Team

Erin Edson (Director of Operations)

Erin

Erin Edson, born and raised in Buffalo, has been involved in the area of sports and coaching for most of her life. Growing up she played many sports including Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey and Soccer. Throughout high school and college she coached multiple lacrosse camps, clinics and local club teams. She attended Fredonia State University, and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with Minors in Athletic Coaching and Business Administration. While at Fredonia, she competed on their Division III Women’s Lacrosse Team for all 4 years. She then attended Daemen College and earned her Masters Degree in Executive Leadership and Change. While at Daemen, she worked as a Graduate Assistant in their Division II Athletic Department. She has over 8 years of administrative experience in the health care, higher education and athletic settings. 

Erin joined the Dr. Derek Health and Fitness team in 2020. Her focus is client correspondence, office/facility management and database oversight. 

She enjoys staying active, cooking and spending time with her family and friends!

MEET THE TEAM


Chris Elminowski




Matt Henechowicz


Carl neuman


Jake KLUGE

 


Ryan Waltenbaugh

 

 

Ryan Waltenbaugh (Head Trainer)

Ryan

Ryan Waltenbaugh born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He moved to Buffalo 8 years ago and graduated from Orchard Park High School. He attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where he earned his degree in Exercise Science and has his certification as a Certified Personal Trainer. 

His passions include fitness and exercise, hiking, and watching the Buffalo Bills.

Chris Elminowski (Trainer)

Chris

 

Chris has always lived an active life playing multiple sports and doing martial arts from a young age. He started learning the science of fitness in 2009 while enrolled in a Certified Personal Trainer course through high school. After getting an Associates degree with a focus on Exercise Science and an ACE Certified Personal Trainer Certification, he started working one-on-one and with small groups in 2015.

Since then, he has obtained many certifications including: TRX Suspension Trainer Certification, StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor Certification, ACE Sports Performance Coach Certified, ACE Fitness Nutrition, GlobalFitness Neuro-Muscular Rang Of Motion Certification, DotFit Supplementation & Nutrition Coach, and am currently working on obtaining a Box N’ Burn Boxing Instructor Certification.

Chris loves the science of true individual programming and helping clients develop in every area of fitness to achieve the quality of life we all strive for. He believes anybody can do anything with the right plan, dedication, and support and it is his true passion to help other grow to their maximum potential.

Carl Neuman (Trainer)

Carl

Carl Neuman has been involved in the health and fitness field since 2003. Carl studied Physical Education at Niagara County Community College and has been a Personal Fitness Trainer since 2009. He also managed a Vitamin Shoppe for over 8 years and gained knowledge in nutrition and supplementation. 

Carl loves to workout, golf and spend time with his family. He is a huge Buffalo Bills fan and can talk about football all day. 

His passion for learning and helping others achieve their health and fitness goals has made him a key member of Dr. Derek’s team since 2014.

Matt Henechowicz (Trainer)

Matt

Matthew Henechowicz was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Rhode Island. While attending university he was a member of the triathlon team that competed in the University Multisport Series. Upon graduating with scholastic distinction, Matt learned his true area of expertise is in the domain of exercise science in the aging population. Matt is involved with many charitable foundations and spends hours of volunteer service in the local community. Prioritizing and managing time efficiently has been pivotal in allowing him to improve his client’s quality of life and well-being, while personally maintaining a high level of fitness. 

Although Matt has diverse interests one of his most rewarding pastimes was as a competitive snowboarder. Traveling across Canada to Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia, was the culmination of many years of training. His time there led to many successes and many more valuable learning experiences. During this experience, Matt obtained employment as a snowboard instructor, SPIN instructor and triathlon coach, and continues teaching today. 

In 2018, Matt moved to Buffalo and began employment at Dr. Derek Health and fitness in 2019. His hobbies include reading, golf, hockey, and strength training.

Jake (Trainer)

Jake

Jacob Kluge, born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Started playing sports at a very young age, participating in Ice Hockey, Gymnastics, and Football. He attended Kenmore East Highschool and continued to compete in sports such as hockey, football, soccer, and outdoor track & field. Jacob’s love for sports and his fascination with human performance is what led him to pursue an education in Sports Medicine.

 

Jacob recently graduated from Mercyhurst University, in Erie PA, with a BS degree in Exercise Science. During his time as a strength and conditioning intern at Mercyhurst, Jacob worked with many NCAA athletes as both an Athletic Training and Exercise Science major. Jacob also has several years of both personal and group training experience of various ages (7-75 years+) and populations (general fitness enthusiasts, athletes, tactical professionals, etc.). He has recently moved back to Buffalo to pursue a career as a personal trainer/ strength & conditioning specialist and plans to attend Chiropractic school next fall. 

 

In addition to Jacob’s experience as an Exercise Science professional, he also has experience coaching youth ice hockey, skill-skating clinics, children with disabilities and has hands-on experience performing emergency first aid, clinical injury evaluations, kinematic analyses, and body composition measurements.