Meet The Trainers That Meet Your Needs

As founder and president of Future Shapes for the past 30 years, Deirdre "Deedee" Antonelli has dedicated herself to providing exceptional, individualized service and innovative training to each client - members of her extended "fitness family". She has brought together a highly skilled and dynamic group of trainers, working with hundreds of Future Shapes clients, whom benefit from both their expertise and energy.

A sought after expert in the fitness arena, Deedee has been featured in both Boston Magazine and Newton Magazine. Bringing her years of experience and education in exercise science and personal fitness, Deedee has expanded her services and expertise to include strength and conditioning training for the young female athlete. This includes individualized, group and team trainings on and off-site, as well as online training opportunities.

Most of all, Deedee takes great pride in the long term relationships she has developed throughout the fitness industry; as well as with each one of her trainers and clients. She holds a variety of fitness certifications, including the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist, and as a Certified High School Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Deedee Antonelli, A.C.S.M

Brad has worked as an experienced personal trainer for the past 20 years, and has been a senior trainer with Future Shapes for the past 16 years. Working with a diverse clientele, Brad particularly enjoys creating golf specific and boxing workouts. Over the summer, Brad runs speed, agility and sport specific training classes for athletes ages 13 through 18.

From 2001 to 2003, Brad managed the Spine Center at Dedham Health and Athletic Complex and served as an exercise therapist with the New England Baptist Hospital Spine Center from 1993 to 2003 where he specialized in lower back and neck disorders. Prior to this, Brad served as an assistant golf professional at New England Country Club for four seasons. He holds a second-degree black belt and the rank of "Needan" in the martial arts practice of Uechi-Ryu.

Brad holds a B.S. in exercise physiology from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In his spare time, Brad coaches his three children’s soccer teams.

Brad Sullivan, Exercise Physiologist [Newton]

Emily strongly believes that exercise is an element to the whole healthy balance that we must manage throughout our journey of life. "Things change. What makes me sleep at night is that I bring positive energy and a wide skill set of exercises to work with a variety of clients." Emily is passionate about helping individuals towards healthy goals and maintaining exercise into part of their daily lifestyle.

Emily is experienced in assisting with with a variety of athletic injuries, on-going care, prevention, and rehabilitation. She is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and both CPR and AED certified. Emily holds a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida and continued her graduate studies in Recreational Management at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Emily dabbles in fun: getting outside, riding things with 2+ wheels, playing in the snow, exploring new places, taking in art, enjoying a good beer/ or tiki drink, building an off-the-grid cabin with shipping containers, working out, occasionally unplugging from our wired society, target shooting, getting in touch with my spiritual side, scratching cute pets behind the ears etc etc …"Isn’t this what life is about? Living it!"

Emily Savard, C.S.C. [Newton]

Jill has been a trainer and nutritionist with Future Shapes for the past 20 years. Prior to this, she worked for a decade as a trainer in private based studios and with a longstanding network of private clients of all age ranges. Jill loves working with clients in ways that combine nutrition and exercise to enhance their lifestyles.

An athlete all her life, Jill graduated from the University of Maine in 1990, where she competed on the tennis and swim teams. Jill holds the following certifications: A.C.E., C.P.R. and A.E.D. and a Nutritional Consultant through Newton Wellesley Hospital. Her nutritional work includes helping clients understand food labels, hidden ingredients, and vitamin supplements. Jill has also been certified to work with diabetics and special populations from the Dallas Cooper Institute for Fitness and Research.

In her spare time, Jill coaches a summer swim team and luxuriates in the never-ending energy of her daughter, age 11. Jill also enjoys skiing and playing tennis with her family.

Jill Blondek, A.C.E. [Newton]

Nick has been a Certified Personal Trainer for over 14 years, specializing in developing strength, size and improving cardiovascular and overall wellness to fit each individual’s needs. Nick has worked with all age ranges, delivering both individual and group trainings, to assist in achieving one's desired fitness goals.

Nicholas is a Certified Post Rehabilitation Specialist by the American Fitness Professionals Association (AFPA), Certified Senior Fitness Instructor by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Master Trainer in Healthy Eating for Successful Living, CrossFit (Level 1 Running and Endurance) and has attended NPTI (National Personal Training Institute) which is a 500 hour Personal Training Program. Nicholas also has his Adult/Child/Infant CPR. "Keep Your Muscles In Motion!"

Nick McDonough, N.P.T.I. [Newton, Pine Brook CC Weston, Discovery Park Cambridge]

Kevon is a graduate of Fitchburg State University's Exercise and Sports Science program, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach and a Licensed Muscular Therapist. Along with certifications in youth fitness and track and field, Kevon's training philosophy emphasizes movement in space, rather than within movement-restricted machines. He believes that a variety of movements and skills should be learned young, practiced throughout life and that training and exercise are absolutely necessary tools for controlling one's health and independence.

Kevon values strength as a basis for all levels of fitness, but greatly respects the relationship between tension and relaxation. His combined knowledge and of fitness and bodywork can be found through his private business, Synergy Strength Therapy. Kevon loves the feeling he gets after exercising and admits to a similarly euphoric feeling when digging into a large plate of nachos (Not ALL the time!).

He enjoys many kinds of music, a good laugh, and thinks cat videos are hilarious. "A functional human being is athletic by nature."

Kevon Plouffe, LMT, CSCS, YFS1,USATF L1
Flor was born in Mexico. Fitness and sports have always been a big part of her life. She enjoys nature and playing both basketball and softball. Her passions are boxing and scuba-diving. She loves bringing fitness and wellness to communities and believes that to succeed in any exercise program, adherence is key and to assure this, you have to enjoy what you are doing. As Flor will show you, boxing is addictive, demanding and FUN! Over the years, Flor has developed strong, lasting relationships. Along with the Newton area, Flor also trains clients in the Medfield and Framingham areas.
Flor Kausel, CPT, NASM and USA Boxing Certified [Newton]
Kevin is a Licensed Muscular Therapist specializing in clinical and orthopedic muscular therapy. He has been in practice for four years, working with patients and clients ranging from the weekend warrior to the Iron Man Athlete. With a strong focus on musculoskeletal anatomy, Kevin's goal is to help treat musculature and fascia that have become tense, adhered, tight and "knotted up" to assist in increasing mobility, decreasing pain and reducing the chance of injury.
Kevin Lin, Muscular Therapist [Newton]

Nina has been with Future Shapes for the past 17 years. With her love of training, working with people and her powerful motivational skills, she has developed a strong dedicated following. Her area's of expertise include: developing running programs for the recreational and competitive runner, circuit training and teaching functional training regimes compatible with individual lifestyles.

Nina's has a wide range of knowledge and experience in strength training, stress management and competitive marathon running, as well as certifications in athletic yoga, kick-boxing and Barre certified. This diversity of experience enables Nina to assist her clients in setting attainable goals and fitness success. Nina attended Northeastern University and holds the following certifications: A.C.E., First Aid and C.P.R. and AED.

Nina is a mother of three and a competitive marathon runner, having completed 18 Boston Marathons.

Nina Cammarata, A.F.F.A. [Newton]

Christine graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Performance, Christine danced professionally for several years with the Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, and Feld Ballets/NY. After she retired from professional dancing, Christine went on and received a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Christine's experiences as a dancer and as a physical therapist enables her to create a unique approach to personal training, one which combines traditional physical therapy techniques (joint mobilization, postural training, muscle re-education, point-trigger releases, and therapeutic exercise) with modern innovative methods (Pilates mat, physio-ball, yoga, and functional training).

Christine uses these techniques to treat overuse syndromes, spine disorders, sports injuries, performing arts-related injuries, and various upper and lower extremity orthopedic injuries. She loves working with people of all exercise levels and of all ages and is committed to helping each individual achieve their goals. In Boston, she has danced with Margot Parsons, Kathy Hassinger, Rainbow Tribe, and Triple Threat and also co-founded Element Dance Company. Christine also served on the board and was a dancer for the Boston based classical Chinese dance company Dance Revelasion.

Christine Lee, M.S.P.T., C.S.C.S [Wellesley]

Anthony ("Tony") heralds from New Zealand and specializes in sports specific training, core stability, functional training, and youth training. A rugby player and enthusiast since age 5; Tony is the Head Coach for Framingham State women’s rugby team and teaches the personal training course at American International College. He is an avid road cyclist, riding over 5,000 miles each year.

Tony holds an International Bachelors of Sports and Coaching, as well as the following certifications: AFAA, First Aid, C.P.R., and A.E.D. Tony is also the father of two.

Tony Dow, AFFA [Newton, Pine Brook CC Weston]

Karen M. Kaplan LMHC, NCC, ATR, RYT-500 is the owner of Healing Art of Yoga and Integrative Therapies, She is certified in Kinesthetic Myofascial Integration and yoga therapies. Karen teaches and works with people of all ages, including those who have physical injuries, joint pain, disabilities, Parkinson’s Disease, MS and Auto Immune Diseases. In class, Karen draws from numerous traditions of yoga, to help build core strength, to discover the power of the breath and to bring the body into its proper alignment.

She has found yoga to be profound in its ability to transform the body and the spirit. "The practice of yoga brings a deeper knowledge of the self and a recognition of how we deal with others and the world around us."

Karen Kaplan, Yoga Instructor [Discovery Park Cambridge]
Sharon is a certified group fitness instructor and has been teaching fitness classes since 2008. A Medford native she enjoys hiking with her dogs, traveling and gardening. Her energy and enthusiasm will (almost) make you forget that you are working out.
Sharon Gatley, Group Fitness Instructor [Discovery Park Cambridge]
Darren is an experienced personal trainer and nutrition specialist. He is currently doing Cardio Tennis as well as individual and personal training, often incorporating Yoga and its benefits to his clients overall health and fitness. Darren is a dedicated and passionate professional whose interests include: ice hockey, rollerblading, yoga, spin, weightlifting, cycling, hiking and kayaking.
Darren Schwartz, NSCA-CPT, Certified Nutrition Specialist [Pine Brook CC Weston]

I have always had a passion for fitness since a very early age. With dance being the core of my existence, after moving to the States 20 years ago, I was forced to find a different channel to express myself. Taking step aerobics classes and stepping into the weight area for the first time in my life, I just knew I had found myself all over again. It was one of these moments in one’s life that you know you are at the right place once you found it, you feel it and there are not questions about it. I know it sounds cheesy, but that how I found fitness in America!

This passion led me to become a certified step aerobics instructor as well as a certified personal trainer both through AFAA – American Fitness Association of America.

I am definitely a fitness enthusiast with passion for helping my clients overcome obstacles by not only being their trainer, but by being their coach/motivator throughout their fitness journey. I love to prove my clients wrong by showing them that any challenge they are faced with can be achieved, as long as they have a “CAN DO” attitude. They just need to allow themselves a chance to try to succeed.

Rose Starkman