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The Y achieves its mission one person at a time. Our success is driven by the passion, enthusiasm, and dedication of our employees.

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PERSONAL TRAINERS & REGISTERED DIETITIAN

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Michael Raftery

Michael received his personal trainer certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He currently is studying Advertising/Public relations at Grand Valley State University. Michael’s passion for fitness is deeply rooted in the belief that exercise is medicine, both physically and mentally. He takes great pride in utilizing a variety of creative and efficient exercises to help clients reach and exceed their fitness goals.

Michelle Dawes

Michelle has a M.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University. She has earned her personal training certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She has gained much of her fitness experience and knowledge through teaching group exercise, competing in triathlons, and as an anatomy & physiology instructor at GVSU. Michelle strongly believe in educating, motivating, and inspiring others towards better health and wellness through fitness and lifestyle changes.

Brock Nowak

Brock is a student at Grand Valley State University studying exercise science with an emphasis on Health and Wellness. He received his training certification through the American Council of Exercise (ACE). He views himself as a fitness educator, wanting to teach as many people he can about the benefits of physical activity and overall well-being. Through in-depth explanation and dedication he can work with you to reach any goal imaginable.

Brittany Noffsinger

Brittany is a personal trainer at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in Health Communications and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Brittany has a background in pharmaceutical sales working with many health care providers to help patients manage their habits for well being. Healthy lifestyle choices is Brittany’s exercise prescription. An experienced marathon runner Brittany recognizes a healthy body comes from our relationship with daily exercise and the food choices we make to fuel our body. As an endurance athlete she understands the multi-disciplines and mindset that goes into training to make every day a success.

Ian Horak

Ian is a personal trainer at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. He has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University and is currently working on his doctorate of physical therapy at Grand Valley State University. He is an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer. Ian believes in an individualized approach to training that enhances function by optimizing flexibility, endurance, strength, and stability. His goal is to educate clients about health and fitness to promote independence and improve quality of life.

Alex Mellema

Alex is a personal trainer at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. She has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. At MSU, Alex worked with the football team where she learned a comprehensive amount of information on strength training and sports conditioning. She is an ACE certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and is certified in TRX. Alex believes that the most rewarding part of working in fitness and wellness is helping people not only reach their goals, but exceed them. She enjoys working with all types of goals from running a 5k for the first time to working on sport specific skills. Assisting others to live a healthier lifestyle is what motivates her. She believes exercise should be fun, functional and individualized!

Jasmine Ahuja

Jasmine is a personal trainer at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and AFAA group training certified. Has completed her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotions from Michigan State University. Jasmine is in her final semester at Grand Valley State University’s MHA Program with an emphasis in hospital administration. Jasmine is the President of HPGSA, which is the student chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives. She has experiences working with all ages and a wide range of abilities (functional, rehabilitative, strength, weight loss, etc.). Jasmine is passionate about helping others who want to improve their lifestyle, like to sweat and have fun while achieving their fitness goals.

Tyler Bancino

Tyler is a personal trainer at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. Tyler has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Grand Valley State University. He continued his education by receiving his personal training certification through the Poliquin Group, created by renowned Olympic trainer, Charles Poliquin. Tyler has experience working with athletes ranging from high school to the professional level, helping them to improve their strength, power, and endurance. His passion is helping others push past their plateau to reach their fitness goals.

 

Nick Dobkowski

Nick is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance, the governing body for yoga teachers. Nick completed his initial training in late 2013 and has since taught over 300 hours of yoga classes! He is experienced in instructing beginners as well as advanced students and is proficient at hands-on assisting. Nick believes in yoga’s ability to transform both your body and your mind.

Cheryl Floyd

Cheryl is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance, has a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education, Recreation, Health and Dance, Masters in Management from Aquinas College, is TRX Suspension and Group Exercise certified. Cheryl has been teaching Yoga for over 9 years and has been a group fitness instructor for over 28 years. She is passionate in working with beginners, those on the road to recovery, and those with disabilities who may not otherwise attempt to practice yoga.

Austin Jimenez

Austin is a personal trainer at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. Austin holds a bachelor degree in exercise science from Grand Valley State University and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Austin’s training goal is to help others achieve the best version of themselves physically and mentally.  His training methodologies vary from gaining strength, mobility, flexibility, increasing muscular density, weight loss, and core specific training.

Mary Letts

Mary is a personal trainer at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. She is a certified personal trainer through NASM and has been a group fitness instructor at the David D. Hunting YMCA for over 9 years. Her goal as a personal trainer is to incorporate goal-setting, injury prevention, and lifestyle behavior changing techniques into workouts to encourage members to live a healthy and active lifestyle. She uses a variety of training methods including weight training, body weight exercises, cardiovascular training, and circuit training.

John Miedema

John is a personal trainer at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. He is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and continues his education through self-study and independent research. His passion lies within the principle of creating “a better you” by helping people make the appropriate habitual changes. He approaches training with an open mind to help clients reach their goals with the proper guidance and education.

 

Jim Patch

Jim is a certified personal trainer through the Blue Heron Academy and the American Council on Exercise. Jim as a passion for running and has competed in it most of his life. He teaches the Running Club (advanced runners), Five K Continuum (intermediate), and the Couch to 5K running programs. His favorite workout is called a “three, two, one pick up running drill.”