Raw Fitness has only certified Group Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers.


All Group Fitness Instructors and Trainers have a college education and/or certification in the class or field of training.


Raw Fitness Team

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Zachary Bartholomew

Personal & Small Group Trainer, Tabata Instructor

Zach grew up on Squam Lake in Holderness where his passion grew for being outdoors, exercising and training. 

Zach originally attended Bates College, where he studied Political Science while playing football.  A year later, Zach moved to Boston where he pursued and earned his personal training certificate from the American Academy of Personal Training. He worked at multiple private studios where he refined his skills as a one on one personal trainer for six years.  Zach built a loyal clientele, including marathon runners, fitness models and power lifters.  He also trained individuals who were recovering from injuries or simply wanted to increase their knowledge and strength.

While training clients in Boston, Zach also attended Northeastern University and continued to work and attend school fulltime. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Science, with a major in Business Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship.

Zach is passionate about fitness and helping others accomplish goals and overcome challenges they face throughout their fitness advancement. His personal training philosophy is based around balance, strengthening major muscle group while focusing on smaller stabilization muscles, flexibility and building the core.

Zach has taken a broad range of classes, from kinesiology, nutrition to rehab and corrective movement. These classes have increased his knowledge and helped him become a well-rounded fitness professional who is able to work with the full spectrum of clientele, from competitive athletes to newcomers who are just beginning fitness regimen. 

Zach’s enthusiasm for his chosen profession translates into a dedication of spirit, a reliability of output, and a motivator for his clients to succeed at reaching their goals.  

Melissa KnotT

Personal Trainer, Yoga & Small Group Training Instructor

Melissa graduated from California State Long Beach University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies.  She has always had a passion and love for helping others reach their goals through fitness and nutrition. Melissa has a strong athletic background in sports including cheerleading, dance, gymnastics, track and field, volleyball and softball.  She still finds enjoyment in snowboarding, surfing and hiking. 

Melissa recently completed the 200RYT Yoga Certification Teacher Training Program.  She is also a certified personal trainer through NASM and has an extensive background in functional fitness.  Melissa previously worked with CrossFit trainers implementing cross-training programs. Her experience and education have helped her in training and teaching group fitness and yoga classes. 




Joanie Barnett, RYT-200, lives in New Hampton NH on a road to nowhere, with her husband and two boxers. The native of Laconia is a long-time employee at Laconia Water Works and can sometimes be found behind the bar at The Looney Bin Bar in Weirs Beach. Naming her business ‘Mooning The Sun’, this reflects her light hearted sense of humor and genuinely happy outlook on life.

Joanie enjoys skiing, motorcycling, stand up paddling (SUP), gardening, and baking. Her formal practice of yoga began about fifteen years ago. Joanie attended Vidya Vinyasa YTT at in North Sandwich; graduating in May of 2015. She trained under the guidance of multiple instructors in Plymouth and Wolfeboro.  Joanie also holds her American Red Cross CPR and First Aid certifications.

Joanie enjoys laughter filled class time and is always smiling.  She wants every student to practice and follow their individual path. Come practice Vinyasa Flow on your mat; it’ll be fun!

Catrina Gray

Yoga Instructor

My Yoga Life started in 2011 when I began training for a half marathon.  I would practice yoga once a week to stretch those tired, tight running muscles.  I moved from the half marathon training to half iron training.  That was when my life really began to turn around.  I found myself emotionally involved in my yoga practice.  I was feeling the intensity of my training and looking forward to that hour on my mat.  I loved and hated the feelings that would come up during my practice.  Sometimes I would leave feeling refreshed and ready for my day; other times I would be angry and frustrated. 

Over time, I learned that battle was my inner peace and my ego.  Little did I know, I was about to embark on a personal journey that would forever change my life.  I began thinking about teaching yoga to children and started to look into yoga teacher training.  After 3 years of thinking about it, I signed up for training through Vidya Vinyassa Yoga.  I graduated in 2015 with a 200-hour teacher training certification along with the Basic Level Childlight Yoga Certification from Dover, NH.

I have run multiple half marathons, the Derry 16 Miler Boston Prep, sprint triathlons, New England Tri-fest Olympic triathlon, and the Mascoma Man Half Iron.   I hope to complete one more half Iron in the next few years.

Sharing my practice to find inner peace and grace in everyday life is a dream come true.  My two children and husband would agree Yoga is the best thing that has ever happened to us.



Lisa Stabeno-Womack

Barre & Pilates Instructor

Lisa started dance training when she was 7 years old.  This began her career in teaching and later performing in musical theatre.  Lisa began Pilates training when a fellow cast member offered to give her free Pilates lessons.  At the time, she was a real gym bug, in the gym 5 – 7 days a week, and it took a couple of sessions before she understood what Pilates was all about. Training for fitness shows, Lisa was accustomed to using the larger muscles groups, which prompted her to think that Pilates was dead easy…. nothing to it!  After further training and instruction, she learned the correct method and discovered a whole new world!  Besides, it was fun and she loved the mind/body connection.  What a great focus! 

     Lisa has always been fascinated with body mechanics and movement, muscles and physiology.  The human body is an amazing tool at our disposal, so proper training and usage are highly important to get the most out of what we are given.  Pilates is such an excellent form of training and IT WORKS!!

     She also practiced Pilates for several years while living in Bermuda.  Lisa trained with Physical Mind in Bermuda, Boston Body in Massachusetts, Classical Pilates in Barbados, Boca Pilates in Florida and in Dallas and San Antonio with Ron Fletcher (who was one of Joseph Pilates’s original students).  With proper training, instruction and consistency, Lisa believes we are all more than capable.  


Kendra Fox

Barre Instructor

Kendra is currently a student at Plymouth State University earning a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Dance Pedagogy. Kendra is from Gilford, New Hampshire and studied dance at Stages Dance Academy in Laconia, New Hampshire throughout her high school career. During this time, she began her experience in dance teaching. She continues to teach classes at Stages as well as other local dance studios to this day. Kendra has also taken on the role of President for the Plymouth State University Dance Team, after completing one year as Vice President. Aside from choreographing for a variety of Dance Team events, Kendra has also had choreography showcased in the Plymouth State’s Dance Premiere and Gala, the New Hampshire Dance Movement’s Dance to Make a Difference annual showcase, and as the Dance Division’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble. She continues to perform in the Contemporary Dance Ensemble each semester in both student and faculty works, regularly takes part in the New Hampshire Dance Movement’s events and has taken part in the Village Rising performance at Canterbury Shaker Village. Kendra has received training in all styles of dance and specializes in tap, jazz, modern/contemporary and ballet. When she’s not dancing she enjoys baking, working with young children and practicing her barista skills at Wayfarer!

Sue DeBassio

Pilates Instructor

Susan recently moved to Bristol from Massachusetts. Susan graduated from Boston College School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for many years in Massachusetts and New York. By working with the sick, she came to realize that she wanted to help people get healthy.

Fueled by a passion for fitness, health, and nutrition, Susan became a Certified Pilates Instructor and a nutritionist. She continually researches nutrition and how food affects the body and mind. Susan has taught Pilates and has done nutrition evaluations and counseling for nearly three years. She loves to help people understand the importance of nutrition and exercise in a way that is tailored to the individual, based on their goals, needs and interests.

 Susan believes that health is achieved through balance in life. A balance of work, play, healthy eating, exercise, good sleep and rest, social involvement and purposeful living. Susan lives with her husband, Paul, and their 21-year-old son, Joseph, at Newfound Lake. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves to paddle board, hike, spend time by the lake, and cook healthy meals.


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