Ryan was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He was an athlete growing up focusing on several sports and optimizing his performance. While at Lafayette High School in Chesterfield, he excelled in Football and Volleyball, while in his youth played baseball and soccer. Throughout his athletic career he had bumps, bruises, and some serious injuries which started him down the path of becoming a healthcare provider. He had to adapt, modify, and learn how to perform better while battling these injuries.