In addition to certifications as a CrossFIt Level 1 instructor and NASM personal trainer, Jan Silverman obtained master’s degrees in Labor and Industrial Relations and in Social Work as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois.
Jan spent the past seven years with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry working in oral health advocacy, policy and research. Her background includes over 10 years of experience in early childhood mental health, including nine years supervising and developing programs to promote positive parent-child relationships, prevent child abuse and enhance school readiness in at-risk families with young children. Her community mental health experience includes providing outpatient mental health counseling to adolescents and adults, developing school-based support and prevention groups and groups for parents of children aged zero to five.
She has presented at state-wide and national conferences on topics related to enhancing the parent-child relationship, father involvement and on working with pregnant and parenting mothers who have experienced sexual abuse. More recently, she has presented at national meetings on the importance of children’s oral health and oral health promotion in primary care.
Silverman was co-author on journal article published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. Since that time she has published various articles on early childhood and parenting issues, including a zero to three article on the integration of Infant Mental Health principals in home visiting programs. During her employment at AAPD, she authored bi-monthly articles in Pediatric Dentistry Today as well as several technical briefs related to children’s dentistry.
Jan has four children aged 13 years to 24 years.
Kayla is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She recently earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University and will be taking the licensing exam in July. Kayla enjoys working with all ages and levels, but she is most passionate about working with athletes after her experiences as a D1 college tennis player at Indiana University where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology. Kayla is also a Certified TRX instructor.
Mary Clare is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor with the American Council on Exercise. She is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor (CYT) and is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification with Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL. In addition, Mary Clare holds a degree in sport management from National Louis University.
Mary Clare had been personal training for over twenty years. She enjoys working with clients to build muscular and cardiovascular strength to improve function and general well-being.
Mary Clare has been teaching lyengar vinayasa flow yoga for 12 years and practicing for 16 years. She teaches an energetic class with a strong foundation of standing poses with an emphasis on alignment and the safety of her students. She also uses yoga as a tool for recovery from sports, working out and the daily efforts of regular life.
With a Master's in Health and Exercise Science and 15 years of experience, Julie Ford has always has always had a passion for fitness and well-being. She believes that fitness goals and nutrition should be as unique as the individuals seeking them. Julie enjoys pushing clients, but makes sure fitness is fun and encouraging. In her free time, Julie enjoys training for special events like the Disney Princess Half Marathon and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Ride to Cure. She also works with seniors in Home Health. She is thankful for her supportive family and puppy, Bam Bam.