2021 Medical Fitness Facility & Professionals of the Year Awards

These awards celebrate and honor the best and the brightest in medical fitness center management. Awards, in a variety of categories, identify those organizations, facilities, programs and individuals that are deserving of recognition for their achievements.

Awards were presented during the 2021 MFA Annual Conference Awards Ceremony in San Antonio.
To nominate a person or organization for our 2022 awards, please click here.

Hank Boerner Pioneer Award

Kevin McHugh, COO at The Atlantic Club

Marla Richmond Memorial Education Award

Dr. Jeannie Hannan, Associate Professor/Health Promotion Program Director at Nebraska Methodist College

Individual Professional of the Year

Paige Jones, Manager at the Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center

Industry Partner of the Year

Cooper Wellness Strategies

Strategic Partner of the Year

American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA)

Certified Facility of the Year Award

Presented to Piedmont Atlanta Hospital Fitness Center in GA

Program Innovation Awards

First Place

“Virtual Group Exercise Program” – UNC Wellness Centers, NC

Second Place

“Cancer Wellness Program” – TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion, OH

Medical Fitness Week Winners

Medical Fitness Week is an annual event for MFA fitness facility members to engage with their members in fun competitions: Walk 10K and MOVE150. For more information about Medical Fitness Week, click here.

The 2021 Walking 10K Winners

Total Number of Steps: 10,329.318

Owensboro Health Healthpark in Owensboro, KY

Highest Average Number of Steps: 96,276

UNC Wellness Centers – Cary in Cary, NC

The 2021 MOVE150 Winners

Total Number of Moves: 165,650

GEHA Thrive Studio – Premise Health in Kansas City, MO

Highest Average Moves: 443

GEHA Thrive Studio – Premise Health in Kansas City, MO

2021 Medical Fitness Week Photo Contest Winner
GEHA Thrive Studios-Premise Health

MFA Rising Stars

The Regional Rising Star Awards program recognizes outstanding individual achievement and significant leadership within the medical fitness community. For more information, click here.

Central Region

Logan Sinnett, Instructor, Personal Trainer & Medical Integration Supervisor
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Health Center in Lake Forest, IL

South Central Region

Hali Mahaffey
UT Health East Texas Olympic Center Tyler, TX

South East

Tim Smith, Clinical Program Manager
FirstHealth Fitness – Pinehurst, NC

North East

Marlyn Damiano, Medical Integration Coordinator
Virtua William G. Rohrer Fitness Center – Voorhees, NJ


Karah Ehrhardt
Active Wellness, San Francisco, CA


Callum Jackson, Director & Personal Trainer
FitSpace in Chelsea, UK