» Eric D'Agati
* Training Consultant to many top sports teams and organizations, including the New York Football Giants & New York Islanders
* Owner and Program Director, One Human Performance Center
o One-on-One and Team exercise training
o Client assessment and program design
o Performance enhancement & injury prevention
o Post-rehabilitative conditioning
Certifications & Education:
* Exercise Physiology, William Paterson University
* CHEK Practitioner, Level II
* Poliquin Performance Coach, Level I
* National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
* National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Advanced
* Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)
* Integrated Flexibility Specialist (NASM)
* Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
* Apex Body Composition Specialist
Publications and Speaking:
* Featured SPARQ columnist for Student Sports national magazine
* Lectured at numerous universities and clinics including the Mayo Clinic
* Lecturer at NJSIAA, Frank Glazier & MegaClinics football coaches clinics
* Guest lecturer at dozens of Speed & Conditioning camps
* Guest SAQ Trainer at Nike Football Training Camps
* Regular guest on sports talk radio show The Natural
* Former Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for
NY/NJ Juggernaut Professional Fastpitch Softball
* Inventor of the Performance Progression Pyramid training system
* Creator of Five Tool Training, Strength Training for Baseball & Softball
* Founder of Strong Kids, an after-school fitness program for children
» Kyle Kiesel
Dr. Kiesel is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville. He conducts research related to core function and functional movement testing related to athletic performance and injury prediction. He also conducts research in the use of ultrasound imaging for patients with low back pain. He serves as a consultant for professional, college, and high school sports teams. He has extensive experience teaching lecture and lab courses emphasizing core training and functional movement assessment and intervention including both the FMS and the SFMA. He has authored several articles and a book chapter on these topics. He has 12 peer-reviewed publications and presented numerous abstracts and invited speaking engagements nationally and internationally. He serves as a manuscript reviewer for 6 different peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Kiesel is engaged in patient care in orthopedics and sports at ProRehab in Evansville, Indiana where he serves as Director of Evidence-Based Practice.
» Robert Butler
» Mike Contreras, CSCS, Batallion Chief, Orange County Fire Authority
Michael Contreras is a Batallion Fire Chief and former Wellness and Fitness Coordinator for the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in Irvine, California. Michael has worked for the OCFA for 21 years and held the rank of Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic and Fire Captain. Michael has held the positions of Safety Officer, Hazardous Material Specialist, Assistant Public Information Officer and is member of the OCFA’s USAR team. Michael has worked extensively in the departments Training section holding the position of Training Officer, Recruit Academy Instructor, Academy Fitness Coordinator, Academy Coordinator.
Michael is a faculty member for the American Council on Exercise and is a CE provider for many fitness topics. Michael has been a presenter at many fitness service conferences lecturing on a variety of topics including The FMS. As the Wellness and Fitness
Coordinator, Michael used the FMS extensively within the OCFA to identify firefighters and recruit firefighters who were at an increased risk of injury. In doing so, Michael reduced the number of injuries, severity and ultimately the cost of injuries within
the fire department. Michael used his experience and knowledge of Human Performance to integrate and customize many different methodologies into the daily routines of dozens of firefighters and recruit firefighters.
Michael is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CSCS, an ACE Certified Peer Fitness Trainer, a Crossfit Level 2 Instructor, a USA Weight Lifting Performance Coach, Crossfit Certified Olympic Lifting Coach, a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor, a Functional Movement Screen Instructor and a Concept II Certified Instructor.
» Carla B. Sottovia, PhD
IDEA, Personal Trainer of the Year, 05’
Director of Fitness & Personal Training Education
Sr. Personal Trainer & Pilates Trainer
With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Carla Sottovia has helped individuals achieve a path of personal wellness, improved fitness, and overall quality of life – “My goal is to instill the importance of Fitness/Wellness in client’s lives much like brushing one’s teeth, eating, and sleeping. It is also to educate clients that an individual does not need to be an athlete in order to achieve their inner strength or personal best, and ultimately they can improve their quality of life through an active life-style”.
Dr. Sottovia is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received a B.S. in Physical Education from the State University of Brockport, NY (1985); followed by an M.A. in Exercise Physiology from San Jose State University, CA (1990), and her Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman’s University, TX (2002). She holds several Advance personal training certifications in the areas of Functional Movement training & Assessments, Pilates Training, Optimal Flexibility, Vibration Training, Post-injury/Preventive exercise intervention; youth training; sports specific coaching (Running, Swimming & Triathlon). She is also a licensed Wellness Coach and Adjunct instructor (The Cooper Institute) in addition to be the official instructor/representative of the FMS System in Brazil.
Dr. Sottovia is an avid triathlete/runner having completed more than 50 triathlons including 3 Ironman Distance Triathlons (Hawaii, Germany, Brazil). She holds a PR of 3hrs. 26 min (Boston Marathon). She is also a published author – Energy Substrate:Truths and Misconceptions, 06”
» Sam Berry
Sam is the Director of Personal Training for Fitcorp, a corporate fitness company in the greater Boston area. Sam oversees the training staff of their 12 facilities and also maintains a client base including doctors and professors from Harvard Medical School (HMS) and rugby players preparing for the US national team. In addition to these roles, he has contributed to publications for HMS, The Sports Medicine Encyclopedia published by Sage Publishing, expected in 2010 and to PTontheNet, a training and program design website for personal trainers. He has been teaching with the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) group for more than two years. Sam received his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2005 from Florida International University, and holds strength and conditioning certifications with nationally accredited certifying bodies including NSCA, NASM, and ACSM.
» Brian Bott
Brian Bott joined the Wisconsin strength and conditioning staff in May 2000 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. At UW, his primary responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of sports conditioning for the football team.
Bott completed a Master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of North Dakota in 2000. During his stint with the Fighting Sioux, Bott served as a graduate assistant strength coach, where he was responsible for men’s basketball, volleyball, baseball and the swimming and diving teams. Bott also assisted with football and men’s hockey.
Bott received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 1997. At UW-Oshkosh, Bott was a four-year starter and a member of the 1994 NCAA Division III National Championship baseball team. He is the only player in school history to play in every inning of every game without redshirting for four years.
Bott and his wife Kristen have three sons: Cameron, Jaydon and Carson
» Darcy Norman PT, ATC, CSCS
Darcy is a licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer, and Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He started working with and presenting for FMS in 2003 while working full time with the world famous Athletes Performance. His knowledge of functional biomechanics, pre, post rehabilitation and testing has come from the latest in continuing education courses as well as years of developing his own philosophies from working with athletes at all levels and other health care professionals around the world. Darcy’s experience of working with the wellness, rehabilitation and injury prevention of patients and athletes spans from junior, collegiate, amateur, Olympic, professional and elite athletes and teams. Some of his clients include Team HTC-Columbia Pro Cycling and Bayern Munich Professional Soccer Club, where he has successfully implemented the FMS having Championship results. Darcy is owner of Norman Kinetics and continues consulting with a variety of professional athletes and teams around the world. His experiences with sports are broad working with all sports and having experience competing personally in Alpine Skiing, Mountain Biking, and Triathlon.
» Dr. Phil Plisky
Dr. Plisky is an Assistant Professor in the University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He is the Director of the ProRehab and the University of Evansville’s Sports Residency Program, as well as a practicing therapist at ProRehab.
Dr. Plisky holds a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and a Doctor of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Dr. Plisky’s research focuses on comprehensive movement testing and injury prevention among athletes, military personnel, and school aged children––research that led to the development of the Y Balance Test. Dr. Plisky’s fieldwork, moreover, has garnered research grants in collaboration with multiple universities totaling over 1.5 million dollars. Additionally, he consults for collegiate and professional teams, military, and school systems to identify injury risk and offer prevention options. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in numerous scientific journals, several of which he serves as a manuscript reviewer. Dr. Plisky also presents internationally on the subjects of return to sport testing, injury prevention, and field expedient movement testing.
» James Raynor
» Behnad Honarbakhsh MPT, BHK, CSCS, CAFCI, CGIMS D.O.(c)
Behnad Honarbakhsh is a practicing physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach having worked at several sports therapy clinics in British Columbia, Canada, and the National Sports Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was a program coordinator and consultant at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Human Kinetics as well as UBC's Varsity Athletics. Behnad continues to consult with various sport teams and individual athletes at all levels, including national and professional level athletes.
Behnad graduated from UBC with a Master of Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has completed a graduate certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy at Curtin University (Perth, Australia), certified through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, and trained in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) through the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain. Behnad is currently pursuing training in the field of traditional Osteopathy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy.
Behnad is passionate about teaching and continues to combine his diverse clinical skills and years of experience with lecturing in the fields of rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance enhancement. Behnad has a special interest in movement assessment and training and has been involved with the Functional Movement Screen system since 2001. He is an instructor for both the FMS and SFMA courses.
» Peter Lakatos
» Dr. Mark “Mo” Molthen
» Jason Green
Jason is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Sports Medicine. As an undergraduate at the U of M, he spent 3 years with the Men's Athletic Department as a student athletic trainer, where he worked with the Football, Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf and Tennis teams. Since graduating, Jason has worked as a Personal Trainer specializing in Corrective Exercise, Golf Conditioning, Sports Specific Enhancement, Injury Management, and Rehabilitation. He has extensive experience working with back problems, as well as knee and shoulder maladies. Since founding CES in 2000 Jason continues to pursue cutting edge training therapy to enable his facility to be one of the premiere facilities in the country.
» Brett Jones
Brett is a Pittsburgh, Pa based Fitness Professional and International Presenter with almost 20 years experience. His professional accreditation's include:
Bachelor of Science in Sports medicine from High Point University, NC
Master of Science in Rehabilitative Science from Clarion University of PA, PA
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
Master Instructor in the RKC program (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) with Pavel
National and International presenter for the Functional Movement Screen (www.functionalmovement.com)
Advisory Board Member for the Functional Movement Screen
Co-Creator of the CK-FMS program - blending the RKC and FMS philosophies
National and International Lecturer and Presenter for the RKC and other Fitness organizations and professionals
Author and Co-Author of multiple DVDs and fitness products
» Mark Cheng, L.Ac., Ph.D.
Mark is the Chief Instructor of Kettlebells Los Angeles, having been trained personally by RKC founder Pavel Tsatsouline. As an RKC Team Leader level instructor and doctorate in Chinese medicine and acupuncture, he has made extensive use of kettlebells with Gray Cook’s Functional Movement technologies for rehabilitation in his Chinese orthopedics clinic in Santa Monica, California. Mark’s extensive background in martial arts has helped him understand the importance of and the need for effective, safe training methods early on.
Having lectured and presented on 5 continents, Mark is a well-seasoned professional instructor, known to seamlessly tie in athletic performance, technical execution, and medical logic. Along with Gray Cook and Brett Jones, he co-authored the Kettlebells from the Ground-Up manual. Mark’s areas of interest are in the applications of the Functional Movement Systems, Chinese manual medicine, and Russian kettlebell training to post-partum rehab, elite athlete / tactical operator prehabilitation, and injury rehabilitation.
» Mark Snow
Mark was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He got into sports medicine while playing college football at Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University). He previously worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Stanford University and Minor League Athletic Trainer with the Chicago White Sox. Mark is currently the co-owner (along with his wife, Nikki Snow) of SG Human Performance in Omaha, NE. SG Human Performance specializes in group fitness classes and semi private personal training. Mark is also teaching part time at Midland University.
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) by National Athletic Trainers Association
Russian Kettlebell Challenge Instructor Certified (RKC)
Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist (CK-FMS)
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
Masters of Arts in Kinesiology from San Jose State University
» Dr. Perry Nickelston
Dr. Perry Nickelston is a Chiropractic Sports Physician with primary focus on Performance Enhancement and Corrective Exercise, Metabolic Fitness Nutrition and trained from The American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders. He is an expert in myofascial, orthopedic, medical and trigger point soft tissue therapy.
A member of the Board of Directors and Medical Staff Advisor for
AIMLA (American Institute for Medical Laser Application, Dr. Perry teaches healthcare professionals all over the world how to successfully use Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy in alleviating pain.
Dr. Perry is an expert in movement assessment and diagnosis. Certified and trained from as a Functional Movement Specialist (FMS)and Selective Functional Movement Assessment Specialist (SFMA).He uses programs designed to find your cause of painful dysfunction and correct it so you feel better.
He is regular columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic Journal and writes for industry trade publications in health and fitness. He is a 1997 graduate from Palmer Chiropractic University and a master fitness trainer with over 20 years experience in the health industry. Dr. Perry is currently publishing books with strategies on the importance of recovery and regeneration in fitness.
» Robert “Skip” George
Dr. Robert “Skip” George is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician/Practitioner (CCSP), Certified Sport and Conditioning Specialist and has a Level One Certification with the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. Over the course of his career he has combined chiropractic with rehabilitation and sports performance training to “bridge the gap” between these three disciplines and to help people move well and maintain function for a lifetime. He has written numerous articles on health and sport related subjects including topics that define the Functional Movement Screen and it’s relevance to training and a sports based practice. He has also lectured to chiropractors and trainers on the Functional Movement Screen including presentations for the California Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Board of Sport Physicians. His patients include high school, college and professional athletes and he has lectured and consulted with Division One college football programs regarding the application of the FMS. Skip owns Optimum Fitness and Health in La Jolla, CA and spends as much time as he can hiking and exploring the John Muir Wilderness in the Sierra Nevada.
» Don Reagan, DPT, CSCS
- Licensed Physical Therapist (DPT)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
- Exercise Science Degree
- Chair, Sports Medicine Special Interest Group, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Don Reagan is a graduate of the University of St. Augustine with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree with an emphasis in Manual Therapy. Previously, he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Liberty University in 2007. He interned with the Naval Medical Center of San Diego specializing in vestibular rehabilitation of the tactical athlete as well as Duke Sports Medicine while assisting with the athletic development of collegiate athletes. He has also competed in Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting.
Don was recently a Professor of Strength and Conditioning at Liberty University and Master Instructor for Equinox Fitness Training Institute. He has presented at the state and national levels on the synthesis of movement based rehabilitation and performance enhancement. Furthermore, he is currently the Chair of the Sports Medicine special interest group for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
In July 2012, accepted his position as Physical Therapist for Mountain River Physical Therapy in Chatham, Virginia. Don exclusively uses Functional Movement Systems (FMS) to objectively diagnose movement dysfunction and a combination of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and neurodevelopmentally-based exercise prescriptions to regain function.
» Joe Sansalone
Joe Sansalone is the Owner of Optimum Performance Training Institute (OPTI) located in Columbia, Maryland outside of the Baltimore/DC area specializing in injury reduction, sports performance enhancement and functional strength and conditioning.
Joe holds certifications through the ACSM, NSCA, USAW-1, RKC-2, CK-FMS, FMS and ACE. Joe has received high-level specialty education in injury reduction strategies and performance enhancement training from Athletes Performance Institute in Scottsdale, AZ. In addition, he attends several continuing education courses to provide current and credible information in the industry to his athletes, clients and staff.
Joe has been an assistant instructor at several seminars for professional development and certification including the FMS Certification course with Gray Cook in 2007, The Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) Instructor Certification Course with Pavel Tsatsouline in 2011, and the Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification with Brett Jones in 2009 and 2010 and with Andrea DuCane in 2011.
In 2007 Joe became an approved Continuing Education (CEU) provider for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has taught several workshops and seminars for CEU’s including a joint project on the integration of Manual Physical Therapy and Functional Training with Manual Physical Therapist Karen Johnson, Understanding the Functional Movement Screen and Corrective Exercise, Understanding Optimal Nutrition and several Kettlebell training seminars. In 2009 Joe developed and taught a 16-week sports performance and injury reduction mentorship program for strength coaches and personal trainers and OPTI has become an internship provider for several Universities.
Joe has also gained some small recognition for his writing on the strengthcoach.com forums and has been featured on the strenghtcoach.com educational podcast and the Trainerwise educational podcast.
» Kim, Hae Kyun a.k.a BEN
The first FMS Level 1 Certified and FMS Level 2 educated professional in South Korea, Ben Kim has been the pioneer in bringing the FMS program into South Korea as the Chief Executive Officer of COREFIT.
Till now, Ben Kim has gained rich experience through his work for the biggest fitness gym in South Korea for four years as Manager and has ten years under his belt as a personal training instructor. On top of that, he has been contributing actively to various fitness columns in an effort to harness the media to introduce effective fitness programs. Professionally, Ben Kim also frequently appears on Health TV and in various commercials as a fitness model/advisor. Currently Ben Kim manages a CrossFit gym located in Seoul.
-Kyung Hee University Physical Education
-CrossFit Level 1 (Chicago, U.S. Atlas CrossFit)
-Functional Movement Screen(FMS) Level 1&2 Certified (New York, U.S) – sole authorized organizer of first ever FMS Level 1&2 in Korea
-NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
-CPR Instructor – KACPR
-BOSU® National Master Trainer
-M.A.T Professional Class Trainer
-TRX® group course certification
-Life Athletic Director grade 3 License in Bodybuilding from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
-KETTLEBELL Certification - Course Completed
-Adidas Fitness Academy 2008- Course Completed
-Reebok Resolution 2005 Korea - Course Completed
-2006~08 Personal Trainer at Bally Total Fitness
-2009~12 A. General Manager at M athletic square
-2010~12 ‘SBS Supermodel’ Fitness Education Master Trainer
-The first host of ‘Functional Movement Screen’(FMS) Asia seminar in Korea
-NSCA - KOREA Master Trainer
-106 Seoraevillage CrossFit CEO & Founder
» Michael Strock, MS, ATC, CSCS
Mike currently serves as Human Performance and Rehabilitation Program Manager for Naval Special Warfare Group 4. During his work with the Naval Special Warfare population, Mike identifies current trends in human performance programming and works collaboratively with the operators and leadership in improving performance and reducing the incidence and severity of musculoskeletal injury. Mike develops and implements the performance training program for the Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewmen (SWCC) community and oversees their programs at Norfolk, VA, Stennis, MS, and Coronado, CA.
Mike has an extensive background in functional performance training and analysis. He has authored and served as a presenter/panelist for the Journal of Special Operations Medicine publications and conferences.
Mike Strock received his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training in 1991 from Salisbury University. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Kentucky in 1993, receiving a Masters of Science degree. Mike is certified through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS).
» Phil and Roberta Snider
Both Roberta and Phil have degrees in physical education from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. They also both graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Education degree and taught physical and health education at the secondary school level for 14 years. Phil is one of the province's first personal trainers, with over 20 years in the profession. He actually trained his wife as she became the Canadian National Competitive Aerobics Champion and represented Canada at the World Championships. In addition to being A.C.E. and Can-Fit-Pro certified personal trainers and fitness instructors, they also are certified in FMS, IYCA, TPI, Kettlebell and Group Cycling.
Phil and Roberta have been happily married for 23 years and have worked together throughout their marriage as secondary school physical and health education teachers, as personal trainers, and for the past decade as business partners. Now they partner to instucted FMS certification courses! The couple owns Personal Edge Training Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario.
» Jon Torine
Jon Torine spent 17 years as a strength and conditioning coach in the NFL, where he handled all facets of the strength and conditioning program and was part of the medical management team. In addition to S&C, his duties included team nutrition and hydration, team circadian rhythm management, building an intern program, assistance with college and free agent evaluations, and working closely with the rehabilitation and physical therapy staff in return to play efforts. During this time, he used the Functional Movement Screen to help guide his training decisions. His experience using the FMS in a high-level group situation is broad and his expertise in working with elite athletes is noted.
» Remigiusz Rzepka
Remik is a licensed physical therapist and performance specialist. He manages Fizjofit, a physical therapy and performance center in Gliwice, Poland. His experience includes working with athletes at various levels from youth up to national-level athletes. He has been involved in working with soccer, volleyball and handball national teams. Currently he supervises a major league soccer team as well as youth soccer and basketball teams. For the past five years, he has been involved in promoting the latest trends of functional training, injury prevention programs, rehabilitation and testing standards in team sports. Remik is also a part-time teacher at the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice.