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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:

Horton Doughton, MS, CSCS
Fitness Leader, Exercise Specialist
Email: hdoughton@apprhs.org

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.

Joshua Antonic
Fitness Leader, Exercise Specialist
Email: jgantonic@apprhs.org

Joshua graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a concentration in Strength & Conditioning. He specializes in strength training, personal training, group exercise, and general fitness coaching. Joshua is a strong advocate of how applying the principles of fitness can offer a lifetime of personal and community health benefits, as well as assist in disease and injury prevention. In his free time, Joshua enjoys attending the Church of Jesus Christ in Newland, leading online and in-person Bible studies, hiking, gaming, and training.”

Zachary Biesemeyer
Fitness Leader, Exercise Specialist
Email: zbbiesemeyer@apprhs.org

Zach graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. He worked as a Strength and Conditioning intern for the Appalachian State Football program. He played baseball at Surry Community College where he earned his associates in arts degree. He enjoys working with youth athletes who are trying to develop, as well as high performance athletes. Exercise is not only for athletes and he wants to help beginners on their exercise journey as well.  He believes exercise is important for all age groups and wants to help improve the quality of life for people through exercise. Zach enjoys weight lifting, golfing, fishing, and family time.

Carly Black, MS
Fitness Leader, Exercise Specialist
Email: ceblack@apprhs.org

Carly graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Throughout graduate school. she worked as an intern for Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at the Broyhill Wellness Center. She enjoys helping people of all ages begin their fitness journey and wants to help people live a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Her favorite forms of exercise are high intensity interval training and Pilates. In her free time, Carly likes to go on hikes with her dog, read books, collect houseplants and do jigsaw puzzles.

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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…

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.

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