Exercise Specialists

Stephen Proniewych, EP-C

Stephen Proniewych is a certified exercise physiologist (EP-C) through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He strives to push people within their limits and beyond through functional exercise; including strength training, plyometrics, agility, interval training, posture correction, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

He participated in the National College of Lacrosse League (NCLL) and led them to a national championship in 2010. At Salisbury University, he earned his BS in exercise science while also volunteering hours at a physical therapy clinic and personal training facility. He has been working in the physical therapy and personal training field since 2010, specializing in sports injuries and strength and conditioning, ranging from top level athletes to everyday people.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Salisbury University)
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM member
Abby Rivas, EP-C

Abby is a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) with expertise in calisthenics, running, and weightlifting, which she practices in her own personal training. With her clients, she incorporates principles of strength and conditioning, functional training for preventive injury, mobility training, interval and circuit training. She has volunteered in several physical therapy clinics and worked closely with experienced rehab professionals since 2012, and has been a personal trainer since 2015. Abby strives to teach clients how to maintain peak physical health in an enjoyable and sustainable way.

Abby has competed in several powerlifting competitions hosted by USA Powerlifting as well as one with the Women’s Strength Coalition to support the Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBTQ Youth. Her passion for a healthy and active lifestyle was instilled at a young age by her father, a phys ed teacher, and it led her to eventually graduate with a BS in exercise science from Brooklyn College. A native New Yorker, Abby enjoys photography, travel, and drawing during her free time.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Brooklyn College)
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • ACSM member
Rachel Chirichella, Exercise Specialist

Rachel Chirichella is a recent graduate from Syracuse University with a BS in Health and Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. In her four years at Syracuse she worked as a personal trainer, swim coach and physical therapy aide. She has worked with a variety of clientele, with some looking to lose weight to post operation clients looking to build back muscle. She has a passion for making patients and clients feel good in their own body and is in the process of applying to physical therapy school in hopes of becoming a DPT.

She swam on the Syracuse Club swim team for four years and was captain for two of those years. As captain she wrote aerobic and anaerobic swim practices and dryland practices to build strength, power and flexibility outside of the water. In 2017 and 2018 she qualified and competed in College Club Swimming nationals at Georgia Tech, representing Syracuse in the 100 and 50 backstroke and 200 free relay. A commuter from the great state of New Jersey, Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her dog Jes.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Syracuse University)