The team at Genesis Fitness & Wellness is committed to delivering the area’s best personal fitness for seniors, youths, and everyone in between. With a number of trainers and dieticians on staff, we are Kalamazoo’s go-to provider of in-home exercise programs and personal training. From martial arts and athletic training to yoga and Pilates, our trainers have experience in a wide range of disciplines. To learn more about the members of our team, we encourage you to browse the biographies on this page.

Meet Rob

Rob began his fitness career in 1994 as a graduate of Western Michigan University. Since then, he has worked with individuals of all ages and fitness levels, from athletes to those who are disabled. His passion is to help other realize and achieve goals beyond their own expectations. This experience has given him the drive to create a program that can now come to you!

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • American Council on Exercise Senior Fitness Specialist
  • Dementia Services Group Certified Dementia Practitioner

Personal Trainer

Don is a former champion powerlifter who has over 45 years of lifting and training experience.  Don has worked with a variety of age groups, from teens to the elderly.  He enjoys focusing on a variety of different fitness goals, whether it be weight gain or loss, toning, definition, strength, power, improved balance, stability, coordination or preparing for specific sports.

  • ISSA Elite Fitness Trainer
  • ISSA Nutrition Specialist
  • ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Personal Trainer

Molly is a Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, she has been helping people become healthier and stronger for 9 years. She has experience working with people of all ages and fitness levels and enjoys educating others about the importance of functional strength, injury prevention, and biomechanics through not only strength disciplines, but also Pilates and yoga principles.

  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Peak Pilates Trainer
  • Tivity Senior Fitness
  • Zumba Instructor
  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certified
James

Personal Trainer

James has worked with individuals ranging from stroke survivors to division one collegiate athletes.  Regardless of the client, James is driven to help them reach their potential.  His background in athletic training is the perfect combination when addressing injuries, working around them and creating an approach to wellness that will keep his clients motivated and confident with their program.

  • Bachelor of Athletic Training
  • BOC Certified Athletic Trainer

Personal Trainer

Sports are what started Kara’s love for fitness! High school and collegiate athletics are what made her realize the importance of strength training and healthy eating habits.

Her wealth of knowledge grew when she became a parent and began navigating the importance of a balanced lifestyle. 

A year long recovery from a running injury is what “sealed the deal on fitness as a career”. 

Kara has a passion for helping and encouraging her clients on their fitness journey.  It’s never too late to start something new!

  • Bachelor of Science, Western Michigan University
  • American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer

Jillian started her career as a certified personal trainer in 2007. In her spare time she enjoys running, home decorating, and woodworking. Her passion for fitness and wellness began in 2004, when she discovered her love for running. Since then, she has participated in many half marathons and placed in countless 5k races. She has helped many of her peers to achieve their own fitness goals along the way. She found participating in their lifestyle changes to be so rewarding, that she knew she must build a career out of it to reach more people who are eager to better their lives. She believes that establishing a lifestyle with healthy motivation, wholesome eating habits, and a good variety of consistent and well-directed exercise, everyone can achieve their goals and become the very best versions of themselves.

  • American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer

Justin has studied fitness, yoga and holistic health for over 27 years. He earned his personal training certification in 2007.  He has been a
personal trainer since that time, working with all age groups and fitness levels, but often focusing on the senior population.  His
passion is integrated health for the whole person, helping people reach their goals and beyond.

  • American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer

Mike is an advocate of movement and aspires to help people of all ages and abilities be active and live healthy lifestyles.  He has worked with a variety of people, from younger children to seniors, athletes and many who just seek more fitness as a part of their lives.  He believes it’s never too early or too late to start working toward your goals.  When he’s not training, he enjoys the beach, riding his bike, hiking and live music.

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer

Nicole graduated from WMU with a degree in Occupational Therapy and Spanish.  She ran track for two years at the collegiate level and has always  had an interest in physical fitness and helping others reach their fitness goals.  She enjoys working with people of all ages and
abilities but has a special interest in helping to promote independent living and safety for our aging population.

Dietician

Theresa’s passion is nutrition and thrives off helping people feel empowered by their eating choices.  She grew up just outside Detroit and attended Michigan State University for undergrad and earned a Masters in Nutrition form University of Illinois-Chicago.  She has lived in Kalamazoo and worked at Three Rivers Health for the past 6 years.  She loves to teach people how to set and achieve their nutrition goals and is grateful for the opportunity to help those in our community.