Our Team

Kaisa Kerwin

Founder, Owner & Lead Trainer

Kaisa is certainly no newcomer to the world of fitness. Starting Tae Kwon Do at just 4 years old and earning her Black Belt by age 8, she’s been a ninja her whole life! She trained her heart out and competed in hundreds of tournaments, even making it all the way to the Junior Olympics. When she Finished high school, Kaisa became a fully licensed Multi-Engine, Instrument-Rated Commercial Pilot, but after flying for 6 years, she realized she wasn’t doing what she loved, which was teaching and helping people.

In 2009 Kaisa completely shifted gears and opened up Kaisa’s Kickboxing. For 5 strong years she poured her heart into Kaisa’s Kickboxing, watching it grow and grow. When it finally outgrew its location, there was only one obvious choice: go bigger. In 2014, The Fit Shop was born, turning Kaisa’s group of dedicated clients into a full-blown fitness community, and it wasn’t long before people started to take notice (read more).

Creating a judgment-free, kind and inspiring space where people can go not only to get in the best shape of their life, but to see familiar faces and feel just as important as the person next to them is Kaisa’s favorite part about being in this business. The energy you feel when you’re at The Fit Shop is Kaisa’s heart and soul. If you haven’t felt it, then you haven’t been here, so come to The Fit Shop and check her out!

 

Gina Palazzi

@jabcrossgina - Trainer

  • 3rd year podiatry student at

    Barry University

  • From Scranton, PA (just like the television show ‘The Office’!)

  • Played basketball in college & in Italy

Favorite Workout: Boxing & booty exercises

Go-to Cheat Meal: Steak, pasta & gelato

Quote to live by: “Being lazy is disrespectful to those that believe in you.”

Dallas Jones

@_dallasj - Trainer

  • Lives in Miami, but can’t swim

  • Won’t eat cheese on a sandwich or burger, but his favorite food is lasagna

  • Named after the Cowboys

Favorite Workout: Tune-Up (exclusively at The Fit Shop!)

Go-to Cheat Meal: Pizza (likes cheese on this too…still no cheeseburgers)

Quote to live by: “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

Pinar Akkelle

@pinar_akkelle - Operations Manager

  • Florida International University Graduate in Hospitality Management 

  • Loves to watch HGTV Fixer Upper show

  • Of Turkish descent and proud!

Favorite Workout: Kettlebell Training

Go-to Cheat Meal: ROKBRGR’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Quote to live by: “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”

Jesse Perez

@primerofitness - Trainer

  • Personal trainer for 20 years

  • Recently moved from Chicago to Miami

  • Does 100 burpees a week in honor of his grandmother who is 101 years old

Favorite Workout: Everything!

Go-to Cheat Meal: Bacon cheeseburger, fries & a chocolate shake

Quote to live by: “Do what you feel is right, and who gives a sh*t what others think!”

Mishy Duchman-Mamane

@b_fitwitmish - Trainer

  • Has 4 brothers (one of which is her twin!)

  • Lived in Tel Aviv, Israel for a year

  • Just had a beautiful baby girl named

    Nili Rose with her husband

Favorite Workout: Burpees

Go-to Cheat Meal: Ben & Jerry’s Milk and Cookies Ice Cream & Spaghetti Marinara

Quote to live by: “Don’t wait for things to happen. Make them happen!”

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Eryn Magsino

@erynmonica - Front Desk Associate

  • Passionate about helping others live a holistic, healthy lifestyle

  • Born in New Jersey and raised in Orlando, Florida

  • Has a Bachelors of Science in Alternative Medicine & is going to be an esthetician.

Favorite Workout: The sled & HIIT

Go-to Cheat Meal: Fireman Derek's chicken pot pie

Quote to live by: “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” 
― Deepak Chopra

Vanessa Chang

@fly007lynn - Trainer

  • Has done Chinese Kickboxing Sanshou for 3 years

  • Studied acting for 3 years & loves going to the theater

  • Total coffee lover

Favorite Workout: HIIT, boxing, weight training & yoga

Go-to Cheat Meal: Fried chicken & waffles

Quote to live by: “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Eva Iglicki

@evashift - General Manager

  • Kaisa’s beautiful wife!

  • Moved to Miami from Venezuela

  • Has two amazing son’s

Favorite Workout: Anything at The Fit Shop (especially Kaisa’s classes)

Go-to Cheat Meal: Steve’s Pizza

Quote to live by: “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

Nicole Kardys

@dancewithnic - Marketing & Communications

  • Was a Miami HEAT Dancer for 4 seasons (& has 2 championship rings to prove it!)

  • Has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management

  • Started working out with Kaisa in 2009, when she first opened Kaisa’s Kickboxing

Favorite Workout: Burnout (exclusively at The Fit Shop!)

Go-to Cheat Meal: Checkers’ Baconzilla & Fully Loaded Fries

Quote to live by: “Live and let live.”