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The Vital Team

About Missy and Rob,
the founders of The Vital Stretch®

We have been in the healthcare- field for a very long time. Our patients seek us out as “seasoned practitioners” well-known as active members of our Norwalk community. Together, over a combined timeframe of over 50+ years, we’ve actively helped thousands of people regain their health at our multi-disciplinary practice, Advanced Health Professionals, or AHP, as our patients have coined us.

 

We continue to be hands-on and treat our patients with some of the very same methods we utilize with our Vital Stretch clients. Treating injuries as a Physical Therapist and Chiropractor provides us with the expertise and understanding of how the body responds to different stretching techniques depending on the person’s goals. We call this knowledge “The Vital Stretch Method.” It is the foundation for the certification required by all Vital Stretch Certified Stretch Practitioners we employ.

We love our “Vital Stretch Method” because it has helped us as we age. The Vital Stretch Method keeps us fit and ready to tackle our busy lifestyle and physically demanding jobs. It allows us to stretch out our feeling of youthfulness with the best recovery techniques available.

Founders of The Vital Stretch
The Vital Stretch Founders

The Vital Stretch® was born for going back to some of the basic concepts of movement and elongation. With our appreciation of the body’s interactive kinetic chain and our passion for helping people recover from injury and feel better, we have out together a superior method for anybody out there – young, middle-aged, and senior alike! Assisted stretching is beneficial and feels great to any one! We love how our combination of both progressive and straightforward hands-on techniques will make you feel both relaxed and re-energized when you get off our Vital Stretch table! 

The 'Vital' Team

Evan Bonenfant

EVAN
(Team Lead)

I learned the importance of stretching at a young age when I was competing in track - Stretching was the only relief I found to help me in recovery from my workouts. I now take the approach of "Our bodies need to be in motion".

Since becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist and being involved with the Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy team at Advanced Health Professionals, I've learned a lot about the body and how the healing process occurs following an injury. With my PREP certification (Post Rehab Exercise Program), I have incorporated continuous movement and the significance of whole-body exercise to maximize the therapeutic impact on wellness.

When Rob and Missy approached me about helping them with The Vital Stretch®, it was simply a no-brainer to jump on board! I'm thrilled to continue to dedicate my life's work to get people feeling better by employing stretching and getting people to move!

DIMITRI

Growing up, I've always been an advocate of health and fitness. I was drawn to fitness early in life. Being physically active at a young age allowed me to see all the positive transformations of being healthy. I quickly developed a passion for helping others engage in healthier lifestyles.

After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, and my Personal Training certification with ACSM, I took action and helped motivate people to discover their best selves through fitness.

My first encounter with the Vital Stretch team was at a 5k event where I tried a demo stretch. I was hooked! Both Rob and Missy gave me a phenomenal stretching experience. They explained the specialized and unique techniques they use to make their stretching sessions more efficient and longer-lasting. I was immediately interested in joining the team. After becoming a TVS Certified Stretch Practitioner, I'm always excited to share my experiences and skills, as well as bringing a safe, effective and enjoyable experience to TVS clients.

YASMIN

As a CSP [Certified Stretch Practitioner], my drive is to bring overall wellness to your body not only through assisted stretching but with positivity, encouragement, and my passion for helping others. And in my personal life, running after my daughter has become a breeze after incorporating stretching into my day-to-day life.

When I was approached to be a part of The Vital Stretch® team, it was an absolute honor. Being a NASM [National Academy of Sports Medicine™] Certified Personal Trainer and running my own group exercise classes has helped tremendously in executing our highly successful Vital Stretch Classes and programs. The human body is a unique thing, and we only get one, so it’s our job to take good care of it.

KADEEM

Flexibility and recovery were some of the first concepts I learned when competing in Folkstyle wrestling in high school. We needed to be flexible to get out submissions, and we needed to learn how to recover after complex practices. These concepts were drilled into my mind and shaped how I approach workouts and overall recovery.

Since becoming an ACSM [American College of Sports Medicine] Personal Trainer, I’ve been continuously learning about the human body. I’ve been analyzing motions in sports and daily activities to help others meet their health and wellness goals. Becoming a Certified Stretch Practitioner at The Vital Stretch® with Missy and Rob was the best choice in furthering my goal!

SARA

I try to find balance in my life, and stretching is a huge part of keeping myself in check! As a former gymnast, I understand the importance of stretching as both a preparation and recovery tool. It also made me understand the benefits my clients realize when I assist in deepening their stretches.

Joining The Vital Stretch® team taught me to take a more client-directed approach to the muscles I learned about while getting my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

When I can take the time out of my day to do even just one healthy activity such as stretching, I feel that much more accomplished in my own wellness! I love that my position as a Certified Stretch Practitioner allows me to help people on their road to whatever their wellness goals may be!

KAITLYN

I've always been an active individual. I've learned that to keep up with my workouts, I must stretch before and after every workout. Stretching allows me to have proper form, prevent an injury, and have a better recovery, which I strive to pass along to my clients when creating new goals and healthier lifestyle habits for them.

After obtaining my Masters in Exercise & Sports Science and working in the Rehabilitation Department of Advanced Health Professionals as a Physical Therapy Aid, I've gained a better understanding of the human body when injured and the steps needed to begin the healing process. I am also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, which has allowed me to be a better fitness professional with increased knowledge of body mechanics and movements.

When Rob and Missy approached me about becoming a Certified Stretch Practitioner for The Vital Stretch® team, I knew it was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. In my role as a CSP, I'm able to bring more balance into each individual's sessions when they are being stretched, along with creating a sense of comfort and relaxation for them.

JENNA BRIEN

(coming soon)