FCEA Experts

Amy Ashmore Ph.D.

FCEA Founding Member

Amy Ashmore holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Exercise & Sports Sciences from Florida State University. She has over 30 years of sports & fitness industry and academic leadership experience. Amy is the author of dozens of articles, blogs, and continuing education programs. She is the former Program Director for Sports Sciences and Management at the American Military University (AMU). Prior to managing the AMU program, Amy was a Professor with American Public University System, University of Tampa, and College of Southern Nevada. She lives in Las Vegas, NV with her son, Aiden, and their dog, Jimbug.

Author of: Programming for Strength Gains / Cardiovascular Training for Clients Who Have Obesity.

Robyn Caruso, B.A., CHES, smes, cpt

FCEA Founding Member

Robyn Caruso is the Founder of The Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™ and Uniquely U Wellness Center™. Robyn received her Bachelor’s Degree from Rowan University in Health Promotion and Fitness Management. She is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer and group fitness instructor, a Certified Health Education Specialist by NCHEC, Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, a Compassion Fatigue Resiliency and Recovery Educator, and a Veggiecator for children.

Author of: Holistic Stress Management Specialist ™ Course for Group Fitness Instructors Specialist Certificate Program / Stress Management Exercise Specialist ™ Course for Health and Fitness Professionals Specialist Certificate Program.

June Lindle-Chewning, BS, MA

FCEA Founding Member

June has been serving the fitness industry since 1978.  She taught elementary physical education for 6 years before completing her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Health Enhancement in 1985.  June served as president and owner of Health Enhancement and Fitness Services (a corporate and community wellness provider) for several years, and owned/managed Harrison Health and Fitness Center (a full service fitness facility) for 18 years.  She served as an Aquatic Exercise Association Training Specialist for 18 years, as Research Committee Chairperson, Edited the Aquatic Fitness Research Journal (a peer reviewed professional journal), and works as a certification education consultant.  She is recipient of the Aquatic Exercise Association 1995 Achievement Award and 2 time recipient of the Contribution to the Aquatic Fitness Industry Global Award.  June currently serves as adjunct Faculty at Cincinnati State College and has developed curriculum and taught several courses for their Health Fitness Technician degree program.  She is owner of Fitness Learning Systems, an educational company developing and providing continuing education for the health-fitness industry.

Author of: Applied Anatomy: Land & Water / Health Apparisal & Risk Assessment / Basic Measurement & Body Composition Assessment A Simple Study of Exercise & Caloric Consumption / Aquatic Personal Training Programming / WW: Upper Torso and Core.
Co-Author of: Introduction to Aquatic Personal Training / Kinesiology.

Sheri Colberg Ph.D., FACSM

FCEA Founding Member

Sheri Colberg, PhD, FACSM, is an author, lecturer, consultant, and professor emerita of exercise science at Old Dominion University and a former adjunct professor of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Having earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, she has specialized in research on diabetes and exercise and healthy lifestyles and shaped physical activity recommendations for professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine, American Diabetes Association, and American Association of Diabetes Educators. She has authored 11 books, 24 book chapters, and more than 300 articles on physical activity, diabetes, healthy lifestyles, and aging. In addition to her website, Diabetes Motion (www.diabetesmotion.com), she provides education to fitness professionals working with people with diabetes through Diabetes Motion Academy (www.dmacademy.com) and through her own website (www.shericolberg.com). She is the 2016 recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award.

Author of: Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes Specialist Certificate Program / Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes Level 1 / Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes Level 2 / Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes Level 3.

Eric Durak M.S.

Eric Durak started his journey working with special populations in the 1980s, performing research in exercise and diabetes, and in the early 90s, started one of the of initial wellness programs for cancer survivors.  His clinical work helped him develop education programs for cancer, diabetes, hypertension, worker’s compensation, and now understanding blood lab testing.  His work in special populations leads the way for personal trainers to become a viable part of our nation’s healthcare system, where exercise and nutrition are seen as the prime method of therapy for improving the health of anyone diagnosed with a medical condition.  Our blood lab course will enable trainers and coaches to understand the metabolism of how exercise affects health on a cellular level.  Reach him at www.medhealthfit.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eric.durak
Linked In:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-durak-a331944/

Author of: Blood Lab Wellness Specialist

Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sports Physio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM

Chris is the CEO of Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems(PTCS). A consulting and continuing education company, that provides evidenced based with practical application educational material in the forms of home study courses, live seminars, articles, videos, DVDs, webinars, podcasts, advanced certifications and a complete mentoring system for personal trainers, physical therapists and health professionals.

Chris holds an Advanced Master’s degree in orthopedics & sports physical therapy from the University of South Australia, a Master’s degree in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University and B.S. in Marketing from SUNY Plattsburgh. He will be pursuing a Fellowship in orthopedics and manual therapy in the near future. One unique quality is that Chris is both a practicing physical therapist and personal trainer. Chris has 18 years of strong, diverse experience in treating movement dysfunctions, 20 years experience as a personal trainer and 15 years as an experienced international presenter.

Author of: Understanding Human Movement  /  Human Movement Analysis  / Essence of Integrative Training  / Foundation of Periodization Training  / Understanding Common Movement Dysfunctions. All of these courses are part of the Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Certification created by PTCS.


Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

President and Medical Director Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., was born in Ohio and was raised in Florida. Since he founded the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) in 1993, he has been serving as its President and Medical Director. The ARPF is the original voice in the integrative or holistic medical approach to Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment, and is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease and finding a cure through research and prevention.
Dr. Khalsa graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1975, and received his postgraduate training in anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco where he was chief resident. As chief resident, he conducted highly acclaimed research on anesthesia for cardiac surgery and obstetrical anesthesiology. He is also a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Acupuncture for Physicians Program, and has studied mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Medical Institute. Dr. Khalsa is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management, and he is a diplomat of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
In 1987, Dr. Khalsa established the first holistic pain program in the Southwestern United States at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1990, he was recruited to become the founding director of the Acupuncture, Stress Medicine, and Chronic Pain Program at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine’s teaching hospital in Phoenix. In this position, he became the first director of acupuncture in an American medical school.
After founding the ARPF in 1993, he became the first physician to advocate a lifestyle approach to the prevention and treatment of memory loss, including Alzheimer’s. He is among the world’s leading authorities on integrative medicine, and has written extensively on a wide range of health and healing issues.

Author of: Medical Fitness Specialist Certificate Program Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Intervention / Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease / Exercise Prescription for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Intervention.

Andrea Leonard B.A., C.S.C.S., C.E.S., P.E.S.

FCEA Founding Member

Founder and President of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute

Andrea Leonard is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist by The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as a Personal Trainer by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and as a Special Populations Expert by The Cooper Institute. She is also a continuing education provider for AFAA, ACE, and NASM. Andrea is part of the Hedstrom Fitness/BOSU® Development team, Chairperson for the Medical Fitness Foundation Education Advisory Board, and on the advisory board for the Medical Fitness Network. Andrea is a 33 year cancer survivor and has/had nineteen first-degree relatives diagnosed with cancer. In 2015 she lost her father, Morton, to complications of bladder cancer and prostate cancer, and myelodysplastic syndrome.


Author of: Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU®Specialist Advanced Qualification / Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification / An Introduction to Cancer Exercise.

Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN

Tina is an exercise physiologist at the Purdue University Calumet Fitness Center and part-time faculty for the Fitness Management Degree program. She has been in the Fitness Industry for over 12 years as a presenter, author and instructor. In addition, she holds numerous certifications including ACSM Exercise Specialist, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and AEA Instructor. Tina is also a master trainer for the Arthritis Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter for both the land and aquatic exercise programs. She has contributed to several publications including the Concept II training manual, articles for www.Livestrong.com, Ebony and Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In her spare time, Tina enjoys teaching group fitness classes including Tai Chi and being active with her husband and two children.

Author of: Gravity vs Buoyancy / Essential Exercises for Cancer Patients and Survivors / Exercise, Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome / Healthy Heart for a Healthy Life.