My teaching methods are individually based on the needs of the athlete, student, team, or person looking to improve their physical life. Although the structure is scientifically based according to my education and certifications, every body is unique and the science is applied on a case to case basis. I work with individuals of all ages and skill levels, including those with physical limitations and injuries who look to improve quality of life.
My passion for movement began in my early years as a competitive gymnast and coach and developed further as I progressed in to dance and choreography. As a gymnastics coach I worked with the “tiny tot” program for 10 years, as well as the pre-competitive program for 6 of those years. This exposure to coach lead me to obtain a degree in Physical Education/Kinesiology. Following graduation from University I have had the pleasure of working at two Universities (Villanova University and Bates College) as both a Strength & Conditioning and Rowing Coach. Not only did I get to work specifically with the Men's and Women's Rowing Teams at both schools; at Villanova I helped with program development and implementation for football, swimming & diving, track & field, cross country, women's volleyball and women’s lacrosse. Also, at Bates I developed strength and conditioning programs for swimming, skiing, hockey, tennis, squash, dance, and was the Fitness Director/Wellness Coordinator on campus, creating appropriate programs for athletes, students, faculty and staff.
Over the past several years I have continued to work with athletes (triathletes, cyclists, swimmers, rowers, dancers, gymnasts, soccer, and hockey) as an independent trainer/coach in San Diego, CA, and St. Catharines, ON, and Burlington, ON Canada. However, my passion is to guide and develop proper movement in bodies of any age in order to reach their maximum potential. Aside from working in the field of fitness and performance athletics for over 20 years, I have trained and competed as an Elite Athlete in several sports (Rowing, Cycling, Triathlon, Gymnastics) over the past 30 years. I also hold a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, as well as several certifications NSCA-PT, CSCS, NCCPT, CrossFit, Rowing Coach, Gymnastics Coach, Ashtanga Yoga, Stott Mat Pilates, and Fascial Stretch Therapy. Therefore I possess a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with young athletes striving to succeed.
My specialty lies in building midline stability, muscular balance and flexibility. Based on the aforementioned principle of athletic development, my education, and my experience, I was able to help the Villanova Women’s Rowing Team acquire the NCAA Division I efficiency trophy for the first time in the school’s history. Also, under my direction, an elite triathlete plagued with injury for several years was able to finally complete her first Ironman (after several previous attempts), and in good standing, only to recover and race to win her age category in a half Ironman the following weekend! Also, a young dancer who suffers from an unexplained condition of sudden onset paralysis from the waist down, followed by 3-5 months of recovery, was on the verge of being cut from the elite program at her dance studio. While in paralysis, the muscles of the lower body would seize, which left her with lack of flexibility and strength once recovered from the paralysis. After only 3 month of work together she was able to achieve the body lines the dance director required, and not only was invited back in to the elite program, she was also invited to go on pointe, thus proving a dramatic increase in strength and flexibility.
Currently I am searching for an opportunity to offer my knowledge and expertise to Burlington, ON and surrounding communities.
• Fascial Stretch Therapist
• NCCPT Personal Trainer
• Strength and Conditioning Coach
• Yoga / Pilates Instructor
• Spinning Instructor
• Gymnastics and Rowing Coach
• Dance Instructor
NCCPT Personal Training -Mississauga, ON
Fascial Stretch Therapy Level One -Toronto, ON
Ashtanga Yoga -San Diego, CA
Cross Fit Level One -San Diego, CA
Spinning Certification Mad Dogg Athletics -Toronto, Ontario
Stott Pilates (Mat) -Toronto, Ontario
NSCA – PT and CSCS -Springfield, MA
National Coaching Certification Program – Gymnastics/Rowing -St. Catharine’s, Ontario
First Aid and CPR Certification -St. John’s Ambulance, Ontario
Physical Education / Kinesiology Bachelor’s Degree, Brock University, Ontario 1997 - 2001
Kinesiology & Modern Dance Bachelor’s Degree University of New Hampshire 1994 - 1996
Fitness Director/Personal Trainer LA Fitness, Burlington, ON 2018 - present
Rehabilitation Specialist Lake St. Chiropractic, St. Catharine’s, ON 2016 - 2018
Director of Endurance Sports Point Loma Sports Performance San Diego, CA 2015- 2016
Athletic Development/Rehab Coach Legacy Health & Performance St. Catharine’s, ON 2014 - 2015
Exercise Specialist Plus One, Illumina, San Diego, CA 2013 - 2014
Strength and Conditioning Coach Soul Performance, San Diego, CA 2012 - 2014
Personal Trainer/Spinning Instructor Pure Fitness, San Diego, CA 2007 - 2012
Modern Dance Coordinator/Performer Bates College, Lewiston, Maine 2003 - 2005
Fitness /Strength & Conditioning / Rowing Coach Bates College, Lewiston, Maine 2002 - 2005
Fitness /Strength / Conditioning Rowing Coach Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA 2001-2002
Rowing Coach @ Beamsville High School, St. Catharine’s, ON 1995 - 2000
Gymnastics Coach Sparks Gymnastics Club (Gymnastics Energy), St. Catharine’s, ON 1989-1994
Sales Associate / Merchandising Outdoors Source for Adventure St. Catharine’s, ON 2014 - 2016
Personal Training / Athletic Wear Sales Pure Fitness San Diego, CA 2008 - 2011
Bicycle / Accessory Sales / Tour Guide Bike Fit St. Catharine’s, ON 1996 - 2000
Steve Bauer Bicycle Winery Tours St. Catharine’s, ON 1996 - 2000
Cycles Brixton International Cycling Team / Eddie B Cycling
Category 2 racer, excelling in Time Trials, Stage Races and Pursuits
Four time state Time Trial and Pursuit Champion, Valley of the Sun and Calville Stage Race Champion, Top 20 in USA Cycling National Time Trials for three years
Top 10 in USA Cycling National Pursuit for three years
St. Catharine’s Rowing Club /Chinook Performance Racing:
Lightweight women’s program since 1993 – Royal Canadian Henley Regatta:1996 - Gold lwt women’s 8+; 2001 & 2003 - Bronze in the Open and Lwt women’s 2x; 2005 - Gold in the lwt.women’s 8+ and Dash 8+; 2006 - Silver Lwt 2x and Bronze in the lightweight 8+; 2007 - Silver in Lwt 4+ and 4x - Gold in Master’s Lwt B2x and C4x - US Master’s Nationals: Gold in Lwt 4x, Silver in Lwt 4+, Bronze in Lwt and Hvy 1x in 2014 – Master’s Henley 2015: Gold D4x, D4+, D8+; Silver C4x, C4+ - US Masters Nation Lwt 1x Champion. 1993-present.
Brock University Rowing
Lightweight women’s eight and four, finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively at the Ontario Championship Regatta 1997 & finished 3rd at the Head of the Charles Regatta, 2nd at the Ontario Championship Regatta and 3rd at the Canadian Championship Regatta in the lightweight women’s four, 2004-2005
University of New Hampshire Rowing: NCAA Division I in a lightweight women’s four that finished 3rd at the Head-of-the-Charles Regatta in 1995, and the Varsity women’s eight which finished 6th at the Eastern Sprints Regatta in 1996. 1994-1996
Level 9 /10 Competitive Gymnast
• Competed in local, national and international meets. 4th in the individual all-around competition, with a silver medal on both the beam and floor exercise in the Canada Winter Games, 1990.
• Member of the Gold Medal Team at the U.S. Invitational Level 9-10 Competition, 1991.
• Finished 2nd in Ontario and 3rd in Canada in the individual all-around – 1990.
Modern Dance Company
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine - Performer and Choreographer 2002-2005
Larry Hitchcock Magic and Illusion
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada - Choreographer and principal dancer 1999-2001
Garden City Productions
St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada - Dancer, Chorus Member and Backstage Crew - Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair and White Christmas 1999-2015
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