Portland Personal Trainers
Owner, ACE Certified Personal Trainer
As a trainer, Ashleigh focuses on strength, agility, and conditioning circuits along with building community and positive, personal connections with and among clients. A lifelong athlete and leader with a strong emphasis in team sports, she enjoys pushing herself beyond the comfort zone and encouraging others to do their personal best in physical endeavors.
Ashleigh holds a Masters in Teaching and a Bachelors in Theology and Spanish. Prior to motherhood, Ashleigh taught high school Theology and coached women’s varsity Basketball. Her second career was as a stay-at-home mother to her four children, Henry (13,) Atticus (11,) Forrest (8,) and Stella (6.) It was as a mother that she became a consumer of personal training and has had a personal trainer consistently for the last 11 years to help meet her fitness goals and manage stress. She believes personal training keeps fitness a continual challenge and an evolving education on the capacity of the human body.
Ashleigh started The Refinery to provide a place in our community where adults and youth alike can come to sweat and smile, experience variety and camaraderie, build strength and endurance, and ultimately live lives filled with vitality and a sense of FUN!
Trevor has been working in Portland’s local fitness industry for the past 12 years and as a personal trainer for more than five. He has helped hundreds of people successfully achieve their fitness goals and lose weight.
Starting his career in 2000, Trevor was the fitness director for the YMCA’s at-risk teen program. He also coached and raced for the sport of Triathlon, as well as competing in many other adventure races and Cyclocross events around the Pacific Northwest. Most recently, Trevor has authored and invented the “Slambell Training System: the all-in-one ultimate fitness companion”. He proudly joins The Refinery team with a strong record of commitment and loyalty to the local fitness community and to his clients.
Mari began her career as a personal trainer 12 years ago. Since then she has trained hundreds of people with varying fitness goals. Being a mother of three she understands the demands of balancing a busy schedule and staying healthy. She combines sound nutritional coaching with individualized training for each client to receive rapid and lasting results. Mari approaches training with a whole body philosophy emphasizing core strength and correct movement to prevent and repair injury. She is an avid cyclist and backpacker. NASM and Issa certified, apex master trainer.
Running Coach & Personal Trainer
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
Lyndsay started her personal training career twelve years ago while attending the University of Oregon. While at the UofO, she obtained a bachelors degree in Exercise and Movement Science. Over the last 12 years she gained experience working with and training many different types of clients. She helps individuals rehab injuries, reach fitness goals, train for specific events, and increase strength and flexibility. Lyndsay prides herself in keeping her workouts fresh, challenging and fun! She is a runner and triathlete, capable of designing individual training plans for all levels of races and/or fun runs. When she isn’t training, you’ll find her at the beach surfing, or trail running with her dogs.
“You get back what you give.”
Alissa holds a certification through ACE for Personal Training, YogaFit and Schwinn Cycle. She had been helping clients achieve their personal best for the past 7 years. As an avid rock climber, cyclist and yogi with a history of body building, she brings a well rounded approach to her teaching.
She began her fitness career in 2005 on Cape Cod where she taught belly dance and competed in the Figure division of body building. In 2007 she moved to Vail, CO to pursue her love of snowboarding where she trained and taught classes at the Vail Cascade Resort. She traveled to India for 3 months to study yoga and traditional dance. Living in Portland for the past 5 years, she has found her home actively perusing her love of rock climbing, hiking, yoga and dance.
Fitness is about so much more than endless repetition at the gym. It is about realizing your goals and training to be your personal best. Alissa provides the support, guidance and knowledge to help each client experience their full health, happiness and vitality.
“I believe if you have the courage to make health and fitness a priority in your life, your life will open up in extraordinary ways.”
Mandy has extensive experience in dance and a BA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Western Washington University. Running and gym workouts proved to be an escape from writing at the computer, and as with dancing, a means in which to stay healthy and focused. In 2003 Mandy decided to make fitness her career and began teaching group fitness formats that ranged from BodyPump and Step Aerobics, to Mat Pilates and Yoga. In 2008 Mandy became a mom and found that fitness helped her embrace the challenges of motherhood, and also led her to expand her teaching repertoire. Now, having worked as a fitness professional for more than 10 years Mandy has numerous certifications, including:
- ACE certified personal trainer
- Better Bones and Balance Specialist (osteoporosis prevention and rehabilitation)
- Cancer Exercise Specialist
- RPM, Schwinn, and Tilt certified cycle instructor
- Yoga instructor
With a clientele ranging from the athletic to the novice; children to seniors, Mandy designs and implements personal programs for each individual based on their needs including specific conditions and concerns such as arthritis, cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, etc.
As a results-oriented personal trainer and coach Mandy’s goal is to design programs that motivate clients, improve fitness performance, and help clients maintain these results for a lifetime.
Michelle Smith is proof that you can become an athlete at any age. She began martial arts at 36, overweight, winded by a flight of stairs, to receiving a black belt and becoming a certified trainer at 39.
Now in her 40s, Michelle specializes in circuit style, functional training and has helped many clients create a healthy, sustainable, fit lifestyle. Many have journeyed from the unfit to the athletic and have awakened their unique passions, from running marathons, obstacle course races, to joining a row team. Creating balance is important. Do what you can with what you have right now, there is always time to be a little healthier.
Michelle loves community and feels honored to be known as the “family coach”. She spends time painting, acting, cooking, laughing with friends and displays random acts of spontaneous bouncing.
- NASM CES (corrective exercise specialist)
- NESTA personal training certification
- Jang mu won 1st Dan Hapkido
Julie McAllister, MSPT
Julie grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and did her undergraduate studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, where she received a BS in Psychology in 1987. She did her physical therapy training at Boston University, and graduated with a Master’s degree in 1991. Since that time, Julie has been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient orthopedic setting in East Portland. Julie has a long standing relationship with the Cascade Athletic Club.
In addition to providing traditional outpatient physical therapy services, Julie enjoys seeing a wide variety of patients and focuses on patient education and self care training. Her clinical focus is orthopedics. She specializes in lumbar stabilization training, running injuries, and knee and shoulder taping techniques and is well educated in a variety of manual therapy techniques. Julie plays on a women’s soccer team, enjoys trail running, reading and traveling with her husband and two sons.
Certified Nutrition Educator
Cassandra Mick is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and received her certification of Nutrition Education Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in northern California. She also holds certification in the Transformational Coaching Method which is a technique designed to help people move from knowing to consistently doing those things that will improve their health.
As a nutritionist at the Monterey Health Center in Milwaukie she works with a team of medical professionals to help patients lose weight, control blood sugar, manage food intolerances and reduce cravings. She also conducts a private practice in her home office in NE Portland as well as cooking for clients with specialized dietary needs.
As a member of the fabulous fitness team at The Refinery, she will offer weekly nutritional tips to help people achieve the level of health and fitness they so richly deserve.
Cassandra lives with her husband, 12 year-old daughter and a wonderful community of extended family and friends. She is excited to share her knowledge and strategies to help you eat, enjoy and energize!