Jessica Varner

Exercise Physiologist

  • Hometown: Godrey, IL
  • Education:
    • BS in Athletic Training from William Woods University
    • MSEd in Kinesiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Certifications:
    • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Experience/Accomplishments:
    • Personal Training and Group Exercise since 2017
    • Women's Soccer at William Woods University 
  • Training Interests:
    • ​​Strength and Conditioning
    • Sport Specific and Athletic Movements 
    • Group Exercise 
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Sarah Dalton

Exercise Specialist

 

  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • Education: 
    • BS in Exercise Science, Lindenwood University
  • Certifications:
    • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
    • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
    • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Experience/Accomplishments:
    • Training since 2015
    • Olympic Weightlifting at Lindenwood University
    • Softball and Swimming in High School
  • Training Interests:
    • Corrective exercise
    • Strength and Conditioning 
    • Post Injury Training
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Aaron Gutjahr, MSed, FMS, TPI CGFI/CGI, ACSM CPT

Fitness Center Manager, Exercise Physiologist

As a fitness professional I take a scientific and educational approach to training. I stick to the basics, try to build a solid base for fitness for each individial and then start working on individual goals and aspirations. It is important to me that my clients understand why we're doing what we're doing and leave with a better understanding of the human body and its capabilities. I provide exercise programs where results are typical!

 
  • Hometown: New Athens, IL
  • Education:
    • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, currently enrolled (Prospective graduation May 2019)
      Webster University

    • Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, 2009
      Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
      Dissertation:  Effect of Transient Hypertrophy on Body Composition Analysis
      Research: Effects of Exercise on Osteoporosis, Effects of Beta Alanine on Exercise and Sport Performance

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Exercise and Wellness, 2003
      Minor in Mathematics
      Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL
      Exit Project: Function and Development of Muscle Fiber Types

  • Certifications:
    • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
    • FMS Level 2 Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
    • MADDOG Certified Spinning Instructor
    • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Level 2 Golf Instructor
    • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Professional
  • Experience/Accomplishments:
    • Personal Training since 2003
      • Trained over 300 clients at BJC WellAware since 2006, including Golf Fitness, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Physique and Bikini Competitors.
    • ICARE Leadership Award, BJC, December 2017
    • Member, American Council on Exercise
    • Member, American College of Sports Medicine
    • Member, IDEA FitnessConnect
    • True Colors Personality Profile Certificate, 2010
    • BJC Corporate Employee of the Month Award in February 2008 and March 2011
    • Cornerstone of Excellence Award, 2009, 2010 and 2011, BJC Corporate Health Systems
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Bake McBride

Exercise Specialist

My job as a trainer … To utilize a dynamic approach and varied training programs that focus not just on immediate results but also on achieving long-term life and fitness goals.

 
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO
  • Education: BS in Kinesiology, Exercise and Wellness, Minor in Health Education
  • Certifications:
    • IFPA Certified Personal Trainer
    • IFPA Certified Sports Nutritionalist
    • Reebok Certified Cycling Instructor
    • Les Mills Bodypump and Bodyflow Instructor
    • Certified Massage Therapist
    • Certified Ropes Course Facilitator
  • Experience/Accomplishments:
    • I have been training since 1995 and was a group exercise instructor for 12 years
    • Played collegiate baseball and basketball, played semi-pro baseball
  • Training Interests:
    • Functional training
    • Sports conditioning
    • Triathlon training
 
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Becky Klimaski

Exercise Specialist, Aerobics

My job as a trainer... to create a program tailored to each client's individual goals and fitness level. I focus on educating my clients on the importance of a well-balanced fitness program that includes nutrition, cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.

 
  • Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
  • Education: B.S. Sports Management, Quincy University
  • Certifications: ACSM Exercise Physiologist
  • Experience/Accomplishments: I have been training since 1998
  • Training Interests:
    • Weight Loss/Maintenance
    • Post-rehabilitation of Injury or Surgery
    • Pre-/Post-Natal Training
    • Balance and Stability
 
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Nancy Trail

Registered Dietician, Zumba, Aerobics Instructor

"To manage health and weight with a 'real world' approach by incorporating better food choices, portion control, physical activity and long-term healthier lifestyle behaviors and attitudes!"

 
  • Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
  • Education:
    • Bachelors Degree in Nutrition
    • Masters Degree in Nutrition Education
  • Certifications:
    • Registered Dietician
    • State of Missouri Licensed Dietician
    • Certified in Adult, Adolescent and Child Weight Management by ADA
    • AFFA Group Exercise Instructor
    • Certified Zumba Instructor
  • Experience/Accomplishments: Over 20 years of weight management and nutrition counseling experience. Participated in studies regarding soy and breast cancer, weight loss medications, and child/family weight management and lifestyle. Group exercise instructor since 2001. Exercise classes include Zumba, step aerobics, sculpting/abs, and low-impact aerobics.
  • Training Interests: Outpatient Counseling: weight loss, weight gain, basic nutrition education, hydration status, portion control, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, and other medical/nutrition diagnoses. Group weight loss and wellness classes.
 

Erin Reid

Massage Therapist

 
  • Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
  • Education:
    • BS in Biology
    • MT from Missouri College
  • Certifications: National Certification for Massage Therapy
  • Experience/Accomplishments: Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002 and has been a part of the WellAware staff since 2003.
  • Training Interests:
    • Swedish Massage
    • Dynamic Movement and Balance
    • Deep Tissue Massage
    • Sports Massage
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Jo McClaine

Massage Therapist

I believe in listening to my clients and tailoring each session to their condition and their goals. I see massage as a valuable part of either a treatment or a wellness program.

 
  • Hometown: Toledo, Ohio, now Kirkwood, MO
  • Education:
    • Massage Therapy diploma from Missouri College
    • BS in Physical Therapy from Washington University
    • BA in Zoology from DePauw University
  • Certifications:
    • National Certification for Massage Therapy
    • Licensed in the State of Missouri as a Massage Therapist
  • Experience/Accomplishments: Massage therapist at WellAware Center since 2009. Continuing Ed courses focused on deep tissue techniques and massage for cancer patients.
  • Training Interests:
    • Swedish Massage
    • Therapeutic Massage
    • Deep Tissue Massage
    • Chair Massage
    • Massage for Cancer Patients
 

Alex Rosenow

Fitness Specialist

As a fitness specialist, it is my job to motivate clients to gain the confidence to reach goals they once believed impossible.

 
  • Hometown: Glen Carbon, IL
  • Education:
    • BS in Exercise Science
    • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Certifications: NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certifications: ACSM Personal Trainer
  • Experience/Accomplishments: Training since 2010 and participant in Clinical Research Studies
  • Training Interests:
    • Strength Training
    • Functional Training
    • Endurance Training
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Elizabeth Boswell

Fitness Specialist

My job as a fitness specialist...to develop exercise programs that are specific to my clients’ health and fitness needs, while motivating them to live a healthy lifestyle. I teach my clients that setting small attainable goals will help them achieve their overall health and fitness goal. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the positive impact I have on my clients’ lives.

 
  • Hometown: Belleville, IL
  • Education:
    • BS Health Management: Exercise Science from Southeast Missouri State University
  • Experience/Accomplishments: Interned with WellAware Summer 2015. Training and teaching group exercise since 2016.
  • Training Interests:
    • Weight lifting
    • Strength and Conditioning
    • Functional training
    • Injury prevention
    • Rehabilitation after injury or surgery
 
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Kyle Bauer

Exercise Physiologist

Kyle’s training philosophy starts with determining each individuals goals and what motivates them to achieve these goals. Secondly, determining what strengths and weaknesses we are starting with in order to implement a program tailored to achieve each individual’s maximal potential. One of Kyle’s favorite quotes is: “When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.”

 
  • Hometown: St. Peters, MO
  • Education:
    • BS Exercise Science from Southeast Missouri State University
  • Certifications: ACSM Personal Trainer
  • Experience/Accomplishments: Associates degree in Culinary Arts to compliment all of his training programs with nutritional guidance.
  • Training Interests:
    • Team sports
    • Kickboxing
    • Powerlifting