“Adjustments don’t hurt and they don’t take a lot of time.”
Owner & Manager
Owner and manager of Eastpointe Health & Fitness, Paul Mazzella takes pride in creating a highly personable, family-like environment for members of all ages and fitness levels. His customer-driven focus, fitness knowledge and the desire for members to experience real results makes working out at Eastpointe Health & Fitness that much more enjoyable. Plus, with exciting weight-loss programs, nutritional guidance, college-educated personal trainers, and motivational seminars, Paul's integrated health and fitness approach cares for the entire person. Paul holds certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer and regularly seeks to expand his industry knowledge to further enhance the educational experience of Eastpointe Health & Fitness members.
Areas of Expertise
Business Management, Customer Service, Personal Training
Travel, Snowboarding, Volleyball, Exercise, Scuba Diving
Dr. John Crawford
Dr. John Crawford received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University, Marietta, GA in December 1996. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV in 1992. Before college, he attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ. Upon obtaining his NJ Chiropractic license, Dr. John began to practice in Red Bank, NJ until 2000 when he had the opportunity to practice for a year in St. Thomas, USVI. Once returning back to the states he opened Crawford Chiropractic Clinic in Lanoka Harbor, NJ before joining Eastpointe Health and Fitness in December 2009. Dr. John's focus is making sure the patient is comfortable with the care and feels positive about their progress. His background ensures you will have the best opportunity to get the most out of your health and well being, regardless of your specific condition or stage in life. Feel confident in the fact that a program will be tailored just for you based on your specific needs and circumstances.
Dan has been working in this field since 2002. He is a graduate of Somerset School of Massage Therapy in Piscataway, NJ and Healing Hands Institute in Westwood, NJ. He is New York State licensed, nationally certified in therapeutic massage and body work, and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Dan is also certified in neuromuscular therapy and a reiki practitioner. Along with being a past member of A.M.T.A. New Jersey sports massage team, his work experience includes top hotels, salons and spas, health expos, sporting events, and corporate chair massage.
Dr. Louis (Lou) F. Diodato III D.C., L.Ac.
Dr. Lou is a life-long resident of Monmouth County and attended Middletown Township High School. He then served in the US Army during the Vietnam era conflict and was trained as a Combat Medic and X-Ray Technician at the Academy of Health Sciences in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1981, Dr. Lou attended and received a BS from Excelsior College in New York. He then attended Sherman Chiropractic College in Spartanburg, SC where he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, graduating with honors. In addition, he attended the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Montclair, NJ, completing their Master’s Degree Program in Acupuncture. He has been awarded Diplomat status from the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission of Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine), as well as an NJ state license to practice Acupuncture.
Since then he has received post graduate certification from Sloan-Kettering Rockefeller Research Institute in NYC for ‘Acupuncture and the Cancer Patient’. In addition, he is certified in Facial Rejuvenation/Cosmetic Acupuncture, Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Management, Treatment of Substance Abuse and Addictions, Treatment of Endocrine Disorders, Treatment of Musculoskeletal/Sport Injuries, Treatment for “Shen Disturbances”/Psychological Disorders and Treatment of Infertility.
He is currently a member of the Southern Medical Association, the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors, and has been awarded Diplomat status by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He is presently licensed as a Chiropractic Physician in NJ, Washington DC, SC and FL.
General Manager, Nutritionist
As the General Manager and Nutritionist for Eastpointe Health and Fitness, Kim Garrity works with our members to ensure a balanced and integrated approach to health.
Kim graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Foods and Nutrition. She is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM.) Specializing in weight loss and sports nutrition, Kim has worked with clients of all ages and fitness levels to ensure an appropriate caloric intake, address lifestyle concerns and increase energy levels through a balanced diet. In addition to her formal education, Kim has a number of certificates including her Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition certification as well as a Sports Nutrition from International Sports Sciences Association.
Kim also works as a health and wellness consultant for Humana and other companies delivering Webinars and classroom training on various Health and Wellness topics including nutrition, exercise and health lifestyles. She is also a contributing writer for a women's how to guide for health/wellness and general empowerment at http://www.kickingassandlookingpretty.com/
Kim is committed to helping our members achieve the results critical for health and wellness. Her extensive background and experience in both exercise and nutrition counseling provide a solid foundation for client success.
Areas of Expertise
Nutrition, Personal Training
Hobbies / Interests
Reading, Exercise, Going to the Beach
Kim's Nutrition Corner
Director of Physical Therapy
A native New Yorker, Ralph enlisted in the US Air Force after high school and honorably served for four years. Upon his discharge from the service, he attended The State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY where he received his BS degree in physical therapy in 1990.
He has worked in every setting from acute care to outpatient rehabilitation across the age spectrum, from pediatrics to geriatrics.
As a recreational athlete, Ralph is keenly attuned to the importance of exercise and fitness and its relationship to health and wellness. He has been a member of The American College of Sports Medicine since 1990, and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Orthopedic and Sports Therapy Sections.
He holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CSCS, from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, NSCA, as well as being a Certified Clinical Instructor in the prevention and rehabilitation of ACL injuries, from the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Association.
Committed to life-long learning and conservative care, Ralph brings his passion for education into the clinic, mentoring staff and patients alike.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Christine is a New Jersey state licensed and certified massage therapist who graduated from the Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Red Bank, NJ. She has been massaging professionally since 2015. Christine specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, chair, and hot stone massage. In the near future she plans on becoming certified in reflexology, sports, neuromuscular and prenatal massage.
Customer Service Manager
Dr. Jay Mazzella
DC Clinical Director
Dr. John Mazzella graduated from Georgia's Life College in 1991. He has been practicing Chiropractic ever since, including 7 years in Australia. Dr. Mazzella is a Jersey Shore native, caring for his community's wellness. After years of practicing his art in many different areas, he has found a home inside the Eastpointe Health and Fitness Center. 'Dr. Jay,' as he is known to his patients, believes in 'patient first' care. He believes in educating patients as to the cause of their problem, making honest and clear recommendations and then honoring whichever choice the patient makes. In terms of what type and how much care they receive, this 'we don't push' philosophy has kept many patients happy over the years while they confidently refer their family and friends.
Administrative Team Leader
Physical Therapist Assistant
Zalak Soni graduated from Kean University in 2010 with a B.A. in Biology. She furthered her education at Union County College and graduated in May 2013 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has experience with working in orthopedic outpatient and sub-acute settings. Zalak continues to sharpen her treatment techniques by taking various courses throughout the year.
Administrative Team Member
Kristina is a State Certified Massage Therapist, who graduated from Ocean County Massage and Wellness Institute in 2006. For Kristina, bodywork is life's passion and not just a job. She believes massage is such an important part of being healthy, and she loves to help others experience recovery from pain and stress. Kristina puts many hours in training in various modalities, which allows for a wide range of treatment options which consist of Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, hot stone massage, pregnancy massage, and reflexology massage.
Billing & Insurance Manager
Personal Training & Group Fitness Manager
Julia has been in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years. As an athlete throughout high school and college, fitness has always been a priority in her life. Julia enjoys working with clients of all fitness levels and helping them achieve their goals. “ Everyone is here for a different reason with different goals, it's our job to help them on their journey. Understanding the client and their needs is paramount.
Julia's certifications include; ACSM “ CPT, FMS Levels I and II, ACSM Sports Nutrition Certification, as well as certifications in Spin and Kickboxing. As the fitness industry continually changes, continuing education is essential to being the best coach possible. 'Never stop learning and never stop moving'.
Nick is a lifelong resident of Atlantic Highlands. He has always had a passion for an active lifestyle and that is where his enthusiasm for fitness began. This continued into his college career as a member of the Montclair State University Men's Basketball team. Nick graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health, with a concentration in Coaching. He then decided to take his fitness journey one step further and became a certified personal trainer. Motivated by the profound impact a healthy and active lifestyle can have in our lives, Nick is determined to motivate and encourage clients by keeping fitness fun.
Mike Kubas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from James Madison University, and his Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science from Montclair State University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2009. Mike has extensive experience training in a variety of settings with all age groups.
He specializes in sport-specific training, weight loss, functional training for everyday activities, and post-rehabilitation fitness. He continuously evolves each client’s customized fitness program to motivate and maximize results.
Mike is also passionate about his own fitness and workout routine, plays soccer, and roots for his favorite sports teams. He enjoys helping members find creative, fun ways to reach their fitness goals.
Administrative Team Member
Group Fitness Manager, Fitness Instructor
Melissa’s fitness journey has lead her to the role of Group Fitness Manager at Eastpointe Health and Fitness. Along with coaching 4 Spin classes and 2 Core Xpress classes, she is working on maintaining and improving Eastpointe’s Group Fitness Program which offers over 50 classes per week.
In 2002, Melissa was introduced to Spinning (indoor cycling) at Eastpointe Health and Fitness and she was hooked instantly. For the first time, she found a class that was motivating and produced results. She literally watched her body transform over the following 2 years; by incorporating strength training and spinning into her workout program, she achieved results she had never seen before. Spinning became her passion and now she teaches because she enjoys being able to help others achieve their fitness goals. Her classes are energetic and motivating, pedaling to the driving beat of the music. Melissa is a FitTour Indoor Cycling certified instructor and CPR/AED certified.
As a mother of two, and over 15 years of indoor cycling experience, she has taken Spinning classes through both pregnancies, and has had the joy of watching beginner riders build strength and confidence in their ability, physicality and health. She strives to make all of her classes challenging, but also FUN! “My philosophy to fitness is to challenge yourself, try new things, modify if you need to, and listen to your body. Everyone is built differently. We all get stuck into a routine that we can “dial in”, but dialing it in does not produce results. You do what your body needs you to do and you do not injure it. Modify and eventually, you’ll get there.”
A licensed Zumba instructor since 2012. A member in good standing of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN™). Currently teaches in several fitness centers in Monmouth County. Licensed to teach Zumba Gold®, Zumba® Toning and Strong by Zumba®.
Alice feels that teaching yoga is a true calling and is grateful to share her love of the practice with you. In class, she gives applicable alignment cues, while creating a safe space for students to connect to the stillness within. As a Reiki Master Teacher, Alice works with active meditations, and poetry during class to promote healing for body, mind, and spirit. She received certification in Ashram Yoga, as taught by Lili Avery in 2015.
Fitness has always been a part of Allison's life. Originally from Middletown, she swam competitively for over ten years on both club and school teams. In June 2017, she became co-owner of Fuel Fitness NJ in Little Silver, where she also taught a variety of classes. Her workouts focus on mindy - body awareness and of course, fun! Allison is a 2006 graduate of M.A.S.T. and a 2010 graduate of the US Naval Academy. She is ACE Group Fitness Instructor certified and Mad Dogg Spin certified.
Allison currently teaches Total Body Strength and Core Express classes at Eastpointe Health and Fitness. After college, she started getting serious about her health and fitness and began to workout daily. After moving to Atlantic Highlands, Allison joined EPH&F, and fell in love with the gym. She decided to share her love of fitness through becoming an instructor. “I love helping clients reach their goals through fun, challenging workouts and lots of positivity and encouragement”.
Barbara Aschettino is a long time student of Yoga and Meditation and was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition in 1982 by Swami Veda Bharati. She is registered with Yoga Alliance, RYT-500. As a former sales and marketing executive for a high tech firm in Silicon Valley, Barb used yoga and meditation to survive the corporate jungle. She switched gears 15 years ago, retiring from the high tech world and attending College, where she studied philosophy, music, physical therapy and also taught Yoga. Since then she met the man of her dreams, who brought her to Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, where they happily reside. With all the many wonderful teachers and Yoga traditions that Barb has studied, her dream is to simplify and make this wisdom accessible to everyone.
Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor
Bonnie has been a part of Shore Results and Eastpointe Health and Fitness for over 5 years. Starting with Eastpointe as a member and taking on the role of a strength coach in 2017.
Bonnie’s passion for fitness began after her children were born and she struggled with her post-pregnancy weight gain. Bonnie realized how important eating well and exercising were to staying on track and giving her the energy she needed to keep pace with the kids. Since that time fitness has become a large part of Bonnie’s life. She has competed in a triathlon, as well as various 5ks and 15ks.
Her desire to help others lead Bonnie to become certified as an NASM Strength Coach. She instructs classes for both Eastpointe and Shore Results as well plays an important role on the training floor by coaching our clients. “The most rewarding part of my job is encouraging my clients to work hard and do their best. When they succeed, I succeed!”
Bonnie lives in Middletown with her husband and three children. She enjoys being outside, staying active with her children, gardening, and reading.
Cindy Durso started her journey as a group fitness instructor 28 years ago teaching Step Aerobics and Toning classes. She was a full-time dental hygienist by day, and Step instructor by night for many years. A life-long love of dance made fitness a natural fit. Over the span of a 28 year career, Cindy Durso has also taught kickboxing, pre-natal fitness, Pound Fitness and currently teaches cycling and Zumba. She was one of the first instructors to teach those formats in the area. She was AFAA certified for over 2 decades, and is lifetime certified in Mad Dog spinning, and is a current licensed Zumba instructor taking many choreography classes to keep her classes fresh and exciting.
Dyanne has been certified in the fitness industry for 20+ years. Her experience is evident in her form and instructiveness with her classes to ensure that you are getting the most out of your workout safely. Dyanne teaches Cardio Dance and Body Sculpt. Dyanne is a fun and motivating instructor who you will have you feeling the burn!
Eileen Natale is a 500 Hour Trained Yoga Teacher. Eileen is trained in the YogaWorks method, which combines the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods with a focus on alignment and safety. Eileen enjoys many forms of yoga and is passionate about her student's practices and her own practice. Eileen has practiced locally for years and regularly visits studios in New York City. Eileen attends workshops regularly to increase her knowledge and enjoyment of yoga. Workshop topics include Hot Yoga, Arm Balances, Inversions, Backbends, Hip Openers, Yoga Massage, Alignment, Adjustments, Yoga for Back Pain, Ayurveda and Meditation. Eileen has been teaching locally since 2011.
Personal Trainer,Fitness Instructor
Grace Lang has been involved in the fitness industry for over 30 years and has worked at Eastpointe for 15 years. She has dedicated her life to helping and encouraging others to reach their health and fitness goals. Having been a competitive bodybuilder in Australia, Grace has the real-life experience of shaping, building and toning the body to peak fitness.
Grace is a “WITS” (World Instructor Training School) certified personal training and fitness Instructor. Over the years she has done many continuing education courses in many different fields of fitness. These include Spinning, working with seniors, functional movement screening, nutritional concepts etc.
As a group instructor, Grace includes stability, balance and core strength conditioning to assist with everyday life activities. “Modifying to individual needs is very important to me. I also specialize in working with the aging population and people with injuries.” “Helping, teaching, and motivating clients is why I love my job so much.”
Graciela was born in Ecuador and she grew up surrounded by music. She is a singer and guitarist, and worked in a radio station for 13 years. When she came to the US, she felt so frustrated without her band and without the radio station, so she became a gym addict to fill the emptiness. “The time came when I discovered Zumba...I mean music, Latin music, my music. Music came back to me again... somehow it made me so happy.” She got her certification in 2010. “Since then, dancing and teaching Zumba have been the best therapy in my life, and make my life complete, I just love it!”
Graciela has been teaching in different gyms in the New Jersey area and takes 1 or 2 jam sessions monthly with a Zumba Jammer to keep herself updated. So that she may offer her students new routines in every class.
She is certified in Zumba B1, Zumba B2, Zumba Toning, Strong by Zumba, and Zumba Gold. She is also part of Zumbathons, an event that supports people in need within the community.
She attends ZINCON, a Zumba Convention in Orlando, an event that happens every year, reuniting thousands of Zumba instructors worldwide. This four-day training experience enhances her learning and competence as a Zumba trainer.
“ZUMBA is not only dancing, and a workout. Zumba is sharing love, changing lives, motivation, health, happiness, and I'm so proud to be part of this wonderful program.”
Heather has been working as an instructor of yoga and Pilates for over 25 years. She teaches yoga to seniors, as well as children and all ages in between. “My style is intuitive so my classes change as I feel the need of the students.” She teaches classes that combine both yoga and Pilates and use different equipment such as balls, weights, and bands. “I believe a class should be fun and a good workout.”
Besides teaching, Heather is also a massage therapist and mother. She loves to hike in the park and garden as well. Come in and take a class!
I have been hooked on fitness ever since I first stepped into an aerobics class 28 years ago. I sucked wind and went left while everyone was going right...but I stuck with it. Sweaty and happy at the end, motivated by an instructor who had a huge smile for everyone and judged no one, I never looked back. I loved how it made me feel, and how it changed me not just physically but mentally. As a lifelong dedicated fitness junkie, I then received my license to teach Zumba in 2013...combining fitness and my love of Latin dance.
Today as an instructor of Zumba, Boot Camp, and 20/20/20, I strive to bring that same joy and sense of accomplishment to my students. It is my goal to create an atmosphere that is welcoming, challenging, and FUN! I smile while I teach because I love it, but don't be fooled as I will push you as hard as you are willing to go! My desire to help others learn and achieve led me to pursue a Masters in Education with a technology focus...so in my other life you will find me creating online courses. I hope to see you in the studio soon!
Kristine Venneman has been teaching all types of fitness classes for more years than she can count on her fingers (and toes). She still loves to create the most eclectic and energizing playlists and finds the fun in each and every workout. At Eastpointe, she teaches a Sculpt class infused with elements of Pilates, Barre and Boot Camp. Kristine also teaches a Cardio Dance class that blends hip-hop, Latin, and jazz all while working the muscles you most want to work. You will sometimes find her in the Cycling Studio, or anywhere she can combine her love of music and sweat.
Kristine holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers and a Master of Arts in Teaching, Monmouth University. Over the years, she has trained in dance, Pilates, Spinning, TRX, Gravity, kickboxing and step aerobics and has held many certifications such as: AFAA Certified Aerobics instructor; AFAA Certified Step Aerobics instructor; AAAI/ISMA Certified Personal Trainer; AAAI/ISMA Certified Kickboxing; AAAI/ISMA Certified Mat Pilates; and Mad Dogg Athletics Johnny G Spinning Instructor.
At a young age, Melissa had a strong passion for music and fitness. She parlayed her passion for both music and fitness into becoming a Spin instructor.
Her passion for health and fitness has helped her gain many certifications over the years. She currently instructs the following classes: Total Body Spin, Core Xpress, Boot Camp, Total Body Strength, Spin and Spin with weights.
Whether you are someone just starting a fitness program, someone who is fit and striving to meet new goals, or someone in between, Melissa will ensure you feel welcome at Eastpointe Health & Fitness.
Melissa is a wife, mother to three beautiful children, former 95.9 WRAT Radio Rock Girl, and Mrs. New Jersey contestant.
She enjoys helping others find success through fitness, outdoor activities and loves spending time with her family.
Melissa Schutzenhofer (Mel S)
Fitness has been a life long journey for Mel. With exercise being a major part of her life; she trains in strength and cardio on a regular basis. Melissa has served as an inspiration to others, assisting friends and family with improving their fitness. She has participated in various local runs, rides, and triathlons.
Melissa began her career at Eastpointe Health and Fitness as a group fitness instructor and continues to teach Spin, Body Sculpt, and Meta-Strength classes on a weekly basis. In all of her classes, Mel inspires the participants to enjoy high energy levels and fun music, with an overall organized and professional class design. She continually encourages everyone to come and try her classes. She reminds everyone at the beginning of Spin— “It’s your ride!” Her job is to guide and motivate everyone to give 100% of their eﬀort in every class.
In 2017, Mel progressed her education and career by becoming a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and accepting a position as a Strength Coach in Shore Results. She trains individual clients, teaches Metabolic and Strength classes and encourages everyone to do their best.
Melissa lives in Atlantic Highlands with her husband and three children. Mel enjoys reading, baking, and gardening. She is an accomplished potter with a full studio in her home.
Nancy’s teaching philosophy is that yoga is beneficial for everyBODY - regardless of age, flexibility and fitness level. She is especially passionate about promoting the benefits of yoga for men and welcomes the inclusion of men in her class. Nancy teaches a style of yoga called ’slow-flow vinyasa' - a well-rounded approach of breath synchronized movement - which is suitable for all levels including beginner.
She is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and has been a yoga practitioner for 18+years.
In addition to teaching yoga at Eastpointe, Nancy teaches private one-on-one classes for those who do not have the time or ability to get out to a group class, and those with specific physical issues. She also works at bringing yoga and meditation to businesses in the area.
Nancy is also a fine artist and her work has been featured in various art shows and galleries throughout New Jersey.
Classes taught: Yoga
Hobbies: painting, hiking, travel, gardening
Tatiana currently teaches Stretch & Pilates on Sunday mornings at EPH&F. She is a certified and registered Yoga Teacher, integrating Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative, Prenatal, and Postnatal and Yoga Rehab in her classes. She is also certified in Power Pilates Mat I and Mat II and the comprehensive Pilates certification utilizing all of the Pilates apparatus. She incorporates bits of all of her training in all of her classes, while educating and pushing her class participants to become better at their practice.
Tatiana studied Dance and has a Dance Education and Dance Therapy Masters from Columbia University NYC. She is a professional Ballerina, Capoeira, Flamenco, Ballroom and Modern Dance teacher. She is trained by David Howard, studied dance at Ballet Hispanico, STEPS, Broadway Dance Center, NYC Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Feld Ballets. She has worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, throughout New York, New Jersey, and California and has trained for fitness competitions in Los Angeles, California.
Tricia was born and grew up locally, settled in the Locust area with her hubby and now two grown kids. It didn’t take long before spinning became her addiction at the gym. “It has never not become a challenge. My rides take you on the road as we pedal to the beat of the music. Your goal is to finish and mine is to get you there...I thrive on putting classes together, finding music that motivates, and always keeping the participants in mind.” Tricia is an interval trainer and certified thru Mad Dogg Athletics and CPR/AED certified. She has been spinning for 20+ years, and instructing for 10+. Indoor cycling is not only a great physical workout but also helps to clear your mind.
“It’s your time, your ride so make it count!!”
Why do you need to see a Chiropractor?
Many people are under the common misconception that chiropractic care can only benefit those suffering from back and neck pain. Did you know that chiropractic care can help:
- Low Back Pain
- Wrist/Hand Pain
What to Expect
Your first time at Eastpointe is a no-commitment appointment. You’ll be able to meet our staff and discuss your health history, as well as your health goals for treatment. After some brief paperwork, the doctor will determine if chiropractic treatment is right for you. If you are a suitable candidate, we will perform a non-invasive examination, evaluating your body’s strengths and weaknesses. The doctor may also take pictures of your spine if necessary. This first appointment will be a bit longer than future appointments: approx 45 min.
After careful examination of your information, the doctor will discuss his findings with you. If you need to see a different specialist, we will give you a referral to the right office. Otherwise, we develop a plan of action custom-fit to your specific needs and goals. You have the final say over your treatment—we will to respect whatever decision you make regarding visit frequency. Our goal is to get you on the road to healthy and happy as soon as possible!
When it’s time to start regular visits, you will likely notice results quickly. Visits don’t take long—from a few minutes to half an hour. Our painless, non-invasive treatment methods are designed to re-establish your body’s natural operation, reduce pain, and improve your overall spinal function.