What certification do you hold?

I received my personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in 1998, just after my graduation from Appalachian State University.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and a minor in Exercise Science and have been actively using my degree/education in the Charlotte area.  Throughout my career, continuing education has not only been an important part of my personal development in the fitness and wellness industry, but it has also played an intricate role in developing and sustaining client relationships.  I frequently attend nutrition and wellness seminars and have completed level 1 of the TRX Suspension Course and also the GI Foundations curriculum created by the Gray Institute.  Most recently, I obtained a certification through FMS, Functional Movement Screening, and am very excited about working with people and athletes of all ages to create a better, more customized approached to each exercise program.

Do you have any specializations/areas of interest?

In the early years of my career, I was the Wellness Coordinator for the Harris YMCA.  As the Wellness Coordinator, I had the opportunity to work with small groups and one-on-one with individuals of all ages, athletic ability, and different fitness goals.  The programs that I assisted in developing and teaching included: nutrition and exercise for teens, athletes, active adults and seniors, as well as weight loss specific programs, and rehabilitation classes for individuals recovering from specific injuries or illness.  It is because of this 3 year experience that I have a broad range of interest in the wellness field and the ability to work with individuals on all levels.  My special interests are: (1) working with individuals (of all ages) that are eager to make a lifestyle change to become more active or enhance quality of life with weight loss; (2) continuing a rehab based program with someone who needs assistance with improving range of motion, coordination, balance or pain management.

What is your philosophy on exercise and health?

To coach and education someone on how to find their “perfect balance” between strength training, aerobics, nutrition, mental health, and the balancing act of LIFE.  I share with each client my program structure, educate on the “why” and “purpose” of each exercise, demonstrate and instruct how to properly execute a movement, and encourage each individual to try it on their own.  The more tools you have, the more confident you will be in times of stress!

What are you interests and hobbies outside of the gym?

I have been a competitive athlete in volleyball, basketball, and in various duathlon events.  However, I am currently taking a break from competitive sports and enjoying recreational cycling and running (especially for charity events), hiking, hanging with my dogs, and traveling.  In addition to athletic activities, I started a “hobby” business with my husband that supports a shared and strong passion for Appalachian State, designing Collegiate APParel for the university and its fans.

What is your favorite quote?

Never quite: dreams and goals do come true with hard work, determinations, and dedication.