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About Ascend

Ascend Fitness & Spa is your one-stop-shop for well-being in Downtown Cleveland. With compelling classes, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, award-winning personal trainers, a full-service day spa, and a connected community of members, we offer everything needed to support a healthy lifestyle at the right cost.

TOUR OUR SPACE

Our Team

ERIN JALKANEN

Operations Manager

Erin received a Bachelor of Science in Education with an Exercise Specialist major from Bowling Green State University.

She is a certified Personal Trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and has her Group Exercise certification with AFAA. Erin came to Ascend from corporate wellness where she has worked for the past 13+ years. Customer service is number one with Erin and she is excited to be here for you!

Random Fact: Erin has gone trout fishing with her dad in PA every spring for the past 13 years!

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KIM LAU

Spa Manager

Kim’s interest in holistic means to restoring, promoting and maintaining optimum health led her to a career in Massage Therapy.  She graduated from New York College of Health Professions and has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 2007.  Her experience ranges from managing boutique spas in Manhattan to franchise based spas in Northeast Ohio.  

Random Fact: Kim worked for the management company that managed the Black Eyed Peas and John Legend

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MAGGEY URBAN

Health Fitness Specialist

Maggey has a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science with an athletic coaching minor from Baldwin Wallace University. She was a college athlete at Baldwin Wallace, which helped her passion for fitness grew into an aspiration to work in the field. Maggey is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and plans to become a traveling PTA in the near future.

Maggey is a certified Group Exercise Instructor through ACE Fitness. Previously, she was a manager in corporate wellness for three years. In her spare time, Maggey enjoys baking, traveling, spending time in nature, playing and watching sports, and hanging out with family and friends. Maggey is excited to be at Ascend, and see members reach their goals. Feel free to ask her any questions or for advice next time you see her, she is happy to help you get to those goals. 

Random Fact: Maggey can recite the alphabet backward.

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BROOKE BUCKHANNON

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Brooke received a Bachelor of Arts with majors in both Public Relations and Marketing from Baldwin Wallace University. 
 
Since a young age, Brooke has been active with weightlifting and sporting events. She is eager to continue her career involved in fitness and helping other achieve their health goals through the use of marketing techniques. Helping others start their fitness journey is Brooke’s main priority and she is excited to help you!
 

Random Fact: Brooke enjoys biking and fishing in her spare time with friends and loved ones. 

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EVAN NICHOLAS

Receptionist and Trainer

Evan has his Bachelor’s of Forensic Science and has an Associates of Applied Science. He has gotten his Personal Training and Nutrition credentials from NASM. Evan has been in the fitness industry for the last 5 years but has been personal training for 3. He was also a college athlete and competed in Olympic Powerlifting. Evan specializes in HIIT, Olympic Power Lifting, Functional Movement Training, and Physique. He loves to travel and adventure, bringing that excitement into all his training and nutrition. 

Random Fact: Evan recently moved back from Hawaii where he found a passion for extreme sports and free climbing  

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INDIA HENDERSON

Receptionist

Meet India Henderson, born and raised in Cleveland, currently enrolled at CSU for Pre-Physical Therapy, with a minor in business. She owns a business currently, selling custom-designed clothing, and is very involved in the community. India is working to start a non-profit to help educate minority communities on financial literacy. India is also serving in the United States Air Force reserve, working directly with the pilots. In her spare time, India enjoys traveling, trading stocks, and working out.


Fun Fact: India is the oldest of 8 children

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BRANDI SCHOOLEY

Receptionist

Brandi is pursuing a bachelor’s in management at Cleveland State University. Her goal is to graduate next spring of 2023. With her degree, Brandi hopes to one day own her own businesses, preferably a coffee shop and a gym. 

In her spare time, she enjoys working out and reading– hence wanting to own a gym. Currently, her favorite genre to read is fantasy, and her favorite books are Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Series. Her love for books and coffee has inspired the idea of a coffee shop where you can rent/purchase books! 

Brandi is excited to help people along their fitness journey here at Ascend!

Random Fact:  Brandi is an Irish Twin with her sister. They are 11 months almost to the day apart. Cool beans.

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