President & Founder
Lisa graduated from the University of Ca, Irvine, Fitness Instructor Program, and went on to get her Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach Certifications through the American Council on Exercise. She has many specialty certifications to work with those with medical conditions, post surgical/rehab as well as pre & postpartum fitness. Course work includes: Heart Disease, Breast Cancer Recovery, MS, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Dementia, Arthritis, Respiratory Disease, Fibromyalgia, Knee & hip replacement, and Pre & postpartum fitness.
Lisa founded Whole Body Fitness in 1999 and has helped many people of all ages. Lisa provided volunteer service as the President of the OC Nutrition & Fitness Council, a nonprofit organization, overseeing the organization’s mission and monitoring nutrition programs at schools in Orange County. Lisa enjoys working out, running, art & museums, travel to tropical locations, and her canine and feline family.
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Q & A with Lisa
What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make here at MFN?
I started the MFN to improve the quality of lives of the many millions of people with chronic disease and medical conditions. I am both excited and amazed by all the fitness and healthcare specialists who quickly saw the value of this goal and have come together to make it a reality. Over 50 doctors,healthcare & fitness industry experts have joined our advisory board. Each has helped with interesting & valuable content, introducing us to business partners who support this network and advising us how to best screen their industry from the consumers perspective. Many other nationally recognized experts are contributing content to our web site. We have over 100 national business partners. It’s very exciting to see how far we have come, and even more exciting to imagine what the MFN can achieve with the enthusiasm and help of all these wonderful and talented people.
What mentor had the greatest influence in your life and why?
My Dad. He has been an inspiration to me in many ways. Being a 4 time cancer survivor he has showed me how to never give up. We talk every Sunday. Every week he tells me to make a great life for myself, do my best, give my best and that he loves me. In addition to this weekly ongoing motivation he had always told me that I was supposed to do something special in my life and one day, because of it, he would see me on TV. I believe my life contribution will be this network. I hope my Dad gets to see me on TV!
What are your personal interests outside of work?
My dogs & cat! They spend hours with me, keeping me company in my office, wondering why I’m sitting in that chair? Staying in shape! I spend time in the gym or going for runs on the back bay in Newport Beach. Travel! Warm tropical places are my favorite.
How long have you been doing what you do?
I have been personal fitness trainer for over 15 years. I have a busy practice helping cancer survivors and those with medical conditions/chronic disease, live the fittest & healthiest lives they can. I also love prenatal fitness & have had the pleasure of working with many new moms!
Where did you grow up and currently live?
I grew up in Pittsburgh and moved to California when I was 15. One day I aspire to live on a tropical island. I am still searching for the best one!
Any nonprofits you love, & why?
The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. Because of their amazing volunteers & wonderful Facebook page I found my new running partner, Lucky, a white German shepherd. He got that name because I figured it was both of our “lucky” day!
Any awards or medals you have received?
Prior to being in the fitness industry I worked in the securities industry (stocks & bonds). In the late 80’s I was nominated as one of the top 10 sales assistants that year in a 10,000 employee Wall Street firm. A few years ago, I entered the Desert International Duathlon (run-bike-run). I didn’t train for the race; I just did my usual fitness routine. Then I borrowed a friend’s bike (that was too big for me) and did my best. I placed 1st in my age group!