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I would like to share my passion for fitness and why I do what I love. Having been trained as a ballerina since they age of 3 has been the catalyst for my pursuing a fitness career straight out of college.
Over the past 10 years I have continued my education in fitness and nutrition. As we speak, I am confident that my career as a personal trainer and health coach has been one of the most rewarding paths I could have chosen.
Every day that I get the chance to meet with new people and go to work in group settings or see clients one-on-one, I have the ability to show people new ways of staying healthy, I keep them motivated, and I empower them to be the best version of themselves.
My passion for doing what I do every day is to help people whether it's losing weight, gaining confidence, energy or beginning a new healthier lifestyle or just overall well-being and has truly given me the opportunity to have a purpose and a why I do what I do.
I now pay it forward and show others how to stay healthy and fit so they will be happy in their own skin.
I believe its about making new habits that are created around your culture that becomes routine.
Having the gift to enable people how to live a healthy and active lifestyle that they will use for a lifetime warms my heart.
I do not think there is anything more important than your health and vitality. Its something that money cannot buy.
Sheila Pearl is known as The Intimacy Specialist (aka “The Love Doctor”) in the Hudson Valley and Westchester. She is launching her powerful new relationship breakthrough program,
The 4 Portals to BIG LOVE
, in October 2016. When her newest book was published in October 2015,
AGELESS & SEXY: The Magic of Sensuality
became an overnight Amazon bestseller! This is a book for anyone over 18 who enjoys a good read and is interested in personal growth as well as gaining wisdom about the journey of life, love and romance. After 32 years of marriage, Sheila became a widow, asking the question most people ask when they’ve been divorced or widowed: “who am I?” Her journey is everyone’s journey of learning the secrets and magic of self-love. For over three decades, Sheila has been mentoring and teaching men and women how to create and sustain loving relationships and masterful connections.
Sheila is a multi-faceted professional: a classical singer, educator, a clinical social worker, cantor and spiritual leader, certified life coach and family therapist, with over 35 years of professional experience. Sheila has had a private practice in relationship and life-transitions coaching since 2004 in Newburgh, New York. In April, she expanded her practice to Westchester, joining the Center for Health and Healing in Mt. Kisco, a collaborative of holistic practitioners dedicated to wellness of mind, body and spirit.
In addition to Sheila’s most recent bestseller on Amazon, she is the author of several other books, including
“STILL LIFE: A Spiritual Handbook for Family Caregivers”
and is also co-author in the bestselling book
Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas for Your Best Life Now
with Jack Canfield and Marci Shimoff, co-author in
Living Passionately: 21 People Who Found Their Purpose and How You Can Too
, and co-author in
WAKE UP WOMEN! Be Happy, Healthy & Wealthy: A Guidebook
with Arielle Ford.
Master Chris Berlow
Training in the martial arts for over 30 years, Chris says: "I am very grateful that I never have to work, because I love what I do. Everyday I get to train, teach and inspire children and adults to live happy and healthy lives. What could be better than that? Most important to me is that I always earn the right to be in front of my students and clients."
Own and operates a successful martial arts school and continues to train and teach daily.
Avid outdoorsman; loves spending time hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding and running.
Scheduled to hike 2160 miles of the Appalachian Trail Summer 2019.
Author of "Mindful meditation for Busy Lives" due to be released in book stores January 2017.
Avid practitioner and teacher of meditation.
Traveled across the world to meet and learn from highly influential meditation masters.
Have helped thousands of people live happier and healthier lives and continues to do so.
Semi-retired at the age of 39, Rick says: "I found out the hard way that success is not just financial, it is in ALL areas of Life. Through the influence of my wife Sharon, a personal trainer, and my partners Chris, Paul and Nick, I now lead a happy, healthy & vital life by exercising religiously and eating right."
Owned and operated several successful companies and still maintained a healthy lifestyle
An avid runner who has run over 25,000 miles
Ran every day for a full year
Has worked out an avg. of 5 days a week for 30 years
Converted junk food addict
Created POWER TIME, a unique and powerful program that teaches minority teenagers life skills and values
Recipient of “Every Child Deserves a Hero” Award for his work with underprivileged teenagers
Master Paul Melella
Master Paul Melella is a 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a former National Level Competitor, coach and an avid practitioner. He has been training in the martial arts since 1982 and works diligently to share his specialized knowledge and passion with as many people as he can. He continues to train daily and is under the tutelage of Grandmaster Byung Min Kim where he visits him on a weekly basis advancing his martial arts skills, knowledge of meditation and healthy lifestyle.
Owner and co-founder of United Martial Arts Centers and Empowered Mastery Consultants
Certified Life Success Coach
Active athlete competing in ½ marathons, X Terra off road triathlons, overnight relay running and mountain bike races.
Co Author of the bestselling book, YOU Have Infinite Power
2013 Recipient for Putnam County's 40 Under 40 Trailblazer Award
2014 USA Cycling Cross Country Mountain Bike National Champion Gold Medalist
2015 PFCS Sid Gibson's IMAGINE Award
Mark is currently the General Manager of Club Fit, a prestige multi-sport health club organization with two 100,000 sqft. locations in Westchester County, N.Y. He obtained this position after working eight years in clinical nutrition and fitness at The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, in White Plains, N.Y.
After five years of clinical work educating and counseling patients with cardiac conditions, Diabetes, COPD, weight loss and many other health issues prevalent in today’s society, Mark was instrumental in establishing a new fitness center and several nutrition programs designed for adults above the age fifty five that bridged the gap with the medical community and the health and fitness continuum.
Mark has his degrees in Nutrition & Food Science and Dietetic Technology/Nutrition Care. He is a registered and active member with The American Dietetic Association (ADA), now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN). Mark is also certified with The American College of Sports Medicine as an exercise physiologist and holds many certificates of enhanced qualifications.
Transitioning from clinical to a top level executive position has enabled Mark to become a recognized force in the health and fitness industry. His leadership style resonates from his own core purpose of "truly wanting to have a positive impact in helping people succeed and to bring out the very best in everyone he works with!
Marks focus on business strategy and development is a disciplined step by step process which leads to measurable results. He has formulated a unique wellness company called InnerTrition which is derived from the philosophical principle that four main fundamentals create key foundations for life and essentially when balanced provide perfect harmony and optimal wellness.
Nicholas Palumbo is a partner at Opus Advisory Group and has dedicated his nearly 25 year career to providing expert financial counsel and resources to help client partners build wealth and reach financial independence. Nick operates his practice with paramount integrity, honesty and reputation for extraordinary service and is highly respected and sought after by his peers.
Empowered Mastery has allowed me to work with like minded people who share a common vision. I have never had so much fun while inspiring people at the same time. It is a natural fit to my financial services firm by being able to help my clients in so many different ways.
Recipient of the prestigious Father of the Year award by the American Diabetes Association
Serves on board of directors of Children’s Health and Research Foundation
2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
Co-Founder of Opus Advisory Group, LLC and Opus Foundation
Awarded 5 star Wealth Advisors by Westchester Magazine
Nancy Javaras has been passionately helping her clients lose weight and detox for the past 18 years with great results. She originally was interested in nutrition and healing after losing both her parents at age 39 to degenerative disease. This started a passion for helping others to nutrient their bodies at the cellular level to live a healthy lifestyle. She graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition™ in NYC and is a certified Integrative™ Nutrition Health Coach.
Nancy has also taken courses at SANOVIV Medical Institute on digestion,
nutrition, gut health, nutrients, detox and weight loss. She is a
SANOVIV Nutrition Advisor- 2 and will be taking the course level 3 in May.
Nancy is also an Emerald Director with USANA Health Sciences, for the past 17 years offering her clients pharmaceutical grade nutritionals that have a 100% potency & purity guarantee and are proven to work in double blind clinical studies. Due to the stress of taking care of her parents, Nancy
developed an autoimmune disease and had several GI issues which made her more determined than ever to heal her GI tract, boost her immune system and improve her digestion. She shares this knowledge with her clients and in her programs.
In addition, she is a REIKI practitioner and has learned how emotions can affect weight loss.
Nancy is a weight loss coach and specializes in digestion, detox and weight loss by offering her clients jumpstart programs that are gluten free and low glycemic.
Master Daniella Leifer
Master Daniella Leifer is a 5th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has been an avid practitioner for almost 20 years. She trains daily and is honored to be under the tutelage of Master Paul Melella (6th Dan), Master Anthony Melella (5th Dan), and Master Chris Berlow (6th Dan). Her instructors train under the guidance of Grand Master Byung Min Kim, who has instilled in them that as long as they continue to train consistently, they will always grow as Martial Artists and as leaders. This is the message we are passing down to our students at UMAC.
Master Leifer was introduced to Tae Kwon Do and to her teachers through a 6 week after school program at Putnam Valley Elementary School. She earned her white belt at the end of the course and that same night, drove to what was once Tae Kwon Do Educational Center in Carmel and enrolled as a student. At age 14, she qualified to become a Certified Instructor and began her teaching career. She has been instructing ages 4 and up for over 10 years.
In the year 2014 Master Leifer graduated Marist College with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature and Adolescent Education. Her dream all her life was to be an English teacher. When she graduated she was offered many teaching positions in local public schools, but she had to ask herself “What can I not live without?”. She could not envision a life without Tae Kwon Do, and she chose instead to be a Professional Martial Artist with United Martial Arts Centers. She knew she could impact the world on a much greater scale teaching Tae Kwon Do.
Master Leifer has the deepest gratitude for her parents, brother, family, and close friends who have loved and supported her. She also says however, that UMAC has been the backbone to all of her success in her school career, and in all of her life. Aside from a lifelong family and countless friends, Master Leifer also met her fiancé, Master Jason Bender, through UMAC. Master Bender is also a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and they will both tell you that there is nothing better than doing what you love with the person that you love.
Master Leifer lives each day through her Worthy Ideal: To lead, teach, and inspire students, my friends, and family, to reach their personal full potential physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, so that they can lead a healthy, vital life, of happiness, passion, and fulfillment.
When you witness something as traumatic as September 11 out of your bedroom window the first week of college, it is bound to change you. That’s why Megan McAvoy, Owner of Abundance of Yoga and President of Megan McAvoy Coaching, LLC believes so passionately that yoga is not about looking good, being flexible on the mat, or if you can “do it right.”
Yoga will change your body – by making you stronger and more flexible – but Megan knows from personal experience that the most important changes will be to your mind and your spirit. Yoga is how Megan overcame PTSD after 9/11. Instead of following the traditional path of prescription drugs, Megan taught herself yoga: growing physically stronger each day; healing in the quiet space between each breath; and addressing the root of the physical, mental, and emotional tension that manifested in all areas of her life.
Yoga is a path where we don’t have to be competitive. Having built and sold her first two successful businesses by 31 years old, then moved across the country to launch her dream business, Megan is no stranger to the burning desire for “success.” She just doesn’t believe that it should come with a high price tag: our health or wellbeing. That’s why Megan now shares the Abundance of Yoga with others – who want to follow a similar path - and she also coaches successful women across the country through her signature program “Do What Matters Most: A Self Development Coaching Program with Ease, Clarity and Fulfillment” which is rooted in her yoga values.
What is a Virtual Summit?
Virtual summits combine the convenience and connectivity of the Internet with the valuable educational opportunities of conference. The
Quick Start to a Healthy You Virtual Summit
is completely online and can be attended anywhere you have an internet connection on your computer and most mobile devices. All you need to do is follow the attendee link that we will provide you after registration for exclusive access to actionable advice and practical solutions to improve your healthy immediately.
Quick Start to a Healthy You Live Event
January 28, 2017 in Westchester County, NY
Take your experience to the next level and see our panel of experts LIVE in what will surely be one of the most inspiring and educational health events you will ever attend. If you think a virtual summit with all of these experts is beneficial, imagine how experiencing all of us in person can
change the way you live.
your own healthy lifestyle plan
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Breakout sessions with each of our speakers:
Nutrition • Yoga • Fitness • Weight training • Self Defense • Relationships/Intimacy • Weight Loss, Detox & Digestion • Meditation • And More!
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