PTCS is currently hiring instructors to teach for PTCS in 2020-2021 with our advanced training certifications

Qualifications include:

  • Master's degree in exercise science, exercise physiology or equivalent

  • Earned the prestigious certified strength & conditioning specialist.(C.S.C.S.) credential

  • Possess an advanced personal training certification, such as ACSM-HFS, CES, or equivalent

  • Have completed our rigorous comprehensive training program and earned CPRS certification

  • Have a minimum of 5 years personal training experience

  • Have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience



Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sports Physio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM, CPC

Chris received his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from SUNY Plattsburgh, his Master's Degree(MPT) in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and he received his advanced Master's Degree in Musculoskeletal & Sports physiotherapy from the University of South Australia(equivalent to a U.S. Residency). Uniquely, Chris has been a personal trainer since 1996, changed careers in 1997 from Marketing to Physical Therapy.


His passion for learning is evident and contagious. He loves to present at conferences, private seminars and fitness venues. Chris has earned the prestigious C.S.C.S. credential through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2002. Chris has been a practicing physical therapist for 20 years with a strong clinical background in orthopedics, sports injuries and spinal dysfunctions and a personal trainer for 20 years. He has worked in hospital, industrial rehabilitation, outpatient, and private practice settings and has also been a fitness presenter for the past 15 years. He has created five dynamic live seminars for personal trainers, physical therapists and massage therapists, five home study and five Elearning courses on human movement. He is presently working as a physical therapist,  presents at fitness conferences, teaches live seminars for PTCS and other continuing education companies while consulting on various fitness and health-related projects.



Stephen Sefchick, MSA, MS, ACSM-CEP, NASM-CES/GFS, TPI

Robert Ruffalo, PT, DC, CCSP, TPI, CGFI-MP3

Lizza Mcintosh, PT, MPT, LMT, CPT

Paul Kirkpatrick,  MS, BS, CSCS, ATS, ACSM-CPT​

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Stephen Sefchick, MSA, MS, ACSM-CEP, NASM-CES/GFS, TPI

Stephen Sefchick lives in Hilton Head, SC with his wife April and Son Leo.
Stephen received his Bachelors of Science with focus in Exercise and Sports
Science from Bluefield College. He went onto complete his first Masters in
Science Administration with a focus on Leadership from West Florida
University. He then completed his second Master’s Degree, earning
Master's Degree of Science with a focus of Exercise and Sport Science.
He completed the well respected Clinical Exercise Physiologist through
A.C.S.M., he completed both NASM's Corrective Exercise Specialist
certification, is a golf exercise specialist and is TPI Certified.

Robert Ruffalo, PT, DC, CCSP, TPI, CGFI-MP3

Dr. Ruffalo is uniquely both an experienced physical therapist and chiropractor. In addition, he is a certified sports physician, certified golf fitness instructor/medical professional, level 3 by the Titleist Performance Institute(TPI) and a junior level coach. In addition to his work as a physical therapist and a chiropractor, he has a passion for educating his peers by providing continuing education courses to physical therapists, chiropractors and allied health professionals. Rob has taught more than 65 seminars, where many of the seminars are based on the advanced work of two key pioneers: the late Dr.
John Mennell, an orthopedist, and the late Dr. Janet Travell, who founded the trigger point model of diagnosis and treatment.

Lizza Mcintosh, PT, MPT, LMT, CPT

Lizza was born and raised in Southern California, moved to New York in the late 1980's, and now resides in the Cincinnati, OH/Northern Kentucky area with her husband Gary and dog Max. Lizza is uniquely a well rounded, physical therapist, massage therapist and personal trainer. One who has worked with a variety of patients in different settings ranging from Orthopedics, Geriatric Population, Stroke, Neurological, Acute Care and Home Care settings for the past 20 years. Lizza 's specialty is working with geriatric population. She received her Personal Training certification in 2011
from the NCCPT and started her own private pay company Forever Moving.
Her goal with Forever Moving is to provide an encouraging and positive environment with the goal of helping maintain, restore, and improve ones strength, balance, and mobility.

Paul Kirkpatrick, MS, BS, CSCS, ATS, ACSM-CPT

Paul Kirkpatrick is a health and fitness professional from Randallstown, Maryland. Paul is a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist(CSCS) with more than 6 years experience in the health and fitness industry.
Paul has successfully passed and become an Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) through PTCS and also holds certifications as an ACSM certified
personal trainer, Precision Nutrition Certified coach, and is a
qualified TRX instructor. As a former professional basketball player he
specializes in sports performance training as well as weight loss, lean mass
gain, post rehabilitation, metabolic training and assessments, and sports
nutrition. Paul earned his Bachelors of Science in Sports Medicine from
Howard University and is currently finishing his Masters in Exercise Science at McDaniel College. Paul has a passion for health and fitness his focus is to teach others how to improve their own health and fitness.




Phone: 443-528-0527

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