Personal trainers

Joe Sargent

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:
In parallel to Dr., 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:
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

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Erin McCabe, AT, PYT

Erin McCabe is a certified athletic trainer (AT) and Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT) with an educational background in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2008 with a BS in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and went on to get her MS in Athletic Training from the University of Kentucky graduating in 2010. Erin has been practicing yoga since 2007 when she took a class in college and loved the mental and physical release she felt from the slower pace and inward focus of the practice. She discovered the PYT certification after her own knee injury in 2012 and began teaching in 2013. Since then she has been incorporating yoga and a more holistic approach to healthcare and healing when leading class and working one on one.

Erin’s style of instruction is intentional and focuses on alignment while inviting you to listen to your mind, body and breath. Her hope is that you will always leave feeling as though you have learned something new and created some space. In your time with Erin, she will address your needs through the yogic biopsychosocial lense addressing the physical, energetic, intellection, social, and spiritual layers of your being. She believes in empowering her clients to take an active role in their health and well-being, and reminds those she is working with that this is a slow, on-going journey.
To learn more about Erin visit her website and her blog, or send her an email:

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Ann Greenwald, MS

Ann Greenwald is a certified movement coach and Neurokinetic Therapy  (NKT) practioner. While getting a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (specializing in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine) at the University of Vermont, Ann loved taking aerobics classes at a local Burlington gym to stay in shape and train for triathalons.  At the time, she couldn’t afford the gym membership on a grad student stipend, so she got certified to teach group fitness to get a free gym membership! Thirty years filled with continuing education certifications in aqua fitness, indoor cycling, TRX, pilates, and active aging fitness, along with coaching swimming, skiing, soccer, basketball, and baseball (2 active sons, age 21 and 23 years) and a fascination of how the human body moves and functions at all levels has led to the creation of AGIFT Movement Coaching (Ann Greenwald Institute of Fitness Transformation).  AGIFT specializes in helping those who struggle with chronic pain, neurological conditions, and balance deficiencies to regain movement freedom and health. AGIFT’s custom designed Better Balance and Movement Freedom Program guides clients toward understanding and embodiment of improved alignment, breathing, and control of movements. Ann believes that true connection and engagement in the process equals fun, health, and happiness for all!

For questions, email Ann at