Communication, collaboration, and openness to discovery.

Stephanie Behrendt & Theo St. Francis have cultivated a working relationship around communication, collaboration, and openness to discovery – the building blocks of their shared neuro-rehab journey. 

As partners in SCI recovery since 2014, this duo has worked to decode
the complex process of neurological healing.

Theo St. Francis

Stephanie Behrendt, PMA-CPT

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Stephanie has engaged in over 15,000 hours working directly with individuals with spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders. She was first introduced to Pilates in 2014, which forever changed her thinking about spinal cord injury rehabilitation. 

Stephanie graduated from University of California, Davis in 2011 with a B.S. in Exercise Biology. She studied sports medicine and exercise-based rehabilitation as an intern with the university's Division I athletes. After graduation, Stephanie served as a Neuro Exercise Therapist and Manager at a spinal cord injury & neurological disorder specialty gym in Pleasanton, CA for almost 5 years before starting a Pilates-based SCI recovery program – AbsoluteENDEAVOR – at Absolute Center in Lafayette, CA in 2015.

She blends her formal education, vast experience with SCI, and training in Pilates and mindful movement to provide a unique style of training that is focused on body re-connection. 

Stephanie is a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body, as well as an American Council on Exercise (ACE) professional since 2008.

Theo has been exploring the vast landscape of body-reconnection since his 2013 C6-injury at the start of his Mechanical Engineering and collegiate swimming careers at MIT. Having the trajectory of his healing completely redirected by his practice of Pilates, Theo is now working on ways for others to benefit from the same effective therapy.

Through five years of full-time recovery focused on integrating his whole body into new movement patterns – as opposed to simply getting muscles to fire – he progressed to living fully independently. Theo is now back studying Mechanical Engineering full-time at MIT.

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