The NAFC was established by a group of forward-thinking fitness professionals, representing expertise in fields of Exercise Physiology, Adaptive Physical Education, Medicine, Nursing, and professional Lifestyles and Nutrition Coaching. Their desire was to enhance current fitness certification standards by providing access to a convenient, comprehensive, yet practical and affordable fitness education.
Mike LeBoss has been involved in pioneering the fitness industry for over 35 years, and was instrumental in developing the "self-start" philosophy in approaching athletic training to maximize his clients' self-actualization in their sport training programs. He has rigorously upheld the principles of corrrect Body Mechanics and proper form throughout his career as a leading fitness consultant and educator.
Mr. LeBoss is the founder of Mefit™ Fitness Centers in Portland, Newport, and Sheridan, Oregon, and currently holds the position of Executive Director for the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC), after serving as an NAFC master course presenter for over 12 years. He is co-author of a training manual on Bio-Mechanics for the National Board for Certified Sport Trainers (NBCST), targeted at educating trainers about the importance of risk/benefit training and applied Body Mechanics.
Behind his full-time commitment to spreading wellness in his professional endeavor, Mike is a NBCST Master Instructor, NAFC Certified/NAFC Master Instructor, NASN Licensed Sports Nutritionist, SPIN Instructor, and is Madd Dog Athletics Certified.
Mike and his wife Tammy, the guiding force in his life, spend their personal time cultivating their professional interests together.
William Singer, Ph.D., earned his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Oregon State University. Dr. Singer was awarded the Washington State Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Community Service, having completed his internship training at Community Psychiatric centers in Seattle, Washington. He has held faculty undergraduate and graduate professorships at The University of Puget Sound and City University in Seattle. He was also awarded a Graduate School teaching appointment at Oregon State University.
Dr. Singer's clinical, private practice has spanned 36 years, coaching and counseling families, couples, individuals and children. He is Nationally Board Certified in Counseling and Nationally Board Certified as a Family Therapist, with special interest and experience in motivational and Sports Psychology. Dr. Singer has provided direction for athletes seeking a path to increased athletic and personal performance. Dr. Singer is the Executive Director of Operations for the NAFC serving as mentor and advisor for individuals, professionals and organizations who have sought his guidance.
Dr. Singer's practice combines inspiration, motivation and a blueprint for life-balance between professional effectiveness, vocational and personal growth. His experience and knowledge as therapist, teacher, coach and businessman have afforded him insight into a wide range of life issues he passionately shares with others.
Leslee Bender has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years, and has been selected as one of the candidates for 2010 instructor of the year by IDEA. Leslee is the original creator of Safe Pilates, utilizing the Pilates Coach mini ball (now the Bender Ball). Leslee has produced over 25 DVDs illustrating these methods, and has presented in over 20 countries worldwide. Leslee's certifications are from ACE, AFAA, ACSM, NASM, and she holds a B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is now enrolled in the Gray Institute GIFT program.
As the original creator of the Bender Ball™ and Bender Method™, Leslee has presented at all of the main fitness conferences throughout the world; including IDEA, IHRSA Club Industry, Sara City, ECA, AFPA, AAAI and many more. Hundreds of clubs have utilized her form of Pilates training where she has integrated her unique Selective Stabilization(tm) methods for taking Pilates training to a whole new level. For these efforts, Leslee is currently nominated for New Mind Body Programmer of the Year for ECA New York.
Leslee's philosophy is: "Everybody can do the Bender Method of training from Core Training to Pilates. My instructional techniques are based on real results. I have worked with the best of the best exercise physiologists and practitioners in the medical field to design specific exercises for strength. I personally train individuals to insure my techniques deliver results for people just like you. I believe one MUST learn to activate their core before ever moving forward into any kind of exercise program. With my Bender Method of Core Training, you'll finally feel your entire abs, possibly for the first time, including your side obliques, upper abs and those really hard to train deep lower abs."
Dr. Bach MacCloud's mission has been "empowering people in overcoming health challenges to free them from healh-imposed limitations and achieve their goals for a healthy, successful life." Dr. MacCloud holds numerous specialty and subspecialty designations and honors. He has founded several successful multi-disciplinary wellness and medical centers, with a focus on Nutrition, Regeneration, Anti-Aging, Bio-Oxidative, Non-surgical Orthopedics (Musculoskeletal), Weight Management, Rehabilitative, Integrative and Performance Enhancement Medicine).
Dr. MacCloud was paralyzed following a major near-fatal mishap. He overcame his challenges and re-learned how to breath, talk, walk, and regained 60 lbs. of lean body mass. Dr. MacCloud has re-invented himself, and directs his efforts toward developing products and services that have a positive health impact upon his clients. His most recent endeavor (in addition to being Chief Medical Officer of Eco-Systems Partners), is Body Symphony Rx, LLC, a company devoted to furthering his life mission by "Making great-tasting, healthy foods disguised as treats". His resume of professional accomplishments regarding clinical practice as a physician, wellness training, nutrition and naturopathy, and performance enhancement is exhaustive.
Dr. MacCloud's academic acheivements include:
Herbert Cables, BSc, NAFC, ACSM, NASM, ISSA
Herbert Cables is the owner of “Equation Transformation Systems.” and a Director of Personal Training for the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). Herb brings a multidisciplinary approach to the industry, having coached, trained and instructed for over 20 years in the fields of health, wellness and fitness, and competitive athletics. Herb Cables career highlights include:
Mr. Cables has facilitated Life Time Fitness Personal Training programs, managing the PT LEVELS compliance within region, to ensure that Personal Trainers enroll in continuing education classes when necessary. Herb ensures Personal Trainers have continuous professional growth and development and that the Personal Training Team continues to provide services that offer members programs for maximizing workout efficiency, fitness, stamina, overall enjoyment of their fitness experience and sense of well-being.
United States Diving (USD) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) affiliated springboard diving team and developmental training program. Teaching fundamentals of springboard diving to beginners (ages 5 and up) through collegiate level divers, and beyond.
Herb has been coaching diving since 1989, beginning at the Hopkins Prep School in New Haven, CT (6 years), undefeated New England Diving Coach (1992-1995); Bunnell HS (1990-1995); Then to Georgia, as diving coach at Collins Hill HS (2000-2004), won 2 State Championships; then piloted the Greater Atlanta Christian School diving program (2005-2008).
The difference in the divers Herb produced was always level of conditioning. The attention to strength and conditioning of his athletes always kept them "ahead of the curve" when constrictions were made in different counties public pool situations.
Honors & Awards:
Mr. Georgia 2005, SNBF
Mr. Atlantic 2005, NPC
Who's Who of Entrepreneurs 1999 - 2003
Author of "The Fat Inferno Guidebook to Weight Loss"
Rear Admiral, Dr. William James McDaniel, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, attended college on a full wrestling scholarship and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology in 1964 from Oklahoma State University. In 1968 he received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Oklahoma, School of Medicine.
His subsequent duty assignments include Flight Surgeon at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California; Marine Corps Air Station, Futema, Okinawa; aboard USS TRIPOLI (LPH-10) off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam; and Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington.
RADM McDaniel had a series of assignments which included Chief, Department of Orthopedics, Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain; Acting Commanding Officer and Director of Clinical Services, Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain.
Rear Admiral McDaniel assumed command of Naval Hospital Charleston, South Carolina on 27 July 1988, where he was selected as Rear Admiral in November 1989. In June 1990, he became U.S. Pacific Command Surgeon, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
RADM McDaniel's other activities include Navy Wrestling Champion, Interservice Wrestling Champion, and World Silver Medalist in CISM Games, Rome, Italy in 1974. He has been the National Team Physician for Track and Field World Championship, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 1976; and Team Physician, World Championship Basketball in Teheran, Iran in 1977; World University Games, Bucharest, Romania in 1981; and for the U.S. Boxing Team, LaPaz, Bolivia in 1982. Rear Admiral McDaniel was also a U.S. Olympic Team physician for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
Rear Admiral McDaniel's military awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit (two awards); Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal (two awards); Humanitarian Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Vietnam Service Medal (with 2 battle stars) and Fleet Marine Force device.
Frank Torres, M.D., specializes in cardiology and brings comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience with heart health to NAFC's Advisory Board. He has been principle member of Bellevue Cardiology at Cascade Medical Center and Issaquah Cardiology at Medical Center of Issaquah. Currently he is engaged in his own Cardiology Specialty practice in Albuquerque New Mexico. Dr. Torres earned his Medical Degree at the University of California in 1983, with internship and residency in 1984. He was awarded fellowships at: Stanford Medical Center, University of California and Harvard Medical School.
His professional activities and awards also include:
Dr. Torres is certified: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine 1986, and American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases 1989.
Dr. Torres specialty interests include: Stress Testing, Heart Catheterization, Balloon Angioplasty and Stents, Pacemaker Placement, Diagnostic Cardiology, Congestive Heart Failure, Peripheral Artery Diagnosis, Angioplasty and Stent Procedures.
Dr. Harris attended the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. After receiving his medical degree at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine, he completed his residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been in practice, affiliated with Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, for more than four years. Dr. Harris takes a special interest in healthy lifestyles and fitness and provides consultation regarding a wide variety of health related matters for the NAFC.
Stephen Burns, M.D., attended Florida Presbyterian College, later completing medical school and residency at the University of South Florida. Dr. Burns is a board-certified pediatrician specializing in Asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Aspergers Syndrome. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Oregon Pediatric Society and the North Pacific Pediatric Society. Married with two children, Dr. Burns' personal interests include hunting, snowboarding and umpiring baseball games. He is also a member of the Newport Softball and Baseball Association.
Dr. Burns has been in practice for 24 years, affiliated with Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.
Dr. McKenzie is a naturopathic physician in private practice at and clinic director of Balancing Health Integrative Medicine in the Seattle area. A graduate of Bastyr University, she works alongside other holistic practitioners providing primary care and holistic family medicine with an emphasis on the integration between conventional and complimentary care.
She specializes in women's health and sexual medicine. Dr. McKenzie has been working in the area of healthcare and sexuality for 17 years. She is an Active Physician Member of the National Association of Naturopathic Medicine, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and is a nationally certified Sex Counselor through the American Association of Sex Educations and Therapists.
Pete Terlaak, CPC, is a graduate of The Academy for Coach Training, accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). With over 25 years of professional, life coaching experience, his clientele ranging from those just beginning on their career paths, to those in the midst of occupational transition deciding to embark on entirely new directions in their lives. Guided and known by the motto "Coach for Freedom," Mr. Terlaak focuses on facilitating a sense of freedom that emerges from responsible choices for change, and the new opportunities and possibilities that follow.
Mr. Terlaak follows the life coaching principles of respect, accountability, integrity and a belief in the human potential. His work helps set short- and long-term goals to help clients become clear about how to get from where they are now to where they want to be. The goal of clarity is followed by a plan to take action.
"My purpose as a Professional Coach is to guide you to the keys that define what freedom in your life means. Through our alliance, we will develop an action plan to get you there."
"Making a contribution and living life with passion is the most important and best decision that you will ever make. Because you are willing to move forward, you will make the difference between simply existing and savoring every moment of your life.
-Pete Terlaak, www.coachforfreedom.com
D. Michael Johnston is a self-employed statistician, math tutor and consultant. Originally from Northern California, Mr. Johnston spent 5 years in the United States Army, including 2 years studying at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY before returning to active duty before exiting the Military Service in 2012.
He currently is engaged as a technician in the calibration industry and studies Applied Mathematics at SUNY Empire State College and will graduate in 2014 with his B.S. Michael enjoys the challenge of projects involving statistical measures and metrics as applied to the construction of definitive measurement instruments. Along with his schooling and employment Mr. Johnston is a freelance consultant to keep his mind active and stimulated.
Daniel Levy M.D., graduated from of the University of Washington then moved to New York City where he completed his graduate medical education and residency in dermatology. Daniel’s training also included a year of general and trauma surgery at University of Southern California in Santa Barbara, a wound healing fellowship at University of Miami clinical fellowship at Duke University.
With experience at the country's top-tier institutions, Daniel brings with him a cutting-edge approach to cosmetic dermatology as well as an enthusiasm for wellness. Daniel is in his element at PRO Sports Club where he enjoys many indoor and outdoor sports including basketball, tennis, and racquetball.
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