I have worked in fitness for years but have been a participant for a lifetime. I am certified in Group Exercise, Personal Training, Pilates, Cycling and Water Aerobics. Most of all I am a group exercise leader. I feed on the energy of the group and recognize that many exercisers are motivated by group dynamics, accountability and socializing. My classes emphasize this group consciousness.
I am passionate about using natural approaches to health and wellness, including exercise and lifestyle changes such as diet, daily routine, sleep, and even often overlooked things like essential oil routines. I love helping people explore ways to avoid unnecessary medications and invasive interventions, so pursuing my Personal Trainer certification and learning from the skilled professionals at AFFPT is a real gift. I was born and raised in Asheville, and love hiking with my husband and two dogs, Zuki and Jaxen.
Lead Swim Instructor
Hi! I’m Suzanne. I grew up on the west coast of Florida where I swam competitively and for recreation. I’ve worked with youth both outdoors and in the water for over 15 years. I am a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor trained to teach youth, adults and those with special needs how to swim. I enjoy all outdoor activities, but spend most of my time in the garden, hiking or on the river. Every once in a while I can still be found on a boat in Florida fishing, lobstering, or snorkeling.
Katy Jo has been successfully working with kids in the water for the past 10 years. KJ meets them where they are and approaches them from a place of respect and playfulness. Through play, singing & gentle encouragement KJ gently guides swimmers to learn how to surrender to & trust the water. In this process students will discover how to engage with the water in a supportive way, accessing their bodies’ innate wisdom.