Meet Our Trainers

Deedee Antonelli, A.C.S.M., FMS Level 1, FMS Level 2, Certified Functional Aging Specialist

As founder and president of Future Shapes for over 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 Specialist.

Brad Sullivan, Exercise Physiologist


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 17 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.

Susan Laughlin, MPT


Susan is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and has over 25 years of clinical experience. She specializes in manual therapy to complement her orthopedic clinical skills in the areas of:

  • sports medicine
  • post-surgical rehabilitation
  • extremity and spine mobilization
  • myofascial release
  • muscle energy
  • spinal stabilization
  • balance
  • low back pain
  • sacroilliac dysfunction
  • posture
  • adolescent sports strength, conditioning, and injury prevention
  • pediatrics
  • stretching program
  • home exercise programs

Nick McDonough, N.P.T.I.

Newton, Pine Brook CC Weston, Discovery Park Cambridge

Nicholas is a Certified Personal Trainer who has been involved in the fitness industry for over 16 years. He teaches strength training and conditioning to individuals who are looking to develop strength, size, improved cardiovascular, fat loss and all around health by performing certain exercises to fit each individual’s needs. He has worked with all adult age groups, assisting them in achieving their desired fitness goals.

Nicholas performs one-on-one personal training as well as group strength training. He 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 and AED – American Health Care Academy & First Aide. “Keep Your Muscles In Motion!” – Nick

Darren Schwartz, NSCA-CPT, Certified Nutrition Specialist

Pine Brook CC Weston

Darren is an experienced personal trainer and nutrition specialist. He specializes in Cardio Tennis as well as individual and personal training, often incorporating Yoga and its benefits into 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.