Exercise ETC. Faculty
All of our instructors have a Master's Degree or Ph.D. in Exercise, Physiology, Wellness or a related field. All have one or more national certifications or licensures, and all work full time in their respective fields. All Exercise ETC. instructors are carefully trained and screened to provide you with a high-quality, enjoyable learning experience. Included below are biographies for our faculty.
Guy Andrews, MA, CSCS
Guy is the Executive Director of Exercise ETC. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA as well as a Senior Fitness Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist, both through NASM. He has worked in the fitness field since 1983 as a boot camp instructor, group fitness instructor, group fitness director, personal trainer, fitness director and health club general manager. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL and holds multiple fitness certifications. Over the years, Guy has worked with many population groups, especially the older adult population, and has worked in a variety of environments including corporate fitness, hospital-based wellness centers, municipal and community centers and major health clubs. An ACE Certified Wellness Coach, Guy has authored a book on Aerobics Training for the American Council on Exercise as well as numerous continuing education articles and programs. His weekly newspaper column can be seen on Thursdays in Ft Lauderdale's "East Side Gazette." Guy has been with Exercise ETC since 1992.
Laura Abbott, MS, LMT
Laura Abbott is an NCTMB certified and Georgia licensed massage therapist having graduated from Academy of Somatic Healing Arts in Atlanta, GA. She earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and her Master's Degree in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University, and she interned in the Emory University Cardiac Rehabilitation Department and at the Georgia Institute of Technology Athletic Department. Laura worked with Federal Occupational Health training and educating Federal Law Enforcement officers and traveled around the country presenting continuing education programs for many years. She has been quoted in Ladies Home and was a featured speaker for the Speaking of Women's Health Expo for 2 consecutive years and she has presented at the National American College of Sports Medicine conference. Laura currently teaches in the Kinesiology and Health department at Georgia State University and is a guest speaker at Atlanta area massage schools and at the Georgia State University Physical Therapy department. Since 1991 she has owned and operated Premier Performance, Inc. in Atlanta, specializing in exercise and massage therapy. She is the author of the book, Massage Therapy Review: Passing the NCETMB and NCETM published by McGraw-Hill and available on Amazon.com. Laura joined our faculty in 1996.
Steve Bannerot, MA, CSCS
Steve has been immersed in the fitness industry since 1988 when he retired from his 12 year athletic career in springboard diving. He earned his MA in psychology from Seattle University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as an ACE certified personal trainer and group exercise leader and outdoor boot camp instructor. Steve's passion is designing and developing strength and conditioning programs for high school and collegiate athletes and teams, and he is experienced in working with a variety of population groups from children to older adults to the overweight/obese population and he enjoys motivating and educating clients in a variety of environments. A former aerobics competitor, Steve is now a Family and Child Therapist who incorporates fitness, wellness and athletics as mechanisms for healing. An avid outdoorsman, Steve recently climbed to the summit of Mt. Ranier, WA. Steve joined our faculty in 2002.
April Boulter, MS
April has a diverse background in personal training, aquatics, group fitness, boot camp and yoga. She is currently working on her PH D in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Illinois/Chicago, and she also has a Master’s Degree in Sports Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, both from the University of Arkansas. April has a passion for using fitness and proper eating habits as the foundation for sustainable lifestyle change. As the Fitness and Aquatics Center Coordinator at Loyola University in Chicago, IL, April works with a mix of students and faculty as well as community residents to design and implement effective training programs in a variety of land and water-based applications. At Loyola, one of April’s main responsibilities is to plan and organize the annual "Welcome Week Event" for over 2000 Freshmen per year, to emphasize proper nutrition and consistent activity to overcome the dreaded "Freshman Fifteen." A popular boot camp instructor, April is certified by ACSM, ACE, AFAA, and YogaFit and is also a certified Lifeguard and CPR Instructor. April joined our faculty in 2009.
Heather Clawson, MD, CSCS
Heather is a Doctor of Internal Medicine who began her fitness career at the age of two when she began training in gymnastics; by the age of fourteen she reached her goal of joining the U.S. women’s gymnastic team. Her love of health and fitness inspired her to become a certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer during her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, where she obtained a BS in Microbiology & Immunology. Heather has spent the past nine years incorporating her medical experience into a fitness career, while simultaneously educating other physicians on how to correctly teach patients to exercise. Heather is highly experienced in group fitness, weight training, and proper nutrition. Currently the Fitness Director for Crunch Fitness on Miami's South Beach, she is an ACE certified personal trainer, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Heather joined our faculty in 2002.
Mike Deibler, MS, CSCS
Mike is Exercise ETC's Director of Education. He is the owner of San Diego Premier Training, a private personal training studio located in San Diego, CA. He is also the founder of “My Workout Creator” an online exercise programming system. Mike is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) with a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut and an MS in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida at Gainesville. A former All American in Track and Field for the University of Connecticut, Mike combines his success in the athletic world with his extensive education to become an elite fitness consultant and mentor for newly certified personal trainers. As a personal trainer and Boot Camp leader, Mike has helped hundreds of individuals reach their full fitness potential. Specializing in program design for athletes, functional training, and fat loss training for busy executives, Mike is also a certified personal trainer through ACE and NASM. Mike joined our faculty in 2008.
Jo Ellen Caldwell, MS, PT, ATC
Jo Ellen has a diverse background in physical therapy, athletic training, and personal training. She has a master’s degree in physical therapy from Rockhurst University and another master’s degree in counseling from Ottawa University. She is both a certified athletic trainer and an ACE certified peer fitness trainer. Jo Ellen is currently the wellness coordinator for the Phoenix, AZ Fire department as well as a contract physical therapist throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. She has extensive experience in martial arts, yoga, running, and weight training and her passion for fitness shows in her work. Jo Ellen has worked with many different populations and age groups, from those who have had injuries and are working to transition back into a healthy lifestyle to individuals trying to achieve greater success with their fitness goals.
Lisa Garrity, MA, CSCS
When Lisa teaches a seminar or workshop her passion and commitment for fitness shine through. With over 20 years of experience she has served as a group fitness instructor and administrator, personal trainer and consumer advocate. Her current program mix features kickboxing, aquatics, interval training, weight management, older adult fitness and more, and she has presented fitness education programs nationally and internationally. As the Professional Development Administrator for the American Council on Exercise, Lisa was instrumental in the creation and development of the ACE Practical Training Program. Lisa joined our faculty in 2001.
Jill Hamilton, MS, CSCS
Jill lives in Minneapolis, MN where she manages Hennepin County's Wellness Program. This unique initiative provides health and wellness services for over 8000 employees; fitness and wellness opportunities are individualized for a diverse workforce and customized to specific occupational needs for an employee population that ranges from snowplow operators to attorneys, and even the Medical Examiner's staff (to whom Jill taught proper technique for lifting cadavers!) Prior to working in Minnesota, Jill managed a municipal fitness center in suburban Columbus, Ohio with a 50-person staff and over 10,000 members. Jill earned her Master's Degree in Health Promotions and Exercise Physiology from the University of Cincinnati and is a certified Stott Pilates instructor. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer, and NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Jill joined our faculty in 2001.
Donna Kauchak, MS, CSCS
With a MS in exercise physiology, and another in organic chemistry, Donna is currently in private practice in the metro New York City area. An experienced triathlete and former NPC competitive bodybuilder, Donna is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and holds certifications through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She is also a Performance Enhancement Specialist through NASM, the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Formerly the Strength and Conditioning Professional for New York University's woman's basketball team, Donna is passionate about dedication and perseverance as a means towards achieving one's goals. Donna joined our faculty in 2001.
Carol Kutik, MA
Carol received her Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and she is certified by ACE as a personal trainer and by ACSM as a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. As Director of Fitness and Health Promotion for the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, AL, Carol is responsible for the oversight and development of all fitness and personal training programs for individuals with long term disabilities that result from accident, injury or aging. She is also responsible for creating and implementing health promotion activities related to nutrition, exercise, and health education. Carol has almost 30 year's experience in the fitness and wellness industry; prior to her position at the Lakeshore Foundation, she worked with Sportsfirst in Birmingham as the Corporate Director of Fitness and Group Exercise. You can also see Carol on the Fox 6 "Good Day Alabama" show every 3rd Monday of the month providing exercise tips and encouraging all viewers to function at their personal best. Carol also travels the country to provide continuing education to fitness professionals in working with older adults and those with physical disability and chronic medical conditions. Carol joined our faculty in 1997.
Eric Lemkin, MS, CSCS
Eric has almost 20 years experience in the fitness industry, with extensive clinical experience in cardiac, pulmonary, and cancer rehabilitation at a hospital-based wellness center. He is Owner of Functionally Active Fitness in Sylvania, OH where he provides indoor and outdoor boot camps, teen weight loss boot camps, and private and sport-specific training. With a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Michigan University, he has also managed corporate fitness centers for companies such as Ford, GM, Chrysler, Mutual of Omaha and other Fortune 500 companies. He has been a lecturer at both the University of Toledo and Owens Community College. Eric is credentialed as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and as a Master Trainer through National Health Educator, as well as by ACSM; his fitness passions include older adult fitness, sport-specific training and sports nutrition. Eric joined our faculty in 2009.
Chris Marino, MS, CSCS
Chris is a strength and conditioning specialist in private practice in the metro Philadelphia area. With almost 10 years experience in all aspects of fitness Chris specializes in training clients with chronic orthopedic conditions and those who have been released from physical therapy following joint replacement, surgery or injury. Chris is the owner of "Marino’s Body Shop," a personal training management company located in southeastern PA specializing in Boot Camps for different fitness levels. Chris is certified by the NSCA, ACSM, and ACE and is experienced in functional training, core conditioning and advanced exercise techniques for athletes and recreational athletes. Chris joined our faculty in 2001.
Ginger Patterson, Ph D, RD
Ginger Patterson, PhD, RD, has worked in the field of nutrition and wellness in Ft. Myers, FL for the past 30 years. With a Master's Degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Nutrition, she is well equipped to help the many clients she counsels on all aspects of nutrition, health and exercise. Dr. Ginger has been a University professor and lecturer, most recently at Florida Gulf Coast University, and she currently maintains an office at Fitness On The Move where she does weight management and general nutrition counseling. Her newspaper column, Daily Dose, can be read on Tuesdays in the Ft Myers News-Press. Her extensive media background has earned her the unofficial title of "nutrition guru of Ft. Myers." Ginger joined our faculty in 1996.
Reggie Porter, MS, CSCS
Reggie is a Strength & Conditioning Specialist from Atlanta, GA where he manages the fitness program at a retirement community. He graduated from Georgia Southern University with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and he has worked in many fitness environments including cardio rehab, a hospital based wellness center, a sports performance center and multiple corporate wellness facilities. In addition to his full-time job, Reggie teaches various classes throughout metro Atlanta. A former collegiate football athlete, Reggie's current passions include Olympic lifting and plyometrics. Reggie is also certified by ACSM as a Health Fitness Specialist and by the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) as an Aquatic Fitness Professional.
Irv Rubenstein, Ph D, CSCS
Dr. Irv Rubenstein, exercise physiologist, is co-founder and president of S.T.E.P.S., Inc., Nashville’s first personal training center. He has personal training certifications through ACSM, NSCA nad ACE and he is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Dr. Irv has produced an instructional video on the use of elastic tubes and he has co-authored chapters for several personal training textbooks. He writes extensively for Professional Personal Trainer magazine, NSCA’s on-line magazine, Vogue magazine, and local publications. He created a dynamic medicine ball and stability ball routine called “Rock, Roll ‘n Reggae”™. In Nashville, Dr. Irv has served on the board of the Nashville Arthritis Foundation and co-chairs the education committee of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee. Irv joined our faculty in 1996.
Sandy Wright, MS
Sandy is Exercise ETC's Correspondence Education Course Developer. She has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University and is currently a personal trainer specializing in working with the "baby boomer" population and is also a part-time instructor at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta. Sandy has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years; she has worked as a group fitness instructor and an exercise physiologist in a hospital based wellness center. Sandy is certified as a Health/Fitness Instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and as a personal trainer by both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Sandy joined our faculty in 1997.
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