Introducing the Elevation Fitness team

Meet the fitness experts that are here to help you achieve your goals

Peter Lombardi owner of Elevation Fitness
Our founder

Peter Lombardi

Peter Lombardi started in the Fitness Industry at the young age of 15 years old, his goal was always to create a facility centered around total Fitness and wellness. Peter has worked the spectrum in the industry. From your traditional big box facility, cardiac rehabilitation settings, as well physical therapy clinics. He always says he has been fortunate enough to have worked with all populations from professional athletes looking to raise their level of performance or get out of pain, to senior citizens just looking to prolong their lifespan and quality of life . Peter does not use cookie cutter programs he develops personalized programs based on the needs and wants of the individual, he will prioritize developing an authentic, meaningful connection with you in your pursuit of individual goals.

Understanding the needs of the individual, and the subsequent demands that a particular lifestyle imposes on each person, is the cornerstone on which his clinical practice is built and provides the guidance for him to provide the best care, to everyone.

Our staff

Tatiana Poddoubnaia coach at Elevation Fitness

Tatiana Poddoubnaia, L.Ac.

I am a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac), and a Certified Herbal Specialist, who had followed my family’s medical tradition. My father is a Neurologist who successfully integrated Chinese Medicine into his primary practice. I also had the honor of training with Dr. Jeffrey Yuen, the 88th generation Taoist Priest, an expert in School of Classical Chinese Medicine, also called “Extraordinary Vessels”. This ancient yet relevant and sophisticated system addresses patient’s maladies with a personalized approach .This allows not only to get the best results, but caters to any special needs of the patient.
My practice has evolved around pain and stress management, acute and chronic injury relief, female health, neurological and cardiovascular ailments. I really enjoy working with “Extraordinary Vessels”, but I am not a stranger to the other Schools, choosing the appropriate treatment plan, best for each patient.

Christina Lombardi coach at Elevation Fitness

Christina Lombardi

Registered Dietitian

I get it, eating right isn’t easy. Fad Diets – you’re over it, well so am I. I have been there before, which is why I entered into the field of nutrition. Even as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I know what it is like to feel off-balanced. If you desire to make changes to the way you live, then you should consider the benefits of working with a qualified professional. I will help you find your optimal health through individual nutrition counseling and coaching.

Dr. Frank J. Valente

Board Certified Chiropractor
Board Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner
ALINE Certified Expert


Dr. Valente graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in Houston, Texas, with a focus on Radiology, Rehabilitation, and Myofascial Disorders. During this time he received a certification in Acupuncture and was trained in Concussion Grading, Athletic Taping and Kinesio Taping techniques. At the same time he joined the Baseball Sports Medicine Institute where he treated Professional and Amateur athletes.

In 2001, he joined Broadway Orthopedic and Sports Specialists in New York City as Director of Chiropractic Services and was a team doctor for the NIKE Pro-Am Basketball League for 6 years. He works along with Orthopedic Surgeons, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, and Personal Trainers from Gyms, all over New York City. In 2006 he co-founded Elite Health & Sports Chiropractic, P.C.


Dr. Valente has obtained the postgraduate education as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. This certification is specific to physical fitness and the evaluation and treatment of injuries encountered in sports. In 2006 & 2007, Dr. Valente was part of the medical team at the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Valente has been quoted in both Women’s Health and The New Yorker magazines.


Dr. Valente is certified in FAKTR, which stands for “Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation.” It was developed to help speed recovery from chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes and has also been shown to work extremely well on acute musculoskeletal & myofascial conditions. This technique uses instrument assisted soft tissue and manual therapies, combine with Kinesio tapingand various low-tech rehabilitation devices such as Thera-Band simultaneously. This approach provides a powerful stimulus to healing tissues.


Dr. Valente is one of the few chiropractors in New York who performs Manipulation Under Anesthesia (Gordon Technique), a valuable procedure for people with chronic neck, back, and joint problems who have not been responsive to conventional treatment.


Dr. Valente is a proud member of the United States Sports Chiropractic Federation which promotes the development and care of athletes at international sporting events.

Insurance / Managed Care Plans Accepted:
  • Most Major Medical Plans Accepted!
  • Short/Affordable Treatment Plans Available
Types of Payment Accepted:
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Cash Plans
  • Financing Options

David India

Certified Personal Trainer
Kettlebell Instructor
Kids Fit coach

As a former semi pro athlete Dave got into training to improve his health and well being, he is constantly evolving and improving his methodologies to enhance his client experience and improve their outcomes with training.

Dave is extremely passionate about helping others improve their fitness and wellness.

Dave is the head coach of our Kids Fit program and also spearheads our 8 week Kettlebell Camp.

If you have any questions about these programs don’t hesitate to when you see him in the club to pick his brain, he is always available to answer any questions.

Guy Fitzgerald

Certified Personal Trainer

I learned a long time ago that there wasn’t anything I couldn’t achieve as long as I wanted it badly enough.

I have always enjoyed being active. I have been a skier since my teens. Became a golf addict and In my 30’s I started racing motocross and running.

Over the years I hired a couple coaches and I did just about everything they said. I got into good enough shape that I could start running again. I lost 50lbs and ran the NYC Marathon.

I fell in love with the process and became fully aware of how important strength training and conditioning really is. Those coaches helped me regain my life back. I could not have done it without their help and guidance. So, I got my certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer.

Through all of my life experiences, not just the physical fitness and weight loss, my goal is to help.

One of the greatest lessons I was taught in life is that I should keep it simple. So we will keep it simple and one day at a time we can achieve our goals of living a happy, active, and healthy life.

Maria Abreau

Certified Personal Trainer

Maria is a Certified Personal Trainer with Over 15 years in the fitness industry. Maria enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others while blending the mental and physical aspects of training to help clients achieve their goals.

As a longtime Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach Maria Prioritizes continuing her education and expanding her skill set to be able to assist clients.

“Building relationships and fostering the connection between myself and my clients is of the utmost importance to their success”

Anthony Raccomandato


Anthony has excelled in training and consulting all levels of clients and athletes – from the general public to athletes competing in varsity, NCAA Division I, II, III, amateur, and professional sports – including NBA, NHL, and WTA. Over the past eight years, he has honed his skills specifically for improving movement, strength, conditioning, sports performance, and
modalities of injury reduction and rehabilitation.

His goal is to improve the quality of the strength and conditioning profession through coaching and teaching clients and fellow coaches.

Jacqueline Schmidt

Personal Trainer , Fitness & Lifestyle Management Coach

After 5 years in the healthcare system, Jac decided to make a career shift to the fitness world. She has been involved with fitness and strength training for 10 years. Through mentorship and accountability, clients will radiate with confidence physically, emotionally and mentally.

As a coach she believes that it is important for her clients to succeed in all areas of their life, inside and outside of the gym.


Fitness Professional,Certified Personal Trainer, Strength Coach

My name is Ryan Cummings. I have worked with many different populations to help individuals achieve their goals (weight loss,increasing lean muscle tissue, physical rehabilitation, preservation of functionality & more). I have earned a Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology at Hofstra University, where I have worked alongside Strength and Conditioning Coaches to train Division 1 NCAA athletes at Hofstra. My goal as a trainer is to help individuals live a healthy and functional lifestyle, not only physically but mentally as well, through exercise and lifestyle modifications.

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Tom Martinez

Personal Trainer

Hello! My name is Thomas. I’m here to spread awareness about the importance of fitness, health, and wellness. In turn, help people make the proper changes in their everyday lives to cultivate healthy habits. This is a lifestyle that I have adopted for myself over the years and it has truly changed my life. I want to bring that feeling to others. I’m a certified personal trainer and mixed martial artist. I like to incorporate the many things mixed martial arts has taught me into my training. Overall, my goal is to help people transform their lives into something better and make them stronger mentally and physically to deal with everyday life.

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Brett Klouda


Brett has been a personal trainer and Human Movement Specialist since 2014 specializing in Fitness, Rehab, and sports performance.

As a Division 2 College soccer player and a soccer trainer for 2 years; Brett has Helped numerous children from ages 5-15 years old improve fundamentals and skills to enhance their performance and reduce injury potential.

As a physical Therapy assistant, Brett has spent countless hours working in physical therapy clinics helping patients improve their capacity outside of the clinic and the gym setting. Brett blends the art and science of Fitness and Orthopedic Rehabilitation to help clients preserve their functionality and improve longevity.

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