, Parkhill Foundation, Walking With Anthony

Foundational Support

Daniels Fund, Negely Flinn Charitable Foundation,  Schwab Charitable – Kittleson Family Charitable Fund, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Corporate Sponsors and Partners

Red Bull, Ball Corporation, Titan Construction, Lennar Corporation, Barton Supply, Brannan Companies, Pour Haus, Bruz Beers, ANB Bank, Mission Yogurt.