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Patsy Schneider Introduced as New Faculty for W.I.T.S. in Connecticut

W.I.T.S. would like to introduce Patsy Schneider. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Patsy has been involved in the health and wellness industry since 1997 and joined MediFit (acquired by EXOS) as a Regional Account Manager in October 2008. Patsy comes to MediFit from a large health insurance company as a Senior Regional Manager overseeing several sites in New England and Colorado. Patsy is responsible for supporting onsite teams in achieving the client’s health and wellness goals and objectives by leveraging best practices and innovations for a diverse clientele that includes such industries as aerospace, insurance, technology, consumer products and health care across the US.

Patsy’s professional experience has been in all areas of the profession from managing large commercial health and wellness facilities, to working with patients in the rehabilitation setting and in corporate health and wellness. In addition, Patsy is adjunct faculty with the World Instructor Training School’s personal training certification course taught at several local colleges. Patsy has presented at the New England chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine conference in 2006 & 2007.

Patsy is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Education and Promotion from Walden University and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 2001 both from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, she is nationally certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and is a certified Health Education Specialist as well as EXOS-XPS and EXOS-XFS certified.

Patsy enjoys practicing what she preaches and is an avid runner completing several ½ and full marathons as well as improving her yoga practice. Her motto is, “it’s not about perfection but about progress.”

Patsy will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Connecticut:

Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

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Tara Coppola Joins W.I.T.S. as Faculty of Certified Personal Trainer Course in Connecticut

Tara CoppolaW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Tara Coppola. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

“Tara has been working in the fitness industry since 2005. As a nutritionist, certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, group exercise instructor, and cycling instructor, Tara has helped clients of all backgrounds work to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Tara holds a B.Sc. in Nutrition & Dietetics, a B.Sc. in Biology-Premedical, and a M.Sc. in Health Education. As a teacher, Tara focuses on educating her students to make autonomous decisions in their lives, fitness, and health. Currently, Tara is completing a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (2021) at the University of Bridgeport.

Helping others become the strongest versions of themselves possible in all areas of life is a passion for Tara.  Teaching the new generation of personal trainers is one way she this zest for life to our fitness industry.

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Dr. Krista Schweers-Ganga Joins W.I.T.S. as Certified Personal Trainer Course Teacher

Krista Schweers-GangaW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Dr. Krista Schweers-Ganga. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Dr. Krista Schweers-Ganga has been a certified athletic trainer since 2005.  She is a life-long learner and has her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology – Athletic Training, Masters in Sports Medicine and Injury Studies, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  Dr. Schweers-Ganga spent 4 seasons with a minor pro ice hockey team in Southern California as an athletic trainer before moving to the classroom in 2006 to teach Sports Medicine and Athletic Training.

Dr. Krista Schweers-Ganga will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. location in California:

Santiago Canyon Community College
8045 E Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869

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Tawana McNeill added as W.I.T.S. faculty at North Carolina locations

Tawana McNeillW.I.T.S. has added Tawana McNeill, another new teacher from the great state of North Carolina.  We are looking forward to having a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Tawana McNeill is an experienced fitness professional with over 10 years in the fitness industry. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY, and has lived in Charlotte, NC, for nearly a decade. Tawana got her start in the fitness industry in 2008 when she became a certified personal trainer. Her approach to health & wellness is holistic and her greatest accomplishments are seeing the people she works with achieve their healthy lifestyle goals.

Tawana has a MS Degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion (with a concentration in Rehabilitation Science) from California University of Pennsylvania and several, nationally accredited certifications, including:

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • USAW Level 1 Coach

In addition to working with personal training clients, Tawana also leads educational seminars and workshops at local gyms, churches and small businesses on various topics including functional training, strength training, mobility and active aging. Teaching is one of her passions and she thrives in settings where her knowledge, skills and experience can be shared with and utilized by others.

When Tawana is not running her personal training company, she will likely be found working out, hiking, cooking, writing, or spending time with her family. Fitness is the foundation of Tawana’s life; her ultimate goal is to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the information, tools and support they need to stay healthy and strong for a lifetime.

Ashley Davidock will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in North Carolina:

Central Piedmont Community College – Central Campus
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28235
www.cpcc.edu
Registration: (704) 330-4223

Central Piedmont Community College – Levine Campus
2800 Campus Ridge Road
Matthews, NC 28105
www.cpcc.edu
Registration: (704) 330-4223

Central Piedmont Community College – Merancas Campus
11930 Verhoeff Drive
Huntersville, NC 28078
www.cpcc.edu
Registration: (704) 330-4223

Questions:
Devon Lewis
dlewis@witseduction.com

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Ashley Davidock added as W.I.T.S. faculty at New York location

Ashley DavidockW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Ashley Davidock. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

Ashley Davidock is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer who has worked in the health and fitness industry for over a decade. She operates her own business and provides instruction on the college level in multiple fields. She has taught at several universities, including Penn State University. Ashley has served as a Director of Personal Training and managed a department with over 2,500 members. She has trained state and national champion athletes. Ashley specializes in mind-body exercise and science-based meditation. She holds degrees in biology, anthropology, and homeopathy, as well as many training specialty certificates.

Ashley Davidock will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in New York: SUNY Ulster, One Development Court, Kingston, NY.

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Kirk Howard Joins W.I.T.S. as Faculty at Michigan Location

Kirk HowardW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Kirk Howard.  We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

My name is Kirk Howard. I work full-time as a Tai Chi Therapist at John D. Dingell Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Detroit, MI, part-time as a Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer/Exercise Instructor at the Dexter Wellness Center in Dexter, MI, and Core Knowledge Instructor/Practical Lab Instructor for World Instructor Training Schools between Washtenaw Community College, Monroe County Community College, and Macomb County Community College. I achieved a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Management and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology both from Eastern Michigan University. I am certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute Certified, Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute as an Ai Chi Trainer, Certified through the Tai Chi for Health Institute as a Tai Chi Instructor for Arthritis, Arthritis part 2, Fall Prevention, and Arthritis Seated, and Certified Brain Injury Specialist through The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist.

Kirk Howard will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Michigan: Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

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Meet W.I.T.S. Faculty Member Tony Avilez

Tony AvilezW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Tony Avilez.  We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

Since 1994 Tony Books Avliez has been performing his unique version of training and motivation on Staten Island. Having trained over 24,000 sessions and thousands of clients, Tony brings an unparalleled level of knowledge, experience and dedication to the services he provides. Whether you are looking for weight loss, fat loss, post- injury conditioning or medical exercise, Tony has a program customized for you.

Tony Avilez will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in New York: College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY.

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Tony Turkett added as WITS faculty at South Carolina location

Tony TurkettW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Tony Turkett. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

Tony has been an athlete all his life. From high school to professional. He played 3 year for the Atlanta Falcons and still participates in the Senior Classic Olympic Games and masters track and field events. He holds 2 masters degrees (physical education and clinical counseling) and a doctorate degree. He holds multiple certifications including Sports Nutrition, Senior Fitness Instructor, and Physical Fitness Specialist.

He has taught adults in many different arenas. Tony was a transition specialist helping adults transition from school to the workforce or college. Tony has taught anatomy and physiology at Midlands Tech in Columbia, SC, as well as Health, First Aid, and Aerobic Dance at Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC, and psychology, medical law and ethics, medical terminology at Trident Tech in Charleston, SC. Tony currently teaches personal training certification through World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S.) at Trident Tech in Charleston and Midlands Tech in Columbia, SC. As well as Augusta University in Augusta, Ga.

He enjoys teaching because he loves to see the excitement on clients face when they accomplish the things they set out to do. He loves the intrinsic gratification of seeing their effort rewarded through the success of his clients.

Tony has been in the fitness industry for over 40 years, running a club, having his own personal training studio, health and wellness education, and working in cardiac rehab.

Tony Turkett will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in South Carolina: Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave., Charelston, SC 29406.

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Pamela Huenink joins W.I.T.S. as faculty at Illinois location

Pamela HueninkW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Pamela Huenink. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.  W.I.T.S. is the only certification in the industry with college credits and NCCA Accreditation for both written and practical skills exams. 

Pamela Huenink is a dedicated instructor who has 11 years of experience in the health and fitness industry.  She has worked in both commercial and corporate settings, as well as with many different special populations including pregnant women, older populations, special needs and physical therapy patients.  She has also spent 9 years of her career teaching Kinesiology courses at the collegiate level, both in full time and part time capacities.  Pamela currently holds the title of “mommy”, mostly staying at home to raise her young son, but continues to teach multiple group exercise courses each week at a medical fitness facility in the Northwest Indiana area.  She currently lives in Munster, Indiana with her husband, son and two dogs.

Pamela Huenink will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Illinois: Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431.

 

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Shawn Dassie added as W.I.T.S. faculty at Texas location

W.I.T.S. would like to introduce Shawn Dassie. We areShawn Dassie excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Shawn is a Program Director for EXOS and former strength and conditioning coach at Iowa State and Drake Universities.  He has trained top professional athletes from the NFL, NBA and MLB in addition to many track and field and winter Olympians and more.  Shawn has also served as the sports training director for several world-class health clubs and specialized physical therapy practices, working directly with a vast array of clientele from older adults, rehabbing athletes, beginners to Olympians and professionals. In addition, he was worked as a strength and conditioning coordinator for numerous national, professionally affiliated and independent sports teams. An award-winning trainer and leader, Shawn holds numerous credentials and is a popular speaker and writer for the industry.

Shawn Dassie will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Texas: University of the Incarnate Word, 6909 N Loop 1604 East San Antonio, Texas.