the wellness center personal trainers 

The Wellness Center Personal Trainers

To ensure the highest level of quality training, all of our professional trainers must have an exercise science related degree from an accredited university, a current CPR certification, and hold one of the following fitness professional certifications:

NSCA      Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
ACSM   ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
NATA   Certified Athletic Trainer

Rex Carpenter, CSCS
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
Philosophy: “Strive for progress, not perfection.”

rex carpenterRex holds a bachelor’s degree in human performance and exercise science with an emphasis in coaching from Milligan College. He began working for The Wellness Center in May 2012. Throughout his college career, Rex gained valuable skills in athletics, playing four years and being named captain of the basketball team his senior year. He also worked as an intern at Milligan's Gilliam Wellness Center and has more than two years of strength and conditioning experience. With his experience in weight, endurance, plyometric, and core and stability training,  Rex wants to help you  achieve your health and fitness goals.

Melvin "Buddy" Underwood, CSCS
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association,
Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
Philosophy: “I believe everyone can achieve their fitness goals.”

melvin underwoodMelvin holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from East Tennessee State University and has a certification in personal training through the American College of Sports Medicine.  
He began his career at The Wellness Center as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehab before becoming a personal trainer.  Melvin has also worked as a P.T. Tech at Blue Ridge Physical Therapy which exposed him to a variety of clients and physical conditions.  Melvin enjoys running, hiking, Olympic weight lifting and teaching clients how to live a healthier lifestyle and achieve their personal fitness goals.

Ron Renfro, CSCS
Health Fitness Specialist
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
Philosophy: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

ron renfroRon holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from East Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in exercise physiology and performance from East Tennessee State University.  He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  His outside interests include anything related to automobiles and sports, especially football.  He plays semi-pro football for the Knoxville Knights.  In addition to serving as one of the team captains for the Knights, he has been selected to play in four consecutive All-Star games. The Knights won back-to-back league championships in 2008 and 2009.

Ron has 20 years of experience at The Wellness Center and has held many different positions. His experience ranges from training young athletes and preparing them for their specific athletic competitions to working with seniors who are trying to maintain their independence and quality of life.  

Steve Pastorek
Head Fitness Specialist
Level One CrossFit Certified Trainer, CrossFit Kids Certified Trainer
Philosophy: “When knocked down, champions get up!”

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Steve Pastorek is the owner of Foot Rx Running. He served eight years in the National Guard and is a graduate of ETSU.  Steve has been involved with the running community for more than 12 years and is currently serving as a board member for the State of Franklin Track Club.  He has also served on the board for the Boys and Girls Club in Kingsport and is a member of the Kingsport Rotary Club.  Some of his accomplishments include competing in marathons, one of which was the Boston Marathon, and assisting with the organization of race events such as the Bluegrass Half Marathon.  Steve enjoys assisting members and is happy to assist with any questions or concerns.

For more information on any of our services, give us a call or visit us.

200 MedTech Park, Suite 200
Johnson City, TN 37604

(423) 431-6668