Chris Donohue, PT, DPT, OCS
ARE YOU READY?
BRIAN’S BIO COMING SOON!
RACHAEL’S BIO COMING SOON!
Favorite Food: Popsicles
I grew up playing sports of all kinds depending on the season – basketball in the winter, softball in the spring, swimming (and a little bit of water polo) in the summer, soccer in the fall. Around age 14 I settled on softball, and played very competitive travel softball year round for the next 6 years. I went on to play softball at West Chester University (go Rams!) where I studied Kinesiology, Health and Physical Education track, with two declared minors in Health Education and Adapted Physical Education.
Favorite Food: Breakfast Sandwich
Born and raised in Washington state, I spent my childhood playing primarily baseball and swimming competitively until the age of 18. I pursued baseball at the collegiate level and found myself in Pennsylvania playing for Cabrini University where I was recruited for the last 2 years of my eligibility. As of the Spring of 2019, I will finish my degree in Business Management at Cabrini and look forward to moving my efforts towards a future in coaching CrossFit. I have experience training team sports and athletic specific workouts and I look forward to incorporating what I have learned with a CrossFit emphasis. I have a passion for fitness, I have a passion for helping others, and I truly believe CrossFit is the solution to a healthy, happier life. I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to pursue my passions through something I believe in and look forward to seeing the success of our family here at Ironborough!
WEIGHTLIFTING COACH/PERSONAL TRAINER
Jillian graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Athletic Training in 2012. As a standout collegiate track and field athlete at the UD, she knows what it takes to get to the top of an athlete’s game, winning two conference championships and breaking a 30 year old record in the javelin throw during her career.
From there, she spent a year in graduate school at the University of Georgia before finishing up her Master’s degree in Athletic Training at East Stroudsburg University. During this time, she worked at the high school level, gaining experience not only as an athletic trainer, but with performance enhancement, injury prevention, and injury rehabilitation.
Jillian has spent the past 5 years as an athletic trainer at Arcadia University, helping collegiate student athletes return from injury stronger, faster, and more powerful than ever, while also implementing preventative and corrective exercise programs for her teams. She has learned that optimizing movement and correcting the cause of dysfunction, rather than just treating a single-joint injury, results in better outcomes in the long term.
Jillian also holds the USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Certification. Jillian continues to work to be a high level athlete even though her track and field days are long gone. She found Crossfit, and ultimately Olympic weightlifting after graduation, and believes her greatest successes are yet to come.
She has consistently placed in the top 7 at national-level USA Weightlifting competitions since 2016, placing as high as 4th at National Championships in 2017. Most recently, she earned a spot on her first international team for the IWF Las Vegas International Open in March 2019.
As an overall athlete, she secured a highly coveted top 20 spot in the Mid-Atlantic Region to qualify for the Crossfit Games Atlantic Regional in 2017. Through it all, Jillian’s main goal is to inspire others to live happy, healthy lives.
CELESTE’S BIO COMING SOON!
ALEX’S BIO COMING SOON!
ROBBIE’S BIO COMING SOON!
Jennifer began her yoga journey in 2012 after promising a friend to come to a class. She walked out and thought “never again”!
Until she returned the next day….
“Yoga was everything I needed and I fell in love! I fell in love with my strength, my life and above all, I fell in love with me. Yoga opened up something inside me that was always there, it just needed to be brought out. I’m grateful and blessed everyday for this practice. Both on my mat,and what I get to share with the world”
Anxiety and depression have been constant companions since her teens. Through this practice and the study of the practice, she was able to practice mindfulness and breathing more slowly, which can help the sympathetic activity and balance the nervous system. “When you take a deep breath, you tell the body to relax,”
Jennifer is a ball of energy whose classes are powerful, playful and heartfelt! She combines creative sequencing with dharma talks thought inspiration to deepen your practice. She weaves thought provoking meditations through class, while encouraging growth both physically and spirituality.
She completed her 200 Ytt in 2013 at Yoga Power Works in Malvern, PA., is certified by Yoga Alliance, RYT . 2017 she completed her training in Trauma and Recovery, through Transformational Yoga Project. Over the years she has facilitated workshops on the chakras, balance and hips. Jennifer also leads retreats from Costa Rica, and Honduras. While also traveling to Ecuador and the US for classes and training. In 2017 she completed Level 1 Reiki and in 2018 she was certified by Aqua Vida in SUP (stand-up paddle boarding)
In January 2020 she led her first Yoga Teacher Training as a facilitator, Over quarantine in March 2020, she used the time to her advantage. Jennifer became a certified spiritual coach, dove deeper into Yoga Philosophy and learned to play a small part of a song on her ukulele! In November she began leading her second YTT training, both in person and virtually again. Her third YTT begins 10/2021.
The next retreat is to Portugal 4/22/22!
She continues to be a student of the practice, studying to enrich her mind, body and soul.
Noelle is 33 years old and lives in Manayunk. She was an avid high school athlete, participating in water polo, crew, lacrosse and swimming. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from West Chester University in 2010 and subsequently worked for an insurance company and as a personal trainer for Philadelphia Sports Clubs. In 2017 she graduated from Harcum College with her A.S. and started her career as a Physical Therapist Assistant, working with an array of populations from patients with sports injuries or low back pain, to those managing Parkinson’s Disease. A strong passion for health has motivated her to attend nursing school at Holy Family University with an expected graduation in February 2022. She never strayed from her first love- athletics and fitness- which led her to Crossfit Ironborough, first as a member and creator of our accessory class programming, and now as one of our newest coaches.
I have always been someone who enjoyed playing sports and working out for as long as I can remember. After high school, I was fortunate enough to play lacrosse at Temple University. My experience playing a college sport led me to making fitness and wellness a vital part of my life. After college, I pursued a career in speech pathology as an elementary school speech therapist and coached high school lacrosse on the side. My job has always been very rewarding, although one of my true passions has also always been fitness. In my free time, I always tried different types of gyms, spinning, running on the track, working out with family and friends, and trying anything to continue my fitness journey. In 2014, I stumbled across my first CrossFit gym. Ever since, I was ABSOLUTELY hooked! I loved the way every workout was challenging, all the different complex movements to learn, and most importantly the wonderful community of friends that now feel like family I have met along the way. So, I finally decided to pursue my passion as a CrossFit coach, receiving my Level 1 along with my personal training certification. I knew this was something I not only wanted to do as my daily workout routine, but also find an avenue to help others to achieve their fitness/wellness goals and improve others’ lives just like Crossfit did for me. Ironborough has always felt like HOME to me since the day I walked into the gym 3 years ago. I could not be more excited to be back coaching and workout alongside you all at Ironborough!
Chris Donohue, PT, DPT, OCS
Chris Donohue is a licensed Physical Therapist and a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical
Specialist. He has worked for years with diverse populations, ranging from Division 1 athletes to geriatric patients. He has taken an extensive amount of continuing education, such as Selective Functional Movement Assessment, the Mckenzie method, and Maitland physiotherapy courses. His passion is to help others reach their goals, whether that is performing handstand pushups or getting out of a chair without pain.