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A little bit about us...

Meet the staff of the Wellness Center. Highly trained, Professional, and Here For You.

Fitness Professionals:

Greg Cox, MS, CSCS, CF-L1

Greg Cox, MS, CSCS, CF-L1

Fitness Supervisor

Email: gcox@apprhs.org

Certifications:
Master of Science in Exercise Science
National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer
CrossFit Level 1 Certified Instructor

Greg Cox has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from East Carolina University, and a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University. He also holds certifications in Olympic weightlifting, Mobility and Spin. He has worked as a fitness professional in a variety of settings for over 19 years, including 18 years at The Wellness Center.

In his free time Greg enjoys weight lifting, running, biking and CrossFit. Greg enjoys working with individuals one-on-one and coaching CrossFit classes. He specializes in strength and conditioning, fat loss and cardiovascular conditioning.

Michael Darling, MS, CSCS

Michael Darling, MS, CSCS

Fitness Leader, Exercise Specialist

Email: mdarling@apprhs.org

Certifications:
Master of Science in Health Studies
Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist
National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer

Michael Darling has 20 years of experience working in the fitness industry. Currently, he is serving as a Fitness Leader at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Wellness Center in Boone, NC. There, he enjoys instructing a diverse population in reaching their fitness goals. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from Appalachian State University, a Master’s Degree in Health Studies from the University of Alabama.

Michael also supervises student teachers as they educate college students in a weight training practicum course at Appalachian State University.

Horton Doughton, MS, CSCS

Horton Doughton, MS, CSCS

Fitness Leader, Exercise Specialist

Email: hdoughton@apprhs.org

Certifications:
Master of Science in Exercise Science
National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Horton Doughton has a passion for exercise and loves to help people grow stronger. He graduated from Furman University in 2011 with a degree in Asian studies, and his Japanese language abilities helped him gain the academic focus he needed to become a Personal Trainer as well as an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2013. Here’s what Horton has to say: “Being a Personal Trainer provides a unique opportunity to help someone, and that is by far the reason I like it so much. To help someone work toward a goal in realistic and reasonable steps is very rewarding, and helping someone reach their goal is even more so. While exercise and goal setting is a huge part of training, personal training would not be personal training without a personal touch, and I love being able to get to know new people and encourage them.”

In his free time Horton enjoys hiking, writing, playing tabletop games, and translating Japanese media.

Keaton Allen

Keaton Allen

Fitness Leader

Email: kallen@apprhs.org

Certifications:
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Silver Sneakers

Keaton Allen is a graduate from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. His experience includes working with younger athletes all the way up to helping the older population with overall health and flexibility. Keaton enjoys working with such a diverse population here at the Wellness Center, as he encourages them to achieve their goals they once thought were unattainable.

During his free time, Keaton enjoys going hiking, weight lifting and staying active. Currently he is pursuing studies to become a PA.

Tiffany Norman, ACSM, CFL1

Tiffany Norman, ACSM, CFL1

Fitness Leader

Email: tnorman@apprhs.org

Certifications:
American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Training (ACSM-CPT)
CrossFit Level 1 Certified

Tiffany Norman is a graduate from Greensboro College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. She holds certifications in American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Training (ACSM-CPT), Spin and received her certificate as Crossfit Level 1 Coach.  She has been working in the fitness industry since 2006, and joined the Wellness Center in 2009.  Her experience includes working with high school and collegiate athletes, specifically volleyball, Thrive program, specifically cancer wellness and cardiovascular health and elderly population.  One of her greatest achievements is being part of getting the Thrive Cancer cohort started and seeing the success of that program and their survivors.

When she’s not training or coaching, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, weightlifting, sewing and crafting.

Joe Taylor, CFL1, USAW-Level 1

Joe Taylor, CFL1, USAW-Level 1

Fitness Leader

Email: jwtaylor@apprhs.org

Certifications:
BS in Exercise Science
CrossFit Level 1 Certified
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certified

Joe Taylor graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. Before transferring to Appalachian State, he played baseball for Minnesota West Community College. Joe completed his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer’s Certificate course in September of 2018 and is a coach with CrossFit Boone in the Wellness Center. His past experiences include being an intern at a local CrossFit gym in Boone, coaching high school and youth baseball teams, and instructing youth hockey players. Joe currently does all the programming for CrossFit Boone.

In his free time, Joe likes hiking, Olympic Weightlifting, snowboarding, and doing CrossFit.

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Check-In Challenge

In Honor of Member Appreciation Month, we are hosting a check-in challenge with the opportunity to win great prizes based on your # of visits. Win prizes based on the number of times you check-in during the month of March.

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“Where else can I have this much joy helping patients gain some control over their health after such life-changing cardiac events?! Through our cardiac rehab program, we partner with each patient to help implement life-long “heart-healthy habits” which include exercise, healthy eating and stress management—changes which will help lower the patient’s chances of having another cardiac event.  It’s exciting to be able to provide a comprehensive but personalized patient experience through a multi-disciplinary team approach (nurse, exercise physiologist, behavioral health specialist, dietitian and physician).”

-Dr. Trate

“A healthy lifestyle can make a huge difference in a person’s life. I enjoy good health, and I have a strong desire to help others enjoy good health as well. In Cardiac Rehab, I have the opportunity to give patients the information they need to achieve their health goals. And until they do, I try to surround them with hope and encouragement. I love watching our patients be successful.” 

-Kathleen Collins

“Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is a truly special program. I am grateful to work alongside such capable staff and amazing patients. I enjoy building relationships and working to understand the motivation of each individual, as well as helping patients set and reach specific health goals. I hope to empower patients to become active participants in their own healthcare. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation graduates exercising on their own and thriving!”

-Callie Crump

Clinical Exercise Professionals:

Dr. Trate, MD

Dr. Trate, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

 

Bio coming soon…

Beth Ann Scott, MS, CES

Systems Operation Manager

Beth Ann has her Bachelors in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from ASU, and her Masters in Exercise Science with a concentration in Clinical populations also from ASU. She has been with ARHS for quite some time, and worked at the Wellness Center before going to grad school, where she was part of the fitness staff and also did personal training. Beth Ann started working in Cardiopulmonary Rehab while she was in grad. school, and she has been doing CP rehab ever since. 

She started with the CMH CP rehab the summer of 2010, and has just recently returned to the WC, where she is now the Systems Operations Manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehab, and the Exercise Physiologist for our program. She has the following certifications: AHA-ACLS, and ACSM’s CES.

Beth Ann is the Mountain Region Vice President for the North Carolina Cardiopulmonary Rehab Association (NCCRA), and she also oversees, supervise, and educates all student interns and volunteers that work in our program. She works with our patients on a daily basis to help monitor their programs and exercise, including developing each patient’s individual exercise prescription to help keep them safe and help them work towards their personal goals. 

What she enjoys most about working in rehab includes getting to really know our patients.  Unlike most areas in healthcare, we get 3-4 months minimum (usually) to work with our patients on a regular basis.  “I think this is the best place in healthcare to work because we get to see firsthand, our patients success stories and watch them change and improve their health and lives. We have a positive atmosphere thanks to our great clinicians, and by the time our patients graduate their program they have become part of our Rehab Family. I feel very lucky to get to work with some wonderful people that make up our rehab staff team.”

For fun, I enjoy hiking, running, doing yoga, and spending time with my family, including trying to keep up with my three young kids.

Callie Crump, RCP

Callie Crump, RCP

Pulmonary Navigator

 

Bio coming soon…

Kathleen Collins, RN

Kathleen Collins, RN

Cardiac Rehab

 

Bio coming soon…

Heather Casey, MS, RD, LDN

Heather Casey, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Email: hcasey@apprhs.org

Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Over the last 8 years, Heather has worked at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System as a Clinical Dietitian. Heather is also the Director of the Adolescent Fitness Program (Ad-Fit) and teaches Nutrition Counseling and Nutrition Assessment classes at Appalachian State University.

When Heather isn’t working, she enjoys being active through hiking and running, and enjoys participating in and watching sports. Her desire as a Registered Dietitian is to help teach, encourage and motivate each individual on his or her journey towards wellness.

Dana Brackney, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CNS

Dana Brackney, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CNS

Certified Diabetes Educator (CDCES), Advanced Diabetes Manager (BC-ADM)

Email: dbrackney@apprhs.org

Dana Brackney has 30 years of experience working with people living with diabetes. Currently, Dana serves in the Diabetes Clinic at the Broyhill Wellness Center helping people with diabetes achieve their self-management goals. She has practiced in both in and outpatient settings, and with diverse populations.

Dana’s qualifications include a PhD from East Tennessee State University, MSN from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a BSN/BS from Rush University/Wheaton College. Dana has worked 28 consecutive years as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Dana is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing at Appalachian State University, and has written about the role of self-monitoring blood glucose for people living with type 2 diabetes, as well as obesity prevention in youth.

Blood Pressure Clinic

The Blood Pressure Clinic is a service provided by the Wellness Center to educate individuals about their blood pressure numbers and the importance of checking for changes in their resting blood pressure. Blood pressures will be taken by an exercise specialist with knowledge on how to help you better understand factors that play a role in blood pressure changes.

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Parkinson’s Exercise Program

Exercise is one of the most powerful treatments for people with Parkinson’s disease. Our group based Parkinson’s exercise program provides participants with a safe and effective exercise program designed specifically to help improve the lives of people that live with the disease.

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Moving Forward With Diabetes

If you have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, or glucose intolerance, this program is for you! 
You don’t have to do it alone! Let us help you live at your highest possible quality of life and avoid more costly healthcare with our Moving Forward with Diabetes program.

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