Staff Bios

Personal Training

Mike Harrer, MA, CPT

Personal Trainer

Michael is a certified personal trainer with a BA in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has an MS Degree in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University. Michael has worked at both Verizon Wireless and Kimberly Clark Corporation in their health and wellness facilities. His corporate fitness experience includes creating personalized exercise routines for varied clientele, along with performing exercise testing and facility promotions. He enjoys working with and creating individualized programs for clients of all ages. His sporting interests include basketball and tennis, among others. Michael uses his education and background to create unique workout routines that promote stretching, functional strength, and muscular and cardiovascular endurance.  Contact Mike by emailing :Michael.Harrer@unchealth.unc.edu

Monette Williams, CPT, USAT Level II Coach

Personal Trainer

Monette serves as the Endurance Coordinator and is co-president of Team UNC Wellness Multisport Club. She is an NCSF certified personal trainer, USA Triathlon certified coach, and co-owner of Triangle Multisport. In addition to several years of personal training experience and coaching, she has also been a student-assistant collegiate swim coach, diet technician at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center, and manager of Fleet Feet Sports, Carrboro.

Monette holds a degree in Health Sciences from Fairmont State University where she was a three sport athlete in swimming, tennis and golf. She is an All-American triathlete, Olympic distance triathlon World Championship qualifier and an All-American collegiate swimmer. Monette trains all levels of athletes, ranging from youth to masters age groups, individuals or groups through camps and clinics. She enjoys training and coaching with her husband, Dave, as well as competing at every triathlon level from sprint to Ironman.  Contact Monette by emailing: Monette.Williams@unchealth.unc.edu

April Beaty, CPT

Personal Trainer

April is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Health Promotions and a minor in Nutrition. She is a certified Personal Trainer and a certified Group Exercise instructor. She worked as a Fitness Rehabilitation Specialist at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte before joining the UNC Wellness team. She managed fitness programs for a variety of individuals with challenges; keeping them active and healthy after completing physical therapy. Her work as a Physical Therapy Aide at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem allowed her to expand her knowledge and training with orthopedic rehabilitation. There, she developed and implemented an osteoporosis exercise program. April is a former elite gymnast and was captain of the Varsity Appalachian Cheerleading team. She enjoys working with a variety of individuals to foster a healthier lifestyle through exercise and proper nutrition.  Contact April by emailing: April.Beaty@unchealth.unc.edu

Sabrina Baker, MS, CPT, CES

Personal Trainer

Sabrina is a graduate of Chowan College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology focusing on Allied Health and a Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Sabrina was a three sport athlete playing volleyball, basketball and softball until she was recruited to play college volleyball where she served as a setter and middle blocker. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Though originally from NC, Sabrina spent 6 years in Tampa, Florida working as an Exercise Specialist at an outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy Clinic as well as a Personal Trainer for a fitness center.

Sabrina’s favorite populations to work with involve those who have experienced orthopedic injuries, neurological disorders, joint replacements and extreme weight loss. Her fitness philosophy involves helping people improve not only their overall life but their day to day abilities; educating on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how one can benefit. Contact Sabrina by emailing:  Sabrina.Baker@unchealth.unc.edu

Gregory Garus, CPT, CES

Personal Trainer

Gregory Garus received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton. While in college Gregory was a NCAA Division I track and field sprinter. Gregory is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer. He has two NASM advanced certifications as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist. Gregory enjoys working with a wide variety of populations: such as different age groups, goals and needs. As a trainer, Gregory feels that it is important to be detailed in the explanation and execution of exercise programs. This furthers the experience and education for the client. Through individualized specific programs, Gregory works with clients to help them reach their personal health and fitness goals while staying within safe and optimal ranges. Contact Gregory by emailing: Gregory.Garus@unchealth.unc.edu

Mary Petters, MPH, CPT, ACSM

Personal Trainer

Originally from New York State, Mary came to UNC Wellness Center in 2005 after five years as an Exercise Physiologist with Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. She holds a BS in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University (magna cum laude) and an MSPH from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Leadership and Epidemiology. She has also completed extensive continuing education in various types of rehabilitative exercise as well as diabetes and weight management.

Mary is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness and also holds a certification as an All-Inclusive Fitness Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine,which allows her to work with special populations; mainly neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord and head injuries, and intellectual disabilities.  Contact Mary by emailing: Mary.Hale@unchealth.unc.edu

Daniel Fleisher, CSCS, LMBT

Personal Trainer

Daniel is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) thru the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University. Daniel is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, specializing in Active Release Technique (ART). In addition to that, Daniel is a trained STOTT Pilates Mat Instructor. While working as the Strength and Conditioning coach for Radford High School Varsity basketball, the team went on to win 3 out of 5 State Championships. Daniel enjoys using his experience to educate his clients on the importance of functional movements, soft tissue work, stretching, and muscular strength and endurance. He specializes in injury prevention and sports strength and conditioning for athletes of all abilities. Daniel’s other interests include coaching his son’s youth teams and playing basketball, golf, and tennis. Contact Daniel by emailing: Daniel.Fleisher@unchealth.unc.edu

Alex Strano

Massage Therapist/Personal Trainer

Alex Strano graduated with a Master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill in Exercise Physiology. His experience includes clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, lifestyle change techniques, and fitness testing and exercise prescriptions for health. Alex was certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise, and as a Pilates instructor by the Physical Mind Institute. Alex graduated from the massage therapy program at Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC.

Alex is interested in the integration of mind and body awareness. From his experience with yoga he brings an understanding and flexibility to his Pilates “core strengthing” expertise. Alex feels that massage is an integral and essential part of overall body wellness. Alex’s offerings include Swedish, Myofascial, and Sports Massage as well as Reflexology and Hot Stone Therapy. Contact Alex by emailing: Alessandro.Strano@unchealth.unc.edu

Michelle Treffer, LMBT #14200

Massage Therapist/Personal Trainer

Michelle completed her massage licensure program on the island of Maui in 2003, where practiced at a top-rated resort spa. In 2007 she became a certified personal trainer and worked with professional and recreational athletes ranging from triathletes to surfers. Michelle founded Maui’s first outdoor fitness bootcamp, where she designed programs focused on healthy weight loss, wellness education and total fitness. She left the island in 2012 to begin a doctoral program in physical therapy.

Michelle specializes in injury treatment and prevention. She approaches her practice holistically, considering and exploring the source of an issue, rather than treating symptoms alone. She is certified in a wide range of massage techniques and adapts treatments to specific needs, including educational tools to support individual fitness, functional mobility and pain management goals.

Michelle enjoys riding bikes and taking trips with her son. She dabbles in triathlon, enjoys participating in charity bike rides and local 10K runs, and travels to Maui as often as possible to hit the surf.  Contact Michelle by emailing: michelle.treffer@unchealth.unc.edu

Doris Alexander, LMBT #2403, CPT

Massage Therapist/Personal Trainer

Doris graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in English. She became a nationally certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist after studying at the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC. She has advanced training in sports and medical massage and is certified as a Lymphedema Specialist with Complete Decongestive Therapy training from the Norton School. She is also certified as a personal trainer by the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Doris has worked as a therapist at the Chapel Hill Senior Center and the Duke Center for Living. She has practiced at the Wellness Center since its opening and enjoys working with a wide range of clients. She combines her experience and training as a massage therapist and a personal trainer to tailor workouts and treatment plans to address the needs of each individual. Her goal is to help clients increase their body awareness and enable them to achieve higher levels of health, athletic performance and well-being. Contact Doris by emailing: Doris.Alexander@unchealth.unc.edu

Teresa Costin, CPT

Personal Trainer

Teresa is a second-degree Bachelor of Science graduate of North Carolina Central University. She is also a former competitive body builder and a continued fan of the fitness and body building industry. Prior to UNC, Teresa owned and operated a Raleigh-based personal training studio for several years, working with athletic and non-athletic youth, adults, and seniors to improve their performance, manage their weight, maintain or improve their health conditions and/or sustain their flexibility and range of motion.  For over a decade her passion has been centered around helping to change the negative attitude most people share about physical activity, and more specifically, exercise.   It is her philosophy that not only should we seek to add years to our life, but we should also strive to add “life” to our years, as quality of life is sometimes more important than quantity of life.  In her spare time, Teresa teaches other aspiring trainers the art of personal training. She also enjoys stimulating and well-rounded conversation, a cheesy Italian dinner and a scary Sci-Fi flick, and one of many outdoor activities, including riding the bike trail with friends, pedal boating, and hiking for dessert. Contact Teresa by emailing: Teresa.Costin@unchealth.unc.edu

Massage Therapist

Alex Strano

Massage Therapist/Personal Trainer

Alex Strano graduated with a Master’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill in Exercise Physiology. His experience includes clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, lifestyle change techniques, and fitness testing and exercise prescriptions for health. Alex was certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise, and as a Pilates instructor by the Physical Mind Institute. Alex graduated from the massage therapy program at Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC.

Alex is interested in the integration of mind and body awareness. From his experience with yoga he brings an understanding and flexibility to his Pilates “core strengthing” expertise. Alex feels that massage is an integral and essential part of overall body wellness. Alex’s offerings include Swedish, Myofascial, and Sports Massage as well as Reflexology and Hot Stone Therapy. Contact Alex by emailing: Alessandro.Strano@unchealth.unc.edu

Doris Alexander, LMBT #2403, CPT

Massage Therapist/Personal Trainer

Doris graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in English. She became a nationally certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist after studying at the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC. She has advanced training in sports and medical massage and is certified as a Lymphedema Specialist with Complete Decongestive Therapy training from the Norton School. She is also certified as a personal trainer by the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Doris has worked as a therapist at the Chapel Hill Senior Center and the Duke Center for Living. She has practiced at the Wellness Center since its opening and enjoys working with a wide range of clients. She combines her experience and training as a massage therapist and a personal trainer to tailor workouts and treatment plans to address the needs of each individual. Her goal is to help clients increase their body awareness and enable them to achieve higher levels of health, athletic performance and well-being. Contact Doris by emailing: Doris.Alexander@unchealth.unc.edu

Nancy Vincent, LMBT #5281

Massage Therapist

Nancy Vincent received her massage therapy training and graduated from the Body Therapy Institute. She worked for the Duke Center for Living prior to joining the UNC Wellness Center. She loves both giving and receiving massage and believes it is a great form of preventative care, especially when part of a regular wellness program. She offers Swedish, Myofascial, Foot Reflexology, Hot Stone Therapy and the new Facelift Massage.

Before coming to Chapel Hill, Nancy lived in Europe for 15 years where she raised her three children. She taught English as a Foreign Language to students from all over the world. Nancy loves to travel, cook, speak French and spend time with her husband and family. Contact Nancy by emailing: Nancy.Vincent@unchealth.unc.edu

Ben Schikowitz, LMBT #12257

Massage Therapist

Ben Schikowitz studied massage at the Florida School of Massage Therapy in Gainesville, Florida in 1997. There he learned Swedish, reflexology, sports massage, shiatsu, polarity therapy, deep tissue and neuro-muscular therapy.

He worked and lived at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck,   New York for 10 years where he completed a 4 year apprenticeship in Bodytuning with master bodyworker and yoga teacher, Glenn Black.

Ben has studied art with various visionary artists while at Omega, including Alex Grey and Robert Venosa. His other interests include playing the drumset and the vibraphone, gardening, and capoeira. Contact Ben by emailing: Benjamin.Schikowitz@unchealth.unc.edu

Kelli Sedlak, LMBT #13943

Massage Therapist

Kelli graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY, in 2009. She has worked with a variety of clientele in both the wellness center and chiropractic fields. Her clients experience deep relaxation and relief from pain and stiffness held in the body. Kelli offers a holistic approach to therapeutic massage. By integrating Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, and medical massage therapies, she focuses on improving range of motion with whole body health in mind. Kelli feels that massage therapy is both an art and a science and that each session with each client is a creative and healing experience.

Prior to becoming a licensed massage therapist, she worked for many years as a medical transcriptionist and in various roles in the medical office setting. She has experience with post-surgical, oncology, and hospice clients.

Kelli enjoys spending time outside, especially near the water, and going to local festivals and music venues. Contact Kelli by emailing: kelli.sedlak@unchealth.unc.edu

keishabrownKiesha Brown, LMBT #13715

Massage Therapist

Kiesha graduated from The Medical Arts School of Raleigh in 2012. She prides herself on her ability to care and listen to the needs of others. She is well trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Hot Stones and Reflexology. Kiesha believes in tailoring a massage towards the needs of each client by using multiple modalities to get the best results possible.

Kiesha knows that massage therapy changed her life and gave her a purpose. It taught her that everything is connected and that the systems of our body work collectively to maintain a healthy balance. She believes that to be healthy we need to take care of ourselves mind, body and spirit. As a massage therapist, her goal is to use a combination of techniques to relieve tension, stress and reduce pain. She wants to assist you on your journey to creating a healthier you mind, body and spirit. Contact Kiesha by emailing: Kiesha.Brown@unchealth.unc.edu

Nutrition Services

Elizabeth Watt, RD, LDN

Clinical Dietitian

Liz is a Clinical Dietitian at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont. Liz has been with UNC Health Care since 1999 and has held various support and clinical positions assessing nutritional needs of patients with a variety of medical concerns including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Liz is a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Liz works with a wide range of individuals delivering nutrition and wellness information to adults and children. Liz has a passion for working with individuals interested in sports nutrition, cardiovascular disease prevention & treatment, and educating children about healthy foods. Contact Liz by emailing: Elizabeth.Watt@unchealth.unc.edu

BrittBritt Schuman-Humbert, RD, CSP, CSSD, LDN, CNSC

Registered Dietitian

Britt is a registered dietitian with over 20 years of experience in a clinical setting and a graduate of Syracuse University. She is board certified in pediatric nutrition, sports nutrition and nutrition support. Until arriving at the UNC Wellness Centers, she was the Clinical Nutrition Manager of Pediatric Services at UNC Hospitals. The majority of her experience is in a critical care setting. She continues to provide lectures and articles for health care professionals on a variety of nutrition topics. She was also faculty in the culinary program teaching nutrition at the Art Institute in Charlotte. She and her husband live in Cary with their two children and two dogs. Contact Britt by emailing: Britt.Schuman-Humbert@unchealth.unc.edu