Training Team

Nick Soliz, B.S. Exercise Science

Nick earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Michigan University. While earning his degree, he played baseball for Eastern Michigan University, a Division I team. Nick’s strengths in conditioning, speed, agility training and strength-building stem from his background in baseball, as a player and as a coach. Nick has worked in the SCI Recovery field since 2006 and has been with Walk The Line from the very first day in July 2007. He has the opportunity to work with our clients, all who have different levels of injury, but all who have the same goal of recovery. He is committed to using his knowledge and experience to benefit our clients. Nick is CPR and First Aid Certified.

Eric Myers, B.S. Exercise Science

Eric completed his B.S. in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. His senior year included an internship at Oakland Orthopedic Fitness and Rehabilitation, where he gained practical and valuable experience working with patients of all populations. Having worked as a Personal Trainer prior to joining our team at Walk The Line and utilizing his degree in exercise science, Eric has developed his own unique style of promoting core utilization, strength and development in our clients recovery.  Eric is a former hockey and baseball player and is motivated by the positive results his clients achieve. Eric joined Walk The Line in 2008. He is CPR and First Aid Certified.

Mia Jeanene Grimes, B.S. Kinesiology

Mia attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and majored in the Division of Kinesiology. She Earned a BS in Movement Science in 2000. Mia has worked as a strength trainer for the Athletic Department while attending U of M. She also has experience working at Stanford Sports Medicine as an exercise therapist. She enjoys working with all clients as her experience ranges from athletics to therapy. Working with people to attain a goal motivates her to provide the best experience to her clients along with progress towards their recovery. Mia joined Walk The Line in 2007.  She is CPR and First Aid Certified.

Zach Gehring, B.S. Exercise Science, CSCS

Zach graduated from Eastern Michigan University and holds a B.S. in Exercise Science. He also earned a PT certification from NPTI and is CSCS certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Zach has spent the past five years in the personal training industry. He credits much of his experience and knowledge in the field of exercise to his mentor Kirk Vickers who was voted one of the Top 100 Trainers by Men’s Journal. Zach takes a very functional approach to training our clients during their recovery sessions and believes the human body can continually be strengthened and improved.  Zach joined Walk The Line in 2008.  He is CPR and First Aid Certified.

Christopher Griffin, B.S. Exercise Science, CSCS

Chris has a B.S. in Exercise Science – Sports Medicine from Eastern Michigan University. He also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Chris has six years of experience in both commercial and corporate fitness settings which has given him the opportunity to work with diverse and challenging clients. His training philosophy is “intelligent intensity”. Chris believes exercise selection should be based on form, function and effectiveness. Chris specializes in strength development and stresses that every training session is a chance to progress and achieve goals, both short and long term.  Chris joined Walk The Line in 2009.  He is CPR and First Aid Certified.

Ashley Davidson, M.S., ATC

Ashley graduated from Ashland University in 2007 with a B.S. in Athletic Training and has been a Certified Athletic Trainer through NATABOC since 2007.  In 2010 she received her M.S. in Sports Management and Administration from Eastern Michigan University. Ashley took advantage of the many opportunities at Ashland University, an internship with the United States Naval Academy from 2007-2008 and also as a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan University with the women’s volleyball and crew teams. Ashley believes that Walk The Line is a powerful place that is changing lives and restoring a sense of hope with hard work, motivation and dedication.  Ashley joined Walk The Line in 2010.  She is CPR and First Aid Certified.

Mark Jerome, B.S. Exercise Science

Mark earned his B.S degree in Exercise Science from Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, IL) where he played baseball. He has been a Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning coach for the last 4 years. Mark is certified through NESTA, an active member of the NSCA, and credits most of his experience and knowledge to Victor Verhage, a Fitness Professional for the last 25 years. Mark looks forward to the opportunity to help clients reach their goals at Walk The Line.  Mark joined Walk The Line in 2010.  He is CPR and First Aid Certified.

Lindsay Childress, B.S. Exercise Science

Lindsay came to Walk the Line as an intern while working towards her degree in Exercise Science and has since completed her Bachelors of Science at Saginaw Valley State University. Lindsay is excited to assist and motivate the clients at Walk the Line as they progress towards achieving their goals for Recovery.  Lindsay joined Walk The Line in 2011.

Lori Ann Johnson, A.A.S., P.T.A.

Lori attended Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor and received her Associate of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2011.  Her academic achievements include the Dean’s list and recipient of the WCC Foundation Scholarship. She is a member of APTA/MPTA. Lori is excited to be part of Walk The Line and making a difference in our clients lives as they work towards their goals of recovery.  Lori joined Walk The Line in 2011.  She CPR and First Aid Certified.

Max Dickerson, B.S., ATC

Max earned B.S. in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University in 2011.  His undergraduate clinical rotations included work with the Western Michigan University Football team, Kalamazoo Outrage semi professional soccer team, the Special Olympics and the United States Tennis Association Junior Nationals.  Max is a NATA Member and a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer.  He is CPR/First Aid Certified.  Max is excited about the opportunity to work in a setting that challenges both clients and trainers, mentally and physically.

Tom Goodridge, A.A.S., P.T.A.

Tom has been working with spinal cord injuries as a certified fitness therapist since 2007.  He received his Associates Degree in Applied Science from Monroe County Community College and graduated with Honors from Washtenaw Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistance program in 2011. Tom is a Licensed PTA in the State of Michigan.  He is looking forward to applying his knowledge as a fitness therapist and PTA to help WTL clients reach their goals for recovery. Tom joined the Walk the Line team in 2011.

Mike Gorney, B.S., ATC

Mike graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor of science in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine in 2011. He has worked with CMU football, baseball, field hockey, and with Saint Joseph’s University Women’s Soccer team during an internship. He has also worked as a personal trainer for LA Fitness and as a contingent Athletic Trainer for Utica Community Schools. Mike is driven by the physical and mental challenges Walk the Line brings to clients and himself.

 

 

Beth Gillis, MAT, ATC

Beth graduated from Indiana University in 2005 with her B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. In 2007 she received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. Since 2005 Beth has been a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer and is certified in First Aid/CPR as well. The majority of her professional career has been devoted to providing health care to collegiate athletes - most recently the Boston College men’s basketball, football and women’s lacrosse teams. Having spent so much time working with high-level athletes, Beth has seen how perseverance, motivation and positivity all play integral roles in recovery. She feels blessed and excited, and is inspired by the chance to help the Walk The Line clients achieve their goals (and have a little fun in the process).

Kris Kath, BS, ATC

Kris graduated from the University of Toledo in 2011 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.  His clinical rotations at the University of Toledo included the UT softball, football and men’s basketball teams. He also spent a semester at the University of Toledo Medical Center’s physical therapy clinic, assisting with orthopedic and neurologic injuries and conditions. Kris is CPR/AED certified and a member of NATA.  He is looking forward to helping the clients at Walk The Line achieve any and every goal they may have throughout their recovery.

 

 

 

 

Alicia Hampton, A.A.S., P.T.A

Alicia first came to Walk The Line as an intern while attending Baker College of Allen Park where she was in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Graduating with high honors, Alicia returned to Walk The Line as a trainer in 2013. She is excited to work with WTL clients, helping them to achieve anything they set their mind to through hard work and dedication. Alicia is CPR, AED, and First Aid certified.