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Beacon Best Medicine

The Beacon Health & Fitness Best Medicine program is divided into several different diagnoses. The individual programs conduct specialized fitness classes designed to help improve all aspects of the participant.

This is for anyone who has rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and joint replacement or joint pain. The exercises will help relieve your pain and improve your body movement, along with enhancing your balance and overall strength through activities in a warm-water therapy pool.

AUTISM FITNESS, Piece of the Puzzle
Focus on improving the health and fitness of individuals with Autism. Autism Fitness will focus on helping to improve five separate disciplines – fundamental skills, game and sport related skills, making judgement, connecting with others, and empathy. Participants are assessed prior to the start of the session, as well as throughout the class to track progress. Exercise has been proved to improve health and fitness, motor skills, and some behaviors in individuals with Autism.

CANCER FITNESS, Restorative Fitness at Memorial Regional Cancer Center
Exercise, during and after cancer treatment, is proven to enhance recovery. Less pain, more energy, strength and endurance are just some of the health benefits you can experience with Restorative Fitness.

This program provides assistance for those that are finished with physical therapy or those with morbidities and are eager to continue improving, along with prevention of re-injury.

Improves overall health, especially cardiovascular and strength for individuals with Down Syndrome. Designed as a circuit-style workout, includes focus on balance, motor functions, coordination along with cardiovascular & strength activities. *Mishawaka Location Only

Congratulations on completing your initial cardiac rehab – you are now ready for the next step in improving your heart health. Next, you will continue cardiac fitness, with the addition of strength, endurance and yoga exercises. Your progress is monitored and shared with your physicians.

For those with a diagnosed neurological condition such as neuropathy, stroke, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, this program will help improve your quality of life through activities in the warm water therapy pool. It can also enhance your balance, flexibility, endurance, strength and thinking.

This program will help improve your quality of life through better breathing, movement, balance and posture. It also builds a sense of camaraderie and friendship among participants and caregivers.

Exercise training is critically important to prevent and help treat PAD. You will take part in cardiovascular exercise sessions for 45-60 minutes. Exercise Physiologists will customize programs specific to you to increase exercise tolerance, along with increased blood flow in the legs, improve walking efficiency, increase strength and improve quality of life.

Focus on setting realistic goals and developing new physical activity habits while pursuing a healthy weight. MOVE helps tackle co-morbidities which encompass high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated glucose levels and BMI that exceed 30. Participants go through a health assessment, take part in cardiovascular activity, strength & flexibility training and discuss nutritional needs. These group classes allow participants to get the support to succeed in this journey to a healthier person. Classes are led by Fitness Specialists, Wellness Coaches and Nutritional Information provided by Registered Dietitians. This collaboration will lead our members to success in their weight management journey.

Beacon Best Medicine Trainers

Jake Phillips

Clinical Integration Coordinator | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology – Ithaca College | Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology – Indiana University Bloomington

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | Certified Functional Aging Specialist | Functional Movement Screen Level 2

Jake is passionate about working with people who have medical conditions, orthopedic limitations, and those looking to change their body composition. His philosophy and exercise programming is based on a deep scientific understanding of the human body, scientific research in the field, and writings from some of the most successful fitness professionals in the country. He strives to provide safe, effective workouts that are designed specifically for the goals and ability level of each individual. He also specializes in working with people who have medical conditions or who have not exercised before, and progressing them to be the best they can be. He believes fitness is a lifelong journey that anyone can enjoy!

Jake oversees the Beacon Best Medicine Program and teaches the Heart Healthy (Phase IV Cardiac Rehab) & The CLIMB (Parkinson’s fitness) class. He also oversees the transition of those with a physical therapist or physician referral into our three Beacon Health & Fitness facilities using out medically integrated model.

Kayla Quinlan

Fitness Specialist  |  Personal Trainer  |  Group Fitness Instructor 

Education and Certifications:

Bachelor’s degree is Exercise Science – Grand Valley State University

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer | ACSM Group Exercise Instructor | Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation – CLIMB | Les Mills Body Pump

Kayla Quinlan Beacon Health & Fitness personal trainer

Kayla is passionate about working with various populations on achieving their health and fitness goals. She has experience working with individuals with cancer, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease and other chronic conditions. Kayla’s main focus is to help people gain a better overall quality of life while improving strength and endurance. She is happy to be a part of someone’s fitness journey and watch them improve on step at a time.

McKenzie Jones

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Wellness with a Gerontology minor – Brigham Young University

ACSM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | Water in Motion Instructor | Climb certification

McKenzie Jones beacon health and fitness

McKenzie’s passion lies in working with the elderly population and individuals struggling with chronic diseases. McKenzie’s focus when working with her clients is helping them reach their health and fitness goals that positively impact all aspects of their lives. Not only is McKenzie a trainer to her clients she is also their friend, helping them feel comfortable and motivated to reach their fitness goals.

Sarah Mark

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology – Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

ACSM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation | Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Leader – Aquatic Exercise Association

Sarah Mark Beacon Health & Fitness South Bend Personal Trainer

Sarah is tremendously passionate about working with people who have limitations to exercise due to disabilities or chronic conditions. She has experience working with individuals with Down syndrome, Autism, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease, cerebral palsy, and many other conditions. She takes great pride in our Best Medicine classes because she loves being able to provide an inclusive environment for individuals to reach their goals. Sarah orients her exercise programming around improving the ability to perform activities of daily living and the overall quality of life.

“My young adult daughter, Katie, has Down Syndrome and, like many of us, puts exercise at the bottom of her priority list.  I am determined to help her live a healthy life, but her activity level decreased as she aged out of the school system. Fortunately, I received a flyer with information about an exercise class at Beacon designed specifically for people with Down Syndrome. We decided to give it a try, and it has been a real motivator for her. Sarah Mark, the trainer, has a wonderful rapport with the class and she is teaching the proper techniques for a wide variety of exercises. Katie’s enthusiasm for the class is a testament to Sarah. Her heart is in this, and it shows through the accomplishments of her class.” –Sarah Henry

Jessica DuBois

Fitness Specialist | Group Fitness Instructor | Personal Trainer | Pilates Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science and Kinesiology & Minor in Psychology – Indiana University Bloomington

ACSM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | BBU Pilates Ladder/Barrel | Water In Motion | SPIN U Cycling Instructor | Queenax Coach | CLIMB Parkinson’s Fitness Certified

Jessica DuBois Beacon Health & Fitness Granger Personal Trainer

Jessica has always had a passion for fitness and helping people find joy in movement.  She has trained clients with various conditions ranging from Parkinson’s,  joint replacement, MS, Cancer, and other conditions.  Jessica uses her educational background to find safe and effective exercises to meet your goals whether you are an elite athlete or new to exercise.  Jessica teaches many group exercises classes including:  Pilates Chair/Barre, Water In Motion, Pilates Reformer, Strength, and Cardio Dance.  When Jessica is not working, you can find her choreographing for musicals at Premier Arts in Downtown Elkhart and instructing dance classes there as well.  Movement is medicine and she is so happy to get to share her knowledge with Beacon and their members!

Jason Brandt

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Sport and Exercise Science with a minor in Health Promotion – Indiana University

ACSM Personal Trainer  |  CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation

Jason Brandt Beacon Health & Fitness personal trainer

Jason’s passion begins with helping people reach their fitness goals.  Fitness and athletics has always been a part of his life. Whether it be basketball, baseball, strength training, or hiking, Jason has always enjoyed being active and enjoys sharing that passion with others while building their confidence along the way.

Priscila Ortiz

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Fitness – Manchester University.

ACSM Personal Trainer

Growing up I always tried to play as many sports as I possibly could. I loved competition and improving in my weaknesses. It wasn’t until high school that I grew a strong passion for a single sport and worked to continued my career in collegiate soccer. I went through my first strength and conditioning program during that time and was amazed by how much my body could push its limits and improve its performance. My passion started from sports but I fell in love working with people from all sorts of fitness backgrounds and goals. I believe well structured, patient, compassionate coaching makes the real difference, and I strive to create meaningful and lasting change in someone’s life.

Mary Austin

Aquatic Group Fitness | Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Science Recreation Therapy – Indiana University Bloomington

CTRS Recreation Therapy | AEA Aquatic Fitness Specialist | AFAP Arthritis Foundation Aquatic exercise instructor

Mary Sue brings her years of experience and passion for aquatic exercise as an instructor for Beacon’s Best Medicine warm water therapy pool classes. She is passionate about using water exercise for individuals seeking to improve strength, balance, flexibility, range of motion and an overall sense of well-being. Mary Sue’s background in aquatic training and certifications has been with some of the best in the aquatic fitness and therapy field through Aquatic Exercise Association and Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute. She is convinced no mater your age or level of abilities that water works, when you work it! Aquasizers will frequently hear her say: ”water exercise – all gain, no pain  – fitness that’s fun!”

Mallory Conrad

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor | Pilates Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Graduated with a Kinesiology degree in Sports Studies

ACSM Personal Trainer | AFFA Group Fitness Instructor | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Cadillac | BBU Chair

Mallory Conrad Beacon health and fitness

Mallory loves to interact and create relationships with members. Her goal is to help others get excited about fitness and to see results with their health. She likes to provide variety to exercise, to challenge members, and keep them engaged. Mallory has been involved with athletics her whole life both as a player and as a coach. She has trained as a soccer athlete working on endurance, speed, and agility, as well as a thrower in track working on coordination, strength, and power.

“Training with Mallory has been the single best decision I’ve ever made for my physical health. She is great at motivating me and challenging me every week. I love the large variety of exercises we work on every session and love seeing how my performance has improved month over month. Mallory is a phenomenal personal trainer.” – Amanda Mitchell

Tyler Geissler

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology with a Biology minor – Cornell College

ACSM Personal Trainer

Photo of Tyler Geissler

Tyler has been in the health and wellness field since 2012 and enjoys seeing the people around him succeed. He has been involved with athletics his whole life and even played college football, where he was introduced to athletic training by his coaches. Tyler developed a passion for health and fitness and his goal is to help others attain a healthier version of themselves. Tyler has worked with a variety of people with different goals and limitations. He loves working with athletes, young and old, to help develop their speed, agility and quickness. He specializes in corrective, physical therapy based exercises to help range of motion and functionality based on his previous experience in physical therapy settings.

Caylee Watson

Pilates Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University

WellCoaches | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | BBU Pilates Cadillac | Water in Motion | Best Medicine

Caylee works full-time as a Registered Nurse, but also shares an equal passion for health & fitness. She loves to combine her medical background and her fitness knowledge to help clients become the best version of themselves and achieve their goals. You will find her at the Granger and Elkhart locations teaching pilates Reformer, best medicine classes, or water in motion. When not playing her role as a fitness instructor or a nurse, she plays the role of wife and dog mom.

Christine Vonasek

Aquatic Group Fitness | Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Nursing – Brigham Young University

Registered Nurse | AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor

Christine is passionate about caring for others in both the mind and the body. Christine loves to fuel her participants with energy, positivity and happiness during every workout! As a RN, Christine loves being able to watch individuals grow in their health from the inside out, and she loves being able to relate to her participant’s experiences with their workouts on the floor and their journey with treatments and hospital care. Whether its discussing health goals or learning new equipment, Christine works hard to empower each individual she works with. Not only does Christine teach best medicine classes, but she also teaches cardio dance classes in the group fitness setting to help individuals break a sweat while having a lot of fun.

Sharone Smith

Pilates Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Water aerobic (fitness USA) | Aquatic Exercise Association | Arthritis foundation Aquatic Program | Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute

Sharone has motivated members in water classes for over 14 years. Water can be very beneficial by helping with painful joints and muscles. Sharone enjoys helping every client improve their health and fitness by building relationship’s to motivate and challenge members to become a heather version of themselves. Her passion is helping members have a better quality of life while making exercise fun and challenging.

Brenda Allen

Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

AEA certification from the Arthritis Foundation | Water in Motion | AFAA Group Fitness Certification

Brenda has been a group fitness instructor since 2017, she enjoys teaching & working with a wide variety of people. As a former member who was plagued with numerous joint issues, she understands the needs of others with similar issues. Modifications are an important part of an exercise routine when you have joint problems. Because exercise is important for everyone, the Beacon Best Medicine program is a great resource.

For more information on how you can get started in our Beacon Best Medicine program, email Jake at gro.metsyshtlaehnocaeb@spillihPEJ

* Membership to Beacon Health & Fitness and a physician referral are required to participate in the Beacon Best Medicine program.