Meet Our Coaches

MATT KIRCHNER
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

After my college baseball career was over, I stopped exercise all together. Not just that, but I basically just stopped caring for my body all together. I didn't realize it but I was slowly depleting my energy and my happiness. I decided that if treating my body right and being fit is all I needed to keep me happy, then that's what I want to do with my life.

I dropped everything. I quit my eating crappy foods, drinking caffeine, smoking, drinking alcohol, and even quit my job. Basically, I decided to treat my body with care. I was immediately able to see changes  in myself.

I decided to take the career path as a personal trainer. I want to know everything that should go into the body and everything that should stay out. I want to know how to stay strong, both inside and out. I have found something that nobody can take away from me.

I've always been searching for a way to help. I quickly learned that I couldn't help others if I couldn't even help myself. Fitness is something that I value and couldn't see myself in any other career field.  The biggest thing that I came to realize is that as I started to feel better about myself on the outside, I started to feel better on the inside. I decided that I wanted to bring this feeling to everyone who desired it.

After graduating from the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Richmond Heights Ohio, I then sat for and passed the test to earn my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist). After spending over one and a half years of training in a gym setting, and becoming and instructor at NPTI, I have decided that I have the tools to venture out and spread my knowledge and wisdom on my own.



TANYA SUSSMAN, MS, RD, LD

Registered Licensed Dietitian

Tanya Sussman, MS, RD, LD is a registered, licensed dietitian. She has extensive work experience in the field of nutrition counseling and education, weight management, heart disease prevention, diabetes, health promotion and business consulting. Tanya is the Executive Director of Nutrition Services located in University Suburban Health Center in South Euclid, affiliated with University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University. She provides individuals, groups and businesses with nutrition education and counseling.

Tanya began her career as a dietitian working in hospitals in South Africa, including Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. She continued her career here in Cleveland in corporate wellness where she was a nutrition consultant to businesses and corporations. She provided clients with individualized nutrition programs and diet instruction and was responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of a variety of nutrition programs, health screenings, health fairs and other corporate wellness programs. Tanya has also implemented a variety of weight management programs, including the Healthy Weigh program at Hillcrest Hospital, Healthy Directions at Freedom Fitness and Lean Lifestyles at the Solon Community Center.

Tanya completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa, majoring in physiology, nutrition and dietetics and earned her master's degree in nutrition education from Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine (formerly Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School) in North Chicago. She is an active member in the American Dietetic and Cleveland Dietetic Associations.