Patrick is a fitness professional who is qualified to develop and implement a personalized exercise program for individuals from a diverse population that ranges from athletes to those with delicate needs (cancer survivors).
Prior to joining UNC Wellness Centers, Patrick spent over 10 years of his professional career as a licensed physical and special educator working with adolescents who were classified as behaviorally and emotionally disturbed.
As a trainer, Patrick helps individuals of all ages to identify potential obstacles that may occur to disrupt reaching exercise goals and develop strategies for overcoming those obstacles.
Patrick’s training interests include, but is not limited to, developing simple but effective functional total body exercise routines that can be completed in minimal time to help increase exercise adherence in both fit and unfit individuals.
Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education K-12 from Virginia State University and Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University – Bloomington.
Patrick is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET). He also holds two NASM advanced certifications as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).
Patrick is also the inventor of an Exercise Alignment Mat System that standardizes the push-up exercise which can help schools and organizations (e.g. military, FBI, law enforcement) improve their push-up test reliability as well as for their participants to improve their push-up test performance.
Teaching and learning are his passions and experiencing his clients become healthier is very rewarding. Contact Patrick by emailing: email@example.com
Susan is a personal trainer with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco medical school. Susan has completed advanced coursework in injury management of common orthopedic injuries including back, pelvis, knees, and shoulders, prenatal and postpartum fitness, running, golf, and tennis cross training and conditioning, Pilates, and yoga. Susan has award winning published research and presentations on exercise of individuals with spinal cord injuries through the VA Medical Center and Stanford University.
Susan’s interests include running, hiking, tennis, Pilates, yoga, meditation, and spending time with her family and golden retriever. Her most proud athletic accomplishment is running the Anchorage, Alaska marathon under goal pace. Susan has completed the Duke Integrative Medicine Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program. She understands a busy work-life schedule and likes to create efficient gym programs and training sessions to maximize quality time spent at the gym. Susan enjoys working with clients at all levels of ability to help build excellent work-life and self-care balance to achieve their wellness and sports goals. Contact Susan by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neva joined UNC Wellness Center after 10 years as an Exercise Physiologist at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center, a residential weight management clinic in Durham. She has extensive experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities to achieve goals such as weight and disease management, recreational sport performance, and preparation for rehabilitation of joint replacement and injury. She believes in meeting each individual where they are and then developing a program specifically tailored to personal goals. Whether it is helping someone improve their ability to do their day to day activities or pushing others past their limits in high intensity training, Neva enjoys seeing individuals exceed personal expectations.
Neva holds a Bachelor of Science in Wellness Management from Black Hills State University and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University. She is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and American College of Sports Medicine. In her spare time, Neva enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and running. Contact Neva by emailing: email@example.com
Karla has returned to UNC Wellness Centers after obtaining her Masters’ degree in Integrative Health Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Previously, she earned her BA in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and worked as a Personal Trainer at the Meadowmont facility for 7 years. Karla has been working as a Certified Personal Trainer and health coach since 1999.
As a trainer, Karla focuses on empowering clients to find harmony and strength in their bodies and lives. Teaching breath and body-awareness, injury prevention, flexibility, balance and coordination is the first line of action with each person. Karla’s training experience includes senior fitness, post-rehab workouts, travel workouts, golf fitness, outdoor workouts, TRX and marathon/endurance training.
Karla has been a yoga instructor since 2009 and she shares the many benefits of this discipline with her students with a Vinyasa style class. She is also a Reiki Master.
When not at work, Karla enjoys running, biking, yoga, meditation, reading, gardening, baking healthy treats, symphony excursions, health research, and time with friends and family. Contact Karla by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna hasn’t always been the picture of health. At the age of 12, she was classified as obese, weighing in at 162 pounds. Growing up as a “latch-key kid” in the 80’s, she would come home and watch television while drinking Kool-Aid and eating chips. In middle school she decided to change her habits and lose weight. It first started with drinking one glass of water after school before working out. This was either a work out video or literally running around the house doing jumping jacks, push-ups and sit ups. By high school graduation, she reached her goal weight. From these experiences, she decided to help others achieve their health and fitness goals. After graduating Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Exercise Science, she obtained her ACSM Health Fitness Specialist certification and has been working in the fitness industry ever since. Her main goal is to motivate others to create healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Contact Anna by emailing: email@example.com
Charod earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Business Management from East Stroudsburg University, while part of the school’s basketball team. As a former collegiate athlete and coach, sports performance and fitness have always been right in his wheelhouse. Charod’s clients range from the deconditioned person looking for a jumpstart on a healthy lifestyle, to the person who has experience and needs guidance to progress, all the way to the athlete looking for the competitive edge to excel at the next level. He likes connecting with his clients to find out what drives them and to learn how best to motivate, educate, encourage, and propel them to their goals. His programming consists of correcting and enhancing movement patterns that clients will use in their sport, or everyday life. Tactics that are simple enough to perform on your own, yet challenging enough to get the response needed to get you to your goal. His individualized programming is designed for each client to reach and exceed their goals and be educated on how to move forward confidently in their wellness journey, all with proper, functional movement patterns. Contact Charod by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ginger Clark, LMBT #5801
Ginger Clark is a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. She received her BFA in Fabric Design and Weaving from East Carolina University in 1997 and completed the massage therapy program at the Body Therapy Institute in Silk Hope in 2005.
She is a certified spa supervisor and worked in the spa industry previous to employment with UNC Wellness Centers in 2008. She is proficient in Swedish and myofascial deep tissue massage, aromatherapy massage, reflexology, prenatal massage, geriatric massage, hot stone therapy, and chakra balancing. She is also a student of Reiki, Healing Touch, and traditional Lomilomi. She has experience working with a broad range of pathologies and her style of massage is adaptive to her client’s needs.
When not working, Ginger spends her free time with her family and enjoys reading, sewing, and crafting art. Contact Ginger by emailing: email@example.com
Michelle graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Business Marketing/Computer Science. While working in IT for Fortune 500 companies in New York, she experienced firsthand the effects of stress and mental fatigue, as well as, the physical muscle injury that can occur from long hours of sitting at a desk. So, she decided to pursue her passion of making a difference one person at a time as a massage therapist. She graduated from the Advanced Fuller School of Massage Therapy in Virginia Beach, became nationally certified and worked at Chesapeake General Hospital’s Lifestyle Fitness Center for over 15 years. After moving to NC, she graduated from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy of Charlotte. She has worked at private clubs and various spas.
In addition to stress reduction, insomnia relief and relaxation massage, Michelle specializes in Injury Therapy, postural corrections such as Forward Head and Seated Posture syndrome, repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel and tennis elbow; and pain relief for chronic conditions such as Sciatica; Headaches—tension, migraine, sinus; TMJ; Diabetic Neuropathy, etc. She offers Deep tissue relaxation, Neuromuscular Therapy, Medical Massage, Hot Stone, Prenatal and Geriatric Massage.
Michelle was a teaching artist for Raleigh’s Artspace Outreach Program and Charlotte’s Art Start Program. She enjoys oil painting in her spare time. Contact Michelle by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Joshua is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork therapist. He graduated at Body Therapy Institute in Siler City. Prior to school, he worked in the health care and brings a variety of skills from that field and other fields such as physical therapy, customer service and childcare. He incorporates knowledge from his extended time as a yoga student and active participant in exercise training into his work. For Joshua, these skills give him a unique perspective on massage. Through his passion and commitment to a balanced lifestyle, he seeks to help clients gain a more complete sense of self through safe and compassionate touch.
Joshua is skilled in Swedish massage, Myofascial Deep Tissue massage, Aromatherapy massage and Hot Stone Therapy as well as having been trained in other modalities such as hot and cold water therapies and energy balancing work. Through his work he finds focus on breath, active and passive stretching and an attention to the body-mind connection promotes education for the client to help form new patterns of healthy flow and movement. Above all, Joshua strives to deliver an individualized session to each client that can be adapted to ensure comfort and relaxation in a positive, healing environment.
During his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, live music and time sharing in connection with others. Contact Joshua by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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