Welcome to Grit City Wellness, a premier Fitness and Recovery club. We believe self-care should be fun, fast, and effective. Join a movement of in-the-know athletes and early adopters who are using ancient techniques and modern technology to train harder, recover faster, kick chronic pain, maintain their edge, and renew peace of mind.
Owner and Founder
After 20 years in corporate roles, I started to experience burnout, pain, and chronic fatigue. Years of travel and compounding stress had taken their toll and I couldn’t keep up with the ailments I was experiencing. There were simply not enough hours in the day.
It was while racing between appointments that the idea for Grit City Wellness was born. I dreamt of a singular environment that could provide the variety of services I required in half of the time.
Inspired by the beauty of commencement bay and all the area has to offer, I began designing a first-rate wellness club that would allow me to self-direct my care based on the needs of my body, mind, and schedule. Grit City Wellness would be the ideal place to support busy professionals or those simply overwhelmed by life.
I’m grateful to share the experiences that led me here and consider it a privilege to serve my community in this way. I’m most proud of our dedicated and dynamic team that makes “never giving up on yourself” obtainable and central to our mission. Each day we are gifted a new opportunity to support one another, build upon our passions, and reach relentlessly for our goals.
Fitness Director, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Theresa is a Cali transplant, after moving up and down the West Coast, her little family decided to call the PNW home. She’s had a love for exercise and fitness, playing sports and challenging her body at a young age, so it was only fitting to follow her passion. After graduation from Cal State Monterey Bay with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, she began sharing her knowledge and love for strength training with the Tacoma Community. When she’s not in the gym, you might find her skating around with her daughter, chilling in a hammock, or perfecting her BBQ’n skills. Come gain some strength with her!
B.S Kinesiology: Exercise Science
Certificates: ACSM CPT (American College of Sports Medicine: Certified Personal Trainer)
PPSC (Pain-Free Performance Specialist)
Wellness Club Director
Hannah is a yoga teacher, adventurer, a believer in holistic health and lover of food!
Cultivating health and wellness has always been at the forefront of her professional and personal endeavors. After studying medical anthropology and public health, she spent most of her career working in programs serving marginalized communities. It wasn't until she started her yoga journey over ten years ago that she found her true passion in holding space for others to heal, explore and connect. She believes that everyone deserves to feel empowered in their health whether that's in the studio or out in their community.
Outside of Grit, Hannah enjoys hiking around the PNW, traveling, cooking with friends and snuggling with her pup. Come stop in and say hi!
Kalli is a Tacoma native with a strong passion for fitness, nature, and helping others achieve optimal health and happiness. Growing up as an athlete, fitness has always been a huge part of her life, but within the last few years she has started diving into the mental and spiritual aspects of health as well. She has seen the profound impact that yoga and meditation have had in her life and is passionate about helping others discover the benefits of these as well. Kalli is a certified personal trainer through NASM and has a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. She is also currently working towards a health coaching certification with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
During her free time, you can usually find Kalli off on an outdoor adventure or pushing her body’s capabilities in some way. Yoga, running, lifting, reading and painting are a few of her favorite hobbies.
Marketing & Events Director
Mel has lived in Washington since 2019 after seven years spent building her marketing and design career in San Diego serving in non-profit, leadership and wellness sectors after completing her undergraduate studies on the east coast. She currently lives just outside Tacoma with her partner and their two-year-old Doberman Chief and cat, Lena.
Mel has a passion for healing and transformation and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at Antioch University Seattle and licensure as a Couples & Family Therapist. She hopes to work with folks with identity transformation, re-building community after leaving religious communities and living in congruence to values.
Group Fitness Instructor
Carol has lived near Ruston Way and in the Proctor district since 1978. Her love for fitness began in 1989 when she started teaching high-impact aerobics at the YMCA. During her career, she has taught muscle toning, spin, senior fitness, and TRX. Currently, she teaches muscle toning, body sculpting, isometric Pilates, and is also a personal trainer.
Carol has been an instructor of fitness and muscle toning at Tacoma Community college for over 20 years. Her passion is to help others achieve their fitness goals and fall in love with exercise. Carol loves photography and travel! Some of her favorite trips have been to Machu Picchu in Peru, Iguazu Falls in Argentina, and Istanbul. Loves chocolate and coffee. “I am most excited to work alongside the team at Grit City Wellness.
Courtney Letcher is a seasoned and highly skilled therapist who discovered therapeutic bodywork after a severe car accident when she was 17. Realizing this treatment helped her more than any other she was inspired to become an LMT in 2007 and has been supporting others with her variety of specialized techniques ever since. Whether you suffer from back pain, a recent injury or you are an athlete looking to enhance performance Courtney can customize a treatment session to your specific needs.
Her specialties include Ashiatsu, Deep Tissue Repair, Cupping, and Reflexology. Something that sets Courtney apart is her specialization in Ashiatsu which uses the barefoot massage technique delivering a broad consistent pressure utilizing her feet and body weight.
Among her accomplishments, Courtney has had the opportunity to train under Ruthie Hardie, the founder of Ashiatsu, work with a Rugby team in New Zealand and treat a local well-known (and loved) Women's Professional Soccer team. She has also worked extensively with Chiropractors and Physical Therapists to help patients with auto and sport-related injuries. Courtney says, "The greatest reward comes from the success stories of the patients I've had the good fortune to support. Helping people is my passion".
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jerad is originally from Southern California but has been adopted by the PNW ever since his family moved to Tacoma in '04. While his affinity with health and wellness only began 6 years ago, it has grown into a passion for helping others live life more buoyantly. When he's not in the gym, you can often find him behind a drum set, reading a book, or watching sports.
Jerad is competent in several modalities for achieving muscular strength, muscular endurance, powerlifting, corrective exercise, and mobility. He is most familiar with corrective exercise, bodybuilding, and powerlifting style training. Jerad has an Associate's Degree in Kinesiology from Pierce College. He is currently attending Pacific Lutheran University and is on the brink of attaining his B.A. in Kinesiology. He holds a National Academy of Sports Medicine certificate as a Certified Personal Trainer. Let Jerad be your companion on your health and wellness journey today!
Holistic Health Coach, Reiki Practitioner
Jered’s journey began when he started to shift his perspective. In becoming more aware of how the influences in his life were impacting him, his sensitivities to his own inner workers were becoming clearer. When the invisible world full of emotional and energetic properties started to come into focus, that was when things started to make more sense to him. Radical honesty and vulnerability created an opening and pathway for him to be open enough to create room for himself, and witness the ways in which the pain and trauma in his life had really been affecting him — mind, body, and spirit. It is his desire to share his story and perspective with others and aid them on their own embodiment journey. When Jered isn’t at Grit City, you can typically find him preparing delicious meals or outdoors reconnecting with nature.
NCCPT Personal Trainer
Precision Nutrition Coach
Certified Pain Management Specialist
Animal Flow Coach
Nutritional Therapist & Reiki Practitioner
Elizabeth Ashbrook is a Certified Nutritional Therapist passionate about nutrition, health, and happiness. Inspired along her healing journey in managing her autoimmune conditions, Elizabeth found herself wanting to make a difference in the lives of those ready and willing to take charge of their health.
She earned her Reiki Master certification in 2009, soon after her autoimmune conditions began, and completed her Nutritional Therapy certification in 2017. She comes to us with 14 years of Reiki experience; clearing and realigning chakras for overall health and wellness. Basic Chakra Cleansing and Deep Cleansing sessions are available. With a growth mindset, she is dedicated to continuing education that complements her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.
She is here to help clients improve their nutrition by utilizing personalized health quizzes and lifestyle counseling.
For fun, she enjoys cooking, baking, playing disc golf, hiking, and playing music in her spare time. Please get in touch to learn more about nutritional services and Reiki energy healing sessions today!
Group Fitness Instructor
Karen is passionate about how embodied anatomy, mindfulness, creativity and movement practices can transform pain and trauma into wisdom, love, and resiliency. She has trained for 300 hours with the Embodied Flow School of Yoga and for over 350 hours within the Body-Mind Centering Somatic Movement Educator Program. Karen is a songwriter and performer with an upcoming solo album, Of the Embers, and with her band, Her Treehouse.
PRIVATE SESSION INFORMATION:
Karen (she/her) offers private movement sessions that weave together practices of Yoga, Somatic Movement, Pranayama, and anatomy education. She is passionate about working with clients who want to build sustainable movement practices and deepen their relationship with themselves. Karen has a special capacity to work with people who live with injuries or chronic pain.
Group Fitness Instructor
Karina‘s yoga journey began as a way to create a healthy relationship with exercise after retiring as a collegiate athlete with a lot of body image issues. She learned that yoga was not only a great workout but it allowed for body acceptance. Yoga created a safe space for her on the mat and was an outlet to enjoy daily movement.
After finishing her time as a college athlete she continued her education and received a Masters's in Sports and Performance Psychology. This degree leads her into a new career. She was able to help athletes enjoy sports and develop performance while working as a Mental Performance Consultant.
Karina moved across the country from her home state, Florida to the beautiful state of Washington to work as an Army contractor, serving service members in resiliency training and performance work in Tacoma. She now hosts hiking and yoga retreats all over North America using nature as a way to mirror our reality, embracing the lessons it teaches us when we are willing to learn. Karina sees hiking and yoga as the perfect combo to stimulate the mind-body connection and has enjoyed engaging both the physical and mental aspects of people becoming their best selves. Her desire is to help motivated individuals channel their energy into the most enjoyable aspects of their lives.
Kate has called Washington home all her life. Connecting to nature has been a consistent practice for her whether it’s snowboarding in the mountains, boating in the San Juan Islands, hiking the areas surrounding the Gorge, or just sitting by a river rockhounding, growing up in the beautiful PNW is interwoven into the fabric of Kate’s soul.
Kate has been learning and working with different forms of healing modalities since her teen years and became interested in yoga and meditation. This led to her taking a 200-hour training to be able to teach yoga herself. She has also taught paddle board yoga and is currently working on her prenatal yoga teacher training to develop her understanding and expand her offerings.
Kate enjoys creating space where people feel seen/ heard to be their authentic selves while exploring their own journey with healing. Lover of animals, plants, and art Kate is passionate about all things mushrooms. She loves live music and volunteers doing harm reduction services at events. One of her favorite things to do is road trips with her partner and dogs to explore new places and of course, give her dogs the best life possible!
Out there, where the demands on your time are endless. The stress on your body is relentless and your mind needs a reprieve, you can feel isolated and on the brink of defeat. But within these walls, you are powerful, you are limitless, you are part of a community of builders, creators, connectors, and magic makers. You are the source of your victory. Let us join you on your journey.
As we envisioned a new kind of wellness club, we wanted to address the needs of the whole person in a way that is both meaningful and efficient. Too often, self-care is one treatment squeezed into an overwhelming schedule with little opportunity for lasting benefits. Our holistic model allows guests to select, stack and self-direct a variety of treatments to optimize health and thrive in their daily lives.
Grit City Wellness acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Puyallup and Coastal Salish People. We offer this statement to recognize and honor the land and people who stewarded these lands and waterways for generations and continue to do so today. We pay respect and commit to including the voices, perspectives and histories of the Indigenous people of this land and beyond.
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