MEET THE #DLDNATION TEAM!
CPT, Group Fitness Certified
Born and raised in Austin, Texas. I come from a crazy family of 10. My husband and I currently live in downtown Dallas, with our FOUR perfect cats. It is safe to say that I am a crazy cat lady!
I spent 7+ years of my life pursuing a technical career in Data and Analytics. After spending a few years at a corporate job, I found myself being belittled and forced into a life that I wasn’t excited for. I will never forget the feeling of walking into a gym class, and letting go of everything from work. The stress. The chaos. And I realized that was where I belonged. I wanted to be a part of someone’s fitness journey. I wanted to coach.
I left my job. I left my status. I left my ego. I got certified and got my foot in the door at a local HIIT gym. FAST FORWARD to today. I’ve worked as a group training instructor for a few years. Managed several gyms in the DFW area. Got into heavy lifting and weights. And have surrounded myself with badasses from all over the fitness industry. I LOVE FITNESS. Its my drug of choice.
I love to help people push out of their comfort zone. It’s so easy to get lost in the “all or nothing” mindset. You have to take baby steps. But you will accomplish it. You are worthy. You are capable. I will be your BIGGEST hype man.
EP-C, CPT, PN L1, FMS/FCS
Hey y’all! I’m a coach and trainer, a military wife, and a dog momma! Although I’m a Georgia girl through and through, the Navy has us currently calling California home!
I found my love for health and fitness while in college studying Exercise Science. I initially graduated wanting to go on to further my education in Physical Therapy, so I starting working as a Rehabilitation Specialist in Chiropractic. Working one on one with clients in that practice, I began to write training programs for clients graduating from their rehab programs. Moving clients on from corrective exercise to training suddenly became my favorite part of the job, and soon turned into my career as a personal trainer and online coach!
I am now a certified Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer, Group Trainer, and Exercise Nutrition Coach. I also just recently became FMS & FCS certified after studying corrective exercise under some of the brightest names in functional movement, giving me the tools to combine my love for prehab and training.
I am so excited to join the team at DLDNation, to be able to help even more people reach their health and fitness goals! My mission as a coach is to help you achieve those goals in a way that is both sustainable and enjoyable, and to watch you flourish as you live out this journey with abundance, not restriction!
RN, BSN, PN L1
Adventurous soul, avid traveler and Colorado resident.
I am an experienced registered nurse with expertise in postpartum and breastfeeding mamas. I am here to meet you where you are. I am here to empower women; to help you step out of your comfort zone and achieve things that you never thought possible. I fell in love with weight training when I was in college, however I had zero knowledge at the time about what a healthy diet was. Once I discovered the power of nutrition, I wanted to learn more. So, I got my Precision One Nutrition Certification in order to properly educate myself and others.
Being a DLD client before coach, I know what it’s like to be in your shoes. I have been so ingrained in this community, I completely understand how this process works. Having Monika as my coach and mentor for over a year was the best decision I could have made for myself. I am stronger physically, mentally and emotionally than I ever could have imagined. And my "gains" reach far beyond just physical fitness. I feel completely in control of my health and well-being, and I want to help you do the same. Every single woman deserves the confidence, self-love and happiness that can be gained from this journey.
The DLD community is one of the most supportive and thriving groups of its kind in the fitness industry. The unparalleled education, resources, support and encouragement will (quite literally) change your life.
CPT, Yoga Instructor, Counselor
Having struggled with eating disorders most my life to being a rape survivor and then to survive a four year abusive relationship, my body felt foreign to me and I was dissociated and disconnected.
Fitness has helped me save my own life and it continues to be something I am passionate about and endlessly eager to explore.
I’ve been in this industry for fifteen years but it didn’t become such a big part until I really needed to find myself, and turns out I like to push my body to the limits and see it’s true potential. I compete in OCR’s year round, train for long distance races and triathlons, body build, and am a bikini competitor.
To top this all off too, I’ve been vegan for 18 years and going. I got my yoga, ACSM, CrossFit L1, and nutrition certification so I could share this all empowering thing with womyn. I started my fitness career in Seoul, South Korea where I was a personal trainer, bootcamp instructor, yoga and yogilates instructor, and gym manager. I then moved stateside in 2018 where I worked at an all women’s gym and continued to pour my heart into my clients. You’ll find that I like to integrate both holistic health and physical strength in my training approach.
When I got the opportunity to work with DLD Nation, my heart exploded. I know with this amazing family, I can continue to honor and serve womyn in their path to building friendships with their bodies. I truly believe DLD Nation is the best team of fitness professionals out there and I cannot wait to help you grow into the greatest version of yourself.
“Work out, Live Fierce”~ every single day is a new chance to be better, get stronger, and make progress!
Head Assistant Coach Kristy
CPT, Lead Programmer
I started out lost, overweight, and had no idea who I was. I spent years starting and giving up trying to lose weight and get healthy. I tried all of the fad diets and workouts. I was not fueling myself properly and was running myself into the ground, all to try to be smaller.
When I signed up with DLD I immediately knew I had been doing it all wrong. DLD showed me who I really wanted to be. I was strong, stronger than I ever allowed myself to be. I loved the empowerment from lifting heavy and showing myself what I could really do.
Everything changed. I knew I wanted to share with other women what this lifestyle has given me, so I became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
I want to help show women that they can rewrite their stories, decide the life they want to live, and realize they are so much stronger than they know. I work with women who are ready to put themselves first, know they are worth the work, and who are ready to be who they really want to be.
RN, BSN, COO, CPT, PN L1
Full-time RVer with a wandering soul, but a Kentucky girl at heart.
I am an experienced ICU Registered Nurse, NASM-CPT, and Precision Nutrition Certified Coach. Spending so much time with critically-ill patients sparked my desire to begin a health and fitness journey for myself.
My fitness journey turned into a much needed self-love journey where I battled anxiety and became a much stronger and more confident version of myself. Dala and Sean mentored me through this process as their client.
I love working with women who have more complex health conditions, women who work long shifts/non-traditional jobs, and women who travel frequently.
My mission is to continue working with women of all backgrounds who want to explore and grow their strength physically and mentally.
Co-owner, Life Coach and Fitness Shaman
L&D RN, CPT, CEO
Born a Cali girl and raised in Keller, Texas, I made my way to my home in Austin, Texas in 2009 to start my Nursing Degree at UT. After graduating from UT, I spent 5 years as a Labor & Delivery Nurse. My passion for health and empowering and supporting other humans continued to grow.
Fitness was a venture I pursued in my personal time, working to break a 10-year cycle of body image issues and a lack of understanding on how to make and keep myself healthy. In 2016 I created @dalalovesdumbbells on Instagram to share how I found and healed myself through fitness, with the hope of inspiring and elevating others as well.
When my community of clients self-proclaimed as #DLDNation, I knew we were building something special. Sean and I quit our day jobs to devote ourselves 100% to helping people improve their lives.
My clients and this community have my whole heart. I'm so blessed to wake up every day and change lives in our ever-growing family.