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About The Goodwill Fitness Center

HELPING YOU TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGE

Our goal is to improve your physical fitness and strength to promote the highest degree of independence. Our members can take advantage of cardiovascular and strength training machines, yoga, balance and chair aerobics classes, one-on-one personal training, and Physical Therapy. To qualify for an initial assessment at the Goodwill Fitness Center, you must have a medically diagnosable physical disability or chronic illness and a medical release form signed by your physician authorizing you to participate in an exercise program. After your fitness assessment, a highly trained personal trainer will work with you develop an exercise program based on your individual capabilities and goals.

Exercise is an activity many people enjoy to strengthen bodies and calm minds. People with disabilities should have the same opportunity to improve their health and enhance their abilities. It's especially beneficial for those living with catastrophic illness, injury and secondary health conditions related to long-term disabilities. Until now, facilities have been designed for short-term rehabilitation, and even those often become off-limits after insurance coverage expires. The Goodwill Fitness Center is completely focused on empowering and educating its members to obtain the best physical exercise possible by providing the latest in fully accessible equipment.

Meet The Team

Certified trained fitness professionals, a physical therapist and trained volunteers comprised of a consulting physician, interns in kinesiology or rehabilitation from regional universities as well as a distinguished advisory board—to provide customized programs designed to maximize each member’s potential.

At the Goodwill Fitness Center our physical therapist is committed to providing progressive, high quality care for our members. Working in concert with each individual’s abilities and goals, we offer proven fitness options to give the best quality rehabilitation experience, as well as a full range of proactive care, such as injury prevention, fitness, and wellness. Certified Personal Trainers will teach you how to use all of the exercise machines, help adjust your equipment, teach you basic exercise guidelines/principles, make sure your workouts are safe, effective and fun and of course, answer any questions you have about facilities, services or programming. Trainers will help you get started in an exercise program and supply general nutrition information and tips for weight loss.

Elizabeth Toumajian

Goodwill Fitness Center Manager

Elizabeth Toumajian - Goodwill Fitness Center Manager

In 1995 while Elizabeth pursued her Masters degree in Kinesiology at Cal State University Long Beach, she was the director of The Adapted Fitness and Wellness Center, where she also worked as personal trainer developing therapeutic exercise programs for people with disabilities. The success of this program was tremendous and at the peak of the program the center helped serve nearly 80 people a day. Elizabeth has been involved in competitive sports since the age of five, and as a Type 1 diabetic she has benefitted tremendously from a lifelong love of exercise. In her role as the executive director for a foundation at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, she worked with children with Type 1 diabetes and their families. Elizabeth’s keen understanding and compassion for others who may face physical challenges, makes her the ideal person for helping others learn practical strategies overcoming barriers and keeping their exercise programs on track.

  • B.S. in Psychology from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
  • M.S. in Exercise and Sport Psychology at California State University at Long Beach

Stephanie Djang

Physical Therapist

Stephanie Djang - Goodwill Fitness Center Physical Therapist

Stephanie is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and has spent the last 10 years of her professional career working with a variety of areas including; orthopedic injuries, sports therapy injuries, spinal cord and brain injuries. Stephanie also is a Certified Hand Therapist which requires a minimum of five years of clinical experience plus an addition of 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition to being a practicing physical therapist, Stephanie is also a part-time faculty member in Biology at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

Joey Balderama

Trainer

Joey Baledrama - Goodwill Fitness Center Trainer

Joey comes to the Goodwill Fitness Center from Cal State University Long Beach where he obtained his B.S. degree in Kinesiology with an option in fitness. Joey is a Nesta certified personal trainer, having completed more than 650 hours of internship work at Boeing Fitness Center of Long Beach, Beach Fitness, and the Goodwill Fitness Center of Orange County. Joey has always been athletic (excelling in football, track and cycling) and has worked as a collegiate level strength coach. He works hard to challenge, encourage, and support his clients as they work to gain strength and independence. Joey believes in personal training as a means to achieve fitness goals in a realistic and timely way.

  • B.S. in Kinesiology, California State University, Long Beach

Eric Johannsen

Trainer

Eric Johannsen  Goodwill Fitness Center Trainer

Eric began working in the fitness industry in 1996 while at Cal State University, Long Beach and has been a full time personal trainer since graduating with his M.S. degree in Sport Psychology in 2000. Eric's career includes; personal training at small and large health clubs, community college strength and conditioning coach, instructor of personal training certification course, and small business owner of a personal training business here in Orange County. "Working at the Goodwill Fitness Center gives me a chance to work and learn from a great staff and an amazing membership base. It is a place where health is truly at the forefront regardless of what challenges life throws at you. I feel I can bring years of experience, passion and enthusiasm to the center so we can help as many people as possible because that is what it's all about."

  • B.S. Exercise Science, California State University, Long Beach
  • M.S. Sport and Exercise Psychology, California State University, Long Beach

Will Robles

Trainer

Will Robles - Goodwill Fitness Center Trainer

Will is passionate about improving an individual’s lifestyle through exercise. He strives to meet his client’s needs through personalized training programs and creating workouts tailored specifically to his client’s goals. In addition to being in the fitness industry over 8 years, Will holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton and is certified as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Will has had a great deal of experience ranging from small and large health clubs to Orthopedic Physical Therapy outpatient clinics.

  • B.S. in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton

Michelle Torres

Trainer

Michelle Torres

Michelle is a recent graduate of Cal State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in fitness. After completing an internship at the Goodwill Fitness Center, Michelle officially joined the team in 2013. Currently Michelle is certified as a personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. With her degree and certifications Michelle’s goal is to help all people, regardless of ability, to enjoy the benefits of exercise and living a healthy life style. When Michelle is not at the center she likes to go home to visit her parents and catch up with her large family and close friends.

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness from California State University, Long Beach.

Joey Ahearn

Licensed Physical Therapy

Joey Ahearn

Joey attended school at Stanbridge College and is part of the first graduating class from their Physical Therapy Assistant program. While in school, Joey did his clinical hours with Cal Rehab Sports Therapy and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU). Joey views exercise as both a method and lifestyle choice crucial to improving physical and mental health. Joey enjoys the challenge of creating therapeutic exercises and rehabilitative tools to meet the needs of each individual that he works with. During his free time, Joey enjoys outdoor activities including volleyball, backpacking, kayaking, working out; as well as recreational reading, leatherworking, board games and home décor. We are delighted to have Joey as part of our therapy team!

  • A.S. in Physical Therapy, Stanbridge College
  • Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant, P.T.A.

Oliver

Certified Therapy Dog

Oliver - Goodwill Fitness Center Certified Therapy Dog

Oliver is a Tri-Color Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the newest member of the Fitness Center Team! At just 2 ½ years old, Oliver is certified by both the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International as a Certified Therapy Dog. Oliver comes to the center each day to greet members and give a friendly wag of his tail to everyone he meets.

When Oliver isn't working at the center, he likes to go to the park where he can chase squirrels and low flying birds.


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Hours of Operation

Tuesday: 9am – 7pm
Wednesday: 9am – 7pm
Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: By appointment only



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