OUR TEAM

Founders

Warren Gendel

“Marin County has been my home for 45 years. After building Fitness Wize, Inc., Fitwize 4 Kids, Inc., and Well-Fit, LLC here in Marin County, I have decided to bring Club EVEXIA to Southern Marin. As owner and operator, I’m excited to start changing lives by bringing fitness and wellness to the community.”

About Warren Gendel
An ambitious and versatile leader who started his first company immediately out of college, Warren used his strong entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills to develop a multi-million dollar business. He went on to launch and oversee the expansion of another company that has emerged as a highly-acclaimed, global enterprise.

With over 30 years of successful executive management and business development experience in the health and fitness industry, Warren is a collaborative leader who champions employee satisfaction by staying focused on training and development. He is a visionary entrepreneur with a track record of growing businesses by identifying unique and underserved markets.

Warren prides himself on being a team builder who is able to rally teams around executable and exciting visions for success. Among his accomplishments are pioneering one of the fastest-growing and nationally-acclaimed healthy lifestyle centers just for kids, as well as founding a company that provided customized and personalized fitness systems to individuals and large organizations across the Western United States.

Scott K. Raymond

“I look forward to meeting you, welcoming you to our fitness and wellness center, and working together to enhance your mind, body and spirit.”

About Scott K. Raymond
Co-Founder Scott K Raymond is the company’s CFO also overseeing the club’s marketing and special events. Scott’s focus is providing meaningful and life-changing services to clients with an emphasis in the areas of health and wellness. Scott is currently leading a Men’s Group at the Club and is working on additional groups within the club.

Scott’s philosophy is to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle, which for him includes daily meditation and exercise, a healthy diet, and continual spiritual and intellectual growth. Scott is also passionate about teaching, writing, and giving back to the community and has volunteered with Marin CASA and ExtraFood.org and is currently mentoring young adults in life skills and entrepreneurship.

Managers

Cassie Merrier

Cassie brings a fitness-minded approach to Evexia as a previous co-owner of a boutique fitness studio. She is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy with nearly 15 years of PT experience in a multitude of settings, over half of that time as a staff leader and supervisor.

Cassie will also help our members in the specialized areas of Orthopedics and Pelvic Floor.

She derives energy from her love of anatomy and exercise and a strong desire to serve her community and promote wellness. In addition to her AGM role here, you can still find her teaching Bootcamp, Bounce, and Barre.

Leigh Claxton
Leigh has worked in indoor and outdoor fitness in the Bay Area for over 30 years. In addition to holding a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, she hold certificates and licenses in multiple disciplines of Yoga, Pilates, Personal Training, TRX, and Cycling. She personally developed two classes, Pilates Rollout and Balance Dynamics, and has been successfully teaching them for over 20 years. In addition, Leigh founded OnBoardSUP in Sausalito. When she is not teaching indoor fitness, she teaches Yoga, Pilates and Fitness Boot Camps on Stand Up Paddle boards. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, having taught in many Group Exercise and Yoga programs throughout the Bay Area.
Jayne Belote

Jayne has been managing and providing customer service in the health and fitness industry in Marin for 30 years. She is well known for her sense of humor and for her willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that both staff and members feel welcomed and appreciated.

Elite Personal Trainers

Jeff Marth

Jeff has been a coach for over 20 years. While in high school he knew that he wanted to be a coach and live in California. After earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Iowa State University, Jeff made the decision to move to west to pursue a career as a strength coach. Throughout his career he has attended and completed continuing education in nutrition and strength training. He has used his knowledge and background to work with clients ranging from the general population to amateur athletes.

Jeff’s passion is program design. His clients’ programs are carefully designed with every possible component taken into consideration. Some of his certifications include the Kilo Strength Society (Program Design & Periodization Courses), and Poliquin Personal Trainer.

Education
B.S. Exercise and Sport Science
Iowa State University

Certifications
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Poliquin Certified Personal Trainer

Kat Blair

A Bay Area native, Kat is a NASM certified personal trainer specializing in postural alignment and therapeutic fitness. She began studying exercise physiology at Cal in 2011, and has been exploring the field of movement ever since. Most recently, Kat completed a 2-year mentorship under a local expert physical therapist while completing her Corrective Exercise Specialization to expand her awareness of injury rehabilitation and prevention through improved body positioning.

Kat’s unique therapeutic exercise perspective and own hypermobility disorder give her the tools to work with clients of all ages and athletic ability. She specializes in providing creative solutions towards a healthier lifestyle through functional, mindful movement. Kat is a good candidate for clients looking to address clinical injuries and incorporate postural awareness into their fitness, and also for clients with special physical considerations.

Everyone has a personal physical journey, and Kat’s mission is to meet you where you are and help you reclaim, enhance, and optimize your body for better functional living!

Jordan Assadi

Jordan has been in the fitness industry for 10 years. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. Jordan is a Certified TRX Trainer with over 5 years of experience and has completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Jordan is not only a former Master Personal Trainer, but has also held a personal training director position.

Jordan’s passion is to guide people to a healthier lifestyle. He believes everyone is unique and has their strengths and limitations. His method is to build a custom program based on your health, schedule, and fitness goals. Jordan aims to transform your body and guide you to make more healthy, mindful decisions for your lifestyle.

Jordan specializes in personal training, functional training, strength and conditioning, and working with injuries.

Tori Wood
Tori is a specialist in functional fitness. She works well with all levels and ages, and has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Being a multi-sport athlete gives her not only the knowledge but the wisdom that exceeds her training experience. If you are looking to gain muscle or burn body fat with a fresh perspective, Tori is the perfect fit. She prides herself on being challenged. So if your goals are sports specific, she can be the right fit for you. She will show you functional fitness modalities while building you a long term program in all areas.
Maggie Scott
A Marin native, Maggie spent several years as an attorney and financial advisor, but once she found fitness, she didn’t look back. Originally a personal trainer for Equinox in Greenwich Village NYC, she gravitated toward group exercise because she loves the energy and music that drive a group of people to perform at their best. Try her cycle, strength, TRX, kickboxing and Tabata and you will feel it too!
Liam Health-Kennedy

Embark on a transformative journey to joy and freedom with Liam as your guide! Liam understands that imbalances are the roadblocks to a liberated body. The frustration of a restricted and painful body is something he empathises with, and he passionately believes that everyone deserves a body that radiates health.

When you choose Liam, you’re choosing more than just a guide – you’re opting for a proven and trusted 3-step Structural Integration Program. This program is designed to obliterate imbalances and restore your body to a state of vibrant health. The key lies in Liam’s expertise: he’ll skillfully release tight muscles, meticulously restore alignment, and guide you in retraining movement patterns.

Shawndra Ferris

Shawndra has always been passionate about helping others. She started her health and wellness career with a B.S. in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon. She went on to become a Massage Therapist after graduating from the East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR. She became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist in Santa Monica, CA. Shawndra worked in partnership with Integrated Physicians, Physical Therapists and Chiropractors.

Shawndra is passionate about sharing her knowledge to motivate a conscientious and balanced body, and therefore life! Her ability to assess postural and movement imbalances informs a safe and effective program, focussing on target muscle recruitment for anatomically balanced strength training. She has experience working with clients of all ages either undergoing chronic pain, rehabilitation after injury or fundamentally looking to enhance mobility, strength and posture to last a lifetime.

Evexia Healthy Aging Institute

Gregory J. Tranah, Ph.D

Dr. Tranah received both his B.S. and M.S. in Biology from California State University, Northridge. He continued on to receive his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship In Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Tranah was previously Vice President of Medical Biology at Variant Bio, Executive Director of Precision Medicine at Sutter Health, and Scientific Director at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Research Institute

Dr. Tranah’s research is focused on identifying inherited and acquired genetic factors that impact aging and disease. The goal of this research program is to revolutionize risk assessment and identify widely applicable biomarkers and genomic tests that identify persons who would benefit from specific interventions and treatments to prevent disability and disease and improve healthy aging. He has been the principal investigator of numerous NIH grants and has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles in major medical journals.

Dr. Alex Brown, D.C.

Dr. Alex is a passionate Chiropractor dedicated to helping his patients discover long term solutions to their health concerns. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy from California State University, San Diego, a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from Life Chiropractic College West, Hayward, and is also a Certified Personal Trainer.

Dr. Alex practices a non-invasive treatment by using a host of techniques to remove stress from the body’s musculoskeletal and nervous systems, allowing for the body to reach optimum functionality. Patients will immediately feel the benefits of treatment and continue to see results long term. He truly loves helping people rediscover their body’s true state of being, absent of the chronic aches and pains they thought to be normal occurrences. Having been in the health and wellness industry for over two decades, he utilizes his knowledge and experience in fitness, sports performance and rehab to optimize his patients’ recovery, progress, and continued wellness.

Instructors

Jordan Assadi

Jordan has been in the fitness industry for 10 years. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. Jordan is a Certified TRX Trainer with over 5 years of experience and has completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Jordan is not only a former Master Personal Trainer, but has also held a personal training director position.

Jordan’s passion is to guide people to a healthier lifestyle. He believes everyone is unique and has their strengths and limitations. His method is to build a custom program based on your health, schedule, and fitness goals. Jordan aims to transform your body and guide you to make more healthy, mindful decisions for your lifestyle.

Jordan specializes in personal training, functional training, strength and conditioning, and working with injuries.

Leigh Claxton
Leigh has worked in indoor and outdoor fitness in the Bay Area for over 30 years. In addition to holding a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, she hold certificates and licenses in multiple disciplines of Yoga, Pilates, Personal Training, TRX, and Cycling. She personally developed two classes, Pilates Rollout and Balance Dynamics, and has been successfully teaching them for over 20 years. In addition, Leigh founded OnBoardSUP in Sausalito. When she is not teaching indoor fitness, she teaches Yoga, Pilates and Fitness Boot Camps on Stand Up Paddle boards. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, having taught in many Group Exercise and Yoga programs throughout the Bay Area.
Moana Diamond

Moana started as a modern dancer at age 5 in a barn in Connecticut “dancing like a tree, like fire, like the wind”. She graduated at age 7 to Olatunji’s African dance center in Harlem and later as a teen to Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey schools in NYC. As a Pilates instructor she received certification from Physical Mind Body and then again from ITT Pilates.

Later as a theater performer, dancing, singing and acting, her injuries started her on an exploration of healing through study of therapeutic movement including Pilates. Moana has taught Pilates and dance for over 20 years and has lead workshops in Marin County, CA, Maui, Kauai and Oahu. She also taught her Core Elation workshop at the Ecstatic Dance program at Mystic Garden Party, the Science and Non-Duality Conference, and also lead a Core Elation Workshop at Lightning in a Bottle.

Kyla Lam
Kyla is a multi-gifted spiritual mentor, clairvoyant, and sound healer. Her talent for leading people to happiness and clarity comes from having held space for thousands of human stories. Her sound healing sessions often combine thoughtful healing meditations and guided imagery for a deeply blissful experience.
Heather Leigh
Heather brings 25 years of experience teaching fitness and yoga. She studies multiple disciplines and employs her broad range of knowledge in her classes. She consistently delivers smart, effective workouts with an infectious personality and energy that has earned her a place as both a top trainer and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. Heather teaches Saturdays at 7:30 am.
Nancy Mimms
I bring my collective expertise from the worlds of dance and fitness to all aspects of my teachings. I am a certified group exercise and personal training veteran with over 30 years in the industry. My passion is focused on empowering women (and men) to age gracefully and embrace fitness and wellness as a lifestyle choice. My specialties include body condition, balance, dance and mobility training. I’m also working on a certification to become a Canine Fitness Instructor. I still love bringing joy to those that I work with as we take the fitness journey together.
Paula Plessas-Hall
Paula Plessas-Hall has been teaching dance and fitness classes for over 20 years in both the Bay Area and New York City. She holds an MFA in Dance from Mills College and currently teaches at City College of San Francisco. Her primary goal is to create fun and inclusive group settings in her classes for clients to achieve their wellness goals. She currently teaches Zumba, Barre Conditioning, Boxercise, Cardio Hip-Hop, and Power Sculpt. Whether you are a beginner, dancer, or an elite athlete, you will be challenged and supported on your path to wellness.
Daniel Rauck
Daniel Rauck has been instructing yoga and fitness in the Bay Area since 2004. Drawing from a broad range of yoga practices, he fuses knowledge of anatomy and functional fitness as well as his experience with breathwork and meditation. His mindful and meticulous approach ensures that everyone who participates in his classes can find their own level of challenge to safely ensure benefit on all levels; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Nicola Rueckheim
Nicola teaches Power and Vinyasa flow yoga. Experiencing the benefits of yoga through practice encouraged her to teach. “Yoga puts us back in our bodies so we can stay grounded and present in our daily lives.” When she is not in the studio you can find her spending time with her 3 boys exploring beautiful Marin, cooking, or running on a trail. Nicola teaches T/Th at 8:45 am.
Maggie Scott
A Marin native, Maggie spent several years as an attorney and financial advisor, but once she found fitness, she didn’t look back. Originally a personal trainer for Equinox in Greenwich Village NYC, she gravitated toward group exercise because she loves the energy and music that drive a group of people to perform at their best. Try her cycle, strength, TRX, kickboxing and Tabata and you will feel it too!
Erin Shea
A Marin County native, Erin was introduced to focused exercise through her involvement with the Marin Rowing Association. With over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she has worked with many top educators and professionals in the field of Holistic Wellness. Erin has always had an interest in physiology and psychology which has inspired her to develop a stronger connection between physical and mental strength for her clients. Certified as a Corrective Specialist through NASM she has ignited a true passion for helping those with injuries and poor alignment.
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Aaron Maxwell
Aaron is a holistic health & wellness expert who has spent over 25 years mastering multiple modalities, pulling the essence of each of the healing modalities to bring awareness in your body and mind to be the ripple effect raising your inner vibration for optimal health. Aaron is a results-driven specialist, deriving motivation from witnessing the profound transformations of those seeking healing. The journey from the moment individuals walk into a session to when they walk out, healed and invigorated, is the driving force behind Aaron’s passion.
Hy Long
As a dedicated yoga instructor, sound bath practitioner, and advocate for holistic wellness, Hy Long believes in empowering our lives through the acceptance of our authentic self. Expect a strong invigorating class infused with creativity and sincerity. He encourages students to fully engage with their bodies, connect with the breath, elevate energy, and enliven the young at-heart spirit. “My hope is that we inspire one another to live our most liberated life.”
Kristen Firpo
You will experience a non-invasive and gentle way to balance and restore the energy of your body, mind, and spirit. Kristen uses different healing instruments to create the natural vibrations that resonate with the body and create a sense of balance, peace, and harmony. Her instruments include Alchemy crystal bowls, handmade Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, a crystal harp and at times gongs, among many other instruments.

Our Message

Whatever you need to do to improve your life, your health, your wellness and future – you can achieve it. We are here to help you reach your goals. Nothing important is ever easy, but with the right focus and help, you can achieve it.

Our Commitment

Our team is here 100% for all of our clients. We provide a Four-M program which means that once you are part of our client base, we are always here to Mentor, Manage, Monitor, and Maintain.

Our Team

No matter what you need from a fitness, health, or wellness provider that includes Yoga, Nutrition and Corporate programs – we are here. Our team has the credentials, experience, and focus to deliver it.