College: Syracuse University
Credentials: CSCS, CPR/AED
Focus Areas: Football, Basketball, Baseball
After an outstanding high school and college football career at Reading Memorial High School and Syracuse University, Erik focused his career on improving athletic performance and health and wellness for people of all ages and abilities. Erik has personally trained over 60 local athletes whom he has helped receive Division 1 scholarships in football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and baseball. Recently Erik had a local athlete sign a professional contract in each of the 4 major professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL) including Chris Shaw who was drafted in the 1st Round of the MLB draft.
Erik was selected in the past as one of 7 strength coaches to travel with NIKE and SPARQ to perform various speed and agility camps across the country. Erik is viewed as one of the nation’s leading NIKE SPARQ trainers. He was recently asked to travel across the country and speak at Keiser Power Summits on their behalf due to the work he has done using their products.
Over the past 4 years Erik has started and grown both an NFL and NBA combine training program; giving New England athletes an alternative to programs down south and out west. Erik takes great pride and modeling his craft after his time with world respected speed coach Tom Shaw. During the past 4 years Erik has been behind 50 signed NFL contracts and 2nd Round NBA draft pick, Pat Connaughton, who recorded the 2ndhighest max touch ever recorded at the NBA combine. Erik is a certified by the NSCA as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
College: University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Credentials: CSCS, USAW-L1SP, CPR/AED
Focus Areas: Football, Hockey, Baseball, Athlete Rehab
Prior to joining Athletic Evolution, Scott led the Assumption College Football summer strength and conditioning program after completing three diverse internships. His internships included a private training facility, his Alma Mater, UMass, working with the basketball, hockey, lacrosse and football teams, and Sports and Physical Therapy Associates. A former captain of Hudson High School’s football and ice hockey teams, Scott graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Kinesiology. During his college years, Scott was a member of the UMass Amherst football team and earned the UMass special teams “Player of the Year” in 2010 while starting at fullback.
Scott’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from years of pushing himself to attain his own athletic goals. He is dedicated to helping young, driven athletes accomplish their own athletic goals. Scott has worked with every type of athlete from Youth to the Pros, as well as adults. He prides himself on being able to adapt each workout to the individual needs and goals of each client. Scott also assists Erik with the NFL and NBA combine programs each winter and spring after multiple seasons interning with him. Together they have helped over 50 athletes sign NFL contracts and 4 athletes get drafted. In the summer of 2012 Scott took over the Internship program and ran it for 7 years before handing it over to Kaitlyn Roux in 2018. During his time as Director of Education Scott welcomed over 250 interns to his program from across the United States and from nearly 20 countries across 5 continents.
Scott is also heavily involved with injury prevention and rehab. He takes pride in helping athletes come back from major injuries stronger and better than before their injury. Over the past 10 years Scott has helped over 80 athletes return to their sport following ACL surgery.
Scott is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and is a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.
College: Merrimack College
Credentials: MS, CSCS, USAW-L1, CPR/AED
Focus Areas: Olympic Lifting, Bodybuilding, Rowing, Hockey, Softball
Kaitlyn has been with Athletic Evolution since 2013 starting with 2 consecutive seasons as an intern, which quickly turned into a full time coaching position. After graduating from Merrimack College with her Bachelors Degree in Sports Medicine, Kaitlyn worked with various teams, ages, sports, and individuals looking for 1 on 1 training.
College: Worcester State College
Credentials: CFSC, CPR/AED
Focus Areas: Football, Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball
Before AE, Dana attended Worcester State University where he helped train the football and lacrosse Teams. In the Spring of 2015 he started his internship with AE and continued through the summer before being brought on full-time. He was a 3-year starter for Worcester’s football team before attending the 2015 NFL Regional Combine. He specializes in linear speed development, footwork, and athletic development in football and basketball. For the past 5 years Dana has also worked with AE’s successful NFL Combine Prep Program, and in 2021 he ran the entire program. Throughout the spring and summer he transfers his Combine skills to his high school athletes as he helps them prepare for their combines and camps. Athletes have traveled from New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida just to work with Dana on speed development. In the past 3 years no speed coach in New England has worked with more current and future D1 football players.
Dana is the Director of AE’s Football and Speed Academies and works with football players of all ages on linear speed development, position work, combine training, and strength training. Dana is a Certified Functional Strength Coach and is CPR/AED certified
College: Merrimack College
Credentials: M.S., B.S., CPR/AED
Focus Areas: Hockey, Baseball, Football
Dan Thiesing joined the AE coaching staff as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the summer of 2018. Dan was hired after first coming to AE as an intern in the fall of 2016, after the internship he was welcomed back for a fellowship in the Fall of 2017. Dan grew up in Sandwich, MA. While attending Sandwich High School Dan played baseball and basketball all four years. Dan attended Merrimack College and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2017. In 2017 Dan returned to Merrimack College for his Master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, earning his degree in 2018.
Dan is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Reading and North Reading High School Football teams. He is also the Strength Coach for the Islanders Hockey Program, training out of Merrimack College. Dan is also a Personal Trainer for Football, Hockey and Baseball athletes of all ages. He also assists Kaitlyn with the Internship Program. Dan is currently studying for the CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
College: UMass-Amherst (B.S.), Merrimack College (M.S.)
Credentials: M.S., B.S., CSCS, CPR/First Aid
Focus Areas: Football, Hockey, Soccer, Baseball
Josh joined the AE coaching staff as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in early 2021 for his second stint with the company. Josh first worked at AE in our fellowship program in the Fall of 2017 while completing his Graduate program at Merrimack College. He followed that up by spending the spring and summer of 2018 working for AE as a Strength Coach. Originally from Florida, he grew up with a passion for playing football and baseball. Josh spent his first 8-years out of high school in the U.S. Air Force. He used his G.I. Bill to begin his studies in Kinesiology, originally at Florida Atlantic University. After transferring to the University of Massachusetts, he was introduced to the world of Strength and Conditioning with the UMASS football team. At UMass Josh worked for Coach Joe Conn0lly, the current Arizona State Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Josh soon realized he could use his competitive drive combined with a passion for strength training to get back into the world of athletics. Josh completed his Bachelors at UMASS in 2017, went on to Merrimack College completing his Masters in Exercise and Sports Science in 2018. He has since become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Josh is currently the Director of Strength and Conditioning for AE’s offsite locations, mainly coaching football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and cross country. Josh is currently working on his certification for USA Weightlifting Level 1.
College: UMass-Lowell (BS, DPT)
Credentials: BS, DPT
Focus Areas: Sport PT, Return to Sport, Shoulder Rehab, Post-Op
Lauren Bennett is a board-certified Physical Therapist and recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Lauren joined AEPT in the summer of 2020 and has been a part of the AE family for 7 years prior (as an athlete, intern, strength coach, and PT student). She values an environment based on patient connection, open communication, and patient autonomy. She emphasizes patient education in order to empower patients to better themselves and give them the tools to manage and prevent future injuries.
Lauren earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition at UMass Lowell in 2017. During this time, she competed in Women’s Volleyball at the Division 1 level. Lauren has accrued 7 years of experience in weightlifting, conditioning, and health and wellness habits which she enjoys bringing into the PT clinic. She has gained experience in the outpatient as well as inpatient physical therapy settings and was trained under Julianne Hubbard – a renowned therapist for ACL reconstruction rehabilitation and tear prevention. Her special interests lie in sports PT, return to sport, and shoulder rehab.
Outside of work, Lauren enjoys being outdoors with her new Labrador puppy, reading, writing, hiking, and playing volleyball. She has continued to play volleyball post-college, travelling nationally and competing in local tournaments and leagues.
College: University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Credentials: PT, MSPT
Focus Areas: Orthopedic injuries through manual therapy, functional exercise, and patient education
Shannon Walton PT graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1995 with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. Shannon brings over 20 years of experience treating orthopedic injuries through manual therapy, functional exercise, and patient education, including 12 years as owner of his own practice in Woburn.
Shannon completed a year long manual therapy residency program at the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy with Martin Langaas. Shannon is also McKenzie and Graston certified. He also completed the lumbar and cervical MedX certification at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Shannon’s experience allows him to treat a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, working with children to the geriatric population, serious athletes to the weekend warrior. He has coached youth sports in soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Outside of work Shannon enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding.
College: Bay State College (AS) Physical Therapy Assistant, Salem State College (BS) Athletic Training
Focus Areas: Physical Therapy, Rehab, Prehab, Orthopedics, Massage Therapy
Maureen joined Athletic Evolution Physical Therapy at the end of April 2019 with over 12 years of physical therapy experience. She completed her Associates of Science (AS) in Physical Therapy at Baystate College in Boston in 2006. She then decided to attend Salem State College for another 3 years where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Athletic Training in 2010.Maureen grew up a dancer, and loved ballet, tap and lyrical dance. Her love for dance sparked her interest in the human body and ultimately led her into the Physical Therapy field. Her clinical interest includes Orthopedics, evidence based treatment approaches, and hands on manual therapy.When not in the clinic, Maureen enjoys chasing after her two young children, spending time with her family and friends, working out and baking.
College: University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Credentials: B.S. in Sports Management
Cassie recently joined the Athletic Evolution Team as Office Manager. She has worked for three years in the physical therapy and personal training environment managing multiple support functions like: patient care coordinator, liaison with insurance companies, billing, scheduling, benefits verification and training support activities.
She earned her B.S. in Sports Management from the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS-Amherst. A trained soccer goal keeper, Cassie participated on a select soccer team for several years before college. Cassie later went on to join the UMASS Women’s Rugby Team, at the fullback position, for her junior and senior year. She has experience working for UMASS’ WMUA Sports Radio and the Sports Media Relations Department. She interned for ESPN Boston, The Bay State Games and The Kraft Group at Gillette Stadium. Cassie seeks to grown within the field with a pursuit of personal training.
In her time off, Cassie enjoys staying active, spending time with her friends and family, as well as her family’s rescue pets.