“Dr. Matt”, as he is known in the gym, is a board-certified practicing emergency physician. After completing his residency at Mt. Sinai in New York City in 2004, he stayed on as faculty there as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine until moving out to Portland in 2012 in search of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle for him and his family. Matt discovered CrossFit in 2015.
“I was terrified when I walked into my first class. Pacific Crest welcomed me like family from day one. I was hooked in no time and today I’m proud to say I’m far fitter at 45 then I was at 25!”
In 2018, Matt had the opportunity through CrossFit Health to join a group of like-minded physicians in Aromas, California to gain CFMD-L1 certification. CrossFit Health physicians aim to reshape modern medicine by focusing on maintaining wellness through healthy lifestyle, diet, and exercise.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to maintain not one but two jobs in the health field. As a physician, my role has been to find and fix disease when it presented. Now I’m thrilled to have another position focused on improving health and wellness and avoiding disease in the first place.”
Born and raised in Southern California, Gretchen has always been an active athlete. Growing up an avid tennis player, turned marathon runner, to her discovery of Crossfit in 2011.
"I was smitten immediately with the challenge of incorporating gymnastics, weightlifting and functional movements all into one killer workout."
She started coaching Crossfit and personal training soon after, eager to share her passion for functional fitness with others. She was excited to add to her coaching credentials with a Crossfit Kids certification in 2014 just after her move to Portland. With five children of her own, she knows the importance of getting young children to move well and early on.
So if you don't see her around the gym, she's probably out enjoying her love for yoga, outdoors and her family.
CrossFit Kids Certified
I am an Oregon girl, born and raised. A lover of the outdoors and the fresh Pacific Northwest air. I am a Mama, an avid crossfitter and a yogi. I believe in moving the body everyday whether that is through training, surfing, hiking or cycling. In an effort to keep my body mobile and healthy for my wide array of active interests, I took up yoga more than a decade ago. I believe in yoga, in all of its benefits and in sharing it with this amazing community of athletes.
Last year, I received my 200-hour Yoga teaching certification with the laser-focused goal of bringing it to the Crossfit community. I have been training at Crossfit gyms for 2 1/2 years and understand its incredible strength benefits as well as the injuries, aches and pains many of deal with on a daily basis.
Alena started CrossFit in 2012 when she lived in Denver. As a former NCAA collegiate athlete, she quickly got hooked by the amazing community and team-like atmosphere. Her career brought her to Boston and then to Portland in 2015, where she started at Pacific Crest. She’s excited to train and encourage PCCF athletes to achieve their fitness goals. “Witnessing athletes improve day after day is the most rewarding and exciting part of coaching at PCCF!”
Family, friends, health, community, education (on any level), balance
Steph is from an active family who camped every chance they could during summer; sports during the school years. From Southern Oregon she joined the Army and was stationed in the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina spending three years as a Paratrooper. Returning to Oregon in 2004 staying active with running and swimming then finding CrossFit in summer 2010. In 2012 she made training her career, in both CrossFit coaching and Personal Training with Manifest Athletics. "When coaching I strive for those beautiful moments of flow when an athlete sort of becomes the movement. Fitness mirrors so many facets of life, it is my favorite thing to do, and the fact that I can do with a community makes me one happy athlete."
Aminta has been a resident of Portland, Oregon since December 1999. She was introduced to Crossfit in the summer of 2010, when her fourth son was 1 year old.
In the Crossfit community, Aminta, found the inspiration, instruction and accountability to accomplish, not only her fitness goals, but her life goals as well.
"Working as a small group coach and personal trainer has allowed me to share my passion with others and help them reach new heights.
John started doing CrossFit in 2007 while deployed to Iraq. Having served 21 years in the military, the preponderance of which was in the Special Operations community, John appreciates the benefits of functional fitness. He was co-owner of CrossFit RVA in Richmond, VA until 2010. He then moved home to Portland and opened Pacific Crest CrossFit. John's passion is to see people improve in any capacity. Watching people achieve things they didn't think were possible.
John has a personal interest in long distance endurance events. He has completed 4 marathon's, 2 70.3 Triathlons and 1 Ironman triathlon.