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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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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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SHELBY HAGER

Receptionist

Shelby received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Tiffin University. She is looking forward to increasing her knowledge even more about the health and fitness world while collaborating with the rest of the Ascend Team. She hopes to share her knowledge and experience with you! 

 

Fun fact: I named my dog after “Rory” from Gilmore Girls. 

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THOMAS

Receptionist and Trainer

Thomas is an ACSM – Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Health Coaching and Health Promotions from Baldwin Wallace University! While attending Baldwin Wallace, he was a member of their football team.

Thomas has a wide range of experience, from working with athletes to special populations clients in all age groups. He has worked both in Strength and Conditioning and Corporate wellness settings. These experiences allowed him to better gauge where an individual is on their fitness journey and what tools will help them reach their goals.

He is passionate about helping people reach their goals and doing what others believe they cannot! Thomas believes in a holistic view of wellness and that you can achieve the physic of your dreams through working smarter, not harder, doing the little things, and taking it day by day!

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