Every staff member of The Wellness Center in Atlanta is a trained health professional, and all are certified in CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation). Our classes and services are provided by dedicated professionals who are certified in their fields with years of experience. Learn more about our management team below.
Amanda Posey, Wellness Center Director
Amanda has an extensive management, membership and operations background. She previously worked over four years at Zoo Atlanta as the Director of Membership and Sales, and the metro Atlanta YMCA for 19 years in Membership, Marketing, Operations, Wellness and Group Fitness. Amanda enjoys being around members and seeing them achieve their fitness goals. Most recently her Wellness Center achieved MFA (Medical Fitness Association) facility certification and is proud of the fact it is the first in Georgia to be recognized with this designation.
Dr. Sara Shuler, Medical Director
Dr. Shuler has been a practicing neurologist since 2003. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a general neurologist and enjoys seeing patients with all neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, headaches and Alzheimer’s disease. She has advanced training in epilepsy diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Shuler is originally from Crawfordsville, Indiana. She received her B.S. in Food Chemistry from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, in 1994 and her M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1998. She completed her internship and residency in neurology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, with an emphasis in epilepsy.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Shuler pursued a career as a professional musician. She received a degree from the Guitar Institute of Technology in 1984. She continues to play for fun and in her spare time enjoys running, any athletic activities, cooking and following current events. She has a daughter and a son who bring her great joy.
DeKalb Medical Wellness Center’s personal trainers are WITH YOU every step of the way as you strive to improve your health and fitness goals. We are here to give you a safe and effective exercise program to fit your needs. Please visit our North Decatur location and meet one of the trainers today!
A seasoned, results-focused ACE Certified Health Coach/Personal Trainer with more than 15 years of proven experience designing, developing, and implementing health programs for individuals, groups and corporate clients. Primary focus is on empowerment, education, and alternative approaches to help clients better understand the mind-body-lifestyle connection toward optimum health and wellness. Specialized in weight management, cardiovascular conditioning, HIIT training, and core conditioning.
Derek Jackson is a graduate from Clayton State University's Health & Fitness Management Program. He currently holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Derek also holds a Master Personal Training and Holistic Health Coach Certification. Among other certifications he currently holds a speed & explosion specialist certification from the National Academy of Speed & Explosion.
Akiko enjoys helping people live healthier lives and watching the transformation ensue. She has been an exercise professional since 2005 and has a great resume in the health and wellness industry. Akiko specializes in group fitness and personal training. She has worked in numerous gyms around Atlanta providing one-on-one training and teaching yoga.
Chavonne Shorter, MS
Chavonne has a burning passion for health and wellness, and is the longest standing trainer at the Wellness Center. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and possesses a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Exercise Science. Her areas of expertise are designing fitness programs for a variety of demographics.