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Our team of exercise physiologists, physical therapists, registered dietitians and other fitness experts will work with you to help you achieve your optimal health.

Susan Masemer

Susan Masemer, MS, exercise physiologist, manager

Sue was a part of the original LiveWell Fitness Center design team and is currently the manager of operations. She is responsible for the development of programs and service offerings as well as daily operations. Sue has a master’s degree in exercise physiology, bachelor’s degree in health education and recreation management. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career. Prior to LiveWell Fitness Center, she was the director of the Lifestyles Wellness Center and membership services departments at Flagship Athletic Club, a large up-scale health and fitness facility, for 17 years. She has served as a faculty member at West Virginia University and was the program manager for the WVU Adult Wellness Program, a jointly sponsored program of the departments of Exercise Science and the WVU School of Medicine. She has been employed by medically-based groups involving senior wellness and cardiac rehabilitation programming and has served as a consultant for various corporations, medical organizations, municipalities, sports teams and health and fitness organizations. Sue is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and has presented research at the National ACSM Conference. She has been recognized as “An Outstanding Young Woman of America” and holds a personal training certificate through the National Institute for Health Sciences (NIHS). Sue is available for exercise physiology consultations and assessments.

Jennifer Halvorson

Jennifer Halvorson, RD, LD, coordinator

Jennifer is the LiveWell Fitness Center Coordinator and is a registered and licensed dietitian. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in food, nutrition and dietetics from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Prior to joining the LiveWell team, Jennifer has worked in outpatient clinics and has a diverse background working with clients with needs ranging from weight management, cardiovascular health, diabetes, eating disorders and pre-and post gastric bypass surgery. In addition to one-on-one nutrition counseling and group classes, she has also assisted in the creation, business development and implementation of a holistic and medically managed weight management program in both a clinic setting as well as in corporations. Since her passion is in disease prevention and wellness, she especially enjoys the opportunity to combine her business background and nutrition knowledge in her position at the LiveWell Fitness Center.

Gail Ericson

Gail Ericson, MS, physical therapist

Gail received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the College of St. Catherine in Minneapolis and her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Gustavus Adolphus College. She has 17 years of hospital-based experience working with clients who have orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems. Gail also has eight years of experience working in the health club setting at Flagship Athletic Club as part of the Lifestyles Wellness Center team. She is responsible for evaluating, designing and working individually with clients who have injuries and orthopedic or neurological conditions. Her specialties are core stabilization, general fitness, strengthening for de-conditioned and injured clients as well as sport specific training. Gail is available for injury consultations, personalized exercise training or fitness rehabilitation appointments.

Patty DeClercq

Patty DeClercq, exercise physiologist

Patty received her bachelor’s degree in human performance and fitness from North Dakota State University and is soon to complete her master’s degree in exercise physiology, with an emphasis in cardiac rehabilitation from St. Cloud State University. Patty has clinical experience working with a wide variety of individuals including cardiac rehab patients and individuals with various neurological disorders. She currently assists LiveWell Fitness Center members and Take Action Weight Management Program participants with exercise programming recommendations. She also coordinates the LiveWell Fitness Center’s Workout on Weights (W.O.W) program. Patty is available for exercise physiology consultations, fitness assessments and personal training appointments.

Jeannie Paris

Jeannie Paris, RD, LD, dietitian

Jeannie is a Registered Dietitian with a BA in Food and Nutrition and Corporate Fitness from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She has worked in hospitals, long term care and clinical settings and has a diverse background working with people in both the treatment and prevention of disease processes. Jeannie also has extensive experience working in research settings in the areas of weight management, diabetes, and high cholesterol. With her passion to help others improve their overall health through good nutrition and fitness, she has worked in wellness center settings teaching group classes. Jeannie teaches the Take Action Weight Management classes at LiveWell and is available for Body Gem metabolism testing and individual nutrition counseling.

Molly Ellefson

Molly Ellefson, MS, NCC, wellness coach

Molly received her master’s degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from South Dakota State University. In 2003, she completed the Mind Body Spirit training from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. Molly recently completed a certification course in Therapeutic Coaching, with an emphasis in Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Psychology. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a certified master hypnotherapist. Molly has worked with clients of all ages, and has worked with a wide array of issues including weight loss, smoking cessation and low self-esteem. The best part of Molly’s job is helping people uncover their inner resources to achieve their goals.