Platoon’s Director of Massage Therapy Kelly Coghlan has been a licensed massage therapist in Pennsylvania for 8 years. Most of her work has been with people recovering from injury and specializes in therapeutic techniques. Kelly has certifications in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, muscle scraping, and sports massage. Helping people return to a pain-free lifestyle is her passion. She is also a strong supporter of self-care. Kelly believes in the body’s ability to heal itself, and that massage therapy is one of the many paths to restoring health and wholeness to the body.
Bill Manley is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a level 1 Olympic weightlifting coach through USAW as well as a Level One Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC). Bill is Platoon’s head Muay Thai instructor. In addition to his education in fitness, he holds a degree in Emergency Medical Services and worked as an EMT in Montgomery County for over two years before coming to Platoon Fitness. He works with Mixed Martial Arts competitors and performs fitness assessments for professional athletes. Bill works with all ages. He is also a Strength and Conditioning specialist who personalizes programs for the non-athlete as well as athletes. He is currently attending college as a kinesiology major with his sights set on becoming a physician’s assistant.
Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC) Instructor
CrossFit certified coach
Olympic Lifting certified coach
Pose running certified coach
Ken began his personal training career in 2012 after receiving a B.S. in Kinesiology from Temple University and holds his personal trainer certification through the American Council on Exercise. Ken is also in pursuit of a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Dominican College of Blauvelt. He is originally from Central New Jersey where he was a varsity wrestler in high school turned competitive golfer in college. He prides himself on working with clientele from the ages of 3 to 90 years old. Ken utilizes his combined knowledge from his academic and athletic background to tailor fitness programs which are specific to the needs of his clients. Ken works with clients of all ages, abilities, athletes and clients with a history of injury.
Cristi Bartlett has been an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Penn since 2012. Prior to joining the Quakers’ staff, Bartlett served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Morehead State University. At the end of 2011, she made her initial appearance on the strength and conditioning staff at Penn before accepting another position at James Madison University as an assistant strength and conditioning coach . Bartlett then returned to Penn in August 2012.
Bartlett was a collegiate athlete at Winthrop University and Catawba College where she played basketball from 2004-08. She earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2008. Bartlett then attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2010. While attending UNC Charlotte, she worked within the strength and conditioning departments at Davidson College and North Carolina State University as well as with the Charlotte 49ers.
In her spare time, she casually competes in USAPL powerlifting where she holds records in the deadlift and total and placed 2 nd in the 2015 USAPL National Competition.
Bartlett is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) and a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM).
Paul Fenaroli, originally from Monroe, Connecticut, Paul was the Heavyweight State Wrestling Champion in 2007. he graduated from Stony Brook University in 2011 and played Big South conference All American in 2010. Paul played professional football for the NFL, AFL, and UFL as an offensive lineman, having played for the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.
Michelle spent most of her childhood as a gymnast and dancer. In middle school and high school her focus shifted to basketball and softball. She played softball at Drexel University. There she had access to a Strength and Conditioning coach and experienced “training” for the first time. After college, it was hard to find that intensity again until she discovered Crossfit in 2009. Along with competing locally she is a USAW American Open participant and four time Crossfit Regionals athlete. She fell in love with coaching in 2010 and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Bachelors Degree in Health Science
Masters Degree in Sports Management
Rashan Chanyothi graduated from Temple University with a BS in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise & Sport Science. He has a deep interest in the evidence based knowledge and foundation of science behind all aspects of exercise ranging from the neuromuscular, physiological, bioenergetic, and biomechanical level and how each can promote health and performance. At Temple, Rashan had the privilege of learning from one of the best in the field of exercise science, Dr. Mike Isratel and Dr. James Hoffmann of Renaissance Periodization, who provide science based diet and training programs for top athletes and general population in the areas of physique alteration, sports performance, and health. Rashan takes pride in applying the knowledge he has gained to his own clients and athletes. He’s interested in furthering his knowledge in the field and plans on attaining a MS in a kinesiology/exercise science related field. Rashan grew up playing numerous sports before committing to wrestling and football, wrestling in particular, being one of the most accomplished wrestlers to go through his high school. Before transferring to Temple, he wrestled at West Virginia University for some time in the 184/174 lb weight class. Through competitive wrestling and football, not only was he passionate about the sports, he fell in love with the training that came along with them. Now he trains in powerlifting and weightlifting, designing his own training and diet programs, and looks forward to competing.
NSCA CSCS (National Strength & Conditioning Association-Certified Strength &
USAW Level 1 (USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach)
USAPL-CC (USA Powerlifting Club Coach)
First Aid/CPR & AED American Heart Association (Heartsaver)
Heather attended Cortiva Institute Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy and graduated at the top of her class with the prestigious Mary Jo Myers Outstanding Student Award. She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association and specializes in Therapeutic Deep Tissue massage, as well as Swedish, Sports, Prenatal, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy. She has an intuitive, skilled touch and loves finding hypertonic muscles, knots and problem areas to work them out. She is naturally caring and empathetic by nature and her intention to heal comes through in her massages. Heather has her own business, Mountain Heather Massage, and has worked out of three offices at Healing Hands Massage. She also does chair massage events on the side. Before becoming a massage therapist, Heather worked as a professional bread baker and pastry chef at many of Philadelphia’s top restaurants and bakeries for five years, after receiving her degree in Pastry Arts at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. For her, making the move from kneading dough to kneading muscles was a natural transition. Realizing her body and soul were burnt out from long hours of hard restaurant work, she focused her energy on healing herself and others through mindfulness and massage therapy. She also has a BFA in Illustration from The University of the Arts and is an avid cartoonist. Heather has been playing piano since childhood, and has also taught ceramics. All of this hands-on experience comes through in her massages. In addition, she practices yoga, herbalism, nutrition, naturopathy and aromatherapy. For fun, Heather enjoys live music, cooking, outdoor activities and making people laugh through improv comedy. She lives with her 9-year-old son in Drexel Hill.
Greg Briddell graduated from Cardinal O’Hara high school and attended the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) studying anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. Greg has been with Platoon Fitness since he was 19 years old. He is a certified swimmer and is certified in boxing instruction. He is POSE running certified having studied with it’s inventor. Greg is currently studying for his National Strength and Conditioning Association national certification. He is certified in CPR, First Air and AED through the American Red Cross. Greg is a two time junior Olympic track and field competitor and anchored his relay team. He played semi pro football and has founded a league.
Barry played football and basketball in high school and that started his interest in football. He went in to his family business and he and his dad would go to the gym. Barry saw tremendous change in people he was training and they encouraged him to become a professional. He had a two year scholarship to Villanova for basketball. Barry is a International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) graduate who has been training since 2010. He is CPR, First Aid certified and is attending school for Fitness Therapy and Nutrition. He has a 13 year old son who now plays football and basketball at the same school that started Barry. His cats name is Tamara.
Thaddeus joins us from Boston, where he has spent the last three years working at Equinox in Chestnut Hill and at RPM Athlete Performance where he serves as Director of Methodology and Programming. During his time there, he worked with a wide variety of clients including athletes, medical professionals, stay at home moms, individuals dealing with pain and movement dysfunctions, to name a few. His goal with all the clients he works with is to teach correct movement patterns and to bring the body back to a state of neutrality and parasympathetic tone through corrective exercise and breathing techniques. Thaddeus attended Boston University where he received his Bachelors of Science and was a member of the Varsity Men’s Crew team. He will be continuing his studies this Fall at Temple University in the Kinesiology program.