Our Team

When you hire the Strand Fitness team, you will have a creative and valuable resource at your side. We are professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. (And dare we say – we are fun and friendly too!)


Pam Strand

Owner/Personal Trainer

Over the past 10 (plus) years, Pam has trained and coached hundreds of people to be strong and fit and to live healthy and energetic lives.  She graduated top in her class at the National Personal Training Institute (Lisle, IL) where she received her personal training and nutrition counseling diplomas. And she has earned a nutrition coaching certification through Precision Nutrition. Pam is also a certified life coach with the warmth and intelligence that helps others succeed in whatever goal they set – particularly in getting their bodies and their minds strong and in shape.

Pam’s approach to fitness and in advising her clients is a culmination of her professional and personal experiences and interests. She has an insatiable curiosity of how the body and mind move and work together. Like many of her clients, she has the desire to stay active well into her later years. Having spent 25 years in corporate life, she understands the toll of a demanding career and helps clients navigate the challenge of balancing life and work. And she can personally relate to the desire of losing weight and getting in shape. She has her own journey of significant weight loss and of regaining her fitness and energy (read more about it here!).

With Pam at your side, you will learn a great deal about your body, yourself, and your life!

Personal Training Team


Monica Dzarnowski

Personal Trainer

Monica DFitness has always been a part of Monica’s life. Her goal is to help people make it apart of their everyday life too. Monica believes you can be in the best shape of your life at any age. The key is training smarter. She has been an athlete, coach and trainer, which brings a unique perspective to her training. She is a graduate from the National Personal Training Institute (Lisle, IL) where she received her certification as a Personal Trainer as well as a Nutrition Counselor. Her goal is to help people say, “Yes, I can.”

“Remember, if you had started anything weeks ago, by today you would be weeks better!

Kecia Murphy

Personal Trainer

Kecia Fitness headshotFitness has always been a top priority for Kecia (pronounced “Keesa”). Coming from a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes (to name a few!), Kecia chose to focus on her health and in the process learned that family history, while relevant, can be outweighed with proper diet and exercise.

Throughout the past 3 decades, Kecia has participated in many workout trends and decided to take it a step further by attending the National Personal Training Institute. She received her diploma in Personal Training and Nutrition so that she can effectively help navigate other individuals on their fitness journeys. Kecia’s philosophy is very simple: “Genetics do not define who you are and fitness is not one size fits all. We all have different starting points, different interests and I look forward to personalizing my training programs to each client’s ability and interests.” Whether her client’s goal is to improve range of motion or sweat to high intensity-training workouts, Kecia is excited to help her clients feel better and achieve their fitness goals.

While health and fitness are important to Kecia, she is also about enjoying life and food. She is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and has a soft spot for anything chocolate! “Enjoying good health does not mean eating celery and killing yourself at the gym every day. It’s about maintaining a good life balance.”

A native of Boston, Kecia moved to Glen Ellyn in 2005 with her husband and three children. Prior to being a full time mom and personal trainer, Kecia worked in the financial software industry.

Bob Peterson

Personal Trainer


Bob caught the “fitness bug” later in life, but his journey is going smoothly and getting better all the time.  He encourages his clients to do the same – make small changes over time and achieve tremendous results!  He has a strong passion for fitness and for helping others attain their goals. Bob is a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute in Lisle IL and is studying to complete his NASM certification.  Bob is married with two adopted children and served 13 years in the military as an Army Medic.

Greg Putra

Personal Trainer


Fitness has been a big part of Greg’s life. From baseball and football to running and weight training, he has always been involved in some facet of fitness. His motto is, “Keep it simple.” He helps his clients focus on taking the small steps necessary to meet their goals. He understands that everyone has a different approach and goal in mind to what it means to be physically fit. His experience in mindfulness and as a corporate manager gives him a unique perspective on how to focus his client’s efforts to meet their goals.

Greg received his Personal Training Certificate from W.I.T.S (World Instructors Training Schools). When Greg is not in the studio he spends his time with his wife and two kids. Or spends his time relaxing by running, fishing, or cycling. 

Sandra Stoughton

Personal Trainer

SandraProfileFor Sandra, successful fitness is no longer about the number of pounds and inches lost. Instead, she has embraced fitness as a life-long journey and focuses on the strength and empowerment that fitness brings into her life. Her goal is to inspire people to approach fitness fearlessly, to try activities that are outside of their comfort zone, and to root their fitness journey in unconditional self-love and acceptance. Sandra received her personal training certification through PTA Global and has a passion for making fitness joyful and accessible to all people, regardless of size, age or ability.


Vu Le

Personal Trainer 

Vu’s most important goal as a personal trainer is to encourage and teach his clients how to make a commitment to themselves and to their health and fitness.  His workouts challenge his clients yet build their confidence in exercise and their ability to change their lives for the better. Vu received his personal training certification from the Sports Science Program at the Blue Heron Academy, MI.  He is committed to sharing his knowledge and expertise to help his clients be strong, fit, and healthy. 


Carrie Miller

Personal Trainer

Carrie is a certified personal trainer through (W.I.T.S.) and had been training the last 4 years. She herself made changes early in life realizing the importance of preventative and sustainable health. Carrie loves to work with people new to fitness and thrives off seeing others find joy in their transformations. She has worked with a wide range of ages spanning from 12 to 91 years old and her old soul gels well with all generations. 

Carrie likes to help her clients who are open to change see the value of themselves. Through great conversations she helps people see a different mindset which leads to a happier healthier new self. The package of health being mind and body.

Yoga Team

Cathy Hall

Yoga Teacher, 500-CYT

Cathy teaches yoga with an emphasis on alignment. She has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has been teaching since 2015. Cathy studied with Lori Gaspar, Linda Troutman and Marinda Stopworth at Prairie Yoga where she received her 200 Hour and 500 Hour teacher training certificates. Cathy has taken various workshops with national yoga teachers such as Tias Little, Baxter Bell, Jules Mitchell,Julie Gudmestad, and Rachel Krentzman. She has taught yoga workshops targeting the back and immune systems.  Cathy recently added weight training to her fitness program and feels her weight training improves her yoga and golf!

Rachel Rusin

Yoga Teacher, 200-RYT

Rachel has been teaching hatha and slow flow yoga for 3 years and has been a serious student of yoga for over 15 years.  The hallmarks of her teaching are breath-centered and alignment- based.  Rachel finds inspiration in literature and psychology and draws on her past experience as a high school English teacher to bring poetry, metaphor, and creativity to her classes.  

Rachel has earned her 200 hour certification from Essencia yoga here in Wheaton and has studied with many renowned teachers including Aadil Pakhilvala, Carrie Owerko, Tias Little, Rod Stryker, Judith Lassiter, and Jason Crandall.  Her love of learning is reflected in the passion and ingenuity she brings to her classes and to her studies as a lifelong learner.  She is currently completing her advanced teacher training (500 hour) at Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL.