511 Bay Isles Parkway   |   Longboat Key,  FL  34228   |   941.383.3488

Trainers

Petar is developer, owner and one of the trainers at Longboat Key Fitness. A former Olympic athlete from Serbia, he has been a premier fitness trainer since 2000. A certified personal trainer thru ACE (American Council on Exercise) and Sports Technology Specialist, Petar has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Technology Training. Capitalizing on his energetic entrepreneurial drive, he developed the Longboat Key Fitness Studio concept based on his own high achieving training style. Petar's program carefully promotes health and an extended healthy life style, avoiding strain and injury. With a warm and friendly approach, Petar develops special personal relationships with his clients. He enjoys educating them toward a full understanding of the purpose of each exercise enabling his clients to do the exercises on their own. Every program is highly personalized. Petar is married and the father of two beautiful boys.
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Fitness and nutrition are essential components of Heather’s life; therefore, helping clients achieve their personal fitness goals is what she finds most rewarding. Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and is a certified personal trainer through American Council on Exercise.
She believes that focusing on balance, core, strength and flexibility are key components in helping an individual avoid injury, maintain strength and enjoy an improved quality of life. In addition to training, Heather has spent many years working as an exercise physiologist in cardiac, pulmonary and outpatient rehabilitation.
Heather’s passion lies in creating customized workouts for clients of all ages and fitness levels. Her workouts are innovative and challenging yet safe and effective, thus ensuring personal fitness goals are achieved.
Debbie is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with ACTION (Athletic Certification & Training Commission) and ACE (American Council on Exercise).  
Working in both New York and London before coming to Longboat Key, Debbie Has been in the fitness industry since 2012.  She worked alongside physiotherapists in the UK and has experience with all ages and fitness levels.  Outside of the gym Debbie enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, cycling and being outdoors.
Bryant Anderson is both a Licensed Massage Therapist and an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Bryant's passion is taking a client's body and bringing it back into symmetry through a combination of
stretching, massage and strength training. This systematic approach improves posture while increasing range of motion
and nerve conduction.

A massage therapist for six years and a personal trainer for four years, Bryant loves what he does and finds
great personal satisfaction in seeing his clients quality of life improve on a daily basis.

Bryant likes riding his bike, doing yoga and rock climbing. He is an advocate of healthy eating and keeping the
body hydrated.

 

Patricia (Patty) Buttenheim has three decades of healthcare, wellness and fitness experience.

Most recently, Patty was Vice President at Private Health, a concierge medical company, where she oversaw their global clinical operations and was a Director at EmblemHealth, an insurance company, where she was responsible for member and employee wellness programming. She was also a co-founder and Partner at Wellness 360 where she was involved with creating corporate medical, wellness and fitness centers.

Patty has also served as Vice President and Global Head of Health Services for Goldman Sachs where she oversaw medical services, case management, employee assistance programs, and business continuity and disaster preparedness planning for Goldman Sachs’ medical teams. As Goldman’s co-head of Wellness for the Americas she also oversaw many of the firm’s global wellness programs and directly set policies and standards for patient care programs and facilities for Goldman Sachs’ population around the world.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Patty worked in the emergency room at Bellevue Hospital, supervised the operating room at New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), was a research coordinator for the cardiac surgeons at NYULMC with whom she had the opportunity to co-author many scientific papers on minimally invasive heart surgery, and was a personal trainer at Select Fitness. She served on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Exercise for six years and was then elected to their Emeritus Board.

Patty received her master’s degree in health and fitness management from New York University and her undergraduate degree in nursing from Skidmore College. She holds many certifications with the American Heart Association, American Medical Association and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additionally, she has held USA Triathlon certifications for coaching and refereeing where she had the opportunity to referee Ironman competitions.

A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Patty was the eighth American woman to complete a double iron triathlon and at one point was ranked fifth female in the world for ultra-distance triathlon. Patty also had the privilege of carrying the torch on New Year’s Eve in Tonawanda, NY for the XIX Olympic Winter Games held in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Karen is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor. She is also certified by Peak Pilates (classic Pilates) Level I,II,& III, Im=x Pilates(a hybrid of Pilates & the Alexander technique), Active Isolated Stretch Technician, Urban Rebounding, Reebok Core Pilates, among others.

She utilizes her varied teachings to creatively challenge clients to attain their goals in programs that stay fresh.

“Work your body, improve your mind!” (Her motto for herself and her clients).

Kathleen is a Registered Nurse who has been active in the fitness industry for over 25 years. She is certified in personal training and group fitness instruction. Kathleen enjoys a challenge and excels in balance training. She believes that it is never too late or too early for improvement in your balance, strength, and flexibility. Kathleen also encourages fitness to be fun.

Sean joined Longboat Key Fitness in the summer of 2010. He has the equivalent of an advanced masters degree in Sports Science and the equivalent of a Masters Degree of Sport Medicine and Physical Therapy from his education in Serbia. He was also a personal trainer and coach of sport gymnasts and wrestlers. Additionally, he is very experienced in helping people over 50 to learn to exercise and to improve in their fitness abilities if they were already exercising.

Sean is committed to improving his clients health and life style through fitness. He likes to bring a variety of exercises and approaches in order to make things fun and challenging, safely. Since health, fitness and exercise have been Sean’s hobby and vocation he is a very highly motivating trainer.

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