Project Walk

Staff

Andon Gamache
Team Lead - Certified Recovery Specialist
Andon graduated Pre-Med from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Physiology and a Minor in Exercise and Health Science. Before Project Walk, Andon worked and volunteered as a Surgical Technician at hospitals in Santa Barbara and San Diego. He is a certified EMT in San Diego County. Andon spends any free time snowboarding, motorcycling, playing Racquetball, or camping with his friends and family. After being hired as an Aide, Andon has worked his way to becoming a Specialist at Project Walk. He looks forward to pushing his clients everyday and helping them achieve their goal.
Troy Baker, MS
Floor Supervisor
Troy earned his Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and his Masters Degree in Exercise Science. He is currently certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Corrective Exercise Specialist.

Troy has more than 10 years of experience in corporate, community and clinical settings and has held a wide range of positions during this time. Troy has served as a strength and conditioning coach, working with teams, small groups and individuals of various ages, skill levels and sports, including several past Olympians, professional, collegiate and youth athletes. For the past 6 years, Troy has served as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for Tri-City Medical Center cardiac rehabilitation, while also serving as the Medical Integration Coordinator for Tri-City Wellness Center, responsible for all assessments, evaluations and program designs for specialized populations (inclusive of cardiac, diabetic, arthritis, cancer and orthopedic). Further, Troy continues to serve his community as a Kinesiology Associate Instructor for Mira Costa College and as subject matter expert involved in writing the exam content and composition for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) San Diego.

Troy also volunteers his time to an assortment of groups throughout San Diego County, including the NSCA Southwest Region as a facilitator, Tri-City Medical Center as an expert panel member and lastly, several youth and disability organizations.

As a dedicated professional, practitioner and student representing the health and human performance field, Troy is committed to providing the highest standards of care, quality, and professional practices.
Jillienne Feather
Education Coordinator
Jillienne attended Loyola Marymount University where she earned a B.S. in Natural Science with an emphasis in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. She has six years of student athletic training experience and completed an internship with the Sports Medicine Institute of Los Angeles. She has been a part of the Project Walk team since 2007 and loves that she has the opportunity to incorporate her athletic training background into her exercise-based SCI recovery training.
 
After completing her Level I & II Specialist Certification, Jillienne was a Team Lead before beginning work within the Project Walk Institute. As Course Development Coordinator she recreates and modifies all of Project Walk's training and certification manuals as well as instructs and certifies new staff. Jillienne began overseeing the Home Recovery Program in January 2013 and loves having the opportunity to affect the lives of people with SCI from their homes.
 
Jillienne has an extensive background in yoga and is an avid runner. Having grown up in Carlsbad, she feels truly blessed to live in this city and be part of an organization that is changing the world’s perspective on SCI recovery and is making a difference in people’s lives every day!
Briana Hamilton
Team Lead - Certified Recovery Specialist
Bri received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from Scripps College in 2002. Immediately after graduation she completed an internship and training certification program at ADAPT, formerly known as Function Dynamics in Portland, Oregon. After working with a variety of clients at Function Dynamics, ranging from injury rehabilitation, chronic pain reduction and high-end athletic training, she found her passion in SCI. In 2005 Bri relocated to Carlsbad to work at Project Walk. Since then Bri has completed both her Level I, II and Instructor certifications and has been training and instructing Project Walk staff, clients, family members, personal trainers and physical therapists about Project Walk’s program. She has also traveled to Australia and Texas for continued education at our provider centers, and spent two weeks in Norway teaching the introduction to The Dardzinski Method® at a rehabilitation center just outside of Oslo.
Jessica Duhon, MS
Nutritional Counselor
Jessica grew up in a small town in South Louisiana and moved to California in 2008 to attend Project Walk after she sustained a T2/3 spinal cord injury at the end of her sophomore year of high school. Upon moving to California, Jessica transferred to California State University, San Marcos to continue her studies in Kinesiology. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree, in 2011, she began the dual Master's Degree program at San Diego State University studying Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences which she completed in December 2014. She also completed coursework for the Didactic Program of Dietetics.   
 
At CSUSM she had the opportunity to work with professors on biomechanical studies investigating automated locomotor training in spinal cord injured rats, and on the effects of caffeine ingestion on cycling performance resulting in several publications. During her time in the graduate program she was able to increase her skills related to nutrition research ranging from studies investigating the effects of carbohydrate rich foods on glucose regulation, serum lipids, blood pressure, adiposity in prediabetes and metabolic syndrome.  

Jessica's interest in nutrition began to grow as she took courses that emphasized the importance of nutrition in relation to exercise and overall health. Also, having a condition that required attention to nutritional status gave Jessica an even greater desire to discover how to provide the proper nutrition for her own recovery. Furthermore, this sparked a desire to provide nutrition education to the paralysis community as this is something that she discovered was lacking among her peers. She finds the fields of exercise science and dietetics to be very rewarding and hopes to be able to provide nutrition education to many people suffering from various diseases and disorders.
Alyssa Fischer
Certified Recovery Specialist
Alyssa has a B.S. in Integrative Physiology and a Minor in Health and Sports Studies from the University of Iowa. After moving around the country for her husband’s career, she finally found her home at Project Walk in March 2014. Before Project Walk, Alyssa had a variety of jobs including working for an Ophthalmologist, Phlebotomist, and Fitness Counselor. She still currently works as a personal trainer in her spare time. Alyssa is happy to call California her new home and enjoys playing beach volleyball, running, hiking and meeting new people. She really loves working with and challenging motivated individuals to reach their goals.
Shannon Orr
Certified Recovery Specialist
Shannon has a B.S. in Applied Human Biology and a minor in Russian Studies from Seattle Pacific University. She found her passion for working with people with both physical and mental disabilities working at a camp in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has worked with children and adults with various disorders in physical, occupational, and recreational therapy with the City of Seattle, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and sports medicine and aquatic therapy clinics. She also coaches various Special Olympic sports throughout the year and always looks forward to helping her athletes improve and watching them compete. Shannon loves working with individual’s to reach their goals and gain greater independence.
Steven Sala
Certified Recovery Specialist
Steven has always been in pursuit of helping other and obtained his NASM certification as well as being a certified EMT all before he graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular. Fitness has always been his lifestyle; and his passion is to help others through his knowledge, experience, and personality. He knows that the ability to help people get better is a privilege and will always give everything to people who want to give everything with him.
Amanda Diesen
Certified Recovery Assistant
In 2014 Amanda graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology. She has been active in sports throughout her life. As a soccer player at Westmont College she earned All American honors. She has volunteered in hospitals and physical therapy settings. Amanda is a certified EMT in Orange County. Her interest in assisting others was sparked by a humanitarian trip to Uganda and Kenya in 2013. Amanda's passion is helping others and she is excited to progress clients at Project Walk.
Shane Paulson
Certified Recovery Assistant
Shane was introduced to fitness through his participation as a high school and college athlete. Shane played football at California Lutheran University as well as track and field in high school. He is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in Biology, in hopes of becoming a physical therapist. His experience is primarily composed of athletic training, strength training, and teaching youth plyometric classes. He has worked at Project Walk for the past year and enjoys the client interaction and team atmosphere.
Project Walk San Diego • 2732 Loker Ave. West • Carlsbad, CA 92010 • 760.431.9789
 
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San Diego, CA