National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer


Kelly is not your typical trainer. She wasn’t a natural-born athlete, and fitness didn’t come easily to her; her gains have been hard-won. A former speech therapist for children with special needs and adults with neurological issues, Kelly never made much time for her own health-- that is, until her body forced her to. While struggling with poorly-managed, chronic pain for six years, Kelly learned the hard way the difficulties people face when their bodies suddenly betray them. She experienced the frustration of finishing physical therapy, only to land back in PT for a different problem, again and again. She discovered the unfairness of trying to exercise while your body fights you at every turn; feeling like it was always one step forward, two steps back. She realized how crucial it was to find the right trainer when working around a health condition-- and how draining that search can be. In fact, it was that struggle that led her to become a trainer, herself. (Read her full story here.)

Kelly’s fitness journey is a testament to the fact that *anyone* can improve their health and fitness with the right supports and accommodations. Step by step, Kelly overcame her barriers to success and regained a healthy, active lifestyle. Now she’s now dedicated to helping others do the same. Still a speech pathologist to her core, she brings a different perspective to training-- a teamwork-centered approach that regards empathy, communication, and the client-trainer bond as vital to an exercise program’s success. She advocates for body positivity and/or body acceptance, no matter one’s age, weight, gender, health condition, or ability level. She believes every small step in the right direction is a step worth taking. After all, what are marathons but a series of small steps? She knows there will be hurdles, but she also knows that with patience and the right supports, they can be overcome. Her favorite quote and guiding principle is: Expect problems, and eat them for breakfast. If that speaks to you, consider Kelly your teammate. Let’s get to work.

Welcoming clients with...

  • Arthritis
  • Ataxia
  • Aversion to exercise
  • Back pain
  • Balance problems
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Core instability
  • Deafness
  • Diabetes
  • Diastasis recti
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Forward head posture
  • Gout
  • Hearing loss
  • Herniated discs
  • Hip pain / replacement
  • Inflexibility
  • Knee pain / replacement
  • Low vision
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-pregnancy issues
  • Poor posture
  • Reduced mobility
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Senior health issues
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spasticity
  • Stroke-related movement disorders
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Tremor


We at Progressive Gym work with clients with diverse challenges; however, we are not a substitute for medical treatment or physical therapy. Certified Personal Trainers are not medical professionals and cannot diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease/injury. Consult your physician provider prior to beginning any fitness program to determine if you are healthy enough for exercise. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice due to beginning a personal training program. All of the content provided on the website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute the providing of medical advice.


"Expect problems, and eat them for breakfast."