Katie is a two-time USA Olympian swimmer, 8x World Champion and 3x Olympic Medalist. She still currently holds the American Record in the 400 IM. Apart from a passion of corporate keynote speaking, fitness and conducting clinics, she feels there is a way to make a positive impact on the dryland side of swimming. In her career, Katie has experienced highly effective dryland programs where the results correlated directly to her success in the pool. She has also experienced negative effects from a lacking dryland program. Her ultimate goal is to collaborate with Todd to provide teams with the tools to strengthen and empower their swimmers with movements that enhance performance in the pool. Coaches shouldn’t have to worry about programming land movements when their ultimate focus needs to be in the water.
Todd started as a fullback for MSU and moved on to play in the NFL for the Rams in 2012. In retirement, he took his passion for the strength and conditioning side of the sport to performance coaching. He started as a trainer and moved quickly into management. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach and trained Katie to best times at the end of her career. Todd has also trained a variety of athletes from high school to professional in swimming, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and football. Additionally, Todd is a sleep coach and conducts team and corporate seminars with Fortune 500 companies on topics which include sleep, brain health and stress.
CSCS, EXOS PES, FMS, USAW, NASM, NCSF, ISSA, Precision Nutrition Lvl 2
Michele Alonso is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. She is skilled in clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, weight loss, goal setting and much more. With over a decade of personal training experience, she has a unique perspective as a dietitian/nutritionist. She understands the value of fueling your body for performance and enjoys working with athletes as well to drive them to optimal success. Additionally, Michele has a specific focus on gut health and how the microbiota influences it. Michele earned her Bachelors of Science from Florida State University and her Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida International University.
Dr. Arman Taghizadeh
Adolescent Sports Psychiatrist
Arman Taghizadeh, M.D. also known as “Dr. T”, is a Johns Hopkins trained Board Certified
Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist also specializing in Sports Psychiatry. He received his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2004, as a member of the prestigious Combined Accelerated Program in Psychiatry (CAPP). He completed both his Adult Residency and Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Johns Hopkins
Hospital where he was elected Chief Resident from 2008-2009. Given his personal athletic success, medical knowledge, and extensive clinical experience, Dr. T works closely with elite athletes, coaches, military personnel, first responders and competitive businesses to improve performance by identifying emotional barriers to success, managing psychological factors related to setbacks, teaching mental skills training and developing a competitive mindset.
Andrew Hall helps with marketing for Synergy Dryland. Having swam for over a decade and now working as a swim coach, he is passionate about swimming and dryland, especially as it relates to the character development and life lessons the sport teaches. He is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through Andrew’s experience in the swim world, he appreciates Synergy’s focus on optimizing each aspect of a swimmer’s performance: from swimming and dryland to recovery and nutrition.