Meet The Faculty

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    Rachel Eisenman

    Faculty Instructor

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    Norberto Quiles

    Faculty Instructor

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Tennille Ponte

Education
Credentials

CPR/AED
American Heart Association

NYSED Teaching License
New York State
Department of Education

Rachel Eisenman

Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in the fitness profession. Working with busy professionals and active retirees, Rachel offers motivation, instruction and support to help her clients make the most of their exercise time. Rachel also works with older adults looking to maintain functional movement and balance for everyday quality of life. In 2011 Rachel was awarded the New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit in recognition of her “commitment to improving the lives and health of seniors through dynamic fitness education.”

Her own fitness journey began in high school. Since then Rachel has explored many fitness topics from a variety of different perspectives. Rachel began her career in worksite health promotion as a fitness center manager and has been an independent personal trainer and instructor since 2002. Throughout her career one constant has been the power of the fitness myth. Popular fitness myths are a major source of misinformation and a major obstacle to results. Rachel has authored two eBooks (The Fitness Paradox and Fitness Education for Consumers) with the goal of “Raising the Bar” in the field of physical fitness in America.

Education

M.S. Exercise Science
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts

B.A. Anthropology
Hamilton College
Clinton, New York

Credentials

Certified Personal
Trainer/
Certified Group
Fitness Instructor
American Council
on Exercise

Certified FMS
Professional Level I
Functional
Movement Screen

Coach for A Matter
of Balance Program
Center for Excellence
in Aging and
Community Wellness

Stay Active and
Independent
for Life (SAIL)
Program Leader
Synaptic Seminars
Education Department

CPR AED
Heartsaver First Aid
American Heart Association

NYSED Teaching License
License Pending
New York State
Education Department

Norberto Quiles

Since he was a teenager Norberto has been passionate about how the body responds and adapts to exercise. Growing up as a “fat kid” motivated him to pursue a career as a personal trainer to help others become healthier and achieve their fitness goals. Since then he has worked in the fitness industry for more than 10 years and has been an avid tennis player.

As Head Exercise Therapist at the Alternative Medicine Center for HIV/AIDS he prescribed exercise and provided exercise testing services for HIV patients with other diseases and disorders. He worked in the private setting for many years training people with goals ranging from performance enhancement to maximizing health and fitness. He also worked as fitness manager for the New York Sports Club where training his staff was what he cherished most. Norberto has also researched exercise in the HIV and substance abuse populations, and taught exercise-science related courses for five years at The Huertas College in Puerto Rico.

Recently he joined the faculty at Queens College where he teaches graduate and undergraduate nutrition and exercise science courses. Norberto is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine

Education

Ed.D, Applied
Exercise Physiology
Columbia University
New York, New York

Ed.M. Applied
Exercise Physiology
Columbia University
New York, New York

M.A. Health Promotion/
Exercise Sciences
Universidad del Turabo
Caguas, Puerto Rico

Credentials

ACSM-CES
Clinical Exercise Specialist

ACSM-EIM
Exercise is Medicine
Level 3

ACSM-HFS
Health and Fitness Specialist

ACSM-RCEP
Registered Clinical
Exercise Physiologist

CPR/AED
American Heart Association BLS
for Health Care Providers

NSCA-CPT
Certified Personal Trainer

NSCA-CSCS
Certified Strength and
Conditioning Specialist

NYSED Teaching License
New York State
Education Department

Education
Credentials


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