The Exercise Coach® - Appleton provides an extraordinary personal training experience and it begins with our well-qualified team of fitness professionals. With an unsurpassed commitment to integrity and compassion, The Exercise Coach® - Appleton staff has created a caring and supportive atmosphere in which all clients can reach their fitness and nutrition goals through the Nation's Smartest Personal Fitness Training.


Kevin M. McKee

Owner, MS, ACSM

Kevin M. McKee, Owner of The Exercise Coach®-Appleton, has a sincere passion for educating people regarding the requirements of effective exercise and natural nutrition. The desire to improve his ability as a teacher and fitness instructor led him to advance his education in the field of human biology and exercise science, and thereafter establishing Appleton Fitness for Life, Inc. in 2003.

Kevin has a B.S. in human biology from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay where he selected courses emphasizing exercise science, nutrition, and human development. With the desire to learn more about the response of the human body to the stress of exercise, Kevin pursued graduate studies at Northern Michigan University. There he completed an M.S. in exercise science while maintaining a teaching graduate assistantship.

While questioning the effects of the widely accepted and trendy methods of exercise, it became quite clear that many of these exercise protocols were not effective and the cumulative effects likely dangerous, particularly in the long-term. Kevin’s interest in strength training led him to complete a research project evaluating the influence of slow-speed, high-intensity strength training on several health-related components. He is convinced that this method of exercise will permit people to safely improve their health and well-being without compromising their safety or long-term health.

Kevin also maintains a “Certified Health/Fitness Specialist” certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) , “Certified Health Coach” from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is a Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach throught the USAT.

As a facility, Kevin and The Exercise Coach® supports the ACSM Exercise is Medicine Initiative, and believes that properly performed strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training can do more to offset age-related deconditioning and subsequent medical costs than anything else. In addition, knowing that not all exercise is created equal, The Exercise Coach® promotes programs that are research-based, results-driven, and safe in both design and application.

Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife Celia and children (Terese, Patrick, Marta and Dominic), and participating in most outdoor activities. He believes that his focus on faith, family and an active lifestyle improves his quality of life and in turn helps him to best serve others.

Michelle Dreier


Michelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise and fitness from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. In addition, she is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, in which, she continuously educates herself through professional publications.

Through past and present experiences, Michelle has gained a large spectrum of knowledge which allows her to assist individuals through a safe and constructive exercise program. She has worked with individuals of all different demographics with many different types of conditions such as Alzheimer’s, hearing impairment, limited range of motion, heart attack susceptibility and more.  Michelle understands that physical fitness not only challenges the body but also the mind, and therefore, values teamwork in the process towards achieving health and fitness goals.

As Michelle continues to grow as a trainer, her passion for physical fitness strengthens by the benefits derived from such a lifestyle. She understands the importance of active living, and as a result, instills such teachings into her own life. Michelle enjoys participating in fun runs amongst other outside activities, but her main attention centralizes around her family and friends.

Calissa Palches


Calissa earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with an emphasis on exercise and fitness from the University of Wisconsin -- Oshkosh. Her core studies were anatomy, exercise physiology, personal training and fitness assessments, biomechanics, nutrition, and weight training. 

Throughout college she taught group exercise classes in cardio, strength training and stretching for 55 and older clients. Calissa has an adoration for the geriatric population. She believes that we can all learn from our elders. For her internship, she was a Wellness Coordinator for Neenah Joint School District where she designed and implemented health promotional programs for the district. Calissa also gained health coaching experience that involved hip and waist measurements, blood pressure testing and readings, and analyzing nutritional intakes. 

Since college, Calissa has been using her knowledge and experience in many populations. She was the Regional Wellness Coordinator for multiple nursing care facilities and was responsible for group exercise classes, personal training, and presenting on different health related topics to groups. She was also the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh where she implemented and promoted wellness challenges for over 50 staff. She also taught healthy habits, workout safety, and mindfulness members aging from 6 to 18 years old.

Fun Facts about Calissa: She was a cheerleader for 14 years...she has a lot of energy and loves to talk to anyone and everyone. She has 3 dogs (a german shepherd, a coon hound, and a beagle mix). She enjoys going for runs with her boyfriend, spending time out on the lake with her family, and outdoor activities.

Patti Harrison

(Massage Therapist)

CMT Patti is a Wisconsin State Licensed Massage Therapist and maintains the National Board Certification (NCBTMB), which is the highest credential in the profession. She is a graduate of the Fox Valley School of Massage and has been practicing massage for the past 4 years. While Patti specializes in Swedish Massage, which is designed to relax muscles, improve circulation and decrease pain and stiffness, she also does Deep Tissue Massage, which is often more therapeutic in nature and used to break up adhesions, smooth out muscle fibers and decrease pain and stiffness.

In addition to Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Patti also enjoys doing Reiki Massage, which uses energy through the therapist’s hands to restore health and well-being. Reiki is designed to relieve acute problems (both physical and emotional), boost the immune system and decrease pain and depression.

Patti’s desire to promote healing and alleviate pain stems from 14 years of experience as a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant in Maryland. She has treated a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological problems, and her treatments are always customized to meet the needs of each individual. Her goal is to leave her clients feeling relaxed and pain free.

Patti enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling and meeting new people.

John Koenig


John studied English and journalism in college. A lengthy career in publishing included freelance writing and editing for nutrition and exercise periodicals, and in turn personal training certification and work in the field.

Over the years John realized that helping people enhance their quality of life was critical. His experience includes helping those with Alzheimers, MS, strokes, knee replacement, fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s, as well as rehab from cancer and significant injuries. Whether someone wishes to lose body-fat, gain lean tissue and get into better shape for life, sport-specific situations or to reverse medical conditions, John has practical experience in the area.

He also understands first-hand how important eating and exercising properly are. In his 20’s John stopped working out and eating/drinking healthily for a couple of years, and saw his weight balloon to a peak of 305#! His wake-up call was not recognizing himself in family photos taken at a wedding. Within a year his weight was 180#, and he’s remained in good shape since.
John has explored many different diet protocols, living through the Pritikin, ketogenic, Protein Power, Zone, Mediterranean, and Atkins diets. For years now he’s lived comfortably on a modified form of Paleo. In other words, he’s eating real food, using logical supplements, and avoiding sugar, white flour, grain and processed food-like products.

Helping people achieve their goals, feel good about themselves, and live a full, healthy and energetic life is how John approaches his work as a trainer. The value of an active lifestyle is clear to him and is reflected in his attitude and energy.

The last eight years John worked full-time in Appleton for Gold’s Gym and Xperience Fitness as a personal trainer.

John, his wife Anne and dog Jack live in an older home and neighborhood in Appleton. They are involved with CrossFit and weight-training, biking in the summer, gardening and landscaping, and spend as much time with their family as possible.

Alex Tapplin

DC, CSCS, Chiropractor

Alex is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He is also a credentialed Active Release Technique® (ART) practitioner.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he was an All-American track athlete and was involved in winning several national championships.  His interest in strength and conditioning began in college and he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) after graduation.  It was during college when he realized the importance of strength and conditioning for injury prevention, performance enhancement and injury management.

He went on to receive his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University, in Bloomington, Minnesota.  While attending chiropractic school he was trained in a world class sports medicine clinic, as well as in the physical medicine department of a multi-specialty clinic.  He has had the ability to work with multiple Olympians and professional athletes from all over the country.  He enjoys educating and empowering individuals to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and reach their individual goals.

During chiropractic school he had the ability to work as a strength and conditioning coach of two private companies and was an assistant track coach at the college level.  He has also volunteered in the athletic training room at both the high school and collegiate level. Because of his extra training and interest in spinal rehabilitation, he has had the opportunity to teach spinal rehabilitation to other chiropractors.

He and his wife Elisha reside in Fremont and enjoy outdoor activities.

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