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MEET THE TEAM

Annie Bell,

M.S., RD

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Kenny obtained his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology specializing in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

 

Kenny's background is in exercise physiology, ergonomics, exercise nutrition, and business. He has over seven years experience in the wellness sector including corporate and commercial work. Throughout his time in the work field, Kenny was able to experience a vast array of health practices and knowledge ranging from personal training, teaching group exercise, leading weight management classes, coaching clients telephonically to improve their health conditions by creating plans, working at rehabilitation clinics, and providing support to workers at the Toyota plant right here in San Antonio through ergonomic evaluations. 

 

Kenny's experiences in the health and wellness field aided him in deciding to open his very own wellness center that encompasses a holistic and natural approach. He is passionate about using a preventative care model that decreases risk of developing chronic physical and mental health conditions and decreasing the need for medications. Kenny also understood that the mental aspect to one's health played a vital role in health, performance, and improvement. He also values the fact that the counselors he employs are not just simply "weight loss" counselors, but rather Licensed Professional Counselors that have expertise in a wide range of mental conditions. Through this mind and body connection he has seen the most improvement in one’s health and goal achievement. 

 

Kenny likes to spend his free time working out, watching sports, hunting, and most adrenaline type activities. He is a loyal business man and wishes to grow within the San Antonio and Texas communities to serve the people of this great state. He hopes that you will be a part of his holistic wellness vision and start helping change lives in San Antonio and Texas! 

OWNER/ FITNESS EXPERT

KENNY MCCLENDON

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Tracy Cooper is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has her Bachelors of Art in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and Master's in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary's University.

 

Tracy has experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, couples and adults. She is qualified to treat a variety of issues including, but not limited to: anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, mood disorders, social skills, self-esteem, and stress reduction management. Tracy's counseling approach combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy with other therapeutic techniques that effectively promote change. Her counseling style includes active involvement in your process. She will assist you in exploring your options and solutions while sharing feedback and observations.

 

Tracy has a passion for helping individuals improve their mental health as well as reach their goals. She finds it incredibly rewarding assisting clients through challenging situations and issues. Tracy believes in the process of counseling and the positive affects counseling can provide and would like the opportunity to assist you through this process.

 

When Tracy is not counseling clients, she is working hard as the co-owner of Fit Therapy of Texas. Tracy believes and lives the model and approach of Fit Therapy of Texas. She is also an active member and co-founder of the San Antonio Counselors Networking Group. Tracy is very encouraging and supportive of other counselors. In her downtime, Tracy enjoys art, running, taking photos, coffee with friends, a good book, and spending time with family.

 

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CO-OWNER/LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

TRACY COOPER, M.A., LPC

Annie studied nutritional science at Texas A&M University, where she earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree and completed her dietetic internship. Since 1997, she has enjoyed translating the science of nutrition into practical language for her clients and patients. She has shared the power of good nutrition in a wide variety of settings. Her clinical nutrition work in 2 large community health centers allowed her to work with individuals with various disease states, ethnic backgrounds, and ages, as well as gain fluency in the Spanish language. She has provided nutrition consultative services in non-clinical settings too, such as the Department of Campus Recreation at UTSA, residential children’s homes, and local San Antonio restaurants. As well, she serves as a faculty member at the University of Phoenix, teaching human nutrition and general health classes at the San Antonio campus.

 

Annie has been a guest of local radio and TV shows in College Station, TX, Phoenix, AZ, and St. Louis, MO. She has presented at the American College Health Association national meeting in Orlando, FL, and served on the speaker’s bureau for the American Heart Association in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Generally speaking, Annie advocates a step-by-step, goal-oriented approach to achieving nutritional wellness. Her role in this individualized process is to provide technical expertise, guidance, suggestions, and support, while facilitating the goal-setting process. She pays special attention to clients’ food likes/dislikes as well as their current lifestyles and habits as she assists them in making appropriate, realistic, and attainable goals, aimed at long-term success. She understands that making eating/exercise/lifestyle changes is not always an easy process to undertake, but with the right help, positive changes are possible, and definitely worth the effort.

 

Annie is passionate about exercise and loves the outdoors. Her favorite activities include hiking, camping, and fishing with her family. Despite her thorough knowledge of the science of nutrition, she has an out-of-control sweet tooth!

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

ANNIE BELL, RD

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My name is Kaley Hallowich and I have been in the health and fitness field for over 7 years. I have two personal training certifications (NCSF-CPT and NCCPT), a Bachelors of Science specializing in Athletic Medicine, a Masters in Health and Kinesiology, and have obtained an array of specialty certifications.

 

I fell in love with fitness when I began playing sports as a kid. I really enjoyed being a part of a team and the competitiveness it brought out in me. I began to become fascinated with the human body and biomechanics, knowing that there were ways you could train the body to become better suited to do certain activities. Due to this fascination, I began attending classes at UTSA to master skills pertaining to improving health and kinesiology. I graduated top of my class and now intend on using my education for the greater good.

 

I have found a lot of gratification in passing on the knowledge I have learned, through my education, with those who could really use it to make positive changes in their lives. I am personally driven by seeing results in my clients and seeing these positive lifestyle changes take effect. There have been numerous times that I have worked with people who suffer from preventable diseases, that overcome these diseases, and gain a clean bill of health.

 

I had one woman lose 100 lbs. with me within a year, get taken off her blood pressure medicine, increased her strength and endurance 10-fold, and improved her overall attitude about herself. My ultimate goal in this business is to touch and positively impact as many lives as I possibly can. I truly believe everyone deserves to be happy and to live their life to the fullest. The best way to do this is to create a healthy lifestyle that your body can thrive in.  

 

Through my education and experiences in this field I have learned an array of techniques to increase all aspects of health. I wouldn't say that I use only one type of training technique, instead I use a collection of techniques to improve all the components of fitness and health. I started my health and fitness profession working with those who had spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders.

 

This job made me realize that just working on someone’s physical health isn’t always enough to bring about long- lasting lifestyle changes alone. I saw much greater results in those who I took a holistic approach with, first working on their attitude towards their health and fitness, and also working through the other mental components of health. 

 

Helping them change their dietary habits and activity level was also just as important, if not more important than teaching them proper exercise techniques. Ultimately, to gain the best results, it’s critical to be well rounded mentally, physically, and spiritually.  

My past jobs have taught me to be creative and how to modify all exercises to fit any person’s abilities. There is no one size fits all in this business and it should never be approached in this way.  

As your fitness expert I vow to give you 110 % every day, to educate you so that you have long lasting results, and to help you become the best you. This profession isn’t just another job for me, it is a purpose and I have every intention of fulfilling my purpose.  

KALEY HALLOWICH

Personal Trainer/Fitness Expert

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Patricia received her degree in Sociology from the University of FL, graduated Cum Laud with all of her health pre-requisites completed for Physician. Once graduated, she realized she was more interested in the field of prevention rather than traditional medicine. Patricia also obtained her training certificate from NASM and Master Trainer Certificate from 9Round.

 

Patricia believes that every person is different and the workout should be personalized to fit their needs and personal goals. She is a supportive and motivating trainer! Patricia loves to hype her clients up and help them feel like their best self. She always provides options to clients with injuries or orthopedic issues in order for them to safely complete the workout. Personally, she enjoys HIIT and circuit training for clients trying to burn more calories in less time.  

A holistic approach is best because it provides an individual with life long results. Patricia prefers to look at an individuals health journey as a long term lifestyle change rather than a quick fix. Mental health, nutrition, and fitness must work together in order for us to be able to stay consistent and positive throughout time as we continue to age.

 

Obesity and diabetes runs in her mothers side of the family. Patricia witnessed her grandmother struggle with her weight and diabetes her whole life, in 2015 she passed away due to ALS and that is when she decided to make health and fitness a priority in her life.

 

Patricia wants to help people live healthy lives now so that they don't have to suffer at a later age. It brings her immense happiness when a client reaches their health and fitness goals. She love helping people push past the barriers that prevent them from committing to themselves. 

Patricia Lauzardo

Personal Trainer/Fitness Expert

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Caroline Johnson has worked in the field of mental health for over 5 years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology, minor in Neuroscience from the University of South Carolina and Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Caroline is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern, supervised by Diana Hunt, LPC-S.

Caroline has experience providing therapy to individuals, families, couples and groups using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Narrative Therapy. Caroline tries to assist individuals in identifying a stronger, healthier version of their self by tapping into their strengths and understanding their feelings to develop their unique meaning in life. Caroline believes as counselors we must treat the whole person by incorporating nutrition and exercise while providing compassion, empathy and support to navigate emotional pain to improve one’s overall well-being.

Caroline is passionate about becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) to empower individuals to use their strengths to find their resilience and make positive steps towards change. She states, “It has been an honor and privilege to assist individuals discover their assets, unique abilities, develop genuine self-love to beat addiction and step into recovery or get out of homelessness and create a home with hope.”

When Caroline is not working with clients, she enjoys working out, traveling, spending time with loved ones, hiking, gardening and reading

Caroline Johnson

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Lycia graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor of Science in Fitness and Sports and has the following certificates:

• B.S. of Fitness and Sports
• N.C.S.F
• CPR-AED
• TRX-DB
• Trigger point

In her 4th year of personal training, she developed a passion for functional training. She believes it is important to educate and develop exercise which allows individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries. Within her training she also incorporates strength, rehab and stability exercise movement.

Her soul mission is to provide guidance, motivation, and assistance to people who are looking for change in their life. Her purpose is to offer a support system that will allow her clients to see the full perspective of how body, mind, and soul can create a dynamic balanced life. “The body achieves what the mind believes.”

The first day of high school when her coach taught her how to serve a volleyball across the net, was the first time she realized she had a passion for learning about how the body could create strength and power within itself. Learning how to serve a ball was one of the hardest movements she had to learn, but by learning about the connections of movement, strength, and consistency is what allowed her to master the technique. As she became an adult Lycia knew that she wanted to educate adults on the basis of fundamental movement and create confidence within themselves to master all levels of movement.

 

Life can be chaotic on its own, and if you are not knowledgeable about how your body moves you can create more stress for yourself and those around you. Helping, teaching, and guiding is her calling in life, and if she can help one person become a better version of themselves she has fulfilled her calling.

 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoy her city and make bon fires while gazing at the stars.

Lycia Torres

Personal Trainer/Fitness Expert

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Stephanie has been a Licensed Therapist for over 9 years. She obtained her Master’s in Community Counseling at St. Mary’s University.

 

Stephanie provides various methods of therapy to help the client where they are at in life. These methods include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person Centered Therapy which allows the client to focus on self-improvement and create a working relationship between client and therapist.

 

Stephanie has worked with all ages ranging from Elementary to the elderly. She is qualified to treat a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, loss and grief, and other behavioral/mood issues. She provides sessions that are structured to maximize time and assist in meeting therapeutic goals.

Her passion to become a therapist began when she realized that her experiences in life could help others who may find it difficult to understand internal feelings and thoughts. To help someone feel more positive at the end of a session is her goal. Hurting people should not struggle alone.

Stephanie believes that mental health can be affected by how we think and feel, what we put into our bodies, and lack of physical movement. By incorporating therapy, healthy foods, and exercise, the person as a whole can become a better version or themselves.

Outside of being a therapist, she truly enjoy working out, traveling especially to beaches, and spending quality time with family.

Stephanie Garcia

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Valerie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the direct supervision of Annie Viers, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S. She has been employed in San Antonio, TX as a LPC-Intern since February 2017. As a San Antonio native who grew up on the South Side, she whole-heartedly knows the strength and courage it takes to accept when one can’t handle parts of life. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology-Molecular Biology Specialization from Texas Lutheran University where she was on track to attend medical school. After graduating from Texas Lutheran, however, she put medical school on hold to answer God’s call to do medical missionary work in South Africa for a year.

 

While living in Umphumulo, South Africa, she learned what it means to accompany others in their journey and the importance of “Ubuntu” (brotherhood/humanity to others). Upon her return home, she worked on the West Side of town, which led to her decision to pursue mental health counseling where she received a Master’s Degree from Wayland Baptist University at the San Antonio Campus.

 

Her Christian-influenced, higher education and experience has helped her understand the significance of integrating psychology with Christian values, while also understanding the importance of being in tune to one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves. This holistic approach in emphasizing the biopsychosocial model is what strives her work in becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a mental health therapist, she is able to accompany others where they are, help them understand their strengths, and allow them to take charge in changing and developing their lives, whether individually, with another, or within a group. Her main modes of approach include Person-Centered Therapy, Existential Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy.

 

Having worked in the middle and high school public education system for 5 years, Valerie has experience with adolescents, young adults, adults, and families. Also, having 5 years experience in the healthcare field has given her a knowledge base and experience in serving others with chronic illnesses. This unique position has fueled her desire to expand and explore chronic illness, caretaker issues, infertility issues, adopting, fostering, first responders, trauma, abuse, and domestic violence. She has CEUs and training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.

 

Her hobbies include reading, running, playing with her dog, singing, the San Antonio Spurs, and enjoying time with Family and Friends.

 

FOCUS: Christian and Clinical Counseling, Chronic Illness, Infertility Issues, Miscarriage, Child Loss, IVF, Adopting, Fostering, First Responders, Trauma, Abuse, Domestic Violence, Cancer, Missionary Re-Entry, Adjustment, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Grief and Loss, Women’s Issues, Eating Disorders, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults, Elderly, Marriage and/or Family Issues, Divorce

Valerie Rivas

Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern

Supervised by Annie Viers, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S

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Mayra is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from California State University, Chico. In 2017, she moved to San Antonio, Texas and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Incarnate Word. After accomplishing her certification she decided to make Texas her home and the place where she will pursue a career in the health and wellness field.

 

Mayra's interest in nutrition began after my personal experience with an eating disorder. In college  she signed up for an intro to nutrition course with the intention of becoming a healthier version of herself. However, it also led her to take on a different career path and pursue a degree in Dietetics. Learning about the essential roles that nutrients have in the human body helped her have a better relationship with food and inspired her to want to help people understand how to fuel their body.

 

As she pursued her major, she became involved in a lot of community nutrition outreach programs. Mayra's community work showed her that there is a need for more education on preventative care.  She has worked with all ages in the community and clinical settings and have assisted in nutritionally treating diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.  Interacting with patients and clients made her realize that  many did not have the support and guidance to make the changes that would of helped them in the long run. Her goal is to be a resource for sustainable health and decrease the risk of chronic illnesses. 

 

People’s relationship with food, fitness, and health is complex. As an aspiring Dietitian, she believes in a compassionate and client-centered approach to healing. Her passion comes from these experiences and she simply wants to help people be their best version.

 

In Mayra's free time I am very involved in jiu-jitsu; the sport has taught me to work-hard, persevere, and be patient. She also enjoys hiking and cooking with her friends. 

Mayra Diaz

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist