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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 21 years, including 20 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.

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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…

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.

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