Alyssa Schlossler

Brandon Bratek

Matt Henechowicz

Carl Neuman

Téanna Cardone


Calvin de Zitter


Kristina Tomasello



Calvin de Zitter (Head Trainer)


Calvin de Zitter, born in South Africa, has been involved in the field of Health and Fitness since 2005. He attended Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, and has a 5 year Honors degree in Biokinetics (Athletic training) and is registered under the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He specializes in Orthopedic examination and final phase rehabilitation and has worked with many patients ranging from the elderly to elite athletes, Parkinson’s patients, stroke victims and more. Calvin is also NASM-CPT certified.

After obtaining his degree, Calvin decided to take his knowledge abroad from his studies in South Africa to get first hand experience helping others on cruise lines. He managed and trained passengers on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines for over two years, traveling to over 30 countries. 

Calvin then immigrated to Buffalo, New York, where he has been a committed staff member at Dr. Derek Health and Fitness since 2012. His  focus has been on training and managing clients who are passionate about making life changes in fitness and nutrition. 

He is an avid road cyclist and is a field hockey club coach in Buffalo.

Erin Edson (Executive Assistant)


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!

Brandon Bratek (Trainer)


Brandon Bratek, born and raised in Buffalo, has been involved in the field of Health and Fitness since 2012. He attended SUNY Brockport and has a dual degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education, along with a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Canisius college.

Brandon has been a committed staff member at Dr. Derek Health and Fitness since 2015. He is passionate about motivating his clients to reach their health and fitness goals!

He is also a Health teacher in the Lockport City School District where he coaches football and track & field.

Alyssa Schlosser (Trainer)


Alyssa is from Wilson, NY and graduated from Niagara County Community College in 2016 with an Associates Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. While at NCCC, Alyssa played on the women’s volleyball team! After 2 years of general studies, she transferred to Daemen College and graduated in January 2019 with her BS in Health Promotion and a Specialization in Health and Fitness Training.

Through her years at Daemen, she interned at Buffalo State College where she worked with men’s and women’s Division III athletics in the strength and conditioning department. During her time in college, she also worked at a women’s only gym and trained women of all ages and capabilities.

As a coach for Niagara County Volleyball Club, she works closely with high school students in the area where she grew up, and continues to give back to her community through planning and volunteering at her local church’s 5k. She loves to kayak, hike, run, and work out with friends – she stays active any way she can!

Although her experience is athletics based, she gained knowledge and experience working with the public through Daemen College and loves to implement athletics into the everyday life for the clients here at Dr. Derek Health and Fitness!

Carl Neuman (Trainer)


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)


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.

Téanna Cardone(Trainer)


Téanna, raised in Medina, NY, developed her passion for fitness and wellness through her experience with martial arts. As a 2nd-degree black belt instructor, she is passionate about creating and delivering quality resources that empower others to improve their lives.

She began her Tae Kwon-Do training in 2009, at the age of 10. She earned her 1st-degree black belt in 2014 and became a class instructor at age 15. She has enjoyed teaching and learning from students of all ages and experience levels through this experience. She earned her 2nd-degree black belt in 2017 and has continued training and instructing since then.

Téanna attended SUNY Geneseo and earned a BA in Communication in 2021. During her first year as a student, she was introduced to weight training and found a passion for it. In 2019, she obtained her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), then began working as a trainer at SUNY Geneseo.

She loves to learn about exercise science and is currently pursuing specializations in Women’s Fitness and Youth Exercise!

Kristina Tomasello (Trainer)


Kristina Tomasello grew up in Buffalo, New York. She graduated from Kenmore East High School before attending the University at Buffalo. There, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. She is also a New York State licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Kristina has worked with folks of all ages and abilities; she enjoys sharing her knowledge and helping people reach their goals.

She enjoys swimming, tennis, and volleyball, but her passion is dance. Kristina started dancing in elementary school and continues to do so today! In high school she coached youth cheerleading and later taught dance at a local studio. She was an NFL Cheerleader for three seasons and currently performs with a local theatre company.

In her down time, Kristina likes cooking, drawing, and spending time with friends and family. She also likes travelling. She studied abroad in the UK and hopes to visit all 50 states someday.