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The NeuroFit™ program at Sheltering Arms was designed to give people who have neurological disabilities support to achieve their fitness and recovery goals. This is achieved by working one on one with our clients to improve on function in the upper and lower extremities, address weight management issues, increase strength, and improve balance.


What Injuries and Conditions Do We Treat?

These are just a few conditions that we can help assist with your neurological rehabilitation needs.

  • Diagnosis Patients
  • Spinal Cord injury
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Brain Injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Rare/Other Neurological conditions

Additional NeuroFit™ Services

Stroke Class

Come join our stroke-specific circuit training class where we try to focus on mind and body. We involve a combination of exercises that make you use your brain and body to train affected limbs. It is a team-based atmosphere where people share the common goal of improving health and continuing recovery.

Rest and Recovery

The rest and recovery program is designed for just that. We find that most people don’t take the time to do the little things like stretching and soft tissue work so let us take care of that for you. In our 30 minute R&R session, we will dial in on problem areas with our Hypervolt percussion massage device, promote circulation with our whole body vibration power plate, promote muscle activation with electrical stimulation and improve range of motion with flexibility/mobility work. The R&R program is for anybody and everybody.


NeuroFit™ Vs. Other Neuro-Rehab Clinics

1. Our team not only has special population certifications that allow us to work with our neuro-recovery patients but we also have countless hours of hands-on experience.
2. We keep a close relationship with your referring doctor/therapist to ensure we are all on the same page working toward common goals.
3. You have access to some of the best rehabilitative technologies in the world that can help get you moving again.
4. We offer sessions that last from 30 minutes up to 2 hours depending on what you are comfortable with.
5. With the purchase of a 10 session package you also get access to our functional electrical stimulation (F.E.S) cycle as well as access to our open gym facilities.

What are the NeuroFit™ Program Requirements?

  • Participants must be able to breathe without the assistance of a ventilator (unless otherwise determined by NeuroFit Coordinator during evaluation).
  • Participants must not have any open sores or pressure wounds
  • Participants must be able to cognitively process directions
  • Participants must complete an evaluation with a fitness specialist
  • Participants must have a willingness to work hard


Contact a NeuroFit™ Specialist Today!

Meet Our NeuroFit™ Specialists

John Kobal
NeuroFit™ Coordinator

John Kobal NeuroFit coordinatorJohn holds a degree in exercise science with a concentration in strength and conditioning and a minor in interdisciplinary health studies. He has over 6 years of experience working hands on in inpatient/outpatient therapy programs including Race to Walk in North Carolina (2 years) and coordinating Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital’s NeuroFit program in Virginia (4+ years). He has been a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association since June 2014. John is a certified Indego exoskeleton specialist and is trained on many of the technologies that Sheltering Arms has to offer. He has also enjoyed mentoring exercise science students each semester from various universities throughout Virginia and strives to promote innovative excellence in the healthcare field.
Anna Riccio
Exercise Physiologist

Anna Riccio Exercise PhysiologistAnna is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a degree in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in exercise science. Upon graduation, Anna became a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. While completing her degree at VCU, she interned at both the University of Richmond’s Sports Medicine department and Sheltering Arms’ Neurofit program. Taking a liking to the rehabilitative side of fitness Anna began working for Sheltering Arms’ Neurofit™ program as a Fitness Specialist, in August of 2017. Anna hopes to continue her passion for fitness and rehabilitation by seeing Neurofit clients and facilitating the Stroke Circuit group fitness class.
Amy Perkins
Exercise Physiologist

Amy Perkins Fitness SpecialistAmy received her Master’s degree from the University of Virginia in Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities in 2018. She holds a certification from the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer and has been working with Sheltering Arms since graduation. She gained an interest in the field during her time volunteering with Sportable and Special Olympics and has a passion for fitness and sport for special populations. During her time in Charlottesville, she worked as an Adapted Physical Education teacher modifying and adapting activities to allow her students with physical and developmental disabilities to be fully able to participate with their classmates. She strives to help each individual reach their goals through a compassionate and fun approach to exercise.