All About Geri-Fit®

Geri-Fit’s team of advisors – past as well as present – have developed an array of products including exercises DVDs, accredited instructor training programs, and the Geri-Fit® licensed strength training fitness program for older adults.  Over the years, this evolving team has consisted of a gerokinesiologist, a geriatrician, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, nurses and other healthcare professionals, which has led Geri-Fit® to participate in studies conducted by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and MetroHealth General Hospital in Cleveland, and the University of Texas, Arlington.

In 2013 Geri-Fit® received recognition by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Administration on Aging (AoA) as meeting the highest criteria; Geri-Fit® became a Tier III evidence-based health promotion program.

It is through the work and contribution of this team, and the former advisory members that have since passed away, that have helped us achieve our success over the years.

Janice Lee, CFT, SFN, SSF, Certified Geri-Fit® instructor, is the owner/licensee of Geri-Fit® of Wildomar.  Janice is a Certified Fitness Trainer, holds Specialist certificates in Fitness Nutrition and Senior Fitness, and is pursuing her AS degree in Exercise Science.  Her background includes 14 years as an educator, and 15 years in civilian law enforcement.  Her passion is getting and keeping older adults healthy and independent.

Francesca Fisher, CSSTS is the owner of the Geri-Fit® company and the creator of the Geri-Fit® exercise program for older adults.  She is a published author and has been featured in 13 exercise videos.  Her career in the fitness industry spans over 30 years, during which time she has won numerous awards for business excellence and exercise programming development, including the 2013 ASAP Award for Best Emerging Business in Southern California.  Ms. Fisher also developed the Geri-Fit® Senior Exercise Instructor Training Program, which is an accredited continuing education course approved by ACE and NSCA as well as the State of California Department of Social Services (CDSS).

Jane Rauscher, M., O.T. is an Occupational Therapist with 13 years experience.  Jane is a Master Trainer for the Geri-Fit® national instructor certification program and oversees the curriculum and course development for the Geri-Fit® evidence-based health promotion program and falls prevention coursework.  She is also part of the medical advisory team that reviews the company’s 2016 senior fitness programs Geri-Flex® and Golf-Fit®.

Krishna Suthar, ACSM-RCEP, MS Exercise Physiology, BPT oversees the continuing education division of Geri-Fit® and assists with curriculum development of the Geri-Fit® and Geri-Flex® national instructor certification programs.  Krishna completed the highest level certification through the ACSM and is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

Mark Kelly, Ph.D. is a frequent presenter at trade shows and conferences where he shares his 35 years of experience in the fitness industry with candor and humor.  He oversees the criteria in the Geri-Fit® Learning Systems and manages the team of certified Geri-Fit® Master Trainers that will tour the U.S. in 2017.  In addition to running his own corporate fitness and wellness company, Mark is an adjunct professor in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology at Irvine College, Santa Ana College and others.

Kelly Ward, MS, CTRS is a Fall Prevention Expert, as well as a certified balance and mobility specialist, and has worked with older adults for over 15 years.  Kelly has a M.S. in Therapeutic Aging, a B.S. in Public Health and is also a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Gerontologist.

Jim Eddow, P.T. received his Master of Physical Therapy, Summa Cum Laude in 2003 from Loma Linda University, and has been a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist since 2006.  He is currently adjunct faculty in the physical therapy program at Western University of Health Science in Pomona.  Jim is currently the Director of Rancho Physical Therapy in Riverside.

For a complete list of our esteemed and highly qualified experts and advisors, visit the main Geri-Fit® website at http://www.gerifit.com.