Peggy Buchanan, is the coordinator of vitality/wellness programming for Front Porch and serves as the director of fitness, aquatics and physical therapy at Front Porch’s Vista del Monte Retirement Community in Santa Barbara, Calif. Peggy has more than 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as an author, instructor/trainer and program developer. Her book Movin ‘n Groovin’ was awarded Amazon.com’s “Best Children’s Fitness Book” in 1998. She earned her master’s degree from California State University, Northridge in exercise physiology and has received numerous industry certifications and awards, including two honors from the world’s largest association for health and fitness professionals (IDEA).
Yvette Casal, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. She began teaching Pilates in 2001, using it as a rehabilitative tool working with older adults and pain management, at the Brighton Institute of Physiotherapy in Beverly Hills. She discovered the MELT Method® (MELT) in 2010. Suffering from chronic pelvic pain after the birth of her first child, a colleague recommended a MELT workshop at CSULB. “It was astounding, after the workshop my pain disappeared for the first time post-pregnancy.” She dove into her MELT education, truly transforming the way she teaches, as both a Pilates instructor and a MELT Method® teacher. Yvette teaches MELT Method group classes and private sessions in the Irvine, Newport Beach, and Costa Mesa areas. “With or without pain, we are all moving throughout our day and I hope to share MELT’s self treatment techniques for many years to come, many “ quality" years to come.”
Sapna B. Chopra, PhD, is a psychologist and faculty member in the Counseling department at California State University, Fullerton. She is the co-founder of Mindful Families, a mindful parenting program that seeks to teach parents positive parenting strategies with simple mindfulness practices to help parents manage stress and parent more effectively.
Jackie Halbin, Living Well Manager at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas, has worked with older adults enhancing their lives through a wide variety of fitness and wellness opportunities for the past 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, is a Master FallProof Instructor, FallProof H2O Instructor, Aquatic Exercise Association and personal trainer certified. She has been teaching FallProof classes for six years and enjoys seeing the successes of her clients.
Scott Kaiser, MD, is a practicing geriatrician and Chief Innovation Officer at MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund), which provides services, support and assistance to the entertainment industry community. In this role, Dr. Kaiser leads efforts to improve population health and wellbeing through social and community-based interventions. Dr. Kaiser completed his undergraduate studies at Vassar College with a degree in Science, Technology & Society. He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and went on to train within the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency, a program dedicated to the care of underserved populations. Following residency, he joined the Harvard Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, where he refined his clinical skills and began to apply his interest in health promotion to an older adult population while initiating research exploring the psychology of health behavior change. To further his expertise in this field, Dr. Kaiser returned to Los Angeles and joined the UCLA/VA Primary Care and Health Services Research Fellowship, where he served as a Health Media Fellow. Dr. Kaiser leverages his expertise to tirelessly advocate for the improvement of aging services and geriatric care. He believes in looking beyond “healthcare to meet people where they are and where health happens: in their daily lives, with their friends and families, in their communities.
Gabriela Klein is a faculty member of Mount San Antonio College for the Education for Older Adults Program. She has been actively teaching Fall Prevention, Mobility, and Posture & Flexibility classes since 2006. Gabriela is a 1988 graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Boston with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine/Exercise Science with an emphasis on Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. She has been a group exercise instructor for over 32 years, specializing in Pilates, stretch, and posture work with emphasis on proper alignment and balance. Gabriela has also served as columnist for Huffington Post Patch/Diamond Bar in health, nutrition, and wellness. Because of her interest in exercise as therapy for the mind and body, as well as nutrition, some of her favorite achievements as a health and fitness professional have been with older adults.
Kregg Koch, is the founder, engineer, and patent attorney for Core Stix. He received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Boulder and spent time working on NASA shuttles designing innovative spectrometry equipment. He has always had a passion for innovation and for seeing ideas come to fruition. He has also received a master’s degree in structural engineering from UCLA before he transitioned into becoming a patent attorney.
This path might seem very unusual, but it all culminated into a single moment that would change his life forever: Meeting his eventual business partner, Mike Kadar. They spoke of their ideas for a system of training equipment that would use poles or rods in different positions that would revolutionize the way people build functional strength and Core Stix came to life. Kregg has a passion for Core Stix ability to change lives and inspire fitness across the world!
Leslie Martin received her MA and PhD from the University of California, Riverside. She is currently Professor of Psychology at La Sierra University and holds additional appointments in the Psychology Departments at the University of California, Riverside and Loma Linda University, and in the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University. Her research falls into two distinct areas—the first involves personality and psychosocial factors as predictors of health and mortality risk, as well as the pathways that they take. Her more than 20 years of work in this area is described in The Longevity Project, a fascinating examination of more than 1,500 men and women from the time they were about 10 years old until their deaths. Dr. Martin’s second research focus is on clinician-patient relationships—partnering, health communication, and the ways in which they are associated with medical outcomes such as adherence, satisfaction, and physical health indicators. She has published widely in both of these areas and, in addition to The Longevity Project, has co-authored three other books on health-related topics.
Marc Middleton is Founder and CEO of Growing Bolder and Bolder Broadcasting, Inc. One of the leading voices in the active aging lifestyle movement, he's an author, award winning broadcaster, filmmaker, and world record holding masters athlete. Growing Bolder® is the world's first active aging lifestyle brand and a multiplatform media network whose mission is Rebranding Aging™. Through its many products includingGrowing Bolder TV,Growing Bolder Radio, Growing Bolder Radio Network,Growing Bolder Magazine,Surviving and Thriving® TV, and a growing network of online active lifestyle sites, Growing Bolder® shares the stories of ordinary men and women who are redefining the possibilities of life after 50 and inspiring audiences of all ages to believe that the rest of our lives can be the best of our lives. Marc is the author ofRock Stars of Aging®, 50 Ways to Live to 100and is working on his second book, Growing Bolder. Rebranding Aging and Deprogramming the World from the Cult of Youth. Marc wrote, produced, directed, shot and narrated the feature documentary film,Conquering Kilimanjaro, which tells the story of a group of cancer survivors who attempt to summit the world's highest freestanding mountain to send a message of hope and inspiration to cancer survivors worldwide. In his spare time, Marc likes to paint, travel and is a multiple world record-holding masters swimmer and a nationally ranked high hurdler.
Jan Montague, has focused on the advancement of whole-person wellness education, strategies, and outcomes for individuals and organizations for over 30 years. Jan received her Masters of Gerontological Studies from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She serves on several national and international advisory boards, is a sought after speaker, and has authored numerous articles for professional journals on whole-person wellness and optimal living across the life course.
During her career, she owned and managed a chain of wellness-based fitness centers, founded and operated Montague, Eippert & Associates–a consulting company that worked with hundreds of organizations in their efforts towards whole-person wellness. Most recently, Jan was President of Whole-Person Wellness Solutions, Cincinnati, Ohio and prior to that position; she served as Vice President of Community Life, Wellness, and Applied Research for Lakeview Village, Lenexa, KS. Currently, Jan is President of Whole-Person Wellness International.
Jan Montague, developer of the Whole-person Wellness Model, was the first person to ever present the concept to AAHSA Members (Leading Age) at the 1995 annual meeting.
Katherine Todd, Certified Longevity Stick Arts Instructor, has taught Longevity Stick Arts at the Brea Senior and Fullerton Community Centers since 2009. She was licensed to own and operate a residential care facility in Buena Park, but decided to concentrate on the fitness and mobility of seniors with a desire to stay healthy. Katherine’s mother (age 91) participates in all three weekly classes and provides feedback on each session. This is a valuable tool that keeps the class interesting for both new and returning students. Katherine values this input and incorporates all suggestions into her evolving teaching style.
Stella Tryon is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-Hour level. Her creative approach to teaching yoga is influenced by her affection for the art of living. Stella coordinates groups activities/fitness for L.A. Fitness in Garden Grove and holds several national certifications in group fitness. She also teaches yoga for a variety of corporate wellness programs, private sessions and semi-private sessions in addition to her regularly schedule classes at the Center for Successful Aging. With over ten years of Reiki experience Stella’s healing hands are full of compassionate energy and warmth.
Elizabeth White is the Operations Manager for the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton. Elizabeth is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s and master's degree in Kinesiology. Her master’s thesis study evaluated the efficacy of Stay Well At Home: A Multifactorial In-Home Fall Risk Reduction Program. She is a part-time lecturer at Cal State University Fullerton, certified FallProof™ Master Instructor, FallProof™ H20 Instructor, and Assistant Program Director of the FallProof™ Balance and Mobility Specialist Instructor Certificate Program.