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Introducing the CrossFit Expedition team

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

Our founder

Nichole Stiles

After earning her B.S. in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati, Nichole always knew she wanted to help people live their best lives and began exploring her options. After working in the health insurance and medical fields, she quickly realized she would rather help individuals prevent disease than cure it. Being a member of the CrossFit community for several years, she decided to combine her love of fitness with her passion to help others. Nichole now spends her time working hard at becoming the best owner, coach, motivator, and athlete she can be!

Our coaches

Emily Finn coach at CrossFit Expedition

Emily Finn

Emily Finn, PT, DPT combines her knowledge as a physical therapist with her passions for health and wellness when coaching the members of CrossFit Expedition. She is the founder and owner of Empower You PT, her physical therapy practice based out of CFE, and she also manages the Surgical Oncology practice at OhioHealth. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s 2014 Doctor of Physical Therapy program, is board certified in Women’s Health physical therapy, and holds a Level One CrossFit Certification. She also holds a Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy through the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and writes questions for the Women’s Health physical therapy board certification exam. Her clinical interests include pelvic health, the athletic population, pregnancy and postpartum related conditions, the athletic population, and cancer rehabilitation. She is a lab assistant for the APHPT’s pelvic health course series and serves on the CAPP-Pelvic committee, with whom she writes course materials for physical therapists seeking continuing education in pelvic health.

Matthew Dunatchik

Matt is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor by day who graduated with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Dayton. He loves working with clients in his private practice for psychotherapy and is excited to bring his passion in working with mind and body to coaching classes at CrossFit Expedition. His warm and engaging approach to coaching helps athletes feel comfortable pushing themselves to new limits. He believes we all have the capacity to change and to experience the fullness of life through connecting more deeply with mind, body, and spirit. He is a Level 1 CrossFit certified trainer and is thrilled to be part of the coaching team and community at CrossFit Expedition!
Jennifer McGruder coach at CrossFit Expedition

Jennifer McGruder

Graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s of science in Civil Engineering and currently works as Project Management Supervisor at Sky Climber LLC. After having her son; Sebastian, in 2013 she found her passion for weight lifting and crossfit. In 2019 she decided to continue her education and desire to help others by getting her CrossFit Level 1 Certification. And in 2020 she expanded that to include the CrossFit Kids Certification. She enjoys not just CrossFit, but also rucking and competitive powerlifting with her fiance Jimmy. She competed at USPA 2020 Nationals and holds four USPA state powerlifting records. She’s excited to join the CrossFit Expedition family!

Ross Marks

Ross started his CrossFit journey more than ten years ago here in Columbus. He was looking for something more than what a traditional corporate gym could give. His first CrossFit WOD showed him the community and competitive nature Crossfit offered that had him hooked immediately. Recently obtained my CF-L1 and looking forward helping others in their CrossFit journey.

He lives in Gahanna with his wife and their pack of dogs where they explore what Columbus gives us. He loves traveling, friends and assisting people to achieve their goals.

Matthew Paradis

Matt was born in Vancouver, Canada and moved to Ohio in 2010. In 2020, he graduated from THE Ohio State University with a Bachelors in GIS. He now a local Columbus Real Estate Agent, as well as having his own rentals. He loves CrossFit and have been regularly CrossFitting since 2017 . He has competed in a couple competitions placing 1st once and 2nd another time. He is always down to do more competitions! (Side Note) He loves going to Disney with my GF, they go every year!

He is looking to expand his own fitness by becoming L1 certified as well as help others achieve their own unique goals, please come to him with any questions! He responds to Matt, Matthew, Canada and Paradise. His last name is pronounced the same as the word “Parody” 😄

Jayme Doyle

Jayme has been a hairstylist and small business owner in Columbus for almost 20 years. She has spent most of her career taking care of clients behind the chair and investing in others which has been so incredibly rewarding. But after the birth of my daughter Fiona, she was looking for a new way for me to take care of myself. 6 years ago She reluctantly tried CrossFit after years of experimenting with different fitness programs – even Jazzercise! She fell in love with the challenge and it’s results, but mostly the community of support I’ve gained along the way. It’s become a way for her to push herself to the limit and take what she achieves inside the gym out to the rest of her life with more strength and confidence. Now some of the same athletes she strived to be like are peers she’s competing with. Her fitness journey started as an intimidated girl that couldn’t even lift an empty barbell to a team competitor that placed 3rd at my first official competition. She truly believe there is no limit to what you can achieve at the gym, even when it hurts. But that’s what a good coach is for: encouraging you to push yourself and do hard things!! She has been fortunate enough to be coached by some of the best in the area and she is so excited to share what she has learned, now as a coach herself, and grow within this community!

Amy Whitson

Amy, MD, FACS a native of Austin, Texas is a wellness and fitness enthusiast who cares deeply about health and well-being.  She has spent most of her life caring for surgical patients in the operating room and helping them heal into recovery.  As a trauma and general surgeon, she believes that the best preventative medicine is fitness, nutrition, and a positive community!  She enjoys CrossFit as a functional fitness platform that is modifiable for all ages and abilities, and has been learning from and training with Nichole since 2018.  Amy was a college athlete, ran several half marathons during medical school and managed to fit in sprint triathlons during her two pregnancies and surgical residency training.  When she’s not at the gym, Amy is busy running trauma courses, building her surgical consulting business, happily writing, cooking, playing her cello, and cheering year-round at high school soccer, basketball, track and baseball games, all the sports her kids are playing!  Amy lives in Columbus with her husband, two children and two dogs.

Brittany Yinger

Brittany Yinger graduated from Ohio University in 2015 with a Bachelors in Community Health. Works full time at Facebook as a Recruiter helping individuals land their dream job. I most recently got my CrossFit level 1 certification so that I can combine my love for fitness and helping others reach their goals in the gym! I have been cross fitting regularly for the past 7 years, competed in multiple opens for fun and overall just love the CrossFit community. The high intensity and competitive nature of crossfit got me hooked and wish I would of found it sooner! Excited to be apart of the CFE family, help YOU reach your fitness goals, continue to build a strong community and most importantly have fun doing it!

Favorite CrossFit moves: overhead squats and handstand push-ups

Favorite wod: filthy fifty or any chipper workout!! 😬

Lives in Columbus, Ohio with my husband & two children.

David Hoover

A Columbus native, David’s background is in the world of education. His experience includes Elementary, Secondary and Adapted PE for students with disabilities and their typical peers. Most recently, he served for three years as a founding teacher and Athletic Director at an international school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While overseas, David helped start the sports and physical education program at Oasis International School Kuala Lumpur, using CrossFit methodology as a foundational piece of the PE curriculum and training. He also helped start the CrossFit school affiliate, CrossFit Eagles Landing.
David and his family (wife Tiffani, son Jace and daughter Willow) moved back to Ohio in late 2021. Currently, he is working in business development at Bolder Creative, a marketing and branding studio in central Ohio.  With his L1 certification still active and a CrossFit shaped hole in his life, David is happy to have found the CrossFit Expedition team. Encouraging others to take their health and fitness seriously starts with self, so here we go!

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