NPTI Instructors and Faculty
Director/ Lead Instructor
Before moving to Arizona, Jeff spent three years as an instructor at the NPTI in Richmond Heights, Ohio and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He attended Youngstown State University on a full scholarship for football and was co-captain and defensive MVP on their Division I-AA national championship team. After earning his degree in communications he continued his education at Cleveland State in biological sciences. He spent nearly ten years in cardiovascular sales before attending NPTI and becoming an independently contracted personal trainer. He is a MEDIC First Aid BLS CPR training specialist for the Health & Safety Institute and a licensed EMT. He has completed two marathons and is passionate about lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Santa Monica, CA
Mark Bransky has been active in the Health and Wellness Industry since 2007. His passion for health sciences and commitment to people lead him to a career as a personal trainer. After several thousand sessions of experience he started using his knowledge and expertise to coach new trainers. He is currently the Director of Education for the National Personal Training Institute in Santa Monica, California where he teaches NASM’s Personal Training (CPT), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) certifications.
Costa Mesa, CA
Ryan Rentie has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California Baptist University. Ryan entered the fitness industry working with obesity prevention and fitness instructing 4 years ago. He started personal training at LA Fitness, and was quickly promoted to the company’s first master trainer. Ryan is very committed and motivated as a fitness professional to changing the health climate that is crippling our nation. In addition to enjoying his role as instructor for NPTI, he enjoys exercising on a daily basis and is an avid basketball player.
CEO/Chief Academic Officer
Jennifer Hedges brings charisma and enthusiasm for health and wellness to the NPTI community. She has owned and/or operated NPTI Sacramento for the last 6 years and is passionate about creating an environment and program that educates, motivates, inspires, and prepares future fitness professionals to work in the fitness industry while setting themselves apart from the rest. She is a member of the NSCA and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Jennifer graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Secondary Education with a K-12 Physical Education and Health emphasis. Her teaching degree and her education and endorsements in Kinesiology and Administration have provided her with a foundation that supports her daily work within the NPTI program. She went to Boise State on a full ride scholarship for Track and Field where she was a Heptathlete, as well as a 400 meter runner and hurdler. For five years after graduation her time has been devoted to public education teaching middle school and high school health and physical education. She has also been a very successful track and field coach at middle school, high school, college and professional levels. Coaching has provided her with an opportunity to create individual training programs for kids and adults of all ages and abilities. The combination of her kinesiology education, and passion for health and wellness, gives her great energy and enthusiasm as she teaches and works with the National Personal Training Institute. She looks forward to meeting and working with each person who joins the NPTI Sacramento family and is always available via phone or email if program questions arise.
Lindsey graduated with a degree in Health and Exercise Science, Pre-physical Therapy from Oral Roberts University. During her time there she gained valuable experience as an athletic trainer as she assisted with their Division I baseball and men's soccer teams. Having been in the fitness industry for over 10 years, Lindsey has a sincere desire to reach communities and educate on a broader scale. She also holds numerous certifications including NASM-CPT (Cetfified Personal Trainer), PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist) and CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist). She is also a certified instructor of Russian kettlebell training and TRX. In addition to enjoying her role as a director and instructor for NPTI, she loves playing soccer, hiking, mountain biking, and keeping up with the ever-changing trends in the fields of nutrition and fitness.
Robert Linkul, CSCS
Robert Linkul has his master's degree in personal training. Linkul has been a tutor to students preparing for their certified personal trainer (CPT) exam and a mentor for CPTs in business techniques and career development for more than a decade.
Robert and his team of trainers lead more then 200 personal training sessions per week. Linkul writes for a number of fitness publications including PFP Magazine, Healthy Living Magazine, On Fitness Magazine, the NSCA Performance Journal and, in 2011, published his book titled “Confessions of a Certified Personal Trainer.” Robert implements a series of successful business systems that elevate his studios management skills, professional team development and culture above the rest.
Known for her outgoing personality, Monica attended CSU Sacramento, receiving a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. With a passion for health and fitness that stemmed from personal success, she began studying at the National Personal Training Institute and has since worked as a personal trainer and group instructor. In addition, she currently holds the Advanced Certified Personal Trainer (ACPT) certification. She has also worked as a marketing specialist, developing and implementing the social network and marketing strategy for a newly developed fitness studio. She has added a fantastic dynamic and energy to the NPTI Sacramento Program and her knowledge and experience in the industry gives students another great perspective on what to expect in the professional world. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking, snowboarding, and playing with her dog. Her philosophy for health and fitness is: Each day is unique - Find something positive about today and run with it - Don’t fret about the past, focus on what you can do for today that will accommodate the improvements you are looking for.
San Diego, CA
Nicholas is a graduate of ASU with a degree in kinesiology and is also a graduate of NPTI. He holds certifications with NASM, FSN and NSCA. Nicholas holds over 30,000 hours of hands on personal training experience, in addition to running a private studio in downtown San Diego called Urban Athletica. Nicholas brings a lot of real world experience to his teaching. He finds pleasure teaching and mentoring aspiring personal trainers in this growing Industry.
Chris has been a Personal Trainer for the past 7 years. His background is very diverse. As a Physical Therapy Aide for 5 years, he specialized in sports rehabilitation while also working with elite athletes as a student at the University of Connecticut. Chris enjoys exercising on a daily basis, especially Olympic weight lifting, boot camp style / track workouts. He plays in recreational basketball and softball leagues. His clients and students enjoy his sense of humor. They appreciate his easy going style and belief that exercise should be taught with a smile and lots of encouragement.
- Owner of personal training company ShowUp Fitness
- B.S., Kinesiology, California State University of Chico
- ACSM - CPT, American College of Sports Medicine
- NPTI San Francisco (Dublin) Instructor
Director / Lead Instructor
Kristen Robinson has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from SCSU, with a minor in Athletic Training. Afterwards, she went back to school to become an emergency medical technician and a paramedic. Additionally, Kristen went to nursing school. She spent over 12 years working in the emergency room, in addition to working with invasive cardiology and nuclear meds. Kristen has managed several corporate fitness centers, including SAAB Scania, Clairoland, The Merritt 7, Powerhouse Gym, George’s Gym, and the Ramada. Her diverse training in medicine has brought her to the PT Department at a local hospital doing wound debridement, prosthetic training and rehabilitation for stroke and multiple sclerosis clients. For the past 7 years, Kristen has served as the Director of the National Personal Training Institute of Connecticut in addition to serving as the lead instructor.
Kristen is A-CPT certified. Additionally, she is an authorized provider to instruct CPR/AED and First Aid for the American Red Cross. Kristen is an avid mountaineer, enjoying rock and ice climbing. She is an extreme athlete and competed in many events, such as the Tough Mudder, Death Race and the Pentathlon in the White Mountains.
Orlando, FL – Residential Program
Chris has been working in the Fitness and Sport & Exercise Science industry for the last 16 years. He received his Bachelors Degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences from Cheltenham & Gloucestershire College of Higher Education, and then progressed onto attaining a Masters in Sports Sciences from Brunel University, UK. He is a qualified teacher and acquired his Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from Greenwich University, UK. Chris’ last employment saw him program manage the Sport & Exercise Science Department and lecture extensively on the YMCA Personal Trainer program at Hertford Regional College, England. Over the last five years, he has founded Osteoblast Training which is an internationally accredited workshop (worth 0.7 CEU’s) specializing in strength & conditioning for bone health. Chris is also a Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
Very committed and motivated health and fitness professional whose philosophy is to assist, educate and inspire people to live a healthy, sustainable, holistic lifestyle. Through personal experience, Luis can empathize with his client’s fitness battles; therefore, he is in the advantaged position to have proven strategies to overcome emotional, psychological, and physical barriers. His conscientious, methodical, approach to program design and implementation ensures that the specific needs of all clients are met through scientifically robust and adaptable exercise programming.
Education and Qualifications
- Graduate of the National Personal Training Institution (NPTI)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine – (CPT)
- Advanced Certified Personal Trainer (A-CPT)
- Speedblast Training™ Certified: Linear and Sports Specific Speed Development
- Osteoblast Training™ Certified: Strength and Conditioning for Bone Health
- TRX Suspension Training Certified
- Kettlebell Weights Training Certification
- Adult/Child & infant First Aid, AED, and CPR Certified Instructor
BS, CSCS, CPT
- 2011 – Claudio joined the National Personal Training Institute in July of 2011. He is the instructor for both the full time (day) program as well as the part-time (evening & weekend) program.
- 2010 – Focus Personal Training Institute New York, NY. writer, curriculum 300 hour personal trainer course.
- 2009 – 2010 – Lifestyle Family Fitness in Orlando, FL.manager of personal training. personal trainer.
- 2001 – 2009 – Town Sports International in New York, NY. master trainer. group fitness instructor. fitness programs manager for the Scarsdale, NY location. regional faculty - Westchester, Long Island, Connecticut, Queens
- 2005 – Club level Olympic weightlifting coach – USA Weightlifting
- 2003 – Corrective exercise specialist – National Academy of Sports Medicine
Performance enhancement specialist – National Academy of Sports Medicine
Integrated flexibility specialist – National Academy of Sports Medicine
- 2002 – Certified personal trainer - National Academy of Sports Medicine
- 2001 – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist – National Strength & Conditioning Association
- 1996 – 2001 – Professional Golfers Association of America. professional golf apprentice. studied golf instruction, mechanics of the golf swing and the application of strength & conditioning to the sport of golf. competed in tournament play on various professional-level golf tours throughout the eastern United States.
- 1996 – Became a certified personal trainer. Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA).
Equinox fitness clubs – personal trainer. group fitness instructor.
- 1992 – 1996 – Fordham University – Bronx, NY. student. completed bachelor of science degree in biological sciences. intern, strength & conditioning department & athletic training department, Fordham Athletics.
MS, RD, CSCS
Annette has lived in Georgia most of her life. She's married and is the mother of 3 girls. Annette earned her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics from Florida State University, and her Master's degree in Dietetics from The University of Georgia. She is a Registered Dietitian specializing in sports nutrition and weight loss. She has been an instructor with NPTI since 2003.
Johns Creek, GA
Director / Lead Instructor
Sequoya Moore attended Howard University in Washington, DC on an athletic scholarship. While attending Howard University she began to develop her passion for fitness and overall healthy living. After watching the changes that took place in her own body within a year of playing Division I basketball, she became intrigued at the way the body could be molded and shaped however you trained it to be shaped and molded. She began her professional training career in 2005 working at Washington Sports Club. She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelors of Health Science majoring in both Exercise Physiology and Pre-Physical Therapy. Currently, Sequoya is pursuing a Masters of Exercise Science with a concentration on Exercise Physiology from Georgia State University. Sequoya describes her training style as innovative, creative and thorough, and she uses a practical approach in her training where the main goal is to obtain an optimal level of health to improve the quality of life in each client. Unique training techniques, creativity, knowledge and an intense level of motivation helps to improve each of her client's strength, flexibility, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, body composition and overall health. She believes that busy schedules, lack of equipment and finances should not be a hindrance to healthy living. Her training PHILOSOPHY is "You ALWAYS have a choice in the matter. You get one body, so choose to do what is necessary to take care of that body. No crash diets, no quick fixes... Consistency and discipline. Changing your life, one day at a time."
Assistant Director / Instructor
I have always been an active individual. My passion for fitness and wellness stemmed at the early age of 5. I grew up as a competitive gymnast and received a college scholarship to compete as a n all-around gymnast for Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA. There had I earned a degree in Health and Exercise Science, which encouraged me to search more about the fitness industry. My next move was applying for a personal training position at LifeTime Fitness in Alpharetta, GA and passing the NASM, CPT certification in 2006. After a few months working there, I truly realized my passion for helping people with their fitness and health. In 2007, I was promoted to managing a smaller department within the personal training department called the metabolic program through New Leaf Fitness. This program allowed me to assess individual's metabolisms. I quickly learned with this technology how efficient the human body performs with proper caloric intake and the type of exercise intensity. Two year later, I realized how much I enjoy mentoring and teaching people about fitness, nutrition, and prevention, which inspired me to begin working with the National Personal Training Institute. I love teaching and want the best for people. Aside from work, I enjoy working out and exploring what else there is to know about this industry.
Brad Squibb is an instructor at NPTI (Johns Creek, GA) and Lead Trainer at Bradley Fitness. He resides in Lawrenceville with his wife, Dawn (Savannah, Georgia) and son Royal.
He was a private baseball instructor for years prior to starting Bradley Fitness, and then expanded into personal training with a degree from the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) and certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Brad grew up in the rich baseball tradition of Springfield, Illinois through high school, and then went on to play at Lincoln Land Community College. After catching the attention of area pro scouts and playing in the Illinois Junior College All-Star Game at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Brad was recruited to southern baseball powerhouse Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia.
In 2 years at Armstrong State College (renamed Armstrong Atlantic State University, AASU), Brad garnered national recognition as a 2-time All American and 3-time NCAA national record setter on #1 ranked World Series teams coached by one of college baseball’s all-time winningest coaches, Joe Roberts.
Since leaving Armstrong, he has been elected to the Hall of Fame (2004) and his #9 jersey was retired in 2011. He has trained with top draft picks, business professionals, and families as well as some of Gwinnett County’s top personal trainers.
Chicago & Lisle, IL
MS, CSCS - Director of Education Director of Operations - Chicago/Lisle IL
Annette has been teaching for NPTI since 2002 and serves as the Director of Education. Annette received her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education with a minor in Nutrition from Western Illinois University, where she also received her Masters degree in Exercise Science. With over 10 years of experience, Annette has worked in a variety of settings within the fitness field including teaching at elementary, university, and post secondarylevels, personal training, instructing a variety of group fitness classes, cardiac rehabilitation, marathon training and corporate fitness. Annette is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Tracy I. Banks
MS, CSCS, Lead Instructor-NPTI
Tracy received her Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion from Miami University of Ohio, where she also began her fitness career as a Group Exercise Instructor. Tracy received her Masters Degree in Applied Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she enhanced her fitness experience and added on skills as a personal trainer. Tracy is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and she has over 5 years of experience in the fitness field to date.
Faculty Instructor - Lisle, IL
Nick earned his Bachelors degree from Texas Christian University in Sport Science and has graduate courses in Business. He is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research and has worked closely with physical therapists in clinical settings. Logging several hundred hours of observation and assistance, he learned about therapeutic exercise and became familiar with the use of several modalities. Over the last four years he worked with student athletes in various sports. Since graduating, Nick has specialized in working with post-rehabilitation patients, especially those with shoulder, knee andankle injuries.
BS, Instructor- Chicago, IL
Jennifer has been a NPTI Instructor since 2007 and has an extensive background in running and fitness. She has her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University where she participated in the intramural cross country program. She has run numerous Marathons and is a coach for the well-known Girls on the Run organization. Along with being a NPTI certified personal trainer, Jennifer is the Lead Instructor for the International Youth and Conditioning Association which is a new inclusion to the NPTI-Chicago program. She is a member of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and specializes in helping develop running programs for Marathon novices and those interested in breaking into distance running.
Christen John Mendonca, MS CSCS
Christen has been part of the NPTI team since December of 2007. He possesses over ten years of experience in the field of health and wellness. He obtained a MS in Human Performance in Health and Fitness in 2008 from Bridgewater State College. In 2002, Christen was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. Within that time, he also worked on various projects including a directed study in modifying resistance training for individuals with a physical disability. Christen was also a clinician for the Children's Physical Developmental Clinic (CPDC) at Bridgewater State. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS). He is a certified Heartsaver Adult, Child, Infant CPR AED and 1st Aid Instructor. Christen has had the honor of also working with the National Council on Strength and Fitness, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Intrafitt Performance Nutrition Systems Corporation.
Christen has been involved in many facets of exercise physiology other than education. He has served as a personal trainer for hundreds of clients, personal training manager, cardiac rehabilitation for past-heart attack and high risk clients, rehabilitation, sports performance, guest lecturer and advocate for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. Through his experience he has had the pleasure of working with organizations such as Fitness Together, Old Colony YMCA, Healthtrax and Elite Sports Performance and Physical Therapy. Christen has even had the honor of promoting fitness for esteemed special interest groups such as The Massachusetts Spina Bifida Association and Easter Seals.
Rochester Hills, MI
- Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University.
- 2 nationally accredited certifications: Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF).
- Member of various organizations in the fitness industry, including the NSCA and IDEA.
- More than 10 years experience in multiple health and wellness arenas; corporate and commercial fitness as an Assistant Manager, Fitness Director, Master Trainer, Fitness Specialist and Competitive Gymnastics Strength Coach.
- Conduct in-home personal training sessions through own business, Training Time, LLC.
- Involvement in competitive sports for 15 years.
- Enjoy training for extreme athletic competitions.
- Nov. 2007 WTF Fall Classic, Tampa: 1st place age group fitness skills, 3rd place overall fitness skills, 12th place dual fitness, 14th place overall competition
- May 2007 WTF Spring Classic, Tampa: 1st place fitness skills, 1st place in age group overall, Top 10 Overall
- June 2001 INBF Hercules NYC, 3rd place
- Competitive bodybuilder
- Sept. 2001 INBF Natural Mania NYC: 5th place Lightweight
- June 2001 INBF Hercules NYC: 3rd place Heavyweight
- April 2000 NPC Kalamazoo Classic: 5th place Lightweight
- Former Competitive Gymnast
Director of Operations
Shannon received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Wayne State University. Her experience includes personal training, sports specific conditioning, as well as corporate fitness/wellness. Shannon is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and a certified Group Fitness Instructor through AFAA. She has been teaching group fitness for over 13 years, and currently teaches at Lifetime Fitness in Troy, Michigan. Shannon also competes as a National Level Figure Competitor through NPC/IFBB.
Competition Results: 2006
- NPC Capital City Bodybuilding and the Tracy Trasko Fitness and Figure Championships | 2nd place
- NPC Flint/Mid Michigan Natural Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships | 1st place and Overall
- NPC Michigan Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships | 1st place and Overall
- IFBB North American Championships | 9th place
- Julie Palmer's Ultimate Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships | 1st place and Overall
- NPC Jr. National Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure Championships | 9th place
Competition Results: 2007
Don Hamden is the owner/trainer of Excalibur Fitness and Training LLC. In addition to training clients individually, he instructs Boot Camps and corporate fitness/wellness classes. He works with chiropractor referred patients for corrective exercise. Don has been a personal trainer since himself graduating from NPTI in 2005. He also has degrees in Manufacturing Technology and Computer Science.
Don’s current personal training certifications and education include:
- Personal Training Academy Global (PTAG) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
- Kettlebell Concepts (KBC) Kettlebell Instructor
- C.H.E.K. Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach 1
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
- C.H.E.K. Institute Exercise Coach (EC)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) CPT
- American Council on Exercise (ACE) CPT
- TW-CC Advanced Certified Personal Trainer (ACPT)
- National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) graduate
Brooklyn Park, MN
MS, CSCS - Director of Operations/Lead Instructor
Katy received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and Environmental Science at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and earned her Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Training from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Katy has experience in various settings in the health and fitness industry, some of which include: Fitness Specialist, Sports Therapist and Department Manager for the Griggs Institute of Sports and Wellness where she developed training protocols for adolescents, professional athletes, and geriatric patients, Rehabilitation Manager responsible for evaluating injuries and designing rehab programs for many patients with spinal and sports related injuries. Katy has experience working with adolescents, professional athletes and geriatric patients as well as experience in dietary counseling. She served as theHead Men and Women's Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track Coach for St. Cloud State University.
Katy is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) and a member of the Minnesota Basketball Association (MBA).
Kevin Christenson, D.C.
Kevin comes to NPTI as a doctor of chiropractic, emphasizing in sports-related rehabilitation. Within his current Practice he offers full-service chiropractic care and one-on-one personal training. Dr. Kevin's adept teaching style comes from 15 years of experience in health, nutrition, and physical fitness and a passion for learning, inspired during his service with the U.S. Marine Corps. Outside of the clinic and NPTI, you will findhim offering educational health and wellness lectures within the community. Military service and school travels have taken him to California, Illinois, and Minnesota, and have always been complemented by a career in personal training. Doctor Kevin, an athlete himself, is partial to mountain biking and weight training, and is currently training for triathlon competitions. He's been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness Instructor.
Director / Lead Instructor
Matt has been teaching for NPTI since 2009 and serves as the Director and Lead Instructor for the Charlotte location. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, minoring in Health Science Education. Upon graduation he obtained his Massage Therapy License from the Florida School of Massage, specializing in Sports Massage. Matt became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2003.
Matt has over a dozen years of experience in the fitness/wellness industry. He has worked in various settings from physical therapy clinics, gyms, chiropractic offices, the YMCA, and most recently before joining NPTI he was directing a studio in the North Charlotte area. Throughout these settings he has worked with a wide range of clientele from high school and college athletes, NASCAR pit crews and drivers, triathletes, to weekend warriors and those who just want to improve their overall quality of life. He has used the various experiences he has gained through his personal training and massage to enhance the quality of education he passes on to his students.
Ewanda Thompson is an Adjunct Professor of Exercise Science at Gaston College and the Owner Operator of Fit 4 You LLC. Ewanda has also written Fitness articles for magazines such as Slantress out of Baltimore, Maryland. Ewanda specializes in group fitness training, one on one personal training, diet and lifestyle coaching. Ewanda has over 10 years of experience helping individuals achieve their weight loss and fitness goals.
Ewanda is certified through the International Sports Science Association. Along with a personal training certification she is certified as a Speed and Explosion Specialist, through the National Association of Speed and Explosion. Ewanda also holds a certificate in Advanced Exercise and Nutrition. In an effort to become more efficient in her passion of working with individuals to achieve a healthier lifestyle, Ewanda completed her Master’s in Exercise Science Health and Wellness Promotion.
Ewanda is a Navy Veteran who played college basketball and later toured Europe while on the “All Navy Armed Forces” Basketball team. To date, Ewanda has trained people of all stations of life and varied health challenges with regard to achieving their fitness and nutritional goals. She has experience working with pregnant women, those suffering physical injuries, individuals who want to lose weight and get in shape; as well as sports enthusiasts preparing for a competition.
Raleigh / Durham, NC
Alan Wiest, MS, A-CPT, AEA, CSCS, USAW
Regional Director and Lead Instructor
Alan has been teaching for NPTI since 2007 and serves as the Director and Lead Instructor in Raleigh, North Carolina. Alan received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Movement Science with a minor in Biology from the University of Oregon, where he also received his Masters degree in Exercise and Movement Science with a concentration in Biomechanics. With over 12 years of fitness industry and education experience, Alan has worked in a variety of settings including teaching at elementary, community college, university, and post secondary levels, personal training, fitness management, instructing a variety of group fitness classes, sports specific conditioning and camps, in-home personal training, business ownership, and corporate fitness. Alan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Aquatic Fitness Professional through the Aquatic Exercise Association, a Sports and Performance Coach through the United States Weightlifting Organization (USAW), an Advanced Certified Personal Trainer through the Training and Wellness Certification Commission, and a certified CPR / First Aid / AED Instructor through the American Red Cross.
Alan not only loves to teach fitness, but he enjoys participating in it as well. He has been a competitive athlete most of his life. His main focus is on team sports. Baseball, football, and basketball were his primary sports until college. He then participated in track and field and crew (rowing) for the University of Oregon. He currently participates in intramural sports and general strength and conditioning. In his spare time Alan enjoys reading, cooking, walking the dog, gardening, hiking, watching movies, and surfing.
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." Steve Prefontaine
Kerrie Ferguson, D.C.
Dr. Ferguson has been teaching with NPTI in Raleigh since 2008. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University at Buffalo, and then went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the New York Chiropractic College. She is a certified personal trainer and certified group exercise instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Kerrie has experience working as a chiropractor, as well as a personal trainer. She enjoys helping clients who have had back injuries or surgeries safely begin the journey toward health and wellness. Prior to joining NPTI, Kerrie also taught in the massage therapy program and community college settings.
Charles F. Sturkey
Head Faculty Instructor
Charles has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and practitioner of fitness and resistance training. The American Council on Exercise, WITS, and the School of Fitness and Nutrition has certified Charles. Charles fitness work experience includes two years as a PT Instructor in the US Army, Head Instructor for Training and Conditioning for the American Karate Studios, and owner/operator of his own personal training business. He hasa BS in Physical Education with many years of continuing education credits in fitness, exercise, weight training, nutrition, and more.
Eileen's mission statement is: To create and maintain an environment conducive to enhancing health and lifestyle. To educate and train individuals pursuing a higher quality of physical, emotional, intellectual or sociallife for themselves by providing guidance, direction and support. She follows this mission in everything she pursues. Eileen has completed course work at the College of St. Elizabeth in business management and has been a member of the professional fitness community for over 16 years. She has been a group fitness instructor since 1990 and is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, American Aerobic Association International, and the International Sports Medicine Association in Aerobics, Step, Slide, Spin, Bosu, Urban Rebounding, Advanced Kickboxing, Aqua Aerobics and Pilates. She is a certified Personal Trainer by AFAA, AFPA and AAAI. and is certified as a Physical Therapy Aide. She has been a trainer for the Centrastate Medical Center and the Meridian Healthcare System as well as at many elite facilities in both New York and New Jersey. Eileen has been the owner and lead trainer for Monarch Personal Training since 2000 and was the General Manager of a large full service fitness facility for over 12 years. Eileen is the creator and lead instructor of “How to Become a Cutting Edge Personal Trainer” a course held at Monmouth Adult Education Center. She has often been a guest lecturer and seminar presenter at colleges, health clubs and women's groups. An expert in the field. Eileen is also a competitive triathlete, runner and cyclist.
Richmond Heights, OH
MS, ATC, CSCS / Owner / School Director
Miles brings varied and diverse experiences into his role as the director of the Cleveland and Columbus branches of the National Personal Training Institute. A certified athletic trainer (ATC) by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Miles earned his bachelors degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of Texas in Austin. He then received his Masters degree in sports management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining NPTI, Miles spent four years as a sports medicine communications consultant for The Gatorade Company. Prior to his experience with Gatorade, Miles worked as a certified athletic trainer/sports medicine specialist and strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets and in the collegiate ranks at the University of Illinois.
Owner / Director of Education / Instructor
A dynamic, passionate and dedicated instructor, Miriam shares more than 20 years of experience in the health and fitness profession with her students. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Miriam received her Bachelors degree in communications with an emphasis in sports medicine from Northern Illinois University and her Masters degree in occupational therapy from Cleveland State University. Miriam, who has worked as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and in sports medicine and rehabilitation, is the director of education for the Cleveland and Columbus branches of the National Personal Training Institute.
BA, CPT / Instructor
A Cleveland area native, Rich is a certified personal trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). A former personal trainer and personal training manager at Fitness Together in Westlake, Ohio, Rich earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing his graduate degree in exercise science. Popular with his students, Rich brings a gregarious and easy-going teaching style into his role as the lead instructor for the Cleveland branch of the National Personal Training Institute.
Daniel is extremely passionate about the health and fitness field. He brings this enthusiasm to teaching the art of personal training at NPTI. Daniel graduated with a Specialized Honours Degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports and Event Marketing from George Brown College. He is a certified Kinesiologist and personal trainer who has been in the health and fitness field since 2000.Throughout his career, Daniel has worked in fitness clubs, studios, clinics, and even his own in-home personal training company. His clients have ranged in age from 12 to 86 and in exercise experience from novice to elite athlete.
Daniel believes that there is no one-size-fits-all fitness program. Any exercise program should be tailored to the goals, needs, and wants of the individual.
Arik S. Wiest, MS, ACPT, CSCS
NW Director/ Portland Lead Instructor
Radio Host: Everybodies Health
Arik is a graduate of the University of Oregon. He graduated with his Bachelors degree in Exercise and Movement Science with a minor in Biology in 2001. He then graduated with his Master's degree in Human Physiology, with a concentration in Biomechanics, in 2003.
Arik is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a (TW-CC) Advanced Certified Personal Trainer and a USRowing level III Advanced Coach. He has over 12 years in the fitness industry ranging from correctional rehabilitation, instruction at the community college, university and post secondary levels, coaching at the high school and collegiate level, personal training, corporate wellness and the exercise physiology for the REX Wellness Center in Raleigh, NC.
In addition to the NPTI NW Director, and Portland Lead Instructor roles, Arik, also hosts the online radio show:EveryBodies Health. Listen in Live on PDX.fm channel 2 every Wednesday at 4 PM Pacific as he helps pave a path to your healthier body. Archived shows can be found at everybodieshealth.pdx.fm or on itunes. Follow his blog: everybodieshealth.blogspot.com.
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
Michelle Nixon, BA
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Bradford, England. She graduated with a Bachelors of Honors in Design and Photography in 2001, and moved to New York in 2002 to pursue her passion.
After living in America for over ten years, Michelle’s passion shifted from photography to health and wellness. She realized that America had an obesity epidemic and wanted to become part of the solution. She graduated the National Personal Training Institute, Portland in September 2012 and is now working as a personal trainer. Michelle specializes in weight and fat loss, focusing on the psychology of weight gain such as sleep, lifestyle and eating patterns.
Michelle recently joined the NPTI, Portland team, and is enjoying her new position as student liaison. She enjoyed her experience as a student, and now wants to share the education she gained to future students. “I want people to know that personal training is so much more than six-pack abs. It is a lifestyle change, from your sleeping and eating patterns, to hormones, living environment, work, stress and personal relationships. Every facet of your life affects your mind and body. The body is forgiving, it will tell you what it wants; it is our job to listen”
Sam received a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Oregon State University. During college, he created and implemented a multi-faceted strength & conditioning program for Corvallis High School's baseball athletes during their off-season. It consisted of resistance training, power lifting, plyometrics, SAQ (speed, agility & quickness) and other baseball specific functional training exercises. 17 of his former athletes are now playing at the collegiate level.
Sam graduated from The National Personal Training Institute in December of 2009. He also received his Advanced-Certified Personal Trainer Certification and CPR/First Aid/AED certification. He is currently the weekend instructor at the Portland Oregon branch of NPTI.
Kellie M. Lynch
Kellie is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science; minoring in Biology and Chemistry. She is also a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute of Portland, OR. Kellie is now the Practical Instructor for NPTI in Portland, OR.
Being a graduate of NPTI, Kellie is very passionate about the program and loves sharing her experience and knowledge with future health professionals.
Barry has been in personal training for over 14 years, is a dedicated weight trainer, and enjoys hiking, and reading and research in all areas of fitness and nutrition. He enjoys racquetball and weight training and has a BS from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. Barry is NSCA-CPT certified.
NPTI, A-CPT, NASM, INSTRUCTOR
Karl played baseball and basketball, All-Public, while attending high school in Philadelphia, PA. As a result of a bad ankle injury, he became deconditioned. In 2005 he started NPTI and lost 80+ pounds in a year. Since excelling in his studies at NPTI, Karl began teaching for the Delaware School in 2007, and is currently teaching for the Philadelphia, PA School.
Karl remains on top of industry standards and the latest training trends by attending local seminars and constantly reading about the fitness industry. In 2007 he started his own personal training company with only 2 clients, and has developed it into a prosperous business with about 45 clients.
BS, CSCS, INSTRUCTOR
Lenny Graham has a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University. He has 33 years of experience training in gyms, facilities and studios. He has also been a Certified Personal Trainer for 28 years holding certifications such as ACSM, NSCA, CSCS and ACE. Lenny was a Nationally ranked power lifter for 9 years, 6 of the 9 years he was ranked top 10 in the country.
In addition to teaching at NPTI and running his own personal training business, Lenny is currently taking Masters classes in Nutrition at Temple (MS).
NPTI, Practical Instructor
Having a strong passion for fitness, Dan attended the National Personal Training Institute in 2002 to pursue a career in personal fitness training. Realizing that he had a true love for this field, he then continued his studies at Montgomery County Community College where he majored in Exercise Science, and he still serves as a Member of the Health and Fitness Professional Advisory Committee. Dan is an authorized provider for the American Red Cross, and certifies personal trainers and the local community in CPR, AED and First Aid.
Dan owns his own personal training company and enjoys bringing real life experience to the classroom.
Chad Hackler, C.S.C.S., B.S.
Chad’s passion is helping others achieve breakthroughs in their life whether physical, mental or spiritual. Chad has been training professional athletes (NFL, NHL, NCAA) as well as weekend warriors/general fitness for almost 20 years.
Director: The National Personal Training Institute - Dallas, TX
Elite Personal Trainer: Golds Gym - Dallas Preston Center
Sports and Fitness Trainer/Personal Development Specialist
Dave graduated from Arcadia University with a bachelors in Biology. He played basketball for Arcadia and was athlete of the year and was ranked 13th in the country in rebounds. Upon graduating, he played professional basketball for three years, one year in Australia and two years for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Dave is also a former graduate of NPTI of Philadelphia, where he has been an assistant instructor since 2007. He was the assistant basketball coach and strength and conditioning coach for a high school basketball program in the Philadelphia area in 2009, and also worked as a trainer and assistant manager for a local gym.
Tim Henriques received his degree in Kinesiology from James Madison University, with a concentration in Human Movement Studies. He also received minors in Psychology and Coaching. While at JMU Tim worked at the university's 20 million dollar recreation facility, ultimately getting hired on after graduation to help run that facility. He helped train JMU's Division 1 athletes by working the Strength and Conditioning Program. He was particularly involved with the Football, Field Hockey, and Volleyball teams.
Before coming to NPTI, Tim was a full time personal trainer. He has been with NPTI since its inception in 2001, and Virginia was one of the four founding schools. He enjoys teaching others and sharing his passion for fitness. Tim teaches the Day class, the Monday Wednesday night class, and the first half of the Saturday class. Tim is a certified personal trainer, a certified nutritional consultant, and an ACEP certified coach. He also continues to do personal training part time.
Tim not only likes to teach about fitness, but he enjoys participating in it as well. He has been a competitive athlete most of his life. He was a Collegiate All-American Powerlifter (top 3 in the nation) his senior year at JMU. He currently holds the USAPL Open Virginia State Record for the deadlift for his weight class and he continues to compete regularly in powerlifting. He has competed in local strongman and armwrestling competitions.
In his spare time Tim enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and giving talks to various organizations. He currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife, Christina and their two sons, Nathan and Ryan.No Photo
Eric Hendricks is the Saturday Evening at NPTI in Vienna, VA. His background is in athletics, with a focus on basketball in particular. He likes to use this experience and viewpoint to have a fresh take on fitness. A graduate of NPTI himself, Eric wholeheartedly believes in the program the power of the program. He loves turning book knowledge into "3D" knowledge for the students, and he enjoys beating them up in the gym with bootcamps and ab classes. Eric lives with his wife, Jamie, in Maryland
Geoff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science - Athletic Training from James Madison University. He has worked with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, as both an Athletic Trainer and as aPersonal Trainer. Geoff has been working as a personal trainer in the northern Virginia area for five years, and has recently started a personal training business, Next Step Fitness, LLC. His specialties are rehabilitation and sports specific training. Geoff teaches class two nights per week.
Michael (Mike) L. Zwack
MS, PES, CPT
Director of Education/Lead Instructor
Originally from Alaska and Michigan, Mike's holistic, multifaceted approach to fitness includes over 12 years experience in the field health, fitness, and wellness. He has worked as a fitness professional in multiple settings from corporate wellness, large scale health clubs in Michigan and Florida, the YMCA, private studios, and high end retirement communities. Mike has the capacity to share his experience with a diverse population of clients and work environments with his NPTI students.
Mike earned his Master's degree in Exercise Science from the California University of Pennsylvania as well as his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and Wellness. Mike also attended Michigan State University and studied Kinesiology before finishing his degree at CALU. Additionally, Mike played college football for one year at McPherson College located in McPherson Kansas in 1998 where he was a starter at outside linebacker as a freshman.
Now, passionate about educating in his field of study; Mike believes that each student going through the NPTI program has the ability to make an impact the industry. He encourages his students to find their own style and take a little bit from each experience to mold it into their own, stressing there are multiple approaches to becoming a successful personal trainer and fitness professional.
Dan is a graduate of the University of Washington and the National Personal Training Institute of Seattle. He holds a CPT and CES from NASM and is very passionate about movement and post-rehabilitation training. He is a self-employed mobile trainer who loves to do anything outdoors in his free time.
Kindra M. Reid
MPA, JD, CSCS
Kindra Reid is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength Conditioning Association. She is also certified to perform the Functional Movement Screen, and a certified TRX trainer. Kindra is a KFit Kettlebell Master Trainer, and a certified Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant. Kindra is the owner of Siren Strength and Conditioning (a division of Battle Ready Fitness, Inc.) in Redmond, Washington. She specializes in metabolic conditioning and nutrition for obese and overweight women, and in corrective exercise for athletes and anyone post physical therapy.
Kindra has worked with professional, semi-professional and amateur teams and athletes to improve performance, speed and agility, core strength and endurance. Cricket players, cyclists, distance runners, golfers, soccer players, and mixed martial arts athletes have hired and consulted with Kindra in order to perform better and achieve a variety of personal bests. Kindra has also worked with individual clients to help achieve goals related to increased strength, enhanced balance and flexibility, fat loss, and stress reduction.
Kindra is a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute in Seattle, Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Society and Justice from the University of Washington, a Master of Public Administration from the George Washington University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law. Dedicated to expanding her fitness and nutrition education and staying at the cutting-edge of the fitness industry, Kindra pursues more than 100 hours of continuing education each year.
JD, CPT, CES
Melissa is a graduate of Yale University, Georgetown Law, and the National Personal Training Institute. She holds a NASM CPT and CES, and is a Metabolic Effect Nutritional Consultant (ME-NC). Melissa is also a trained and certified life coach. She has her own life coaching business where she specializes in helping her clients break through the mental, emotional, and practical barriers to greater health and fitness. Additionally, Melissa is a coach at BeFit Tacoma, a small studio gym in the Tacoma area, where she personal trains individuals and small groups, and leads bootcamp classes. Melissa loves learning, especially about new topics in coaching, nutrition, and training. Additionally, after having lost over 100 pounds herself, Melissa knows firsthand how achieving health and fitness goals can improve a person's quality of life. She is dedicated to helping others similarly achieve and sustain their own goals.
BSNS, NASM-PES, CES
A passion for fitness and helping others has been consistent throughout my ten years in the health and wellness industry. I have been blessed to experience many different facets of the fitness industry and hope to use teaching as a tool to not only impact others, but to also improve the experience of those wishing to be personal trainers.
An opportunity as a trainer always means a chance to learn and grow as the industry is ever changing. Although I am still learning each day, four certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition Science have given me a great foundation to spring board from.
Time with family shapes my life and free time. I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my son and significant other, and believe that a healthy and active lifestyle is key to enjoying all that life has to offer.