Joe Sargent is a certified personal trainer and movement teacher who grew up in Vermont. After studying philosophy at Columbia University, Joe’s interest in the transformation of human experience led him to spend the next 7 years exploring physical and mind-body oriented practices that aim to expand the embodied experience through improved movement, body awareness, and overall health. His methods aim to produce greater strength, flexibility, ease of movement, neuromuscular control, improved athletic performance, and a deeper sense of awareness and connection throughout the body. Some of his influences include gymnastics, circus arts (specializing in hand-balancing), the Ido Portal Method, western somatic practices such as Continuum Movement and the work Moshe Feldenkrais, as well as principles and techniques from martial arts and modern dance. Joe works with his clients to achieve their goals, no matter where they are in their own process of transformation. He believes the most valuable things he has to teach come from his own embodied experience - the skills, physical attributes, and internal qualities of awareness and kinesthetic sensitivity that he has developed over the years.
Kevin Comeau, CMT, CPT
Kevin Comeau provides bodywork and personal training at Open Door. The principles of centering and biomechanical efficiency borrowed from martial arts feature strongly in his approach to exercise. Whether working on flexibility, strength, balance, or agility, participants in Kevin’s classes maintain mindfulness toward using their bodies in an integrated manner. Kevin's aim in training, as with bodywork, is the restoration and maintenance of movement: free, full, and painless. The particulars of fitness- functional strength, suppleness, higher capacities- are built upon this foundation.
Kevin is a certified personal trainer and has practiced and taught traditional Japanese martial arts for thirty-five years. He has been a deep tissue massage and myofascial release therapist for 25 years; for the past 21 years he has taught advanced massage classes at the River Valley Community College and body awareness at the Community College of Vermont.
Laleh Talebian, BS, PhD
Laleh is a research scientist, with a focus in genetics, molecular biology, & food biochemistry. After years of research on disease, she chose a more proactive approach, investing her scientific research training in disease prevention rather than the reactive approach of searching for a cure after the onset of disease. She has dedicated all her energy to lifestyle medicine, behavioral health, & prevention of ailments. She has blended her love of science, genetics, & immunology with her passion for a well-rounded, healthy & athletic lifestyle to promote wellbeing for people of all walks of life. Her vision is: “To create a culture of wellbeing where everyone’s health is everyone’s priority” She founded her health & wellness company in 2010. You can learn more about Dr. Laleh at: https://www.drlaleh.com/
In parallel to Dr. Laleh.com, in 2016, she partnered with her trainer & coach Karlen Thyne, a Certified Personal Trainer, to build on their passion for athletic training & coaching. Together, they launched Dynamic Natural AthletesTM (DNA), their mission is: “To empower the athlete within YOU” You can learn about DNA at: https://www.dynamicnaturalathletes.com/
She has a B.S. in Genetics, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, post-doctoral training in Immunology & Physiology. She is a certified health coach, a certified athletic Judge, and a certified group fitness instructor. She is the creator of “Head to Toe on the Go”.
Titles & Awards: WNBF Natural Pro-American Master’s, & Pro-American Open titles 2015 &OCB Natural Pro-American Open title 2016
Interests: Triathlons: 2000-2005, Cycling: 1998-present, Natural Bodybuilding & Physique & Obstacle Course Races: 2014-present
Liz Estabrook-Hatfield, BS, FAS, CPT
Liz Estabrook-Hatfield has worked in the fitness industry for 30+ years. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colby Sawyer College receiving her B.S. in Sport Management and she holds multiple certifications in personal training and group fitness instruction. She is also a certified Life Wellness Coach. Liz is a Functional Aging Institute (FAI) Certified Functional Aging Specialist. This program provides the most current training techniques adapted for and applied specifically to the needs and interests of aging adults. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). Liz is an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard, including training in First Aid, CPR and AED.Her breadth of education, training and experience helps her to create specific programs to address the individual needs of each client. She has succeeded in empowering people to set, attain, and build on wellness and fitness goals, developing and maintaining independence throughout their lives, and enjoying the benefits and confidence that such an approach can achieve. She has also made certain that an important element in any program for wellness and fitness is fun. As a fitness professional, Liz has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including community, corporate and private facilities. Her experience includes working with a broad range of clients, both male and female, ages 9 to 92 with varying fitness goals, abilities and interests. Liz specializes in TRX suspension training, aquatics exercise and senior fitness.