I made a leap of faith in January 2006 to open Bay Athletic Club — a full-service health club located inside Alpena Regional Medical Center. This unique medical alliance keeps the club focused on healthy living and invites people of all fitness levels to live better. My all-star team is made up of 30 personal trainers, group exercise instructors, fitness assistants, an exercise physiologist, and a doctorate in physical therapy. We give our talent and time to inspire the lives of people in our community. What a gift we are given in return. Alpena faces a lot of health challenges – ranking in the top five in our state for smoking and obesity. It’s a battle that we are fighting and making massive headway. Others might be deterred to run a health care business in a down economy, but I am fueled even more by our mission to create a happier community through fitness.
I hold degrees in journalism and French from the University of Wisconsin and have a unique background in legal writing and reporting. Before moving to Alpena, I served as a special project assistant to the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and later the Public Relations Coordinator for the State Bar of Wisconsin. My love for fitness began with swimming and dancing at an early age and eventually led to rowing for the Women’s Crew Team at the University of Wisconsin. After sports ended, I joined a health club to lose college weight, gain my strength back, have a healthy outlet from work and to stay active in a new way. I started teaching group exercise classes 14 years ago and have never looked back. I went from the back row of class, to the front row, to teaching to owning my own club. What a journey. Although I always intended for fitness to be a hobby, I realized that there is no better career than your favorite hobby!
I love leading my team and being a visionary for the business, but I will always stay in the trenches of fitness and stay connected to our members. I teach classes to hundreds of people each week to promote physical activity, movement to music, and connecting the mind and body. I teach TurboKick, Sculpt, Just Abs, Pilates, and Boot Camp. I am a driven leader and an entrepreneur to my core, but my family is my rock. My husband Jeff and I are passionate about our careers, but fulfilled by our children Jade and Colt. Regular exercise, dates with my husband, family time at the lake, reading with my kids, wine with my girlfriends and laughter at work is what keeps my life in balance.