John has spent over 20 years in the fitness field as an instructor, trainer and physical therapist. He earned a degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University, a Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology from UMASS Boston, and completed a yearlong postgraduate residency program in Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
John has served as a guest lecturer for the Harvard University Wellness Center in their Medical Symptom Reduction/Stress Management Program and provided training services to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital medically supervised Weight Reduction Program. In 2010, he was a research participant in the two-year CALERIE II USDA study of energy metabolism and longevity.
Out of these experiences, John was inspired to create Soma Science® and in 2012 opened the first The Well Effect® Center in Bedford, MA.
Soma Science® Team Leader
Kara has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northeastern University with rehabilitation expertise across many settings. She has been helping people achieve their health and fitness goals for over 7 years. With a varsity sports background including soccer, basketball, track and field and crew, Kara had gravitated to primarily running prior to coming to Well Effect®. She has been amazed at how adding body balancing, food balancing and targeted strength training, using a Soma Science® approach, has helped her with her running. The nagging pains that she had come to accept as inevitable are no longer a part of her life. She is excited at the possibilities afforded her to more effectively help other learn and apply Soma Science® based skills! Kara is originally from Auburn, Maine.
Somatrition® Team Leader
Liana earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons College. Liana is a Registered Dietician and has been a member of the American Dietetic Association for over ten years. She is known for her energy, passion and commitment to clients. She provides the tools and knowledge necessary to implement healthy lifestyle changes using nutrition in ways that are compatible with your current lifestyle. Liana has over ten years experience counseling people on nutrition and lifestyle change. She works with your individual preferences and goals to tailor her nutrition counseling. Our clients have found that Liana’s input is extremely helpful for weight management, family-based nutrition, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, improving glucose levels for diabetics and more!
Soma ChangeSM Team Leader
Angela received an undergraduate degree from Boston College and her Masters from Columbia University. She knows firsthand what it takes to succeed, be it to improve health with lifestyle changes, training for a Century bike ride, preparing for a triathlon, or just finding a way to deal with whatever everyday life brings. She has a passion and enthusiasm for fitness and health, both physically and mentally, and is excited to coach clients and share that passion. She starts with your strengths as a foundation to build from and begins to incorporate small meaningful strategies to align you behaviors to help you reach your goals. By focusing effort on overcoming key challenges you explore difficult issues and move towards a resolution that effectively helps you reach and maintain your goals and build a healthier and more balanced life. She looks forward to help you explore and overcome any barriers that stand in your way of achieving goals and becoming your healthiest self. Together you’ll develop tools and the skills you need to attain your personal goals.
Soma Science® Instructor
Emily has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedic settings and also in gym/fitness settings as a personal trainer. Working with a wide variety of clients, Emily’s goal has been to develop individualized programs that emphasize overall wellness. Following the evidence based Soma Science® principles are what attracted her to study at our WE-Institute™ and integrate all aspects of health, food intake and physical training. Emily was amazed at how applying Soma Science® principles have affected her life. She has been helping people achieve their health and fitness goals for over 9 years. Emily studied as a ballet dancer for ten years and when in college, embraced running and strength training along with a passion for yoga.
Soma Science® Instructor
Travis graduated from Boston University with as a Doctorate Physical Therapy. He has been in the orthopedic/sports medicine setting for the past ten years. Travis combines his manual therapy skills with therapeutic exercise to return clients back to the sports and activities they enjoy. His interest in the Soma Science® approach and physical therapy stem from his personal experience in athletics and physical fitness throughout his life. Travis currently enjoys spending free time with his family, gardening, cooking, and playing golf.
Soma Science® Instructor
Stephanie has a background in Psychology and Physical Therapy and has extensive experience working as a Physical Therapist in a rehabilitation in-patient hospital and out-patient physical therapy settings. She has taught wellness, group exercise, Pilates, Yoga, cardio, strength training, and balance classes for a variety of ages and abilities. Stephanie is an avid skier, surfer and hiker who has been able to apply the principles of Soma Science® and conquer nagging injuries and a lifelong struggle maintain a healthy weight. She is passionate about motivating and guiding clients toward their goals for Whole Health Fitness. Stephanie is on personal leave at this time.