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For all your personal training needs please reach out to Alicia at 843-792-1494.

Trainer Alicia O'Connor 

Alicia O'Connor

The center’s Director of Personal Training and exercise physiologist has over 25 years of experience in all areas of personal fitness and wellness training.  She specializes in helping people stay injury free and pain free while improving fitness and lifestyle habits. She loves working with post-rehab and disease management.  Alicia is an athlete spending many hours on the ski slopes the past 20 years as a professional ski instructor. She also surfs, hikes, and stays active as she “walks the walk”!

James Johnson

Voted #1 Personal Trainer in Charleston, James has been a personal and group exercise trainer at the Wellness Center for two decades. James designs, implements, and teaches group exercise programs and The Next Wave Performance studio training sessions.

Dwight Gore

Education: M.S. Exercise Physiology for Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Diabetic Rehabilitation University of Northern Iowa 

Certification: ACSM Preventative and Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist, Certified TRX suspension training and Certified Rock teady Boxing trainer. Dwight has been training with the Wellness center for 28 years. "I use exercise to make the rest of my lifestyle easier".

Brooke Sease 

General Availability: M-F 8:30am - 1pm

Training Motto: Live a better life through exercise.  

Education & Certifications: Southern Methodist University, Athletics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Personal Trainer. Rock Steady Boxing Certified Trainer.

Cindi Day

General Availability: M-F 6am-3pm

Training Motto: "If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it" - Muhammad Ali

Education and Certifications: Fitness Specialist Certification, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, IFTA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Rock Steady Boxing Certified Trainer, 200 hour YTT. 

Galen Bennett

General Availability: Monday - Friday

Training Motto: Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Education and Certifications: B.S. Kinesiology: Exercise and Sport Science from Coastal Carolina University, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Youth fitness instructor at the Charleston Air Force Base Youth Center. 


David Ruef

General Availability: Weekdays 9 am to 8 pm, Saturdays 9 am to closing and Sundays 2 pm to closing (periodic exceptions).

Training Motto: Success = Assessment, Goals, Customized Strategy, Expertise, Effort, Enjoyment and Partnership

Education & Certifications: Over 10 years of experience helping a wide variety of clients meet their health & fitness goals: Stuck in a rut of the same exercises and want to move to the next level? Ready to work with a successful certified behavioral coach on a healthy weight management plan? Want to get stronger, more mobile, improve a nagging injury? Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer; Medical Exercise Specialist, Behavioral Coaching Specialist, Mature Fitness Training Specialist, Kettlebell Instructor, TRX Training, SCW Pilates Matwork, Integrated Stretching, Functional Movement Screen, etc. Masters degree in Organizational Psychology.

 Trainer Sheila Dawson 

Sheila Dawson

General Availability: 9:00 - 4:00

Training Motto: Focus on overall Well-being, including mind, body and spirit. As your Fitness Coach, I provide the tools you need to generate results for the rest of your life.

Education: B.S. Nutrition Science, University of New Hampshire; Certified Personal Trainer - NASM; More than 20 years of Industry experience. Life-long fitness/wellness enthusiast and former competitive runner; Focus on corrective exercise, while delivering a creative approach for optimal results. I put my personal beliefs into practice and encourage others to do the same to achieve their goals.

Leslie Shields        

General Availability: M-F 6am-4pm

Training Motto: Becoming fit doesn't start in the gym, it starts in your head. Making the mental decision to make your fitness a priority is the most important step. Once you've conquered that, the sky is the limit!

Education and Certifications: B.A. in Economics and M.B.A. from Clemson University, World International Training School (W.I.T.S.) Certified Personal Trainer II.

Nicki Carter

Nicki Carter 

General Availability: Weekdays after 3:30pm and Saturdays (flexible)

Training Motto: 

 "Fitness is about so much more than exercise. It's a catalyst for positive changes, and it affects every aspect of your life."

Education, Certifications, Background: 

  • M.S. in Clinical Lab Science, MUSC
  • B.A. in Biology, College of Charleston 
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC)
  • Certified Personal Trainer (W.I.T.S.) Trident Technical College
  • Certified Spinning®️ Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
  • Stages Cycling Certified Power Instructor
  • Background in competitive bodybuilding and power-lifting