Meet Our Wellness Staff
Bryant Wilson, Wellness Center Director. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science/Wellness from the University of South Florida. He is a member of the International Association of Fitness Professionals (IDEA) and the Club Spa and Fitness Association (CSFA). He is a certified personal trainer (ACSM) and golf fitness instructor (C.G.F.I.). Bryant has extensive experience working with active older adults in developing and promoting fitness and wellness programs.
Melissa Dye, Wellness Coordinator. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine/Exercise Physiology from Elon University and a Master of Art degree in Gerontology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a certified Water Fitness Instructor (ISSA) and an Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist (ACE). Melissa has worked at Southminster for seven years.
Nancy Nicholson, Yoga Instructor. Nancy’s interest in wellness combines her training as a certified yoga instructor and a licensed clinical social worker. She has been teaching yoga for 14 years. She teaches Kripalu yoga, which includes meditation, physical yoga stretches and strengthening exercises, and relaxation, all of which have been shown to improve one’s health and awareness, as well as manage pain. She includes balance work in every class.
Yolanda (Yo) Osborn, Water Aerobics Instructor. Yo is originally from Honolulu, HI and has worked in fitness since 1983. She developed a chair exercise program called ABLE! (All Bodies Like Exercise!) for the Health Department’s Older Adult Services. She then branched out into aquatic exercise and received certifications with the Aquatic Exercise Association, MS Society, and Ai Chi. She is involved in the Senior Games of North Carolina and is a lead instructor for the line dancing division. Yo is a Board member of Char-Meck Senior Games, a volunteer for USTA and the USO of Charlotte, and is captain of several teams for the Queen City Tennis League.
Terese Schoen Taggart, Nia Instructor. Terese is a biofeedback specialist, spiritual life coach, Nia instructor, and radio show host on health and wellness. Terese has her own practice called MIT Health (Mindful Intent Transformation), which helps people empower themselves to get to the cause rather than dealing with symptoms that domino. Nia helps improve daily movements and heal the body, mind, and spirit. It is appropriate for all levels.
Becca Bazzle, Massage Therapist. Becca attended ICT Kikkawa Colege in Toronto, Ontario for her massage training. Upon learning that North Carolina only requires 500 hours of training for massage licensing, she decided that this did not allow enough time to learn about the human body. She was impressed with ICT’s 2,200 hour program where she learned about Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Injury Treatment and Prevention, Neuromuscular, Myofascial, and Suikodo, a version of Shiatsu. Becca has been a therapist for almost eight years.
Rayanne Hitzeman, Tai Chi Instructor. Rayanne holds a BS degree in Biology/Psychology from Augusta College and a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia. She is a certified senior strength trainer as well as a certified tai chi instructor. She teaches Sun style tai chi, which is a safe, gentle, low-impact form of exercise. It has many health benefits and is easy to learn.