MD's, RD's, Ph.D's… Oh my!

UESCA has made a concerted effort to bring together a talented team of individuals who represent the best in their respective fields. Our goal was to seek out a small and select group of highly skilled individuals that in addition to their professional attributes are also endurance sport athletes.

To learn more about our awesome team, please check out their bio's below.

SEAN BEGLEY CSCS, USAT

Sean is a New York City based multisport coach and personal trainer with over 15 years experience. Sean holds a BS in exercise physiology from Ithaca College and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and a USA Triathlon (Level 1) coach. In addition to coaching multisport clients, Sean is the Director of Personal Training for a large Fortune 500 firm.

Sean has competed in numerous triathlons ranging from Sprint to Ironman®. Most recently, Sean completed the Ironman® Lake Placid.

JIM BOLSTER MA

In 25 years as head coach of the Columbia University's men's swimming team, Jim Bolster has forged one of the Northeast's most successful programs. His teams have captured one Eastern Swimming League (EISL) dual title and one runner-up place, while completely rewriting the Columbia record book.

More than 50 new school records have been set since Bolster came to Columbia, including 38 in the new millennium, and 23 set in the last six seasons. His teams set a similar pattern of success at Ohio's Denison University.

Bolster thrives on athletic competition. He has twice placed fifth in world championship triathlon races, and he has completed the full distance triathlon on Martha's Vineyard. In addition to triathlons, Bolster is a competitive cyclist.

BRITTON BREWER Ph.D

Dr. Brewer is professor of psychology at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, where he served as the head men's cross country coach from 1993 to 2001. He is a Certified Consultant for Applied Sport Psychology, is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry (2004-2008), and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. He has been awarded a series of grants from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in support of his research on psychological aspects of ACL rehabilitation. Dr. Brewer earned his B.A., University of Washington, his M.A. from Arizona State University and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

JEFF BRUNO DC

Dr. Bruno is currently a spine consultant with Biomet. Previously Dr. Bruno was a physician at the Colorado Center for Health and Nutrition and a chiropractor at Gateway Natural Medicine and Diagnostic Center. Dr. Bruno holds a BS in exercise science from Plymouth College and a DC from the Cleveland Chiropractic College. He has also served as the team chiropractor and strength/conditioning specialist for the WNBA team, Chicago Sky. Dr. Bruno began his career as a master trainer at the Reebok Sports Club/NY.

A competitive downhill skier in high school, Dr. Bruno has since turned his athletic focus to endurance sports related endeavors such as road and mountain biking. Dr. Bruno has participated in many endurance events including a 3rd place finish at the Xterra® triathlon.

SHALA DAVIS Ph.D

Dr. Shala E. Davis is a professor and department chair in the Department of Exercise Science at East Stroudsburg University. Dr. Davis is also the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).

Dr. Davis has served as ESU's FAR since 2003, representing the university and its faculty in its relationship with the NCAA. She has been a member of the faculty at ESU since 1996.

A former NCAA Division I field hockey and indoor track & field athlete at the University of Delaware, Dr. Davis brings a wealth of experience and perspective to her position. She received her BS in Health and Physical Education from Delaware, MS in Health and Sport Science from Wake Forest University and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Davis continues her lifetime commitment to sport and activity by regularly competing in marathons

SCOTT DRESDEN MD, MPH

Dr. Dresden is currently a Medical Director for Aurora Occupational Health and Wellness in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Dresden received his MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He earned his Master of Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Previously, Dr. Dresden served as the Medical Director at Goldman Sachs in New York City.

Dr. Dresden is an avid triathlete having competed in many triathlons including the 2010 Ironman® world championships in Kona, HI.

KATHERINE FARRELL RD, CDE, CPT

Katherine Farrell Harris is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of New York and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has been in practice since 2001. Katherine is also certified in Adult Weight Management and is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Currently, she is the Director of Integrative Nutrition at Advantagecare Physicians. Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Nutrition at Manhattan's Physician Group (MPG).

Katherine has developed and led successful nutrition programs for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup employees and has established herself in NYC as the "green" RD with a passion for nutritious food. Katherine was also a culinary instructor for public hands-on cooking classes at The Natural Gourmet Institute. She has completed two NYC marathons and several half marathons and many shorter distance road races.

JARED FELKER

Jared is an assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire as well as the head coach of the Seacoast Swimming Association in Dover, N.H., one of New England's premier swim clubs. During his tenure at Seacoast, he has produced over 30 sectional qualifiers, four junior national qualifiers, and one senior national and Olympic trial qualifier.

As one of Maine's top swimmers, Felker graduated from the Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania where he was a seven-time high school All-American. He went on to compete for the University of Virginia where he was a four-year varsity swimmer and team captain, earning All-ACC honors. Felker capped a stellar collegiate career as the 2000 ACC Champion in the 100 butterfly. He also competed in the 2000 US Olympic Trials in the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

Upon graduation and earning a BA in Sociology from Virginia, Felker got his start coaching at St. Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, Maine and shortly thereafter was named head coach of the Westbrook Seals Swim Club in Westbrook, Maine, coaching the squad from 2003-2011.

MIKAEL HANSON, MBA, USAT

Mikael is a USA Triathlon, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field certified coach. He has worked with Cadence Multisport, Full Throttle Endurance and NYU Cycling. He is also a nationally ranked duathlete and the consummate endurance racer: competing in numerous duathlons, triathlons, bike races, running events, and even a couple cross-country ski races each year.

Hanson has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities – from first timers to CEOs to even a World Champion! He was the 2002 and 2004 multi-sport athlete of the year for the New York Flyers (NYC's largest running club) and represented Team USA at the 2007 and 2009 World Duathlon Championships. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business.

KAREN LITZY DPT

Karen graduated from Misericordia University with a masters and doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She started her physical therapy career in an inpatient hospital in Scranton, PA and after a few years moved to New York City. Since moving to NYC she has worked for the New York public school system, Broadway musicals and orthopedic outpatient clinics.

Karen currently runs her own concierge physical therapy practice in NYC.

As part of her commitment to her clients and career she is constantly engaging in continuing education. Karen has been lucky enough to learn directly from some of the best in the physical therapy profession. She has received certificates from Dr. David Butler, Dr. Lorimer Moseley, Dr. Paul Hodges, The Institute of Physical Art, The American Physical Therapy Association, Hospital for Special Surgery, and many more. Karen is also part of the official media corps for the American Physical Therapy Association.

JIMMY SANTIAGO MORENO USAT

Jimmy is the founder of Santiago Multisport Coaching, based in La Jolla, CA.  He holds a B.S in Health Sciences and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrated Nutrition.

Jimmy was one of the first USA Triathlon coaches certified at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Currently, he holds a Level II USAT certification and serves as the fitness director at True Life Center for Wellbeing. As a coach with over 30 years of international racing experience Jimmy has mastered the art and science of triathlon. He has coached and personally trained 1000+ clients all over the United States, Mexico and Europe. As an athlete, Jimmy has competed in over 250 multisport events including 2 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 

  • Southwest Challenge Series Elite Champion - 1992,1994,1997
  • USAT Southwest Region Triathlon Champion - 1996
  • Team USA Triathlon/Duathlon - 7 Times
  • Ironman® Hawaii Finisher - 2 Times
  • USAT Triathlon/Duathlon All-American - 8 Times

RICK PRINCE CES

Rick holds a BS in Kinesiology from Springfield College and is a certified cycling coach through USA Cycling and a certified corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Rick is the founder of UESCA and is a 17-year veteran of the fitness industry. Rick has worked at some of the top fitness facilities in New York City. Most recently, Rick managed several corporate fitness facilities at Fortune 500 financial services companies.

Rick is a category 2 USAC cyclist and has experience racing nationally and internationally in Belgium and Holland. Rick competed collegiately in track and cross-country and continues this trend by competing in duathlons and running events. Rick coaches cycling clients in New York City.

KEVIN SCHROTH

Kevin is a competitive triathlete with an extensive race history including half and full distance Ironman® events. Kevin is also a masters swimmer who competed collegiately (Division 1) for Bucknell University in both swimming and water polo.

ANDREA SCHWARTZ M.ED., RD, CSCS, CPT

Andrea "Andie" Schwartz is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. She has combined a lifetime of athletics with a passion for personal training, nutrition counseling and sports coaching.

Andie started her athletic career as a runner, setting high school and college records in track and field as a hepthathlete. After college Andie transitioned to triathlons and has competed and podiumed in dozens of races. In 2009, she represented Team USA in the International Triathlon Union's (ITU) World Championships in Australia and took 4th place in her age group at USAT Sprint Nationals.

Andie holds a MS in Education with an emphasis on Sports and Recreation Administration from Temple University, a BS in Psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She's also a certified strength coach and personal trainer through NSCA. She is a Registered Dietitian through The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, specializing in plant-based and sports nutrition. In 2007 Andie founded Tri Babes Training, a women's triathlon training group and racing team in the Boulder and Denver communities where she served as acting director and head coach until 2011.

JESSICA UNDERHILL MS, CPT

Jessica is a running coach and certified personal trainer based out of New York City. Additionally, Jessica is also a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Jessica holds a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. In addition to coaching running clients privately through her coaching practice, Race Pace Wellness, Jessica is also a Girls On The Run© running coach as well as an ambassador for Brooks Running®. She was also the creator and blogger on the popular running blog, www.fitchickinthecity.com, which has been featured in The New York Times, Runner's World, Huffington Post and Shape.com, among others. Jessica was also a Lululemon® ambassador, responsible for leading their NYC-based running program.

Jessica has competed in countless running events and has completed many half and full marathons, including the Boston Marathon.