Meet Our Trainers

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Our personal training services are available to members and non-members and offer individual or group training options. Please contact the Fitness Manager to discuss your goals and options. They will be able to match your needs with the trainer that will suit you best.

For more information about personal training, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-853-0000.

Roanoke

PATRICK DUNHAM, MS, CSCS, Clinical Training Manager

Education:

  • MS - James Madison University: Kinesiology - Sport and Recreation Leadership
  • BS - Radford University: Exercise, Sport and Health Education

Certifications:

  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning - Facilitator
  • Amercian Heart Association - BLS for Healthcare Professionals/First Aid

Past Experience:

  • United States Marine Corps - Combat Engineer, Martial Arts Instructor
  • D1 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Intern
  • Exercise Programming for Military and Special Operations
  • Clinical Exercise - for diabetes, weight-loss, joint replacement, cardiac conditions, neuromuscular disorders, senior population
AUTUMN BOHRER, Certified Clinical Trainer

Education:

BS: Exercise Science, Pre-Professional; Liberty University

Certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C)
  • CPR/AED and First Aid

Past Experience/Specialties:

  • Athletes, young adults, older adults and special populations
  • Chiropractic Assistant at Palmer Chiropractic Center of Lynchburg
  • Orthopedic Center of Central Virginia Occupational Therapist Intern
  • Exercise programming and personal training with athletes, young adults, elderly population and special populations

Originally from Canada, Autumn grew up skating and has always loved outdoor sports and activities. She has played a number of different sports and competed at the collegiate level, playing Division I Women's Ice Hockey at Liberty University. Autumn's goal is to help nurture a lasting healthy and active lifestyle.

BEN CHAMBERS, Certified Personal Trainer

Education:

  • AAS - Applied Science
  • BS - Health Administration

Certifications:

  • Certified Personal Trainer, ISSA
  • AHA Certified BLS Instructor

Past Experience:

  • Variety of martial arts
  • Specializing in bodyweight training / calisthenics

Ben was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. His first encounter with fitness was in his early 20's where he learned the basics of weight training from a variety of sources. Early on, his focus was on gaining size and strength, but as the years passed, that focus has changed. Ben now believes that fitness is the best way to improve quality of life and overall health. His personal philosophy, "Function over strength", is what guides his own workouts and what he shares with his clients.  In his spare time, Ben is an avid reader, enjoys movies and TV, and spending time with family and friends.

MARIE IANNOTTI-MCMULLEN, Certified Personal Trainer

Certifications:

  • American Council of Exercise: Personal Trainer, Functional Training Specialist, Core Training Specialist
  • IDEA: Balancing Hormones for Optimal Weight Loss, Hormones and Metabolism, Balancing Hormones through Nutrition, Women's Hormones and Exercise
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • American Heart Association: BLS certified 
  • American Muscle & Fitness: Personal Trainer, Pilates
  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America: Primary Group Exercise
  • Les Mills: variety of programs

Marie has worked with a variety of ages and fitness levels, including cancer patients/survivors, joint replacement patients and individuals coming out of physical therapy.

Marie has lived in Virginia for 21 years and started her fitness/training career in 2000 in Lynchburg. Her first certification was Pilates, personal training and Les Mills BodyPump. She moved to Roanoke in 2004 and from there continued her certifications in Yoga, BodyStep, BodyJam, BodyAttack, BodyFlow, CXWorx and BodyVive.

Marie loves personal training! She enjoys the experience of teaching clients a variety of ways to exercise and overall wellness. She also enjoys listening to the wealth of knowledge and life experiences they share with her. It is a win-win!

LEONARD “JAY” JONES, Certified Personal Trainer

Leonard was born and raised in Covington, Va., and attended Alleghany High School, breaking two school records (relay and 200 meters).

He served four years in the U.S. Army, and led the advanced physical training group, including assistant leader of remedial physical training. He also served as assistant coach for girls (ages 10-12) recreational league basketball and inner city track.

Leonard is certified by the National Federation of Professional Trainers in Personal Training, Endurance Training, and Sports Nutrition.

DEREK KELLY, Certified Personal Trainer

Certifications:

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • B.S. Health and Exercise Science, concentration Sports Medicine 

Derek was born and raised in Roanoke and attended William Byrd High School.  After he graduated, he attended Virginia Western Community College and shortly after, Radford University. After graduating from Radford - with a Bachelor's degree in Health and Exercise Science - Derek's passion for health and wellness only grew. With over 7 years of weight lifting experience, Derek has spent countless hours in and outside of the gym learning many different methods and techniques to approach fitness. Derek has also spent over 200 hours in outpatient, as well as inpatient physical therapy clinics and is very passionate about the idea of using exercise as medicine to increase the quality of everyday life. Outside of the gym, Derek enjoys many outdoor activities around Southwest Virginia such as biking, kayaking and hiking.

BUTCH LEE, Certified Personal Trainer

Butch, a Roanoke native, has a 40 year background in sports and fitness – starting early with track and field and wrestling. After high school, Butch competed in many AAU sanctioned boxing tournaments with only one loss on his record. He also taught boxing to many upcoming champion competitors.

Butch has been with us since 1990. Since then he has taken up racquetball, and is currently competing at the elite level. He has an advanced personal training certification with the American Sports and Fitness Association. His specialties include strength, conditioning, and weight loss. He is eager to work with you to help you reach personal goals.

CHELSEA PEGRAM, Certified Personal Trainer

Certifications:

  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • B.S. Health and Exercise Science

Chelsea Pegram is an ACSM certified personal trainer. She graduated in 2014 with her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Health Science from Roanoke College, and is currently pursuing further education in nutrition to become a Registered Dietitian. Recently, she also completed ACE's Functional Training certification program; a curriculum which promotes ability for people to gain or regain practical life-skills through exercise.

Since 2005, Chelsea has been a resident of the Roanoke area, living in both Boones Mill and Roanoke County. She has a passion for the outdoors and frequently runs trails and greenways throughout the valley. From an early age, Chelsea has been engaged with physical activity and work ranging from horseback riding and trail blazing to group exercise classes.

Chelsea loves seeing people reach their goals, and she specializes in helping them gain strength and athleticism while losing body fat. Throughout her time as a personal trainer, she has seen many of her clients with these goals succeed through patience and diligent work.

SABRA ROBITAILLE, BS, Certified Clinical Trainer

Education:

BS- California State University San Marcos: Kinesiology-Exercise Science

Certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) - Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified

Past Experiences:

  • Physical therapy tech
  • Internship with Cardiac Rehab
  • Medical Integrations Coordinator for cardiac rehab, diabetes, weight loss, Orthopedic recovery

Botetourt

CATHY CHARITY, Certified Personal Trainer

Certifications:

  • AFAA group fitness certification since 1982, Aqua fitness, Pre Post Natal fitness
  • IFTA Personal Trainer, Senior Fitness, Cycle, Yoga, Aqua
  • AAAI Pilates, Aqua, Yoga, Tai Chi, Weight Management
  • Arthritis Foundation AFAP, AFEP certification
  • AEA certification
  • CPR/AED certified
  • WSI certified 15 years
  • Krank cycle certification
  • Fitour Pilates certification
  • 36 years group fitness, 9 years personal trainer

Originally from Canada, Cathy has been in the Roanoke area for 25 years.  Her emphasis is on water resistance training. Whether it’s keeping a body moving or changing a sedentary lifestyle, water can be a great place to begin when just starting out an exercise program. It is joint friendly and causes minimal muscle pain.  It challenges your balance and it can be a wonderful tool for rehab after a sports injury, keeping one in shape until ready to return to regular activity.  Cathy will help you build your muscles without unnecessary joint pain so you can get on with all that life has to offer.

HILARY WEST, Certified Personal Trainer

Hilary West received her B.A. in Media Studies from Radford University in 2007. A previous high school athlete, Hilary rediscovered her passion for fitness after joining a local adult women’s soccer league and incorporating strength training into her personal exercise routines. Hilary’s desire to learn more and her dedication to living a healthy and fit lifestyle led her to pursue the Exercise Science and Personal Training Career Studies Certificate at Virginia Western Community College and she received her Personal Trainer certification with the American Council on Exercise.

Hilary believes in the important role that regular exercise and healthy lifestyle habits bring to everyday quality of life and is excited to help others learn these practices.

PAT WHITNEY, Certified Personal Trainer

Education:

  • Associates of Business Administration - Corning Community College, Corning, NY
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Certifications:

  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • Les Mills Certified in BodyStep and CXWorx
  • KrankCycle Certification

Experience:

  • Group Exercise Instructor since 2008
  • Personal Trainer since 2014
  • Specialties: core work, band work
COLBY JORDON, CSCS, Fitness and Aquatics Manager

Colby is from Lebanon, Va and attended Emory and Henry College. While playing football for E&H he majored in Athletic Training and Physical Education. He graduated in 2008 and worked for several years as a Physical Education Teacher and Football/Baseball Coach.

In 2010 Colby moved to Richmond, Va and began working for American Family Fitness. He worked at the Swift Creek location as a Personal Trainer after obtaining his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. After moving to Salem, Va, Colby worked for two years as the Wellness Coordinator for the Salem Family YMCA. In March of 2016 he was hired by Carilion Wellness and now serves as the Fitness and Aquatics Manger for the Carilion Wellness Center at Botetourt.

CRC (Blacksburg)

JON BENNETT; CSCS and ACSM Exercise Physiologist

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania and attended college at Saint Francis University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. After college, I moved to the New River Valley to start my career. I am certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist and through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. I am currently enrolled at Liberty University to obtain a Master of Science in Human Performance. As a personal trainer, I take the knowledge I have gained from my education and internships and apply it to the methods I use to train my clients. My goal is to make training safe and effective as I help clients gain strength and stamina to reach their personal goals and to improve their quality of life.

Westlake

KATIE TATE, Director of Operations

Education:

M.H.A.: Radford University Carilion

Certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Group Exercise Instructor
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Personal Trainer
  • Les Mills BodyPump
  • Les Mills BodyFlow
  • Les Mills BodyStep
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard 
  • AHA BLS 

Katie comes from a background of athletics, specifically competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. In her free time, Katie enjoys being active with her family, hiking, paddle boarding, and running 5ks.

BETTY BRIDGES, Assistant Director of Operations

Education:

B.S.: Exercise Science, Salisbury University

Certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Group Exercise Instructor
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Personal Trainer
  • Les Mills BodyPump
  • Les Mills BodyFlow
  • Les Mills BodyStep
  • Les Mills GRIT
  • Les Mills RPM
  • Yoga
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard 
  • AHA BLS 

Betty comes from a background of bodybuilding, Yoga, and teaching group fitness. After spending time in the United States Marine Corps, Betty has spent most of her professional career teaching high school mathematics. In her free time she enjoys being with her family.

DEIDRE DOUGLAS-WASHINGTON, Certified Personal Trainer

Education:

M.Ed.: Educational Leadership, Lynchburg College 

Certifications:

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Group Exercise Instructor
  • Les Mills BodyFlow International Presenter
  • Les Mills BodyStep International Presenter
  • Les Mills BodyPump International Presenter
  • Les Mills CXWORX
  • Les Mills BodyCombat
  • Les Mills RPM
  • AHA BLS 

Deidre is enthusiastic about teaching others the importance of wellness. She comes from a background of bodybuilding and education, and has been featured as a presenter on several Les Mills International master classes!

MIKAYLA "MAC" CANNADAY, Certified Personal Trainer

Education:

Bachelor's Health Science, minors: coaching and biology

Certifications:

American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer

Mac is passionate about educating and helping others reach their fitness goals. She comes from a background of collegiate athletics by running the Strength and Conditioning program at Ferrum College and is currently in Physical Therapy Assistant school.