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undefinedSam Gervase
Director of Community Engagement

Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Education: B.A. in Business Administration (Boston College)
Favorite type of physical activity: Competitive group fitness classes
Motivation to be a Health Coach: Coming from a background in healthcare, I’ve always wanted to work for a company with a mission to help people take ownership of their health. I am inspired by the “ah-ha” moments helping people realize their full potential


Interests: I’ve gotten into competitive volleyball, hiking, road cycling, & I’m all about candle making. I love candles, I but hate spending $20 on a good candle so I started making my own.
Health tip: For building new habits, don’t try and change too many things at once. Recently, rather than trying to change my entire morning routine, I made the smaller commitment to floss. I’ve made flossing a habit & have been significantly more consistent with my oral hygiene!
Favorite part of Central Texas: Trail running in the different state parks

Megan SwiderskiMegan Swiderski
Certified Profile Coach

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Education: B.S. in Nutrition Sciences (University of Illinois at Chicago), M.S. Nutrition & Integrative Health est. completion in 2021 (Maryland University of Integrative Health)
Favorite type of physical activity: Hiking
Motivation to be a Health Coach: Being able to assist someone in making positive changes is something I find to be truly rewarding and it motivates me to help as many people as I can! I have made my own lifestyle changes in the past and have grown an appreciation for how complex of a process it can be.
Interests: I began cooking when I was old enough to use the stove and it continues to have a special place in my heart. I am passionate about creating new recipes and sharing my love of food with those around me!
Health tip: When it comes to wellness, don’t overlook self-care. Be optimistic in all that you do and focus on what is best for yourself!
Favorite Part of Central Texas: The Greenbelt & Lake Travis


undefinedNolan Pyle
Certified Profile Coach

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education: B.S. in Exercise Sports Science (Texas State University)
Favorite type of physical activity: Resistance training
Motivation to be a Health Coach: I have always been one to give tips to friends and family on how to lead healthier lifestyles, so why not make a job of it? I absolutely love learning about new things in the health and wellness world and figuring out how I can apply these things in my life.
Interests: I enjoy being outside biking, slacklining, fishing, hunting, and so much more!
Health tip: Step out of your comfort zone. Doing the same thing can really get boring, which can lead to a less healthy relationship with food & exercise.
Favorite Part of Central Texas: Outdoor live music like ACL & Blues on the Green

undefinedKami Wisdom
Certified Profile Coach

Hometown: Mclouth, Kansas
Education: B.S. in Community Health Services (University of Kansas)
Favorite type of physical activity: Running with my dogs
Motivation to be a Health Coach: My family is one of my biggest inspirations for being a health coach. I have seen how a healthy diet and weight loss can change a person’s life. I have always known I wanted to be the person that facilitates healthy lifestyle change in others.
Interests: I love camping, hiking, running, biking or just hanging out in my hammock enjoying a good book (and some peace and quiet!)
Health tip: When I purchase fresh produce at the store, I always buy the veggies that aren't pre-cut. They are cheaper (because they don't require an employee to wash, cut and prepare) and I find they stay fresh longer. I also buy all my fruits and veggies in bulk when they are in season. I freeze what I don’t need right away, saving money & enjoying higher quality produce!
Favorite Part of Central Texas: Spending an afternoon in a hammock in the Greenbelt

undefinedJane Gomez
Certified Profile Coach

Education: B.S. in Exercise Science (Texas State University)
Favorite type of physical activity: Hiking & resistance training
Motivation to be a Health Coach: I want to help others discover their inner strength & confidence while developing tools to sustain a healthy lifestyle for the long haul!
Interests: I love traveling and learning about different cultures.
Health tip: Water is your best friend! Carbs are not your enemy!
Favorite Part of Central Texas: Lake Travis

undefinedVeda Polk
Certified Profile Coach

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Education: B.A. in Music Education (University of Memphis)
Favorite type of physical activity: High intensity interval training
Motivation to be a Health Coach: I want to help the world become a healthier place, one person at a time.
Interests: I have spent my whole life playing violin and singing! Music is the gateway to emotions; You can express yourself in so many ways through music.
Health tip: Sustainability means different things to different people; each person has a unique "diet" that is right for them. Life shouldn't be about deprivation to achieve short-term goals. It should be about enjoying the process to sustain a life of fulfillment.
Favorite part of Central Texas: Sunday afternoon live music on Rainey Street

undefinedLana Dutton
Member Services Associate

Hometown: Round Rock, Texas
Education: General Studies (Austin Community College)
Favorite type of physical activity: Running intervals
Motivation to be a Health Coach: I have a thirteen-year-old daughter who looks up to me; I want to be a great role model for her. I’ve been successful as a Profile member & want to help others make the changes I’ve made!
Interests: I am active in my church & love bargain hunting for a great deal! I am also very passionate about the lifestyle changes I’ve made over the last year working with my Profile coach, Nina!
Health tip: Find healthier food alternatives that will work for you. If you like Chinese food, then make a stir fry with cauliflower rice.
Favorite part of Central Texas: Exploring the diverse local foodie scene

undefinedRayna Jacobson
Area Operations Manager

Hometown: Perham, Minnesota
Education: B.S. in Exercise Science & Kinesiology (University of North Dakota)
Favorite type of physical activity: Hot yoga & sand volleyball
Motivation to be a Health Coach: I have always wanted to be able to help people improve their quality of life. Sometimes physical barriers limit us to do the things we are passionate about doing. Being able to help someone regain the excitement and ability to follow their passions is extremely rewarding.
Interests: Playing frisbee with my Australian shepherd & coaching volleyball are two of my favorite ways to spend my limited free time!
Health tip: Find a routine! Every day or every week might look different but find a few things you can commit to doing every single day to help you stay on track
Favorite part of Central Texas: Outdoor restaurant patios