We provide a multidisciplinary team of medical clinicians, data scientists, and performance personnel trained to identify and interpret dynamic, real time data and develop a unique, individualized approach in addressing human movement and motor behavior. Through active collaboration between data and coaching, individuals are able to experientially learn, optimizing performance and reducing injury risk. We believe that when addressing pain and performance, a one-size-fits-all is not sufficient. We are interested in providing you the best platform to examine one’s movement capabilities and capacities and expanding your movement health.
Variant has partnered with the Research Institute of Human Movement (RIHM), a (501c) that serves as a platform for academics, students, and clinicians to collaborate on research and solutions to movement related pain and disability. This relationship supports a richness of content through the dedication of translating, creating, and applying published research.
PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER
CSCS, USAWEvan is the President of Variant Training Lab. He graduated from Westmont College with a BS in Kinesiology where he was also captain of the rugby team.
Evan is a passionate, devoted top level strength and performance coach who began his career in Chicago, IL in 2008 though he is now permanently in Santa Barbara, California. He is very business oriented, creative and understanding individual. He started his first company in 2013 with a goal of expanding his possibilities in the human movement field. Knowing what he wanted to do from a very young age, he has always been an active learner of his craft and strives for the best possible results utilizing his extensive professional experience . Evan combines injury prevention techniques with current research on strength and conditioning principles to bring the highest level of fitness and health.
He has trained all levels of individuals from young teens to professional athletes as well as post surgery patients. Having a very diverse resume of experience has allowed him to work across nearly every sport and every fitness level. Working in a challenging environment is what keeps Evan motivated, as he continues to push the envelope of strength and performance innovation.
DR. MAURY HAYASHIDA
LEAD ADVISOR & CO-FOUNDER
DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCSMaury graduated from Western University of Health Sciences with a Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is a graduate of Westmont College where he graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology, minor in Psychology and completed 1000 hours in athletic training. Maury holds dual board certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in both orthopedics (OCS) and sports (SCS) physical therapy. He is also a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
In addition to his practice in Santa Barbara, Maury serves as the Rehabilitation Coordinator for USA Rugby and periodically consults internationally for professional rugby teams in high performance development and injury management. Maury is the founder and Executive Director for the Research Institute of Human Movement (RIHM), a non-profit research organization. Maury is adjunct professor of Motor Behavior in the Kinesiology Department at Westmont College. He is the developer of the Segmental Motion and Regional Testing (S.M.A.R.T.)™ Profile, a proprietary injury prediction assessment tool. His personal research and teaching focus is in the prediction and prevention of movement-related injuries ranging from young children to professional athletes/Olympians to the active retiree. Maury is actively involved in the community and sits on several local Advisory Boards.
DR. RILEY O'HAGAN
PHYSICAL THERAPY DIRECTOR
DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCSDoctor of Physical Therapy Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Riley graduated from San Diego State University with BS in Kinesiology and continued on to graduate from Western University of Health Sciences with his Doctor of Physical Therapy. He holds dual board certifications in sports and orthopedics.
He began his career in Santa Barbara working with Hayashida and Associates providing care in the sports and orthopedic populations. While in the community, he had the opportunity to work within the sports medicine teams and provide care to both UCSB collegiate and club athletics, Westmont College athletics and the local high schools. In addition to clinical care, he has worked and toured with the USA Rugby Men’s National 15s Team, providing care on and off the field and implementing risk identifying screening.
In 2015, he was privileged to contract work exclusively with the US Army within their Special Operations Forces for nearly three years providing rehabilitative/reconditioning care and developing their Tactical Human Optimization and Performance Program in Tacoma, Washington at Joint Base Lewis McChord. He now resides in Santa Barbara, CA with his wife and two children.
CSCS, USAWLucas graduated from Westmont College in 2012 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. As a four year varsity basketball player, he developed a passion for understanding the underlying factors of sports performance. After experiencing several disappointing injuries throughout his career, Lucas felt inspired to help others facing the similar obstacles. Upon graduating he earned certifications through both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS) and United States Weightlifting (SPC-L1). He has helped countless people achieve their goals over the years as a personal trainer and former physical therapist aide. At Variant, Lucas is in charge of collecting and translating data using the lab’s technology and utilizes this process to provide better treatment and training programs for each individual member. “One of the most important things I can do for clients is help them better understand how their bodies move and perform. At Variant, we understand that this is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Our technology helps quantify movement and identify potential injury risk by providing insights that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Ultimately, I want everyone who walks through our doors to move and perform at their best.”
STRENGTH AND PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR
BA, DUAL MS STUDENTBray Yancey started as a strength coach at Stevenson Fitness in Oak Park, Ca. after receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Kinesiology from Chico State University. Under UCLA strength and conditioning coach John Fahr, Bray began working with local high school athletes as well as collegiate and professional athletes during the offseason. Bray continued post bachelorette education in biology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, learning the importance of understanding bioenergetics to improve Fitness. Bray then returned to serve as the personal training manager for Stevenson Fitness overseeing a team of 13 trainers and strength coaches, and designing a multitude of fitness programs for rehabilitation, weight loss, athletic performance, and small group classes.
Interested in learning more about post surgical rehabilitation, Bray began working at Advanced Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, gaining experience in exercise program design for both acute and chronic injuries. This lead to an opportunity as the Director of Rehabilitation for a Physician Group in Chula Vista where Bray worked hand in hand with orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, physician assistants, and physical therapists to create enhanced rehabilitation programs for all patients. He also created post rehabilitation strength and conditioning programs for football and track athletes at Southwestern College.