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About Us

The journey begins with a single step.

The team at Adapt collectively brings over 40,000 hours of hands-on experience servicing paralysis and neurodegenerative conditions. Our team of Recovery Consultants all hold at least four-year accredited degrees ranging from PhD programs to Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Physical Therapy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Exercise and Health Science. 

Our team of specialists pride themselves on being leaders in neurological recovery techniques and protocols. Collectively we have educated many neuro-recovery specialists and spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers across the United States and internationally. 

A group of a neurological recovery specialist team at Adapt.

Our Story

Founded in 2017 by John and Melanie Monteith, Adapt Functional Movement Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing a complete recovery and rehabilitation experience for individuals locally and internationally with movement disabilities due to neurodegenerative conditions and injuries.
Since its beginning, Adapt supports over 100 unique members annually from over 10 different countries.

While most rehabilitation and recovery practices focus on traditional singular modalities, Adapt’s team blends disciplines into cohesive and unified programs in order to provide a personalized and integrative approach for overcoming the challenges of disability. Ultimately, our goal is to minimize the impact disabilities have on a person’s life by tailoring individualized protocols and member experiences that encapsulate four core elements:

Functional Movement Therapy Recovery Programs

Mental Health, Mindfulness & Emotional Wellbeing

Massage, Bodywork & Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Social Isolation Prevention & Community Development 

Meet The Team

Leadership Team

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John Monteith

Executive Director

Chairman of the Board

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Troy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and a Masters's in Exercise Science. He is currently certified by the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and by NASM as a Corrective Exercise Specialist.

Troy brings over 15 years of clinical experience to the team and further serves his community as an educator at Mira Costa College.

Melanie Monteith

Managing Director


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Andon graduated pre-med from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BS in Physiology and a minor in Exercise and Health Science.


In 2011 He began working as a Recovery Specialist at one of the world’s leading neuro rehabilitation facilities. He was later promoted to Director of Program Management and became responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and treatment objectives. 

Andon Gamache

Chief Operating Officer


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Troy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and a Masters in Exercise Science. He is currently certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Corrective Exercise Specialist.

Troy Baker

Executive Manager, Clinical Education & Research


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Sheryl Diaz graduated with a B.S. in Nursing in 2013 and has been working in the Home Health industry ever since. Sheryl has a diverse background including experience with both neurological and cognitive disorders. 


Sheryl has been proactive to not just care for the physical health of others, but to empower others to live a well rounded, independent life. Her career has allowed her to travel internationally: with clients, and as a volunteer on medical missions.

Sheryl Diaz

Executive Manager, Member Services & Care Coordination

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Kristee Shepherd

Executive Manager, Patient Experience & Engagement

Clinical Team

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Jagade graduated from California Lutheran University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and emphasis in Human Performance.


Prior to working in the neurological recovery field he interned as an Athletic Trainer for his universities football team that he once played for and captained. Jagade’s experience has seen him working with special populations such as: ALS, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, SCI, Stroke, Transverse Myelitis and TBI.

Jagade Snyder

Senior Neurological Recovery Specialist

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Alex graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Clinical Exercise Physiology with honors) in 2016. 

Alex spent four years delivering ABT sessions to clients with neurological conditions as well providing clinical education to the interns in Australia, before relocating to San Diego in 2020. 

His special areas of interest are tone & spasticity management, gait assessment and locomotor training. 

Alexander Ung

Senior Neurological Recovery Specialist

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Steven Sala

Senior Neurological Recovery Specialist

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Amanda Wilson

Assistant Neurological Recovery Specialist

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Jake Monia

Neurological Recovery Specialist

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Bria Freeman

Assistant Neurological Recovery Specialist

Integrative Therapy Team

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Michelle York

Emotional Wellness Lead


Claudia Leal

Massage Therapist

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Samantha Bass

Massage Therapy Lead

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Jason Burke

Emotional Wellness Therapist


Erin Gray

Reiki Master & Yoga Practitioner

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Julie Gruber

Emotional Wellness Therapist


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You can conquer your condition.

The journey begins with a single step.

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