MSc, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Director of Performance Education
Director of Performance Systems
Nick is the Director of Education at Athletes’ Performance where he oversees all mentorship education courses and is a full-time strength and conditioning coach. Nick has a diverse coaching background within the sports performance field working with NFL Combine Preparation, Tactical Athletes, Fire Fighters and many other sports. Nick has had the opportunity to work with the Oregon State Baseball Team that won the 2006 College World Series and was the Strength Coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates Rookie League team in Bradenton, Florida. During his time in Florida, Nick trained under Aaron Mattes, internationally acclaimed stretching authority and developer of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Technique. Nick is currently completing his Masters in Strength and Conditioning through Edith Cowan University and through his education has been published in the UK Strength and Conditioning Association’s Journal and presented at the NSCA National Conference.
- Director of Education at Athletes’ Performance in Phoenix, AZ
- Lectures nationally and internationally on all topics pertaining to exercise science, strength & conditioning and personal training
- Works with NFL Combine Preparation, Tactical Athletes, Fire Fighters and many other high level athletes
- Worked with the 2006 College World Series Champions (Oregon State)
- 2009/2010 publications in the UK Strength and Conditioning Association’s Journal
PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Director of Performance Physical Therapy, Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance
Director of Team Sports
Sue received her Physical Therapy degree from Daeman College in her hometown of Buffalo, New York. She continued her education by earning a Masters Degree in Human Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sue has presented at both state and national level conferences in areas focusing on Pillar Strength, Integration of Physical Therapy and Performance Training, and Comprehensive Kinetic Chain Assessment and Rehabilitation.
Sue’s exceptional hands-on skills and knowledge of human movement provides the critical link from therapy to performance. With her expertise, she develops and implements therapy regimens for the athletes and works closely with our performance coaches to integrate the rehabilitating athlete into the training process.
- Directs all aspects of Performance Physical Therapy services and education at all AP and CPC facilities
- Content contributor for coreperformance.com
- Speaks nationally on topics related to bridging the gap between rehab and performance
MS, RD, CSSD
Director of Performance Nutrition
Vice President of Nutrition and Research
Amanda is committed to helping AP’s athletes across all facilities achieve their maximum performance potential through the integration of effective nutrition into their lives. Amanda has delivered both educational seminars and individual consulting to a variety of professional and elite sports organizations. Amanda speaks about the importance of improving nutrition for both sports performance and overall health to a variety of populations at coaching seminars, military educational conferences, college symposiums and state and national meetings. Amanda also contributes to many sports and fitness based publications, has edited various sports nutrition books and educational texts, evaluates current research for the American Dietetic Association’s Evidence Based Library and is an Advisory Board Member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
- Amanda works directly with the AP Performance Nutrition Team to help create year-long systems of success for all AP athletes.
- Coordinates the company’s performance research, undertaking both case studies and peer-reviewed research to help AP stay on the on the cutting edge of Sports Science.
- Amanda works with Core Performance community for performance nutrition.
Director of Performance Education Sales
Dan joins the APAZ Performance Sales team overseeing our education programs in all 4 facilities, working closely with national and international clients interested in continued professional education opportunities. Dan’s main responsibilities are increasing awareness of education programs to individuals and groups, further development of AP education programs and most of all ensuring world class experiences while at AP facilities. Dan comes to Athletes’ Performance with a successful background in sales and real estate where he developed key relationships with clients and portrayed qualities of leadership, teamwork, communication skills, great attention to detail and excellent customer service.
Dan is a graduate of the University of Arizona holding a BA in Communications/Business management.
Paul has created the ESD programming for AP and Mark over the last 10 years. Before AP even opened its first center he was doing VO2 testing and designing programs for Mark’s athletes. We have now taking these years of experience along with his 24 years in the fitness industry to create a complete ESD program to help trainers understand the importance of an assessment and how to use the information to create personalized cardio programs for all levels. In addition to being the Metabolic Specialist for Athletes’ Performance, Paul is the President/Owner of Cardio2Tech, which is a metabolic education, training and installation company.
- Oversee ESD and testing programs for all AP and CP sites
- Write cardio programs for all AP clients and designed CPs computer based progressions
- Part of APs PIT team for new program development
MA, RD, CSSD
Danielle LaFata is a Registered Dietitian who earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in nutrition and food science from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics.
Danielle is the Director of Performance Nutrition for Athletes’ Performance. She leads the AP Nutrition Department in developing and implementing nutrition programming for the professional & tactical athlete, various sports teams, college and youth athletes as well as for the general population. She also works closely with the education team to develop and deliver sports nutrition education not just to the athletes, but personal trainers, strength & conditioning coaches and other health industry professionals from around the world. Providing nutrition education and programming to groups and individuals is a primary focus in her work. She is a member of the American Academy of Dietetics (AND), the Sports Cardiovascluar and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN) as well as the Collegiate Professional and Sports Dietetics Association (CPSDA) organizations. She is also past President of the Arizona Dietetic Association-Central District.
Danielle works directly with the Athletes’ Performance nutrition, coaching, physical therapy and culinary teams to help create year-long systems of success for all Athletes’ Performance athletes and programs.
- Lectures nationally and internationally on all topics pertaining to performance nutrition
- Works with NFL Combine Preparation, Tactical Athletes, Fire Fighters and many other high level athletes
- Works with Power Plate education
Anna J. Hartman
MS, ATC, CSCS
Manager, Performance Physical Therapy Services APAZ / Athletic Trainer
Anna received her BS degree in exercise and movement science from University of Oregon in 2002. While at University of Oregon Anna worked with the football, track and field, and softball teams as well as a local high school. Her summers were spent in Peoria, AZ volunteering with the Seattle Mariners medical staff working with players in the Arizona league, instructional league, and rehabilitation assignments.
After finishing her Master’s degree, Anna had the opportunity to work with the United States Olympic Committee at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, CA prior to joining the team at Athletes’ Performance in 2005 as an assistant athletic trainer.
- Incredible attention to detail and knowledge of muscle imbalance
- Works with athletes to restore normal movement patterns in an effort to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance.
- Presented on AP methodology, athletic injuries, and return to sport at AP Mentorship educational series, athletic training symposiums, and many universities.
PT, DPT, OCS, ATC
Performance Physical Therapist, Center Coordinator of Clinical Education
Originally from Newport Beach, California, Jennifer completed her undergraduate studies at Oregon State University with a BS in Exercise Science and Athletic Training. She became a Certified Athletic Trainer upon graduation in June 2002. Jennifer continued on with her education and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005 from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. She joined the Athletes’ Performance team in January of 2006 at the Los Angeles location. Jennifer worked there for two years before transferring to her current position as Performance Physical Therapist at the Arizona facility.
Jennifer has been the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE) for four years, and is a Level I APTA certified Clinical Instructor. She is also head of Physical Therapy Education and Development for Athletes’ Performance Physical Therapy.
- Works with several NFL clients bridging the gap between rehab and performance
- Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).
- Participated in a year-long manual therapy and orthopedic physical therapy course and is a Functional Movement Screen Certified Specialist.
Firefighter Performance Manager
Ben Dubin has been working for Athletes’ Performance since 2006, where he started as an intern while working towards his BS in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. Since 2006, Ben has been testing for the fire service and has immersed himself in the culture through various ride-a-longs and through paramedic school. Throughout the past couple of years he has been fortunate to do training with willing fire crews to better understand the demands and movements placed on the body during this strenuous work. Tapping into the knowledge of veteran fire fighters, AP has begun to bridge the gap between the fire service and the strength and conditioning worlds, working to reduce injury while increasing performance on the fire ground, during training and EMS calls. Ben has been managing our Firefighter Performance workshops in educating peer fitness trainers on our methodology and adopting sustainable strategies to be brought back to their departments.
- As a collegiate athlete, Ben led the Glendale Community College baseball team to the College World Series and spent his summers training at Athletes’ Performance- Arizona.
- Ben is currently attending paramedic school for his EMT certification.
Education Performance Specialist
Denis Logan joined the Athletes’ Performance team in January 2008. A 2007 graduate of the Athletes’ Performance Intern Program, Denis serves as a performance specialists in the education department.
Prior to joining Athletes’ Performance, he was a strength coach at Aviator Sports Performance in New York. Denis most recently completed his M.S. in Fitness and Health Management from the US Sports Academy.
PT, ATC, CSCS
Darcy has worked or consulted with Athletes’ Performance since 2003 bringing a variety of international training and rehab experience to the staff. Some of his experience includes being a Fitness and Rehab Coach for FC Bayern Munchen, 2009 Bundesliga and Pokal Champions and Champions League Finalists. He has also been the Performance Specialist for HTC Highroad Pro Cycling Team since 2007 and lectures at conferences and classrooms around the world.
Darcy received his Physical Education and Biology degrees with an emphasis in Athletic Training and Pre-Med from Washington State University and Physical Therapy degree from the University of Washington. As a licensed physical therapist, certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist, his manual therapy skills were developed through the eclectic approach of the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). His knowledge of functional biomechanics, pre, post rehabilitation and testing has come from the latest in continuing education as well as years of developing his own philosophies from working health care professionals around the world.
Assistant Brand Manager
Dan joined Athletes’ Performance in June 2008 as the Assistant Brand Manager for the Athletes’ Performance Brand. In this role Dan is responsible for creating new marketing materials and programs to further spread the AP message and support the sales and development goals of the company. Dan comes with much business experience through his Undergraduate career, as he has served as CEO of a student business, ran his own company, worked for Babson’s Undergraduate Admissions Department, and also did consulting projects for PUMA International and Harman Specialty Group.
Dan graduated in May 2008 from Babson College with a BS in Business Management with concentrations in Marketing and Leadership. While at Babson, Dan served as the Babson Track & Field captain for 3 years, and graduated as the most decorated athlete in program history.
Russell has been involved in professional and collegiate athletics for over 15 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge in a variety of sports performance backgrounds. Russell started his career as a student athletic trainer at the University of South Carolina where he earned a BS in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training. He then joined the New York Yankees as a minor league athletic trainer. During the 1999 off-season, Russell was promoted to the Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning. With the Yankees, he oversaw the entire minor leagues from AAA to the Dominican. In 2004, Russell joined the strength and conditioning staff at Florida State University. He coordinated the training efforts for the Seminole Baseball team and the adaptive protocols for the injured football athletes.
While at FSU, Russell obtained his MS in Sports Management. He has spoken on various baseball topics at the NSCA’s Sport Specific Conference and other national seminars. He also taught the undergraduate Methodology of Strength and Conditioning class at FSU.
Mateus Manoel joined the APLA staff in the fall of 2008 as a performance specialist for the Men’s National Soccer Team of Mexico. While with the FMF, he worked alongside head coach Sven Goran Eriksson and was responsible for coordinating all sports performance needs of the senior team during the 2010 South Africa World Cup Qualification matches.
Born in Brazil, Mateus came to the USA in 1999 to pursue his college education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland-College Park. While at Maryland, Mateus was a student athletic trainer for the Football team. He then completed a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at George Washington University, where he was concurrently a graduate assistant responsible for the fitness of the Colonials Men’s Varsity Soccer team.
Mateus lives in Los Angeles with his wife Melanie and son Nicolas. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and is currently working on his French.
Masa received his Master’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in exercise physiology from Ithaca College, NY. While at Ithaca, he had the opportunity to perform physiological testing as well as design and apply training programs for various collegiate athletes.
As a former high-level competitive soccer player, Masa has also worked with a number of youth soccer players from both the US and his home country, Japan. His passion for research motivated an extensive cross-cultural study focusing on differences in physical fitness and athletic skills across nations. This investigation was presented at both regional and national conferences of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Scott joined Athletes’ Performance in spring 2007 to focus on APLA’s soccer business. Scott brings a wealth of varied performance training experience to Athletes’ Performance, in particular his experience with elite professional soccer players.
Scott played four years of Division I collegiate soccer for Cal. State University-Northridge, before playing six years of professional soccer in Finland, Denmark, and the United States. During the off-season from professional soccer while in the USA, he worked as the Fitness Coach for the soccer teams at Occidental College and Notre Dame High School for two seasons. Also during that time, Scott worked as a Private Trainer for Sports Club- LA.
Nicole Rodriguez joined the Athletes’ Performance team in January 2012 as performance specialist in the education department. Nicole obtained her B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas, along with being a student-athlete. After an internship at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Nicole was hired as a performance coach and later became the Sports Performance Director. Nicole is certified by the NSCA C.S.C.S., USAW- level 1 coach and obtained her massage therapy license.
Denise received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. She then pursued her credential in the area of Dietetics. During this time she gained knowledge and experience while working at private clinics, hospitals, schools, fitness centers and public health agencies. She passed the National Boards Examination in 2006 qualifying her as a Registered Dietitian.
Denise’s passion for nutrition began at a young age as a competitive gymnast and nationally-rated Irish dancer. Her dedication to fueling her body properly helped optimize her performance which led her to want to educate others and assist them in reaching their fitness and nutritional goals.
Denise joined the Athletes’ Performance/Core Performance Team in May of 2008. She focuses on educating athletes all over the world on proper nutrition for overall performance, recovery and long-term health. She works with both individual athletes along with multiple Major League teams. Prior to this, Denise worked at The Life Balance Centre in Santa Barbara. She specialized in working with food intolerance and hormonal conditions such as adrenal stress, diabetes, thyroid imbalances and their impact on an individual’s weight, energy levels and overall quality of life.
Denise is committed to working closely with each client to ensure proper nutrition for optimal performance while also helping them to reach their personal fitness and nutritional goals.
PT, DPT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Sheri Walters currently serves as the Manager of Performance Physical Therapy at Athletes’ Performance in Frisco, TX. Prior to joining Athletes’ Performance, Sheri served as the Head Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator at Indiana State University. She has also worked at the Medical Center of Arlington which provided rehab services to the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, Fort Worth Flyers, Dallas Baptist University, and local high schools. She received her DPT from the University of St Augustine (Manual Therapy Certification tract), her master’s of physical therapy and master’s of science in athletic training from the University of Florida while working with the Gator Football and Women’s Golf teams. Sheri served as the assistant athletic trainer for the Detroit Shock prior to attending Florida. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation with an emphasis in Athletic Training from East Central University.
Sheri is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). She is trained in ASTYM (tool augmented soft tissue) techniques, and trigger point dry needling.
MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N, CSCS
Currently, Bob works as a Performance Nutritionist for Athletes’ Performance in Pensacola, Florida, on the campus of the Andrew’s Institute. During his tenure at Athletes’ Performance, he has had the opportunity too coach, educate & motivate professional, collegiate, and high school athletes from a variety of sports, on 5 continents, through all aspects of performance nutrition.
Prior to joining Athletes’ Performance, Bob worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Texas A&M University where he also worked with a variety of athletes ranging from male football players to female equestrian riders.
PT, MPT, OCS
Performance Physical Therapist Manager, Athletes’ Performance – Arizona
Laura Tietjen, PT, MPT, OCS joined Athletes Performance in 2008 after serving as physical therapist for the US Olympic Speedskating Team based out of Salt Lake City, Utah culminating in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Previously, she specialized in outpatient orthopedics for 15 years with an emphasis in manual therapy. She studied extensively with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and earned Board Certification in Orthopedics (OCS) in 2003. She Is an alumni of the Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. In addition to clinical practice, she is adjunct faculty for several Doctoral Physical Therapy programs in Phoenix, AZ specializing in clinical orthopedics and sports medicine.