Meet Our Team

Cesar Sanchez

Cesar Sanchez became motivated to start his career in the fitness industry as a result of working towards improving his own health. In learning how to address his own obesity and structural deficiencies, both of which brought him significant muscular pain and health problems, Cesar developed the knowledge, experience, and understanding necessary to become a personal trainer. As his career progressed, Cesar’s passion for understanding the foundations of true wellness led him to studying and learning different functional movement and holistic practices with the purpose of cultivating health and bio mechanical integration.
Cesar's approach towards health and training is based on educating and teaching clients. By focusing on nutrition, proper breathing, and myofascial release, Cesar assists clients in stress and pain management to address environmental factors and bring their physical structure back to balance.
In his approach to physical training, Cesar employs a variety of integrated dynamic movement patterns using tools such as kettle bells, club bells, medicine balls, and body weight exercises. Cesar’s method of training prepares the human body to move in multiple planes of motion, fulfill the demands of real life situations, and help his clients feel great about themselves as they get into the best shape of their lives.

Nadia Ramo

Nadia Ramo graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in 2016 with a Master’s in East Asian Medicine. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree at PCOM while continuing to practice Acupuncture and Massage. Nadia likes to assess the body from a holistic standpoint where she analyzes internal functions (digestion, respiration, circulation, thoughts) and how they contribute to her patient’s symptoms and ailments. Nadia’s massage background has inspired her to extensively study fascial lines of the human anatomy due to it’s systemic and distal effects on the entire body. Her massages always include utilizing the meridian network of the body; pressure points, trigger points, and muscle motor points. She assess the body through the lens of an Acupuncturist as this viewpoint will guide her massage to be more systematically and structurally effective to treat the pattern diagnosed from the perspective of an Acupuncturist. Nadia’s Acupuncture treatments will include massage as well as Moxibustion (moxa), an extremely effective herbal heat therapy. Moxibustion is another passion of Nadia’s as she has clinically observed drastic results with the moxa softening up deep tissues in the body, regulating homeostatic functions, and creating a deep sensation of relaxation for her patients.
She also has achieved seeing great results with her Acupuncture-Massage combo treatments. This combination will include an intake, full-body or location-specific massage, and completed with an Acupuncture treatment. The combination is ideal for those suffering from pain and other orthopedic issues.
Nadia is also certified for Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, for those interested in alternative and natural methods to maintain healthy skin and an overall youthful appearance. Facial Rejuvenation treatments are not just beneficial for the appearance, but also boosts energy and stabilizes emotions, leaving the client feeling positive and bright about themselves after every treatment.
Nadia grew up in San Diego and enjoys being an active part of the healing community here in her hometown. She volunteers to do Acupuncture on the less fortunate, sets up for chair massage at events around town, and organizes beach clean ups after busy summer holidays. One of Nadia’s lifelong passions has been Chinese Tea Ceremony, which was the catalyst of her pursuing East Asian Medicine. She hopes to incorporate tea as a form of medicine in her practice and will be doing some research in her Doctoral program on the benefits of tea and how she can effectively include it into her practice. Other hobbies Nadia enjoys are surfing, camping, hiking, and travel. She hopes to travel to China and Tawain to further study Chinese Medicine and Tea. She is also active in treating the homeless population of San Diego along with UCSD medical students in Downtown San Diego, and is currently learning Japanese-Style Acupuncture techniques from Sensei Takahiro Funamizu and Sensei KC Conover.

Certifications

Board certified Massage Therapist
Board Certified Acupuncturist
Externship in Acupuncture on children - Rady’s Children’s Hospital

Articles

What's the Deal with Facial Acupuncture
Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity

Alexandra DusenBerry

 I have experience working one-on-one with clients who are looking to get healthier, experience weight loss, and meet their fitness goals. I believe in individualized nutrition and meal planning, which is catered to each client’s needs, goals, and lifestyle.

My Master’s Degree focused on nutrition counseling, motivational interviewing, cooking skills and cooking education, as well as research and information dissemination in a way that is useful and engaging to the audience. I also have a love for fitness, and after taking an exercise physiology class in grad school.

 

Michael Gonzalez

"Ask great questions. Then listen."

Michael is a Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator, graduating from National Holistic Institute in San Jose, CA. He specializes in sports massage, myofacial work, deep tissue, Gua sha and cupping. He listens closely to the client and customizes each massage to tailor fit his client’s specific needs. It is his goal to heal his clients with muscle pain and tension. He recognizes that a well-balanced musculoskeletal system is paramount to that goal.
When not in the office, Michael enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, working out, trying out new restaurants and reading to further his knowledge and skill set.

Ryan Steenrod

Ryan believes one can and should be strong, capable and resilient. When owning the capacity for these three qualities, he believes you will achieve everything that you want out of life. Strength comes in many forms, but being physically strong is an easy entry point with many desirable byproducts including: fat loss, bone health, disease prevention, mood, confidence and ultimately becoming a more capable human. When you train your body and brain the right way, you’re ability to weather life’s storms is easier.
Ryan is a strength coach with training in kettlebells, bodyweight and barbell from the StrongFirst organization, as well as a movement coach with training from the brain-based education company Z-Health. His specialties include movement restoration, rehabilitation and strength training for general population.
Ryan loves to teach and travel. You can get to know Ryan a little better by visiting ryansteenrod.com or by following him on Facebook (facebook.com/ryan.steenrod) and Instagram (@ryansteenrod)

Missy Steenrod

Missy is a Z-Health Master Trainer, Co-Founder of Death of the Desk, and owner of Missy Bunch Fitness. A dancer since the age of three, Missy developed her fascination with the human body and it's complexity at a very young age. By focusing on neurology and teaching the importance of brain function and customized training programs for clients, she believes that by using the nervous system to rapidly "debug" our movement patterns, decrease pain and increase performance, we can create lighting-fast improvements.
While earning her BA in Dance at San Francisco State University, she served as a modern dance assistant, and went on to be a professional dancer for the Golden State Warriors.
In her life beyond the training world, Missy loves to cook, dance, hike and create DIY gifts for her friends and family! She also loves corny jokes Certifications Z-Health Performance Solutions

Z-Health, Master Trainer
Z-Health Master Trainer Instructor
Other certifications
National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer
Movement Re-education Specialist
Movement Integration Specialist
Movement Performance Specialist
Exercise Therapy Specialist
Olympic Weightlifting Certified
FRC Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
Onnit Academy Certified Durability Trainer

Yoana Teran

🙌Became a Strength Coach

🙌She is a StrongFirst Team Leader

🙌She won The National Tactical Strength Challenge 2005 and 2006 Women’s Division.

🙌Selected Top 10 National RKC Instructor.

​🙌Author of the “Kettlebell Mommy™” Manual designed to guide, encourage and teach pregnant women how to stay fit & healthy while pregnant and co-author of other Strength and Fitness DVDs and Books

Viviana Lopez

Born on August 3, 1986 in San Diego, Ca. I grew up in Chula Vista in a family of 5, me being the middle child. During my high school years I was in cross country and track with a few of my friends. After graduating from high school, I went to San Diego City College, layer transferring to SDSU. In May 2015, I graduated with a bachelors in Business Management.
In 2011, I was exposed to my first kettlebell workout and I was automatically intrigued. The design of the workouts and the results I was noticing was just amazing. A few years later I decided to start training for the instructors certification. In February 2014, I attended my StrongFirst Instructors Certification and passed. In 2015, I took my StrongFirst Level 2 Certification and passed. January 2016, took my Strong First Body Weight Certification and passed with the completion of a one arm push-up. Lastly, completed my StrongFirst Barbell Certification in 2017.
Every year I set a goal, every year I accomplish my goal no matter what it takes. I Never doubt my capabilities, I always believe in myself. Believing in myself is the reason I am where I am today.
Viviana Lopez

Terry Reddinger

Terry participated in athletics all of his life, which eventually led to him joining the marines right out of high school. During his time in the marines, he was tested by some of the most challenging forms of physical and mental training the military has to offer. After completing this training, he had become even more interested in how the human body and the brain react to training.
After his experience in the marines, he went on to become a personal trainer. After years of personal training, he knew there was more to the science of physical training through the lens of the nervous system, which led him to begin his training with Z-Health Performance Solutions. Through this highly researched brain based training system, Terry has been able to help his clients get out of pain, quickly increase their strength and improve their athletic performance by approaching the three key systems that constantly feed into the brain. These three key systems are the proprioceptive (body), visual and vestibular systems. When all three of these systems are assessed and trained individually and in the beginning of training of a new client, amazing results follow suit.
Terry knows that pain relief, correction of the visual system, and small joint movements are key in breaking through the barriers that previously held his clients back. Once these systems are corrected, moving in the world becomes a lot easier, which will lead to faster results. Whether you are trying to lose body fat, gain muscle, finally get rid of that low back pain or instantly get that extra strength you been looking for, Terry’s neurological approach can get you there with this new groundbreaking information coming from all over the world.

Education

BS in Business Marketing - University of Phoenix

Certifications

Z-Health Performance Solutions
R – Phase: Joint Re-education, restoration, rehabilitation
I – Phase: Integration of the visual, vestibular and proprioceptive systems
S – Phase: Sport, skill, and strategy for performance
T- Phase: Therapy, threat training
9s Structure: Neural exam, neural pathways, cerebellar function, brain stem assessment
Other certifications
NASM, CPT, PES, PTA global Bridging course, Paul Chek Golf Biomechanics, Adult CPR, AED certified

Specific skills

Pain Relief Visual training for Sport
Body fat reduction Advanced movement enhancement
Muscle Hypertrophy
Visual Acuity training