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Meet Our Team of Certified Personal Trainers

Our experienced team of certified personal trainers are focused, knowledgeable and eager to help you reach your fitness goals.

Amber Rich

Amber Rich certified personal trainer with Front Door Fitness

Amber Rich

Amber attended Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. After college, she entered the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Amber is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is Precision Nutrition (PN) certified. She has experience working with fitness goals such as: athletic performance, weight loss, body-life transformation, strength and conditioning, neuromuscular postural alignment, core training, group fitness and nutrition coaching.

 

Andrew Stimson

Andrew Stimson

Andrew graduated from Northwestern College with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. He is a National Strength and Condition Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Certified Exercise Professional, and Precision Nutrition (PN) Certified. Andrew has over 13 years of experience in strength and conditioning and personal training. Andrew played basketball at both the collegiate and professional level. He believes training is physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Andy Garner

Andy Garner

Andy, FDF’s Head Trainer, has over a decade of experience in the industry. He is highly skilled at tailoring a program to fit an individual’s needs and his clients love him for it! Over the years, Andy has helped them significantly improve their fitness level and movement quality so they can enjoy their hobbies even more. A lifetime athlete, Andy loves to golf and play other recreational sports. When he isn’t training clients, he’s at home working on remodeling projects. He and his wife Brittney are blessed with a baby boy named William.

Andy has a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas. He is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Certified Expert, and a Functional Movement Screen Level 1 Certified Exercise Professional.

Courtney Keeshan

Courtney Keeshan

Courtney acquired her yoga certification with The Yoga School of Therapeutics in 2014. She has studied the practice of iyengar, vinyasa, power strength, and therapeutic yoga. She delights in sequencing a variety of classes to explore the depth of yoga with all of her students. She believes yoga is a beneficial practice for everyone; physically, mentally and spiritually.

Brian Rich

Brian Rich

Before joining FDF, Brian was a social worker for the physically disabled. He was inspired to enter the fitness industry having witnessed clients suffer from amputations due to type-2 diabetes, morbid obesity, and congestive heart failure. “I am driven by a desire to give people the tools necessary to live a long life of enjoyment, as far as it is dependent upon fitness, through being strong and agile.” Brian’s main philosophy is that you must have both strength and mobility for optimal health. In his six years as a personal trainer, he’s helped many clients manage their low back and knee pain. Brian enjoys camping, especially in the Rockies, and loves being a father to his two children. “It has been the greatest joy and blessing in my life to be a part of their lives and to watch them grow into the amazing people that they are becoming.”

Brian is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist, and Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach.

Dustin Taber

Dustin Taber certified personal trainer with Front Door Fitness

Dustin Taber

Dustin is one of our most successful and hardworking personal trainers. In his 14 years in the industry, he’s helped his clients get stronger, gain better movement quality, and significantly improve their health. His top tip to clients is to increase their activity level through both formal workouts and overall movement integrated into their daily life. Dustin knows, “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy,” and this is evident in his dedication to making a difference in people’s lives and his continuous efforts to learn and excel. He enjoys getting outdoors whenever he can and spending quality time with his wife Amber and their yellow lab Avery.

Dustin has a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas. He is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 Certified Expert, and Functional Movement Systems Level 2 Certified Exercise Professional.

Ellie Kretschmer

Ellie Kretschmer certified personal trainer with Front Door Fitness

Ellie Kretschmer

Ellie is a graduate of the University of Kansas and a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Weight Loss Specialist as well as Precision Nutrition (PN) Certified. Ellie has over six years of experience in the industry. She believes balance and consistency is key to a healthy lifestyle, and finding a workout routine her clients enjoy is crucial to their success. There is no “one size fits all” workout.

Emily Morris

Emily Morris

In her more than 20 years in the fitness industry, Emily has served countless people through personal training, group classes, and yoga. She has helped them prepare for and recover from surgery, alleviate their back pain, and learn to enjoy physical movement. One will never be bored working with Emily! She makes exercise a lot of fun while building meaningful relationships with her clients and students. “It is in my nature to serve others. It inspires me when they are inspired.” She aims to empower each individual to overcome obstacles and fears so they can live the life they love. When she isn’t working, Emily spends her free time with her husband Ja and daughter Libby.

Emily has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Missouri State University. She is currently obtaining a graduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Central Missouri. Emily is an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer and health coach, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America certified group instructor, and a 200-hour level certified yoga teacher.

Jason Christianson

Jason Christianson

Jason received a Masters in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer, and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Specialist. Jason has over 18 years of experience in the industry and specializes in youth fitness, cardiac rehabilitation and sports conditioning. Jason enjoys running and has completed 5 half marathons. He uses a research-based approach to design safe and effective exercise programs to achieve optimal results for his clients.

Josh McEwen

Josh McEwen

Josh specializes in postural alignment, sport-specific training, and exercise therapy. He’s the go-to guy when you need to manage back/knee pain, correct poor movement patterns, and work on strength deficiencies. “Belt buckle up to your sternum, proud chest, head back, and chin tucked,” are his top cues when helping people achieve good posture. His clients succeed because of his ability to design a training protocol specific to their needs. A self-confessed nerd when it comes to getting better at his craft, he enjoys reading books and listening to podcasts about biomechanics, physiology, and training. Josh played baseball and football in college and is still a huge sports fan. When he isn’t working, he’s enjoying life with his wife Katie and their daughter Eliana.

Josh has a Master’s in Applied Health and Sport Science from Northwest Missouri State University and a B.S. in Health and Human Performance from Culver Stockton College. He’s a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Mandy Peck

Mandy Peck

Mandy graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Business. She has been teaching group fitness since 1998. She is certified group instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She has specialized certifications in Spinning, Body Pump, Yoga Fit and Pilates. In 2014, Mandy completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Johnny Kest Life Power Yoga and is a registered Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Mandy is also the group fitness manager for Front Door Fitness.

Maris Aylward

Maris Aylward

Maris has been teaching yoga since 2011. Students find her mindful yoga flow both challenging and relaxing. “My classes provide a space for people to nurture their body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is a beneficial physical activity that also supports your personal growth and emotional wellbeing.” In 2015, she launched Yoga Upload, an online resource with hundreds of free yoga videos and tutorials. Maris is originally from the Philippines where she worked as a professional actress for television, film, and theater. Here in Kansas City, she co-hosted a local TV show for three years. She still works as a commercial and print model on occasion. Maris loves traveling with her husband Dave and their son Kieran.

Maris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance and is trained in Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Meditation for Stress Relief. Maris is also FDF’s Social Media Manager.

Matt Maassel

Matt Maassel

Matt graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Fitness, Health and Dietetics. He is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer, Registered Dietitian (RD), and Precision Nutrition (PN) Certified. Matt has over three years of experience in nutrition coaching. His mission is to guide clients to their goals as directly as possible by building sustainable habits and offering practical solutions that work. He tailors his fitness and nutrition coaching to his clients, and uses his interests to make each session fun, challenging and educational.

Sam Cunningham

Sam Cunningham

Sam is passionate about helping his personal training clients reach their full potential. He believes that people can be athletic regardless of age and he makes working out enjoyable for everyone he trains. A true athlete, Sam grew up playing competitive junior golf, baseball, and basketball in Olathe, KS. He’s an avid fan of the Royals, Chiefs, and Sporting KC too! Sam has travelled around South America, worked at a summer camp, and even caddied in the 2015 U.S. Amateur. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering at his church’s youth group, playing guitar, and indulging in the occasional bowl of ice cream.

Sam has a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Stephanie Ball

Stephanie Ball

Stephanie wears many hats at FDF: personal trainer, group instructor, and nutrition coach. Her clients love how she switches things up, making their sessions different each time and challenging them in a good way. For variety, she incorporates Mat Pilates and High Intensity Interval Training techniques into her routines. Stephanie excels at customizing workouts and is attentive to each individual’s needs, injuries, and pain points. She encourages her clients to combine their fitness regimen with healthy eating. “You can’t exercise off a bad diet. 80% of how we look depends on nutrition.” Stephanie’s love for traveling has led her to visit five continents. She and her husband Zach like eating out, going on bike rides, and taking trips together.

Stephanie is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa.

Seth Bailey

Seth Bailey

Seth received his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from Evangel University where he also played baseball. He is a National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer with over four years of experience in the fitness industry. He specializes in weight lifting and sports conditioning. Seth’s fitness philosophy is to give his clients the basic knowledge and fundamentals needed to make fitness a part of their everyday life.