CHRIS COFFEY, M.S.
Clinic Director & Exercise Physiologist
As a 13-year veteran of the fitness and nutrition field, I have learned what it takes to
help the body gain strength and stamina. Equally important, I know how to create a stimulating
training environment where children and adults are safe to work past their real and perceived
limitations and learn how to make good choices about their health.
Before co-founding the Institute for Exercise Medicine and Prevention® (I.EM.PHIT®), I was
lead Exercise Physiologist from 2001-08 at the acclaimed Kohl’s Power3 Exercise Medicine Center
at the Children’s Hospital of St. Paul. There, I counseled and trained children and adults who
were referred by physicians for enhanced treatment of medical conditions. I also cultivated
expertise in, and passion for, helping children and families – boosting their self-esteem by helping
them set and achieve fitness and health goals and teaching them to enjoy physical activities and
improve their life choices.
Our goal at I.EM.PHIT® is to give kids and parents a place where they can go to bring the love of physical activity back into their lives. I also closely collaborate with providers, medical staff and referring physicians to integrate medicine into the treatment of medical conditions.
Additional experience includes 13 years of adult personal training and highschool strength and conditioning coaching. I started personal training at Northwest Athletic Club and now do all of my private personal training at the clients' homes.
I earned my M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I have a B.S. in
Biology from St. Could State University in Minnesota.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.