Naomi Aaronson, MA, OTR/L, CHT
Naomi is an occupational therapist and fitness instructor who developed the "Recovercises" exercise program for breast cancer survivors. She is nationally known for her advocacy of exercise for this special population. Her written work has been featured both in written publications and on the net. Naomi believes that exercise is essential in recovery after undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Co-Author of: Breast Cancer Recovery: on Land & in Water / Breast Cancer Recovery Exercises / Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates.
Monique Acton, MS
Monique is the founder and president of The Personal Health Trac in Venice, Florida. She is an international presenter, training specialist for the Aquatic Exercise Association, and co-author of The Aquatic After Care Training Manual. As a certified medical exercise specialist, post rehab specialist and personal trainer, Monique designs both land and water exercise programs to fit her client’s needs.
Co-Author of: Aquatic Options 1 & Aquatic Options 2.
Donna Adler, BA, AEA, ATRIC
Donna is the owner of Liquid Assets for Fitness. She is a trainer for the Arthritis Foundation and works with geriatrics and clients with health challenges. She has been an AEA Advisory Board member and is a recognized national provider for AEA and ATRI. Beyond her active aquatic and private healing practice, Donna facilitates workshops on healing and spiritual self-mastery.
Author of: Intuitive Exercises for Total Wellness / Energy Work.
Amy Ashmore Ph.D.
Amy Ashmore holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Exercise & Sports Sciences from Florida State University. She has over 30 years of sports & fitness industry and academic leadership experience. Amy is the author of dozens of articles, blogs, and continuing education programs. She is the former Program Director for Sports Sciences and Management at the American Military University (AMU). Prior to managing the AMU program, Amy was a Professor with American Public University System, University of Tampa, and College of Southern Nevada. She lives in Las Vegas, NV with her son, Aiden, and their dog, Jimbug.
Rella Brennan, ACE, AFAA
Being overweight as a child and teen inspired Rella to exercise for weight loss and to kick a cigarette habit. Her love of exercise turned into a passion for instructing fitness classes and she has been teaching a variety of fitness classes since 1980. Her extensive experience as a fitness instructor and personal trainer include teaching and training for corporations, colleges, and fitness centers. She avidly seeks continuing education to remain current in the fitness industry and expand her knowledge base. Rella's mission is to continue to motivate others with her love for choreography and teaching aerobic classes.
Author of: Hi Low Choreography for Everybody
Laurie Denomme, B. Kinesiology
Laurie is the co-founder of Exercise Elements LLC, a company whose mission is to deliver an approach to fitness training that concentrates on the body as a whole for better results. She co-authored a book on special populations and is the creator of numerous aquatic fitness education products for the consumer and professional. A certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and AquaStretch™ instructor, Laurie travels internationally to share her unique and personally developed aquatic training methods. Visit www.exerciseelements.com or email at email@example.com.
Co-Author of Aquatic Options 1 & Aquatic Options 2.
Mary Essert, BA, ATRI
Mary holds a BA in English from Hendrix College and advanced study in Aging and Human Services from College of DuPage. She has been involved internationally in presenting and teaching swimming, safety, water fitness, and therapeutic intervention techniques since 1949. Her experiences with breast cancer, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions have prompted her to share her expertise in aquatic exercise and rehab with others. Her seminars, workshops and videos re: older adults, rheumatic conditions, breast cancer and warm water bodywork have helped many instructors and individuals. She serves as an instructor trainer for the Arthritis Foundation, Red Cross WSI and holds many instructor certifications. In addition to her consultant work, she is currently employed by Conway Regional Health Systems (Conway, AR).
Mary recently received the Arkansas Governor's Council on Fitness 2009 Leadership in Fitness Award in the Senior Category in November 2009, and has also recently been asked to serve as Advisory Committee member for the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF).
Co-Author of: Breast Cancer Recovery: on Land & in Water
Author of: Post Polio Water Work: Conserve to Preserve
Tomas Gregor, PhD
Dr. Gregor earned his doctorates in psychology and education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from University Comenius in Bratislava, Slovakia. In his professional career as a clinical psychologist he is also a lecturer of sport psychology for the Slovak National Soccer Federation, and consultant to several athletic organizations. Dr. Gregor is also a faculty member at the School of Physical Education and Sport, University Comenius in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Co-Author of: Application of Water Exercise for Health Professionals Specializing in Pain Management.
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
President and Medical Director Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., was born in Ohio and was raised in Florida. Since he founded the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) in 1993, he has been serving as its President and Medical Director. The ARPF is the original voice in the integrative or holistic medical approach to Alzheimer's prevention and treatment, and is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease and finding a cure through research and prevention.
Dr. Khalsa graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1975, and received his postgraduate training in anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco where he was chief resident. As chief resident, he conducted highly acclaimed research on anesthesia for cardiac surgery and obstetrical anesthesiology. He is also a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Acupuncture for Physicians Program, and has studied mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School's Mind/Body Medical Institute. Dr. Khalsa is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management, and he is a diplomat of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
In 1987, Dr. Khalsa established the first holistic pain program in the Southwestern United States at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1990, he was recruited to become the founding director of the Acupuncture, Stress Medicine, and Chronic Pain Program at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine's teaching hospital in Phoenix. In this position, he became the first director of acupuncture in an American medical school.
After founding the ARPF in 1993, he became the first physician to advocate a lifestyle approach to the prevention and treatment of memory loss, including Alzheimer's. He is among the world's leading authorities on integrative medicine, and has written extensively on a wide range of health and healing issues.
Gregory J. Keyes PhD CMC
In 1994 Greg became involved in the exercise science industry initially in land aerobics / personal training after a career in Law Enforcement and experience in the entertainment industry. He found a great interest in aquatic exercise and due to his theatrical and public speaking experience, he quickly became a presenter and developer in the fitness industry using his unique skills of performance techniques, and became highly sought after across the world at the major fitness conventions for his unique style. He is and has been a continuing education provider for various organizations in USA, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. He has presented at IAFC (USA), EAFC (Germany), Filex & Network (Australia), Network (New Zealand) and Asiafit (Hong Kong). In recent years Greg has also been invited to present and chair symposiums at locations such as the World Forum at Cambridge University, UK 2010 and is to Chair the Education Symposium, and present at the 2012 World Forum at Oxford University, as well as present at IAFC2012, EAFC2012 and other conventions in various countries across the Globe.
Author of: Beauty and the Beast / Under the Microscope-YoU! / The Greatest Vehicle Ever Created - You!
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Connie Jasinskas M.Sc.
Connie brings over 30 years of experience, passion and humor to her work as an international health educator. In Cambridge,Canada, she provides aquatic rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation for patients with a wide variety of needs. She specializes in pain education, AquaStretch, and aquatic rehabilitation for musculoskeletal and systemic health issues. Her enthusiastic approach to active learning will help you put theory into practice.
Author of: BackSplash: Post Rehabilitation for People with Back Pain / Body Basics for Aqua Fitness: AQX Course 3
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Chris Kelly, CSCS, CES, PES
Chris is an experienced fitness journalist, speaker and strength coach. With over 10 years in the fitness industry, Chris's experience spans from work in rehabilitation settings to strength and conditioning for athletes. As a fitness speaker, Chris has authored numerous seminars and workshops focusing on back pain and restorative core training along with a variety of related topics.
He holds fitness certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He received a Bachelor's Degree in communications from St John's University in Queens, NY and a Master's Degree in journalism with a specialization in health and science from Columbia University in NYC.
An experienced health writer, Chris has also written extensively on fitness, healthcare and nutrition, His wrting appearing in numerous publications including Exercise For Men, Prevention, Health and the Boston Globe.
Author of: Restore the Core: Integrated Core Training for Real World Function /Core Complete: A Systematic Approach for Aesthetic Core Development
Katrien Lemahieu, MESN
Katrien was born in Belgium, but currently lives in the Netherlands. Her studies include Physical Education and she is specialized in Special Movement Education for the younger child. She worked for the Dutch Swimming Foundation NPZ|NRZ as an AquaFitness Specialist and Consultant for the North Region, has taught aerobics since 1996 and has taught aqua fitness since 2000. Katrien is an international presenter for AquaFitness since 2005 and is known for her enthusiasm and energy. She is the creator of the H3O ATP (Aquatic Three Programming) in water, featuring 'new moves' on 3/4 music. In 2010, she will train to become an Aquatic Exercise Association Trainer Specialist.
Author of: Aqua Magic Moves 1 / Aqua Magic Moves 2 / Aqua Magic Moves 3.
June Lindle-Chewning, BS, MA
June has been serving the fitness industry since 1978. She taught elementary physical education for 6 years before completing her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Health Enhancement in 1985. June served as president and owner of Health Enhancement and Fitness Services (a corporate and community wellness provider) for several years, and owned/managed Harrison Health and Fitness Center (a full service fitness facility) for 18 years. She served as an Aquatic Exercise Association Training Specialist for 18 years, as Research Committee Chairperson, Edited the Aquatic Fitness Research Journal (a peer reviewed professional journal), and works as a certification education consultant. She is recipient of the Aquatic Exercise Association 1995 Achievement Award and 2 time recipient of the Contribution to the Aquatic Fitness Industry Global Award. June currently serves as adjunct Faculty at Cincinnati State College and has developed curriculum and taught several courses for their Health Fitness Technician degree program. She is owner of Fitness Learning Systems, an educational company developing and providing continuing education for the health-fitness industry.
Author of: Applied Anatomy: Land & Water / Health Apparisal & Risk Assessment / Basic Measurement & Body Composition Assessment / A Simple Study of Exercise & Caloric Consumption / Aquatic Personal Training Programming / WW: Upper Torso and Core.
Co-Author of: Introduction to Aquatic Personal Training / Kinesiology / Blood Pressure, Hypertension, and Exercise.
Michael McElveen holds a bachelor's of science in health science and a master of science in sports medicine. Michael has been instructing the two-day Nutrition for Professionals course with Dr. Jane since July 2011. He began instructing the course after completing the sports nutrition certificate program through AASDN. Michael has experience working in a variety of settings including hospitals, other non-profit organizations and in the private setting. For the last ten years, Michael has worked full time in higher education. He currently serves as the director of recreation at Berry College. He is an active member of the NSCA and an active in the NIRSA, currently serving on the editorial board for the Recreational Sports Journal, NIRSA's scholarly publication. Michael's other credentials include: NSCA's certified strength and conditioning specialist, AASDN's nutrition specialist, NASM's performance enhancement specialist, FCB's tobacco treatment specialist and is a certified instructor through the American Red Cross.
Co-Author of: The Science of Nutrition
Sarah Manis, BA
Sarah majored in English and minored in communication at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. While at UD, she worked for the Biology Department, writing and editing the department's newsletter. She interviewed students and professors on various topics from nanotechnology to environmental biology. In the future Sarah hopes to go back to school to get a Masters of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science.
Author of: Proper Pronunciation of Anatomical Terminology: MUSCLES
Julia Meno-Fettig, BS, CTRS, ATRI
Julia is the founder/owner of Therapeutic Aquatics, Inc. and aquaticcentral.com specializing in consulting information and rehabilitation. She is a presenter for the Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute, Inc. and is the author and publisher of The "Bad Ragaz Ring Method Visual Instructional Manual and Video". Also co-author and producer of "PNF in The Pool" Video. She is the recipient of the ATRI 2002 Tsunami Spirit Award for her innovation, creativity and implementation of new ideas. Her workshops are received enthusiastically by both national and international audiences.
Co-Author of: PNF in the Pool.
Terri Mitchell, PTA, BA, ATRI
Terri began her aquatic fitness career in the early 80’s. She has been a Training Specialist for the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) since 1986. Ms. Mitchell is AEA’s 1992 recipient of the Aquatic Fitness Instructor of the Year award. Her aquatic therapy career began at St. David’s Rehabilitation Center in Austin, Texas in 1991. In 2001 she received the Dolphin Award from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute (ATRI). Ms. Mitchell contributed to the AEA Aquatic Personal Training Manual, as well as the Leadership Training Skills curriculum. She is an experienced presenter, and has shared her skills and knowledge globally.
Author of: Hand Me A Handbar.
Co-Author of: PNF in the Pool.
Gary Moritz, MS, CPT
Prof. Eduardo Netto, MS
Eduardo is on the academic faculty at the University Estácio de Sá and is the Group Fitness Director of the Body Tech Health Club, in Rio de Janeiro. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Physical Education, a Post Graduate in Fitness Conditioning, has a Master's degree in Human Motricity, and is currently pursuing his PHD in Medical Studies. He is an international presenter and well-respected fitness professional and consultant in Brazil. He presents workshops, seminars and master classes at conferences and conventions, and has written two books on fitness programming. Eduardo is a continuing education provider and certified through ACSM, AFAA and IDEA.
Author of: Super Abdominals: Essential Rules of Excellence.
Ana Oriani, MA, AEA, ATRI
Motivated by 23 years of professional experience in the fitness and aquatic industry, Ana founded the Global Institute for Integrated Wellness, Fitness and Aquatic Programs LLC which specializes in bilingual aquatic seminars and educational workshops. Ana is an AEA International Aquatic Training Specialist.
She specializes in exercise programming that combines techniques such as Yoga, Pilates, Ai-Chi and Feldenkrais for the deconditioned, arthritic, and overweight. As a competitive swimmer, she has discovered the specific needs of the swimming population to enhance their technique and help stay strong and flexible.
Ana is an AEA Training Specialist and International Provider and Presenter for the Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™ system. She is also a Master Trainer for the Aquatrend™ Water Workout Station. She is a contributing writer for the Hispanic Media addressing the latest aquatic research and trends.
Author of: Buoyancy Stretches.
Soraya Cates Parr, BS, CPT
Soraya Cates Parr has been serving the fitness and health industry for thirty-two years, Soraya is a certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her certifications include AEA, ACE, AFAA, ISSA, NETA and NSCA-CPT.
After working as fitness coordinator at Baptist Hospital in Nashville Tennessee, she became State Health Educator for Dickson, Houston, and Humphries Counties in Tennessee. This position allowed her the honor of working with the impoverished, the incarcerated, and people with chronic conditions.
She was appointed (2005) and re-elected (2009-2013) to serve on the board of the Governor's Council on Fitness and Health for the State of Tennessee for this work.
Soraya is the creator of BellyTone® fitness programs.
She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee, in Plant and Soil Science. She worked several years as Cheekwood Botanical Garden's Orchid Horticulturist in Nashville Tennessee.
She considers herself an avid life-long learner. Her hobbies include music, dance, folklore, botany and amateur radio for emergency communications.
Author of: Respiratory Rescue: Understanding the Pulmonary Dysfunctional Client.
Judi Powers, MS
Judi holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. She is an ACSM certified Health/Fitness Instructor®, AEA Certification Specialist, and a Yoga and Pilates Certified Instructor. and is Co-Author of the Aquatic After Care Training manual.
Her career experiences include teaching, coaching, and managing in the aquatic-fitness world for the past 28 years. She has lead certification workshops for the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Aerobics & Fitness Association (AFAA) and Fitness Resource Associates, Inc. (FRA), since the early 1990's.
Author of: Pilates Based Exercise and Philosophy for Land & Water.
Co-Author of: Aquatic Options 1 & Aquatic Options 2.
Robert Raymond, BS, CPT; NSCA ACE
Bob has spent the past 15 years developing RR Personal Training, Achieve Fitness USA, and Fundamental Fitness Products. Each company has gained national recognition for its success and impact on the fitness industry in the United States.
In 2005, Bob changed gears and decided to spend his time mentoring and coaching other fitness professionals to become more successful as fitness trainers and business people.
Co-Author of: 90 Days to a FULL Client Base.
Greg Salgueiro, MS, RD, LDN
Greg Salgueiro is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the State of Rhode Island. Greg began teaching the two-day Nutrition for Professionals course with Dr. Jane in 2008. He also held the position of the Director of Sports Nutrition for Lifestyle Management Associates and currently is the AASDN Nutrition Director. Greg is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and possesses a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. Greg completed his Dietetic Internship at the Bronx VA Medical Center while simultaneously completing his M.S. in Clinical Nutrition at New York University.
Co-Author of: The Science of Nutrition
Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN
Tina is an exercise physiologist at the Purdue University Calumet Fitness Center and part-time faculty for the Fitness Management Degree program. She has been in the Fitness Industry for over 12 years as a presenter, author and instructor. In addition, she holds numerous certifications including ACSM Exercise Specialist, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and AEA Instructor. Tina is also a master trainer for the Arthritis Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter for both the land and aquatic exercise programs. She has contributed to several publications including the Concept II training manual, articles for www.Livestrong.com, Ebony and Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In her spare time, Tina enjoys teaching group fitness classes including Tai Chi and being active with her husband and two children.
Author of: Gravity vs Buoyancy / Essential Exercises for Cancer Patients and Survivors / Exercise, Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome / Healthy Heart for a Healthy Life. Co-Author of: Blood Pressure, Hypertension, and Exercise.
Anna Shay McEntee
Anna is a fitness and a holistic healthcare practitioner. She worked as the director of the Health Education and Stress Management in the Santurce Medical Mall in Puerto Rico. She was a regular columnist on fitness and health for the San Juan Star newspaper and other newsletters published by the Santurce Medical Mall and United Health Care in Puerto Rico.
Today, Anna resides in Wellington, Florida, where she teaches and trains in the largest polo and equestrian community. She also works as a continuing education specialist and a presenter in mind-body exercise, nutrition, and stress management for the American Council on Exercise, Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, Bio Sensory Systematic T.O.U.C.H. Training™ , California Medical Board of Acupuncturists, California Board of Registered Nursing, and the International Macrobiotic Shiatsu Society. She is a member of the teaching staff and faculty for the Health Classic Inc. Conferences, offering accredited workshops on fitness and holistic medicine.
Anna is a certified Stott Pilates™ instructor (full certification), certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise and Aerobic Training International; certified water aerobic instructor with Aquatic Exercise Association; and a certified yoga Instructor with White Lotus Foundation of California, Iynger School of the Yoga Institute of Miami, and the International Yoga Teacher Association, she is also a certified practitioner with American Oriental Body Therapy Association.
Anna is passionate about her work. Her dream is to create a wellness center that is affordable for everyone. She wishes to guide people to an elevated consciousness and heightened awareness in mind, body, and spirit to create a better world.
Author of: Essential Aqua Pilates and Advanced Aqua Pilates.
Danielle Noblitt Spangler BS, NASM, Certified Applied Functional Science Gray Institute
As a mother of three, Danielle understands the physical challenges women may face during pregnancy, childbirth and recovery on both a personal and professional level. Danielle is passionate about helping mom’s look and feel their best during and after having children.
She has many years of experience researching the prenatal and postnatal population dating back to 1995 when she attended the University of North Texas. After receiving her B.S in Kinesiology, Danielle attended graduate school to study Exercise Physiology. It was during a graduate level exercise physiology class that Danielle discovered there was very little information about exercise during pregnancy. Danielle began her quest to understand more about the effects of exercise on the pregnant body.
In addition to her college education in this field, Danielle has been certified by several nationally recognized fitness organizations including, the Gray Institute, National Academy of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, AFAA and Cooper Aerobics Institute of Dallas.
Danielle moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and was hired to be the pre and postnatal “master trainer” for the prestigious Sports Club/LA for several years. After giving birth to her first child, Danielle wrote the prenatal fitness continuing education course for the NASM. She then wrote and consulted for publications such as FitPregnancy magazine.
Danielle has mentored many exercise professionals how to safely treat the pre and postnatal clientele. Working with this population, encouraged Danielle to create a studio based exercise program called “Core Mom” (Corrective Obstetrical Related Exercise). This baby friendly exercise program is designed specifically for pregnant women and new mothers. This small group class setting allows for women to safely exercise with other mothers where they learn exercises that will enhance their prenatal and postpartum experience. This unique exercise program places emphasis is full body functional training with CORE and pelvic floor conditioning coupled with corrective exercises to give a pregnant or new mother an opportunity to prepare for birth, enhance the birth experience and expedite the recovery process.
Dr Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, MPH
Dr Splichal is a Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist and is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy. With over 10 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot posture and foot strength. Dr Splichal is an expert lecturer and TV personality with appearances on Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show & Good Day NY. She is sought after for her expertise in barefoot training, foot health and postural alignment.
Author of: The Functional Foot and Ankle Level 1 / Biomechanics of Low Back Pain / Barefoot Balance Training
Sandy Stoub, BA, MA
With a BA in Exercise Science and MA in Gerontology, Sandy also maintains certification through NSCA as a CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist), ACE Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Association (ATRI), and AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association) Training Specialist. She is an adjunct professor in the department of human performance, international conference presenter/educator/author, and the Director of Operations for Alliance Rehab's SeniorFITness Division. She has over 18 years of experience in the fitness industry. She has produced 4 videos, authored and co-authored learning CD's through Fitness Learning Systems.
Author of: Functional Training for all Ages and Issue of Aging.
Co-Author: Exercise Guidelines for Balance & Fall Prevention.
Maria Sykorova-Pritz, Ed.D
Maria earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from University Comenius in Bratislava, Slovakia. Maria currently teaches and consults in Pennsylvania. Her Training methods involve integration of unique multidisplinery techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of AEA Research Council.
Co-Author of: Application of Water Exercise for Health Professionals Specializing in Pain Management.
Ann Marie Turo, OT
Ann Marie is an Occupational therapist and co-owner of Integrated Mind & Body, LLC. an organization that provides educational seminars for health and fitness professionals. She has devoted her 30 year professional career to helping her clients and patients lead healthier and more productive lives. Her experience as an OT, fitness trainer, and breast cancer survivor convinced her how integral emotional and spiritual well being is to the healing process. This motivated Ann Marie to earn certifications in Yoga, Pilates, Tai chi, and Reiki. The integration of these approaches, along with traditional rehabilitation empowers Ann Marie to optimally meet patient and client goals.
She has co-authored the “CD/ROM–Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates”, and CD - WOW™ Women onto Wellness. Ann Marie has been a presenter for MAOT, MEDS-PDN, MedStar Health, the Greater Boston Knitting Guild, City Year of Boston, Thrive Together, and a visiting instructor for F. Holland Day Foundation–A Healing Center for People with Cancer.
Co-Author of: Return to Life; Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates.
Jack F. Wasserman, PhD
Dr. Wasserman has a Doctorate of Science in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, and is a retired professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and engineering science. He has taught in the University setting for over 30 years developing course content for several biomechanical engineering courses as well as community and instructor fitness training courses. He was the coordinator for the Biomedical Engineering degree program at the University of Tennessee and has received numerous departmental, college and university teaching awards.
He has been involved in the fitness industry for over 20 years teaching land and water classes to a variety of participants and has presented several courses for fitness professionals in the conference and workshop settings. He is instrumental in developing the educational format for the courses produced by Fitness Learning Systems. He enjoys teaching aquatic fitness classes where he incorporates his engineering and medical concepts into class practice, providing superior training concepts for all ages, especially older adults.
Co-Author of: Kinesiology.
Melissa Weigelt, MS, RYT
Melissa is an ACE Certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and vinyasa yoga instructor with over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. She is a registered Yoga Alliance instructor, and owns Flow Yoga, LLC, where she teaches specialized corporate fitness, boot camp, and yoga classes throughout Central New York. She has a BA degree in psychology with a minor in biology and an MS degree in counseling, which has enhanced her ability to assist others in reaching their goals in fitness, wellness, and personal development. She has also has certifications in Les Mills BodyPumpTM, Les Mills BodyStepTM, Rep Reebok, and Baron Baptist's Power Yoga, as well as additional courses and workshops in the areas of boot camp training and strength training, with various experts in the field. Melissa specializes in teaching strength and stability training classes, mind-body inspired fitness classes, and yoga. As an AFAA and ACE approved provider of continuing education for fitness instructors, Melissa truly enjoys sharing her knowledge and ideas with others. Her hands-on, down to earth teaching style, creativity, and strong technical knowledge allow her to deliver fun-filled, unique workshops that assist instructors in staying up to date with trends in the fitness industry.
Author of: Core Conditioning Camp: Part 1
Derrick Wilburn, MBA, BS, CPT, ACE
Derrick Wilburn is a 12-year veteran of high-tech sales, marketing, and business development. He left high-tech, corporate America in January of 2001 and founded Wholly Fit, a company and ministry dedicated to promoting physical well being, he also became a member of the Achieve Fitness USA team. He is a lifelong proponent of healthy, active living, and draws upon his experience in the corporate arena to encourage teams and individuals to achieve lofty goals in the area of physical conditioning. He uses his formal educational background to aid, coach, and assist fitness professionals in the quest to move beyond being personal trainers to being business owners. He also integrates components of improved physical function into presentations for improving and perfecting organizations of all sizes.
He has authored numerous articles on business ownership and entrepreneurialism in the fitness industry, is co-author of "The Success Express", a series of books on entrepreneurialism in the fitness industry, and presents at colleges, universities, fitness certification organizations and fitness conventions.
Co-Author of: 90 Days to a FULL Client Base.
Mary O. Wykle, Ph.D.
Dr Wykel is President/Owner and primary trainer for MW Associates. Mary is a senior instructor for the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute and regular presenter for the Aquatic Exercise Association, IAFC and a member of the AEA Research Board. She is the recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award and chairs the Aquatic Programs for Wounded Warriors committee. Mary is the recipient of numerous national and international awards. She holds board positions with many other organizations and aquatic companies. Additionally, she is past Chair of the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences Visiting Committee for WVU. Dr. Wykle is recognized for program development with emphasis on aquatic programming for trauma, core strength, lumbar stabilization (multi-level fusions), athletic rehabilitation and balance training. She led the performance improvement study and developed the two Aquatic Programs for Wounded Warriors for the Army. Most recently, she developed the Aquatic Physical Training Program (AMP-IT) for the U.S. Marine Corps, including training manual, DVDs, and instructor trainer materials and conducted Train the Trainer courses at all Marine Corps installations.
Author of WW: Deep Water Performance Challenge.
Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)
Since our inception in 1993, the ARPF, led by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., has championed "The 4 Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention™" to stop this dreaded disease and help people create a lifetime of peak mental performance. After over two decades of tireless work, we are now recognized as the world's leader in the holistic or integrative medical approach to Alzheimer's prevention.
Moreover, after 12 years of designing, funding and publishing cutting- edge medical research, ARPF is pleased to now offer you a breakthrough training program sharing our proven modalities to help boost brain power, and maintain optimal memory with age. The 4 Pillars include diet and supplements, stress management with a special focus on the power of yoga and meditation, physical and mental exercise, and spiritual fitness™. We are passionate about keeping our elders a vibrant and active part of our community, and look forward to working with you to accomplish this vision while also creating a novel way for you to grow personally, professionally, and financially.
To learn more, visit us at www.alzheimersprevention.org
American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists (AASDN)
AASDN is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization with the mission to provide health professionals with sound, scientific nutrition programs, under the guidance of licensed dietetic professionals, to help increase access to nutritional services.
AASDN sets itself apart from other nutrition organizations:
- AASDN programs are based on sound , scientific nutrition information.
- AASDN programs are created by licensed professionals aimed at allowing non-licensed professionals to safely and legally incorporate nutrition.
- AASDN programs adhere to state nutrition licensure laws.
- AASDN members receive unlimited dietitian support.
- AASDN members (for a small annual membership fee) have access to all the documents necessary to implement nutrition programs.
- AASDN accepts no funds from advertising, no corporate funds or government grants. AASDN extends its sincere gratitude to members, Nutrition Specialist Certificants and students of other AASDN programs who provide support for all AASDN activities.
To learn more, go to www.aasdn.org
Author of: The Science of Nutrition.
Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA)
The Aquatic Exercise Association is a not-for-profit educational organization committed to the advancement of aquatic fitness health and wellness worldwide. AEA is committed to increasing awareness, education and networking opportunities to benefit professionals as well as the general public. With AEA, achieving healthy lifestyles through aquatic fitness is a team effort, supported globally. AEA desires to embrace cultural diversity in our industry to assure that individuals worldwide can enjoy and employ the benefits of aquatic fitness programs regardless of age, ability, goals or interests.
For more information go to www.aeawave.com
Author of: Aquatic Fitness Principles for the Larger Adult, Children’s Aquatic Fitness Programming, Introduction to Aquatic Personal Training, Determining Intensity with Aquatic Target Heart Rates, Older Adults and Aquatic Applications, and Aquatic Sport, Function and Performance .