Shawn is Clinic Director and Physical Therapist at Synergy Manual Physical Therapy in the Briargate area of Colorado Springs, CO.
He has always been involved in sports, including soccer and basketball. His Dad, Mike, had weights and boxing equipment in the garage so Shawn has always been around the weights and saw exercise as a normal part of life.
He has had a lifelong interest in anatomy and human movement. While finishing his degree in psychology at Northeastern University, Shawn first became certified as a personal trainer in 2000.
While working as a personal trainer in Boston, Shawn was involved in powerlifting and strongman training. He has had injuries and surgeries along the way, and learned valuable lessons as a result.
He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2009, and has been working in orthopedic physical therapy ever since.
He has taken dozens of courses and seminars along the way, and will sit for the NAIOMT Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) exam next spring.
Some of the courses related to movement he has taken include: Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) as well as Perform Better seminars and voracious reading from a multitude of authors.
Shawn's passion for exercise remains strong. He has helped thousands of people overcome injuries and pain. His physical therapy career has reinforced his conviction that intelligent strength training and a well-rounded exercise program is often the missing link in helping people improve their health and lives, both physically and mentally.
Shawn is excited to launch The Performance Lab in an effort to have a positive impact on the lives of individuals in our community, and beyond.
Julie started out running 5ks and doing a lot of cardio because that’s what was easy and comfortable. Eventually she began lifting but with no direction. After finally hiring a personal trainer to help her, Julie realized that having someone assist you with your goals was something everyone should have.
After years of working various desk jobs, Julie’s love for fitness finally came to fruition in 2011 when she took the plunge and began training full time, teaching spin classes and bootcamps in Boston.
Some of Julie’s highlights over the years include doing a fitness competition, running the Boston Marathon, completing numerous sprint and Olympic distant triathlons and a few long distance cycling events including Best Buddies.
After becoming a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Julie has obtained certificates in pre and post natal, kettlebells, TRX, Level 1 and 2 for the Functional Movement Systems, Level 1 Performance Coach for USA Weightlifting and become a Nutrition Specialist through NASM.
As a busy mom of two young girls, Julie’s time is spent training people one on one (or small groups), writing programs for her clients, and following through on her own lifting goals.
Julie believes that when it comes to investing in your health, no one else is going to do the work for you, she wants to help you figure out how to get it done. She wants to help you build up your confidence, strength, endurance and longevity.