Meet The Team

JO BRIELYN is an author and contributing writer for Hatherleigh Press and has currently completed 16 nonfiction books about health and wellness. Jo holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Education, Training and Development. She is the founder, writer, and editor of Creative Kids Ideas, a resource website that supplies parents, teachers, and family members with the tips and fun ideas to help build stronger, happier, and more creative kids. Jo is also a veteran of the United States Air Force and a former youth leader. She resides in Central Florida with her husband and their two daughters. Jo is the co-author of Combat Fat for Kids and The Greek Yogurt Diet.

STUART FISCHER, M.D., a graduate of Yale University, completed his residency at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, and served as an Attending Physician at Cabrini Medical Center in New York City. He also worked with the late Dr. Robert Atkins as the Associate Medical Director of the Atkins Center. His expertise in alternative medicine, nutrition, and weight loss, is complemented by his strong traditional, hospital-based education. He is the author of The Little Book of Big Medical Emergencies and The Park Avenue Diet.

PAUL FREDIANI, ACE, ACSM, is a nationally recognized fitness trainer and educator. He has been featured on national television and in magazines, including Fitness, InStyle, and Self. Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise, he  is a C.H.E.K level I practitioner. Paul’s published fitness books include Powersculpt for Men, Powersculpt for Women, PowerBand, Surf Flex, Golf Flex, Tri Power, and others.

SARI GREAVES, RDN, is an expert nutrition consultant and former national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She is a leading nutrition expert in women’s health, weight management, and wellness and disease prevention. As the Nutrition Director at Step Ahead Wellness Center in Far Hills, New Jersey, Sari provides personalized nutrition counseling to men and women seeking weight loss and healthy lifestyle modification. Her nutrition and cooking video series have appeared on Foxnews.com, Doctoroz.com, and Healthguru.com, and she has written extensively on consumer nutrition topics. She currently lives in Manhattan. She is the co-author to The Cardiac Recovery Cookbook and the upcoming Obesity Prevention in Children as well as Cooking Well Healthy Kids: Easy Meals for Happy Toddlers.

ROGER HALL is an HKC certified kettlebell trainer. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University at Albany.  Roger has trained and been involved in fitness for 8 years. He currently lives in upstate New York where he opened a thriving kettlebell studio. He is the author of the Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Men and Tabata Workout Handbook.

DAVID KIRSCHEN is the Director of Personal Training and Strength Coach at New York’s EVF Performance gyms. He has 15+ years of personal training, coaching, education, and club management experience at Asphalt Green, Equinox, Cando Fitness, and American Leisure. David earned a BS in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland, and is a respected presenter and coach for a number of professional training seminars along the East Coast, including elitefts.com’s Learn to Train series. He is an active professional powerlifter and recently earned the runner-up spot at the XPC Championships at the 2013 Arnold Classic. He is the author of The Strength Training Bible, The Strength Training Bible for Women, and Mobility Workout Handbook.

GWEN LAWRENCE has been a practicing fitness professional since 1990. Her current practice includes private yoga training, class instruction, her sport-specific Power Yoga for Sports training program, and her VYX™ (Vinyasa Yoga Extreme) system. Gwen is the yoga instructor for several New York Yankees baseball players, team yoga instructor for the New York Giants and New York Knicks, and many youth teams in a variety of sports. Her writing appears in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Fitness, Shape, and Yoga Journal and has been a frequent visitor on The Today Show and The Dr. Oz Show. She is the author of Body Sculpting with Yoga and the upcoming title Tactical Mobility.

LISA MONTGOMERY is a Holistic Health Care Practitioner, and has graduated from the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute as an associate/chef instructor. She received a Raw Chef Mastery Certification from Raw Chef Dan at Quintessence. She is the author of many cookbooks including The Complete Book of Raw Food Volume 2, Liquid Raw, Raw Survival, Liquid Health and many more.

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

DR. SONALI RUDER is a board certified emergency medicine physician, recipe developer, blogger and bona fide foodie. In 2007, she entered a recipe contest on a whim and ended up being selected from thousands of entrants to compete on a cooking competition on the Food Network. In 2009, Sonali decided to take her passion for cooking one step further by enrolling in culinary school at the Institute of Culinary Education. While she was a student, she started her popular food blog The Foodie Physician where she uses her medical and culinary backgrounds to help readers create meals that are nutritious and full of flavor. In addition to practicing medicine, Sonali also develops recipes and is a contributing writer for several national magazines, cookbooks and websites. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Diet, Cooking Well: Anti-Aging, Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and Natural Baby Food.

TERRI SCHNEIDER is a writer, speaker, coach, and sport psychology consultant, and above all, an extreme multi-sport endurance athlete—including being a world-class triathlete for a decade, an elite international adventure racer, and a mountaineer. She has co-authored numerous books, including Triathlon Revolution and Triathlete’s Guide to Mental Training. Her writing contributions and interviews have been featured in over 100 publications and websites around the world including Time, Rolling Stone, Runner’s World, Triathlete, Cosmopolitan, Oxygen, USA Today, and The New York Times. She is the author of Dirty Inspirations.

STEWART SMITH, USN, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness books including The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, The Special Ops Workout, Maximum Fitness, The S.W.A.T. Workout, and most recently The Navy SEAL Weight Training Workout and Tactical Fitness. Stew has trained thousands of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, FBI, ERT, and many other military, law enforcement, and fire fighter professions. He is currently the Special Ops Team Coach at the US Naval Academy that prepares future candidates for SEAL, EOD, and MARSOC training and runs a non-profit called Heroes of Tomorrow where he trains people seeking tactical professions for free.

WILLIAM SMITH, MS, NSCA, CSCS, MEPD, completed his B.S. in exercise science at Western Michigan University followed by a master’s degree in education and a post-graduate program at Rutgers University. In 1993, Will began coaching triathletes and working with athletes and post-rehab clientele. He was a Division I Collegiate Strength Coach and has been competing in triathlons and marathons since 1998, finishing 7 marathons and 1/2 Ironman. Will currently works for the #1 Ranked Hospital developing Employer-Based Health and Wellness Programs for Companies, specializing in installing On-Site Medical and Health Suites to assist in lowering employee healthcare costs. Will has advanced specialty certifications in cancer, post-rehab exercise and athletic development. Will has co-authored Tri Power, Strength Training Bible, The Strength Training Bible for Women, 7 Days to Live Forever and Mobility Workout Handbook He is also the author of several books in the popular Exercises For series including Exercises for Heart Health, Exercises for Back Pain, Exercises for Brain Health, Exercises for Cancer Wellness, and many others.

ERICA SPIEGELMAN is a counselor, consultant, author, and motivational speaker who has made an indelible mark in the field of addiction recovery. She has founded a multi-media health and wellness platform, providing consulting and counseling solutions for clients by providing them with tools on how to reach emotional, mental and physical freedom. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Arizona and a degree as a California State Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADAC-II) from University of California, Los Angeles. Erica works with several treatment centers in California, including the Living Rebos Treatment Center, Klean Treatment Center, and Passages Malibu. She is a regular contributor to online health outlets, writes for Maria Shriver, and and hosts her own weekly show Rewired Radio on RadioMD. She is the author of Rewired: A Bold New Approach To Addiction and Recovery.

ELIZABETH TENHOUTEN is the Editor-in-Chief of Celeb Life Magazine and also serves as Contributing Beauty Expert for DiscoverBeauty.com and ShareCare.com, the health and wellness social media platform created by Dr. Oz. She also has a monthly column in Beverly Hills Times Magazine titled, “Natural Beauty with Elizabeth TenHouten.”  Widely known for her all-natural skincare recipes and holistic approach to beauty, TenHouten’s sought-after tips and expert advice regularly appear on television, online, and in national publications such as Health, Natural Health, Working Mother, Natural Solutions, Discovery Channel’s Planet Green, Your Health Connection, Young Hollywood, and US Weekly. She is the author of Natural Beauty and Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin.

SCOTT TINLEY is a former world-class professional athlete who has competed in over 400 triathlons, winning the IRONMAN® World Championship twice and the IRONMAN® World Series three times. Scott was inducted into both the Triathlon Hall of Fame and the IRONMAN® Hall of Fame upon retirement in 1999. He founded and developed the sport of off-road triathlon, and continues to co-own and manage the longest running off-road triathlon in the world. He has done television commentary for CBS, ESPN, and ABC; been a contributing writer for CBSNews.com; and written for Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, Triathlete Magazine, and Outside Magazine. Scott lives near the beach in Del Mar, California and on a ranch west of Gaviota, California with his family. He is the author of Finding Triathlon.

JAMES VILLEPIGUE is a bestselling fitness author of 23 books and has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. as a nationally certified personal trainer with National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), with their prestigious Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, The American Council on Exercise and The International Sports Science Association. He has received degrees from Hofstra University, the New York College of Health Professions, and the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. He now lives in East North Port, New York. He is the author of Mind Over Muscle as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women and Combat Fat for Kids.

MICHAEL VOLKMAR, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT, received his master’s degree in Exercise Science with a specialization in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior from George Washington University (GWU). In 2001, Mike started his well-traveled path in Sports Performance Training at the Junior College level (OCC, Onondaga, NY) working with the baseball team. He worked for three years as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at GWU, first with the Single A affiliate (High Desert Mavericks) of the Milwaukee Brewers, and later season with the Double A affiliate (Harrisburg Senators) of the Washington Nationals, before moving on to spend one year at the International Performance Institute of IMG Academies, FL. Mike continued his professional development by becoming the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the APEX Academies. Currently, Mike is the strength and conditioning coach at the Peddie School. A Division I baseball player during his undergraduate career, Mike is an amateur powerlifter with a passion for all things fitness.  Mike has advanced specialty certifications in strength and conditioning, post-rehab exercise, athletic development, and sports medicine. He is the co-author of the Mobility Workout Handbook.

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