A Bay Area transplant, Sandy’s interest in health began at Del Oro High School in Loomis, CA. Choosing weight training over PE to get out of running, she found something she excelled at. As a child she was athletic enjoying water skiing, snow skiing and gymnastics, but weight lifting empowered her on a whole new level.
From ages 16 to 18 she had two knee surgeries and that was the start of her passion for improving extended rehabilitation. She had her daughter at 23 and took a break from her fitness goals. A shoulder injury and surgery at 25 renewed her search for a more comprehensive approach to rehab.
She started her career in 1996 as a 24 Hour Fitness trainer and eventually became their fitness supervisor. She learned basic information from the standard training certifications available. NASM was really the first instruction in how to really asses her clients. Their workouts, nutrition, lifestyle and most of all who they were. What did each client walking in the door actually need? 3 sets of 15 wasn’t going to cut it.
The clientele she has today has become family over 25 years. Sandy has trained every age from 7 to 98. This includes high school athletes training for football, basketball, baseball and track. She worked in conjunction with a psychiatrist to give his patients a better full circle treatment plan. She experienced training clients with many conditions including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, brain injuries and many others. She has trained people specifically for Police Academy testing, body building, power lifting, cross fit and simply for a better life.
As her clients have aged her experience with joint replacement and countless other surgeries has expanded her knowledge and empathy for all clients. She practiced emergency medicine as an EMT2 and worked as a medical assistant for many local doctors. She studied health ecology, psychology, including abnormal psych at UNR and continues to research essential health issues.
Sandy also provides clients with prepared meals to meet their nutritional needs. She has participated in body building, placing 1st place in her first INBA figure show at the age of 39. Four Tough Mudders, five Odyssey’s and power lifting meets complete her personal fitness challenges. An additional knee surgery and a shoulder surgery continued to give her insight to long term recovery.
During her years as a trainer she developed and operated a granola company, Sierra Crunch, in the search for healthier products for her clients. She found homes for her company at Whole Foods, Costco, Scolari’s and many other retail locations.
Her hobbies include endurance riding, gardening, hiking, skiing, and of all things, climbing trees. Almost two years ago Sandy had bilateral hip replacement which has challenged and taught her how life changing limitations can be. She has found her forever home here at CCF and couldn’t be happier for the opportunity to be part of such a loving, inspiring, talented group.