Messiah Lifeways


Meet the Team

Learn more about our talented Wellness Team!

Alessandra perkins
Wellness manager

Allie holds a bachelor of Science in Education from East Stroudsburg University/University of Phoenix. She also holds the following certifications:

  • Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) from International Sports Science Association (ISSA)
  • Specialist in Sports Performance Nutrition (SPN) from ISSA
  • SilverSneakers® Foundations Certification, SilverSneakers® Classic Certification
  • SilverSneakers® Stability Certification,SilverSneakers® Boom Muscle Certification
  • SilverSneakers® Splash Certification

  • Life Coach Certification from ISSA and Lifeguard Certification

“I have been in the Wellness field for 18 years, and I’m eager to share my experience and knowledge by providing a diverse Wellness program at Messiah Lifeways."


Matthew Whitesel
Wellness Specialist 

Matt graduated from Messiah College with a focus in Philosophy, Business Administration, and Computer Science. After working a few years in his field of study, he decided to transition to a fitness career. “Fitness has been a passion of mine over the years. I trained high school soccer players and coached a middle school soccer team. These experiences helped me grow my knowledge of the in's and out's of physical fitness.”

  • Personal Training Certification from ISSA

  • Certified SilverSneakers® Instructor

  • Certified Lifeguard

“I personally have seen the benefits of exercise on people's quality of life, and I love being a part of their wellness journey.”

Katelyn McKiernan
Wellness Specialist

Katelyn holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Health Science from Messiah College and is currently working toward her Masters in Public Health. She holds the following certifications:

  • Personal Fitness Trainer certification through ISSA
  • SilverSneakers® Foundations Certification and SilverSneakers® Stability Certification
  • SilverSneakers® Splash Certification, SilverSneakers® Classic Certification 
  • Lifeguard Certification

“I like to take a holistic approach to wellness. Wellness isn’t just about diet and exercise, although those are important to live a healthy lifestyle. Holistic wellness encompasses physical, nutritional, emotional, social, mental, spiritual, occupational/intellectual, and financial aspects.”

Dallas Sutton
Wellness Specialist

Dallas graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. He decided to step into the Wellness field because he enjoys helping people live a healthier and longer life through exercise. Dallas holds the following certifications:

  • Certified Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

  • SilverSneakers® Classic, SilverSneakers® Stability

  • SilverSneakers® Boom Muscle, SilverSneakers® Splash

  • Certified Lifeguard

“I hope to see everyone's smiling faces as we make the journey to a healthier and stronger life.”

Shelly Baldwin
Yoga & Pilates Instructor

“I have been a fitness instructor for over ten years and started my career as a yoga instructor. From there, I became trained in Pilates, Spin health, and Senior Fitness.” Shelly is a graduate of Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and holds the following certifications:

  • Certified Instructor by Interactive Fitness Trainers of America 
  • Certified by YogaFit and American Fitness Professionals & Associates 
  • SilverSneakers® Instructor

“For me, fitness is a way of life. It keeps me healthy, strong, and balanced. Having a career in the fitness industry means I get to do what I love every day! It also has allowed me flexibility in managing a family and given me freedom to train for marathons and trail races.

Tony patti
Tai Chi Instructor

Tony is currently studying Touch for Health,

Neuromuscular Reprogramming and Medical Qigong.

Tony holds the following certifications and licenses:

  • Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo/Karate
  • Black Sash in Chinese Wing Chun Kung Fu
  • Enrolled into 3rd year of Medical Qigong Program at East Coast Medical
  • Qigong Institute
  • Certified SilverSneakers (Tai Chi) Instructor
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Shiatsu (Acupressure) Practitioner
  • Certified Bowen Therapist
  • Medical Qigong Therapist
  • Studied Yang Style Tai Chi for 15 years & Wu Ji Jing Gong Tai Chi for 10 years

"I enjoy helping people to bring self-awareness by the enrichment of Tai Chi, Qigong, and massage in their life."


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