Nice to meet you!

I’m Kjell

My first name, Kjell, is hard to read but easy to pronounce (“Shell”). I’m married and have four busy kids, and I truly enjoy spending time with my family. I love to see my kids as they grow, laugh, and (hopefully!) eat the dinner I make without any complaints or negotiating! Unquestionably, my family means more to me than anything. In addition to my family, my passion in life revolves around all things to do with health, wellness, fitness, birth, and empowering women.

I am passionate about helping others to see their bodies for what they can DO, not for what they look like. I really enjoy helping women learn to trust their bodies. After all, our bodies are amazing entities built for movement and life! I believe that a woman’s body is strong and capable of going through and doing hard things. As a burpee-loving personal trainer/boot camp instructor and compassionate doula, I am here to help facilitate a peaceful yet empowering birth experience, and to bring strength to the birthing atmosphere. 

I am a Certified Personal Trainer (14+ years), a boot camp instructor, and a Precision Nutrition coach. I believe in being healthy and strong and helping people commit to self-improvement, rather than a commitment to some unrealistic beauty standard shown in the media. 

I feel a responsibility to find ways to make health and fitness something that’s achievable and attainable for all people, even while pregnant.  I want to help nurture happier, healthier pregnancies, which in turn will impact how you labor and birth your baby.

Consider a marathon runner who trains for 12-20 weeks for a 3-5 hour event, and then consider the first time parent whose labor could last 8-24 hours and does nothing physical to prepare for that. It doesn’t make sense, does it?

I invite you to take charge of your upcoming labor and birth by not only reading the books and taking the classes, but by putting your body through a regimen of corrective exercises that will bring many benefits to you and your baby.

Benefits for the mother may include

Less time spent in pregnancy, fewer pregnancy discomforts, reduced likelihood of gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, a decrease in the need for pain relief, a decrease in the need for AROM (artificial rupture of membranes), a decrease in the need to induce or stimulate labor with the use of Pitocin, a decrease in the need for an episiotomy, and a decrease in the need for operative interventions like a cesarean or use of forceps. 

Benefits for the baby may include

Fewer fetal interventions, fewer fetal-affected complications, enhanced abilities before and after birth at 1 year and 5 years.

Specialties & Trainings

Birth Doula Certification

Certified Doula (DONA)

VBAC Doula (VBAC LINK)

StillBirthday Bereavement Doula
In Progress

Additional Certifications

Certified Personal Trainer (NASM)

Certified Postnatal/Prenatal Corrective Exercise Specialist

Trainings

If you have questions about whether I’m the right fit for some of your concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out!