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Empower Fitness
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Our Team

Meet The Team

Dave DAVE CUSICK | OWNER
In May 2000, Dave graduated from West Chester University with a BS in Kinesiology. Dave received his personal training certification through NSCA-National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dave In 2000, Dave started his career training at North East Health and Fitness. He ventured off in 2001 for a year tour to work as a strength coach for a professional golfer. In 2002, Dave began his career as a head trainer at The Point and The Peninsula Country Clubs in Lake Norman. In 2011, Dave expanded and Empower Fitness began. In 2013, Empower Fitness opened up a studio location in Mooresville. Dave is dedicated to helping individuals overcome and maintain their health and fitness goals. Training safely and effectively is Dave’s number one goal for all clients.
Anthony ANTHONY LOONEY, NSCA-CPT
Anthony is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He earned his bachelors degree in fitness, strength and conditioning at Radford University. Anthony has experience in multiple areas of fitness and healthcare industry including physical therapy, chiropractic and NCAA athletics. He is currently pursuing a massage therapy license at NC Massage School and also working toward a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA. Anthony enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and hunting.
Jeff JEFF HEAL
Jeffrey has been in the fitness industry for 20 yrs. He started as a high school track coach where he coached the hurdles and jumping events. His love for coaching naturally progressed him towards personal training. As a personal trainer he has worked with over 800 clients. Having a passion to help create a fitness experience like no other has lead him to join the team at Empower Fitness Personal Training. With his experience in taking fitness organizations to the next level Jeffrey plans to help them implement programs to create the best fitness organization in the Mooresville, NC area.
MattHeilemann Matt Heilemann
Matt grew up in Washington D.C. and got into fitness initially to shed some baby weight. He quickly realized his passion for fitness and saw its added benefit on his performance for skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing. He got his degree in Exercise Science from George Mason University. He is a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. He is also a Sports Performance Coach through USA weightlifting. Matt became a Strength Coach at Stanford University and then Georgetown University. He shifted to managing a personal training studio in D.C. before moving to NC in August 2016.
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Megan Swanson
Megan Swanson has been an athlete her entire life. She decided to pursue a career that would allow her to live her passion. Megan graduated from UNC Wilmington with a B.S. degree in exercise science. In 2010 she received her personal training certification through ACSM and later received her medical exercise specialist certification through ACE. Megan has worked as a physical therapy aide and personal trainer over the last few years. She loves to combine weight lifting and cardio into her workouts. In her free time Megan likes to cook, and spend time with her 2 year old daughter.

Bill Meritt  

Bill Meritt, PT
OCS, Cert. DN, FAAOMPT
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Certified in Dry Needling
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Bill grew up on Lake Norman in Catawba County. After graduating from Bandys High School, he attended Taylor University in Upland, IN, where he graduated cum laude with his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He also played on the Taylor University Trojan football team for four years, and was twice-named Academic All-American and Academic All-Conference.
Shoulder injuries and subsequent surgery and rehabilitation introduced Bill personally to rehab, and ultimately directed his career-path. After Taylor, Bill attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy.As he continued a career in orthopedic physical therapy, Bill furthered his education by pursuing an orthopedic manual therapy fellowship with The Manual Therapy Institute. This experience culminated after 4 years of work in 2012 when Bill completed his clinical hours component at Duke University Medical Center, and was awarded Fellow status with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. This designation is held by only two dozen of the greater than 7000 physical therapists licensed in North Carolina. He has since further set himself apart from his peers by being recognized in 2013 as a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In addition, Bill has been certified in dry needling by the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT).
Bill’s entire career has been spent specializing in orthopedic physical therapy. His most recent position was as the Director of Physical Therapy for four orthopedic surgeons in their local sports medicine practice. Bill worked alongside these physicians in progressing the care of their patients, helping to get patients back to their desired level of activity. He also worked with the physicians in developing rehabilitation protocols, particularly focused on determining appropriate return to activity status for athletes. In addition to treating post-operative patients, Bill also worked with patients in helping them avoid surgery, and return to doing the activities they love as quick as possible.
Bill founded Catalyst Athletic Rehab and Performance, LLC, in 2014 in order to allow him to provide the type of care that committed, driven individuals deserve. Average treatment and average service are good enough for some; for those that want more out of their rehab or performance, Bill has created the premier physical therapy experience that is uniquely tailored to each individual to help each person achieve their fitness goals.
Bill currently lives in the Mooresville area with his wife and two daughters. He tries to balance the estrogen level in his house by getting his daughters to watch football and basketball with him. You can find him working out before the sun comes up as a member of the F3 Nation.