Personal Training

When you work with one of our certified personal trainers, you ensure a higher degree of success with your fitness goals and objectives. Our trainers work with people of all ages to develop personalized fitness programs, educate on proper technique, and provide continuous motivation.

A certified personal trainer is able to work with you as part of your routine or just act as a consultant on a periodic basis. Our trainers can help you develop an individualized exercise program to help you meet your goals. They can also provide you with valuable information about your health and fitness level by analyzing your body composition, aerobic capacity, and strength and flexibility levels.

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.

Carilion Wellness - 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. 

To make an appointment with Autumn, contact our Clinical Training Manager at 540-989-5758.

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. 

To make an appointment with Ben, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-989-5758.

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!

To make an appointment with Marie, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-989-5758.

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.

To make an appointment with Leonard, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-989-5758.

DEREK KELLY, Certified Personal Trainer

  • 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.

To make an appointment with Derek, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-989-5758.

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.

To make an appointment with Butch, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-989-5758.

CHELSEA PEGRAM, Certified Personal Trainer

  • 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.

To make an appointment with Chelsea, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-989-5758.

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

To make an appointment with Sabra, contact our Clinical Training Manager at 540-989-5758.

Carilion Wellness - Botetourt

ABBY JOHNSON, FITNESS MANAGER

Education: BS: Liberty University - Exercise Science

Certifications:

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

Specialties: 

  • Special populations
  • Elderly population
  • Disease management/prevention through exercise
  • Cardiovascular training

Abby has a passion to help individuals reach their health and fitness goals through fun and hard work. She enjoys working with people of all ages and has had specialized training working with special populations, such as those with heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and osteoporosis. Her desire is to create a healthy lifestyle through exercise that lasts and is enjoyable.

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. 

To make an appointment with Autumn, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-992-2993.

CATHY CHARITY, Certified Personal Trainer 

  • 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. 

To make an appointment with Cathy, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-992-2993.

VALERIE MURRELL, Certified Personal Trainer

Valerie attended Concord University in West Virginia and has a 20-year background in sports and fitness. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and an AAAI/ISMA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She has also earned her black belt in Kempo Karate.

In her spare time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family and participating in workout classes, such as boot camp.

Valerie's specialties include strength training/toning, cardio conditioning, and weight loss. She would love to help you reach your personal goals. Her favorite quote is "Everyone can benefit from some type of movement."

To make an appointment with Valerie, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-992-2993.

BRANDON WASHINGTON, Certified Personal Trainer

Brandon is a Ferrum College alumni with a Bachelor’s of Science in physical education with a concentration in K-12 education.  He is ViPR and TRX certified and associated with international sports and science.

Brandon established himself in the personal training field in 2010.  He believes in training for life’s functional movements, not training for the gym.  He specializes in weight loss, core stabilization, and motivation. 

He is a turkey farmer from Central Virginia and resides in Blue Ridge, Virginia.  His hometown is Louisa County where the earthquake of 2011 started.  He loves spending time with friends and family, loves the outdoors, and traveling. His favorite quote is: “Don’t let an excuse be your weakness.” 

To make an appointment with Brandon, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-992-2993.

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. 

To make an appointment with Hilary, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-992-2993.

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

To make an appointment with Pat, contact our Fitness Manager at 540-992-2993.

Carilion Wellness – CRC (Blacksburg)

COLBY JORDON, C.S.C.S, SITE 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 Site Manager for the Carilion Wellness Center at the VTCRC in Blacksburg.

COKI CRUZ, M.S., C.S.C.S., Certified Personal Trainer

Coki graduated from Salisbury University with his Master's in Applied Health Physiology with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. He's a well-known exercise technique specialist and strength coach. Having taught Strength and Conditioning and Kinesiology at Salisbury for 2 years during his Master's studies, he grew a passion to make sure everyone becomes an expert at basic exercise movements.

Coki played a lot of sports growing up, but baseball had a special place in his heart for 12 years before going to college. Entering college his desire was to be a strength coach for athletes, but after realizing how much more of an impact he could make in the general public and how he could literally change the course of someone's life by demonstrating the benefits of an active lifestyle, he decided to open up his field of clients to include both athletes and the general public.

He partakes in different forms of exercise and training styles; olympic lifting, bodybuilding, power lifting, endurance running, sports, and calisthenics. He also enjoys learning new styles for recovery and is involved in the field of supplementation and sports nutrition. When not exercising or training, Coki hangs out with his wife watching Netflix for an embarrassing amount of time.

Always up for a challenge, he has completed two Tough Mudders, has climbed Mt. Rogers, competes with friends to lifting contests that lead to his two mottoes:

  • "Get out there and do it."
  • "If you don't lift, you don't life."

Coki is available for personal training at our CRC location. To make an appointment with Coki, contact our CRC Site Manager at 540-961-8923.

MEGAN EVANS, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., Certified Personal Trainer

Megan is a native of north central PA and moved to the New River Valley as a student athlete at Virginia Tech in 2001. After a successful softball career with the Hokies and receiving her B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, she became a Strength and Conditioning graduate assistant in the athletics department while working on her advanced degrees at Virginia Tech. She was hired in 2009 as an Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports and currently works with the women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, and men and women’s diving program.

Megan completed her Ph.D. in Education in May of 2014 and currently holds a certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She also received her Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certification in 2010.

Megan is available for personal training at our CRC location. To make an appointment with Megan, contact our CRC Site Manager at 540-961-8923.

POLINA GASHNIKOVA, ACSM, Certified Personal Trainer

Polina is Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise major at Virginia Tech. She currently holds a personal trainer certification from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Polina is from Virginia Beach and came to Blacksburg to study in college. Once she came here, she immediately fell in love with the local mountains and she frequently goes on hikes. She also enjoys riding her motorcycles through the local valleys. Polina is a certified skydiver with over a hundred skydives. 

Polina supports an active lifestyle and she loves seeing other people reach their goals. She designs individual programs for clients to meet their needs and motivates them to maintain an active life-style. Polina specializes in helping clients lose weight, gain strength, and stretch. Polina’s favorite quote is “It always seems impossible until it is done.”

Polina is available for personal training at our CRC location. To make an appointment with Polina, contact our CRC Site Manager at 540-961-8923.

DEBORAH HAMILTON, Certified Personal Trainer

Deborah has recently moved back to her home in the NRV after spending the last 8 years living and working in Scotland.

She received her internationally recognized personal trainer certification from City & Guilds in the United Kingdom. Along with this qualification,  Deborah also earned certificates in Nutrition for Sport and Exercise, Childhood Fitness and Obesity Prevention. 

Following a lifelong passion for fitness, Deborah turned her hobby into a career. She owned a mobile personal training business while living in Scotland, and is now employed with Carillion Wellness CRC in Blacksburg. She is currently taking on new clients.

A lifelong runner, Deborah trained for and completed the Edinburg Marathon in 2011. She also organized and led several women’s running clubs while living in the U.K.

Her professional goal is to help clients adopt a healthy and active lifestyle, and to encourage clients of all ages and abilities to get and stay physically active.

“Start where you are, use what you have, and believe you can do it.”

Deborah is available for personal training at our CRC location. To make an appointment with Deborah, contact our CRC Site Manager at 540-961-8923.

BRIANNE RICHARDSON, Certified Personal Trainer

Brianne is a senior Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise student at Virginia Tech. She is 21 years old and from Ocala, Florida where she lived until her sophomore year of high school, at which point she moved to the Roanoke, Virginia area with her grandparents. Brianne's favorite workouts are very focused on resistance training, whether it be functional, powerlifting, or bodybuilding style lifts and programming. Although she has many hobbies and interests, her favorite pastime is just being with her dog, Bocephus.

Brianne's passion in life is teaching people how to live healthier, happier lives through improved diet and exercise. She has many quirky characteristics and experiences, but the most interesting is that she holds four national records in powerlifting and have qualified to compete at the national level in a division of women’s bodybuilding. Though they need not be extreme, Brianne strongly believes goal-setting is a key component towards developing healthy life habits. Her favorite part about working with clients is seeing the look on their faces and changes in perspective when they complete an exercise, set, workout, or programming plan and realize they have worked persistently to overcome an obstacle. Brianne believes these small achievements always add up to a pathway leading to success.

Brianne is available for personal training at our CRC location. To make an appointment with Brianne, contact our CRC Site Manager at 540-961-8923.

Carilion Wellness – Westlake

LINDSAY WOODS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Lindsay Woods comes from a background of athletics, specifically volleyball, softball, and field hockey. She graduated in 2007 from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education with concentrations in Commercial/Corporate Fitness and Sports Administration. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and enjoys spending time outside as often as possible, running and hiking.

BETTY BRIDGES, Certified Personal Trainer

Betty Bridges comes from a background of bodybuilding, Yoga, and teaching group fitness. She graduated in 2013 from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, with a minor in Mathematics. Betty is also a full time math teacher at William Fleming High School, in Roanoke, VA. She is a certified personal trainer, Yoga instructor, and Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor. In her free time she enjoys being with her family.

To make an appointment with Betty, contact our Assistant Director of Operations at 540-719-3150.

COURTNEY DEISHER, Certified Personal Trainer

Courtney Deisher comes from a background of soccer, running, and bodybuilding. She began sharing her passion for fitness with others by becoming an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer in 2012. In 2017 she became a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and enjoys working with clients of all ages and fitness levels. In her spare time Courtney enjoys working out, being outside, and spending time with her family.

To make an appointment with Courtney, contact our Assistant Director of Operations at 540-719-3150.

BRENNA LANIGAN, Certified Personal Trainer

Brenna Lanigan's passion for health and fitness began at a young age. She coached gymnastics for over ten years during high school and while completing a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Kent State University. Brenna is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist, ACE Behavior Change Specialist, and certified Group Exercise Instructor, Aqua Instructor, and Spinning Instructor. In her free time Brenna loves to mountain bike, practice yoga, and run with her dog.

To make an appointment with Brenna, contact our Assitant Director of Operations at 540-719-3150.

MARY CATHERINE NESAW, Certified Personal Trainer

Mary Catherine Nesaw is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise with a concentration in Exercise and Health Promotion from Virginia Tech in 2014, as well as a Master's degree in Sport and Recreation Leadership from James Madison University in 2016. She enjoys running, swimming, hiking, and the outdoors. Mary Catherine competed in cross country and track in college and has since completed 4 marathons, including the Boston Marathon. She is passionate about educating and inspiring others to live a healthy and active life. She is excited to work with you to help you reach your goals and potential.

To make an appointment with Mary Catherine, contact our Assistant Director of Operations at 540-719-3150.

RYAN SCOTLAND, Certified Personal Trainer

Ryan Scotland is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. He attended the University of Utah, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science. He is passionate about helping people achieve their fitness goals. He values the role that exercise plays in enhancing quality of life, and physical function. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and running.

To make an appointment with Ryan, contact our Assistant Director of Operations at 54-719-3150.

VICTOR "VICK" SLATE, Certified Personal Trainer

Vick Slate comes from a background of basketball and golf. He graduated in 2013 from Fairmont State University with a Masters of Education in Exercise Science/Fitness and Wellness. He is passionate about improving your quality of life, meeting your weight loss goals and sport specific training.

To make an appointment with Vick, contact our Assistant Director of Operations at 540-719-3150.

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

To make an appointment with Pat, contact our Assistant Director of Operations at 540-719-3150.