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Get to know our friendly Fitness Together® Personal Training Staff at Naples.

Paula Allia, PT, DHSc, OCS, MTC
Paula Allia, PT, DHSc, OCS, MTC

Paula Allia, PT, DHSc, OCS, MTC

Co-owner of Fitness Together in downtown Naples

Paula has over 39 years of experience in physical therapy and exercise physiology. Her passion is to help people optimize the performance of their bodies. She has been an athlete her whole life as received a basketball scholarship from Boston University. Paula has attended Boston University (BS-1980), Temple University (MEd.1988), and later completed her Doctorate of Science Degree (DHSc) at the University of St. Augustine.

Early in her career, Paula also became a certified manual therapist (MTC-1990) through the University of St. Augustine and is certified as an Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association since 1992. She also has training in vestibular rehab and vertigo.

Paula has been a member of the medical team for the United States Diving Team. She has both worked with the injuries of these athletes and as a member of the Performance Enhancement Team (PET) for the divers which was established in attempts to keep these athletes healthy, correcting movement impairments while advancing in their training performance. Her whole career has been focused on helping people and paying attention to detail. See the physical therapy section of this website for further information on wellness programs on both injury prevention and treatment. Paula continues to work one on one at Fitness Together with both physical therapy and training. Evaluations are performed for injuries, postural analysis, body and balance symmetry, wellness, prevention and also for custom orthotics. The goals are to perform activities with the best quality while also allowing the body to develop more symmetrically if you are young and to age gracefully with less stress and strain on the body.

Paula does have electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and cold laser therapy available as adjunct to one on one hands on therapy.

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Annette Suridis
Annette Suridis

Annette Suridis

Co-owner of Fitness Together Downtown Naples

Annette Suridis is a personal trainer with over 22 years of experience. She attended the Fitness Institute with Dr. Abbot. In 1997 she became a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and continued her endeavor and received her American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification in 2000. That same year, she also became certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is also certified in fitness boxing and yes, we do boxing at FT.

Annette’s passion is to help people achieve their fitness and wellness goals and to improve their quality of life. Annette runs the daily operation of Fitness Together as well as keeping her skills sharp with personal training intervention and performs the fitness assessments of our clients.

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Steve Ippolito
Steve Ippolito

Steve Ippolito

Certified Personal Trainer

Steve is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 with a B.S. in Human Performance. He is certified by both NSCA (CSCS and RSCC) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as ACE. Steve has worked with both the Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins.

Steve has been with us for over 6 years and has become a minority partner. He sets a great example for the whole FT team! His dedication to the clients and FT has been exceptional! Steven performs fitness assessments and personal training sessions with focus on the client's goals.

Overall, Steve has a passion for helping people advance themselves in fitness and function. He specializes in balance and core strengthening and general strengthening and in sport specific training.

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Joe Porcaro
Joe Porcaro

Joe Porcaro

Certified Personal Trainer

Joe is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Kinesiology. He is nationally certified by the NCSF as a personal trainer and is in his 6th year with FT. His passion is training clients one-on-one and getting results! He is an integral part of the FT team!

Joe grew up in Cape Cod, MA and relocated to Naples in 2013 to enjoy the benefits of year round warm weather and to be physically active and start his career. He has always been passionate about fitness and is a huge advocate of functional training.

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Cole Messner

Certified Personal Trainer

Cole is a native of Naples. He found his passion for fitness while he assumed the role of the assistant race director for the Fitness Challenge.

Cole is a graduate of DePaul University with his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. While there he was a member of the DePaul crew team. He is certified through NASM as a personal trainer and is also a certified Golf Fitness Specialist. His overall passion is to assist everyone to live the best version of themselves.

While attending DePaul, Cole worked in a physical therapy clinic for three years at the East Bank of Chicago. Working with people who have limitations and helping them heal and flourish is a goal to continue.

Lana Panzarino

Certified Personal Trainer

Originally from Europe , Ukraine. After graduating from University, I relocated to America. I am married and have 2 children.

Since a young age, I have been an athlete and performed in many national competitions. I want to implement my training skills and knowledge in each of my training sessions including but not limited to cardiovascular, corrective, and strength training. The goals I strive to reach for are to design the best effective exercise program to reach the individual's goals.

Robyn Nord

Certified Personal Trainer

Robyn was born and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula until recently relocating to SW Florida. She was owner and operator of fitness and training studios in Michigan and is 35+ years in the industry.

She enjoys nothing more than sharing her life's passion to help people become the best versions of themselves. It is an honor to assist someone in their endeavors.