MEET THE TEAM
FightBack is fueled by an experienced team of doctors and specialists who create and oversee every detail of their dynamic programs. Learn more about how they drive your fight…
ALEX VASILESKI PHD, CPT, CSCS, CN, CMS*
As a celebrity and professional athlete trainer, Alex did not get to this level with just luck. His journey begins with a focus on striving for greatness and an unparalleled ambition to achieve his goals… Two-time cancer survivor he has pushed for excellence in all he does and has used psychology to help shape his personal mission and vision, helping others. He conducts research and development as it is one of his passions and pillars of success. This, in fact, validates the mission and vision of FightBack. and hones in upon the mindset of motion and progress. Working in the healthcare industry, helping those with injuries and rehabilitation, he left the industry to become an entrepreneur and develop a paradigm shift to a better pathway to health and wellness as well as preventive maintenance. Alex has been awarded noted Chicago, National and Global based awards for his humanitarian efforts and his achievements in the health and wellness industry and believes in giving back to the community. Named one of Chicago’s Top Influencers, Alex is proud to take any opportunity to help those in need and spread awareness as well as education throughout the community and teach people how to FightBack!
* Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Certified Nutritionist, Certified Movement Specialist As seen on ABC, NBC, FOX, The Steve Harvey Show, WCIU, You and Me in The Morning, Fox and Friends, Shape Magazine Hottest Trainer in America 2015, LLS Man of the Year Nomination & UMD 40 Under 40.
EVIE GAGLIANO DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
Evie received her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2000 from Washington University in St. Louis. She began her career at Provena St. Mary’s hospital in Kankakee, IL working within all spectrums of rehabilitation from acute care through outpatient physical therapy. During this time she was enrolled in the post-professional graduate program through Washington University and graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2003. With her knowledge and experience of treating individuals at all levels of care, she moved to Arizona and with a business partner started Arizona OrthoSports™. Evie moved back to Illinois in 2007, to become Director of Physical Therapy for Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehab, and began doing home health care on the side. It was within the home care arena that Evie found the ability to combine all her areas of expertise and passion and joined the team at Bowes In Home Care full time as Director of Therapy in 2012. Her desire to provide quality care driven by outcomes motivated her to receive an advanced specialization through the American Physical Therapy Association and in 2015 became a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA). She has a vision for developing exercise programs to combat the risks associated with the diseases of aging. This interest has incited her to develop the rehabilitation protocols and pathways used to treat multiple disease processes as the Clinical Director of FightBack.
SANDRA TRUDEAU CPT, GFI*
Sandra is a coach here at FightBack. Sandra is a NASM certified personal trainer and ACE certified group fitness instructor as well as Spartan warrior certified. She has been an elite fitness instructor at Lifetime Fitness since 2014 and specializes in kickboxing, cycling, and full body HIIT classes. She is a loving mother to 4 children. Sandra joined the FightBack team in order to make a difference in people’s lives. She is passionate about helping everyone fight for a healthy, active, and sustainable lifestyle!
* Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Fitness Instructor
ANITA NEDVED CPT, RS, ASL, HS*
Anita is a coach here at FightBack. She started as a personal trainer in 2008 at YMCA and Peak Sports Club. She then made a career change to Clinical Rehabilitation at a chiropractor’s office and specialized in functional training and nutrition. She has a background in ASL and decided to pursue interpreting as well because she is very involved in deaf culture from her parents. Anita is passionate about nutrition because of the difference it makes in personal performance and shaping mentality. It can either make you or break you! Anita’s hobbies include working out, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her daughter. Anita joined the FightBack Team because she loves to connect with people and empower them to realize their potential and regain their ability to live their life to the fullest.
* Certified Personal Trainer, Rehabilitation Specialist, American Sign Language, Holistic Nutritionist