Meet Our Staff




Name: Dallas Stoddard
Position:  Front Desk Staff
Hometown: Whitesboro, NY

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Athletic Club?
A: A little over a year.

Q: What do you like about your job?
A: I like meeting new people and interacting with the ones that share the same interests as me. I also love the people I work with.

Q: What do you love about Paragon?
A: I love the fact that is it so clean, and smaller than other facilities. I also love the wide selection of classes.

Q: What would you tell a potential member about the club?
A: The atmosphere is very calming, although it’s a great place to get “busy.”  No matter what your fitness level is, the club has something to offer everyone!
 


Name: Mike Pfisterer
Position: U.S.P.T.A Certified Pro 1
Hometown: New Hartford, NY

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Athletic Club?
A: Since Paragon opened, I’ve worked here since about 14 years ago.

Q: What do you do in your profession?
A: I am the Director of Tennis and my duties include giving group and private lessons, adult and junior programming, coordinator of social events, tournament chairman and referee, and I run the pro shop sales and service. I also oversee the tennis staff to ensure our members are happy and playing the best tennis they can!

Q: What do you love about Paragon?
A: The staff at paragon is electric! Everyone is committed to their profession. There is no place I’d rather be!

Q: What would you tell a potential member about the club?
A: Come in and look around. Talk to people who are already members.  They’ll tell you, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”
 
 

Name: Brian Homka
Hometown: Whitesboro, NY
Position: Personal Trainer/Front Desk Staff
PT Certification: ASFA

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Athletic Club?
A:  I’ve been at the club for about 1 year.

Q: What do you like about your job?
A:  I love folding towels. :)
 
Q: What do you love about Paragon?
A: The staff that I have the privilege of working with!

Q: What would you like us to know about you?
A: I started bodybuilding as a teenager, and won my class at the Teenage USA, as well as second in my class at the Teenage National Power Lifting Championships.  I won my first men’s open contest at age 19. I moved to TX and then CA during which time, my accomplishments include winning the Mr. Texas, Mr. Western USA, the Los Angeles Amateur Grand Prix, finishing 5th in the heavyweight class of the USA Championships, and a 2nd place finish in my class at the Mr. America. Also, I was once voted: “Hardest Trainer of the Year,” by MuscleMag international.
 


Name: Tony Madia
Hometown: New Hartford, NY
Position: Personal Trainer
Certifications: ACE personal trainer since ’93/ ACE ADVANCED Health and Fitness Specialist since 2000

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Athletic Club?
A: I’ve worked here for 9 years; however, I have 20 years of total fitness experience.

Q: What do you specialize in?
A: I specialize in personal training with an emphasis on functional and corrective exercise.

Q: What do you love about Paragon?
A: This fitness club has family like qualities with a warm welcoming atmosphere.

Q: What would you tell a potential member about the club?
A: The club is intimate enough to meet individual needs, yet very social enough for those who enjoy that element.
 


Name: Kim Johnson
Hometown:  Whitesboro, NY
Position: Personal Trainer
Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Certifications: Piloxing, Spinning, Zumba, Zumbatomic, Insanity, Ballerobica, TRX
Classes I currently teach at Paragon: Piloxing, Spinning, Ballerobica, TRX, Insanity - Strength Circuit
Years of Experience: 6 years Group Fitness; 5 yrs Personal Training

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Athletic Club?
A: I’ve been here for 5 years.

Q: What do you like about your job?
A: I like being a part of individuals setting fitness goals and helping them achieve those goals!
 
Q: What do you love about Paragon?
A: The atmosphere of Paragon is like no other in our area! The professionalism of the staff inspires our club members to push forward towards their fitness and wellness goals on a daily basis.

Q: What would you like to tell a potential new member about the club?
A: It is a club full of dedicated fitness and wellness people, where you feel comfortable as soon as you walk in the door.  Here there are classes that accommodate all fitness levels, and there is always professional staff to help you in any way they can!
 


Name: Jessica Sprague
Hometown: Clinton, NY
Position: Front desk staff/college student
 
Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Athletic Club?
A: I’ve worked at Paragon for 3 ˝ years.

Q: What do you like about your job?
A:  I really like the atmosphere.  Walking through the doors here does not feel like you are going to work!

Q: What do you love about Paragon?
A: I love my co- workers and the members.  All types of people show up and it makes the time pass quickly. Every shift is full of laughs.

Q: What would you tell a potential member about the club?
A: Paragon is by far the nicest club around, even when people visit from out of town from big cities. They are always impressed by how nice, clean and beautiful our club is.  Stop in, I’ll give you a tour!
 
 

Name: Kelly Sprague
Hometown: Clinton, NY
Position: General Manager 
Certifications: AFAA PT certified; Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage: Certified L1 & L2. 
Class Specialty Certifications: Spinning, TRX, Insanity, Yoga (currently working toward 500RYT)

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Athletic Club?
A:  I’ve been at Paragon for almost 10 years now.

Q: What classes do you currently teach? 
A: I teach Spinning, Boot-Camp and Yoga classes every week. I also do some one on one personal training and Thai yoga sessions.

Q: What do you like about your job?
A: I get the privilege of coming to a happy, warm spirited environment everyday.  The work hours literally fly by!

Q: What do you love about Paragon?
A:  The atmosphere is wonderful. Paragon is a beautiful health club. Spending time at Paragon is easy, comfortable and inviting. The staff and members suit the beautiful surroundings. The friendliness is contagious and the genuine desire to help others both in the aspect of health and wellness, as well as community charitable driven events, are at the top of my list..
 
Q: What would you tell a potential member about the club?
A: If you are hesitant to walk through the doors of a health club, don’t be! This is the perfect environment to support your healthy lifestyle. We have great massage therapists, nutrition guidance, and a huge selection of group exercise classes. We offer the area’s finest indoor tennis courts, a gorgeous fitness room, and brand new cardio equipment. There truly is something for everyone!  Stop in and check us out.

Q: What would you like us to know about you?
A: I feel blessed to have the opportunity to teach classes and spend my days helping others. I am inspired by the effort and spirit of those around me.  Watching people push their limits and show up when they don’t feel like it is something I love to see and be a part of. Yoga is my passionate hobby. I love every aspect of it and never get tired of learning and sharing what I learn with others. I have two great kids and strive to embody a healthy lifestyle example for them to model.
 


Name: Seth Heacock
Hometown: Albany, NY
Position: Tennis Professional/Seasonal Contract Coordinator
Years of professional tennis experience: I have had more than 40 years of experience, as well as all aspects of business management.

Q: What do you like about your job?
A: I enjoy the environment. I also love teaching lessons to people of all ages ranging from 5 years old to 81 as of late.

Q: What would you like people to know about you and Paragon? 
A: I love all things tennis.  I research the sport on a daily basis and love sharing what I learn. We have a state of the art tennis facility which is second to none. Check us out!
 


Name: Alix Pfisterer
Hometown: New Hartford, NY
Position: Front Desk Staff/College Student

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon?
A: Over the last 3 ˝ years I’ve worked at Paragon.

Q: What do you like about your job?
A: I love the atmosphere.

Q: What would you tell a potential member?
A: The facility is clean, open, great views, and great people. I love the spinning classes and new cardio equipment. I grew up with tennis since my father runs the tennis program.  It’s great to come to work in a family environment while pursuing my dream to move forward in a career in graphic art.
   


Name: Erica Hawkins
Hometown: Westmoreland, NY
Position: Part-time front desk staff; Full time junior high ELA teacher at Westmoreland Central School

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Athletic Club?
A: I have had the pleasure of working here for 2 1/2 years.

Q: What would you tell a potential member about the club?
A: Paragon Athletic Club is unlike any other fitness facility around here. Besides the various amenities we offer, we go above and beyond to make our clients’ work out experience the best. Members are always given a locker and towel when they arrive. The locker rooms and the fitness room are professionally cleaned nightly. The clientele and staff of professionals create a welcoming atmosphere here as well!

Q: What would you like us to know about you?
A: Since I joined Paragon as a member, I love the people who come here as well as the workers. That influenced me to attain a part-time job at the desk so I could continue those relationships in an atmosphere that is influential towards my good health and overall wellbeing.

Q: What do you like about your job?
A: Overall, I mostly like the networking I have done here among the various types of professionals who are members of the club. Since I started working at Paragon, I have had the pleasure of befriending and creating a professional relationship with people who are now my doctors, financial advisor, colleagues, physical trainer, mentors of education, and even some of my students have joined!



Name: Mallory Roselli
Hometown: Clinton NY
Position: Personal Trainer/Front Desk Staff
 
Q: What do you like about your job?
A: I love the health/wellness industry! Seeing people meet their goals and learn what they are capable of truly inspires me.

Q: What do you love about Paragon?
A: There is something here for EVERYONE, in an environment that makes you feel welcome and comfortable. 

Q: What would you tell a potential member? 
A: The staff here is all extremely knowledgeable and committed to the members. Whether it's your first time in a gym or you need something new, take advantage of the classes and personal training available. Check out the schedule online and come try my TRX class for an awesome total body workout for any fitness level! 



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