Kris is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, and is listed on the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals. She is a member of the Medical Fitness Network. Kris has dedicated over 20 years to the health and fitness of others.
Kris received her Bachelor's degree in Social Science and is currently working on a Master’s in Counseling. She obtained her personal training certification in 2001. That same year, she started working for the Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA as a personal trainer before becoming the fitness director at the Helen G. Nassif YMCA. Kris was also employed with Mercy Fitness Center before starting her own mobile personal training and wellness business in 2010.
Kris has worked with all ages from children to frail elderly, as well as individuals with disabilities. Her specialty is medical fitness and working with older adults. With a background in healthcare and physical rehabilitation, Kris has experience working with clients who have orthopedic injuries, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, bariatric surgery, mental disorders, and stroke. Her primary focus is Functional Fitness and Falls Prevention. Kris is experienced and trusted to collaborate with healthcare providers from physicians to physical therapists to provide continuation of care.
Kris is an experienced, professional speaker, writer, blogger, and is active on social media with the ReNu Your Life Facebook page. She has written for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and appeared in television news interviews. Kris is also an Aware In Care Ambassador with the Parkinson's Foundation, and volunteers with the Parkinson's Foundation Heartland Chapter's Mission & Outreach Committee.
She is also an ambassador with the Make It Ok community campaign. Make It Ok aims to reduce stigma by starting conversations and increasing understanding about mental illness.
As the daughter of a person with Parkinson’s, one of her primary interests is researching and learning about neuroplasticity and the role exercise plays in brain health. Kris is currently working on a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling.