A Few Words About Me
Researcher, Educator and Advocate
As a researcher, my interests are focused on specific mechanisms whereby exercise, sensible nutrition, and alternative therapies can be effective in staving off cardiovascular disease and related risk factors including obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and type 2 diabetes.
My experience in health, wellness, and exercise science spans 15 enjoyable years. I hold a BS in Kinesiology, an MS in Movement Sciences with a concentration in Applied Exercise Physiology, and a PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation with concentrations in Integrative Vascular Biology and Exercise Physiology. I am also a Certified and Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist, a Certified Health Fitness Specialist, and a Certified Group Exercise Instructor. As an educator and advocate, I’ve conducted a wide range of courses, seminars, and lectures for audiences in both academic and community settings related to cardiovascular conditioning, resistance training, lifestyle physical activity, nutrition, diet, and weight loss.
In addition to my academic and professional endeavors, I am a wife and mother who enjoys spending quality time with my family, exercising, and preparing reduced calorie soul food meals.
In the not so distant past, human beings were required to perform strenuous physical activity daily as they had to hunt and gather food and constantly roam for shelter. In addition, since food supplies were scarce and unpredictable, it was nearly impossible to overconsume on a daily basis. As late as the early 1900s, physical activity was inevitable since many jobs required manual labor and owning an automobile was not the norm. Nowadays, we step into our high-powered vehicles and drive to the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts for a quick breakfast and a long day in front of a computer.
While modern times have improved human efficiency and productivity, many of today’s technological advances support inactive behaviors and laziness in general. People are living longer when compared to hunters and gatherers of the past, however, they are considerably unhealthier. Although people are no longer required to hunt and gather for survival, this type of lifestyle is embedded in our genetic code. As such, we must create an environment that promotes regular physical activity and good nutrition in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What Sets Me Apart From The Rest
I can improve your health and change your life. As a relentless proponent of preventative health, my primary objective is to enhance people’s quality of life by improving their physical function and encouraging positive lifestyle modification through the promotion of health and wellness.
My process encompasses two steps. First, I provide expert advice to inspire people to be healthier and more physically fit. I pride myself on providing information that is backed by the latest and greatest scientific research. Second, I focus on specific strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle so that it can be continued indefinitely. This is especially important because health and wellness is not a destination, it's a journey. It is my desire as a researcher, educator, and advocate to make people aware of the importance of a physically active lifestyle by providing the resources and guidance necessary for achieving and maintaining good health.
Certifications & Memberships
"Nina, working with you has been such a wonderful experience! As someone who has never consistently worked out with a huge phobia of weight training, I never thought that anyone could push me past my personal limits. Thank you! I've learned so much and as a result of your guidance, I've improved both my cholesterol and blood sugar levels."
Rita, Business Operations Specialist
“...Nina has been my lifestyle consultant for about 6 years. Under her guidance, I've lost well over 50 pounds and kept it off. I contact her for everything from starting a new weight training program to purchasing an herbal supplement. I absolutely love her. Dr. Nina! Thanks for always being there for me."
Lynn, Customer Service Representative
"I'm a barber by day and a DJ by night and between the 2 jobs my time is way past limited. In 2003, I met Nina at a local gym. I worked out daily but as I grew as a DJ my time became more limited. Between '04 and '07 I went from 190 to 275 lbs. By Christmas '07, I was determined to get this weight off of me. Nina had taught me how to work out before but by '07, she became my personal workout dictionary and has always been dead on. I've gone from 275 to as low as 187 lbs since my lifestyle change. Couldn't bench press 115 in '07 and now I'm maxing 275 lbs. I have all the energy I need to do what I have to do including working out twice a day for 2 hours sometimes...All thanks to the best trainer and friend in the world."
Gene, Barber and DJ
“Nina’s expertise as a clinical massage therapist together with her knowledge of health and fitness has helped me immensely. I’ve been suffering with fibromyalgia pain and depression for over 10 years and in all of 5 sessions Nina truly changed my life. I highly recommend her services to anyone looking to improve their health while having fun and feeling great. Nina is worth her weight in gold."
Robin, Research Scientist
“...At a whopping 222lbs I crossed paths with Nina. She gave me the tools that would get me on track. Nina taught me how to calorie count and how it's good to be accountable for everything you put in your body. She also showed me exercises that would help me reach my desired goal weight...I have made it to 163lbs."
Kerry-Ann, Research Specialist
“You've truly motivated me to become a better person. I've always turned to dieting for a quick weight loss by any means necessary. However, after continuously consulting with you, I'm no longer concerned with just the vanity components of weight loss, exclusively. I'm actually inspired to live well. Thank you Nina!”
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