Mindy motivates her personal training clients to achieve their fitness goals by combining her expertise in education and in fitness. In 1986, she earned her Ph.D. in Education and Linguistics at Stanford University. She taught, did research, and consulted in second language education for fifteen years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1994, Mindy and her family moved to the Seattle area. In her 20s, 30s, and early 40s, Mindy suffered from chronic neck and hip pain due to scoliosis, herniated discs, and arthritis. Her quality of life worsened to the point that daily tasks were difficult, her activities were limited, she lacked energy, and caring for her young son became physically challenging. Mindy tried years of physical therapy and other forms of treatment, to no avail.
At the suggestion of a friend who also suffered from chronic pain, Mindy hired a personal trainer and began strength training at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on Mercer Island in 1997. Week by week, and month by month, Mindy become stronger, her pain lessened, and, her quality of life improved substantially. Strength training had opened up a whole new world.
From this experience, Mindy became inspired to help others improve their quality of life. She enrolled in the Personal Training Program at Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland, and in 2003, at age 47, became a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She hasn’t looked back. In 2003, Mindy became a personal trainer at the JCC and opened her own personal training studio, Mindy’s Miracle Fitness LLC.
For Mindy, fitness training is not just for young body builders. Even more importantly, it is for people who want to improve and maintain their level of health and fitness at all stages of life. Strength training, cardiovascular workouts, flexibility, and good balance are critical in preventing disease and maintaining lifelong health and well-being.
A mother, a career-woman, and a Board Member of the Mercer Island Farmers Market since 2011, Mindy designs individualized fitness programs for baby boomers and seniors. Mindy and her husband, David, live on Mercer Island. Their son, Sam, graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 and is working as a water engineer.