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About Stefania




I'm Nia. I became a Health Coach because I get to focus on all the aspects of a healthful life: sleep, nutrition and stress management along with movement. I was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years. Turns out, it's not just about movement. When you move more, you're going to be hungrier. What and when will you eat? When you're moving more, you need more rest. How and when will you get this? Life is always changing. Sometimes when stress is high, we need to cut back our movement and do other things that make us feel revitalized like: sitting in silence, reading a book or catching up with a friend. 

Together, we unpack the nitty, gritty juicy parts of your daily routine, and figure out the best way for you to make deeply rooted change by taking into acoount your values, barriers, and social support. A typical session lasts anywhere from 30-60 minutes. We meet virtually, in a safe, non-judgemental space with the common goal of reaching your health, and ultimately life goals. 

Health is wealth. Without it, we miss out on a lot of life. It costs money and time to be sick. Time that you could be spending with your loved ones, and money you could be investing in your future. Bottom line, prevention is always better then a cure. Unfortunately, our health system is made to treat illness. The problem is, sometimes it's too late by the time we're already sick. Let's partner together, and pave a better way of living for you and your family. 

A lot of times we use our families and responsibilites as reasons we don't take care of ourselves. Let's shift this paradigm and use the same excuses as the reasons we DO take care of ourselves. When working with me, we'll take a thoughtful approach to keep you doing what you love and for those you love, which starts with taking care of you. 


My favorite client story

One client came to me nine months ago with the goal of "getting more movement." That's a big topic and there's a lot to unpack. After understanding what movement means to her and looking at all the options, we started super small. After brushing her teeth, she did four lateral raises, on each arm, using resistance bands, followed by a power pose. That tiny, seemingly unimportant behavior has led to a daily, full-body resistance band routine, weekly swims or beach walks, and regular movement breaks during her workday. Through engaging, planning and modification, she's created a routine that she enjoys and makes sense for her life. It's fun seeing her reaching goals and designing new ones. We rely on her strengths of discipline and empathy to stay on track and overcome setbacks. She's been a big inspiration to me.

My favorite exercise

Surfing, Pure Barre

My favorite quote

“Probably the biggest insight is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges and it takes the right attitudes and activities to be happy.”

— Ed Diener, American psychologist, professor & author

My training philosophy

I believe you're the expert on your own life. I believe there's many ways to thrive, which is why it's hard to start, even when we know we need to make a change. I believe our environment and social support significantly impact our ability to be successful. I believe in taking the time to understand your situation, your vision and your values.

My training experience

*Private swim lessons, 1-50 years old (2021-present)
*Self-taught adult surfer (2014-present)
Group wellness class instructor (2018-2020)
Outrigger canoe competitor (2013)
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (2010-2015)
Philadelphia marathon runner (2010)

Areas of Expertise

  • Nutrition
  • Stress Reduction
  • Wellness
  • Strength Training
  • Injury Prevention
  • Core and Balance
  • Weight Loss
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Health Coach

Additional Certifications

CPR/AED/First Aid, ACE Behavior Change Specialist


BS in Kinesiology, Concentration in Exercise Science

Who I Especially Like Working With

Bariatric, Beginners, Middle-aged, Overweight/ Obese, Post-rehab

Medical Conditions Experience

ADHD, Ankle Injury, Anxiety, Arthritis, Autism, Autoimmune Diseases, Back Pain/Issues, Cardiac Rehab, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Golfers Elbow, Hamstring Issues, Hypertension, Hyperthyroidism, Joint Replacement, Knee Pain/Issues, Limited Mobility, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Obesity, Prediabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rotator Cuff Issues, Scoliosis, Shoulder Issues, Stress, Tennis Elbow

Working with Nia has been great, I would recommend her to anybody. She works with me to help me set attainable goals while keeping me in the driver's seat. She is supportive and always professional. She is respectful of the time we have together and always makes the most of it. She is knowledgeable and helpful in finding additional resources when needed, I have achieved more than I thought would have been possible in the time I've worked with her and am so happy having met so many of my goals in a short amount of time.

Emily S.

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