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As some of you may know by now, though many don’t, I will be leaving Cressey Performance at the end of May. I have been accepted into the University of Maine Master’s and Dietetic Internship Program and will be starting the program in July. To go along with that, my wife matched her for her dental residency at the Togus VA in Augusta, ME which also starts in July, so we will be moving home!
This is a very exciting time for us as we are both Mainers at heart, and are looking forward to moving home to be close to our families and friends. At the same time it was a sad moment when I had to tell Pete, Tony and Eric the news that I would be leaving them and heading back to Maine. As happy as I am to further my dietetic career, and finally become a Registered Dietitian, I am definitely sad to leave behind my incredible time at CP.
I have been at CP almost since its inception, starting to intern only a few months after it started. I was soon hired and it has been an unbelievable experience ever since. A big part of the reason why I wanted to work there so badly, even though it was part-time in the beginning and I certainly was not there to get rich, was because I saw where the facility was heading. I knew big things were ahead for Cressey Performance and I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to learn from someone like Eric, and Tony too, to become a great strength and conditioning coach. I got all of those things and so much more. Eric and Tony taught me more about strength and conditioning, injury prevention, power development, etc etc than I ever had thought existed!
I would not be half of the nutritionist I am today if it wasn’t for Cressey Peformance, and I recognize that. The growth that place provided me was unparalleled, and I can’t imagine having worked anywhere else. I also can’t forget to mention Pete, who often gets lost in the shuffle of the online world of CP. In person, at the facility, Pete is as big a part of Cressey Performance as Eric is. He has been a tremendous boss and mentor to me on the business side of fitness, as well as being a good friend.
Cressey Performance has also graciously allowed me to fill in for Cassandra Forsythe at Alternity Healthcare while she is on maternity leave. Since I will be leaving to move back to Maine shortly, as well as it being baseball season and we are only seeing about half as many clients as usual, and we need to ease the newest CP staff member Chris Howard into my role, I have dropped from 5-6 days/week at CP to 2-3.
Allowing me to become only part-time has allowed me this tremendous opportunity to work 3 days/week at a place like Alternity Healthcare. It has exposed to me areas of medicine I knew nothing about, tests and methods of disease prevention that are fascinating, as well as getting to pick the brain of a brilliant MD like Dr. Ebanks. This is a phenomenal place, where I get to do nutrition counseling in a much more clinical setting as well as putting people through functional movements screens, postural assessments and a VO2max/Stress test. It is awesome.
I can’t thank Eric, Tony and Pete enough for all they have taught me, the exposure they have given me, and the friendship they have provided. It has all been invaluable and I hope to utilize that to someday start my own facility in southern Maine.
So while I am excited to move back to my wonderful home state of Maine, be close to family and friends, and further my dietetic career, I am certainly sad to leave the wonderful Cressey Performance, that has been more home than job. Leaving the clients might even be the hardest part of the whole process, as I have developed a close friendship with too many to count. I can’t name you all by name as there would be far too many, and I don’t want to leave anyone out, but you know who you are.
So to all that have been a part of the experience, I thank you. I would not be the strength coach, nutritionist or person that I am today without you.
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