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Peter Lathrop, Ph.D. is a Neurophysiologist who helps people suffering with acute and chronic pain, related soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries, as well as spinal cord injuries to gain sustained pain relief, accelerated healing of the injury and recovery of function.
Throughout his career, he has spent over 25+ years in clinical practice in San Diego, CA with the Dynamic Health Institute, Industrial Medical Centers (now US Healthworks), Don Perry & Co – Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Centers, Blott Chiropractic, Harbor View Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital. He currently partners with Dr. Olga Anikina.
He specializes in the use of therapeutic microcurrent bioelectric signaling devices and SCENAR technology to generate healing, co-developing several of these devices for manufacturers, which are in wide use today. He has received patents for his work in device design for the treatment of injuries, viruses, and neurological disorders.
Peter received his Ph.D in Neurophysiology from the University of Brussels Roosevelt University Medical College and two post-doctoral degrees in Biochemistry and Virology from the University of Munich. He received his Master of Science degree in Psychology from California State University, San Diego (now San Diego State University) and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley.
On a personal note, music is a big part of his life and one of his creative outlets. He has composed nearly 1000 original songs and over 900 cover arrangements. He has a music studio in his home. His favorite of his 6 keyboards is his Kurzweil. He plays tennis regularly and enjoys the dog “kids” Hunter and Darcy and time with his wife Kay.
To get a snapshot of his professional career, see his LinkedIn profile.
Kay Lathrop’s background in nursing, the medical device industry and the field of personal and professional coaching make her well suited to Co-found Amplified Agility and act as Program Director. She is passionate about change and transformation and, after having witnessed numerous client success stories, she is on fire to help more people gain access to tools and resources that will help them accelerate their recovery.
She is highly experienced and skilled at diagnosing issues, assisting clients in gaining clarity on goals and outcomes, designing a strategy for goal achievement and executing it – partnering with clients to succeed. She is instrumental in bringing the weekly coaching program to the ACCELERATE Program. Coaching for her is a passion AND a learned skill. It is immensely rewarding. For Kay, it’s about success and it is about the people she coaches. It’s about moving forward as well as it’s about being still and reflecting.
A former Registered Nurse (once a nurse, always a nurse!), Kay successfully completed the Results Certificate of Professional Coaching Skills program with over 200 hours of neuroscience-based coach-specific training. She has over 2500+ hours coaching hours. She is a certified NLP Practitioner. She holds a B.A. in Health Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
For the past 20 years she has studied a variety of healing methods in various medical settings, developing the knowledge and understanding that the human body, in all of its glory, possesses the amazing ability to heal itself, if given the opportunity, especially when fed quality foods.
Kay is also the producer and host of the online podcast, Defy Injury. You can learn more about it by listening to the first episode here. You can also search iTunes or Stitcher or download all episodes from your favorite podcast app. On Defy Injury Kay interviews guests who have “defied the odds” after injury in their recovery.
On a personal note, when she steps away from work she can be found outdoors taking in the beautiful San Diego weather, preparing for a 1/2 marathon with daily runs, or having a “dinner and a movie date night” with Dr. Lathrop.
Dr. Angela Smith discovered holistic medicine during her own personal health challenges, leading her to Chiropractic schooling as an alternative to harmful and costly medication. In 2003, Dr. Smith received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Biology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College of Kansas City, Missouri. After years of working with clients in her professional practice, she developed a passion for nutrition, discovering her true calling in health & wellness. While most of the clients she cared for sought chiropractic services only when in pain, she found that the best results occurred by combining nutritional eating habits with healthy lifestyle practices, rather than just “band-aiding” the problem.
In fact, for 6 of those years, Dr. Angela headed up the nutrition department at Awakenings Health Institute, an Encinitas, CA non-profit that was dedicated to serving individuals who had sustained spinal cord or brain injury, experienced a stroke, or were living with a progressive, neurologically-based disease. While Awakenings closed their doors in 2013, Dr. Angela’s hands-on experience and knowledge continued expanding in order to serve countless others experiencing spinal cord injury.
As a holistic health expert and avid health enthusiast, Dr. Angela is excited to bring her love of food to the Amplified Agility team, contributing to the nutritional aspect of the programs. She aims to keep her approach to building health fun and engaging, (not to mention delicious…) providing the foundational knowledge necessary for clients to understand the great influence that food has the body.
Her mission is to inspire and empower others to take charge of their health using simple nutritional choices and lifestyle practices, and to educate on the vital role that food has in maintaining or regaining a state of optimal health.
Dr. Angela is inspired daily by the spirit, drive, and determination of each client, and is so grateful to be a part of Amplified Agility. She invites you to explore the role that food plays in your life and looks forward to assisting you and your goals toward optimal health.
Andrew Braga discovered his interest in health while at James Madison University in 2000. Ever since then, he has experimented with nearly every different modality of exercise under the sun in order to experience a variety of ways to challenge the body physically, and learn the pros and cons of various training methods.
Through studying Health Sciences, Andrew discovered much about the human body, the way it works and what it’s capable of. He began his personal training career while in college working with bodybuilders and mixed martial arts fighters. In order to get a sense of clinical rehabilitation, Andrew also went on to work at a Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in 2002.
After realizing the body’s amazing ability to heal itself, he knew he wanted to make that aspect a focal point in his career. This idea was ingrained in him even more so after moving to San Diego in 2007, when he began working with people that had sustained traumatic injuries. These injuries and diseases included spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, ataxia, etc. Learning about the differences in training the neurological system versus the musculoskeletal system was quite a challenge. After gaining extensive experience working with these various neurological conditions, the relationship between rehabilitation and functional exercise took shape in his training methods.
As beneficial as health and exercise are for the general population, it arguably has an even larger effect on those battling a chronic, or traumatic injury. This fact led him to co-found All Abilities Personal Training in 2013, which serves a population with various ailments and injuries that require adaptive exercise and customized progressions. It is through serving this population that he was able to get involved with Amplified Agility.
Zach Houston’s passion for extreme sports and an active lifestyle started at a young age. This drive led him to Utah, where he snow skied at a professional level while attending college. In 2008, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology & Sports Medicine from Weber State University. Since 2005, Zach has been immersed and working in the health and wellness industry.
His career started at a San Diego based non-profit clinic, which specialized in post-acute rehabilitation programs for neurological conditions. His experience there provided him with 10,000+ clinical hours as a Neurological Exercise Therapist. Throughout his career, Zach has had the opportunity to work on a personal level with a diverse range of clientele. His personal training experience includes; spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, CP, MS, and ataxia. He’s worked with seniors, children, veterans, amputees, and elite athletes from various sports.
In 2013, Zach branched out and co-founded All Abilities Personal Training. All Abilities PT, offers In-home & mobile exercise-based recovery programs for people with neurological conditions and traumatic injuries.
Zach’s training style is foundational, purposeful, and effective. He takes a team approach when working with his clients to understand what drives them and how they can strategically work together to complete goals. He integrates functional training, neuromuscular therapy, and adaptive exercise into his training regime to provide his clients with a personal exercise plan that is suited to their specific needs. He is a firm believer in using the power of positivity to improve all areas of life.
Jill Markle Hidaji’s years as an HR professional and Executive Coach led her to a high stress and too busy life-style. During her own personal journey to sanity and well-being she discovered meditation and nourishment which fed her healthier lifestyle. Ultimately with the support of her functional medicine oriented physician husband, Dr. Fred Hidaji, she shifted her neuro-science based coaching toward mindset and health coaching.
Jill received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied a variety of dietary theories including Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between. She also added innovative and practical lifestyle management techniques and coaching methods to her already plentiful brain-based toolkit. She studied with the world’s top health and wellness experts including and yet not limited to:
- David Katz, MD, MPH, Director of the Yale University’s Preventative Research Center
- Walter Willet, MD, DrPH, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University
- Andrew Weil, MD, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
- Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
- Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
- Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
Jill began her career with Wall Street firms working on a NASDAQ trading desk and as a financial analyst. Her work at Salomon Brothers/Citibank led her to human resources, seeking healthy work environments and personal development. As her journey of growth continued she began exploring all facets of HR with a passionate focus and training in dispute resolution, change management and coaching. These new skills led her to a more narrow focus of executive development and leadership development program management. She loved her time at Hilton Hotels and the U.S. Navy where she created from scratch and delivered executive coaching programs for leadership development.
While coaching 30+ leaders at a time on intact leadership teams, she began to notice that older, senior leaders were often paying the price with their health for the years of long hours and stress. As more clients focused on their health she decided to further certify as an integrated health coach to support them at the bio-individual level of their health journey.
She now takes her passion and expertise in and out of the corporate world. Gut health is a particular area of personal interest and she is jokingly referred to as the “Poop Coach!”