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Meet The Faculty

  • Ciaran Cribbs

    Head of Faculty

  • John Faison

    Faculty Instructor

  • Todd Smith

    Faculty Instructor

  • Eva Ledezma

    Faculty Instructor

  • Norberto Quiles

    Faculty Instructor


We sometimes wonder if AAPT Instructor Ciaran Cribbs might actually be 5 people rolled into one. After moving to the United States from Ireland, Ciaran earned his undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, followed by a graduate degree in Exercise and Sports Nutrition, and followed by yet another graduate program in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Ciaran is a Registered Dietician, a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, a Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Certified Health and Fitness Instructor, and a Licensed Teacher. He has worked in settings ranging from corporate (Citigroup) to clinical (Joslin Diabetes Center, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Cardiac Rehab) to community (Cooper Clinic) to fitness management (New York Sports Clubs) to educational (Northeastern, Texas WU, AAPT).

As a teacher, Ciaran cares deeply about bringing each of his students successfully through the curriculum that he is teaching. He has a truly unique talent for breaking down complicated concepts and dense study material into easily digested pieces for his students. Aside from his contributions at AAPT, Ciaran has also taught undergraduate courses, community seminars, employee training programs and occupational education programs in subjects ranging from Nutrition to Exercise Physiology to Public Health to Personal Training.

When he’s not teaching, Ciaran is also a competitive soccer player, a marathon athlete, a world-traveling hiker…and we think possibly also a gladiator or an astronaut (you really never know with Ciaran).

Education

M.S. Clinical
Exercise Physiology
(in process)
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts
B.S. Human Nutrition
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts
M.S. Exercise and
Sports Nutrition
Texas Woman's University
Denton, Texas

Credentials

NYSED Teaching License
NYS Education Department
CPR/AED
American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers
NSCA-CSCS
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
ACSM-RCEP
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist

John’s experience as a health and fitness professional spans two decades. He has worked for commercial gyms, a private training studio, and the rehabilitation department of a chiropractic practice. While he found working with clients and patients rewarding, he discovered that his true passion lies in the more academic aspects of the health sciences. Upon finishing graduate school, he soon learned that nowhere else was quite as comfortable as the front of a classroom. In addition to teaching here at AAPT, John is also a lecturer at Lehman College’s Health Sciences Department.

Education

M.A. Applied Physiology
Columbia University New York, NY
B.A. Liberal Arts
New York University New York, NY
A.O.S.
Swedish Institute: College of Health Sciences New York, NY

Credentials

Medical Exercise Specialist
American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals
CPR/AED
American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric

Todd Smith is a successful educator and coach who brings over 22 years of experience to the fields of personal training, health club management, professional and collegiate coaching and training.

He has successfully presented to and trained groups ranging from just a few trainers to over 100 personal trainers and managers for organizations such as Equinox, New York Sports Clubs, Hofstra University, Long Island University and NSCA. Todd has developed a very engaging educational style that immediately get the audience’s attention and holds it. He takes very complex data and information, breaks it down and simplifies it for practical take-aways. His sense of humor makes him highly effective at bringing real world application to the classroom environment. His passion for learning and growing brings the best out of trainers, managers, athletes and clients.

He is a nationally certified trainer, educator and strength coach. In addition to teaching at AAPT he is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Long Island University Women’s Swim Team. Todd current workshops include NSCA Prep Coursework, Introduction to Functional Movement Systems, Functional Movement Theory, Dynamic Warm-up, ViPR, Loaded Movement Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics, Introduction to Nutrition, Exercise Progressions and Programming, Programming and Periodization, Flexibility and Flexibility Assessment, Coaching, Cueing and Communication for Personal Training, Building a Personal Training Business, Value-Added Personal Training, Personal Training Sales and Client Retention.

Education

B.S. Sports Management Execise Science
Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

Credentials

NSCA – CSCS
Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
National Strength and Conditioning Association
USATF
United States Track and Field Level 1
FMS
Advanced Functional Movement Screening
ViPR
Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning
NYC Provisional Teaching License

Ever since Eva Ledezma can remember, she has wanted to be a teacher. And it was that dream she was pursuing as a student at the prestigious Paris-Sorbonne University in France. When she arrived in France, she was expecting to be filled with French culture and language. What she discovered instead was her true passion. Her time in France solidly formed her desire to become a stronger, more physically fit individual, and her education and career goals were turned on their head.

A semester away from graduating, Eva instead began taking courses in kinesiology. Two years later, she graduated with a minor in kinesiology – but she didn’t stop there. Driven to fully pursue her new passion, she applied (and was accepted) to Columbia University’s Applied Physiology and Nutrition program.

Along the way, Eva has had plenty of opportunities to hone her teaching skills. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French, has taught in the United States, France and Vietnam, and her students have ranged in age from young children to adults.

Meanwhile, Eva is an accomplished and experienced Personal Trainer. She practices currently as a Nutrition Consultant and Personal Trainer for PPTS Wellness, as well as a Pacer and Running Coach for Nike Run Club. In her teaching roles outside of AAPT, Eva has provided workshops as a guest lecturer for Nike and offers monthly lectures on Practical Nutrition at the Bodies Exhibit in Downtown Manhattan.

After culminating a year-long internship as part of her studies at Columbia, Eva will qualify to take the American Dietetic Association’s exam to become a Registered Dietician.

When Eva is not teaching or training, she is an Ultra-Marathoner, a Triathlete, and a member of the Calpulli Mexican Folkloric Dance Company.

Education

M.S. Applied Physiology and Nutrition
Columbia University New York, New York
B.A. Education minor in Kinesiology
California State University Fullerton, California

Credentials

NASM-CPT
Certified Personal Trainer
ACSM-HFI
Health and Fitness Instructor
ADA-RD (in process)
Registered Dietician
CPR/AED
American Heart Association
NYSED Teaching License
NYS Education Department

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 initially 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 over 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 the 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 (ACSM) and the American Physiological Society (APS) in the environmental and exercise physiology division.

Currently he enjoys resistance and cardiorespiratory training for health and fitness, reading fitness-related books, keeping abreast of the latest scientific research and teaching AAPT students how to become successful personal trainers.

Education

Ed.D, Applied Exercise Physiology (in process)
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 Level 3
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
NYS Education Department