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About Thrive Proactive Health

Thrive Proactive Health is a locally-owned, premier health and wellness clinic with two offices in Virginia Beach. We offer science-based, integrative treatments and are devoted to personalized care. It is our aim to empower people of all lifestyles to be proactive with their health and live a balanced, resilient life.

Thrive is a team of committed and hard-working professionals devoted to the healing, performance, and empowerment of our clients supplied by our dedication to proactive health, personalized services, and a conviction towards delivering the results they need to THRIVE at home, at work, and in competition.

OUR MISSION is to responsibly better your health and enhance your wellness by working as a team and providing you with a valuable customer experience.

EXCELLENCE

For both our clients and employees, we believe that we are responsible for providing excellent experiences. We hold high standards for ourselves and focus on the constant improvement of our practice. It is our promise to strive to understand and satisfy the needs of your health–and you can trust that we deliver what we promise.

INNOVATION

To guarantee results, we develop strategic plans and creative solutions for our clients. Healthcare and technology are ever-changing and advancing; which is why we are dedicated to lifelong education. We are continuously deepening our knowledge and embrace the agility necessary for innovation.

TEAMWORK

We’ve created a culture that encourages and thrives off of ‘togetherness’. We believe that when our team works together, you receive the best care and most successful results. Support, respect, and trust within our team ensures that we’re working with a common purpose for your needs.

Meet Your Thrive Team

We are a team of trained professionals, innovators, life-long learners, and passionate providers

Julie Blandin

Julie Blandin

PT + ATC + CSCS + PRC • PROVIDER

Biomechanical Specialist and Movement Expert

Dante Leone

Dante Leone

DPT + OCS + CSCS • Provider

Physical Therapist
Market Square Clinical Director

Giselle Vermilyea

Giselle Vermilyea

DPT + RYT • Provider

Licensed Physical Therapist

Dr. Josh Collingsworth

Dr. Josh Collingsworth

Webster Technique Certified, IASTM Certified • Provider

Doctor of Chiropractic

Danielle Lambert

Danielle Lambert

CMT • PROVIDER

Director Of Massage Therapy

Tara Thomas

Tara Thomas

LMT • Provider

Massage Therapist + Lead Operations Assistant + Client Experience Specialist

Chantal Owen

Chantal Owen

CMT + CR + CCA • Provider

Aroma + Massage Therapist

Kate Thurston

Kate Thurston

CMT • Provider

Massage Therapist

Matt Campbell

Matt Campbell

Provider

Restorative Fitness Program Director

Kim Scholl

Kim Scholl

Provider

Rehab Assistant + Exercise Specialist
Restorative Fitness Coach
Vivian Takafuji

Vivian Takafuji

PHD + LAC + DIPL OM • Provider

Acupuncturist

Shelly Hilliard

Shelly Hilliard

IINHC + OTR|L

Provider & Certified Nutritionist

Anna Eastburn

Anna Eastburn

Provider

Registered Dietitian, Board Certified in Sports Dietetics

Jen Fedorowicz

Jen Fedorowicz

Reiki Master + B.E.S.T. Practitioner + E-YRT

Energy Medicine Specialist + Yoga Instructor

Karyn Pereira

Karyn Pereira

Back End Manager + Exercise Specialist

McKenzie Makar

McKenzie Makar

KR General Manager + Athletic Trainer

Brittany Charette

Brittany Charette

Chief of Business Operations + Patient Care

Kate Spina

Kate Spina

Administrative Assistant

Ty Mely

Ty Mely

Medical Billing Specialist

Julie Blandin

PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC, DipACLM • Provider 

Posture and Movement Health Expert

Julie is an industry leading Sports Rehab and Postural Restoration Specialist with over 17 years of experience in the Fitness and Sports Medicine industry. She is the only Hampton Roads Therapist Certified Provider in Postural Restoration.

Through her diverse educational background and willingness to explore the unknown, Julie has developed an extensive and unique postgraduate skillset to offer you a holistic perspective on injury rehabilitation, prevention, and maintenance. Julie’s expertise bridges the gap between rehabilitation and performance. She highly values and understands the integration involved in the continuum of care associated with treating athletes and patients of all ages.

She has aborted many traditional therapy techniques in the quest to learn an advanced science that offers even the toughest patients some if not complete relief.

“I love purpose, passion, and serving others. Helping people achieve their goals and the health of our team is extremely important to me. I liberate and amplify the strengths and talents of others and facilitate teamwork so that we together can exceed expectations.”
– Julie

Julie’s Experience

  • Licensed Direct Access Physical Therapist
    advanced training in: 
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
    experienced working with athletes of all levels, including: 
    • Weekend warriors
    • Elite collegiate
    • Professional
    • Tactical
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Extensive Post-Graduate Study in the Postural Restoration Science
  • Faculty Member of the Postural Restoration Institute
    teaching nationally to: 
    • Health Care Practitioners
    • Strength Coaches
    • Athletic Trainers
    • Fitness Professionals

 

On a personal note…

  • Loves boating, beach days, and country concerts
  • A proud military wife
  • Loves to eat anything Italian
  • Favorite movie – Fast & Furious
  • Favorite music – Country

Dante Leone

DPT + OCS + CSCS • Provider

Physical Therapist + Market Square Clinical Director

Dante believes in empowering people to have the knowledge and tools they need to control their health and wellness. As a healthcare professional, he takes pride in guiding his patients to improve their well-being and be able to enjoy all of life’s activities.

Dante loves being able to work one-on-one with all types of people to build strong lasting relationships around the common goal of optimizing health. He understands the complex biological, psychological, and social impacts to our health, and addresses these various factors with a holistic treatment approach.

Dante has spent his career in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, as well as an embedded physical therapist in an industrial setting. He has worked with a variety of patients, including athletes, weekend warriors, post-surgical, manufacturing, and chronic pain.

 

Dante’s Experience

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certification in Dry Needling
  • Pain Neuroscience Education
  • Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition

 

On a personal note…

  • A proud father of two young boys, and husband of a teacher
  • Passionate about the impacts of nutrition on health
  • Dante grew up in Wisconsin, but definitely born for the beach life
  • Loves being outdoors, going to the beach, live music, obstacle course races/Mud runs, vegetable gardening and cooking.
  • Favorite music – Jam band, folk, americana, alternative, R&B, Neo-soul
  • Favorite movie – He loves documentaries. Some of his favorites include The Game Changers, What the Health, Forks Over Knives, A Life on Our Planet.
  • Dante was lucky to go to Sicily with his wife for their honeymoon, and would love to go back. It doesn’t get any better than Italian food straight from the source.

GISELLE VERMILYEA

DPT, RYT • Provider

Licensed Physical Therapist

For Giselle, yoga has been an excellent way to balance mind and body while promoting healthy movement patterns. She aims to integrate principles of yoga with her physical therapy practice and as it ties into postural restoration. She believes that movement is medicine and everyone is capable of changing and optimizing their personal journey with health and wellness. 

Giselle’s Experience

Giselle’s clinical experience has been largely in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. Throughout her education and training, Giselle has aimed to dissect what motivates others to pursue healthier, holistic, and more sustainable outcomes rather than chasing symptoms.

She has had the opportunity to work with individuals of all ages and functional capacities – from military members to weekend warriors – and enjoys the challenge of creating an individualized treatment plan to optimize one’s movement.

Education / Certifications / Training Courses

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy from Samford University in Birmingham, AL
  • Registered yoga teacher, certified in hatha-vinyasa yoga instruction
  • Further education in Nutrition and Healthy Living from Cornell University

On a personal note…

Giselle has been fortunate to be well-traveled from trips with her family growing up, but would love to visit more of Europe with her husband and son! She lived in Japan for three years before moving to Virginia Beach and loved the opportunity to live abroad. She finds cultural immersion eye-opening and fascinating.

  • Giselle is a proud mother and military wife. She values time with her family and creating experiences with her baby boy and husband.
  • Hobbies include going to the beach, cooking and trying new foods, yoga, hiking, and cycling

    Dr. Josh Collingsworth, Chiroprator at Thrive Proactive Health

    Dr. Josh Collingsworth

    Doctor of Chiropractic + Webster Technique Certified + IASTM Certified

    Chiropractor

    Dr. Josh was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he attended Cape Henry Collegiate. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Kinesiology from Longwood University. During summer vacation between his junior and senior year of college, he was involved in a five-car pileup where he was in the lead car. Due to the excessive forces of that accident, he was left with excruciating back and groin pain.

    After talking to an orthopedist, the only treatment that was offered was pain medications, muscle relaxers and physical therapy. However, his dad, Larry Collingsworth Jr., suggested he see a chiropractor. Acting on this recommendation, Dr. Josh visited a chiropractor, which was the start of his chiropractic journey. Within six weeks of routine adjustments and acupuncture, he was feeling even better than he did prior to the injury. He was able to return to playing lacrosse, doing CrossFit, and running. He credits chiropractic for giving him his life back and wants to be able to help others do the same.

    Dr. Josh then went on to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida where he graduated with a Doctorate in Chiropractic in December 2017. While at Palmer, he was class representative, active in the sports chiropractic club as well as a campus guide where he spoke to guests of the campus about chiropractic. While he was a chiropractic intern in the outpatient clinic he became certified in both Extremity Adjusting and the Webster Technique.

    On a personal note…

    Today, Dr. Josh lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and their two young boys. He enjoys spending time with family, rock climbing, doing CrossFit, attending country music concerts, traveling, and watching and participating in all competitive sports.

     

    Danielle Lambert

    CMT • Provider

    Director Of Massage Therapy

    Danielle is very passionate about Massage Therapy and its life-changing abilities. She has always worked to show people that massage is not a want or luxury, but a need. She has focused her career on educating her clients on the “why” at every opportunity. This allows her to build trust and get excellent results with her clients because they are willing to give their all when they understand the best way to get there.  Danielle believes massage therapy heals not only the physical pain we experience but the mental stress that we all have to deal with in everyday life.
     
    Danielle attended the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage in 2013. As a new massage therapist, she started at Massage Envy and gained a year of hands-on experience. She then started at Massage Green in Fairfax City where she helped build the massage program from the ground up. This included creating a program for the infamous “tech neck” where she worked with clients to improve their posture, headache/migraines, and stress levels that tend to increase with high-performance jobs. By 2016 Danielle was back in Virginia Beach and loved working in the relaxing environment of a resort spa for five years while teaching massage at the Advanced Fuller School of Massage. She is excited to join the Thrive team while continuing to educate clients and future massage therapists at Fuller.
     
    Danielle has completed over 80 hours of continuing education classes on a variety of modalities including deep tissue, pre and post sports, neuromuscular, myofascial, reflexology, aromatherapy, hot and cold stones, pre and postnatal, infant massage and reflexology, hydrotherapy, a wide variety of healing body treatments, and cupping.
     

     

    On a personal note…

    Danielle has been married to her wonderful husband Kyle for six years. They have two Border Collies: Penny who is 5 and Copper who is 9 months. They love to take them on adventures, but their all-time favorite is a trip to the OBX. Sound or sea, they love any beach the best. She loves any kind of music she can dance to and can be spotted at a stoplight dancing it out in the car. She loves to read and believes that getting lost in a good book is good for your soul. Danielle is a comedy fan and loves to laugh so shows like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family are her favorite. Her ideal free day would be a sunny day on the beach with my family, a good book, and some good music.

    Tara Thomas

    LMT • Provider

    Massage Therapist + Lead Operations Assistant + Client Experience Specialist

    Tara is a rugby athlete, hard worker and very dedicated to growing in her career path in healthcare. She is looking to go to Massage and Physical Therapy school in the future and values personal care and proactive health as necessities for success and happiness. Tara loves working directly with patients and helping them manage their health.

     

    On a personal note…

    • She is originally from Virginia Beach, the youngest of 2 brothers and 1 sister and proud Auntie.
    • She is a University of Alabama Alumni with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.
    • Tara hopes to one day visit Germany during Octoberfest.
    • She loves tacos and watching Christmas Special movies (not necessarily at the same time!).

    Chantal Owen

    CMT + CR + CCA • Provider

    Pain Relief, Pain Management and Relaxation Specialist

    Chantal specializes in providing pain relief, pain management and relaxation to individuals seeking to optimize their personal and professional potential, well-being, and quality of life. She has over 8 years of experience working holistically with people challenged with acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunctions, hormonal, digestive, and autoimmune disorders.

    Through her own life challenges and needs for physical, emotional and mental balance, Chantal has developed a unique set of skills and a keen sense of empathy for people eager to restore, improve and maintain their health and well-being. Her mission is to support her team’s work in providing peace, comfort, connection, meaning, and purpose during time of struggle, as well as physical demand and need for superior athletic performances.

    Chantal has learned and mastered effective and non-invasive massage techniques that focus on the medical benefits of soft tissue manipulation, mobilization, alternative pressure and essential oils to provide superior and cumulative customized results.

    “As Paulo Coelho said “I bear many scars, but I also carry with me moments that would not have happened if I had not dared to go beyond my limits.” I embrace the belief that, in the pursuit of balance and well-being, there is no such thing that shortcut or easy fix; it requires dependability, discipline, determination and commitment.”
    – Chantal

     

    Chantal’s Experience

    • Certified Massage Therapist

    • Certified Reflexologist

    • Certified Provider in Postural Restoration®C

    • Certified Clinical Aromatherapist 

    • Trained Massage Cupping Practitioner 

    • Trained In Medical, Sport, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular, Hot Stones, And Massage For Cancer, Mastectomy, And Breast Surgeries

     

    On a personal note…

    • Loves to garden, read books, and walk through beautiful parks
    • A French native who moved to the U.S. with her cats
    • Loves all things chocolate
    • Favorite TV Show – The Big Bang Theory
    • Favorite Music – Michael Bublé

    Kate Thurston

    CMT • Provider

    Massage Therapist

    Kate has a passion for bodywork byways of a love of sports medicine. She wholeheartedly intended on furthering her
    journey into Physical Therapy but decided to make raising her kids her full priority. She later found herself drawn to bodywork for the same reasons she originally jumped into the PT realm. She is deeply embedded in the functionality (and processes of getting
    there) of the human body. “We are capable of amazing things in this life, especially when our mechanical vessel is functioning properly.”

    Kate believes that holistically approaching health should be given consideration from beginning to end of an ailment. Oftentimes preventatively, but also be treated as a follow through for surgical intervention. Bodywork is rewarding to see through. She takes great pride in watching clients progress along their own path and enjoys the reward of seeing them reach their goals.

    Certifications/ Education

    Kate studied at Pensacola State and focused her undergrad in kinesiology. She then graduated from Casey-Reilly School of Massage in September 2020. Prior to joining our team, Kate worked as a licensed massage therapist for a chiropractic office and as a Physical therapist assistant before heading down the massotherapy road.

    Matt Campbell

    Provider

    Program Director Restorative Fitness

    Matt brings over 18 years of experience in the fitness industry and a passion for movement and people!  He has an insatiable appetite for learning and has always had a fascination with how things work. That curiosity first manifested during his studies at VCU and evolved over a life of navigating his own chronic pain and injuries and the search for information and hard to find answers. He credits that important journey, though, with truly learning the capabilities of the applied human body and the transformative power of strength training.

    From his time at VCU to over a decade spent coaching in some of the top clubs in NYC and now back to his home state, he has trained in a myriad of gym and fitness centers from private clubs to some of the most prestigious facilities in the country. He remembers taking some of the first fitness courses in “Functional Training” and has done extensive continuing education in the areas of posture, biomechanics and corrective exercise. The only thing that rivals his passion for improving the way people move, is his desire to empower his client in their own health journey; to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. He is a true coach, completely committed to and invested in his clients and their success.

     

    On a personal note…

    Matt is also a proud father of the two most creative, determined and independent girls. In a house of all women, he admits that he is completely outnumbered but also acknowledges that he wouldn’t have it any other way.

    If not in the gym he may be found coaching his daughters’ sports, going on adventures with his family, singing and playing music (he plays three instruments), or enjoying a rare choice bourbon with friends.

     

    Kim Scholl

    Provider

    Rehab Assistant + Exercise Specialist + Restorative Fitness Coach

    Kim developed an appreciation for strength and efficient movement at an early age, growing up on a farm in Michigan. After a family move to Florida, she kept moving via dance, running, and group exercise. She completed BS and MS at the University of Florida, teaching as a graduate student in the Dept. of Health and Human Performance. She realized during that time that she absolutely loved being able to educate people about fitness and how to make it a fun and enjoyable journey. She continued to be curious about the body, graduating from massage school in Pensacola, FL. She has also completed a 200hr yoga instructor course in Virginia Beach.

    Kim has trained clients in California, Texas, Florida, Rhode Island, and Virginia while her husband has been deployed for up to a year at a time. She is constantly seeking new opportunities for education in order to find ways to inspire and motivate folks to enjoy the art and science of physical fitness.

     

    On a personal note…

    Long, long ago, in a bar in Pensacola, Kim met a handsome Naval Aviator.  They eloped and the Navy moved them many times, but when hubby’a military service landed the two in Virginia Beach, Kim (at 7 months pregnant at the time), announced, “I’m home!”  They now have two grown children, one son who graduated from JMU and a daughter still in college. They recently added two English Labs to the mix, who love going to the beach and playing fetch.  In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading, hiking and biking. She and her husband recently rode the Capital Trail, from Jamestown to Richmond, spent the night and rode back the next day. Over 100 miles round trip…on a 3 speed beach cruiser. And loved every second of it!

    Shelly Hilliard 

    IINHC + OTR|L • Provider

    Certified Nutritionist

    Shelly’s holistic approach to nutrition will help you to find the nourishment that feeds your body and your soul to help you maximize each day. Her goal as a health coach is to mentor and empower you to take control of your health by implementing proper nutrition, behavior changes, and better lifestyle choices that will contribute to the achievements of your personal wellness goals. Shelly believes in a bio-individual perspective, there is no one size fits all approach to help people reach their goals. She also believes in finding the balance in our lifestyle choices that nourish our bodies off the plate (career, relationships, physical activity, spirituality, finances, etc) and what nourishes us on our plate through our diet. Her goal is to help you find the balance between these two areas. Shelly’s love and passion for people and wellness help her to continue growing her knowledge base to help bless the people around her with the tools to assist them in living their best life on and off the plate. Shelly has been in the health care arena for 13 years.

     

    Certifications

    • Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy
    • Bachelor’s Degrees in Health Science and Psychology
    • Certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

     

    On a personal note…

    Her life outside of work consists of chasing after her two children, enjoying the beauty of nature, and a love for reading.

    Vivian Takafuji

    PHD + LAC + DIPL OM • Provider

    Acupuncturist

    Vivian is an experienced acupuncturist bringing her great healing wisdom and expertise to our Thrive team! She earned a Master’s of Acupuncture and a Master ‘s of Chinese Herbalism degree from Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder campus.
     
    Vivian is certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine issued by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is certified in Clean Needle Technique and is licensed to perform acupuncture in the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Board of Medicine. Other degrees include a Master’s of Medical Qigong and a Doctorate in biomedical research.

    Vivian is dedicated to the practice of the holistic healing arts and draws upon Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to address health concerns and improve well-being. TCM theories are used to identify the “root” of a health condition, rather than treating only the “branches” or clinical symptoms. Her goal is to integrate complementary treatment strategies with Western medical supervision to best support the patient as a whole.

    Vivian listens with a patient ear and treats with a compassionate heart. Her philosophy is that we all possess an innate healing wisdom and the patient and therapist can work as a team to bring the body-mind into balance.

    On a personal note…

    • Vivian used to be a DJ and danced Polynesian dance professionally.
    • Vivian’s favorite food is Indian or Thai, her favorite color is purple and her favorite sport is gymnastics!

     

     

    Anna Eastburn

    Provider

    Registered Dietician, Board Certified in Sports Dietetics

    Anna is, what one would call, a Pioneer Woman. Her path, while non-traditional and unconventional, has been anything but ordinary.  Once a dance instructor and account executive turned Performance Dietitian, Anna’s road has been paved with unique work, and amazing life and food experiences that led her here to Virginia Beach. What she loves about being a dietitian is the food, the science, and the ability to investigate and problem solve.

    Anna enjoys having thought provoking conversations with clients/athletes. This facilitates putting the puzzle pieces together to get to the root cause of their nutrition challenges. With this information, she devises a personalized plan to best fit their needs. She takes a practical, food first approach to nutrition, offering simple and straightforward solutions to both sports and everyday nutrition challenges. Anna considers the individual’s personal food preferences and honors their culture. She does not prescribe diets. Alternatively, she promotes a healthy lifestyle that incorporates an integrative and holistic approach consisting of high-quality nutrition, exercise, restorative sleep, self-care, and stress management with the ultimate goal of promoting strength, vitality, and longevity.

     

    Anna’s Experience

    Anna has worked in the field of nutrition for 14 years and has specialized in sports nutrition for nearly 11 of those years. She enjoys working with athletes, performing artists, military and first responders, as well as women and men who have a desire to enhance their health through nutrition.

     

    Education / Certifications / Training Courses

    • M.S. in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania
    • B.S. in Health Sciences from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
    • B.S. in Marketing from University of Houston- Clear Lake
    • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200-hour
    • Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)

     

    On a personal note…

    • Anna is a foodie, yogi, photographer, and jetsetter at heart. She calls Virginia Beach her hub and hits the road every chance she gets. She loves to explore our beautiful country, taking in the landscape and scenery while partaking in the culture and cuisine.
    • She is a self-proclaimed culinary goddess and spends countless hours in the kitchen meal prepping and creating recipes.  In a perfect world, she would build an entire house around the kitchen where her family and friends would gather to share amazing food and stories, while country music, jazz, or Broadway tunes play in the background
    • When she is not working, traveling, or cooking, Anna can usually be found on the dance floor. She traded in her jazz and tap shoes for cowboy boots and has not looked back. Dancing is like breathing to her. When she’s on the dance floor, she owns it. It is her passion, her first love, and in her opinion one of the best ways to maintain a healthy body and reduce stress.

    Jen Fedorowicz

    Reiki Master + B.E.S.T. Practitioner + E-YRT

    Energy Medicine Specialist + Yoga Instructor

    Jen Fedorowicz is a Reiki Master,  B.E.S.T. (Bio-energetic Synchronization Technique) practitioner and E-YRT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) as well as the founder of jEnergy.  Jen works with clients to get energy moving through the body for physical + emotional healing.

    All of life is a reflection of your energy flow. Whether you have blocks causing physical disease or blocks keeping you stuck in life.

    Jen’s signature service, “jEnergy”, is a fusion of ancient yoga practices along with energy medicine as a certified Energy Codes Facilitator. jEnergy infuses Energy Codes into her teachings to help you activate untapped energy and neurocircuitry in your body and empower your hidden potential to become one with your true, essential self. Her work is grounded in practical, accessible movement patterns, breathwork, and meditations.

    Jen is a teacher at heart and equips every client she encounters with easy tools to use and incorporate into your life to keep your energy flowing and help you access the healer within you.

    Karyn Pereira 

    Back End Manager + Exercise Specialist

    Karyn is an energetic, motivated professional who thrives within a team environment. Her passion for physical therapy is seen daily as she prepares treatment areas, equipment, and materials, along with performing procedures under the supervision of our physical therapists.

    She is currently enrolled in a physically therapy assistant program and will graduate in 2018, which will lead her to continuing her passion as a licensed PTA. Working at Thrive has allowed her to focus on her education and gain hands-on experience as she finishes schooling. She also has 20 years worth of customer service experience, and understands the great importance of building and maintaining client relationships.

     

    On a personal note…

    • Loves going to the gym, being outdoors, and spending time with her children
    • Loves to eat pizza
    • Favorite Movie – Lego Batman Movie
    • Favorite Music – Anything that keeps her motivated while she runs

    McKenzie Makar

    KR General Manager + Athletic Trainer

    McKenzie is a Certified Athletic Trainer having spent most of her career assisting athletes in wellness and prevention, emergency care, injury evaluation, and rehabilitative care. She made her way to THRIVE inspired to approach personalized care more holistically and proactively.

    McKenzie values progressing her patients physical and mental strength, as well as her own. She believes everyone should be able to move efficiently and pain free, whether that is in the gym, your job, sport, or home. “We are all in this health and wellness journey together for the long run. Approach everyday with the goal to become 1% better.”

     

    Education / Certifications / Training Courses

    • Master’s of Athletic Training, Old Dominion University
    • Bachelors of Athletic Training, University of Tampa
    • Certified Personal Trainer, NASM

    On a personal note…

    • Moved to VB from Fort Myers, FL in 2018.
    • Happy dog mom to two rottweilers
    • Hobbies: Strength training, reading, going to the beach
    • Favorite Music: Country

    Brittany Charette

    Chief of Business Operations + Patient Care 

    Brittany is a motivated, enthusiastic professional with a passion for people and education. She enjoys getting to know each of our patients, and their goals, in order to assist in their overall progress. Brittany believes that teamwork, innovation, and quality are the backbone elements that create an enjoyable experience for our clients, and empower them with the tools to progress towards a thriving lifestyle. When Brittany is not interacting with our patients, she is either pushing our team to grow and develop or out in the community connecting with various individuals organizations on behalf of Thrive.

    On a personal note…

    Brittany has two boxer fur babies she loves spending time with. She loves impacting the younger generation and finds time to volunteer in the community when she can. When Brittany is not at work you can find her at the gym, meal prepping or spending time with loved ones and making memories.

    Kate Spina

    Kate Spina

    Administrative Assistant

    After being diagnosed with two chronic conditions in her early 20s Kate was forced to reevaluate when health meant to her.  She believes health requires a holistic approach, not just concentrating on the body, but the mind and the spirit as well.  She shifted her focus to studying wellness and fitness after graduating college, expanding her knowledge from coaching, to personal training, to yoga and teaching group fitness.  She is excited to share her journey in hopes to help others on their own path to wellness.

     

    On a personal note…

    Outside of the office you can find Kate outdoors with her husband and  two dogs.  She enjoys hiking and taking big adventures.  She has had the opportunity to explore Patagonia, Chile, summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, backpack across Europe and live in her travel trailer while snowboarding the mountains of the western US and Canada.  When she’s not out getting dirty, Kate is likely to be found reading a book or working on puzzles.  She and her husband are excited to welcome a baby boy to their family and start a completely new adventure!

    Ty, Medical Biller

    Ty Mely

    Medical Billing Specialist

    Ty has over six years of medical billing and healthcare administration experience. She was born and raised in New York, where she studied herbalism, health science and built her career in medical billing.

    On a personal note…

    Outside of her medical billing experience she has spent over a year as a birth and postpartum doula. During her free time she enjoys doing yoga, reading and going on nature walks. Ty has a true passion for helping people and offering care however she can to those around her.

    Thrive Proactive Health Virginia Beach

    MARKET SQUARE

    2830 Virginia Beach Blvd.
    Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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    HOURS
    Monday • 9am to 7pm
    Tuesday • 9am to 7pm
    Wednesday • 9am to 7pm
    Thursday • 9am to 7pm
    Friday • 9am to 4:30pm
    Saturday • 9am to 2pm alternating
    Sunday • CLOSED

    CONTACT INFO
    (757) 364-0067
    Fax: 757-416-7777

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    1320 Kempsville Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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    HOURS
    Monday • 10:30am to 7pm
    Tuesday •  9am to 7pm
    Wednesday • 11am to 4pm
    Thursday • 10:30am to 7pm
    Friday • 9am to 2pm
    Saturday • CLOSED
    Sunday • CLOSED

    CONTACT INFO
    (757) 364-0067
    Fax: 757-416-7777

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