Trainer Bios2017-11-28T23:56:12-05:00

Trainer Bios

Julie Johnson - Personal Trainer / Group X

Certifications: NSCA

Julie attended the University of Florida and earned a master’s degree in Food and Resource Economics, but she has always had a passion for fitness. Now Julie is focusing on helping others meet their fitness goals. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

David Wentz - Personal Trainer

Certification: NASM

Dave offers personal training for individuals who are serious about reaching their fitness goals. Dave will train a wide range of clientele, from beginners to individuals with advanced fitness levels. He specializes in a variety of individually tailored training modalities including: functional training, sports specific training, joint mobility and flexibility training, body sculpting and body building techniques as well as cardio-vascular conditioning and weight loss programs.

Glen Smith - Personal Trainer

Born and raised here in Jupiter Glen started competing in athletics at the age of 6. He started working out when he was a freshman in high school so he could get bigger, faster and stronger to play football  and it led to him being one of the top football players in Palm Beach County his senior year and then on to play football at Livingston University in Alabama. He loves to work out and stay fit and enjoys teaching others what he has learned over the last 28 years.

Michael Joseph - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM

Mike is new to Florida by way of New York City and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Originally from Boston, Mike is certified through The National Academy of Sports Medicine and grew up playing both football and lacrosse in high school. After college, he moved to New York City to pursue his love of fitness and worked at a gym in TriBeCa while attending The New York Academy of Personal Training. He then moved back to Massachusetts where he was a personal trainer and group exercise instructor at a The New Seabury Country Club in Cape Cod. He is excited to share his passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle with others and (hopefully) never see snow again.

Susan Benson - Personal Trainer

Certification: AFAA.
Susan is a native Jersey Girl. She has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer, plus 14 years in hospital settings working closely with the PT and OT departments as Director of Allied Therapies at the world renown Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Susan has a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education and has participated in competitive sports at the varsity level. People are her passion and assisting them toward reaching their personal goals to enhance their quality of life.

Michael Dukes - Personal Trainer / Group X

Certifications: NASM, Madd Dog (Spin), GSM

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

Michael is a personal chef, fitness enthusiast, music aficionado, professional deejay, sales professional, and certified indoor cycling instructor. Certified thru Madd Dogg Athletics, Michael brings over 20 years of music programming experience from the dancefloor into the spin cycle class to elevate your workouts to the next level. He also has over 16 collective years in the fitness industry, and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Corrective Exercise and Golf Fitness training.

Fran Indellicati - Personal Trainer / Group X

Certifications: NASM-CPT

Fran is certified thru NASM (National Academy of Science Medicine) in wellness & fitness training, group exercise instruction, core & functional fitness, water aerobics as well as being trained in the Tivity Silver Sneakers program.  She also studies the ancient practice of Qigong/Tai-chi and became certified thru the Supreme Science Foundation in Orlando, FL in 2012; she even has certification in Food-based Healing thru that organization. After working in the healthcare industry as a medical assistant in orthopedics for several years, she transitioned to the fitness industry back in 2013 because of a strong desire to help individuals, at whatever stage in their life, follow a more wholesome and sustainable lifestyle.

Gillian Giarrizzo - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM

Gillian is from Norfolk, VA and moved to Palm Beach Gardens after she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiotherapy in 2014. Before graduating, she endured 1,000 clinical internship hours in orthopedic physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, pediatric neurology, and geriatric psychology. While playing Division I softball, she recovered from multiple ACL surgeries, which led her to become passionate about fitness and helping others. She is a CPT through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and specializes in corrective exercise and sports performance. Gillian coaches for the Vipers Travel Softball Organization in Palm Beach County and is also the assistant Suncoast HS softball coach

Marie-Elena Aruta - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM, Certified Personal Trainer, Group X, Barre, Pound, P90X, Insanity, Turbo Kick

Marie-Elena is passionate about leading a fit and healthy lifestyle, inspiring others and she is passionate about enhancing the quality of lives of the people she encounters.  She is known for helping people stay motivated throughout their fitness journey and specializes in transforming their health and body through fitness and proper nutrition. Marie-Elena’s Fitness Philosophy: “Daily exercise is imperative for your health and wellness.  If you do not find the time for daily exercise, you’ll have to find the time for illness” You are in the hands of a trainer and Group Fitness Instructor that is going to help you get the most out of every single session and class and who will give you the accountability and support you need not only in the gym but outside of the sessions and classes as well.

Michele Diaferia - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NSCA

Michele is a nationally accredited NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT).

He started training in 2002, jumping right in, working out twice a day for six months. Seeing the benefits, it became an unbreakable habit.  Michael decided he wished to help other people become fit.

Michael attended The Fitness Institute an International organization and graduated with certificates in Exercise Science Foundations, Strength and Conditioning, Fitness Testing, Functional Training, Nutrition Education and Weight Management, and Post Rehabilitation and special population.

Michael has worked with Elite Boxing in WPB, Fitness Strategies in NPB, and Connor Moran Wellness Center in Tequesta.

Dana Vario - Personal Trainer


Dana became a Florida resident in 2014 to pursue her dream in the Health and Wellness field. Upon moving to Florida, she has been given the opportunity to manage a variety of fitness facilities of residential Country Clubs throughout Martin County. She has established her career in the fitness industry for over 18 years while studying Business Management at Berkeley College in New York. Dana is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT) and holds certifications in group fitness and Drums Alive. Being as passionate as she is towards others, Dana is currently studying at Palm Beach State College to become an Emergency Medical Service Technician, receiving a degree in Fire Science. She is excited and looking forward to being able to continue providing her services in more ways to help those in her community.

Dori Lavina - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM-PT, PN1, CTCN

After being a long-time member at Loggerhead Fitness, Dori finally decided to leave her job as a Paralegal to follow her passion and pursue a career in fitness & nutrition. Dori is now a certified NASM-PT, Precision Nutrition Coach (PN1), and Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTCN). With this knowledge she is dedicated to teaching clients what she has learned, and applies in her own life, to reach their health and fitness goals. She believes that by incorporating consistent physical fitness with applying mindset and nutrition fundamentals, she can motivate clients to achieve their ultimate success.

Joe Audette - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM

Joe Audette has been in the health field for 25 years as a medical massage therapist, working with doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists and physical therapists to return patients back to optimum health. Through his years in the health field he holds to a unique yet simple perspective on heath: Live a healthy life, yet be moderate in all activities, from food, exercise, fun, education, relaxation, work and even thinking. Joe is an advocate of daily meditation which he has been practicing since his father taught him in 1968. He now teaches basic meditation techniques to others, so that they may experience the benefits that meditation brings.

Tony Corrado - Personal Trainer

Certifications: IFA

Having been a competitive bodybuilder I believe in three components. Nutrition, weight training, and Cardio. I challenge my clients on all three aspects. By doing all three of these necessary elements you will succeed and achieve your goals. I will challenge you to reach your maximum potential so that you can live a long healthy life.

Joseph Ciciless - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM

Joe specializes in general conditioning, weight loss, nutrition and lifestyle modifications. He has personally lost 100 pounds and brings this experience to his clients. He has a background in behavioral psychology and has a unique perspective to the seemingly monumental task of weight loss. He is an avid triathlete and mountain biker.

Michael Flannery - Personal Trainer

Mike is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He has worked with athletes, older adults and actors. His interest is helping others achieve their fitness goals after his own 55lb transformation. Mike believes exercise should be a fun and uplifting experience that enriches our lives.
Certification: NASM

Paul D’Ambrosio - Personal Trainer

Certification: NASM – Paul is from Connecticut but moved to Tequesta, FL when he was in middle school. He graduated from Florida Culinary Institute and worked in multiple restaurants/hotels in the area. Paul eventually moved and spent the past 18 years in Boone, NC as a chef/ restaurant proprietor. He has now moved back to pursue his passion for teaching fitness as a personal trainer. Certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Paul wants to take his 20+ years of weight training/ culinary knowledge to help people change their lives through fitness. He believes we’re all at different fitness levels, and regardless of age, we can all benefit from daily exercise and healthier eating.

Tom Fallone - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NPTI.

Tom has a BBA in Marketing, Advertising and Management. In 2004 he attended NPTI, a 500 hour program that focuses on nutrition, physiology and anatomy. He is responsible for helping countless clients achieve their goals. He has been a teaching boot camp since 2008. Tom’s passion is helping the visually impaired improve their health through a personalized fitness program he designed and implemented.

Tips Walker - Personal Trainer

Certifications: IFPA, NCSF, Reebok Cycle

Tips is entering his 20th year in the fitness and wellness industry. Specializing in Bio-Mechanics of human performance, Sports specific fitness, injury or post operative rehab. His approach is with a positive insight on overall health awareness.

Gary Colton - Personal Trainer

Certifications: WIT

Gary received his personal training certification from World Instructor Training Schools in 2008 & is also a nationally certified high school coach. Gary is an assistant wrestling coach at Jupiter HS. He has been a fitness enthusiast his entire life and wrestled at the Division 1 college level.

Jill Dearmin - Personal Trainer

Jill has been a personal trainer since 1996. She is also a registered nurse. Specializing in all aspects of fitness strength training and guidance in nutrition. Jill holds a professional IFBB Body Building status.
Certification: IFA

Bob Gentile - Personal Trainer

Certifications: ASCM, NASM.

Bob is a post-rehab conditioning specialist. He has over 35 years experience in the health & fitness industry. He and his wife Nancy are owners of Priority Fitness and Rehab.

Nance Gentile - Personal Trainer

Certifications: ACSM, NASM.

Nance began her fitness career 25 years ago in cardiac rehab and continued into prevention and wellness. She is a post rehabilitation conditioning specialist certified with the American Academyof Health and Fitness Professionals.

Robert Paci - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM, TPI level 1

With over 25 years in the fitness industry Rob has worked with and helped people of all ages achieve their fitness goals from weight loss to sports specific training. He also has 7 years’ experience as a biomechanics Golf coach with golfers of all levels from PGA tour players to beginners and juniors. He has a unique ability to help you understand your body’s mechanics and how to improve upon it while learning and understanding your body’s strengths and weaknesses. Rob has mentored under one the most successful Biomechanics coach on the PGA tour and has worked on the tour as well. He will help you learn your limitations and overcome them. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

Tarel Moreland - Personal Trainer

Certification: NCAA, NESTA

Tarel has over ten years of experience as a fitness professional. His passion is to educate and motivate people to be healthy and fit. He has helped many individuals with life changing results with the perfect mix of encouragement, humor, discipline and fun.

Stieg Theander - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NSCA/CSCS, TPI-Level 3, TRX, Power Plate, Kettlebell

Stieg is a NCAA All American and graduate of the University of Wisconsin.  His career started in 1990 when the University hired him as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. There he developed, implemented and monitored year round strength and conditioning programs and nutritional supervision for 21 men’s and women’s sports programs.  From 1997 through 2004 Stieg worked as the head strength & Conditioning coordinator for two professional hockey teams, the New York Islanders and the Phoenix Coyotes.  He also co-founded the NHL Strength and Conditioning Association.  Stieg and his family moved to Jupiter in 2011.  Stieg has numerous personal training certifications and specialty certifications: Golf Fitness (TPI Certified-Level 3), Corrective Movement Specialist, Power Plate Level 2-Master, Kettlebell Specialist, TRX Suspension Training Instructor and an iMett Certified Metabolic Specialist.

Jen Slayback - Personal Trainer

Certs: ISMA

Jens’ journey into the fitness industry began 15 years ago with her own personal 65 pound weight loss. She has 13 years of experience in physique competitions. Although her bachelors degree is in economics, she pursued a career in personal training because she has a true passion for helping others transform.
Certification: ISMA

Anthony Taverna - Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM & USPTA

Anthony was raised in Newington CT, where he excelled in three sports throughout high school. Tennis became his passion and he has been teaching and competing for over 25 years. Because fitness is so critical to competing successfully in South FL conditions, Anthony has made fitness training a central facet of his overall curriculum – for himself and his clients. Anthony is currently ranked in the top 5 of his division of Florida Men’s Singles. He is available for private and semi-private personal training classes and tennis instruction.

Nasser Musallet - Personal Trainer

Nasser is certified with 30 years of experience. Certified from the Fitness Institute in Personal Training, strength conditioning and nutrition. While in college, he majored in Pre- Med. Prior to Loggerhead Fitness Nasser was the Head of Personal Training at Admirals Cove and part of the alumni from Waterfront Fitness.
Certification: ACSM

Billy Fowler - Personal Trainer

Billy has been a certified Personal Trainer since 1990 he is also NASM certified since 1994. He also has his AS degree in Emergency Medical Services and serves the City of Boca Raton as Firefighter/Paramedic.

Ted Kalaidi - Personal Trainer

Ted has found his Love for Personal Training over the past 4 years. Certified in American Counsel Education, he continues to excel in Functional Training. He has been involved in Masters Track and Field and Law enforcement for over 30 years.