John has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for over 25 years. He is licensed by the State of Vermont and Certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association to provide rehabilitative services to active individuals.
He has worked at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid and has since been invited to travel internationally with Olympic teams. John has worked with Division I athletes in the Athletic Medicine Department at the University of Vermont for 12 years, and has been affiliated with the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers hockey teams.
- B.S. Northeastern University – Exercise Science/ Athletic Training
- M.A. San Diego State University – Exercise Science/Biomechanics
- ATC, 1991
- CSCS, 2001
- ITAT, 2014
Sheila C. Stawinski, MA, CSCS
Sheila received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Exercise Science in 1990 and her Master’s degree in Sport Psychology in 1993. Sheila has more than 20 years experience in performance enhancement training with Olympic, National, Collegiate and High School athletes. Her career began in Lake Placid, NY where she trained athletes from the Olympic Training Center, the National Sports Academy (NSA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), and Northwood School.
Since 1996, Sheila has served as the Sport Psychology Consultant at the University of Vermont where her focus is on mental skills training and leadership development for individual athletes, teams and coaches. Sheila’s private practice at Fit2Excel focuses on the development and application of individual mental skills training for athletes of all sports and ages, coaching education, psychological support for parents and sport consultation for athletic directors and high school administrators.
Her specialties include: Psychological Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete, Motivation Training, Goal Setting, Concentration Training, Visualization, Self Talk & Self Confidence, Sport Personality, Athletic Identity, Performance Anxiety, Burnout, Group & Team Dynamics, Communication, Athletic Leadership, Coach/Athlete Relationship, Parent/Athlete Relationship, Hazing and Bullying Prevention and Intervention.
Locally, Sheila provides Sport Psychology team training to many middle and high school teams and has more than 18 years of experience in Athletic Leadership. She serves as the leadership director for varsity sport captains at South Burlington High school, Essex High School, Mount Mansfield Union High School, Milton High School, BFA Saint Albans, and Essex Middle School. As a collegiate cross country and track athlete Sheila also had the privilege of being a high school cross country and track coach for 15 years and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS). Sheila and her husband John, live in Essex, with their three children where they love spending time together and enjoy being active as a family!
Facing empty nest syndrome several years ago, Sandy found herself needing to prepare for the next chapter in life. She joined an outdoor fitness camp that John Stawinski was running at MMU. Through the encouraging atmosphere created by John and his clients, Sandy rediscovered her love of exercise. At the same time, obstacle racing was in its infancy and after running a few races, this became a major focus for Sandy.
As a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, Sandy has now been teaching Strength & Conditioning Boot Camps and Obstacle Race Training Classes at Fit2Excel for several years. She enjoys teaching veteran athletes as well as those who are new to fitness and/or obstacle races.
Sandy has participated in numerous Spartan races, including earning her Trifecta. She has also completed a Tough Mudder, Civilian Military Combine, Zombie Run, Renegade Playground Challenge, and 5k & 10k races. Sandy is an avid skier, hiker, trail runner, swimming and enjoys canoeing! In addition to fitness, Sandy also enjoys her residential “farm” including horses, chickens, vegetable and flower gardening and her trusted golden retriever Clara.
Jorie started as an Athletic Trainer at Fit2Excel after completing an internship with the company. Jorie has experience working with Northwestern Medical Center and at Bellows Free Academy, both located in St. Albans. She shares the role of Athletic Trainer at Mount Mansfield Union High School with John.
Jorie is a Vermont native and graduate of the University of Vermont. In her free time she enjoys playing ice hockey and doing anything and everything outdoors.
- B.S. Athletic Training, UVM, 2013
- ATC, 2013
- ITAT, 2015
John ‘JD’ Kersbergen
John came to Vermont after spending the past two summers playing football professionally in Europe. John was based in Stockholm, Sweden and played in the Super Series.
Before going to Sweden, he spent two seasons as a Graduate Assistant Football Coach at Minnesota State University – Mankato, while the team enjoyed two of the most successful seasons in school history, going a combined 24-2 and carrying the #1 ranking in Division 2 for the majority of the 2013 season. During his time at MSU-Mankato he also completed his Master of Arts in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Prior to his time at MSU – Mankato, John spent 4 years playing at Southwest Minnesota State University as an outside linebacker. During his time at SMSU he was fortunate enough to play in every game during the course of his 4-year career and was twice voted team MVP along with being voted a team captain and receiving several All-Conference awards.
John was drawn to Fit2Excel after meeting both John and Sheila Stawinski while on vacation in Vermont. John is interested in combining several different aspects of what he’s learned over the years from his varied experiences playing and coaching and using some new strategies while training student-athletes and helping them reach their potential both on and off the field. John feels that combining physical, nutritional, and psychological training will greatly enhance the value of what we can bring to any athletic program or to any individual person looking to enhance the quality of their life.
John has many different interests and enjoys pretty much any outdoor activity. Some favorites include fishing, hunting, hiking, and golf.
Also Serving Fit2Excel
Brian Miller, ATC
Brian has been a certified athletic trainer for 19 years, receiving a BS from Lyndon State College in Athletic Training and Activities Programming. Brian works as an athletic trainer with the Vermont Lumberjack hockey team. Additionally, he has provided athletic training services for local high schools, a semi-pro football team, and patients in physical therapy settings. When not standing on the sidelines of a game, Brian works at Bio-Medic Appliances in Essex Junction as a certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistant. He lives in Westford with his wife and 2 kids and loves playing hockey, mountain biking, and doing all kinds of outdoor activities with his family.
Barry Churchill, Seasonal Golf Instructor
Golf Fitness Program
Contact Barry to sign up 802-324-GOLF (4653)
Voted the 2013 Vermont Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year, Barry is prepared to take your golf game to a new level – right here at Fit2Excel during off-season months. He is certified as a Flexor Golf Fitness Instructor and certified as a K-Vest 3d Biofeedback Instructor. In fact, Barry is continuously learning to be the best golf instructor so that your game can improve quickly.
Bill Atkinson, Obstacle & Fitness Consultant
Bill Atkinson helps individuals and organizations discover and analyze performance gaps, implement solutions and evaluate results in order to continually improve mental and physical ‘output.’ His systematic approach focuses on the individual, teamwork, and principle-centered leadership.
Bill was a career SEAL, and now spends much of his time as a mentor for men and women joining the Navy to pursue special operations jobs. Much of his interaction with them focuses on the individual, teamwork and leadership, in addition to physical training with significant focus on water skills and comfort-ability.