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 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. He currently teaches Brains & Balance Past 60 programs for the City of Wilton Manors, FL and has presented cognition-retention programs to the residents at the Edgewater Assisted Living Community in Boca Raton, FL. Guy has authored numerous continuing education articles and programs and his weekly newspaper column can be seen weekends in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Guy has been with Exercise ETC since 1992.
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.
April has a diverse background in personal training, aquatics, group fitness, boot camp and yoga. She has two Master's Degrees: one in Public Health from the University of Illinois/Chicago, and another Master's Degree in Public Health Management 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 is a physician with a strong background in fitness, and her current focus is teaching exercise science and healthy lifestyle choices to both fitness professionals and medical personnel. Her passion is educating people on how to stay well; her goal is to teach, prevent disease, decrease the need for medications, and change lives. Heather's favorite saying is, "People are like onions; you have to peel back the layers to discover what's at the core." Heather is adept at motivating teams of people to achieve their goals. Heather joined our faculty in 2002.
Mike is the owner of 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 is our Education Director; he joined our faculty in 2008.
With an MS in Organic Chemistry, and another in Exercise Physiology, Donna is currently a trainer in private practice in the metro New York City and New Jersey area where she develops exercise and wellness programs for individual clients including older adults and corporate partners. She was the former Strength and Conditioning Professional for New York University's woman's basketball team and is an experienced triathlete and former NPC competitive bodybuilder. Donna is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She also has a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and is a Nutritional Therapist through The Health Science Academy and a standing member with ACSM. She is also certified in Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) by the American Red Cross. Donna is passionate about dedication and perseverance as a means towards achieving one's goals. Donna joined our faculty in 2002.
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, 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 lives in Atlanta, GA where he manages the fitness program for Delta Airlines' headquarters near Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. He graduated from Georgia Southern University with his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Exercise Science; he has earned his CSCS certification from the NSCA and he is also certified by the ACSM as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, and by the AEA as an Aquatic Fitness Professional. Reggie also does personal training and works with older adults in the metro Atlanta area. Since graduating, Reggie has worked in multiple wellness settings including retirement communities, cardiac rehabilitation, sports performance centers and multiple corporate wellness facilities. In his free time Reggie can be found watching or playing football, a sport he played in college and is still crazy about, and working out: his preferred training methods are resistance training and jogging. Reggie joined our faculty in 2014.
Dr. Irv Rubenstein is the owner of STEPS, a personal training facility in Nashville, TN. Irv graduated from Vanderbilt-Peabody University in 1988 with a PhD in exercise science. One of his career goals was to foster the evolution of the then-fledgling field of personal training into a viable and mature profession. Concept became reality in 1989 as STEPS? original location became the first facility between the coasts dedicated exclusively to personal fitness training. He is a founding member and current board member of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee and co-chairs its Education Committee. He was a presenter at the 2017 EDCT Annual Forum on the positive role of resistance exercise in the treatment of anorexia.