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!
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.
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!
Personal Trainer/Fitness Expert
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.
Personal Trainer/Fitness Expert
My name is Mariah Zuniga and I have been in the Fitness & Wellness field for 6 years. I earned my Bachelor of Science specializing in Athletic Medicine. I obtained my Group Exercise Certification and specialize in yoga, cycle, Pilates, Aqua Fit, Total Body and Conditioning.
I immersed myself into the fitness world as a teenager and became mesmerized by the functions and biomechanics of the human body. This fueled me as a young adult to change my major from Civil Engineering to Kinesiology specializing in Athletic medicine in order to pursue a career where I have true passion and desire.
The Fitness & Wellness field continuously is growing and changing which drives me to continue to further expand my knowledge so I can continue to develop and lead safe and effective fitness sessions. I give my clients my all, so they feel knowledgeable, safe, and challenged. I know I able to positively impact my clients lives, regardless of the injury, age, or weight I am patient and willing to work with my clients so they can see their results and see they are working so hard for themselves to have a healthier and happier life.
I have made it my mission to improve overall health, strength, and flexibility to enhance people’s quality of life. In order to continue my mission, I must include both their mental and dietary health needs to be on par with their physical health. I feel honored to work Fit Therapy of Texas because they value and believe in the same mission.
When I am not working with clients, I enjoy walking my dogs, working out, hiking, kayaking, traveling, trying new and exotic foods.
Licensed Professional Counselor
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
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.
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.
Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern
Supervised by Annie Viers, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S
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
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.
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.