behind the scenes

Robin Robertson BIO
Owner, Manager, Cycle Coach

Roxanne Sailors BIO
Administrative Operations Director

Doug Robertson BIO
Owner & Tennis Player

Lauren Phillips BIO
Marketing

Membership & Guest Services (Mags)

Michelle Fry BIO
MAGS Manager

Leigha Staffenhagen BIO
MAG

Anna Carlson BIO
MAG

Amanda Short BIO
MAG

Bri Dague BIO
MAG & Member Accounts Manager

Kris Dirks BIO
MAG

Shawnee Konrad BIO
MAG

Tennis

Matthew Iwersen BIO
Tennis Director &
Assistant Manager

Deb Brown BIO
Tennis Professional

TJ Tipton BIO
Tennis Professional

Griffin Wood BIO
Tennis Professional

Sean Jeffrey BIO
Tennis Professional

 

Fitness

Tyler Brown BIO
Fitness Director
& Personal Trainer

Kendyl Comiskey BIO
Personal Trainer, Zone
& Ride Instructor

  Roxanne Sailors    BIO   Zone Instructor

Roxanne Sailors BIO
Zone Instructor

Matt Vann BIO
Ride
& Cycle Moles Instructor

  Rhod Kelly    BIO   Personal Trainer, Zone & Ride Instructor

Rhod Kelly BIO
Personal Trainer, Zone
& Ride Instructor

  Jackie Ellis    BIO   Zone & Ride Instructor

Jackie Ellis BIO
Zone
& Ride Instructor

Elizabeth Sheinkopf BIO
Zone
& Ride Instructor

  Robin Robertson    BIO   Ride, Cycle Moles & Healthy Knees Instructor

Robin Robertson BIO
Ride, Cycle Moles
& Healthy Knees Instructor


Piper Renard

Ride Instructor

Stringing and Closing Support

Pat Balfour
Stringer

Kendra Baker
Closing Support

Henry Kei BIO
Stringer BIO

Shane Lynette
Closing Support

 

ROBIN ROBERTSON

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Owner, Manager, and Cycling Coach

 PHILOSOPHY

When you feel confident, you feel good and life seems better.  I believe that everyone has a starting point for feeling better – both internally with how your body works and feels and externally with how you look and carry yourself.  Every day brings an opportunity to do something good for yourself through exercise and making healthy choices.  And when you feel good, you share that with others, helping to make our world a friendlier place.  That’s what I love about how we can be a healthy part of your life here at the Club.
Besides helping members to feel fit, play hard, and enjoy life, I want to share my love of cycling and fitness with everyone!  I ran competitively through high school and at WWU.  However, I had to stop all impact sports at the age of 24 because of my bad pair of knees from a congenital condition and subsequent surgeries.  This meant no more running or skiing and so I turned to cycling, swearing it has held off a knee replacement and kept me strong – even with arthritis and a total of 10 knee surgeries (to date!).  

CLIENT BASE

I love to work with people in cycle training at all ages and abilities to help you gain confidence in all you do:  from those who want to reduce knee or hip pain and start to LIVE again to those looking to boost their cycling performance, and everyone in between.  I will also help you with a proper fit on our stationary cycles.  The best thing about indoor cycling is that anyone can do it and no one gets left behind!

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· Founder Healthy Knees Cycling & Cycle Moles Training Programs
· Amazon International Best Selling Author “Healthy Knees Cycling”
· ACE Certified Personal Trainer, US Cycling Federation Coach Level 2
· SICI Professional Bike Fitter
· 2009 Washington State Masters B Best All Around Road Racer Champion; 2008 2nd Place
· Health and fitness professional since 2000; athlete forever
· Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from WWU
· CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· Cycling (road, mountain, commuting)
· Strength training and fitness
· Travel
· Gardening
· Kicking back to watch a good movie
· Making the world a better place
· Doing things outside
· And MOSTLY, I want to have fun with my best friend and husband Doug, daughter Elena, and son Foster.

 
 

DOUG ROBERTSON

Owner, Tennis Player, Behind the Scenes Guy

PHILOSOPHY

Robin’s and my goal is to make Bellingham Training and Tennis Club the best possible fitness facility/operation.  This requires constant effort, commitment and risk.  My job is to bring these assets to the Club every day.  Even if most people never see what I do.  

CLIENT BASE

My efforts involve three different client bases. First are all the members.  Second is our wonderful staff. Third are the wide variety of vendors, community members, gov’t officials and neighbors.  I must work diligently with each group to assure the long term success of BTTC.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· Husband and father: it is amazing how much I have learned from my family
· Attorney: Private practice (commercial and real property) 1986-2015
· Adjunct Prof. Whatcom Community College: 2015--current
· Life long tennis player.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Tennis:  I love playing tennis and have my entire life.  Every time I step on the court, my goal is to just fun (learning to have fun even if playing poorly). 
Music:  I love music.  After a 26 year hiatus, I returned to playing the French horn. I now play horn in the Skagit Symphony, the Whatcom Wind Ensemble and the Boundary Bay Brass Quintet.  Music brings joy to my life.
Biking:  I share with Robin a love for bicycling: road, mountain or touring.  Biking is freedom.
Teaching:  I changed careers to become an educator. I love it.  Educating our youth is the best possible investment in our country’s future. And is really hard—finding the key to motivate a wide variety of individuals is an amazing challenge.
Home Port Learning Center:  I have been deeply involved in this is a private non-profit school for adjudicated and “at risk” youth for over 24 years.  An amazing program that provides kids with an opportunity to succeed in an alternative learning environment.

 
 

MATTHEW IWERSEN

Tennis Director & Assistant Manager

PHILOSOPHY

Tennis is a game for life. With this in mind I believe there is much more to this game than just hitting the tennis ball. Tennis can enhance your overall fitness, mental acuity, and social life!  Your fitness level will benefit from improved cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. You’ll stay sharp through by improving your mental fortitude through tennis practice and competition. I believe most of all that tennis can improve a person’s outlook on life because it is so much fun to play and a fantastic way to meet great people along the way.

CLIENT BASE

I feel that each person has unique abilities which should be highlighted to make the most out of their tennis game. Just as every one has different DNA, every one’s game is unique to them. I try to bring out the client’s best physical and mental attributes in the journey to improving ones tennis game. My goal is to have the client reach their potential by strengthening their fundamentals, improving their confidence, and continue to realize they are playing the game to have fun!

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· VP of USPTA PNW Board
· USPTA Certified Elite Professional since 1987
· USPTA Certified Tester
· Played division 1 college tennis at San Jose State University
· Taught tennis in California, New York, Antigua (West Indies), Montana, and Bellingham
· BA in History (San Francisco State University)
· PE Minor and Teaching Credential requirements from the University of Montana
· Taught Middle School for three years in San Pablo, CA
· Certified in CPR, First Aid, and AED

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I spend most of my free time with my wife Kathy and two great kids Eloise and Clive. I enjoy many other sports and hope to pass on the joy of being active to my children. When not doing housework or kids’ activities, I enjoy going to music concerts (mostly rock), visiting my other siblings and friends, watching a good sports game, and relaxing around the house.

 
 
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LAUREN PHILLIPS

  Marketing

Marketing

PHILOSOPHY

I believe in holistic approaches to work and life. Balance and moderation are key.

I believe in clear, open communication that lets them know exactly what they are getting. I believe in being adaptive to whatever life offers, including new platforms, technologies, and mediums of communication.

I am goal-oriented and love a to-do list or spreadsheet. I also believe in finding the joy where I am … & not taking myself too seriously!

CLIENT BASE

Each person in the BTTC community! Please send me your marketing suggestions.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

  • 14+ years in marketing and public relations in Washington, D.C.

  • Former journalist

  • 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

  • Level 1 Reiki Certification

  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

Personal Interests

I like anything creative: reading, listening to music, going to live concerts, writing, painting, cooking, baking, making candles and other crafts. I am working on my second novel, historical fiction set in the early 1900s. I run a weekly writing group in town.

My love for hiking, camping, stargazing, and the outdoors is a big reason I moved to Bellingham early in 2018. You can often catch me out exploring the hiking trails in the region, and I think Boulevard Park at sunset is close to nirvana.  

In 2017, I spent 6 months traveling across the U.S. and camped in 25 different National Parks during that time. My favorites were the Grand Tetons and Arches.

Friends and family are very important to me. I love connecting with others.

I was born & raised in Michigan and love Michigan State. Go Green!

 
 

ROXANNE SAILORS

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Lifestyle Coach, GET Fit Instructor, Administrative Operations Director

PHILOSOPHY

I am passionate about teaching, facilitating and supporting people to transform their lives with the power of real food, real movement and real love.
My dad is my biggest inspiration – diagnosed with High Blood pressure, congestive heart failure and type 1 diabetes early in his 70’s, he used this as a catalyst to educate himself on his conditions and develop a practice of daily self-care that includes a nutritious diet that he has crafted based on his tastes and a fitness routine that includes strength training and swimming.
His vigilance reminds me that it’s never too late to claim and commit to a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle.  

CLIENT BASE

I love working with self-motivated individuals who are interested in making a deeper connection with their Whole Self: mind, body and spirit. I train mindset, mobility, functional movement patterns and breath work to access 'flow-state'. My preferred movement training incorporates clubbell swinging and martial arts style movement patterns or 'flows'. I especially love working with expectant mothers to prepare to give birth, and care for a newborn while also tending to their personal well-being.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· Accomplishment Coaching Life Coach Training Graduate
· ACE Certified Personal Trainer
· Fitness Nutrition Specialty
· Certified Clubbell Athletics Coach
· Certified Clubbell Yoga Coach
· Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
· Certified Functional Training Specialist
· CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· Traveling
· Making music using my voice, flute, pennywhistle, ukulele and occasionally the mandolin
· Ongoing education in human potential
· Creating delicious, nutritious recipes in my kitchen
· Exploring the wilderness and nature in general, especially the ocean
· Backpacking
· Camping
· Spending time with my family, often playing games and watching movies and television

 
 

ERIN DEAN

Communications Coordinator

PHILOSOPHY

I believe it’s important to live day by day. Appreciate your body for what it does for you, don’t take it for granted. Appreciate your family and friends for what they contribute to your life. Cuddle your animals and play with your children. We have one life to live and it’s easy to get caught up in what it means to be successful or what is expected of us. I think it’s important to remember to take pause and remind ourselves and others to acknowledge the beauty of being healthy and alive.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· BA International Relations, Peace and Conflict, African Studies (University of San             Francisco)
· 8+ years customer service
· 3+ years photo editing and graphic design
· ACE Certified Personal Trainer
· Certified Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist
· Adult & Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I love to travel and experience new places with my husband. Often we will hop in the car on a Friday and take off for the weekend, going wherever seems interesting or fun!
Traveling abroad is a passion of mine as well. New people, places and cultures fascinate me. I lived in Cape Town, South Africa for a year and it fueled my love of travel.
I also enjoy being outside! Day hiking and backpacking, swimming, running, biking, yoga, napping :)  I try to spend as much time outdoors as I can!

 
 

MICHELLE FRY

  Membership & Guest Services Manager

Membership & Guest Services Manager

PHILOSOPHY

I consider it essential to connect to each of our customers, understand their individual needs, and get to know their expectations. Fine-tuning the process of discovering what people need and want, and then providing service far beyond those opportunities is extremely important to me.

I represent the company by working with all team members to make sure we are successful, our guests are happy, and everyone is provided the opportunity to reach their goals. These efforts should be fun and ultimately help us achieve total customer satisfaction and business success.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· Western Washington University Graduate, Bachelor Degree
· Certified Worksite Wellness Manager - The Chapman Institute-WELCOA
· Certified Systems Improvement - TapRoot
· Certified Applied Office and Industrial Ergonomics - HumanTech Institute
· 25 years of experience in Health and Safety Promotion
· 25 years of experience in Fitness and Nutrition
· 15 years ACE Certified Personal Trainer
· CPR and First Aid Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

In my free time I love to be with family and friends, watch soccer and Netflix, cook and entertain. I also enjoy skiing, hot yoga, hiking and circuit training classes. My personal goals in life are to see the good in every situation, help people, give to our community, live with integrity and make a positive impression on those I interact with every day.

 
 

KENDYL COMISKEY

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GET Fit Instructor and Personal Trainer

PHILOSOPHY

“Go out into the world and do well, but more importantly, go out into the world and do good

The good that I am passionate about spreading is that feeling of being able to accomplish something that you never thought that you could; something that makes you feel better. I see my job as chasing after that version of an individual’s “better” and not stopping until we get there. With experience in movement studies and exercise psychology, I have learned that health & fitness is more than being able to look your best, it’s being able to move and feel your best!

CLIENT BASE

I am inspired to work with clients who know where they are and have a vision of where they want to be, regardless of the current relationship that they have with their body.  Instructing fitness classes has taught me that I love working with people who are recovering from an injury (or have some other physical limitation) and eager and excited to excel.  Helping people to overcome or work around their limitations and live a more comfortable, functional life challenges me to do research outside of fitness classes so that I can return with relevant exercises so that results are encouraging and motivation stays high.  Also, working with members who get apparent and intrinsic enjoyment out of just being in class makes me so happy because their willingness to excel makes me want to do the same!

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· B.S. Kinesiology - Movement Studies, Western Washington University
· TRX Group Training & Yoga Certified
· Cycling Fusion Certified
· Certified Healthy Knees Coach
· 180 Internship hours at BTTC
· Adult & Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified
· Volunteer experience with Bellingham Sports & Spine Physical Therapy

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Attending Seahawks and Mariners games, going to country music concerts, calligraphy, watching the newest Marvel movie (I’m a huge nerd…I’ve seen most of them at least twice), spending time with my family in my hometown (Yakima, WA), and being in the sun as often as possible!

 
 

RHOD KELLY

GET Fit Instructor and Personal Trainer

PHILOSOPHY

We are made to move and exercise is a key foundation to enjoying life.  I want to share my passion for fitness with you so that you can experience the astronomical rewards of an active lifestyle.  Everyone should be engaged in strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, and flexibility work.  We are all on a lifelong fitness journey and it is never too late to see improvement.  It is my goal to motivate, educate, and make fitness fun!

CLIENT BASE

I enjoy training beginners in the basics of skilled movement, seasoned athletes using advanced programming and anyone in between.  No matter your fitness level, I am in your corner to help you achieve real and lasting results!

As a tennis player and Certified Tennis Performance Specialist I have a passion for training other tennis players to reach their greatest potential on the court.  Tennis is a physically demanding sport and it is crucial to prime your body for optimal performance while preventing injuries.  I love helping players build strength, agility, and flexibility to take their game to the next level.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· ITPA Certified Tennis Performance Specialist
· ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
· Cycling Fusion Certified
· B.S. Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University
· CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· Playing Tennis and Basketball
· Hanging Out with my Wife and Little Dog
· Travelling to See New Sights and Experience Different Cultures
· Trying New Restaurants
· Leading in Local Youth Ministry
· Weightlifting and Trying New Exercises
· Community 5k Runs
· Strategy Games
· Hiking and Backpacking

 
 

AMANDA SHORT

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Membership & Guest Services

PHILOSOPHY

Life can get overwhelming with a busy schedule; work, family, school, you name it. Writing “to-do’s” down and prioritizing them may help develop a more balanced mental/physical/emotional lifestyle. This helps me stay focused on the most important tasks first and listen to not only what my body wants, but what it needs. My biggest priority that helps me maintain this balance is exercise. Whether it be in a gym, on the track, or running errands around town, finding at least one hour a day to be active does wonders for my overall motivation and confidence to carry through the rest of the day. I believe everything should be done with a passion. Whatever you choose to do, stand behind it, dedicate yourself to it, and put your happiness first. Daily reminders of your blessings rather than your setbacks can put you in the right mindset to improve and accomplish the goals you set for yourself. Do what you love, love what you do, and no obstacle can overcome you

CLIENT BASE

I spend the most of my summers at a gym back home working out/training alongside middle to high school athletes who have similar aspirations as I did at their ages to play collegiate sports. While I am away at school, I am continuously surrounded by collegiate athletes with different body types, and strengths, as well as limitations. As a Kinesiology major, the way the body moves and performs excites me and inspires me to surround myself with indivuals who choose to push their amazing bodies to new limits every day. I hope to gain experience working with a variety of ages, backgrounds, and abilities as I grow as a student at WWU.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· Studied Exercise Science at Western Oregon University (2014-2017)
· Transferred to Western Washington University (2017-present) to pursue a Bachelor’s of    Science degree in Kinesiology and Women’s Javelin
· Division II Collegiate Volleyball (2014-2017) and Collegiate Track and Field Athlete         (2014- Present)
· 2015 DII Outdoor National Championships Qualifier and Top 20 Finish in Women’s Javelin
· CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras / Raised in Lebanon, OR
· I love dogs, especially my beagle, Tucker
· I enjoy traveling, time with friends & family, exercising, & discovering new music
· I think my own jokes are funny; puns in particular (my last name makes it easy)
· I am so grateful to be a member of the BTTC family & connect with the Bellingham community through fitness!

 
 

LEIGHA STAFFENHAGEN

  Membership & Guest Services

Membership & Guest Services

PHILOSOPHY

I believe that approaching every situation in work and life with positivity and bit of humor is key! Whether you’re having the best day or the worst day, keeping a positive mindset can make all the difference between success and failure. Taking every problem is stride is the best way to ensure that there will be a silver lining in the end.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· Bachelors of Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration from Western          Washington University
· CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· Hiking, running, and dancing! · Spending time with my family – I have 6 brothers!
· Reading – especially biographies! I love hearing about other people’s life experiences
· Attending Concerts & Stand Up Comedy
· And finally, I love to write! At my full-time M-F job I’m a managing editor of a blog!

 
 

KRIS DIRKS

  Membership & Guest Services

Membership & Guest Services

PHILOSOPHY

I try to wake up every day with a positive attitude.  Life is too short to hold grudges or stay in a bad mood.  I can honestly admit I have a smile on my face most of the time and if I can make someone else smile then even the better.

CLIENT BASE

I get along with everyone!  I have worked in customer service for over 25 years and have always enjoyed working with others.  I am a morning person by nature and love getting to work where there are others who like to talk at 6 in the morning!

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· AA degree North Seattle Community College
· BA degree Western Washington University
· CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I love spending time with my husband and son.  We go backpacking every year on the Olympic Coast. Our son’s first trek was at 3 yrs old and he hiked over 10 miles!  I also enjoy snowboarding, hiking, ping pong, table pool, and taking my two dogs on long walks.

 
 

SHAWNEE KONRAD

  Membership & Guest Services

Membership & Guest Services

PHILOSOPHY

My favorite quote is, “everything is hard before it is easy” by Johann Wolfgang. When I’m not working at the Club, I am focused on training for track including running every day, weekly weight training, and working on strength and endurance.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

Originally from Spokane, I came to Bellingham to join WWU’s Track team.  My main educational interest is in Kinesiology and I would love to explore Personal Training as a career.  I am currently a WWU student and plan to graduate in 2021.

- CPR, First Aid, AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

WWU’s Track and Field and Cross Country Team.  The events I compete in are:
- 800 meter dash
- 1500 meter dash
- 4 x 400 relay
- Pole vault

My love for the outdoors extends beyond running – I also love hiking and exploring waterfalls.  If I could do anything for a month, I’d travel to Brazil and explore the Amazon rainforest.

 
 

ANNA CARLSON

  Membership & Guest Services

Membership & Guest Services

PHILOSOPHY

My family and I have four “pillars” that we try our best to abide by and live out in our day to day: choose to love, seek adventure, show respect, and act in kindness.  I believe we are all uniquely designed to do good in this world in different capacities. Navigating what that means to us and how to best use our gifts and talents is one of the biggest treasures in this life – it’s what makes us all unique and interesting!

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

B.A. in Social Science and Management Information Systems from Washington State University
10+ years professional Sales, Finance, Operations and Marketing experience
CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

While I was born in the US, I grew up overseas spending time in Yemen, S. Korea, and Ukraine.  I settled in Bellingham in 2004 to go to Western and have never left!  While I’ve traveled to many places abroad, my all-time favorite place to be is in my back yard with my husband, our two boys, dog, cat, and six hens!  I am equal parts creative and analytical.  I love the art of staging a home to make a space feel relaxing, peaceful, and inviting.  I have also been known to look up excel tutorials on YouTube for fun…yes, I am “that” person.

 
 

IVY MUNYON

PHILOSOPHY
I believe that life should be thoroughly enjoyed. Therefore, it is important to me that the members’ time at the club is the best part of their day. I want to make sure that every guest leaves here smiling and happy. 

EXPERIENCE
4 years of Customer Service Experience
Studied at Colorado Mountain College (2015-2017)
Transferred to Western Washington University in order to study Environmental Science
CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS
I am from Denver, Colorado and like to spend my time hiking, doing yoga, travelling, reading and/or helping others in any way possible.  I like to keep myself busy so I normally have a lot on my plate. I balance this job, a personal business, and a full-time school schedule!

 
 

Bri Dague

Member Accounts Manager, Membership & Guest Services

 
 

DEB BROWN

Tennis Teaching Professional

PHILOSOPHY

Tennis is a lifetime sport for the whole individual including:

Mind: focus - on the here and now
Body: fitness – strength and flexibility
Spirit: fun – passion and creativity

My approach is not “one size fits all”, but customized individual formulas based on learning style, potential, and objectives to achieve maximum results.  I use a cooperative approach to develop problem solving capabilities.  Every time a player prepares to hit the tennis ball, a decision is required.  Getting in to proper position to hit the ball requires anticipation, fitness, and speed.  The challenge of competition involves innovation, stamina, and passion.  As Billie Jean King says, “pressure is a privilege”.  My greatest joy is helping players develop qualities that will serve them for a lifetime, both on and off the court.

CLIENT BASE

I enjoy teaching all ages; from three year old Tracy Austin to senior players in their eighties and nineties.  I love teaching all abilities; from top ranked tournament players to players with special needs.  My teaching style works will with students of a wide range of interests; from serious competitors to those who play for fun or cardio fitness.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· USPTA Certified Professional: Elite Professional
· Certified Cardio Tennis Instructor
· University of California at Irvine, Lifetime Teaching Credential K-12, and B.A.
· Vic Braden Tennis College, Teaching Pro
· Jack Kramer Tennis Club, Teaching Pro
· Palos Verdes Tennis Club, Assistant Teaching Pro
· USPTA Member
· USTA Member
· CPR, AED, First Aid Certification
· Washington State, Oregon State, Pacific Northwest Gran Prix Women’s Doubles Champion

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· Tennis
· Cycling
· Fitness
· Surfski
· Surfing
· Stand-up paddling
· Hiking
· Conducting
· Foreign languages
· Singing
· Piano
· Opera
· Guitar

 
 

TJ TIPTON

Tennis Teaching Professional

PHILOSOPHY

My love of tennis comes from the complexity of the game, requiring so many abilities like quickness, strength, stamina, strategy, and mental toughness. A tennis game can constantly evolve and be honed throughout one’s life. Tennis can be as competitive as each player likes and be an individual or a team sport. It can be played for the amazing workout or the great social aspects it provides.
I believe tennis is the best sport ever created, played by young and old alike.

CLIENT BASE

Since no player’s game is exactly the same, I enjoy working with all levels and ages as each provides the challenge of helping each person meet their goals. Whether it’s the beginner learning the basics, or a tournament level player looking for a competitive edge, I enjoy it all. I especially enjoy seeing it “click” with each player; that’s the moment when the shot or strategy turns from a deliberately thoughtful mental process to a natural and effortless one.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· USPTR certified professional.
· NAIA Academic All American for Nebraska Wesleyan University
· Coaching tennis for over 25 years including 13 here at BTTC
· Assistant Pro – Woods Tennis Center
· Assistant Pro – Lincoln Country Club
· Instructor and Counselor Cornhusker Tennis Camp
· Coach – Nebraska Junior Select Team
· Owner of Cosmic Comics here in Bellingham

PERSONAL INTERESTS

When I am not teaching or spending time at my store, I enjoy being outdoors with my wife, my two lovely daughters and my dogs, hiking, or playing disc golf. I also love watching movies, and football, since I grew up in Nebraska, GO HUSKERS!

 
 

GRIFFIN WOOD

Tennis Teaching Professional

PHILOSOPHY

I strongly believe that sound fundamentals and mechanics are the keys to improving your game and maximizing your enjoyment on the court. Whether it is a small grip change or learning an entirely new stroke I strive to have players leaving the court with a feeling of accomplishment after each session. Most importantly, I will always consider myself a student of the game and want to continually improve to become the best instructor and player I can be.  

CLIENT BASE

I enjoy working with players who are passionate not only about tennis but strive to become their best self. Tennis is a sport where players can always be improving and honing their skills. And I get the most pleasure out of working with players who want to play at the very best of their ability and love the feeling of improving their game. Overall, no matter what the age, skill level or tennis background, I take pride in helping players achieve their tennis goals.

EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS

· USPTA Elite Professional
· USPTA Certified Tennis Instructor
· ITPA Certified Tennis Performance Trainer
· 10 & Under Tennis Certified Instructor
· NASM Certified Personal Trainer
· Assistant Director at Mercer Island Beach Club
· Tennis Coaching Experience since 2009
· CPR & AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and began playing tennis just before high school. I quickly fell in love with the sport and now play as much as I can. My goal for the future is to help grow tennis throughout the Northwest through coaching and competition. When I’m not on the court I’m either working out, playing pickleball, hiking or studying. LETS GO PLAY!!!

 
 

SEAN JEFFREY

Tennis Teaching Professional

PHILOSOPHY

Tennis is a sport that one can play for a lifetime. It is also a sport that one continually has room to grow and improve in throughout their lifetime. My goal is not to only help my students enjoy and love the game of tennis but also to help them to continually improve and grow in their tennis skills. My philosophy is to have my students hit, hit, and hit some more.  I believe that to improve one’s tennis skills it takes continuous repetition and ongoing training.

CLIENT BASE

I enjoy working will all levels of players, whether it’s working on basic strokes for a beginner or a specific aspect of the tennis game for a more advanced player. An important aspect of my teaching is to analyze and diagnose technique in order to develop a player’s skills. Coaching remains an enjoyable challenge for me because each client is different which pushes me to employ different teaching techniques to develop solutions to help improve their tennis game.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· USPTA Certified Professional since 2012
· Played Division I college tennis at Texas Christian University & University of Washington
· Spent 3 years of HS playing tennis at Harry Hopman’s/ Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Tampa Florida
· BA in Public Relations (University of Washington)
· Coached the Lynden HS Boys & Girls tennis teams
· Presently work full time at RE/MAX Whatcom County as a Broker for the past 15 years

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I spend most of my time with my wife and three sons. Over the years I have enjoyed and continue to coach my children’s sport teams as well as serving locally in my church.  When not doing the above I enjoy golfing, shooting skeet, playing tennis (pretty much any sport) as well as encouraging my sons in their sports. My oldest son heads off to college this year at Corban University while my two youngest sons continue High School at Ferndale.

 
 

TYLER BROWN

Fitness Director, Personal Trainer, GET Fit Instructor

PHILOSOPHY

Fitness is a journey. It’s not about what you did 20, 30, or 40 years ago. It’s about where you are now and where you’re headed. I love being a part of this journey in people’s lives: meeting people where they’re at and walking with them as they grow into the best version of themselves – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Everyone deserves the chance to have a higher level of fitness, regardless of restrictions, regardless of age, regardless of ability. They deserve the chance to be able to enjoy their lives more fully. That’s what this is about – enhancing lives.

CLIENT BASE

I love working with people who are ready to leap into a life of better health, no matter where they’re starting.  

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

BS in Kinesiology
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· I love Jesus
· I love my wife, Jordan
· I really enjoy exercising hard, reading, listening to and playing music, and drinking lots     of coffee

 
 

ELIZABETH SHEINKOPF

Zone & Ride Instructor

PHILOSOPHY

I have been interested in athletics and improving myself physically my entire adult life. As a child, I had very little opportunity to experience a variety of sports and forms of physical expression, and therefore felt inadequate and unconfident in this realm. As a result, I feel very strongly about giving children a variety of opportunities in sports, fitness, dance, etc. so that they might find the activity that they love, setting the stage for a healthy adult life.

CLIENT BASE

As I have aged, injuries have forced me to change the way I train and the sports and activities I do. At times I have felt this to be a painful process, one of giving up; of getting old. Ultimately, I see it as an opportunity to explore new things and learn to push myself in new ways. I can empathize with anyone who has had an injury, or has had to give up a favorite sport or activity. I firmly believe that this doesn’t mean that you have to give up being a great athlete and in optimum physical condition, but you may need some help getting there.
I enjoy working with anyone who wants to work hard, no matter their age or fitness level. Training could entail a complete lifestyle change or a small tweak in an existing program. No matter how large or small the change, I think of training as a collaborative process. Together we can make the changes to your program and your lifestyle that will enable you to be your best self.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· BA English, State University of New York
· BA Education, Eastern Oregon University
· MSW program, 1 year, Whitman College
· American Council of Exercise certified Personal Trainer
· 15 years experience traditional Karate and Tae Kwon do
· 10+ years experience in modern dance
· Certified Le Monde Indoor cycling instructor, Power Pilates instructor

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· Cycling
· Hiking
· Community theatre
· Weight lifting
· Arts and crafts
· Reading
· Helping in my children’s classrooms
· Community service
· Travel

 
 

MATT VANN

Ride & Cycle Moles Instructor

PHILOSOPHY

I believe that training should not be for just one event.  You are training to have a healthier life.  Challenging yourself not only changes you physically, it changes you mentally. 
I also believe that exercising can be fun.  I try to bring fun into every workout that I do and every class I teach.

CLIENT BASE 

I like to work with clients with a range of skill levels, from novice to pro.  I don't just want to be up front yelling instructions to my class.  I want to engage everyone in the experience.  I feel that everyone gets a better workout and has more fun when we all get our energy and effort working together.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· Cycling Fusion certified
· Les Mills RPM certified instructor
· 10 years as an indoor cycling instructor
· 70.3 Half Ironman Finisher
· CPR and AED Certified

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· Outdoor activities
· Outdoor cycling
· Photography
· Triathlons
· Camping
· Cooking
· Hiking

 

PIPER RENARD

Ride Instructor

PHILOSOPHY

“Being fit is a way of life not a destination.” 

It doesn’t matter what you look like, where your weight is or what your fitness level is - what matters is that you feel good, connect to your body and live a life you love! Moving your body is the best form of self-care and I know first-hand how life-changing it can be.

CLIENT BASE

My classes are for ANYONE who wants to sweat, listen to fun music and challenge themselves! I want clients to leave class feeling inspired, energized and accomplished. I am especially passionate about helping people either just starting on their fitness journey or newly returned to it - I would love to help you crush your goals! 

To you beginner (or thinking about beginning) cyclists out there: your first few classes will be tough - mentally & physically - but you can do this! And maybe even fall in love with it like I did. So leave your doubt at the door, zone everything else out and do your best!

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

·        Cycling Fusion Indoor Cycling Instructor Certification 

·        Licensed Massage Practitioner & Esthetician 

·        8+ years of personal indoor cycling experience

·        Adult & Pediatric CPR, First Aid and AED Certified

 
PERSONAL INTERESTS

·       Being active everyday whether that means going for a trail run, taking a yoga class or designing my own workout at home

·       Camping and exploring; being outdoors in nature

·       Massage/touch therapy, alternative health practices and green beauty

·       Reading (I’m always open to good book rec’s!) 

·       Hunting for treasure in thrift & vintage stores

·       Salt water, sun & sand!

 

HENRY KEI

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Stringer

PHILOSOPHY

I enjoy stringing racquets and helping fellow tennis players so that they can enjoy playing tennis.  It is also very therapeutic for me to string racquets and relaxes me.

CLIENT BASE

I work with all the tennis members and advise them about stringing techniques (what to expect using different kind of strings) and string tensions on various tennis stroke responses to arm and shoulder.

EXPERIENCE AND CREDENTIALS

· USTA stringer association member
· 50+ years of stringing
· Familiar with all racquet manufacturers specifications
· Familiar with all type of strings and tension responses

PERSONAL INTERESTS

· Retired in 2007 as Chief Financial Officer from Anvil Corporation locally
· Active participant in local soccer leagues
· Enjoy traveling internationally with various soccer teams participate in soccer tournaments.
· Active participant of USTA Team Tennis in Western Region for Bellingham Tennis Club
· Enjoy playing both single and double tennis matches