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The MiHealth Team

Welcome to MiHealth —the go-to for personal training excellence! Our team of experienced trainers are dedicated to providing top-quality services using the latest knowledge in Exercise Science and Health. We are passionate about helping you reach your fitness goals and take pride in the education of our trainers. At MiHealth, we believe in actively pushing our team to learn more so you can get the most out of your personal training experience.

Read below to learn more about the certifications held by our trainers, and the certifications they are currently working on

Hello

My name is Deborah Turner

After being an Army Medic, I noticed there were many injuries that could not just have been prevented by, but also treated by exercise if done properly.  This inspired me to get my Personal Training Certification in 2016 and pursue higher education at Iowa State University in Kinesiology: Exercise Science. 

 

Post graduation I founded MiHealth and Fitness to give people a totally different experience with personal training. While I was working in a traditional gym setting there were key things I noticed that made it difficult for some of our members.  We are all different people with different comfort levels in a public gym.  I noticed that when we were able to provide a workout program but changed the setting to a private location rather than an open public gym floor that people were able to naturally open up more about what was making training difficult for them. This allowed for a better educational space without distractions and waiting on equipment.

I believe that as an owner and trainer myself, it is my responsibility to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with MiHealth will received the absolute best care into their programs and give the proper interventions that targets both goal outcomes and health outcomes for a higher quality of life and wellness. Our trainers receive extra training into medical populations so that we can provide a safe environment for people to exercise at an appropriate level. 

I am available for training Monday-Friday from 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Deborah Turner

Medical Exercise Specialist

Cancer Exercise Specialist

Certified Personal Trainer

Iowa State University

Bachelor's Degree

Exercise Science

  • Physiology of exercise

  • Biomechanical aspects of human movement

  • Physical fitness and conditioning

  • Exercise leadership

  • Medical aspects of exercise

  • Physical fitness — principles, programs, and evaluation

  • Exercise psychology

  • Health studies

American Council of Exercise: Medical Exercise Specialist

ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialists are professionals who meet all the requirements of the American Council on Exercise to develop and deliver specific and complementary medical exercise programs independently and in collaboration with other healthcare providers. They have expertise in conducting assessments and designing comprehensive health and fitness programs to help clients prevent and manage disease, avoid injuries, improve overall wellness and function throughout all phases of medical interventions, and return to desired activities following rehabilitation. ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialists apply the principles of exercise science, health coaching, nutrition, psychology, corrective exercise, therapeutic exercise, and pathophysiology to develop health and fitness programs for special-population clients with clinical issues (e.g., cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, and musculoskeletal) in order to facilitate lasting behavioral change and improve client health, function, and well-being. The ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agency (NCCA). ACE Professionals are required to earn 20 hours of ACE-approved continuing education credits (2.0 CECs) every certification renewal cycle. Establishing and enforcing that standard helps validate that professionals continue to enhance their competence to safely and effectively lead people to change health and exercise behaviors that support improved function and well-being.

American Council of Exercise: Certified Personal Trainer 

ACE Certified Personal Trainers are exercise professionals who meet all requirements of the American Council on Exercise to develop and implement personalized exercise programs that improve fitness and overall well-being for individuals and small groups. They focus on helping people enhance their function, health, fitness, and performance, and modify risk factors for chronic disease to improve health. The ACE Personal Trainer is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agency (NCCA). ACE Professionals are required to earn 20 hours of ACE-approved continuing education credits (2.0 CECs) every certification renewal cycle. Establishing and enforcing that standard helps validate that professionals continue to enhance their competence to safely and effectively lead people to health-related change through personalized exercise.

Cancer Exercise Training Institute (CETI):

Cancer Exercise Specialist 

The Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification was developed for health and fitness professionals seeking to attain a higher level of mastery and work with cancer patients during and after cancer surgery and treatment and into survivorship. Participants will gain a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis and treatment to reconstruction and survivorship. Our unique and individualized programming will help to improve the patient’s ability to cope with the mental and physical stress following cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Cancer Exercise Specialist requires comprehensive knowledge in 26 types of cancer, as well as pediatrics, with special emphasis on breast cancer and breast reconstruction. 

Hello

My name is Colin Mechaelsen

I studied Kinesiology at Iowa Central while doing my Associates Degree. My Personal Trainer Certification and Nutrition Coach Certification is through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). I have experience working with athletes, general populations, accountability, and Nutritional Guidance. I also offer an online service for fitness programming and nutritional guidance and accountability. I have been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2021, and a Certified Nutrition Coach since 2023. 

 

I am available Monday-Saturday generally in the late afternoon/early evenings and some weekend availability as well. I have been with MiHealth and Fitness since 2022

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Colin Mechaelsen

Certified Personal Trainer 

Certified Nutrition Coach

IPE/NANBF Athlete

Iowa Central Community College: Associates Degree

  • Kinesiology

National Academy of Sports Medicine: Certified Personal Trainer

  • Certified Personal Trainer

  • Certified Nutrition Coach

  • Goniometric Assessments

  • Integrated Core Training

  • Integrated Flexibility Training

  • Integrated Resistance Training

  • Manual Muscle Testing

  • Mental Toughness

  • NASM's Guide to Bodybuilding

  • Neuromuscular Stretching

National Academy of Sports Medicine: Certified Nutrition Coach

  • Evidence-Based Nutrition and Practice

  • Food Preference and Influences

  • Energy Balance and Metabolism

  • Protein

  • Carbohydrates

  • Fats

  • Alcohol

  • Micronutrients

  • Hydration

  • Nutrient Timing

  • Supplements

Hello

My name is Zachary Conati

I Completed my undergraduate degree at Iowa State University in Dietetics and a minor in Exercise Science and Completed my Dietetic Internship at the University of Indianapolis with a sports nutrition concentration.  While at Iowa State I was the lead instructor for the ACE Personal Training “Learn To Train” 12 week course for 7 semesters and had a 100% pass rate for the credentialing exam.  To bolster my skill set I set out and became a Behavior Change Specialist (BCS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to facilitate longer lasting behavior changes in clients.  I have been with MiHealth and Fitness since 2021.  I offer online fitness and nutrition counseling with a flexible schedule with a focus on behavioral change and lifestyle integration. 

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Zach Conati

Nutrition Education

Behavior Change Specialist Registered Dietician

Iowa State University: Dietetics: Bachelors Degree

  • Dietetics Degree

  • Dietitians are nutrition experts who strive for optimal health and nutrition of individuals and the population. The curriculum for the dietetics program as well as the diet and exercise program meet the academic requirements of the didactic program in dietetics and prepares students for a career in the field of dietetics. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

University of Indianapolis:
Registered Dietician Program 

Knowledge of the three major areas of dietetics: Clinical, Food Service Management, and Community Nutrition. 

American Council of Exercise

Certified Personal Trainer

ACE Certified Personal Trainers are exercise professionals who meet all requirements of the American Council on Exercise to develop and implement personalized exercise programs that improve fitness and overall well-being for individuals and small groups. They focus on helping people enhance their function, health, fitness, and performance, and modify risk factors for chronic disease to improve health. The ACE Personal Trainer is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agency (NCCA). ACE Professionals are required to earn 20 hours of ACE-approved continuing education credits (2.0 CECs) every certification renewal cycle. Establishing and enforcing that standard helps validate that professionals continue to enhance their competence to safely and effectively lead people to health-related change through personalized exercise.

National Academy of Sports Medicine: Behavioral Change Specialist

Motivational triggers

Barriers to change

systematically assess and implement behavior change tactics in a progressive approach with application-oriented tools.

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