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STEVE BEATTIE, Level 3 Fitness Fascial Stretch Specialist
Steve is a personal trainer and Fascial Stretch Specialist with a decade of experience in the fitness industry. Before Steve joined the fitness industry, he was a wilderness guide spending long days hiking and paddling through Ontario and Quebec. Upon joining the fitness industry, Steve discovered that we, as a society, have forgotten how to move. Since then, Steve has committed his career to teaching people to move again. By combining FST to increase a clients range of motion and targeted exercises to increase stability, Steve gets his clients active and mobile again. Whether it's to climb a flight of stairs, or climb a mountain, Steve has worked with people of all abilities.

JIM BOSE, Level 3 Fitness & Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist, LCMT, CSCS
Jim is extremely passionate about having a positive impact on each individual he meets and works with.  He began his journey as an athlete which led him to become a Strength and Conditioning Coach in Professional Baseball.  After a career in Professional Baseball, Jim went on to attend Clinical Massage Therapy School and then the Stretch To Win Institute.  His experience and knowledge allows him to bridge the gaps from training and recovery to develop successful programs for his athletes and clients; improving their athletic ability and quality of life.  He continues to further his education by attending regular courses and seminars from the leading health and fitness professionals around the globe. When not training or working, Jim is out enjoying good food and time with friends and family.

ROBERT GLEAN, Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist
Robert has been studying the flow and mechanics of the body for more than 30 years. From designing commercials of moving animated characters, performing on Broadway in the musical Rent, being a well rounded athlete in numerous competitive sports, and a Registered Massage Therapist for the past 12 years in Toronto; he is also a recognized Level 3 Medical Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist working with orthopedic and neurological conditions. His specialty is working with people with spinal cord injuries, and has also extensive practice with sport athletes. His philosophy is if you can rely and trust on someone else to take care of your body, why can’t you trust yourself? It’s never too late.

EMILY GROUT, Level 3 Fitness Fascial Stretch Specialist
As a Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist Emily draws upon her personal joy and background of teaching Pilates and yoga to impart her knowledge of FST. You’ll always find a smile on her face, as she helps you understand the nuances that make a FST session memorable. Her dedication to living the STWI way, staying hungry and humble, is demonstrated by her recent graduation from the College of Health Innovation at ASU and commitment to remaining a lifelong learner. She lives a playful life with interests ranging from rock climbing, disc golf, and hiking the Southwest.

ELIZABETH HULST, Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist
Don’t let her sweet disposition and quiet nature fool you, Elizabeth is a powerhouse of FST knowledge.  Elizabeth is a valuable part of the STWI team and a STWI teacher assistant.  She is always at the ready with warm, positive and concise insight to assist you in refining your FST skills.  Elizabeth is a licensed massage therapist and Level III Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist who works with elite and professional athletes at her private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona.  When she is not working her large active family keeps her on the move.

JON LEMPKE, Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist
A personal trainer with a wide clientele from office workers to professional athletes, Jon is known for his gentle yet highly effective FST sessions.  Jon is a Level III FST Specialist and first class teacher assistant with the STWI. His never ending patience and undying dedication to spread of FST worldwide enable him to effortlessly guide others throughout the FST learning process.   A man who walks his talk Jon practices living a healthy and positive lifestyle on a daily basis.  In his spare time you can catch training for fitness competitions or out and about with friends and family.

ALEX MARION, Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist, RMT, BASc.
Alex has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over a dozen years. He began instructing martial arts before starting his career as a personal trainer with Goodlife Fitness Clubs. Alex currently practices massage therapy while simultaneously mentoring a team of fascial stretch therapists at the prestigious Medcan Clinic. Alex holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph as well as being a Registered Massage Therapist. Currently, Alex continues his pursuit of life-long learning by studying Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy. Alex’s philosophy is that the human body is a dynamic unit of interrelated structure and function that it has the capacity to regulate and heal itself when afforded the opportunity. His core belief is that the medium of teaching is his opportunity to empower other health and fitness professionals to improve the quality of life of each and every human being they touch.

KARLA MCCONNELL, Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist
Karla has more than 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She is a manual therapist combining her skills as a Certified Athletic Therapist, and Registered Massage Therapist. Her experience includes both on-field application and clinical practice. She has worked with all types of athletes including music theater performers, Olympians, and amateur and professional dancers and athletes. Karla’s career highlights include being the on-site therapist for the films Chicago and Music Man, as well as her two seasons as a traveling therapist with Stars On Ice. Karla has held leadership roles with the Provincial and National governing bodies of Athletic Therapy in Canada and values the opportunity to be a part of the Stretch To Win teaching team. She holds a diploma in Sports Injury Management, Massage Therapy, as well as a doctorate of Acupuncture. When Karla is not teaching, you will find her in her clinic, 2B Free Therapies. Karla is grateful for the gift of being able to help people through touch, therapy and movement. She has built her practice on the core belief that everyone should have the chance to live a fulfilling life; free of pain or restrictions

JACKIE MIRKOPOULOS, Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist
She is an Instructor for STWI Canada and brings the skill of being bilingual in French. Jacquie will keep you smiling with her great sense of humor and zest for life.  A very successful entrepreneur with her own clinic in Toronto Canada since 2009, her motto is to “Live life fully with health, happiness and laughter”. This echoes our STWI philosophy perfectly as she brings her depth of experience and knowledge as a Kinesiologist, Registered Massage Therapist. She is also a Level III Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist and is currently studying mindful meditation through the University of Massachusetts. Her love for life also carries over into her free time as she is an avid traveler!

STEVE THURSTON, Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist, RMT, PTS
Having started in the health field as a Registered Massage Therapist, Steve realized his passion early for helping people feel better and to teach them to move more freely. Steve has taken his passion further by blending Massage Therapy, Fascial Stretch Therapy and Personal Training together and becoming the go to guy when people need help. Steve's goal is to allow people to go from painful lack of mobility to the freedom to move again and be able to squat like his 5 year old son. Steve truly believes 'Movement is Medicine'.