Meet the Coaches
Danica Edelbrock, M.S. has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and is a registered yoga instructor. She has been programming specialized exercise programs for the Active Older Adult community for over 20 years.
Danica has worked for Scripps Health since 2002 where she developed and implemented the Keep Moving with Parkinson’s Disease Exercises Program in 2005. She enjoys her job tremendously but when she isn’t working she loves spending time with her husband and their two kids at the beach, playing games, cooking, writing and traveling.
Judy received her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Physiology in 1998 and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2001 from California State University, Long Beach. She specializes in working with people with neurological disorders, balance, and gait stability. She has certifications in NeuroIFRAH (special technique used to treat patients with stroke), LSVT-BIG, and Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Judy has worked at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla since 2004 where her focus is in treating people with neurological conditions including stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and other neurological disorders. Her specialty also includes treating patients with gait disorders, balance disorders, and vertigo. She has a certification in LSVT-BIG, a exercise protocol designed for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
She uses a well-rounded approach to neurological rehabilitation by incorporating her knowledge in NDT, PNF, therapeutic exercises, electrical stimulation, and manual therapy to help her patients regain normal function. She is trained in the use of the Bioness L300, an electrical stimulation ankle-foot orthosis used for foot drop.
Judy teaches community exercise programs maintaining mobility for people with Parkinson’s Disease. She participates in community events by providing education on stroke, fall prevention, balance, and injury prevention.
Mickey graduated from San Diego State University with a Master of Science in Kinesiology: Applied Movement Science in 2018. Mickey’s area of study has focused on the gait and balance of individuals with Parkinson’s disease and how exercise can benefit those issues. Additionally, Mickey’s thesis work explored the kinematics of speech in individuals with Parkinson’s disease and Deep Brain Stimulation.
Mathes “Mickey” Burke graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience and Behavior. Mickey brings with him clinical and cognitive experience from his time spent with the UCSD Movement Disorder Center, specifically acting as clinical coordinator for movement disorder neurologists and as a research coordinator specializing in the cognition of individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
Mickey incorporates cutting-edge research into his training environments providing a personalized, multi-sensory exercise experience. Mickey holds certifications in Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!), Rock Steady Boxing, and Brain Grant Foundation Exercise for Parkinson’s Training. Components of LSVT BIG and LOUD and cognitive rehabilitation create an enriching and challenging setting.
Amy Callahan has been a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor for over 20 years, and a licensed massage therapist since 2004. Her style is part teacher, part coach, inspiring mindful, purposeful movement with a playful spirit. Drawing from her expertise in multiple disciplines, Amy crafts custom, dynamic programs to build better balance, functional strength, and agility.
Amy has experience in a wide variety of settings, both aquatic and land-based. She was an exercise specialist and massage therapist for Performax Physical Therapy in Denver, Colorado. In addition, she has taught hundreds of classes in health clubs and recreation centers including Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing, Dance, Sports Conditioning, HIIT, Silver Sneakers, Parkinson’s Gait and Agility, Stretch and Balance, Aqua Arthritis and Healthy Bones just no name a few.
When she isn’t working, Amy enjoys biking, dancing, cooking, and adventuring with her energetic children.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Langston University
- Pre-physical therapy program, Metropolitan State University, Denver
- Massage Certification Program, Golden Institute of Massage
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer
- AEA Aquatic Exercise Certification
- AFAA Certified Group Exercise and Personal Trainer
- AAAI Yoga Certification
- Polestar Pilates Evolved Mat and Allegro Reformer
- Zumba Licensed Instructor
- California Licensed Massage Therapist
Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1998 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, her Master’s in Physical Therapy in 2001 from California State University, Long Beach and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of California, San Francisco in 2007. She has also been a certified athletic trainer since 1998 and specializes in injury prevention, rehabilitation, performance enhancement, vestibular rehab and balance training.
She enjoys working with a variety of clients and is passionate about motivating others to take the next step to improve their health. Goals include improving flexibility, strength, endurance and balance to allow her clients to maintain and improve their daily activities, hobbies and sporting activities. Amy has taught exercise classes/programs at the collegiate and high school settings and in retirement communities.
In her free time Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, softball, basketball, participating in triathlons, golfing, and reading.
CMPT, ASTYM, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Certified Athletic Trainer
DPT – University of California San Francisco, 2007
MPT – California State University-Long Beach, 2001
BS, Kinesiology – California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, 1998
Alan is a trilingual (English, Spanish, French) coach based in Europe. He is an IronMan® certified coach, Spanish Triathlon Federation Level 1 coach, head of the UTD Scuba Diving coaching program, and GE Sports corporate program director.
With an engineering background and an executive MBA, his coaching philosophy is highly data-centric as it being the only way to demonstrate progress.
Alan was a competitive swimmer during his youth and finished his first multistage mountain bike event at the age of 17, completing the loop around the Mont Blanc in France. Since then he has completed in several Full IronMan®, IronMan® 70.3, Triathlon World Championship, Olympic triathlon distance races along with half marathons, marathons, grand fondos, and in 2019 the TransPyrenees) crossing mountain bike event.
His specialties are seasoned athletes, virtual coaching, and time crunched athletes who require “no fuss” training guidelines.
Meet the Coach Me Strong Management Team
I have this amazing passion for education and training. In each iteration of my career I have always been driven by an element of training: in the film industry where I developed a mentoring program for emerging film directors; in scuba, where I created the industry’s first online education program and first scuba coaching program; with the Training Cycle, where I have a specialty in training corporate trainers.
During these decades I have created online, blended, and in-person training and curriculum in multiple fields. In my scuba company, Unified Team Diving, I created hundreds of multi-language online courses, wrote seven books, edited a magazine, and developed a software engine to deliver it all.
I also have a very fun life. I race a bicycle at the national level, am a former triathlete, flight instructor, competition aerobatic pilot, and big mountain trekker.
Marty was diagnosed with essential tremor in 2004 and with Parkinson’s in 2010. Marty says that she experienced symptoms of gait disturbance, dystonia, and REM sleep behavior disorder 10 years prior to her diagnosis. After her progression through the grieving process, Marty decided that her life would not be defined by her diagnosis. Marty felt called to help others who share this journey and quickly became involved with the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego. Serving as secretary on the board of directors, she targeted her knowledge and passion towards educating others living with Parkinson’s, encouraging exercise and socialization and helping others to find their best life. Marty is most proud of her involvement in the development and implementation of an integrated, medically evidence based program for people with Parkinson’s at a local wellness center.
Marty is an avid traveler with her husband and their travel van, having covered 35 states and multiple national parks. Exercise, enjoying the ocean and beach, maintaining and cultivating new friendships, learning new things and sharing her positive outlook are all vital to her daily life.