Meet Our Personal Trainers & Pilates Instructors
If you would like to schedule a Pilates or Personal Training session, please call the personal training hotline at 502-238-2736.
Greta recently graduated from the University of Louisville with her undergrad in Exercise Science. She is a former and still competitive volleyball player, as well as an avid runner. As a student at U of L, Greta worked multiple internships in rehabilitation settings, gaining a greater knowledge of the complex functions of the human body. As a personal trainer, her goal is to use this knowledge to help clients achieve personal health and fitness goals. Greta is a firm believer that the benefits of exercise can lead to greater results in other facets of life. She hopes to excel as a personal trainer and help others excel in life and outside of the gym.
Hi, my name is Sylvester Davis. I have worked as a personal trainer/ strength and conditioning coach in the Louisville area for several years. I’m originally from Louisville and attended the University of Louisville where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in 2005.
While at U of L I had the opportunity to work as intern strength and conditioning coach for the football program. Along with my internship I worked as fitness specialist/ personal trainer for a local fitness facility, Fitness on Frankfort. These opportunities as well as others in the fitness industry, helped to improve my abilities to teach and train good exercise technique to clients. Over time I have learned from and worked with some excellent trainers and coaches. I have had the opportunity to train and work with many people from various walks of life achieving their fitness goals. I would like to share my skills, education and experiences in helping you achieve your fitness goals as well.
When I am not working I enjoy hanging with friends and family, traveling, outdoor activities and playing and watching sports among other activities.
Chad has been personal training at the JCC since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Ball State University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Bellarmine University. He is CSCS certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has been a USAW club coach and ACE certified personal trainer as well. He has taught teen fitness, adult group training, senior fitness, indoor cycling, sports conditioning and has developed individualized programs for those from age 10 to age 90.
Sherry Fields began training in IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercizer) Pilates in 2008 and found it to be one of her true passions. Sherry gained her Instructor Training Certification at the IM=X Pilates Corporate Headquarters in New York City and is now on a mission to introduce Pilates as a pathway to fitness for anyone wanting to increase their physical strength, improve cardio health, endurance, muscle tone and flexibility. Sherry is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a BS in Industrial Technology.
Collin Fitzsimmons, Personal Trainer
My name is Collin Fitzsimmons. I have been personal training since 2011 years. I have a Masters in Exercise Physiology, with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning, certified with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a personal trainer, as well as a Level 1 certified FMS Trainer (Functional Movement Screen).
I currently work full-time for General Electric doing exercises with individuals who build refrigerators. Many of them do very repetitive motions throughout the day and it’s my job to assess and correct their muscle imbalances, increase mobility, enhance stability and overall wellness. I also teach Boot Camp and TRX.
I firmly believe that everyone at some point was able to move efficiently, but somewhere along the way, developed bad habits. Helping an individual to overcome those bad habits, develop proper ones and maintain those good habits is my ultimate goal.
When I am not working or personal training, I spend my free time on the golf course or on the couch watching college sports and cooking.
After working in the corporate world for 26 years, Denise pursued her passion for fitness and with a desire to help people achieve fitness goals she became a personal trainer. She was certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 2007 as a Personal Trainer. She is also certified with the American Red Cross in CPR and AED. Denise specializes in Woman’s Group Personal Training, Core Training, Teen Fitness, and Strength Training. As people, Denise feels that we all need motivation continuously throughout life. We are all individuals with different strengths, weaknesses and goals. She makes it her commitment to provide a service that focuses on her client’s individual needs. Denise believes that together we can develop a program that addresses goals that can be adapted as progress is made.
Emily has been teaching group fitness classes for several years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Bellarmine University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Louisville. Since 2014, she has held certifications through IM=X Pilates, AFAA Primary and CPR.
Jeff is a native Louisvillian and Cards fan. As a high school athlete, Jeff received recognition as a first-place in age-group runner in the Kentucky Derby Festival Mini-Marathon and the Mason-Dixon Games Mile. After graduating from Seneca High School, Jeff took his interest in sport and science to Harvard University, where earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology.
After graduation, Jeff worked as a producer of health and wellness programming for KGNU Radio in Boulder, Colorado. Fellow runners encouraged Jeff to embark on a second career as a coach and trainer. In the ten years since then, Jeff has worked with a wide range of clients, from beginning exercisers to Olympic-level athletes.
Jeff recently completed training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is now pursuing graduate studies in Exercise Physiology, with a focus on Mindful Exercise. Jeff is a member of the Harvard Institute for Coaching, and is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer.
Ryan has more than a dozen years of consistent “under the bar” weightlifting experience. He has competed in Strongman events and was a Physical Training Leader in the military. His philosophy in exercise is to educate his clients in intelligent, functional movements; imparting concise, solid knowledge so that his clients can lift as greatly and as safely as they can with or without his presence. Ryan is in his final semester of Undergraduate School and will finish with a degree in Humanities. He has applied for Graduate School at the University of Louisville and will begin working on his Master’s in Exercise Physiology next year. He is certified as a personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Nate is a fitness enthusiast and Personal Trainer, certified through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers. He started as an athlete in high school and was named Captain of his JROTC physical fitness team (Raider team) during his senior year, where he led the team to a first place finish. Now he competes regularly in local volleyball tournaments. Nate also enjoys rock climbing, basketball, ultimate frisbee and football.
Nate focuses on weightlifting and ploymetric conditioning to help develop explosive movements and fast-twitch muscle fibers. He has trained everyone from people who have never worked out before, to high school athletes preparing for the collegiate level.
Nate believes that with enough determination and dedication any goal you set is achievable. Whether you want to increase your vertical to 40+ inches, or lose a hundred pounds; if you believe you have the power to do it, then it is possible. Nate’s goal is to help you achieve your goals, and keep you safe along the way!
Spencer is new to Personal Training while pursuing his Master’s Degree at the University of Louisville for Exercise Physiology with a concentration in strength and conditioning. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA: CSCS).
Prior to coming to Louisville Spencer spent four years at St. Olaf College in chilly Minnesota, where he was an All-American swimmer. He also served as an athletic trainer for the softball team and as an assistant to the strength and conditioning coach.
Spencer is also the head coach for the JCC Gators and the South Oldham High School boys and girls team. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, Ultimate Frisbee and watching Boston area sports.
Jennie Sullivan has been a personal trainer for since 2006. She has worked with clients in all age groups. Her passion is helping clients define and reach their fitness goals. Jennie’s education includes individual and family studies from the University Kentucky. She holds certifications for personal training from ACE and Spinning from Johnny G.
Matt has been interested in weightlifting and conditioning ever since he was 5 years old. His dad was a competitive bodybuilder and he taught Matt the value of training, eating healthy, and taking care of his body. Matt holds his personal training certification through NETA (National Exercise Training Association) NCCA accredited.
Matt is originally from Bowling Green, KY. He attended WKU and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. If you are just starting out or you are a veteran, it is never too late to challenge yourself. Matt values strong customer service, education, and safety. He loves helping other people reach their goals. Matt has a special interest in building a strong core and weightlifting.
Cardio is also important, but you don’t have to be stuck on a treadmill for 30 minutes. Matt enjoys changing up your workouts so you don’t get bored! Matt believes you can have fun and work hard at the same time.
Jenny Wax, Personal Trainer
Jenny started working in healthcare & fitness in 2004 as an exercise physiologist and personal trainer. She earned her Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Louisville in 2001 and also earned a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in 2009. Jenny is a board certified & licensed occupational therapist and works with all ages in a variety of rehab settings including long-term care.
Jenny’s expertise is in treating orthopedic injuries of all types, which helped fine-tune her skills as a personal trainer. She puts a strong emphasis on nutrition, as it is a key player in achieving any health and fitness goal.
In addition, Jenny completed many specialties within Health & Fitness including myofascial release technique, kinesiotape and recently the Jumpstart series for Muscle Activation Technique which she incorporates into personal training sessions.
Jessica Fletcher, Licensed Massage Therapist
Jessica completed her massage therapy internship at the House of Ruth in Louisville. Her techniques include Swedish massage, deep pressure, muscle energy techniques, and trigger point therapy. Jessica also has a lot of experience with clients who have low back pain and sciatica.
Jessica is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in medical humanities at the University of Louisville, with an interest in cultivation a culture of overall physical and mental wellness within the community. She also teaches English at JCTC.
Tim graduated from the Louisville School of Massage in 2000 and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2001. Tim’s 14 plus years of experience makes him an excellent LMT for our patrons at the JCC, he specializes in medical massage using several modalities such as, Swedish massage, reflexology, sports massage, cranial- sacral and acupressure techniques, thereby allowing him to customize each massage session to the needs of the client.
Tim believes that massage therapy should be an integral part of one’s full health and well-being, and an essential compliment to a persons’ wellness, right along with healthy nutrition and exercise. A massage therapy session should offer and give a positive experience for mind, body and spirit.
Tim is licensed, certified and insured. He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB), licensed in Kentucky and certified in Indiana. He was awarded the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year by the AMTA-KY Chapter for his work with hospice patients and their caregivers.
Jenn has been practicing massage within the greater Louisville medical community for over 7 years, aligned with chiropractors and medical facilities for almost 10 years. She graduated valedictorian from Louisville School of Massage after earning a Bachelor’s degree and Cum Laude distinction from Salisbury University. Since moving to Bardstown in 2004, she has dedicated her career path to helping people. Jenn says, “You can’t compare the feeling of truly helping someone out of pain to anything else in the world, and I am happy to say it is what I do for a living.”
Jenn’s goal is to offer all-encompassing care to enhance overall health and wellbeing for each client she treats. She has worked with professional athletes, famous musicians, and medical professionals throughout her career here. She works with clients suffering with everything from auto accident whiplash injuries to chronic muscle pain each and every day. Jenn believes this constant experience has helped her grow leaps and bounds as a massage therapist. “If it hurts you, rest assured I will feel it, find it, and work it out,” Jenn said.
In specifying individualized treatment and technique to each person, she discourages a “one routine fix all” session. Each treatment session is specified to the needs of the individual client. She recognizes the importance of patient service, education, and overall satisfaction.
Mission Statement: “It is my goal and responsibility to effectively address and affect positive change in each client in my care so that they may feel enhanced in overall health and well-being through massage therapy.”
Kathryn Mbaye, Licensed Massage Therapist
Kathryn is originally from Lexington, KY but has been in Louisville since 1995. She has a BA in History from the University of Louisville (still a CATS fan though) and worked in the hospitality industry for 25 years until she found massage therapy and, through it, found a way to give back to the wonderful people of this city.
Kathryn graduated from The Louisville School of Massage in June of 2014 with exceptional training in Swedish Massage, Trigger Point therapy, Connective Tissue therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Sports & Injury work and Active/Passive stretching. She views her education as ongoing and fluid so as she learns more through continuing education, she will be offer more modality options for clients. Kathryn is licensed in Kentucky and insured with the American Massage Therapy Association.
Kathryn firmly believes that massage therapy should be a part of everyone’s life and it has benefits too numerous to list but that include relief from tight muscles and other aches and pains, greater flexibility and range of motion, relaxation and enhanced energy and vitality. Massage therapy can also be used in helping with anxiety or depression and will have positive effects on all the systems of the body from skeletal to digestive to integumentary.
Kathryn also believes that getting a massage on a regular basis is a great self-care practice for anyone looking for a little relaxation to someone with severe pain issues. She loves nothing more than to hear back from a client the next day and to have them tell me what a noticeable difference they feel since their massage, it is why she chose massage therapy.
Amy is a 20 plus year resident of Louisville and considers it to be her adopted hometown. She loves the energy of The ‘Ville but her blood bleeds blue as a 1992 Graduate of UK. With a little free time in 2011 she had the opportunity to pursue a second career in massage therapy and entered Advanced Massage Therapeutics here in Louisville. She graduated in September 2012 with training in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue (including Trigger Point Therapy), Sports and Injury work.
Stretching is a great thing to incorporate into massage and as such, Amy has focused her continuing education on Stretching and Deep Tissue pain relief.
“Everyone should feel good in their body and be able to live their best life as pain free as possible.” Amy says, “Let massage be an integral part of YOUR wellness plan at the Jewish Community Center!”
Amy is currently licensed by the State of Kentucky and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.