BJ (Betty Jo) is an AEA Certified Aqua Instructor, NETA Group Exercise instructor, and Resist-a-Ball C.O.R.E. instructor. She previously taught aquacise at the Hershey Company before moving to Chelsea in 2003. Her main focus is on teaching Aqua classes. She believes that water exercise has something to offer every individual, whether you’re an elite athlete in training, rehabbing an injured body part, or just want to work out. Water has the ability to give you a gentle, fun and challenging workout. In her spare time Betty Jo enjoys biking, walking, ice-skating, and water sports.
Brett is an Assistant Principal by day and fitness enthusiast by night. He holds a B.S. in PE and M.S. in Health Education from Eastern Michigan University. He is also pursuing a post-graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from EMU. With ten years of professional fitness experience, including serving as the former VP of Health Education for the Michigan Association for Health, PE, Recreation, and Dance, Brett holds certification as a Group Fitness Instructor and a Natural Trainer. Brett’s passion is functional fitness focusing on body weight exercises and designs his workouts to accommodate a wide spectrum of abilities and fitness levels. Brett strives to ensure participants are safe and comfortable while getting a highly effective workout.
Carla is a cycling instructor at the Wellness Centers. She received her Mad Dogg-- Spinning certification six years ago. Carla has been cycling for 20 years, both indoors and out. She Enjoy swimming, hiking, and dancing. For every class, Carla aims to provide a fun, but challenging workout for all levels of fitness.
Chris teaches tai chi and is also the Fitness Manager at the Dexter Wellness Center. He grew up in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. He attended North Dakota State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Human Performance and Fitness. Shortly after graduating, Chris obtained his Personal Training Certification through the American Council on Exercise and started his career as a personal trainer. In 2006, Chris left Minnesota and moved to Ann Arbor to advance his skills in tai chi and an acrobatic form of kung fu called wushu. Prior to beginning his role as the Fitness Manager at the Dexter Wellness Center, Chris worked as a personal trainer, tai chi instructor, and Fitness Testing Coordinator at The Health and Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College. In his spare time Chris enjoys working out, practicing martial arts, doing anything related to cars, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.
Cindy’s background is in exercise physiology, with a master’s degree from Michigan State (“Go green!”). During the daytime she is a full-time teacher (bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, love that green!) at Honey Greek Community School teaching math to all of the middle school students. She lives in Dexter with her husband and son. She hopes to see you at the Wellness Center!
Dale is an avid bicyclist turned certified Spinning instructor. He is educated in heart rate training, mindset, breathing, and training zones per the Spinning program. Dale earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He worked professionally in theater, sales, and marketing and currently consults a Michigan web design company. He often rides outdoors and welcomes additional riders. For information, email Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave is a fitness enthusiast with a high spirit and extremely motivational personality that encourages his group to find their personal threshold. He currently is certified as an ACE Group Fitness Instructor with a secondary certification in sports nutrition. Dave has successfully competed in multiple off road races including ultra-marathon distances. He is an avid adventure seeker that loves kayaking, trail running and high intensity adventure races with a contagious love for being alive. His highest passion comes from giving back to his community and serving others in their quest for wellness. He believes there is no greater satisfaction than to see true life changing transformation in people who choose a healthy lifestyle.
Emily is a stay at home mom of 3 children! She is certified for group exercise and spinning. She's been teaching over 12 years and enjoys getting to the gym for a break of everyday life. She graduated with a bachelor in Business Management and Human Resources from Purdue University.
Ginger is STOTT Pilates trained in Mat and Reformer instructor. Her sessions are energizing, fun, focused and informed. An avid promoter of human connections and building community, Ginger is a passionate leader who inspires her clients with her positive and playful attitude. Her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership was a step in that journey along with her service to the greater Chelsea-area Community.
Janine began the study of yoga in 1996 at Inward Bound in Ann Arbor, Michigan and completed her Yoga Teaching Certification in 2006 with Ganga White and Tracey Rich at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California.
Her teaching experience includes; Inward Bound Yoga, The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Washtenaw Community College Emeritus Program and The Health and Fitness Center at WCC since 2007. With the breath as your guide, Janine’s yoga classes are designed to cultivate body awareness, develop strength and flexibility, and bring body and mind into balance. She encourages students to find the joy in their practice.
Jean has a passion for movement and the water. She loves working with people to reach their personal goals. Waterskiing, kayaking, trail running and swimming are just a few of her favorite activities outside of the gym. Jean has a BS from Ball State University and is certified by NETA, AEA, Peyow Aqua Pilates, and TRX. She enjoys instructing a variety of classes. Jean brings her love of the water into her Aqua classes, her passion for building endurance into her Cardio Strength classes and gracefully teaches Barre and Core Conditioning classes. Jean enjoys motivating people to move and reach their fitness goals.
Jeanette teaches gentle yoga, guided meditation, and mindfulness classes. She’s certified through the National Exercise Trainers Association and the Center for Koru Mindfulness. An active member of the Dexter Wellness Coalition, she also directs “Mindful Dexter,” a community meditation initiative supported by 5HealthyTowns.org. Jeanette is a founding member of the Dexter Wellness Center’s service team, where she loves connecting folks in the community with the tools and support they need to make their wellness journey fun and successful. In addition to her Wellness Center work, Jeanette designs and develops e-learning courseware, with a particular interest in nutrition, wellness, and healthcare education. She’s also a marathoner and long-distance backpacker who has completed more than 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Joan completed yoga teacher training with Sri Nerode in Chicago before moving to Michigan in 1977. She taught yoga for several years with Chelsea Rec and Ed then stopped when she went to work for Seva Foundation assisting Ram Dass with his lecture tours. Joan continued to practice yoga with Mary Palmer, who brought Iyengar to Ann Arbor, Barbara Linderman, who started Inward Bound, and many other excellent teachers. Before returning to teaching in 2014, Joan completed NETA yoga certification. In addition, Joan is a meditator who has accepted The Five Mindfulness Trainings from Zen master, Thich Nhat Hahn. This practice brings a meditative quality to Joan’s classes.
Joni is an AEA Certified Aqua Instructor and is American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certified. Joni has been teaching water classes for 8 years and has been a certified lifeguard for 10 years. When she is not at the Wellness Center she is the lifeguard and pool supervisor at Beach Middle School. If that doesn't keep her busy enough, she has four children and in her spare time, she enjoys scrap-booking, golf, and reading.
Julie began instructing Zumba after being inspired by classes at the Dexter Wellness Center! With a B.F.A. in Music Theatre Performance from WMU and an M.A. in Drama/Theatre for the Young from EMU, she considered advancing her experience as a Theatre Arts teacher, director and choreographer further into the realm of physical fitness and hasn’t looked back since! She became ZIN licensed in April 2014 and began subbing and teaching classes in Manchester, Chelsea, and Dexter. She continued with Pound certification in March 2018 and teaching Pound classes in Dexter Summer 2018. She feels blessed to have found a family of wellness friends and can’t wait to discover where the fitness road will lead her next!
Karen Fazioli is a certified Primary Aerobics, Indoor Cycling, Aqua, and Meditation and Stress Reduction instructor through The American Aerobics Association and International Sports Medicine Association. She is a Secondary English teacher who holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Syracuse University. (Let’s Go, Orange!) Karen has a passion for helping others to be their best self in and out of the classroom.
Katherine is a ZIN certified Zumba instructor who first fell in love with Zumba in December of 2008 while attending her mother-in-law’s class in Muncie, Indiana. She became certified in 2011 and loves teaching and attending Zumba classes. Katherine also has a passion for other group fitness exercise classes and gained group fitness certification through AFAA in 2017 to increase her knowledge in the field. Katherine teaches math at Stockbridge High School where she also coached varsity women’s soccer and basketball for many years before having a baby in 2017. Katherine is a graduate of Dexter High School (2003), Albion College (math major/physical education minor, 2007) and Spring Arbor University (Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, 2014). She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, playing and watching sports, attending other DWC fitness classes, mentoring high school students, participating in church activities, singing, and is a big Michigan fan (Go Blue!).
Kirk earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Management from Eastern Michigan University and his Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University. He also holds certifications in American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Physiology, the Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation Institute, Certified Brain Injury specialists, Tai Chi for Health with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, Brain Gym 101, TRX, and CPR, First Aid, AED and Lifeguarding through the American Red Cross. In his work at the centers, Kirk specializes in functional and circuit training to improve posture, balance, flexibility, endurance strength and weight loss as well as overall fitness conditioning for clients with medical issues such as cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, cancer, development disabled, and orthopedics. In his free time, he enjoys running, swimming, circuit training, yoga, Tai Chi, Ai Chi, listening to music and watching movies and sports.
Kiya has been teaching Yoga for almost twenty years, and has been a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer for over ten years. Her favorite classes to teach are yoga and spin, but she loves and has taught many different fitness formats, including Zumba, group strength, seniors and exercise ball classes. A life long student of anatomy, she loves to teach with a strong focus on healthy posture, safe and efficient alignment, and kinesthetic awareness. Finding and sharing with her students the physical and spiritual analogies in Yoga/Life brings a holistic perspective to her classes. Kiya is also a licensed Massage Therapist. She lives in Ann Arbor with her son and dog and enjoys running in the woods, cycling outdoors, reading and eating good food!
Laura is very excited to be teaching Zumba as a member of the Dexter Wellness Center team! She has been a licensed Zumba instructor since December 2010. She recently became certified in Zumba Core fitness. When Laura is not teaching Zumba Fitness, she enjoys acting with the Pinckney Players and most recently with Mixed Company Troupe. Karaoke is also at the top of her list of fun things to do. Exercise is Laura’s top priority, however, and she is thrilled at the opportunity to share her love for Zumba Fitness!
Laura began working at the wellness centers after moving to the Chelsea area from Ohio. She is a certified ACSM personal trainer and has been teaching a variety of group exercise classes for 23 years. Currently, she is a certified Silver Sneakers as well as a Barre Above instructor. She has also taught Pilates for over 14 years.
Lauren began practicing yoga in the mid 1990’s and she claims that yoga, “literally saved my life.” Now a mother to two teenagers, yoga still plays in important role in dealing with life’s challenges. Vinyasa trained, Lauren brings her experience of exploring many styles and traditions, including 5 years of Iyengar yoga to her teaching. She also holds certifications as a Wellness Coach and Laughter Yoga Leader. Lauren likes to keep her classes simple and accessible to all levels, especially beginners. She believes moving the body and connecting with the breath intentionally is enough to create change. Her goal is to hold a space for others that is inviting, comforting, soothing, and soulful. Find out more: www.laurenmhunt.com
Lori has been teaching Group Exercise classes for over eleven years and has been a personal trainer for nine years. Her personal struggles with weight have guided her towards a career in health and fitness. She knows how difficult it can be to lose weight and to eat healthy. “It is important to realize that becoming healthy is a lifetime commitment and that being healthy doesn’t mean the same thing for every person. Being healthy is not just about a pant size or a number on the scale but about how you feel in your own body, mind, and spirit.” Lori believes that we should enjoy life, everything in moderation. Live, laugh, and love everyday!
Mara teaches HIIT, Group Cycling, Kids Bootcamp and Fit Kids classes at the Dexter Wellness Center. She has been involved in sports and fitness since she was in elementary school. After college she continued to keep active by hiking, running and doing triathlons. In 2008 she was introduced to CrossFit. She loved the variety and high intensity of CrossFit and soon funneled that passion into pursuing fitness as a profession. Although working out to get in shape and lose weight have been motivating factors for her, she is also motivated by goals. She keeps active when she is not at the gym running 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and the occasional marathon. It also gives her great joy inspiring her children to keep active. Her daughter and son are both involved in sports and often run 5ks with her! She believes the earlier children become interested in sports and exercise, the healthier they will be for the rest of their lives. Mara loves being a part of the DWC community!
Marta was born in Bolivia, South America and has dedicated most of her life to her passions: dance and music. She has studied years of Classical Ballet, Flamenco, regional Folklore from Bolivia , Latin America and other countries. Marta has also studied Jazz, Modern Dance, Afro-Caribbean, and Oriental Dance. Since 2003, Marta has been captivated by the music, versatility of the programs, and philosophy. She is a certified Zumba instructor, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumbatomic, and Aqua Zumba. She is also an AFAA Group Exercise instructor.
Mary is a Group Exercise Instructor with IFA and a certified Spinning instructor. She has been teaching group classes since the late 1980’s, starting with the hi-impact aerobic craze. Since then, she found her passion—teaching step and spin—but you will find her subbing other classes as well; variety is the key. Mary enjoys taking all genres of classes and when she’s not at the gym, she can be found around town with her dogs.
Originally from Chicago, Megan Fink met her husband, a Dexter native, while studying at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. They moved to Michigan in 2003. After the death of her parents, Megan turned to the restorative effects of yoga for healing. Megan completed the A2 Yoga teacher training in December of 2012. She is proud to share the blessings and gifts that yoga can provide to all; and especially to those who are grieving loss. She currently lives in Dexter with her husband Josh and their children, Karl, Betty Lou, and Angus. She says, "I am so honored and excited to teach yoga at this beautiful wellness center. Every day is a gift and an opportunity to support and be of service to others.”
Melissa is excited to be teaching at DWC! When the economy shifted a few years ago and left her without work, Melissa took full advantage of the time off to get back into shape and reinvent herself. She fell in love with land-based Pilates and aquatic exercise. This newfound passion spurred her on to study and become a certified aquatic exercise instructor. She continues to study and work on her personal health goals while sharing her love of a healthy lifestyle with her students, hoping to motivate them to achieve their goals. When Melissa's not teaching, you may find her in a swim class, swimming in one of the area lakes, or selling her handcrafted textiles and goat milk soaps at one of the local venues.
Rachel has over twenty years of movement experience in both ballet and yoga. She has been practicing yoga for over thirteen years, which began when she resided in San Francisco. In 2008, she completed her yoga teacher training in Ann Arbor. She has studied with Paul Grilley, Beryl Bender Birch, Jonny Kest, Desiree Rambaugh, Erich Schiffmann, David Swenson, Tias Little and Judith Hanson Lasater. Rachel is currently pursuing her STOTT PILATES certification. She has completed the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac Chair and Barrels instructor training. While relatively new to Pilates, Rachel experienced significant changes in her body in a short period of time, which convinced her she needed to add this to her repertoire of teachings.
Rhonda is E-RYT 200 and RCYT Certified by Yoga Alliance. She is an Alumna of Sun/Moon School of Yoga in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rhonda is also Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Certified, Yoga Healthy Breast Educator Certified, and Healthways Silver Sneakers Yoga Teacher Certified both levels I and II. She also instructs a toddler program for Hillsdale Schools Great Start Program, a Life Time Learning class at Jackson Community College, the Hillsdale College Chargers Football Team and a SOAR “Success Over Addiction and Relapse” yoga class. Rhonda holds an associate’s degree in Applied Science from Washtenaw Community College and served fourteen years in the US Army of both Active and Reserve status. She loves teaching all types of yoga from Hatha to Vinyasa.
Rick has worked in the fitness industry part time for over 23 years teaching a variety of activities. He currently is certified as a AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Kickbox Instructor and a AEA certified Aquatic Fitness Professional. As an avid believer in the benefits of cross training he started participating in Group Fitness classes over 15 years ago and since then has regularly participated in Hi/Low Aerobics, Step Aerobics, Kickbox, Body Shaping, Bootcamp and Yoga classes. At an early age he started training as a competitive swimmer and as a result has enjoyed the benefits of exercise and healthy living all his life. He enjoys intense workouts and participating in 5/10k runs, Triathlons, Urbanathlons and weight training.
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