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 16 (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.



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.



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.