Meet Our Team

Darin Jerome

Director of Operations

Originally from Aurora, IL, Darin Jerome has lived in South Florida for over 10 years. Darin graduated from Eastern Illinois University earning a Bachelor of Science in 2008. He has been training for over 10 years in South Florida coming from one of Illinois top sports performance centers, Velocity Sports Performance. During Darin’s time at Velocity, he had the privilege of working with elite youth athletes, as well as nationally ranked football and volleyball athletes at the high school and Division-I Collegiate levels. Darin was able to excel training at all age groups, as he himself was a Division-I football athlete at Eastern Illinois University that went through elite training programs throughout his career. Darin attributes his success to the proper training regimens he was placed on that focused on maximizing movement-specific strength and game speed. While in South Florida, Darin has been specializing in developing speed and agility for athletes of all ages including many youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes. He has worked with professional athletes from the NFL, NHL and MLB. He is currently one of the Head Strength & Conditioning Coaches for Lynn University’s Men’s and Women’s teams.

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Michelle Baccari

Growing up, Michelle played various positions in basketball, softball, and volleyball. During the spring of 2017 she completed 400+ hours as an intern at Impact Sports Performance and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with her degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. After graduating Michelle was brought on as a strength coach at Impact Sports Performance. She is now a strength coach here at FTX Wellness and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Brain Walker

Brian Walker played high school baseball at Highlands Christian Academy in Pompano Beach Florida where he was a 4 year varsity letterman before going on to continue his academic and baseball careers at Florida Gulf Coast University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. While in college, Brian accumulated numerous awards on the diamond while majoring in Sports Medicine and minoring in Exercise Science. Brian has been a part of the strength & conditioning world for the last 8 years both as an athlete and coach. At FTX, Brian now utilizes his education to help all different levels of athletes from youth to the college and professional level in a variety of sports.

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Hannah Vanarsdall

Hannah Vanarsdall is from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Mount St. Joseph University. She graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Communications and a Minor in Marketing. She played 4 years of college volleyball for the university. Once school was finished, Hannah found her love for the Human Body and watching it transform through exercise so she began her studies in Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning. She is currently a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and working towards her Strength and Conditioning Specialists certification.

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TJ has been a Sports Performance coach and Licensed Athletic Trainer in South Florida for 8 years. As a founding member of Impact Sports Performance in Boca Raton FL TJ has had the privilege of training hundreds of youth, high school, college, and professional athletes. As the Director of Athletic Performance and Client Wellness at FTX Wellness TJ is the direct liaison between Strength and Conditioning coaches and the sports medicine team. TJ is not only a licensed and certified athletic trainer, but he has certifications in Muscle Activation Techniques and Functional Range Conditioning. These certifications are used in mobility assessment and treatment of chronic or acute mobility restrictions and are used at the highest level around the world. TJ also serves as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach for Lynn university. He is responsible for preseason screening and mobility assessments of all the student athletes attending the university. Having a diverse background with certifications in sports medicine and sports performance has allowed TJ to work with professional athletes in MMA, Hockey, Baseball, Football, basketball, even olympic weightlifting.

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Jeremy Plummer

Jeremy Plummer, 31 years old from Crown Point, Indiana. Sports background, CrossFit L-1 certified, Axiom Fitness Academy graduate, and NASM CPT. With a passion for helping individuals suffering from addiction/alcoholism based upon experience and currently and actively achieving long term sobriety.

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Maureen Nash

Maureen Nash is a physical therapist with over 12 years of experience in the field. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stockon University in New Jersey. Since then, she has worked in various settings with her primary focus in outpatient orthopedics and sports rehab for patients of all ages. She has taken coursework in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment, vestibular rehab, and is a certified functional capacity evaluator. Maureen is passionate about health and wellness, and is a strong believer in the multidisciplinary approach utilized at FTX, as it gives our patients the highest chance for success.

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Dr. Daniel Assion

Dr. Daniel Assion has been a Chiropractor working in South Florida since 2009. Besides treating patients at his office, Dr. Assion has been teaching at several colleges in South Florida primarily in the field of Human Anatomy and Physiology. He has always loved science especially aspects of study in how humans exist and function. His Bachelors of Science degree from Youngstown State University is in Biological Sciences and he did his Masters Research in Microbiology. He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College in Port Orange, Florida. It was in pursuing his education that Dr. Assion realized how strongly he felt not only about treating his patients but educating them so that they may function at an optimum level.
Dr. Assion has worked with patients of all ages with a variety of different backgrounds. This includes working with patients who participate in Sports, Runners, Tri-Athletes, Golfers, Cross-Fit Athletes, and even Professional Athletes from the NFL, NBA and UFC. He is also working with a number of corporate offices in South Florida to spread the message of health and wellness to this community. Dr. Assion’s passion is not just to make patients feel better, but to help them perform at their best.
Through the integrated services available at FTX Wellness Center, Dr. Assion works with Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists, Licensed Massage Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Certified Athletic and Personal Trainers and Yoga Instructors to provide patients with multiple avenues to achieve their treatment goals.

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Dr. Kory Pugh

Dr. Kory Pugh was born and raised in Orlando, FL. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree, he continued his graduate studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL, where he met his wife, Dr. Allye, and obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2016.

Dr. Pugh was introduced to chiropractic at an early age as his mother sought chiropractic care at just 2 days old, which led to a strong immune system and development throughout the years. His interest in chiropractic as a profession sparked after injuring his low back 2 weeks before trying out for the UCF men’s basketball team. After a successful treatment plan with his chiropractor, he was able to perform at optimum function at the tryouts and made the team for his freshman year of college.

Dr. Pugh enjoys working with all types of patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics to athletes. He takes pride in helping his patients reach their health goals and utilizes a variety of techniques in order to better suit his patients’ needs.

Dr. Pugh has a huge passion to serve others and see people take control of their health and their lives. He is extremely excited to be a part of the FTX family and looks forward to working with his patients to achieve their health goals.

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