Staff Bios

personal trainer Claire Lamkin working with a rehab patient

St. Mary's Wellness Center Staff Bios

Nathan Elder
Exercise Specialist
(706) 389-3355

  • B.S. Ed. in Exercise Science from Georgia State University
  • American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer
  • Specializes in weight loss and sport specific training
  • Was a collegiate rower at Georgia State University where he earned 13 medals

Susan Croy
Personal Trainer
(706) 389-3355
  • ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
  • Native of Athens, graduate of Clarke Central High School and Athens Technical College
  • Proud mother of 2 children
  • Enjoys an active lifestyle of racquetball, tennis, road races, and weight lifting

Claire Lamkin
Exercise Specialist
(706) 389-3355

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AAHF Youth Fitness Training Specialist
  • Graduate of Emmanuel College with a B.S in Kinesiology - Exercise Science
  • Specializes in bodyweight exercises, circuit training, and core strengthening
  • Passionate about developing youth fitness programs in order to combat childhood obesity
  • Enjoys an active lifestyle of swimming, running, whitewater rafting, and rock-climbing

Brian Evans
Director of Corporate Health Services & UGA Liaison
(706) 389-3359

  • B.S. Ed. in Exercise Science, Georgia State University, 1998
  • MBA, Piedmont College, 2011
  • LEAD Athens graduate (Class of 2011)
  • Nearly 15 years of experience in cardiac rehab and medical fitness
  • Professional memberships include Medical Fitness Association, American College of Healthcare Executives and Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives
  • Has served on executive committees of the Southeastern Hospital Health and Fitness Alliance and the Clarke/Oconee Heart Walk
  • Married to Laura, one child - a son, John Bryce and a pug, Winnie

Joanna Johnston
Massage Therapist
(706) 389-3355
  • A.S. degree in Nursing
  • Massage Certification from Georgia Massage School
  • State & National License in Massage Therapy
  • Professional interests include continued learning in Reflexology, Sports Therapy, and CranioSacral Therapy.
  • Personal interests include camping, photography, and travel. I hope to visit all 50 states by 50!

Sara Hoppe
Massage Therapist
(706) 389-3355

  • Licensed and Nationally Certified in Massage Therapy since 1999
  • Knowledge ranging from Sports Massage and Neuromuscular therapy to
    massage for cancer patients and seriously ill.
  • Wife and Mother

Angela Hix
Exercise Specialist
(706) 389-3355

  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • Specializes in Diabetes Wellness and Prevention and Sport Specific Training
  • Assisting in research for a study on holistic care for lower socioeconomic peoples
  • CPR/First Aid instructor
  • Collegiate softball player at Northwest Florida State College, earning All-Conference and National honors
  • Baker extraordinaire and has a Toy Schnoodle named Buster

Sarah Jenkins
Fitness Aide
(706) 389-3355

  • 2012 graduate of North Oconee High School
  • Attending Furman University to pursue a degree in communications beginning August 2012