Health & Fitness Practitioners
As a collaborative of bright practitioners, we are passionate about your success. Each professional at melt is at the top of his or her field, with a high level of ability, expertise and knowledge.
If Ben Dreyer’s life were a mobile in a child’s nursery, movement and exercise would be its axis. Hanging from the mobile would be a pair of track spikes, a road bike, and a copy of “Zen and the Art of Archery.” Below that would be a piano, a guitar, and a stack of family photos. If that doesn’t clearly illustrate Ben’s training style, perhaps some historical context will.
I have experience working with clients in a broad range of ages who have a diverse array of goals. Whether you are working toward a personal best in a race, or simply want to stay active, feel fit, and gain strength I can create individualized programs and work with you step by step to achieve those goals.
Cari creates a safe and peaceful space in which you will learn new ways to move--whether through yoga, meditation, soccer or strength training. Cari effectively combines all of these practices in her fresh approach to human movement. Her strong teaching abilities are in-depth, specific to every individual, and enhance confidence in all of her clients.
Cory grew up as a natural athlete--sliding on the concrete sidewalks of Chicago as soon as he was old enough to walk. Thankfully he sought much safer surfaces in sports such as soccer and baseball but rounded out his sporting experiences with basketball, tennis and a dash of martial arts.
I earned my degree in Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis on Exercise and Movement Science and my training encompassed biomechanics, exercise physiology, pharmacology, exercise psychology, clinical exercise testing and prescription, strength and conditioning, and other very important kinesiology subjects that I use in my practice. I am a Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and have earned the prestigious Exercise Is Medicine Credential with the ACSM that allows me to accept physician referrals for clients seeking to restore and increase exercise and movement in their lives.
Erica is an energetic and passionate fitness professional specializing in personal training and lifestyle coaching. She earned her bachelor of science degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, where she studied fitness, strength and conditioning, and nutrition.
As a certified fitness professional with over 20 years of experience, she provides both personal training and group fitness in health clubs, and personal training studios. She holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise, Body Training Systems and, The Chek Institute in both fitness and nutrition. Her training, education and, passion for helping people set and achieve health and wellness goals is what ignited her business.
I really enjoy my hands-on work with my clients, not only taking them through their exercise program but giving them all the guidance they need to help them stay focused on their goals… accomplish their goals… and realize what they really can do.
My entry into fitness came out of a need to be strong. As a breast cancer survivor, I struggled and tested my own strength and endurance on a multitude of physical and emotional levels. Keeping my body active helped me to conquer my disease. When I train and teach, I hope to inspire in my clients and students individual belief and the confidence to never give up.
Nike's specialty is helping people achieve vitality, longevity and resiliency through movement exercise, meditation practice and aromatherapy with essential oils. She serves a spectrum of clients ranging from chronic back pain, complex conditions, to world-class ironman athletes. Nike’s mission for you, no matter what age, health condition or road block that may stand in your way to living strong and feeling good, is to meet you where you are on your path to wellness and help you stay the path.
Being fitter and stronger brings the ability to do everything you want in your day to day life with strength, confidence and courage. That might mean gardening all day without suffering for two days after; running (or at least striding) after the grandkids when you take them to the park or—as one of Jo’s clients at age 72 expressed his goal--“fly fishing and using my chain saw.” You won’t get any bootcamp style training with Jo but you will find thoughtful core, strength, and flexibility training, sound nutrition and lifestyle counseling and a trainer who listens to you and personalizes training to your body and life. Her studio name says much about her style: “Small Change Personal Training.”
As a personal trainer, my motto is "It can be done!" because I know it can - I am living proof. I've been there - overweight, out of shape and feeling hopeless. I know how it feels not to know where to begin. I've also been a competitive athlete and know how essential power training for strength and endurance is for enhanced performance. I know that change can and will happen with dedication, perseverance and motivation. I am here to ignite that in you. I am here to guide and motivate you to achieve and maintain your goals and enjoy doing it! My clients come from many walks of life with all different goals - teens to seniors, athletes to those who have never set foot in the gym, prenatal and postpartum moms to those rehabilitating from injuries, and you.