MEET THE TEAM

Annie Bell,

M.S., RD

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Kenny McClendon, B.S.

Owner/ Fitness Expert

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! 

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Tracy Cooper, M.A., LPC

Co-Owner/Licensed Professional Counselor

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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Meghan Teague, B.S

Office Manager

Meghan graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in May of 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She also has a Personal Training Certification from the National Council on Strength and Fitness.

 

Meghan takes a modern approach in regards to managing a business. She take pride in leading by example and strive for optimal growth and success of both the company and our team. Meghan implement's effective communication and decision-making skills to strengthen team performance, efficiency, and overall success of the company. She places an emphasis on providing guidance and organization to those that she works with directly. By emphasizing this, Meghan creates an efficient, motivating environment that encourages the greater achievement of the company and our team as individuals and as a collective.

 

With a background in Health and Wellness, Meghan can appreciate the holistic approach that Fit Therapy of Texas takes in order to provide an inclusive, transformative experience. Fit Therapy's belief that the health of both your mind and body are key components of healthy living align with my personal beliefs and practices. This vision made my aspiration of being part of their objective even stronger. She knows that being in this environment will be a true testament to how rewarding it is to make such a positive impact on someone's health and well-being. Working with Fit Therapy of Texas and fulfilling the management position will allow me to be part of the expansion of the company's overall vision and its intent to provide people with all the necessary tools to live a healthy and balanced life mentally and physically. 

 

Her passion in helping others live their best and healthiest life motivates me to continue pursuing a leadership position in this industry. Throughout my time in the Health and Wellness industry, I've been able to help many people enhance the quality of their life both in and out of the gym. It is so fulfilling being in the position of assisting in someone's journey to a healthier life and knowing that you're helping them not only physically, but in a mental aspect as well by helping them rebuild their confidence.

 

During her time as a personal trainer, she acquired a client who was recovering from a medical condition that required him to have surgery to receive a coronary stent. When he came to her, he was almost seven weeks into his recovery from that procedure. He expressed his goals, explaining that he desired to regain muscle mass and rebuild his endurance. After an in-depth consultation regarding his medical history and receiving clearance for him to begin physical activity, she began the process of helping him achieve his goals. She worked with him three times a week for three and a half months. They performed fitness assessments bi-weekly to keep track of his progress. Over the course of three and a half months in my program, he was able to build up his endurance and increase from only being able to do five minutes of cardio to a total of 40 minutes of cardio. Meghan saw him making changes weekly as he began increasing his weights during lifting sessions and his time spent doing cardio. Throughout his time with me, he gained a total of fifteen pounds in muscle mass and was able to decrease his body fat percentage by 11%. She was able to witness both physical and mental changes within him. He became much more confident and was eager to continue making progress on his journey to a healthier mind and body. It was so rewarding being part of his health transformation and to witness how it positively impacted his life in many aspects. My client was a true testament to why she loves being in this industry and aspire to pursue a lifelong career in it. 

 

Meghan enjoys being in the gym during my free time. It's a way for me to escape any stresses she may be experiencing and it allows me the opportunity to unwind. Meghan also enjoys painting and often participate in that a couple of times throughout the week. Meghan hopes to pursue a career in the Health and Beauty industry. She believes that everyone deserves to live a healthy life inside and out, and would love to continue helping others achieve internal and external health. 

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Ashley Paradise, B.A

Fitness Expert

Ashley graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Dance. She is also an NASM Certified Nutrition Specialist, CPR/AED Certified, and Certified by the centers for disease control and prevention on concussion in sports. She is in the process of becoming certified through NASM for her Personal Training Certification.

Ashley has a range of experience in the fitness/wellness industry. She trained as a dancer from Elementary through College and cross trained fellow dancers to support their body in their demanding career as dancers. Ashley also trained young adults in exercise classes that focused on HIIT, yoga, and functional/bodyweight based training. She coached individual clients on their fitness journey through exercise, food guidance, and mindset education. All in addition to offering online health and fitness guidance through her website.

 

Ashley strongly believes that every body is different. What works for one body, may not work for another; and that there is no such thing as right or wrong when it comes to creating a plan of movement for your body. The most important thing is finding what works best and is right for each unique individual. This may be discovered by figuring out any limitations or imbalances someone may have as well as what compliments their unique physiology the best, combined with what kind of exercise gets them excited to do it...because that is huge.

 

Ashley's ideal approach to fitness, is to take a well-rounded approach. This includes creating plans that incorporate flexibility, stability, and agility training; which help to build a strong muscle tone to help with all bodily functions including movement, metabolism, etc. Your muscle, joint and heart health all play an important role in achieving a healthy fit body. If the outside looks healthy, but the inside is struggling, that’s not true health. It is important to create a training regimen to not only look and feel good on the outside, but on the inside as well.

Ashley was a competitive athlete her entire life, from poms and dance in Secondary School through College to competing in National Physique Competitions.  She trained with leading coaches in the industry,  which taught her many lessons on training, and more importantly on coaching.

 

Shortly after graduating from GVSU, at the peak of her athletic career, Ashley started to suffer with severe joint pain and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. In a short period of time, she struggled to perform basic tasks like writing and even walking without being in severe pain.  She went to several types of doctors, from Rheumatologists to Holistic Practitioners and had to figure out what worked for her.  She has had to work hard to help figure out how to help heal her body, so she is extremely passionate about helping others avoid reaching the debilitating point in their health that she did. 

 

The knowledge that she learned going through her recovery process are all things that she can now use to approach fitness training and coaching.  Her knowledge about the importance of movement, muscle health and recovery, gut health, mental health, internally and externally toxic environments, and how the food that we put into our bodies every day creates a choice towards health or illness, are all things that inform how she approaches fitness training and coaching now in a very holistic approach.

 

Ashley strongly believes that in order to achieve true, optimal health, you have to look at your body as a whole. The thoughts that we think dictate the actions that we take. The food that we eat and the movement that we offer our body, all play a tremendous role in creating our overall health and well being. In the society that we currently live in, this way of thinking, is not as main stream as it should be. She hopes that each day we can help to positively shift this perspective because people deserve to not only get by, but to live a vibrant, healthy, energy filled, happy life.

 

Ashley absolutely loves working with a wide range of people from young adults to older individuals and from athletes to people who have extreme limitations.  The human body is so fascinating and when taken care of properly and nurtured can be the greatest asset anyone could have. Everything she has learned, studied, gone through, and experienced all continually give her insight into how she can help others create the healthiest, most vibrant life imaginable.

 

Ashley thinks that any win, no matter how small, is something to be celebrated. If you signed up for a training session, that act alone that you decided to take is speaking volumes towards the future that you are creating for yourself. That being said, when dramatic wins starts to occur, you can literally feel that positive shift in your life change. 

 

One of the most dramatic impacts Ashley was able to have on her client’s health occurred on not only a physical level, but a physiological and mental level. This client, not unlike most individuals, was overweight and not very physically active and had a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep at night. Her chronic fatigue and lethargy combated with high stress levels contributed to her not feeling confident in her body, which created an unfulfilling, hard life experience.

 

After one month of working together by incorporating yoga, daily exercise and adjusting eating habits, sleep started to become better in the sense that she could fall asleep easier and most the time without any trouble stay asleep. Which then helped with stress levels throughout the day and energy in the morning because her body began to get adequate rest and recovery and nutrition. By 3 months, her pants started to become lose. She saw an old friend at the local grocery store and her friend told her she looked radiant and could fit her in her coat pocket because she had lost so much weight.

 

By the end of the 3rd month of being on this journey together, not only was sleep better (on nights she was able to get off her phone on tiktok!), her energy level improved, she now only drank coffee because it tasted good (not in order for her body to function), she felt more confident, and she was physically stronger. At age 60, she was able to perform 20-30 burpees in a row, when in the beginning planks and pushups were a challenge.

 

This was the biggest impact because it not only changed her life physically, but mentally and physiologically inside of the body as well. All of this combined snow balls to effect all areas of life. If you have more energy and confidence, you take more actions, show up with more exuberance in life, which in turn creates better relationships and outcomes, creating completely different life experiences.

 

For fun, Ashley absolutely loves a good book to start off the day or the middle of the day or the end of the day, anytime really. Her personal favorites are self development and/or health books. She finds it fascinating to read about subjects that can only improve your current life made by people who have put so much work into learning the lessons they are sharing. Other than reading, She will never turn down a good comedy stand up, movie, or yoga class. In the future, Ashley hopes to continue to be a source of help for individuals who are wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle; with a portion being catered towards people who have autoimmune diseases and need help with their symptoms and healing their gut.

Annie Bell, M.S.,LD,RD

Registered Dietitian

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!

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Min Reynolds, Ph. D., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Reynolds has worked in the mental health field for over ten years. She obtained her Masters in 2009 and Ph.D. in 2015 in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Her passion for becoming a therapist is being able to assist others in dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other mental health issues.

She has worked for several years for inpatient mental health and assisted in a group, individual, and family counseling. Over the last two years she has worked in outpatient facility to provide group therapy and individual counseling for active duty members dealing with substance abuse.

Her background includes Play Therapy and her counseling approach includes CBT with Narrative therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and couples counseling. She believes in a holistic approach and believes that the mind and body should be working in sync for positive mental health and wellness.

During her downtime you can find her playing darts, relaxing with friends, and experience new things. Being a military brat has continued to her ambitions to travel and always exploring. 

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Monica Solis-Hoefl, M.S., LPC-S

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

Monica has worked in the field of mental health for over 19 years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science & Psychology from Texas A & M University – Kingsville and Master’s of Science in Educational Science from Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi. Monica is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from St. Mary’s University – San Antonio. 

Monica works with all ages, adults, adolescents and children, in individual, couples or family counseling. Adolescents are of special interest to me. She counsels from a Positive psychology, solution-focused perspective that addresses the needs & goals of the client with the primary focus of enhancing their life. Monica approaches her work with creativity, compassion & commitment. She is optimistic, encouraging, & motivated to provide guidance & resources that empower you to hear and develop your voice & goals.

Monica works well with individuals, couples, and families trying to improve communication, parenting, trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, or transitions; and special interest working with teens struggling with self-esteem, establishing boundaries, substance abuse, self-harm, academic concerns, social anxiety, impulsivity, and college counseling.

When Monica is not working with clients, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, reading and working on her dissertation. 

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Stephanie Garcia, M.A., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Jasmine Espinoza, M.S., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Jasmine has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas and a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Jasmine has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since October 2019. She practices from a Solution Focused Therapy model and incorporates a Holistic Counseling approach. She is goal oriented and likes to focus on client strengths.

 

Jasmine decided to become a Counselor because she loves helping people and has always been a great listener. When she first started training it felt natural to her and knew she was on the right path. Jasmine has worked in multiple settings, but enjoys the opportunities that she gets to incorporate fitness and nutrition the most. She thinks it is very important to our mental health to take care of our bodies.

 

Her hobbies include running, hiking, thrifting and watching movies. Eventually, she would like to go back to school and get her PhD in Sports Psychology. She also aspires to become licensed in multiple states to explore and gain new experience.

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Stephanie Jasso, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate

Supervised by Jillian Denman, MS LPC-S

Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate under the direct supervision of Jillian Denman MS, LPC-S. She received her bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University with a degree in Psychology and a concentration in counseling. Stephanie furthered her studies at St. Mary’s University where she received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Stephanie is currently pursuing her certification in becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).

 

Stephanie is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a diverse background working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families while specializing in counseling approaches that are unique to each individual’s circumstance. These therapeutic modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy also known as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Person-Centered Therapy.

 

Stephanie’s beliefs in psychotherapy are there is no right or wrong. What may work for some, may not work for others; that is the beauty and uniqueness of counseling. Stephanie continues to advocate and strive to be a counselor serving individuals and the community as a stimulus for problem resolution, a facilitator for change and to have individuals feel heard, respected and validated as they struggle through the obstacles that prevent them from pursuing goals, living a productive and fulfilled life in a nonjudgmental environment.

 

Working within a private school system, Stephanie has experience providing guidance and counseling support to adolescents and their families, as well as, collaborate with educators. Her goal is for all children to experience a positive, safe, and effective learning environment. When providing Tele-Mental Health counseling sessions with children and adolescents, she uses a Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) approach. In addition, Stephanie is part of the first cohort for the San Antonio Compassionate Institute 2020, whose mission is to integrate systemic compassion into Schools and Colleges/Universities Campuses.

 

While living abroad Stephanie has had the opportunity to experience diverse cultures allowing her to be culturally sensitive. When Stephanie is not working with clients she aims to practice self-care by spending time with her family cooking together, organizing and decorating, going for walks with her dog, playing board games, dinner with friends, and when the opportunity presents itself hang out at the beach and sit by a nice wood burning fire.

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Mayra Diaz, RD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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. 

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Christian Chavez, M.Sc.

Personal Trainer/Fitness Expert

Christian has a strong passion for fitness and health. He has two degrees in exercise science. A bachelor’s degree in exercise science and human performance, and a master’s degree in health and kinesiology. He is CPR certified, and wants to advance and continue his knowledge in various certification.

Not only does he have the education for fitness and health he has experience as a collegiate/professional athlete. Christian competed in the sport of swimming for nine years. During those nine years, he swam four as a college athlete, and one year as a professional. The sport of swimming taught him how to set goals, work hard, compete, patience’s, and have a strong passion. What Christian learned from swimming helps him be a better trainer and person when helping people reach their goals.

When it comes to knowledge and technique approaches, Christian brings a variety of knowledge and approaches to the table. When it comes to knowledge, he believes a client should understand and learn nutrition, physical well-being, and mental well-being. Christian wants to give the knowledge to clients that these three components are a lifestyle and they do not have an expiration date. When it comes to technique approaches, he believes a client should know proper form, why the exercise is important, modifications, and understanding different training methods. It is important to let the client know why they are doing these exercises and why it is beneficial for them. There is an exercise program for everyone it does not matter if the client is a beginner, intermediate, or advanced. It is also important to include different training methods such as strength training, conditioning, functional training, HIIT training, etc.

The main reason he decided to become a fitness and health expert is because of the coaches and strength coaches giving him the opportunity to compete and learn at the highest level. When Christian was born, he was born with a vision disability (no vision in left eye and low vision in right eye). He was always told “no” or “this is not for you” but that did not stop him. When he got into athletics, coaches and strength coaches gave him the opportunity to compete and learn from them. They wanted to accept the challenge. This is why he wants to help people and change their lives. Giving that person the opportunity to reach their goals and show them it is possible.

Christian has changed many lives during his fitness career. One client made dramatic changes during their time together. In the beginning, they had no mindset, did not feel challenged, and did not have the nutrition. Over time, the changes started happening. First, we set goals to reach. It was important to know why we set these goals. Secondly, we put a nutrition plan together slowly cut out the bad food and put in the good food. Over time, the client made it a habit to eat healthy. Finally, he wanted to challenge the client not just physically but mentally as well. This included challenging workouts, competing against the clock, or practicing mental training. Over time, the client got stronger mentally and could not wait for certain challenges.

When it does not come to training clients, he is a simple person. Christian's hobbies include working out, sports, movies, concerts, and hanging out with friends and family. His goals as a fitness expert is to give 100% each day at work, push clients physically and mentally, continue to learn from coworkers, and show clients that the impossible is just IMpossible.

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