Brittany Citron, Founder
Brittany Citron had always been a lifelong fitness enthusiast, but an eye-opening experience during her first pregnancy – feeling the impact that proper training can have on a woman’s pregnancy experience, labor, and recovery — motivated her to leave her long-time career in the corporate world to pursue what she felt was a far more important mission in helping women train for the “event of a lifetime.”
Brittany launched PROnatal Fitness in 2015 – recruiting a team of experts, including a seasoned advisory board and Carolyn Appel – to bring her vision of offering the Gold Standard in pre and post natal resources and education to life. Brittany holds a BBA from the University of Michigan, a Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a Group Fitness Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and several pre and post natal specializations, including Program Design, Corrective Exercise, and Diastasis and Pelvic Floor rehabilitation. When she’s not working or exercising, she enjoys spending time with the three people who originally inspired the idea for PROnatal Fitness – her supportive husband and two children, Liam and Isla.
Carolyn Appel, Director of Education
With a background in competitive, collegiate-level tennis, Carolyn Appel has built a career on her passion for fitness, athletics, and skill development. Carolyn Appel received her Master’s degree in Motor Learning and Control from Columbia University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. She spent several years on the faculty of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, and is a frequent presenter at the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Personal Trainers Conference, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) NY Chapter meeting, and the annual Fitness Education Institute’s Eclipse Summit.
Carolyn’s primary passion is teaching fellow fitness professionals. As the Director of Education for PROnatal Fitness, she is “the brain” behind the company’s innovative Performance-Based Education Programs, leveraging the latest research and evidence-based strategies to teach professionals how to train women for pregnancy and the postpartum period like they would train for any other major athletic event. Of all her accomplishments, Carolyn is most proud of her role as mom to her toddler son, Julian.
Jessica Walters, Personal Training Manager
Jessica Walters has always had an interest in proper functional movement and corrective exercise, graduating with a BS in Exercise and Sports Science, and additional focus in physical therapy. She began her career working as a Physical Therapy Technician and a Kinetic Integrations Exercise Professional – focusing on clients with chronic and acute injuries. After successfully working through her own rehabilitation – and feeling the dramatic improvement in her quality of life – she became motivated to pursue a career in personal training to help people learn to move better and help prevent pain or injury in the first place.
Today, as a Pre/Postnatal and Functional Movement Systems Specialist, Jessica applies her extensive education and personal experience to helping her clients grow stronger and train more effectively for their specific goals in a way that minimizes their risk of injury and helps them move pain-free. Jessica firmly believes that anyone can achieve their goals if given the right tools, and that is exactly what she focuses on with her clients.
Brook Carlson, Social Media Director
Brooke holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness, and worked as a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Instructor in corporate fitness until the birth of her son in 2014. Shortly thereafter, she began virtual personal training and launched her own activewear company. Today, as a mother of three, Brooke runs her own health and fitness Instagram account (@itsmebrooke) and activewear company in addition to overseeing the PROnatal social media. She is also an Intuitive Eating Coach. When she’s not working, Brooke loves spending time with her family, cooking, running, and doing anything outdoors in her beautiful home state of Arizona. Health and fitness have always played a very important role in Brooke’s life – helping her build self-confidence, manage stress, and feel a sense of accomplishment – and she is committed to helping other women reap the benefits as well.
Krystan Weinstein, Operations Manager
Growing up dancing in Chicago, Krystan always had a love of movement. That love of movement took her to college where she studied Performing Arts Management. After college, she had the opportunity to dance professionally at the Walt Disney World Resort for five years, creating memories she will never forget.
While at Disney, she grew a love for health and fitness and moved into the world of fitness management. She had the pleasure of opening and managing two boutique fitness studios in the Orlando area. During this time she learned a lot about people management, social media advertising, customer retention, and time management & productivity improving skills.
Today, Krystan runs the operations of this New York based company from her home in sunny Florida where she lives with her husband and their “child” (a very spoiled puppy).