Meet The Team
|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.
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.
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, 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.
|Andrew HinchliffeFor a young man entering his mid-twenties, Andrew Hinchliffe has already pursued an exciting life full of adventure. At eighteen, he felt led to leave his hometown and head to Redding, California to be part of a school of ministry that sends students around the world, bringing encouragement and life to those who need it most. He has traveled to Israel, Canada, and various countries in Europe. Along with a passion for counseling and life-coaching, Andrew has always been highly physically active. His favorite sport is basketball, though he also loves snowboarding, wake boarding, and anything outdoors that keeps him moving. Throughout Andrew’s life, helping individuals grow in confidence and finding genuine happiness in life has followed him in every season. This passion he carries is what led him to obtain a personal trainer certification under W.I.T.S. (World Instructor Training Schools) in May 2017. Now that he has partnered with us here at Empower Fitness, he is excited to help individuals reach their fitness goals and grow in personal confidence.|
|Olivia LaurentOlivia graduated in May 2017 from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Kinesiology. She moved to North Carolina in July 2017 to start working at Empower Fitness. She is working to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA. Through her college, Olivia has developed a strong passion for other people to increase their health and wellness in any capacity. She has worked with adults and children with autism, down syndrome, and other physical and mental disabilities throughout her college career. She also has worked as a physical therapy aide, medical assistant, and swim instructor. Olivia is currently training to compete in Olympic weightlifting, with previous training in boxing, CrossFit, and basketball. In her free time, she loves to be outside with her pup and spend time with her friends and family.|