Meet Tom Johnston

Say hi to Tom Johnston, the Founder of the Talent Optimizer Group based in Denver, CO. Check out Tom’s efforts to help people do the work they love to do every day and increase world happiness!

We caught up with Tom recently and here’s what he had to say!

Meet Connor McNeil

Say hi to Connor McNeil, the Assistant Director at the Riverside Wellness and Fitness Centers in Newport News and Gloucester, VA. Check out Connor’s great advice to those coming into the medical fitness industry!

We caught up with Connor recently and here’s what he had to say!

Meet Rebecca Phillips

Say hi to Rebecca Phillips, the Wellness Operations Supervisor at the Vidant Wellness Center in Greenville, NC. Check out how Rebecca brings her passion & energy in all that she does – it’s inspiring!

We caught up with Rebecca recently and here’s what she had to say!

Meet Katie Kontra

Say hi to Katie Kontra, the Fitness Manager at Mount Carmel Fitness in Lewis Center, OH. Check out Katie’s advice to find joy in all the relationships you make in this industry!

We caught up with Katie recently and here’s what she had to say!

Meet Ann Kehn

Say hi to Ann Kehn, the Aquatics Supervisor and Safety Team Member at Health & Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College. Check out how Ann is helping her community to live life better through working in the water!

We caught up with Ann recently and here’s what she had to say!

Meet Jodee McCarty

Say hi to Jodee McCarty, the Group Fitness and Aquatic Manager at The Center for Health Improvement at Hays Medical. Check out how Jodee is helping her community to grown in health and wellness!

We caught up with Jodee recently and here’s what she had to say!

Meet Ryan Glatt

Say hi to Ryan Glatt, Brain Health Coach & Fitness Instructor at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. Check out how Ryan is using “exergaming” to enhance cognition! Don’t miss his April 7th MFA webinar, Your Brain on Exercise!

We caught up with Ryan recently and here’s what he had to say!

Power Wellness Webinar: Improving Population Health Through Medically Integrated Fitness

MFA Industry Partner, Power Wellness, is offering a webinar entitled “Improving Population Health Through Medically Integrated Fitness” on Wednesday, July 10 at 12pm CST.

Click here to register today.

The key takeaways for this webinar will be:
What it means for a fitness center to be medically integrated;
What a Medical Advisory Committee is and why they are important;
Why it is important to link medicine with fitness and how you can measure success; and
Real life stories about medically integrated fitness centers and physicians’ impact in their community.

Presenters will include:
Vic Arellano – VP of Business Development, Power Wellness
Dr. Brian Babka – Northwestern Medicine
Joe Berg – Center Director, Loyola Center for Fitness
Dr. Aaron Michelfelder – Loyola University Medical Center
Joe Molter – Center Director, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health and Fitness Center
Chris Sutton – Medical Integration Manager, Power Wellness


Webinar: Stronger for Longer: Empowering Women Over 40 Through Strength Training



This presentation examines the importance of strength training for women over 40, addressing both the underutilization and the substantial benefits beyond muscle building. Despite its known advantages, many women in this demographic shy away from strength training due to misconceptions, lack of information, or intimidation.

This session will explore the barriers that prevent women over 40 from engaging in strength training and will highlight the holistic benefits it offers, including enhanced metabolic function, improved bone density, and better overall mental health. I will also discuss how strength training can mitigate some of the physical challenges brought on by menopause, such as increased abdominal fat and muscle loss.

Furthermore, the presentation will provide insights into the psychological empowerment that comes from strength training, fostering a sense of accomplishment and confidence in midlife women. Practical strategies will be discussed to help fitness facilities create a welcoming and supportive environment that encourages women to start and sustain a strength training routine, ultimately aiding in their longevity and quality of life.

Learning Objectives

1. Explain the comprehensive benefits of strength training for women over 40, beyond mere muscle gain.
2. Identify the main barriers that deter women over 40 from participating in strength training.
3. Discuss actionable strategies for fitness facilities to effectively support and motivate women over 40 to engage in strength training.


Jennifer Shaver, Founder/CEO of Strong for Life Fitness

Jennifer Shaver is the host of the Fit News Podcast and a Certified Personal Trainer, specializing as a Flipping 50 Menopause Fitness Specialist and Mental Well-being Association Certified Fitness Professional. She is the creator of the Strong for Life Program, designed to help busy women get fit in just 15 minutes a day without burpees, sit-ups, or crunches. Her program is ideal for those looking to achieve fitness goals without overwhelming their schedules or bodies with extreme exercises. Formerly a middle school Spanish teacher, Jen has transformed into a devoted health and wellness advocate, expertly guiding midlife women to embrace healthier, more active lifestyles.