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The NFTA Natural Health & Fitness Advisory Board.

A Diverse Group of Dedicated, Experienced,
and Forward Thinking Health Professionals!

Representing Exercise Science & Physiology, General Medicine, Naturopathy, Chiropractic, Nutrition, Fitness Coaching & Management, Health Club Management, Sport Science, Kinesiology, Leisure Management, Physiotherapy, etc.

Many members are also present (or former) health club owners, university and/or corporate heath club managers and may own or manage some other type of health & fitness related business. They are listed in no particular order.

Matthew Richard Olesen, M.S. Sports Management: Florida State University. Former Fitness Director/Yale University. Certifications: C-PT NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

Stephanie Eaton Agosta, M.S. Health and Sport Science, Ohio University. College Instructor/Wellness Consultant, Health and Wellness Coordinator for Owens-Corning Fiberglass since 1990. Instruct Health and Wellness, Physical Activity Courses for Ohio University since 1997.

Brad A. Cliff, Bachelors Degree - Exercise Science - Middle Tennessee State University. Masters Exercise Science. Profession: Fitness Instructor. Certifications: AFAA & YMCA.

Kimberlea Jenks, M.S. sports/fitness management - Troy State University-satellite campus-Ft. Benning, GA. Management Experience: YMCA during undergrad, Aquatics Director-Baumholder, Germany, Fitness manager-Ft. Benning, GA, etc.

Dr. Bo Headlam, MD., DC., Medical College of Wisconsin, National College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Heather L. Merritt,. Doctorate. Chiropractor/wellness coordinator. Life University, Marietta, GA. Currently manage an onsite wellness program for a construction company in Atlanta; do fitness center layouts and consulting for clients. Certifications: ACE.

Christopher Leroux, M.S. Exercise physiology. University of Florida, Occupation: personal trainer.

Matthew J. Nelson,. M.S. Exercise Physiology, University: Northwestern College. Profession: Exercise Physiologist.

Robert C. Lowe, M.S. Exercise Physiologist, Director of          University Fitness Center. Certifications: BCLS, ACLS. Other Experience: Former Gymnastic and Cycling coach, former competitive cyclist and skier, former University weight training, fitness conditioning, ski conditioning, aerobics instructor, cross country skiing instructor, and jogging/running instructor; current instructor of geriatric/cardiac/osteoporotic/arthritic weight training and conditioning; former supervisor of graduate student personal trainers.

Jamie Ghigiarelli, Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University, major-Kinesiology minor-Nutrition. Profession: Kinesiologist.

Dr. Sean Stewart, D.C., Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Mel McDonald, N.D., CNC, Clayton College of Natural Health. Other Certifications: American Naturopathic Medical Association, American Association of Nutritional Consultants, American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Dr. Robert L. Lambrou, D.C., New York Chiropractic College.

*Joanna Plisz, M.S. Physiotherapy. University of Katowice, Poland.. Personal Fitness Trainer for World Gym in NYC, ABS class instructor.

Joseph John Cunningham, B.S. Exercise Science. Occupation: Personal trainer. Certifications: AFAA. Other Experience: 10 years experience as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and aerobics instructor.

Julie Sandner. Bachelors degree in Community Health Education with a minor in Psychology. University Of Northern Iowa. Profession: Wellness Specialist. BA in Health Promotions, Strength Trainer for Youth and Adults.

William Lake, B.S. Physical Education, Southern Utah University. Occupation: Physical ED/Health Teacher. Other Experience: Weight lifting coach-Track and Field Southern Utah University.

Brian Edward Abell. Bachelors Degree - US Military Academy, West Point. Army Master Fitness Trainer, Hospital Administration. Certified Master Fitness Trainer. Other Experience: Personal Trainer, N'Shape Fitness, Fitness Equation. Army Weight Control Management Program Consultant, Army Physical Fitness Officer, Army Physical Fitness Program coordinator. Other Certifications: Competitive Bodybuilder (NGA, NABF, USBF) All natural organizations.

Fred Kungl, Owned and operated Muscle Gym Inc. I.C.E. Certificate.

Todd DeForest, Bachelors Degree in Leisure Studies with a concentration in fitness management - Newport University. Experience: Wellness Center fitness instructor, internships in athletic training, exercise physiology, physical therapy..

Nathan G. Wilson, Assistant Wellness Coordinator, Bachelors degree in Exercise Science - Creighton University. Management experience:            Occupational Health Services - oversees         Wellness Center operations. PFT and other experience: Personally trained individuals as a fitness instructor at           , and also trained student athletes in the strength and conditioning weight room at Creighton University.

Roger Lee, B.A. Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Competitive Bodybuilder

Anthony K. Wilson, Sr., NFTA South Carolina State Director. Owner & President of                   , Inc. Health Club. Certified: Personal & Strength Trainer, Special Populations Trainer, Sports Nutrition Consultant.

Deborah M. Tix, Personal Trainer. Bachelors Degree - Fitness Management Major, Coaching Minor - Northern State University. Certifications: ACE

Ronald W. Degale, M.S. Exercise Physiology\Sports Management, United States Sports Academy. Occupation: Exercise Specialist.

Katarina Djuric, M.S. Health and Human Performance, North Eastern State University. Occupation: Health Educator.

This list may not include recent member additions. *Membership is pending verification of education or employment requirements.