Meet Our World Class Team
Boasting a team of world-class experts 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. PFC physicians and psychologists are internationally recognized for their practice, our nutritionists, certified in sport nutrition, and each of our trainers hold the highest level of certifications from nationally recognized fitness organizations.
Michael R. Mantell earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. at Hahnemann Medical College, where he wrote his thesis on the psychological aspects of obesity. He has served as the Senior Fitness Consultant for Behavioral Sciences for the American Council on Exercise. Dr. Mantell is the Chief Behavior Science consultant to PFC Camp at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Council on Active Aging, a best-selling author, an international behavior science fitness presenter and in-demand Keynote speaker, an Advisor to numerous fitness-health organizations, and is featured in many media broadcasts and fitness publications. Dr. Mantell is a nationally sought after behavioral science coach for business leaders, elite amateur and professional athletes, individuals and families. He is listed in the greatist.com 2013 “The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.”
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”.
Lenita has Master’s degree in Applied Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University and is an A.C.S.M. Certified Exercise Specialist. She has over 25 years experience in the health and fitness industry with extensive experience in clinical exercise physiology, assessments, wellness coaching, group exercise instruction, personal training, and education. She is a recognized industry educator, presenter, and author and has been a longtime presenter at industry conferences such as World IDEA, IDEA Personal Trainer, IHRSA, ACSM Health and Fitness Summit, etc. She is currently a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for the Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC) at University of California, San Diego.
Jessica Janc has been a part of the Fitness Industry for 20 years. She attended the University of Utah where she studied Exercise Sports Science with an emphasis on Nutrition. She has been an ACE certified Aerobic Instructor and Personal trainer for nineteen years. She studied under the Stott Pilates Method, is Bosu Certified, Madd Dogg Spin certified and teaches many other fitness classes at Purefitness Sports Center in Carlsbad. Jessica is Ace Certified in Lifestyle and Weight Management and is a Sports Nutritionist certified through the National Association of Sports Nutrition (NASN).
With extraordinary experience and expertise in naturopathy and holistic nutrition, Chef Kieffer has redefined the kitchen as a place of true healing. Under the culinary tutelage of his Grandmother Falzarrano, his wonderful mother and father, and his prestigious degree from the renowned Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Kieffer has taken his extensive knowledge of health and nutrition from the tables of New York’s most esteemed restaurants, to the world headquarters of Google and Microsoft, and even into the intimate dining room of Forbes mega moguls.
Prior to PFC, Chef Jason served as the Executive Chef and Wellness Coach at Intermountain Healthcare’s Park City Medical Center, Executive Chef at the preeminent Bellevue Club Hotel—the AAA Four Diamond club and hotel consistently ranked as the #1 hotel in Seattle and #1 resort in the Pacific Northwest, and revolutionized the culinary culture for Microsoft’s international campuses. Chef Jason’s knowledge combined with an insatiable curiosity for the healing powers of food bring PFC Fitness Camp clients a wealth of invaluable information and intriguing ingredients that truly change lives.
Wendy has a B.A. in Sociology from U.C. Santa Barbara and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NASN Licensed Sports Nutritionist and RRCA Certified Running Coach. She is also a certified Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) practitioner, which is a muscular therapy that is offered to all PFC clients. She has worked in the fitness industry since 2003. Wendy has advanced education in various specialties such as neuromuscular therapy, corrective exercise and cardiovascular performance testing. She works with clients of all fitness and wellness levels, from individuals recovering from strokes and heart attacks to competitive athletes seeking higher levels of sports performance. Personally, Wendy has been actively involved in sports and fitness for almost four decades, starting as a gymnast. In college, she found her new passion of running and has been running ever since! She is a proud mom of an 15 year-old girl, who is a high school track and cross country runner. Wendy is inspired daily by the determination and tenacity of PFC Fitness Camp’s clients!
Todd was born and raised in Vermont, where he grew up with a very active and outdoor lifestyle. He has an extensive sports background and had a career playing Divison I College Ice Hockey. Prior to joining Premier Fitness, Todd was the Fitness Manager of six 24-Hour Fitness locations, managing 30+ personal trainers. Todd is N.A.S.M (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified and holds the Golf Fitness Specialist certification as well. Additionally, Todd has a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Athletic Coaching. Todd lives in Carlsbad with his wife and 2 children.
Renee has been a fitness enthusiast all her life, first as a competitive athlete in school, which eventually led her career as a certified fitness trainer for 20 years. Renee holds certifications in Personal Training, Cycling, Bosu Training, Gravity GTS training and Peak Pilates. She is a very energized and spirited instructor who believes the key to fitness is to have fun with what you do. PFC campers leave Renee’s workouts with nothing but a lot of sweat and smiles!
LaMere " LC" Cornelius is a highly qualified trainer with over twelve years experience helping individuals from various backgrounds achieve their health and fitness goals. He is often called upon for his expertise in weight loss management, general fitness, functional strength training, corrective exercise, sports performance training, nutrition and body sculpting. LC holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Central Oklahoma and is certified by the most highly accredited organizations in the fitness industry including the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and the American Red Cross. (CPR/AED). LC provides the highest quality training and help clients achieve their goals. His personalized programs focus on total wellness and improve physical appearance, overall health and quality of life.
Mary Chilcote, Client Care Specialist
Tony moved to California in 2016 to accept his dream job at PFC Fitness Camp. He has undertaken an atypical journey to health and fitness, especially for trainers in the fitness industry. In 2010 he accomplished his goal of losing 100 pounds in a calendar year. In the process, he became inspired to take the lessons he learned and encourage others to pursue their fitness goals and dreams.
Tony's training specialities include weight-loss, functional mobility and agility work, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and resistance training. He possesses an advanced degree in Communication, a fitness certification from the American Council on Exercise, and has nearly ten years of teaching experience. His clients have seen incredible results in areas of body recomposition, speed, strength and cardiovascular health.He looks forward to working with you to create the best version of yourself.
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