B.S. Cyber Security
Department of the Navy Command Fitness Leader
Les Mills GRIT Instructor
Cardio Kickboxing, Judo Blackbelt (Japanese Kodokan), Brazilian Ju Jitsu (Blue Belt), Muay Thai (Thailand & Japan)
Degree(s): BS – Food Science and Nutrition
Certifications: GYROTONIC® Trainer, GYROKINESIS® Trainer
She enjoys working with: all individuals, especially those with chronic pain and mobility issues.
Interests: Cooking, reading, walking, biking and anything active!
Degree(s): BS – Anthropology and Sociology
Certifications: Peak Pilates Certified in Mat and Equipment
She enjoys working with: Any person that is looking to improve their quality of life with the Pilates method, from beginners to people with injuries and other specific needs.
Interests: I enjoy time with family and friends, reading, gardening, any type of exercise/body movement, and being outdoors.
University of St. Thomas – B.S. Exercise Science
Jacob’s fitness goals focus on maintaining a balanced body, highlighting mobility, flexibility and strength training, as well as a healthy mind which promotes a positive attitude and a creative lifestyle. He always loves to challenge himself and is motivated to achieve his personal fitness goals which benefit his athletic lifestyle. Jacob has experience working with children and adults with special needs, which has taught him how to create specific and specialized plans that help his clients achieve their goals to their highest capacity.
Jacob is from Rochester, Minnesota and has a background in hockey and baseball. He now lives in Minneapolis, where he continues to follow all sports, especially those with teams from the great state of Minnesota. In his free time, you can catch Jacob hanging out with friends, watching sports, working out, or at the lake fishing in the summer and skating on the frozen lake in the winter.
Ray has a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the American College of Chinese Medicine in California. She is also a licensed massage therapist with training in Shiatsu, Tui Na, and Deep Tissue massage.
In addition, Ray is a certified practitioner of Medical Qigong therapy. Her acupuncture and bodywork practice emphasizes musculoskeletal injury recovery as well as emotional hormonal balance and her doctoral study and research focused on Chinese Medicine for cancer care.
Specialty: Massage Acupuncture Combined (MAc)
Alena Munger received her estheticians training at the European School of Esthetics in Huntsville, AL in 2004. She is a licensed and certified medical/clinical esthetician with a MN Advanced Practice Esthetician Operator License. She also has several advanced certifications, including: Dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, etc.
Master’s in Acupuncture – Northwestern Health Sciences University
Sister Rosalind Gefre Professional School of Massage
Licensed Acupuncturist and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Reflexology
Affiliations: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Training/Advanced Training: Swedish, Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy and Reflexology
Specialty: Massage Acupuncture Combined (MAc) and Reflexology
Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Body Work
Affiliations: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
Training/Advanced Training: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Trigger Point, Lymph Drainage, and Pregnancy massage
Specialty: Myofascial Release (MFR) Unwinding.
B.S. Exercise Science St. Olaf College
M.S. Exercise Physiology College of St. Scholastica
CEAS-1 Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist
CPR & AED (AHA)
FMS Level 1 – Functional Movement Systems
As an Exercise Specialist, Dustin helps provide programming in the areas of functional movement, Olympic and Power lifting, as well as Rehab based experience in the Physical Therapy field. He also provides services in personal training, semi-private training, and large group training. Basically, he has his hand in all varieties of strength and conditioning.
Dustin’s previous experience includes: Head Coach and Trainer at Functional Fitness; Injury Prevention Specialist with TIPS; as well as more than 10 years of experience in a gym setting. With experience in aerobic and anaerobic power assessments, Dustin also provides programming experience in small and large group training. Dustin holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Originally from Redwood Falls, Dustin currently lives in Minneapolis.
Dustin spends his free time golfing whenever possible, Power lifting, training for Grandmas Half-Marathon, bowling, spending time with friends, and keeping up with his education in the exercise science field. Dustin encourages being awesome by moving in general and promoting a healthy diet. In addition, make sure to ask him how to do two claps and a Ric Flair!
B.S. in Physical Education, Winona State University, 1981
ACE certified personal trainer
CPR/1st Aid certified
Jill has been a fitness enthusiast for 36 years with a strong emphasis in aquatics and hydrotherapy as well as land group fitness classes. In the past, she had the opportunity to work with the Arthritis Foundation at various fitness centers locally. As an aquatics instructor, she enjoys getting to know the participants and their individual needs around water exercise. She continues to be amazed when someone comes up to her and shares their story of how much exercising in the water has benefitted their quality of life.
Jill’s leads an active lifestyle by bicycling, doing yoga, downhill skiing, walking outside with friends and neighbors and engaging in strength training. She spends most of the summer gardening and landscaping. She travels through the states visiting family and friends in the spring and summer. She also enjoys woodworking and interior design. Her hometown is Northfield, MN.
Kari Oxford started her fitness career as a Fitness Instructor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1990. While pursuing a degree in Biology with a minor in Exercise Science, she taught aerobic conditioning, step aerobics, weight training for women and stretching classes for administrative staff. After college, she worked for The Institute for Chiropractic Rehabilitation under Dr. Cooper as an Exercise Coordinator where she gained knowledge on correcting posture, improving ergonomics in the work place and injury rehabilitation. Kari left the fitness world in 1997 to pursue a career in business and then devoted full time to her family: three children and husband David.
In 2005, after a difficult recovery from the Cesarean birth of her third child, Kari was introduced to GYROTONIC®. The gentle, therapeutic core work helped her recover her core strength and become a GYROTONIC® devotee. As the children grew, Kari was eager to work in fitness again and completed her education in GYROTONIC® in 2007, training under Wendy Anderson and Juergen Bamberger. Kari holds a Foundation Teacher Certificate through GYROTONIC® International. She has taught privately to clients out of Lonna Mosow’s Center for Mind Body studio for the last 10 years.
Kari’s qualifications include Life Power Yoga Teacher 200 HR Certification, Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Certification and a Personal Trainer Certification through the American Council on Exercise and Red Cross CPR. Kari has taught the Blake 8th Grade Wellness Yoga Unit since 2011 and enjoys working with all ages and abilities.
An avid road cyclist and former mountain bike racer, Kari enjoys numerous outdoor hobbies with her family and friends, including 7 years with The MS Tram “Ride Across MN,” horseback riding, weight training, kayaking, hiking, golf, playing ice hockey with her kids, skiing, photography, hunting and fishing.
Katie graduated from Mankato State University in 1986 with a BS in Mass Communications with a minor in Speech Communications.
ACE Group Fitness Certified
Body Pump Certified
Keiser Indoor Cycling
Katie is always interested in learning the newest fitness trends. Interested in creating and teaching dance to those who find the same joy in it that she does.
Senait is a highly talented stylist who loves to work on all types of hair. She started her hair design experience in Paris, France where she trained and worked in European hair styling/design. Senait came to the US from Paris to continue training for her passion of working in the beauty industry. She graduated from Regency Institute in Minnetonka. Senait uses her listening skills and styling experience to make every client feel good about how they look with a unique style of their own.
Licensed Massage Therapist—Minneapolis School of Massage
Member of the American Massage Therapy Association
Advanced training in Swedish, Craniosacral, Neuromuscular, Shiatsu, Sports, Trigger Point and Scalp massages.
BA-University of South Florida
Certified Massage Therapist-Center Point Massage and Shiatsu School
Certified Healing Touch Practitioner
Certified Sports Massage Therapist, AMTA
Member of AMTA, HTI and HTP
Advanced Training in Neuromuscular, Sports, Trigger Point Therapy, Pregnancy, Swedish and Healing Touch
CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu School, 4-year Healing Science Degree – Barbara Brennan School of Healing
Advanced training in Craniosacral, Esalen, Acupressure, Neuromuscular, Pregnancy, Shiatsu, Swedish, Trigger Point, Scalp massages and Healing Touch.
Massage Therapist – Sister Rosalind School of Professional Massage
Certified Orthopedic Massage and Pain Management – Practitioner Center for Pain Management
Advanced training in Sports, Swedish, Trigger Point and Pregnancy massages.
Teacher training with William Prottengeier for 4 years
A 100 hour anatomy teacher training with Julie Gudmestad
I love teaching yoga and conveying the benefits of yoga to my students, from the physical to the mental mindful practices that can enhance the quality of their lives. This is a life long endeavor. One I have truly enjoyed.
CenterPoint Massage School of Massage and Shiatsu, 2006
American Massage Therapy Association
Advanced training in Myofascial, Neuromuscular, Cranio-sacral, Sports, Trigger Point, Zen Shiatsu, Watsu, Healing Dance, Aquatic Integration
Certified Massage Therapist, 2006
Certified Shiatsu Practitioner, 2009
Certified Aquatic Integration Practitioner, 2010
Heidi values the merging of eastern and western therapeutic modalities and is interested in mind/body connection with her clients. Because of a dance background, she considers her bodywork sessions more flowing, but can also customize her work to address specific deep tissue conditions. She sees the body as an integrated system and utilizes all of her specialties to create the healing experience. In her free time, Heidi enjoys dancing and an on-going yoga practice. She also loves travel, hiking outdoors in nature, and regularly supports the local arts. She is committed to eating organically and likes to spend quality time with family and friends.
Body Pump Instructor
BA in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance from the University of MN Twin Cities
Group Exercise certification through NETA. Personal Trainer certification through NETA. Currently enrolled in the 230 RYT training at The Minneapolis Yoga Center.
M.A. in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University
B.A. in Media Communications from University of Pittsburgh
230-hour Yoga Teacher Training, Minneapolis Yoga Center
200-hour RYT, Yoga Alliance
Inspired by: Bike rides with lots of hills ~ Colorado skiing ~ Sunday-afternoon naps in the hammock ~ Long, barefoot walks on the beach ~ The human body ~ Heirloom tomatoes ~ Hermione Granger ~ Susan B. Anthony ~ Courage ~ Forgiveness ~ Compassion ~ Speaking up ~ Urdhva Dhanurasana ~ Savasana
Philosophy: Yoga is intended to be joyful, uplifting and life-enhancing. Everyone can do yoga, and everyone should — especially those who say, “I’m too stiff for yoga.” (Similar to saying, “I’m too hungry for eating.”) My classes are designed to honor each student’s unique set of attributes and abilities, while also challenging him or her to evolve, to feel, to connect.
230-hour RYT ~ 11 years of yoga teaching experience ~ Studied with Matt Sanford, Momi Jhung, Dec Barry, Desiree Rumbaugh, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Gary Kraftsow, Mukunda Stiles, and many more ~ M.A. in Professional Writing ~ B.A. Media Communications ~ food writer ~ marketing and communications pro ~ mom.
Graduate of MSUM in Moorhead with a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications and minor in Business Management, Graduate of Herzing College with Associates in applied science for Dental Assisting
National YMCA Group Exercise
Body Pump Certified
willPower and Grace Certified
I have been in group fitness for over half my life and I love every minute of it. It is my privilege to be able to lead members in group exercise. I believe passionately that there is some type of exercise for all walks of life and it is my job as a group fitness instructor to help others find that exercise and enjoy it! I take the gift of movement seriously and want to encourage others to do the same.
Rachel earned her B.A. in International Affairs at the American University in Paris, France and The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She earned her J.D. at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota and has enjoyed practicing law as a partner at two major Twin Cities law firms, and currently at a law firm where she advises businesses and their management teams in industries including health & wellness, medical technology, software, sustainable products, and natural foods.
Aerobics With Soul® – Rachel is trained by the creator, Maria Nhambu, of this inspiring fitness program, which combines the best of structured aerobic workouts with the creativity of African dance and joyful rhythms that engage body, mind and soul. Rachel is certified to teach a rich variety of 16+ classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Rachel has enjoyed teaching with Maria Nhambu at the internationally acclaimed health + wellness spa, Rancho La Puerta in Baja, Mexico for a week each year since 2003.
BollyX® – Rachel is trained by founder Shahil Patel to teach BollyX®, a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with music from around the world.
Willpower & Grace®– Rachel is trained by founder Stacy Lei Krauss to teach The willPower Method® Phase II, she is also certified to teach willPower & Grace Phase I and willpower Barre.
Rachel is an enthusiastic health and fitness leader who loves inspiring people to enjoy exercising body, mind and spirit. She has over 20 years of experience teaching mind-body fitness classes in numerous Twin Cities locations and is passionate about sharing the joy and healing power of dance and exercise. Rachel loves yoga, hiking, canoeing, bicycling, skiing, sailing, star-gazing, dancing, world music, travel, tea and enjoying life with family and friends.
Liz graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, BS in communications and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies
IDEA Group Fitness,
NASM Personal Training
Kripalu Yoga 200 Hour
Yoga Therapy 300 Hour
Nia White Belt
Aqua Kriya Yoga
Resiliency Training 9 month program with Henry Emmons
MBSR – Meditation as Medicine and study with Janice Marturano
BodyPump certified, willPower in Grace, Barre, Bolly X
Liz is passionate about moving the body 3 dimensionally whether dancing, teaching yoga or gently moving into wellness. Liz also loves to share the power and passion of mindfulness in the practice of meditation. She believes in whole body health starting with the breath and moving into the love for one’s whole self-experiencing life. Never stop moving and being in the now
University of Minnesota, MBA in Journalism
Have had the privilege of teaching CardioBounce for over 25 years and don’t anticipate any time soon to stop bouncing! I love the community that develops in Group Fitness classes. It is an honor to see the hearts, minds, and bodies of participants change as they embrace health and fitness.
B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota
Ryan has been an Exercise Specialist here at The Marsh for over 10 years. He believes in the mind body approach to achieve a balanced lifestyle. From injury prevention to weight loss goals, Ryan has a wide range of progressive programs he utilizes with his clients. Ryan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Kinesiology and also specializes in proper gait training and biomechanics of the human body. While at Minnesota, Ryan was an All-American runner for the Golden Gophers and has been a Cross-Country and Track coach at Eden Prairie High School since 2005 where he has coached numerous state champions. Besides running and being a coach, Ryan enjoys being active and enjoying the outdoors. When he is not at The Marsh you can find him hiking, fishing, and being the very best “daddy” to his 2 year old daughter.
Ryan also leads the Aqua Jogging program here at The Marsh and teaches the high intensity class Marsh X.
B.S. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Indoor Cycling Instructor (NETA)
Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor (KBC)
Aquatic Exercise Professional (AEA)
Jennifer specializes in working with people after they have suffered a heart attack or have had any sort of cardiovascular intervention. She is also good with people who are either new to exercise or are looking to do more functional training. She believes in setting goals with clients, whether they want to improve their daily activities, lose weight or any other goals a person may have. She also has experience with personal training and teaching classes in the pool. Outside of personal training she enjoys teaching indoor cycling and our higher intensity classes. Outside of work she enjoys lifting, running and all sports.
B.S. Physical Education
Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM)
Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor (KBC)
Stages Cycling Instructor
Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
USMS Level 1 and 2 Swim Coach
USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Instructor
Aquatics Exercise AssociationInstructor (AEA)
Diane has over 25 years of experience as an Exercise Specialist and Water Safety Instructor. She enjoys people of all ages and abilities but prefers working with older adults in a fitness setting. She specializes in land and aquatic training and has been teaching children’s swimming lessons for over two decades. She enjoys swimming, xc skiing, yoga, and biking during her free time.
2018 Trainer of the Year, Excelsior, MN
University of Minnesota- Kinesiology: Exercise Science B.S.
NETA Personal Trainer
NETA Group Fitness, Indoor Cycling
AADP Holistic Health Coach
YogaFit Yoga Certification
American Heart Association CPR/AED
Brenda’s passion for living optimally and wanting to help others who want the same is the reason she started fitness coaching. Teaching about the important benefits of exercise and healthy habits is a natural extension of her desire to help others. As a result of her personal efforts, 20+ years of experience in the fitness and wellness industry, and her education she feels that she is at her best and excited to help others reach their goals.
She loves working with motivated individuals who want a well-rounded, sustainable and practical approach to good health. Therefore she builds a strong and healthy wellness foundation using a holistic approach in her teaching and coaching. She loves to encourage her clients to go safely beyond boundaries to uncover hidden strength and potential that will take them to the next level. Her goal for every workout is that you leave feeling challenged and successful!
Some fun facts about Brenda: She is a native Minnesotan who loves the seasons and enjoys local restaurants and shopping, and a variety of events from sports to the arts. Her favorite hobby is cooking. She likes making all kinds of recipes and enjoys finding creative ways to make meals as healthy as possible. When vacationing, Brenda likes to plan trips that involve both relaxation and activity. Her two most memorable experiences were traveling to Casperia, Italy, for a yoga retreat and hiking to the top of Mt. Yale in Colorado.
B.S University of Minnesota
AEA – Aquatic Exercise Association, ACE – American Council on Exercise, NCTMB – National Certification in Therapeutic massage and body work, TaijiFit
In the industry: Big 10 Full scholarship for Track and Field, Div III Assistant Track Coach, current Varsity Track and Field coach, Junior Olympic volleyball coach.
At The Marsh: 30 years at the Marsh teaching yoga, tai chi, cycle, cardio bounce, lap pool and therapy pool classes
I enjoy my Marsh family immensely , the staff and members. It is a joy to work here and I want to make your classes fun and impactful. A special thanks to all of our class participants who join us in group fitness classes, I’m always so happy to see you!
B.A. in Sociology/Social Work, College of Wooster, OH
M.Ed. in Recreation Administration, Springfield College, MA
M.Ed. in Therapeutic Recreation, University of Minnesota
Training in Cranio-sacral, Acupressure, Reiki, Healing Dance, Lifeguard/WSI background
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, CTRS
Certified Watsu and Aquatic Integration Practitioner
Certified Shiatsu Massage Practitioner
CPR/1st Aid certified
Mary has been working as a manager, instructor and practitioner in the field of Aquatics since 1987. She has 10 years of experience in Pool Management and prefers working within the modality of warm water therapy. With 18 years of experience as an aquatics specialist at the Courage Center in Golden Valley, she is now building a comprehensive aquatic therapy/wellness program at The Marsh. Her work in the water and on the table provides a safe environment for those addressing chronic pain conditions and regulating the nervous system as a result of trauma. Mary loves the outdoors, vigorous exercise, and sharing with like-minded friends who value the beauty of nature and healthy lifestyles. She enjoys spending time with family in all parts of the country including her sisters’ lake homes in western New York.
BA (St Cloud University) MBA (St Thomas University); 500 HR Yoga Certification – Spirit of the Lake Yoga.
Certifications: 500 HR RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher); Also certified in Meditation; Aqua, Somatic, Restorative & Yin Yoga.
In the industry: Teaching Yin, Beginning & Restorative Yoga for over four years in several studios. Somatic yoga over two years. Aqua Yoga over three years.
At The Marsh: Aqua, Gentle & Restorative Yoga.
Judy specializes in mindfulness integrating gentle movement with breath and meditation. She retired from a long successful business career, and is now dedicating her time and energy to continued learning. Her goal is to continue to share that knowing and learning with others in group class and private settings.
B.S. Business Administration, Hastings College, Hastings, NB
Training in Ai Chi, Qi Gong, 24 form Tai Chi, Aquatic Shiatsu Yoga, Aqua Yoga, past ACE certification (2008), Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
Certified Aquatics Instructor through AEA
Specializations and Interests:
Dianna has been working as a water fitness instructor for 10 years. She has also been working as a studio instructor teaching Qi Gong and Tai Chi for 7 years. She has been working as a guest services representative for 9 years working with front desk activities including phone work, class check-in, and hotel reservation responsibilities. She has also been working more recently as Manager on Duty for The Marsh on weekends. Dianna loves being outside, getting together with friends and spending lots of time with her daughters and 3 grand-daughters.
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
4th Degree Black Belt Certified Instructor
Numerous ATA titles
Group Fitness Certifications in Aerobics, Gentle Yoga, Stretch Class, Yogalaties, Jump Rope, TRX, Kettlebells, Kickboxing, boxing, Taekwondo, Bosu, Cycle, Body Pump, Step, Cardio Bounce, Marsh X, CPR and AED.
Candy has been with The Marsh for 28+ years. Candy’s tenure in the fitness industry has earned her on of the most sought after Exercise Specialists at The Marsh. She loves working with all age ranges- from children learning karate to seniors working through rehabilitation. Candy likes to keep all training fresh and incorporates all the different equipment, classes and programs into her sessions and utilizes the inside and outside areas of The Marsh. Clients learn how to use many aspects of the fitness center and enjoy the beautiful outdoors surrounding The Marsh. When not at The Marsh, you can find Candy enjoying her grandchildren.
BS in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica
MS in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica
USAW: Level One Olympic Lifting Coach
Level One Kettlebell Concepts Coach
As Director of Health and Fitness, Evan develops new programs with the Marsh Programming team and leads our Exercise Specialists and trainers. He also continues to serve as a personal trainer to Marsh members, assuring that they have a comprehensive orientation to Training Center programs. Evan provides cardiovascular assessments and metabolic testing and is a certified Level 1 Kettlebell Coach and Level 1 Olympic Lifting Coach.
Evan’s previous experience includes: Metabolic Specialist at Optum Health Performance; Personal Training Director at LA Fitness; Strength Coach, Wayzata High School; and Support Professional for Residential Services where he assisted clients with mental illness or traumatic brain injury to ensure quality of life and independent living. He brings deep experience in aerobic testing, anaerobic power assessments, cardiovascular assessments, metabolic testing and exercise prescription development. Evan holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastic in Duluth, MN. A native of Superior, Wisconsin, Evan currently lives in Edina.
Evan enjoys spending his free time outdoors, whether it be while on a bike saddle or in a duck blind. He spends most weekends in motion, on one of his XX bikes, in a park with kettlebells, or in the woods up north. He has competed in powerlifting and enjoys pushing his body in new and different ways. He is currently exploring all the benefits of incorporating more Olympic movements into his training. Evan believes whole-heartedly in promoting a well-rounded lifestyle and incorporating movement whenever possible into our often sedentary lifestyles.
In addition to anything exercise related, if you ask him about hunting dogs, the Green Bay Packers or the many components of a bicycle you’ll really get him talking!
Polestar/Pilates Certified in Mat Work and Equipment
CPR & First Aid
Carol has been with The Marsh since the beginning! She has been a Pilates instructor since 1983. Carol leads our Pilates Department at The Marsh.