Prior to moving to Illinois I was a Fitness Specialist at Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic / Raleigh Orthopaedic Therapy Services in Raleigh, North Carolina. Before that I worked as a Personal Trainer at Empower Personalized Fitness in Durham, North Carolina and as a Sport Performance Coach at Athletic Lab in Cary, North Carolina. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science from East Carolina University and my Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion (Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention) from California University of Pennsylvania. I possess a number of professional fitness / sport performance certifications including the NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USA Weightlifting’s Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach, NASM’s Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and ACE’s Personal Trainer certification. While I am not presently working in the fitness and sport performance field, I spend my spare time reading and studying to remain current.