Meet our Instructors

 
 
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Lisa Wallis

Head Trainer, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness & Spin Instructor

Lisa is an ACSM-Certified Health and Fitness Instructor with a BA in Physical Education from Western Washington University. She has been teaching group exercise for 22 years, including 14 years at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham where she worked as a health educator and coordinated the hospital’s Worksite Wellness program. Wed to local Donnie Wallis, Lisa made the move to the Methow along with her two children, 11-year old Zachary and 9-year old Stephanie. Thank you, Donnie! An avid hiker and cyclist, Lisa’s enthusiasm for fitness and her passion for people are evident not only in her teaching style, but in that 1,000 watt smile that is sure to brighten your day. Contact the front desk to book a Personal Training session with Lisa and be sure to check out one of her weekly spin classes for a great workout!

 
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Geoff Tripp

Personal Trainer, CSCS, ACSM EP-C, CPT, BIO Force Conditioning Coach, TRX

Geoff has always had a love for the outdoors. He began with a love for competitive mountain bike racing, and shortly after joined the cycling team with WWU, cycling competitively through college while completing his Exercise Science and Sports Psychology from Western Washington University. He has since expanded his resume of notable athletic achievements, including three Ironmans, and two-100 mile trail races. For the last 12 years, Geoff has been working for a Seattle corporate fitness center as a Personal Trainer.  He advanced to Senior Trainer and Fitness Center Supervisor and managed a team of 15 personal trainers and an entire group fitness department.

Geoff holds many specialized certifications which cover a wide array of health and exercise disciplines.  A few of his notable high-level certifications include Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine. Geoff specializes in injury prevention, corrective exercise, functional fitness, and endurance training.

Geoff’s family is excited to make their dream a reality and relocate to the Methow Valley.  He shares a passion for this small community and looks forward to bringing his variety of experience to Winthrop PT & Fitness!

 

Laura McCabe 

Endurance Sport Coach

This modest, two-time Olympian in Nordic Skiing has won practically every Nordic ski race there is to win in North America, including the prestigious American Birkebeiner. Laura is also an expert climber and runner, and her experience as an elite athlete inspires both junior and masters athletes to reach their full potential.  Laura’s coaching and strength programs are among the most popular classes offered at Winthrop Fitness.  She is also Racing Coach of the Methow Nordic Junior Team.  After the tragic loss of her husband Sean to cancer, Laura is now a single mom to two amazing children, Novie and Dashe.  A revered art teacher and internationally recognized artist, Sean left behind an art legacy that Laura now manages from her home.  To view or purchase art from Sean’s collection, visit www.seanmccabestudio.com

 
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Stacey Williams

Head Yoga Instructor, E-RYT-200

Stacey Williams has been a student of yoga and consciousness for 25+ years. Her primary path of study has been in the Iyengar tradition as taught by Sri BKS Iyengar in Pune, India. Recently she has completed an Immersion in Anusara Yoga and also has studied Ashtanga Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Stacey co-owned 8 Petals Yoga Studio in Bellingham, Washington before relocating to Winthrop. As a recreational athlete, Stacey understands the athletes approach to life. She has herself gratefully used yoga to heal from numerous injuries and challenges over the years, always inviting compassion for self and others in her practice and teachings. All students are invited to attend classes and contact Stacey through the fitness center for private training sessions. She may be contacted at yecats53@gmail.com.

 
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Bree Dillon

Yoga Instructor, RYT-200 Julia McCabe, RYT-500 Tiffany Cruikshank (in progress)   

Bree is a yogi, athlete, anatomy geek and an unapologetic problem-solver. With 15 combined years of teaching and practice she's come to trust yoga as a potent and timeless solution to keep herself sturdy, body and mind. Teaching challenges her to listen to, recognize, and respond to her students' differences. Yoga with Bree makes sense in your body based on how it is designed and challenges your physical and mental limitations so you can experience the freedom you desire. 

 

LOTTY EKBLAD

Fitness Instructor

Lotty grew up in Southern Vermont spending lots of time both Alpine and Nordic skiing. She has worked as a Sherpa guide for youth outreach programs on both the East and West Coasts, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family. Lottie loves to hike, garden, and ski in the winter. She is also a popular instructor of our OPEC circuit class.

 
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Lindsay Picolet 

Pilates Instructor

An internationally certified Pilates instructor, a former dancer, and a fitness instructor for over 25 years, Lindsay has trained athletes from ballet dancers to bodybuilders, in all forms of movement. Initially trained in the Classic method of Pilates, Lindsay has traveled from New York to London to evolve and vary her teaching methods. She has acquired over 1000 studio hours of practice including extensive experience with both mat and Pilates equipment. Her innovative style and challenging mat workouts draw a loyal following at Winthrop Fitness.

 

CHRIS GARNER

Fitness Instructor

Chris is enthusiastic about fitness at any age and loves leading our OPEC class as well as instructing residents at Jamie's Place nursing home. Chris is a Yoga instructor with 200 hours of training in Iyenger Yoga with Aadil Palkivala of Seattle Yoga Centers and 100 hours of Flow Yoga training with Shiva Rea. You will also find her subbing in for Spin Cycle.   

 
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Kesia Lopez

Yoga Instructor, RYS-200

To me, yoga is the balance of restoration and strengthening, a non-competitive means to self-awareness and self-care. As an athlete, yoga allows space to give my body and mind what they need to keep going. After 10 years of the benefits in practicing yoga, I decided I wanted to share my passion with a style combining Hatha, Yin, Nidra and meditation. My goal is to help others create a daily practice on and off the mat. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share with others in this beautiful community.