Staff Bios

Personal Training

Patrick Service, MS, ACSM CPT, CET, CES, PES

Personal Trainer

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: patrick.service@unchealth.unc.edu

Karla Dierks, MA,CPT

Personal Trainer

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: karla.dierks@unchealth.unc.edu

Kyle Blum, MA, CPT, PES

Personal Trainer

Kyle was born and raised in New Jersey, where he worked in a hospital-based fitness center for over 10 years. At UNC Wellness he shares his passion for fitness and helping others.

Kyle has a bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Rutgers University and a master’s in Education from Arizona State University. Kyle uses science and research to develop his workouts and programs, and uses his background to teach the people he works with, helping them understand why we exercise and how it translates to goals outside of the gym. Kyle is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (CPT) and has specializations in athletic performance, youth fitness, TRX and RIP Training. He also has experience working with individuals on a variety of goals from weight-loss to cross-training athletes.

When he is not training, you may find Kyle working out or teaching a group fitness class. Outside of the gym, he likes to play sports and enjoys hiking. He also loves to cook and enjoys putting healthy spins on traditional food recipes.

Kyle believes your gym experience should be where fun meets functional. “If you enjoy what you are doing, the more effort you will put in, and the more likely you are to continue. That’s key for long term success”.  Contact Kyle by emailing: David.Blum@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

Jake Orndorff, CSCS, CSPS, PN1

Personal Trainer

Training can be such a vital habit in someone’s life. I truly enjoy helping someone simplify the process of exercise and turn it into something they enjoy doing.  My approach to personal training is specific to the individual. No two people are exactly alike, so based off an assessment and intake, I design programs that meet them where they currently are and want to go.  In combination with an individualized approach, I use my education. I received my degree in exercise science from Shepherd University. I have several leading industry certifications, including; NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), NSCA certified special population specialist, ACSM certified personal trainer, Precision Nutrition, and more.  As the pursuit of knowledge is endless and as research continues and new information emerges on how to better serve my clients, I will continue to hunt down the best way to help people live healthier and more optimal lives. Contact Jake by emailing: Jacob.Orndorff@unchealth.unc.edu

Nia Jackson, ACSM CEP

Personal Trainer

Nia is a fitness professional who has earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from North Carolina Central University. She is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist certified through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Prior to the UNC Wellness Centers her experience includes 6 years as a Physical Therapy Aide at Duke Regional Hospital working with people who have had strokes, joint replacements orthopedic injuries, and neuromuscular disorders. Nia has also gained experience in Cardiac Rehab conducting stress tests, developing exercise prescriptions, and promoting physical activity for people who have chronic diseases or conditions.

Nia joined the UNC Wellness Centers as a Fitness Instructor in 2013. She develops individualized exercise programs for a wide variety of populations. Her philosophy is to create a training environment that not only motivates, but also empowers individuals to achieve their health and fitness goals.

As a former basketball player, she loves the challenge of outdoor activities. She also enjoys traveling, live music, and spending time with her family.  Contact Nia by emailing: Saphonia.jackson@unch.unc.edu.

Massage Therapist

Michelle Taylor, LMBT #6648

Massage Therapist

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: michelle.taylor@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

Josh Vasquez, LMBT #16151

Massage Therapist

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: joshua.vasquez@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

Camille DeSantis LMBT #4519

Massage Therapist

Camille graduated from The Body Therapy Institute in 2003. She draws from her training as a contemporary dancer to enhance her work as a massage therapist. Camille uses broad, sustained strokes while encouraging deep breaths into the tighter or more tender points to help facilitate softening of the muscle tissue. She uses postural assessment to determine where there may be dysfunction in the muscles. When appropriate, active and passive stretching may be included in a session to encourage greater range and ease of motion. Each session is customized for the individual client. Her goal is to offer relief from chronic tension, enhance personal sense of well-being and provide information for effective self-care. Camille is experienced in and enjoys offering: Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Fertility, Postpartum and Swedish massage. Contact Camille by emailing Camille.DeSantis@unchealth.unc.edu

Nutrition Services

Britt 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