Tom Strafaci, CSCS, RKC, ACE-Certified Personal Trainer
Tom is the Director of Personal Fitness Training Services at Functional Physical Therapy and Fitness, as well as the owner/operator of Functional Fitness, Inc. in Pasadena.
Tom is a Z-Health R-Phase Movement Reeducation Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), former national team power lift champion, former national collegiate power lift champion, and former world record holder in the squat for his weight division. In 2010, Tom earned the title "Russian Kettlebell Certified" or RKC, by completing Pavel Tsatsouline's three-day Kettlebell Challenge in La Jolla, CA. Tom also regularly competes in the Senior Olympic Powerlifting competitions and the World Famous Marine Corp. Mud Run held at Camp Pendleton each year.
Tom has worked with clients ranging from pitchers in the Atlanta Braves farm systems, post rehab conditioning individuals, severe weight loss clients and senior citizens who have medical conditions that require special exercise intervention.
For the last nine years Tom has worked with many local physicians and psychologists in an effort to best serve his client's fitness needs. Tom also is a regular speaker at the Huntington Hospital's Senior Care Network and is on the board of directors of the San Gabriel Valley Convalescent Aide Society.
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Get under the hood of Tom's training programs by reading his Training Logarithms.
Frank Chow, DPT, OCS
Dr. Chow received his Bachelor of Science in exercise science from the University of Southern California in 1996. He later received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California in 2000. His clinical specialty is in the areas of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Chow is an American Physical Therapy Board Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS). Along with his clinical interests, Dr. Chow has had numerous opportunities to participate in research studies at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, at the University of Southern California, and in the private practice setting. He is co-author to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and in an article in Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.
David S. Im, DPT, TPI CGFI
Dr. Im received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California and his TPI certification from the Titleist Performance Institute. He specializes in golf, orthopaedic, neurological, and sports injuries and is trained in both inpatient and outpatient aspects of rehabilitation. His treatment approach utilizes the most up-to-date manual and exercise techniques derived from experience and evidence-based medicine. Dr. Im is an avid golfer and has also worked as a personal trainer for over ten years developing customized programs for clients with special needs.
Olivia Thomas, PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Thomas received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2013 from the University of Washington. She then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California in 2016. During her time at the University of Washington, Dr. Thomas served as a sports medicine intern working with Division I football, track & field, soccer, and softball athletes. Her clinical specialty is in the area of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Thomas is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), which gives her a greater understanding of training principles and enables her to provide more comprehensive care. She is continually looking to acquire new knowledge to best assist her patients in their recovery. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, attending sporting events, working out, playing her viola, and volunteering.
Rocky Hermes, CPT
Rocky Hermes began his professional career in his homeland of Germany. He devoted four years to business/trade school. During the course of his professional pursuits he chose to fulfill his national duty by enlisting in the German military for 2 years. While fitness has been a lifelong personal interest to Rocky, he decided to meld this facet into his professional life. Thus began his foray into the world of personal fitness training. The grassroots training for Rocky came through a challenging opportunity of managing a fitness gym in Germany for 5 years. Not only did Rocky learn the "nuts and bolts" of the fitness arena by this hands-on learning process but he also obtained his first certification of personal training during this time.
In the U.S., Rocky has earned an additional certification as a CPT with the I.S.S.A. As an original member of the Functional Fitness team (since 2000), Rocky has flourished with the organization. With over a decade of personal training experience, Rocky Hermes provides sound, competent, and valued expertise to anyone that seeks a fit lifestyle.
Michael Cianciola, CSCS
Michael Cianciola oversees the personal training department in our Arcadia facility. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Functional team from a fitness training career that started in 1997 in large fitness gyms. As a former high school baseball player, Michael knows first-hand the importance of proper training and fitness. Mr. Cianciola has also been an instructor in physical education and health for grades K- 8 at a private school for over 6 years. He is a personal trainer certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. After years of teaching and training, Michael joined our Functional team to impress upon his passion for movement and desire to impact how people of all ages move. In his spare time, Michael enjoys watching baseball and keeping an eye on his alma mater, Bishop Amat.
Michael Lund, CSCS
Michael was born and raised in Montana. Growing up in Montana provided Michael the opportunity to enjoy the adventure of the outdoors and the love of working the land with his family.
Michael played on an international touring basketball team in high school that played in England, Scotland and Wales. He grew up playing football, basketball, baseball, sprinted in track, wrestling, and enjoyed swimming.
Growing up in the mountains of Montana gave him the opportunity to try numerous outdoor sports as well, like mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, canoeing, water skiing, rafting, hunting, fishing, backpacking, four-wheeling, and motor biking.
In college Michael was a receiver for the University of Montana Grizzles where he earned a degree in Exercise Science. Michael is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. NSCA - CSCS. Michael recently ran in the 2011 LA Marathon. Michael’s love for adventure and his passion for helping friends experience all life has to offer motivates him provide the best service possible.
Richie Flores, MSc, CSCS, USAW
Richie received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Kinesiology and Nutrition Science from Whittier College. After completing his undergraduate degree, Richie moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) were he received a Master of Sciences (MSc) degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. While at UCCS, Richie was the athletic performance specialist for their men’s baseball, women’s soccer, and women’s lacrosse division II athletic teams. He also spent time at the US Olympic Training Center as a strength and conditioning intern. He has been published in scientific journals both nationally and internationally for his research work regarding the health and fitness of the law enforcement population. Richie’s specialty is working with the athletic population of all ages and uses the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model for athlete/client success. As a strength and conditioning coach who lives with type 1 diabetes, Richie emphasizes the importance of training correctly, as well as educating his athletes/clients on the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle both inside the gym and out. Richie is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also a certified United States of America Weightlifting Coach (USAW) through USA Weightlifting.