TAC FITness and Wellness Trainers, Instructors, Nutritionists & Therapists

Parker Condit

Performance Center Program Director
Personal Trainer/Instructor
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition - I.S.S.A.

In late 2014, Parker moved to the Roaring Fork Valley, leaving behind New Jersey where he had called home for most of his life. Sports and fitness were always a dominant part of his life growing up and continued through college where he was a two-sport athlete. In 2015, he decided to take his life’s passion for fitness and turn it into a career by becoming a certified personal trainer.

Parker’s training philosophy is based around empowering people through movement. “I like to use exercise movements as a Trojan Horse of sorts to help teach people how to move, not just in the gym, but through life. Nobody wants an hour-long lesson on how to sit in a chair, but teaching someone how to squat ends up transferring to their daily movement patterns outside of the gym. I think it’s important for a one-hour training session to positively affect the other 23 hours of their day. I love the opportunity to help people move through the world on their terms and without limitations.”

Outside of the gym Parker spends his time with Max, his new puppy and is working towards a nutrition certification from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver. Additionally, he is a board member and advocate for Aspen Strong, a non-profit promoting mental hygiene and connecting mental health resources to people living in the RFV.

Jennifer Mendez

Lead Personal Fitness Trainer
Performance Coach

Personal Trainer/Instructor
CHEK BioMechanics Certified
TPI Certified - Level 2 Golf Fitness Professional
Functional Movement Screen Certified
NASM - Sports Fitness Specialist
NSCA-CSCS Certified

I use a wide variety of fitness tools to bring out the Best in You. My workouts are fun and challenging and will push you in a direction based on your specific goals and needs.

When I left the accounting field in 1998 to pursue my interest in fitness, it immediately became a passion. I have extensive training and certifications which all complement my belief that anyone can have improved posture, flexibility & strength at any age. I specialize in the biomechanics of the body to help each client excel in their sport including golf, tennis, running, skiing, endurance training as well as general fitness. I have a talent for helping my clients overcome back pain and balance issues as well as improving posture, fitness endurance and injury prevention.

I also believe that the body is a system of systems that all work together and feed off each other. I want to help you to discover more about how your body moves and how you can train to feel better, become more energized and stay moving pain free for the many years to come!

Jen has over 30 certifications in the fitness/health field including:

  • Golf BioMechanics (at the renowned CHEK Institute)
  • TPI Golf Fitness Professional – Level 1 & 2 (Titleist Performance Institute)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • National Academy Sports Medicine (NASM) – CPT & Sports Fitness Specialist
  • Integrated Flexibility Training (through NASM)
  • Scientific Back & Scientific Core (CHEK Institute)
  • Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor (finding yours and what foods work best for you)
  • Nutrition Lifestyle Coach (CHEK Institute)

I am a Dallas native and graduated from University of North Texas with an Accounting degree. I have been doing various races since 1992 -- road & trail runs, adventure races, triathlons, marathons, ultra-marathons, winter up-hill races, etc. I also enjoy golfing, biking, hiking and eating! I moved to the valley in 2009 and absolutely love the energy and activity of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Amanda Wagner

Health Coach
Personal Trainer
Group Class Instructor

Amanda is Colorado Mountain Girl through and through. Born and raised in Glenwood Springs and a graduate from the University of Colorado with degrees in Psychology and Communication.

She learned quickly out of collage that she can't do what she loves if she did not spend time consistently focusing on her personal health and wellness. So after 10 years in the hospitably industry, she quit her job, got her Personal Training and Health Coaching Certifications and help start The Aspen Clinic. That was 6 years ago. Today, Amanda is still committed to inspiring, cultivating and celebrating health and vitality throughout Colorado. Her aim with TAC is to assist individuals and organizations in total health and encourage awareness of health related issues to empower individuals to lead a healthier and fuller life.

Her life motto is: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER."

Bryan Thomas

Personal Trainer/Instructor
NPTI Personal Trainer, NPTI Nutritional Consultant, Z-Health
Trainer, Functional Aging Specialist

As a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute in Lakewood, CO, Bryan has been exposed to clients of all walks of life. In the past 12 years of training experience, he's found his niche in helping others to do things they never thought they could.  

Having an evolving interest in fitness and nutrition education, Bryan is always learning and improving his training skillset to provide the latest and most up-to-date science-based approach to getting his clients results.  By bridging the gaps between fitness, neurology, metabolic nutrition, sports performance, self defense, and motor learning, Bryan helps his clients to not only find their passion but do what they want to do better, faster, and with less pain and risk of injury.

Bryan's philosophy is simple, "You don't need more, you need better." Too often we go through the motions trying to get results, and too often we fall short of our own expectations. When looking at any health or fitness goal, there may be a multitude of paths to get there, so let's choose the one that's right for you.

Jesse Rivera

Personal Fitness Trainer

I was born in El Paso, Texas but was mainly brought up in the Roaring Fork Valley in the beautiful state of Colorado. I enjoy all types of sports and physical activity from football, basketball, hiking to MMA; you name it, as long as there's a challenge, I’m into it.

I believe in order to progress and succeed you must challenge the mind, body and soul to meet the demands of whatever obstacle is presented to you, at any given time. One of my favorite quotes is: “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." -Mahatma Gandhi

My ideal workout consists of (1) Flexibility training, to help aid in treating and preventing nerve and muscle tissue damage resulting from postural imbalances and injury; (2) Stability exercises, to stabilize the joints and maintain optimal posture and to help improve neuromuscular efficiency (balance, stabilization, muscular coordination); (3) Strength exercises, to improve overall work capacity, increase prime mover strength, enhance joint stabilization, increase lean body mass, improve peak force and increase motor unit recruitment, and; (4) Endurance exercises, to help meet the demands of higher intensity workouts. I create programs built on a foundation of principles that progressively and systematically allows any client to achieve optimal levels of physiologic, physical and performance adaptations and is created by using an integrated and functional training approach. My programs are suitable for anyone, regardless if you are a world class athlete, or if you are just getting started and are looking to obtain a healthier lifestyle.

Most importantly, I believe workouts should always be safe, enjoyable, yet challenging. Workout benefits should always outweigh the risk of injury.

Lisa S. Paige

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management
Certified Health and Wellness Coach

The RFV became my home in 2010 when I moved here from the Front Range. As the lead dietitian in a local hospital, I became aware of the need for our community to have access to professionals trained in evidence-based medical nutrition therapy.

For many people, the image of a dietitian is someone in a white coat who hands out the menu at the hospital. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Health Coach, I assist people with the lifestyle and nutrition changes they want to manage their medical conditions. I specialize in nutrition for Adult and Pediatrics Weight Management, Chronic Disease Self-Management, Emotional Overeating, Cancer Survivorship, and Healthy Aging.

When not working with clients, I enjoy the incredible outdoor playground we live in! From hiking 14ers to music festivals, I’m loving it all.

Mark Henderson

Body Worker
Massage Therapist

My name is Mark Henderson and I am a Massage Therapist and Bodyworker in practice since 1984.

I offer you customized therapy treatments, depending on your goals, be they for relief of pain, posture improvement, exercise recovery, movement enhancement, injury prevention, or relaxation.

I work with the most effective techniques from Neuromuscular Therapy, Structural Integration, Sports Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Swedish Massage, and others.

I look forward to helping you to reach your goals.

Emily Steers White

Personal Trainer
Group Instructor
Performance Coach

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), CPT
Hatha Yoga Instructor, 200 hour
Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Levels 1 & 2 Certification

I love adventure. I enjoy the act of relaxing into long mountain bike rides, meandering trail runs, my yoga practice and my everyday life. There is a shift that happens when we settle into our own rhythm, commit to our journey and allow our destination to unfold before us.

I left Vermont and landed in Carbondale in 2011, equipped with a keen eye for analyzing and detecting imbalances in runners' gait patterns and a strong desire to help athletes live happier healthier lives. I immersed myself in a Hatha-based, Yoga Teacher Training that taught me a methodical and refined way of moving through life. Through years of hands-on PT Aide experience, I’ve learned how the body recovers from injury and the foundational work that is necessary to cultivate stability, balance and strength from the inside out. In 2016, I earned my National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM) Personal Training Certification. In 2017, I received my Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Levels 1 and 2 certification.

I believe that a positive attitude, a quiet mind and an open-hearted approach to learning are essential ingredients for us all to evolve, grow and thrive. I am dedicated to educating, energizing and empowering you to do the activities you love from a place of confidence and joy.

Gracie Piccinati

Health Coach
Personal Trainer
Group Class Instructor

I was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

I'm the only girl in a family of 5 boys. I love cowboy boots, the color pink and I have a big sweet tooth. I grew up doing gymnastics, so naturally you can find me hanging upside down whenever I get the chance. I grew up in sports, but I was never too interested in taking ownership of my own health or fitness. To be honest, I was perfectly fine with having others telling me what to do and just following whatever they told me. 

When I decided to go for my NASM Personal Training Certification in 2016 I pretty much had to start from the ground up. I went through the whole shabang- from being excited to start, getting nervous about looking like an idiot, getting over my insecurities, giving myself permission to try... I went through it all. But it all lead to me gaining confidence, in the gym and in myself, and happily finding my own place in the fitness world. I learned so much more than just fitness knowledge- I learned life skills that helped me grow into who I am today. I want to help my clients to make that same transformation- from being nervous to knowledgable, going from self conscious to confident.

Starting from where I was to now having a Personal Training, Behavior Change, and a Life Coaching Certification, and also working towards my Fitness Nutrition and Pre and Post Natal Certifications, I know first hand that who you have been in the past isn't a limit on who you can be in the future. I want to join with my clients in their fitness journey, helping them to find what works best for them according to their lifestyle, personal values and goals. Helping them to become comfortable, confident, and successfully competent in the fitness world and learning to have fun while they're at it! I'm passionate about equipping my clients with basic foundational knowledge, guidance, and support in order for them to grow into the person that they want to be. I love learning new fun and valuable information and sharing it with others in the hope that it changes their lives for the better, just like it did mine!

Tara Clemons

Occupational Therapist

My path in health and wellness and education began at a young age in working with children from 0-12; most from diverse cultural backgrounds with a wide-range of developmental conditions. It was through this journey that I discovered occupational therapy and my growing interests in working with individuals along the lifespan specifically in the area of promoting health and wellness. 

In 2014 I received a Masters in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Eastern Washington University, my hometown of Spokane, WA. Prior to that I received a Bachelors degree in art therapy.

As an OT my primary focus is to establish a firm foundation in listening and getting to know the person in their own unique presence. With that, my background in anatomy and physiology, mental health and human conditions also helps guide in meeting the patient where they are. I assist individuals in exploring and identifying the root causes of what they are experiencing in order to restore balance in their lives. This process then allows for collaboration in creating realistic goals that support current desires/needs of the individual so they are able to engage more fully in what is most meaningful to them.

With each person’s unique “story” comes a wide-range of conditions to address including:

  • Diabetes management,
  • Orthopedic injuries,
  • Stress management i.e. anxiety, depression, insomnia
  •  Autoimmune deficiencies,
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Neurological impairments
  • Chronic conditions

As a practitioner my services extend in a variety of ways such as:

  • Developing individualized, holistic exercise programs,
  • Manual therapy
  • Mindfulness stress reduction training
  • Home evaluations; assessing ergonomics of furniture, safety modifications, adding any adaptive equipment/devices,
  • Promotion of energy conservation and healthy movement patterns and routines
  • Doctor visit accompanying
  • Grocery shopping to assist in establishing healthy/new routines around eating; anti-inflammatory diets, food allergies.

Self-care is also a large focus of OT and teaching individuals ways  to listen to the body using a variety of modalities and practices. My certification in yoga therapy is also an integral approach to OT that offers an opportunity to assess the imbalances within the body/mind and using yoga movement/postures, meditation and nutrition to reestablish the instinctual balances. 

Neal Pressman

Massage Therapist
Body Worker

Neal has been a full time, practicing Massage Therapist since his graduation from the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy in 1994.  During that time, he has worked both abroad (Israel, Mexico, Argentina and the Dominican Republic), as well as here in the United States. Neal specializes in the relief of chronic pains through Myofascial Release, Manual Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage and Structural Integration.  His style is a unique combination of techniques gathered over his years of experience and trainings; geared toward achieving a structural balance of the body.

He believes that many common pains and joint restrictions are due to soft tissue imbalances that can be corrected with Manual Therapy and Bodywork.   A firm believer in continuing education, Neal enjoys taking relevant classes on a yearly basis to enhance his knowledge and skill set.  

Originally from Philadelphia, PA,  Neal chose to settle in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2002 after years of working abroad.  When he's not at work, he loves getting outside to enjoy the amazing outdoor activities that this valley has to offer. He is also an avid cook and an eager world traveler. Schedule an appointment with Neal today and see how he can help you move and feel better, and reach your fitness goals along the way.

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