Meet the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis & Wellness Center Team
For years I have been passionate about helping others improve their health and fitness goals so that they can live their best life and get the results they are after. My passion has led me on a career path of being a Registered Nurse for over 2o years and continuing my education as a Nationally Certified Health Coach, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Weight Management Specialist, Personal Trainer, Certified Holistic Life Coach and most recently a Sports Performance Specialist.
As the Founder and Owner of Rooted Holistic Health Coaching, I have an extensive background that involves years of studying evidence-based holistic practices, strategies, and methodologies. I leverage my experience and expertise to foster incredible health and fitness results for my clients that not only leads to improved overall health but is also accompanied by establishing healthier habits which leads to sustainable results. Several strategies include mindset, behavior modification, nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep, bio resonance testing and environmental influences.
I work with a large variety of clients that range from those wanting to lose weight loss to improve their overall health and reduce their health risk factors, to recreational athletes and elite level athletes that are wanting to go to the next level.
If you would like to learn more if health coaching is the right fit for you, schedule your complimentary consultation today. I offer individual coaching and consulting, family coaching, group coaching and run several different health & wellness programs throughout the year and offer presentations on various health topics.
Adult Tennis Director
Lea is an ISSA certified Personal Trainer who loves to help all individuals reach their goals, regardless of where they are in their fitness journey.
Her teaching methods vary, because Lea understands that everyone learns in different ways; it’s her favorite part of the job! Lea is also passionate about teaching horseback riding and skydiving.
Originally from Denmark , Lea has received her degree from Zealand Business College. She loves to travel, but has lived in Zephyrhills since October, 2018.
Gary is our Soccer expert and coach for the centre.
From the age of five, Gary was kicking a soccer ball, learning the foundations of the game.
His passion and skill has earned him the opportunity to play in over 500 professional games, taking him to the EPL and scoring over 250 goals. This led to Gary obtaining his UEFA coaching Licenses.
His diversified coaching style and emotional intelligence, develops communication within the team and fosters positive feedback and learning at every level.
In more recent years, Gary was a technical and skills coach at the Philadelphia Union Academy, as well as running his own youth soccer club - Spirit of Zephyrhills, and is passionate about helping the youth achieve their highest potential!
Mika is a former professional WTA international tennis player from Japan. She has been working a tennis coach for the past 20 years in japan. She has successfully trained junior players who won the title in the ALL-Japan Junior tournament under 12 years and under 14years.
Her students were subsequently selected into the National Japanese Tennis Team.
In her teachings, she would like to transfer her experiences to her students from both a player’s, and coach’s perspective.
Mika is outgoing, friendly and bring positive energy on the court!
Marcos Del Pilar
Marcos Del Pilar is a former Tennis and Padel tour player with 25+ years of experience in Padel Management and holds two MBA’s in Sales & Marketing and Digital Marketing , Master’s Degree in Sports Organizations & Events and Masters in NLP & Coaching. Marcos has a large experience in sports business, marketing, brands management, tournament and coaching experience all over the world. His vision, enthusiasm, connections, skill and knowledge of the sport will push you succeed in your Padel journey while building the best atmosphere ever at SVB.
Padel is the fastest growing sport in the world. And it’s now coming to the USA. By including 4 amazing Padel courts at SVB, we will be offering to Florida residents the opportunity to experience the most exciting and engaging sport ever and they will be able to understand why Padel is taking the world by storm.
At SVB we are absolutely customer-centric and 100 % focused on creating memorable moments that will last FOREVER. Our aim is to build a Padel family where everyone will feel welcome and part of a culture plenty of new emotions. We will be putting together a world-class PROGRAM with proven strategies to offer the best Padel experience in the world. Clinics, leagues, master-classes, events, tournaments, Padel Academy and more to come for all levels and ages. Get ready to discover something so special that you won’t be the same anymore. Padel is here FOR YOU, your family and all your friends.
Join us NOW! Let's surf the PADEL WAVE together!!
I love bodywork. Massage is like mind-body divorce counseling. Anyone can benefit from therapeutic touch when given in context of healing.
The last 17 years I have been crafting personalized massage sessions, worked in medical clinics, chiropractic offices, spas, private practices, wellness centers, and assisted over a dozen small businesses to open.
It is an honor to serve Zephyrhills, Florida at the SVB Tennis and Wellness Center!
Ariana Castaneda - Anthony Collard
Owners, Negative Zero Cryotherapy
Do you looove the cold? Yeah, neither do we. So, Anthony and Ariana, why would you create a business that quite literally brings submerges your body in temperatures as cold as 120 Celsius? Because of our common passion for health and wellness.
In our personal quest to reach peak physical and mental states, we found cryotherapy. After one session in the cryosauna, we were hooked. In just 3 short minutes, we experienced euphoria, mental clarity and pain relief from sore muscles and joints. We just knew that this was something special, and that we had to bring this hypercool solution to you!
Director of Junior Academy
Before coming to the United States, Thomas was a professional level player who lived in France. His tennis career helped him become a hard working, diligent, and confident person, who learned how to push himself to his limits in every aspect of his coaching career.
While playing, he had also completed his undergrad studies at St Leo University, where he earned an economics bachelor degree, and ranked of the NCAA2 in the country.
Thomas has been working under the guidance of Pascal, our CEO for the past 2 years. He has been working with top juniors, and college graduates whose desire is to better their game, in a small, personalized environment.
Thomas’ dedication to technical details, his devotion to his player’s well being made him the perfect candidate for the job of Director of our Junior Academy at SVB.
Director of Tennis
After graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelors's degree in Business and being a 2 time All American Rene decided to begin coaching at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy. He eventually became the Touring Pro Director where he oversaw the career of numerous top 100 pro tennis players.
Most recently he’s been the full-time coach for John Isner who continues to be the #1 ranked American on the tour. He has also coached Hubert Hurkacz who was ATP #140 when they began and is currently at a career-high ATP #29.
He’s always prided himself in bringing the most out of his students' ability no matter their level and looks forward to continuing that at SVB.
Nick leads our Fitness Programs at SVB and comes to us with a background in coaching, classroom teaching and operations management.
Nick takes a logical, scientific approach to an individual’s progress whether a player is looking to improve their fitness, tennis or education. Nick also serves as Executive Director for the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Foundation, the non-profit partner to the center. He served as Director of Operations at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in Philadelphia, the USTA’s second largest NJTL in the country prior to joining the team.
Nick is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Elon University, a teaching certificate from Drexel University and is an MBA candidate at Clarkson University.
Mel is a former American football defensive end who played two seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins.
From 1998-2003, Mel attended Kansas State University on a full athletic scholarship for football where he was coached by college football legend, Bill Snyder. Mel played football at every level and has been trained by the best.
Mel believes that great things can be achieved by a team and is a big proponent of the “don’t quit” mentality. Mel understands that when times get hard in any aspect of life, our first instinct is to give up - do not be a quitter!
Member Services Manager
Madeleine Gauthier will be joining us as the Member Services Manager. She comes to the organization with a big passion for sport - especially tennis.
She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Sport Business with minors in Sport Hospitality and Accounting while being a student athlete on the women's tennis team at Saint Leo University. She has had the opportunity to work for many top sport organizations in Florida such as Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando City Soccer, First Tee and most recently the United States Tennis Association. One of her career highlights is being able to work at the US Open in New York City.
Madeleine brings an international background and has lived in Brazil and Dubai, UAE while traveling to many countries competing.
Madeleine loves all things related to tennis, fitness, the beach and dogs! Look for Madeleine at the SVB Front Desk and ask her about memberships.
Chief of Operations, Managing Partner
Andy brings with him a wealth of sports management and coaching expertise as the former Director of Racquet Sports at a top ranked Platinum Country Club, Aronimink Golf Club in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Before coming to Aronimink Andy served as the Head Men’s and Women’s Varsity Tennis Coach at Temple University. Over his nine-year career Andy was twice named the Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year and his teams won 3 Atlantic 10 Conference Team Championships. He was also named the USPTA College Coach of the Year in 1994.
A gifted teacher, coach and mentor, Andy has personally worked with dozens of Division 1 tennis players that received scholarships at universities such as Stanford, Norte Dame, University of Georgia, Boston College and of course Temple University.
“My vision for the SVB Tennis and Wellbeing Center is to create a unique environment for racquet sports enthusiasts of all levels. Our staff will develop a culture of learning based on the latest science of teaching and wellness. We will stay on the cutting edge of sports training and maintain the highest level of performance for all levels.”
IT Project Manager
As IT Project Manager, Pierre is behind all the online services of the SVB Tennis & Wellbeing Center.
He is building on 20 years of technical and creative experience in web development, adapting to environments as diverse as large corporations (ArcelorMittal) or supranational agencies (European Parliament and European Commission). Before coming to the US, he founded, operated and sold a successful awarded web start-up in the Admintech sector.
He also joins with his love of Padel, having discovered it when it began to trend in Europe, and hopes to be one of the ambassador of this exciting sport in the US.
Happy father of 3, Pierre also expresses his creativity as a sound engineer and a band musician playing guitar, bass and keyboards.
As a certified technician in BioFeedback and Neurofeedback, Gabriella enjoyes the multiple facets of these two integrative medical approaches. More specifically, as a former youth tennis champion has developed a keen interest in peak performance for athletes, musicians, CEOs, students, and other populations performing under high levels of stress.
Her multicultural upbringing, extensive travel, and personal experience in youth and professional sports, both as player and administrator, is what enables her to establish a close connection and a deep sense of empathy with her clients who face stressful, high-pressure situations.
Such empathy further allows her to analyze and offer personalized solutions to anyone seeking a better understanding of how to react and adapt in the face of such situations, as well as how to reach individual peak performance levels.
At the SVB Tennis and Wellness Center she will dedicate her time to help everyone who would like to find their ‘zone’, their ‘peak’ in a safe, and controlled environment.
Welcome to SVB and your better self!
After several successful positions as a Director of Tennis across Europe, Saddlebrook Tennis Academy, and most recently in Philadelphia at the prestigious Merion Cricket Club, Pascal has decided to return to Florida.
Following his successful winning of the bid to build a USTA sanctioned Tennis and Wellness Center in Zephyrhills, he has put together a group of partners and started developing curriculums and programs for local and visiting athletes interested in sports and wellness.
Pascal is an innovative thinker, and an extraordinary leader.
He prides himself in successfully building tennis clubs/academies, and curriculums by providing strong programming, highly qualified professionals and excellent customer service.