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Our Team

The top wellness team
in the country

PFC physicians and psychologists are internationally recognized for their practice

Our nutritionists are certified in sports nutrition, and every trainer holds the highest level of certification from nationally-recognized fitness organizations.

From the nation’s best in behavior, nutrition and fitness, you will be in the hands of industry elite, all dedicated to your personal success.

Meet our world-class team

Dr. Lee Rice PFC's Chief Wellness Officer (CWO)

Dr. Lee Rice

PFC's Chief Wellness Officer (CWO)

Dr. Lee Rice is an internationally known authority in sports medicine, wellness and preventative medicine. In 1980 he founded the San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center, which at the time was a revolutionary concept focusing on cutting-edge prevention and high level performance. In 2002, Dr. Rice founded the Lifewellness Institute, specializing in health risk evaluation, wellness and health promotion. Two innovative programs, Project L.I.F.E. (Lifestyle Interventions for Executives) and Chief Wellness Officer (CWO) helped the Lifewellness Institute win the national 2004 AstraZeneca Healthy Heart Award in recognition of initiating a “dramatic improvement in the health care environment focusing on the global fight against coronary heart disease”.

Dara Gorgas, BS Program Director

Dara Gorgas, BS

Program Director

A San Diego native, Dara has participated in competitive sports for most of her life. She holds a BS in Human Development and many fitness, wellness, and nutrition certifications. Since 2001, Dara has been working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, Health Coach, Fitness Director, and Wellness Coordinator. She has developed exercise programs for children through older adults, including those with chronic diseases and joint replacements. She enjoys educating others through her exercise videos, white papers she has written on exercising with chronic conditions, and presentations. Prior to working in fitness, Dara was a registered dental assistant for over 10 years. Assisting others to achieve their optimal life is one of her greatest passions and she is honored to be a part of the PFC team who share the same passion.

Megan Brandt, NATA, NASM Fitness Director

Megan Brandt, NATA, NASM

Fitness Director

Megan is a highly educated health and fitness enthusiast that has been helping people of all ages and abilities reach their health and fitness goals since 1999. A Midwest native, Megan lived in Illinois and Wisconsin before moving to beautiful San Diego with her husband and two daughters. In 2013, Megan was awarded the Pursuit of Excellence in Health and Fitness Award, which included a scholarship for her to receive her Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from CALU of Pennsylvania. Prior to PFC, Megan was the Director of Fitness and Clinical Content Development for a health and wellness management company. She has also partnered with physicians who referred their patients with chronic diseases to her for exercise and nutrition prescription. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of settings, such as physical therapy clinics, colleges, high schools, and health clubs. Megan is a certified athletic trainer (NATA), certified personal trainer (NASM), and certified corrective exercise specialist (NASM) who is truly passionate about teaching you how to enjoy proper movement, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles

Page Lauer, MFT, CEDS Wellness Director

Page Lauer, MFT, CEDS

Wellness Director

Page Lauer, MFT, CEDS, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist working in private practice and residential settings since 2001. After all these years, Page still LOVES this work! She holds advanced degrees in Sociology and Marriage and Family Therapy and also specializes in the treatment of obesity, weight loss, anxiety, stress management motivation, and relationship issues. Page brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to PFC regarding the psychology of eating, healthy body image, weight loss as well as the underlying causes that complicate these issues. In fact, she founded her own eating disorder and wellness center and directed it for 9 years before selling to raise her family. Page values the mind-body connection and has pursued certifications or advanced training in integrated modalities such as Yoga, Meditation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Couples Therapy. Because of her years in the industry, as well as her unique cross-training in psychology and mind-body health, Page will invigorate your camp experience with group lectures, optional one-on-one sessions, and phone or video coaching when you return home. In her spare time, Page enjoys hiking and going to the beach with her family along with camping and reading.

Anthony Rodriguez Executive Wellness Chef

Anthony Rodriguez

Executive Wellness Chef

A Chef by passion and a nerd by heart Anthony enjoys a good tabletop game as much as he enjoys creating a 4-course meal. Growing up as a latchkey kid in a military family Anthony would walk home from school, with his younger sister, to instructions left by Mom on how to start and cook dinner. When that wasn’t the case dinner was always a whole family affair, everyone around the table at the same time sharing their day. Learning to spin the spice rack and add fun to any dish that he made Anthony developed a passion for creating delicious food for others to enjoy.

Attending Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in 2010 Anthony excelled in his classes and took his culinary training to New Orleans to start his professional culinary career. Taking his skills from fine dining restaurants to hole in the wall eateries and even specialty bakeries, Anthony learned as much as he could from anyone willing to teach him.

In his off time, Anthony enjoys almost anything computer entertainment-related along with tabletop RPGs, a la Dungeons and Dragons. If he’s not doing that you can probably find him on the softball field or behind the grill with family and friends.

Bringing his skills and knowledge to PFC, Anthony loves to give people those classic comfort flavors and experiences with the twist of having them nurture and advance a clean and healthier eating lifestyle.

Katie Di Lauro, BS Nutrition Director

Katie Di Lauro, BS

Nutrition Director

Katie is lucky enough to combine her passion and hobby of nutrition into her career. She started in the wellness field in 2002 when she began personal training. After graduating with a degree in applied nutrition, Katie began traveling nationwide training schools of grades K-12on how to create coordinated school health programs. She then pivoted to corporate wellness, designing and implementing wellness programs for organizations committing to creating healthy workplace environments to support their employee’s overall wellbeing. 

The benefits of working in wellness are experiencing the life-changing shifts in individuals’ lives. Being an Integrated and Functional Certified Practitioner allows Katie to work with clients to uncover the root causes of symptoms, such as food sensitivities, lifestyle sources of inflammation, and nutrition choices. Katie joined the PFC team as Director of Nutrition with a goal of providing practical, essential, and empowering nutrition education in addition to providing integrative and functional lifestyle intervention to improve overall health status with a special focus on digestive health, heart health, and energy level due to micronutrient absorption.

Kaleigh Douglas Operations Manager

Kaleigh Douglas

Operations Manager

Kaleigh was born and raised in Southern California and has always had a passion for health & fitness. Before joining the PFC team, Kaleigh spearheaded the body transformation challenge for Fitness Mega brand, BODE, Chris Powell’s national fitness, and weight loss program. From then on she knew she wanted to help other people pursue their health goals, which lead her to PFC Fitness Camp. Now, on a daily basis, Kaleigh plays a major role in helping clients from around the globe reach remarkable, life transformations.

Samantha Crosland Certified Personal Trainer

Samantha Crosland

Certified Personal Trainer

Harry Potter, outdoor enthusiast, and experienced marketer, Samantha pairs industry know-how with her passion for health and fitness as the Marketing Specialist for PFC Fitness Camp and Fitness Trainer. From brand messaging to campaign management, Samantha has brought food and lifestyle brands to life through a variety of offline and online channels including websites, email marketing, social media, packaging, print, public relations, and advertising. Samantha loves the opportunity to make meaningful connections daily with PFC guests from all over the world alongside her amazing coworkers(who are practically family). Samantha grew up in the Bay Area of California competitively dancing since the age of three across the nation and touring throughout Europe with her dance troupe. She loves to backpack and hike with her boyfriend, her most recent summit was Half Dome in Yosemite. Samantha has an Australian Shepphard named Harlow who she adores and loves to spoil with belly rubs, endless rounds of fetch, squirrel chasing, and head scratchies.

Brian Tipton, FRCMs Certified Personal Trainer

Brian Tipton, FRCMs

Certified Personal Trainer

Brian is a native of Knoxville, TN where he graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Kinesiology. He comes from a background in Exercise Physiology, Personal Training, and Digital Healthcare. As a Chronic Care Professional Health Coach and lifelong student of movement, Brian aims to illuminate the various paths to a healthful future. He has a passion for learning, practicing, and sharing knowledge around optimal, individualized wellness. He encourages clients to cultivate a relationship with their body, reminding them to slow down and learn how to move mindfully. Brian believes that truly living occurs not at the destination, but in the journey.

Zack Certified Personal Trainer

Zack

Certified Personal Trainer

Zack had been a trainer for over 7 years.  In 2016 he received his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from Cal Poly Pomona, where he also played college Rugby. In 2018 he received a Master’s in Kinesiology from PLNU.  Zack also works with the American Council on Exercise as a subject matter expert when he’s not working at PFC. He has experience working with clients from all different backgrounds and with all different needs, from post-rehab clients to professional bodybuilders, he has worked with them all. When not working he enjoys spending time with his dog at one of the dog beaches or listening to one of his many audiobooks.

Greg Certified Personal Trainer

Greg

Certified Personal Trainer

A lifelong athlete and fitness enthusiast, Greg has over 10 years of experience in the health and wellness industry specializing in functional fitness, sport-specific fitness, and rehabilitation exercise. At PFC, Greg aims to help guests make functional fitness an enjoyable part of everyday life, whether it is in the gym or in the great outdoors. Greg was a Division I athlete and earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah. A native of Idaho, he is passionate about skiing, golf, mountain biking, and flyfishing. 

Greg’s passion for golf led him to become a Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Specialist. He works with golfers of all ability levels to improve golf movement patterns and help to achieve a smoother, more powerful, and pain-free golf swing.

Bianca Certified Personal Trainer

Bianca

Certified Personal Trainer

Bianca is grateful to be born and raised in San Diego, which has influenced and complimented her lifestyle and career aspirations in health and wellness. Her love for learning about mind-body health is rooted in her yoga practice. Upon completion of a 200-hour yoga teacher training, Bianca continued her education in the science of movement by receiving her Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology. Her journey continues as a Master’s student in Integrative Wellness at Point Loma Nazarene, as she is working towards her dreams and aspirations of practicing an integrated whole-body approach in patient care. Bianca is 200-RYT certified with Yoga Alliance, 40-hour certified in yoga Nidra, Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and has experience leading functional fitness and assisted PNF stretching. During Bianca’s free time she enjoys leading yoga and meditation with friends and family, reading and journaling, and surfing and snowboarding.

Andy Velasco Sous Chef

Andy Velasco

Sous Chef

Andy was born and raised right here in Encinitas California. He is trained in classical French technique, grew up in an Asian household, is fascinated with Mexican/Latin flavors, and in love with food worldwide. His main focus is hands-on “from scratch” cooking with an emphasis on local and sustainable products in regards to food cost, labor, and appropriate execution. Andy has been in the culinary field for over a decade cooking brunch to fine dining, bistro fare, gastro-pub and bar food, private and large scale catering. He is very familiar with special diets and nutritional diets. He has his current ServeSafe and HACCP certifications and is fluent in Spanish. Andy is always furthering his culinary education and cultivating his personal style as a professional chef. When not at PFC, he is a multi-medium artist and Dad.

Ginna Chevalier Certified Personal Trainer

Ginna Chevalier

Certified Personal Trainer

Ginna Chevalier was born and raised in Colombia, South America, She moved to California and married her beloved husband, Jay, 17 years ago. She is a national certified Personal Trainer with a strong educational background and several years of experience in the Fitness industry. Ginna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and she has over 15 years of experience as a Personal Trainer and Fitness instructor. In addition to being a certified Personal Trainer, she holds certifications in TRX, Bootcamp, Yoga Sculpt, Pilates, and Zumba. Ginna continues her professional development by learning the latest fitness trends and skills through actively studying and participating in the different areas of fitness health to keep up to date. She also stays actively involved in the CrossFit, Bodybuilding, hiking, Boxing, Yoga, and Zumba communities. Ginna is passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals, providing fitness motivation, and modeling good choices inside the gym and in her daily life as well, so that she may reap the benefits along with others.

Elliot Canter Chiropractor

Elliot Canter

Chiropractor

Dr. Elliot Canter, of Canter Chiropractic has been helping people in San Diego optimize their health since 1996. Based in Encinitas, Dr. Canter’s goal is to be your partner in health with customized plans to help everyone in the family. Dr. Canter is an alumni of UCLA and did his Chiropractic studies at Southern California University of Health Sciences at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Elliot Canter believes in making total health fully accessible to his clients—not only through his spine-stabilizing skills, but also through education and personal empowerment. Whether you’re sick or well, Dr. Elliot Canter can help you find the healthier state of being, through his personal attention and high-quality service.

Dr. Elliot Canter when not at his practice can be found doing wellness seminars, hiking, walking his dogs, & volunteering with his wife out in the community. Dr. Canter looks forward to being your partner in health.

Jeff Price Program Specialist

Jeff Price

Program Specialist

Jeff’s passion for fitness was spawned as a boy in Arizona when he was determined to participate in every competitive sport even beyond the popular and traditional. He recognized a correlation between physical fitness and discipline in other areas of life and sought to share this with others. This passion leads to coaching opportunities with elementary, high school, and college-age kids in basketball, baseball, football, and his favorite – gymnastics. Through the years, when he can pull himself away from his woodworking shop, Jeff has become an ardent hiker, mountain biker, and trail runner.  His craving for the out of doors developed years ago as a result of an accelerated training regimen for a high elevation hike in South America. After many years in various business disciplines, Jeff returned to his love of fitness and caring for the human body when he joined Premier Fitness Camp. He recently stated, “Of all the unique experiences I’ve had in my business career, nothing has brought me as much personal satisfaction as helping our PFC guests in their pursuit of wellness. A healthy human body enhances a healthy mind and spirit, leading to greater happiness in life’s pursuits.

Eric Butt Program Specialist

Eric Butt

Program Specialist

Eric has been apart of ‘Team PFC’ since 2012. Eric has a deep passion for health, wellness, and helping people live a healthier lifestyle. You catch a sense of his passion for PFC within the first few minutes of speaking with him. When you call with questions and/or concerns, Eric is part of the team on the other end of the phone. Eric is happily married and proud to be called “Dad” by his two kids and two fur babies.  When he’s not helping people get healthy, you can find him camping, fishing, riding motorcycles, hiking, or anything in the outdoors. Eric brings an honorable and honest approach to help you get to camp and have the amazing experience you’re looking for.

Diane Aiken Program Specialist

Diane Aiken

Program Specialist

Diane grew up in Southern California and has always had a passion for health and wellness. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received her BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Psychology. Prior to working at PFC Diane worked in the travel and wellness industries including The Chopra Center. She is a caring person who enjoys talking to potential guests and helping them in their journey to wellness. In her spare time, Diane enjoys traveling to tropical locations, hiking the local beaches, playing tennis, and practicing yoga.

Zach Cutler Managing Director

Zach Cutler

Managing Director

Zach is a strong believer that fitness and nutrition are vital components to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Growing up, Zach competed in many traditional sports. As an adult, Zach has shifted his passion for pushing himself from traditional sports to cycling, running, skiing and fitness! Hobbies which are physically demanding keep him motivated to eat right and train regularly. Zach loves to share his passion for health and fitness and love to get involved in worthy community service projects. He is currently volunteering to help coach the largest high school mountain bike team in the country in hopes of inspiring the next generation to stay healthy and active! Zach loves PFC because it allows him to work with amazing people from all over the world and help them get back on track in the road of life! Of all of his endeavors, the one that brings him the greatest joy is his family; his wife Jen and 4 daughters, all of which inspire him to be better!

Chris Butt Board of Directors

Chris Butt

Board of Directors

Chris’ passion for health and fitness came through playing competitive sports throughout his life. Helping people with weight loss and reaching goals has been a part of his life for the past decade. Chris earned his NGA Pro Card in 2002 as a result of winning the Mountain States All Natural Body Building Competition. Chris graduated with a BS from Weber State University in 1999 and has been assisting his clients in weight loss ever since. He aims to bring balance with proper nutrition and exercise so every life he touches will be changed forever. Chris has an enormous passion for his work and deeply cares about the success of each and every program participant. He dedicates his time and talent so that all guests can see their fitness goals become a reality!

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