Meet the Fitness Express Staff

Mike Wasik

Mike Wasik
Mike has over 18 years of experience in athletics and sports performance as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning nSpecialist. He graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Exercise and Sport Sciences and received a Masters of Education from Clemson University. Mike is the former Certified Athletic Trainer for the Clemson University Football and Soccer teams and the former Head Athletic Trainer for the University of Florida Spring Sports and Football programs. He is currently the Clinical Coordinator-Sport Performance for Shands Rehab Center where he has developed Shands Fitness Express, Get Fit for Sport and Prepare for a Safe Landing: An ACL Injury Prevention Program. Mike also has an FYSA E coaching license in soccer.

Jeff Plasscheart

Jeff Plasscheart
Jeff has over 5 years of experience in athletics and sports performance as an Exercise Physiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Jeff is also a USA Cycling Coach . He graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 with a BS in Exercise and Sport Sciences as an Exercise Physiologist and received a Masters in Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2001. Jeff has competed in running, cycling and triathlon events for several years, most recently completing the Ironman Germany Triathlon in July 2005.

Rachel Canady

Rachel Canady
Rachel is origianally from Cocoa Beach, Fl and has lived in Gainesville for 4 years. She Graduated from the University of Florida in 2006 with a BS in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, specialization in Exercise Physiology. She is an Exercise Specialist with the Shands Fitness Express Program, and currently teaches morning classes at the Medical Plaza and afternoon classes at Shands Hospital. Rachel has applied for a second BS at UF from the Accelerated Nursing Program.

Janelle Garcia

Janelle Garcia
Janelle was born in Parma, OH and grew up in Arcadia, FL. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2005 with a BS in Biomedical Science and a minor in Biomedical Physics. Janelle is currently getting her Masters degree at the University of Florida in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Human Performance, as well as a minor in Telecommunications. She is an Exercise Specialist with the Shands Fitness Express Program at Magnolia Parke, and also assists with the Medical Fitness Program at UF and Shands Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute.

April Calton

April Calton
April was born and raised in Gainesville. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2007 with a BS in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. She has applied to UF for a MS in Occupational Therapy. She says, I love working in the Fitness Express Program and being able to help people improve their quality of life. April is an Exercise Specialist with the Shands Fitness Express Program at Shands Hospital.