Meet Our Personal Trainers

If you would like to schedule Personal Training session, please call the personal training hotline at 502-238-2736.

Sylvester DavisSylvester Davis, Personal Trainer

Sylvester Davis started personal training/strength and conditioning coaching in 2004. He is originally from Louisville and attended the University of Louisville where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in 2005.

While at U of L, Sylvester worked as intern strength and conditioning coach for the football program. That experience, as well as several others in the fitness industry, helped Sylvester learn to teach the best exercise techniques to his clients. He has trained and worked with all sorts of people from various walks of life to help them achieve their fitness goals.

When he is not working, he enjoys hanging with friends and family, traveling, outdoor activities and playing and watching sports among other activities.

Collin FitzsimmonsCollin Fitzsimmons, Personal Trainer

Collin Fitzsimmons started personal training in 2011. He has 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).

Collin also works 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. He also teaches Boot Camp and TRX.

Collin firmly believes 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 his ultimate goal.

When he is not working or personal training, he spends his free time on the golf course or on the couch watching college sports and cooking.

Blake Aaron GayBlake Aaron Gay, Personal Trainer

Blake started weightlifting and exercising in 2009 and played college football at Thomas More College. His goal as a trainer is to educate his clients on proper form and knowledge, so they are able to exercise in the best way for them. Blake will graduate from the University of Louisville in 2019 with a degree in Sports Administration. He has his Personal Trainer Certificate from ACE (American Council on Exercise).

Denise JosephDenise Joseph, Personal Trainer

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.

Jeff ManningJeff Manning, Personal Trainer

Jeff received his Masters in Exercise Physiology (clinical) from the University of Louisville. He is also a certified exercise physiologist (EP-C) and fomerly a health and fitness specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. He has worked with many different people including those with spinal cord injuries, cardiac and pulmonary patients. He also does volunteer work with special needs individuals. The most gratifying part of training his clients is seeing them reach and exceed their goals. In his free time, he enjoys movies, outdoor activities and getting enthralled in a good book or article.

Ryan PerrymanRyan Perryman, 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.

Mathew ShalenkoMathew Shalenko, Personal Trainer

Mat is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor through the National Exercise Trainers Association. He is also a health coach and professional chef. He received his health coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and trained in culinary arts at Sullivan University.  His favorite activities include weight lifting, running, boot camp and yoga.  Mat understands the importance of mobility and stability work in addition to pushing yourself through physical training as well as the importance of nutrition and recovery.


Matt VamvasMatt Vamvas, Personal Trainer

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.

Tim GradyTim Grady, Licensed Massage Therapist

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.

Dayna Gilvin, Licensed Massage Therapist

Dayna is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She received her training in massage therapy from Advanced Massage Therapeutics in Louisville, Kentucky.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Louisville – where she was on full scholarship for Women’s Basketball. She also has a Sports Marketing Certification from the University of Kentucky. Dayna specializes in Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques. She also does chair, sports, pregnancy and trigger point massage as well as reflexology and Reiki work. She lives in Louisville and has four children.




Jen Kvartek, Licensed Massage TherapistJennKvartek

Jen 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. Jen 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.”
Jen’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. Jen 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,” Jen 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.”