Mike Deibler

Mike Deibler is the founder/owner of San Diego Premier Training. Being a former All American at the University of Connecticut he has always strived to be the best. He achieved a Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences from the University of Florida and continues to stay on top of the latest health and fitness research. Mike is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a certified personal trainer with the National Association of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. He has expanded his specialties and is also Functional Movement Screen certified to help identify and improve movement dysfunctions and keep you injury free.  He is also Certified Functional Strength Coach and Spartan SGX Coach.

Mike has worked with hundreds of clients and showed them the path to a new life. He has shown that we are not stuck with a certain body. With the right program and nutrition anyone can be in great and healthy shape.

On top of working with clients to reach fitness goals, Mike also is the Education Director with Exercise Etc., a educational based company helping personal trainers, athletic trainers, and physical therapist from around the country improve on their skills. Also, Mike is an adjunct professor for Miramar Community College.

Emily Deibler

Mississippi native, Emily Deibler has been involved with sports and fitness from a young age. She began as a competitive gymnast – which eventually led into successful dance and cheer programs that took her through college where she was able to turn that love of sport into a career. Obtaining her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science at the University of Florida was the start. Earning certifications from NASM, ACE, and Precision Nutrition was the next step in giving her the ability to successfully coach clients down the path to their goals. She recognizes that each client’s goals are different and personal and develops a plan personalized to each individual. With both training and nutritional certificates, Emily can offer balanced programs in studio or online.  Emily runs the nutritional coaching program to help establish daily nutritional habits to help reach your goals.


Brian Bartolomei
Personal Trainer

Brian Bartolomei has been a Certified Personal Trainer since 1996. As a former firefighter and life long athlete, he brings his passion for sport and performance to work with him every day. With certifications from the American Council on Exercise (Personal Training), National Aerobics and Fitness Trainers Association (Biomechanics), American Academy of Health and Fitness (Post-Rehab) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) as well as a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University, Brian is capable of handling any challenge. Providing excellent customer service to all clientele, whether in a private or large commercial environment, is always a top priority. Helping clients achieve their personal goals, changing their lives for the better, or reducing injury through fitness in the corporate arena, Brian will put you on the path to success.

Brian Lurcott
Personal Trainer
Brian comes to us from Houston Texas.   Formally known as Americas “Fattest City”.   When he decided to move to San Diego he weighed 235 pounds and knew that he wasn’t going to fit in with the healthy San Diego lifestyle.   So he began his journey to get fit.   He also decided to not only make a choice, but to actually take the proper steps, to get into better shape.   He quickly fell in love with fitness and the psychological processes of making a change.  Realizing how much he enjoyed when people would come to him for help,  he decided to make another change.   He earned a certification through ACE (American Counsel on Exercise)  as well as a Kettlebell Athletics and TRX RipStick certifications.   
Fast forward 8 years and he has trained over 2500 sessions,   help numerous clients reach there fitness goals and continues to help others take action and control over their lives.   You only get one body.   What do you want to do with it?
Bryan Raphaelson
Personal Trainer

Over the years, Bryan has worked with notable professional athletes like Nate Solder of the NFL New England Patriots, Alec Burk of the NBA Utah Jazz, Andre Robinson of the NBA OKC Thunder, and former Chargers running back, Jesse Chapman. Throughout his career, his athletes have risen above the rest—like Cameron Ziegler who was awarded Athlete of the Year, and recruited to the High School All American Team.

In addition to athletics, Bryan has been working as a personal trainer since 2007 with a variety of clients from all age ranges. He specializes in weight loss, muscle development, toning, increasing strength and endurance, injury prevention, nutritional guidance and consulting, as well as improving quality of life.

His experience and accomplishments have garnered him success, but his admiration of raw physical strength and a love for his work each and every day are what allow Bryan to achieve extraordinary results.

Christine Burke
Personal Trainer

Christine is a Certified Personal Trainer and certified ACE Health Coach. In addition to private and semi-private personal training, Christine is happy to offer affordable group fitness at San Diego Premier Training, and even some free workouts. She also volunteers as a running coach for InMotion Fit, the official training program for the Carlsbad Marathon and Half.

It surprises most people that Christine has always been terrible at sports, that she was obese in college, and that she couldn’t even run one mile. She became more active and lost weight, but continued to hate running into her late thirties. It was then she found out how well running works with pizza and beer. Since then, Christine has run 2 full marathons and over 40 half marathons, which turns out to be a lot of pizza and beer. She also likes lifting heavy stuff and hitting things.

Daniel Shamburg MS, CSCS
Personal Trainer

Daniel completed his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology  from the University of Tennessee. Before moving to San Diego, Daniel was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer Strength and Conditioning department. For over 10 years, he has helped individuals and teams achieve their fitness and performance goals.

In addition to teaching group fitness, Daniel enjoys working with high school athletes. He has worked as a Strength & Conditioning coach for Mount Carmel High School varsity swim team as well as the Pacific Swim club team.

Daniel’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art fitness and conditioning principles to people who are looking to improve their overall fitness level, achieve a sport-specific goal, or learn new ways to train.

Education & Certification

  • MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2007
  • BS, Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2003
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), 2005
Dominique Manning
Personal Trainer

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Frank Childress
Personal Trainer

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Jen Bellenger
Personal Trainer

Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor

Originally from New York, Jen developed her passion for fitness at a young age as a competitive swimmer. After obtaining her Bachelors and Masters degree in Criminal Justice and relocating to San Diego, the pull she felt toward helping others achieve their fitness and health goals became undeniable. Her path changed direction and she went on to obtain a Certificate in Personal Fitness Training, and became certified with the American Council on Exercise.

The empowerment, strength and motivation she gained from competing as a Division I college swimmer is something she now enjoys inspiring in others. Her passion lies in instilling a sense of joy, confidence and well-being in others through fitness and healthy lifestyle choices, in a fun and supportive environment.

She has completed the San Diego Rock n Roll marathon and numerous half marathons in San Diego, and actively practices yoga and pilates.

Better health is a journey. Travel well!

Jen Lowe
Personal Trainer

NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
NPC award winning figure competitor
TRX certified
SCW Sports Nutrition Consultant

How would you like to lose those last stubborn 5-10 pounds? YOU CAN DO IT!!!

I can help you to be the best you can be and feel empowered as you experience incredible results by achieving your short term and long term goals.
With over 23 years of coaching thousands of people just like you, and helping them to transform their minds and physiques to be the best they can be, I can do the same for YOU…..As your Personal
Trainer I’m here to provide you guidance, knowledge, motivation and accountability AND we’ll have FUN on your journey to get there!
We can reach your goals together by becoming a FAT BURNER, not a fat storer;

  • TONING MUSCLE : to ramp up your metabolism and NO MORE jiggle
  • BURNING FAT : to decrease UNWANTED fat and see your BEAUTIFUL muscle tone
  • NUTRITION: minimizing processed foods and learn to ENJOY healthy eating

I am HERE FOR YOU!!! Please email me if you want to get into the BEST shape of your life:)))))
YOU CAN DO IT!!! NO MORE EXCUSES!!! And psst, summer is just around the corner.
LET’S GO!!!!

John Vandenbrink RKC, NMT

Aside from having been involved in the fitness industry for several years and logging numerous hours of “in the trenches” real world experience, I am dedicated to consistent learning and growth in the fields of fitness and nutrition. My philosophy is simple, if it works and gets consistent results for my clients then I use it and if it doesn’t then I eliminate it.

I am one of a handful Russian Kettlebell Certified Trainers in the San Diego Area and also am a practicing Neuromuscular Therapist.

Julianna Adams
Personal Trainer

My name is Julianna Adams, and I believe in creating a lifestyle for every client that combines the proper intensity in each individualized workout, nutritional guidance that never leaves you feeling dissatisfied and setting realistic goals that will help us achieve both short term and long term success together.

My approach is simple…Each workout will be different, challenging and fun! I will take you on the path of turning your current lifestyle choices towards more mindful and healthy ones without it feeling impossible to maintain. The ultimate goal for each client is to guide and coach you gradually on a change from feeling obligated to workout into realizing the rewarding feeling and physical changes you achieve from each workout and create a daily hunger for a healthier and stronger YOU!

Let me give you the blueprints to get there.

Katie DePoalo
Personal Trainer

A recent transplant from New Jersey, Katie is thrilled to begin her new life here in sunny San Diego. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the American Council on Exercise. She also holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Katie has experience in personal training, group training, beach bootcamp, corporate fitness, and nutritional guidance. She created a weekly strength conditioning class for teenage girls with the focus of creating a positive exercise experience from a young age. Katie particularly enjoys working with those who struggle to seek a healthy relationship with food and exercise. Katie can help you realize that health is a privilege and that if treat your body right, it will thank you in return!

For more information, check out her website at feelfitsd.com

Nate Appleby
Personal Trainer

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Patrick Calderon
Personal Trainer

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Sherry WInslow
Personal Trainer

I’m a certified personal trainer and specialist in sports nutrition who has a gift for coaching people to their full mental and physical potential. Through my experience as a competitive athlete and winning NPC Figure competitor, I’ve learned the healthy way to take a body from average to amazing with excellent nutrition, training and mental habits that last a lifetime.

I specialize in coaching personal and team training programs that make your body more durable so you will be able to maintain stamina, weight loss, flexibility and functional strength long into your silver years. Let’s train today!

Theo Simon
Personal Trainer

Considering the history of the human race, MOVEMENT THEORY™ recognizes that our culture’s technology is progressing quickly. This quick progression has led to important breakthroughs in the way we live today but has also developed shortcuts that are impacting our health negatively. New diseases and disorders have spawned that were not present in history. Constant stressors impede our lives causing internal and external imbalances. In modern society the convenience of processed foods is replacing the nutrient value of whole foods. The excessive use of the chair has conditioned people to move ineffectively resulting in pain and injuries; making us less adaptable. MOVEMENT THEORY™ is making a strong effort to reveal these destructive shortcuts and offer alternative solutions to promote change and awareness in our world.

Tryone Bennett
Personal Trainer

I have experienced over 30 years of coaching, training, and developing athletes into elite status at all levels of competition in various sports disciplines.  These athletes range from pre-teen, high school, amateur, collegiate, and professional competitors.  The athletic disciplines range from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, track and field, boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, tennis, professional jet skiing, Olympic cyclist, beach volleyball, equestrian, fitness models, and my primary focus figure skating.

As a former two sport professional athlete with over 42 years of training and conditioning, I understand the physical demands and needs an athlete requires to excel in their sport.  I value that the proper application of training reinvention protocols along with long standing and effective workout mechanisms.  This is what produces the greatest athletic results that dramatically elevates the level of an athletes performance.

Michelle Desser
Therapist-Athletic Trainer

Michele Desser is a Certified Athletic Trainer for the National Athletic Trainers Association. She comes from a strong background of injury prevention, rehabilitation, movement assessment and performance training. Michele is a Graston Certified Therapist and uses this skillset to help her clients achieve optimal mobility and stability patterns of movement.

Michele serves as a speaker and consultant to the SFMA brand. She effectively coordinates all of their seminars and travels internationally, speaking at Selected Functional Movement Assessment lectures. Her ability to deliver movement assessment methodologies has earned her a growing respect around the globe in the arena of movement assessment.

Michele prides herself on building lasting relationships with her client as any true change will take hard work and effort. Michele has quickly become one of the most successful trainers on the west coast specializing in her niche markets. Her expertise in the areas of Junior’s, Movement Assessment and Correction, Pain Modulation, Strength Development, Speed Development and Golf Training has quickly made her a highly valued commodity.

Michele also serves as the training and movement assessment practitioner for the TPI Experience Team at the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside Ca.

Navid Hannanvash, DPT, ATC, CSCS, FAFS
Physical Therapist

Owner of RISE Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Fellow of Applied Functional Science

Navid grew up in Beaverton, OR and received his Bachelors in Athletic Training from the University of Michigan. After receiving his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Southern California he moved to San Diego to begin his journey as a physical therapist. He completed his Fellowship in Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute and in 2013 opened RISE Physical Therapy. His vision is for RISE to continue to provide individualized care for all ages and activity levels, help give the world the tools to treat themselves, and continue their Revolution In Self Evolution.

Cathy Boppert PT, AT Ret, FAFS, FMR, CAFS
Physical Therapist

Cathy has served the San Diego community for almost thirty years as an athletic trainer and physical therapist. Due to her extensive continuing education, including a Certification and Fellowship in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute, she has a unique knowledge of movement related to everyday life. Cathy’s passion is helping individuals regain and optimize their movement to live long, happy, pain-free lives. Along with RISE Physical Therapy, Cathy has found her niche in helping the San Diego community evolve in their movement.

Learn more about Cathy and RISE Physical Therapy at: www.risephysicaltherapy.com or contact Cathy at:Cathy@risephysicaltherapy.com

Dr. Steve Mertz
Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Steve Mertz, a native Californian, attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and continued his graduate work at Palmer College of Chiropractic West earning a doctorate degree in Chiropractic.  He has performed substantial post-graduate training in the areas of strength and conditioning, functional movement, neuro-muscular regeneration, chiropractic biophysics and more.  Dr. Mertz’s expertise is in Chiropractic Biophysics.  He worked and trained alongside the late founder of Chiropractic biophysics, Dr. Don Harrison and is a master practitioner in postural correction evaluations.

With over 25 years in all of these areas, as co-founder and CEO of Insight Diagnostics Dr. Mertz brings the latest in diagnostic services such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds and sensory nerve tests to the forefront by offering these services in clinics all over the United States.

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