About Us


The product now known as Exersides™ is the result of Dr. Pavini’s quest to develop a way for patients who have vital tubes and lines to safely maintain arm movement and cognition to improve short and long-term outcomes.

In 2015 she began researching design concepts and gathering feedback from nurses, physical and occupational therapists.

In 2016 the first prototype was manufactured.

In 2017 she performed a Pilot study with the V1 prototype.

In 2018 she assembled a world-class research team and was awarded a NIH grant to produce and test a revised V2 prototype.

In 2019 a NIH Phase I trial was successfully completed.

The revision from this NIH trial is V3 – the Exersides™ Refraint™ System.


Marie Pavini MD FCCM FCCP

Assistant Professor of Research: University of  Vermont College of Medicine; Clinical Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine: New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marie Pavini MD FCCP

Marie Pavini is a Critical Care physician practicing in Vermont.

Dr. Pavini had always thought there was something inherently wrong with awakening a patient for team rounds only to re-sedate them afterward.

She felt it was not enough to provide physical and occupational therapy sporadically and return the patient to immobility for the rest of the day.

Dr. Pavini believed that patients should be as awake and interactive as comfortably possible while keeping them and staff safe – and that is how the concept of Refraint™ was born.

While a patient may require one level of sedation and restraint at one moment, this can change throughout their stay. Considering this, Dr. Pavini wanted there to be a device that could change according to patient needs, always providing the least restraint necessary. So she made one.

Healthy Design Team

Jacob Lind

Biomedical Design Engineer

Evan McKenzie

Electromechanical Engineer

Regulatory & Quality Officer

Chris Hunt

Project Manager – 29 years experience

Dia Lind

Industrial Sewing & Assembly