About Us

Your POP Team & Coaches

Introducing the POP family! Our team of coaches, while all unique and talented in their own way, share one thing in common: success is driven by understanding the individual. The coach-client relationship is paramount in creating a transformational experience and helping you achieve your goals in the most sustainable way possible. We’ve put together an incredible team that truly values communication and understanding your individual needs. Our personality-based approach has led to thousands of success stories and it all starts with this group right here.

Meet the Neurotype Training Team!

Mike Millner

Amy

Coach April

Coach Melanie

Coach Trisha

Coach Dani

Coach Liz

Coach Ashley

Coach Shelby

Coach Jeff

Coach Leah

Coach Jim

Coach Becky

Mike Millner

Founder of POP

Mike Millner has been a high-level nutrition coach for almost 10 years. He has a gift for understanding the psychological and physiological needs of his clients, which has led to thousands of success stories. His personality-based approach with an emphasis on mindset has been featured in Thibarmy.com, Nutritional Coaching Institute, Ever Forward Radio, True Transformation, and many others.

Mike has a gift for understanding the psychological and physiological needs of his clients, which has led to thousands of success stories.

Mike believes the most important thing is connecting with you and understanding where you’re at in your journey. Personally, he has been on every end of the spectrum when it comes to dieting and everywhere in between. He’s been ashamed, insecure, overweight, orthorexic, skinny fat, and finally embarrassed to step foot in the gym. But he’s come out the other side into a place of balance, harmony, and good health.

Mike’s goal is to help as many people as possible to navigate through life as a healthy individual in a way that’s sustainable and enjoyable. As Mike would tell you – your personality is the key.

Coach April

Certifications: ISSN, Neurotyping, NCI Level 1, NCI Hormone Specialist, NCI Mindset Specialist, NCI Masterclasses: Gut Health and Thyroid Health

Discovering a passion for fitness, nutrition, gut healing, and helping people, April Blackford became a health coach 9 years ago and has never looked back. April wants to live in a world where she is helping her clients feel their best, both physically and mentally. In her past life, April worked in law as a paralegal for 14 years. Fitness and nutrition became her passion 15 years ago. She started as a part-time side gig helping people that quickly became her passion and full-time focus. April took her paralegal skills as someone who pays close attention to detail and persists in researching to discover the source of a problem and combined it with great communications skills and a passion for helping people become their best selves inside and out to become the coach she is today.
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April holds nutrition certifications from ISSN, NC Level 1, Neurotyping, and a focus on Gut and Hormone health.

April became intrigued and fascinated by all things having to do with the gut, when she discovered it as a potential source of problems for many of her clients that continued to have difficulty with their weight and their body image. She has helped countless clients through their health and digestive issues, and has lovingly been dubbed, “the poop whisperer”. While it can be difficult to share personal health issues, she has a way of using humor, straight talk, and sometimes a little tough love so that each client feels comfortable to open up and in turn, able to reach their full potential.

When she is not coaching, you can find April practicing what she preaches and engaging in self -care, which for her is taking walks while listening to true crime podcasts or lifting heavy things. April prefers sun and beach destinations over cold mountainous ones, dark chocolate over milk chocolate, and keeps a never-ending stash of non-dairy ice cream in her freezer.

April is a happily married hockey mom with two daughters and a son. She is also a grandma to one grandson who lovingly calls her Gigi, and a dog mom to three fur babies.

Coach Jim

Certifications: B.S. in Health and Exercise Science (Teacher Education), M.Ed. in School Leadership, M.S. in Exercise Science & Sports Nutrition, ISSN – Certified Sports Nutritionist, Pn1 – Certified Nutrition Coach, CFL1 – Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, NCI – Level 1, Level 2, Mindset Specialist, Hormone Specialist, Gut Health, Neurotype Certified Specialist

Jim has been a High School Health/Phys Ed teacher since 2001. He has a Master’s in School Leadership as well as a Master’s in Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition. Jim wrote a course in Applied Kinesiology and Nutrition as an elective for his school in 2015, which led to Nutrition Coaching by the end of that school year. Seeing students struggle with body image and the appeal of fad diets, as well as other adults in his life having the same struggle, he wanted to help people navigate through their nutrition. Jim had similar body image issues and tried all the things in the past. He can understand what people are going through and brings that understanding to the table with every client. Jim has helped hundreds of people change their bodies, body image, and relationship with food and the scale. Jim is married (Kate) and has a 10-year-old son (Hendrix). He is also the co-host of the podcast The Other Side Lifestyle.

Coach Trisha

Certifications: Neurotyping, NCI Level 1, NCI Hormone Specialist, NCI Mindset Specialist, NCI Masterclasses: Gut Health and Thyroid Health

Coach Trish has been coaching for POP since October 2019 and in the nutrition coaching space since 2017. She went to Virginia Tech a very long time ago for Nutrition and Dietetics. Trish worked in wellness and fitness for several years after college before getting into pharmaceutical sales and then staying home with her kids. Trish has loved the evolution of nutrition and fitness since her college years and loves sharing POP’s message of a personalized client approach. Trish loves the opportunity to work with amazing clients and learn from amazing coaches here!!

Trish lives in Apex North Carolina which is about 20 minutes outside Raleigh. She is married with 3 kids. Trish has a one-year-old chocolate lab, Finn, who she is obsessed with:) She is a Neurotype 2A and fits that to a “T”!! Trish LOVES variety in her workouts!!

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She grew up playing field hockey in Virginia and in college discovered group exercise classes. As a young mom, Trish got really into running and triathlons and spent 10 years focusing on that. After completing her second Half-Ironman she was ready for something new and she wanted her weekends back;) Trish focused on strength training for a few years and more recently got into CrossFit after realizing she wanted to combine the strength and endurance components. Trish is really enjoying learning new skills and improving others. Trish’s biggest love after family and fitness is reading!! She recently discovered Audible and on weekends you can find her and Finn walking their awesome greenways and trails as she listens to a book:)

Coach Dani

Certifications: Neurotyping, NCI Level 1, NCI Hormone Specialist, NCI Mindset Specialist, NCI Masterclasses: Gut Health and Thyroid Health, ACE CPT, NASM CES, StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell, ACE Group Fitness

Coach Dani is a personal trainer and NICU RN with a special interest in powerlifting, kettlebells, and helping others improve their relationship with food and their body image.

A lot of what drew Dani to coaching was her own experience dealing with and recovering from an eating disorder. Dani first went to school to become a registered nurse and realized she really had a love for disease prevention, exercise science, and overall health and wellness. She felt like a lot of the nutrition approaches and protocols that were out there were unsustainable or didn’t deal with the root cause of a particular behavior.

When not chatting with nutrition clients, Dani is typically teaching dance or fitness classes, working part-time at the hospital, or hanging out with her family. Dani is married to a school teacher and has three kiddos, a boxer/pit mix, and a bearded dragon.

Dani’s favorite foods are definitely oatmeal, different kinds of nut butters, and super dark chocolate. Dani would also eat sushi/sashimi pretty much every day if she could!

Coach Kortney

Certifications: NASM CPT, Precision Nutrition Level 1, NCI Level 1 and Level 2, Neurotype Certification
Kortney is a wife and mother of 4. She is a retired professional dancer -turned group fitness instructor -turned competitive CrossFit athlete- turned nutrition coach- turned mind body eating coach! Kortney realized early on that her eating habits were holding her back from achieving the body that she was exercising so hard for. No matter how hard she worked out, she could not lose the weight she gained with each baby. Kortney began educating herself and found what works best for a busy mom who hates fruits and vegetables. That’s when she became a coach. Kortney wanted women to see that there is no cookie-cutter way to the body they desire, and it shouldn’t be that hard. She is here to teach what she has learned, and empower women around food and body. Kortney is thrilled to share this journey with POP, as a coach, advocate, and friend.

Coach Sal

Certifications: B.A. Neuroscience and African Studies, USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level 2 Advanced Weightlifting Coach, Certified Functional Strength Coach, DV8 Kettlebell Teacher, Certified in TRX Suspension Training, Precision Nutrition Level One
Coach Sal is a strength and nutrition coach. She studied Neuroscience and African Studies in college, but her passion is in health coaching. She loves providing accountability, structure, and support to help her clients get to their goals faster.

After years of yo-yo dieting and endless cardio, she started powerlifting and tracking macros and hasn’t looked back. Once she stopped chasing progress solely based on the scale and being skinny, her lifts got stronger and she felt confident and happier than ever before. ⁣⁣Since then, she’s lost and successfully kept off 50+lbs. Lifting weights helped her fall in love with herself, with her body, and what her body can do, rather than its appearance or numbers on the scale.

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She’s all about helping clients fit fitness into their lifestyle (because fitness doesn’t have to be your entire life!). She loves working with women who are interested in strength training.

When she’s not coaching her clients or in the gym, Sal is trying new restaurants in NYC or spending time with her dog, Nova.

Coach Melanie

Certifications: Neurotyping, NCI Level 1, NCI Hormone Specialist, NCI Mindset Specialist, NCI Masterclasses: Gut Health and Thyroid Health

Melanie has been a coach with Peak Optimization Performance since October 2018. Prior to becoming a coach, she worked with Mike as a client for 3 years on her own nutrition and health goals. Melanie continues to work with both nutrition and training coaches because she believes so deeply in the benefits of having a coach, and in the overall benefits of good nutrition on every aspect of health. Melanie loves working with all client types – from those that have never tracked a macro and need to start with a habits-based approach, to those who start off with a macro-based plan. Most of all, Melanie prides herself on the fact that she has never spent a single Sunday meal-prepping, and leads a very busy life – all while building and maintaining a physique she is proud of.

She loves to share her tips and tricks with busy clients for super quick, easy ways to get in all the protein and veggies, and to maintain a social life while working toward health and physique goals! In her free time, Melanie loves to spend time with her family – 3 kids (2 girls and 1 boy), 2 dogs, and her two best friends – her sister, Amy, and of course, Coach Mike.

Coach Leah

Certifications: Neurotyping, NCI Level 1, NCI Hormone Specialist, NCI Mindset Specialist, NCI Masterclasses: Gut Health and Thyroid Health

There’s nothing in the world of personal fitness or nutrition that Leah hasn’t researched or tried. She got her start getting a personal training certification 18 years ago. Since then, it’s been everything you can think of, including yoga, the Bar Method, vegetarianism, weight training, gymnastics, spinning, judo, veganism, paleo eating, CrossFit, and a few more. Leah has distilled all of this experience into a guided experience for people to find what will work best for them. There is no one-size-fits-all plan.

Leah started working for Mike/POP in October 2018 and has certifications in
Precision Nutrition Level 1 and Level 2, Nutrition Coaching Institute, Flexible Dieting Certified, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Weightlifting, and Hypertrophy Training.

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Although she considers herself a Pacific NW girl, Leah lives just outside Santa Barbara, CA with her husband, son (6) and akita. While she loves the sun, she misses the rain dearly!

Amy

Admin for POP & The Muscle Feed

Amy was a dancer her entire life and has a BFA in Dance from Temple University in Philadelphia. After graduating, Amy took over her moms dance studio and performed with a local dance company in the Philly area. During this time, she and her twin sister, and coach, Melanie, also got more into strength training, and being interested in fitness and nutrition.

After realizing that teaching dance was not where her passion was, getting married and starting a family, Amy got into taking and then teaching Group Fitness classes. It was an obvious progression from dance to fitness. She became a certified Group Exercise instructor, Zumba instructor, Personal Trainer, Barre instructor, Schwinn cycling instructor, Level 1 Kettle Bell certified, and a Les Mills Body Pump, and Body Flow instructor. Teaching allowed Amy to raise her two sons, contribute the household, and still do what she loved – to perform- just in a bit of a different setting 🙂

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In 2016, while working in a corporate fitness setting, Amy met Mike through Melanie and he became her much needed, nutrition coach.

In 2018 Amy started coaching for POP and then in April 2019, as POP began to grow, she and Mike decided she was best suited to be the POP admin.

In the years from 2016 until now, that Mike was Amy’s coach, she was finally able to progress and attain goals she had basically given up on. Even through the loss of her husband in 2017.

Amy works for Mike, all of the coaches at POP, and for every client and person that comes through POP because she is committed to helping to get the message out in this saturated world of misinformation when it comes to nutrition and fitness.

Coach Liz

Certifications: Neurotyping Specialist, NCI Level 1 and 2 (exam submitted – pending), NCI Gut Health, NCI Thyroid Masterclass, NCI Mindset Specialist

Liz is a 2A, so she has done/been many things! Liz has two bachelor’s degrees, one in Biochemistry and the other in Molecular Biology. She also has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. Liz grew up playing softball, soccer, and ice hockey and continues to play all of them recreationally. Ice hockey is her favorite! She will likely play it until she can’t walk. Liz also enjoys obstacle course racing, CrossFit, Olympic weight lifting, biking, hiking, and any and all board/card games. Liz has always been competitive and athletic but struggled much of her life because she never felt like she looked like an athlete. She also went through a big dietary change when she got diagnosed with celiac disease and gained quite a bit of weight as her gut was healing. This made her super interested in gut health and was much of the reason that she started becoming interested in learning about proper nutrition and exercise. Liz later became a coach to help her parents reach their health goals. They were her very first clients. Liz watched them diet her entire life and get frustrated every time they would lose weight just to put it back on. Helping them through their journey lit a fire in Liz and showed her her true passion. Now that Liz has kids of her own she is determined to set an example for them and to teach them how to take care of themselves physically and mentally. Liz wants them to have a mom who is kind, happy, fulfilled, and an example of someone who goes after what she wants. Liz is committed to betterment as a lifelong process and a forever goal, and truly enjoys helping others reach their full potential. Liz is honored to be a part of the POP coaching team!

Coach Ashley

Certifications: Neurotyping Specialist, PN Level 1

Ashley has explored several careers from social work and real estate to event planning. At the end of the day, they all helped her do what she loves to do best – help people! Ashley has been interested in health and fitness from a very young age. She played varsity hockey and had a love for running. Seeing her dedication, her friends have often reached out to her looking for help with their fitness goals. After wanting to improve her physique through weight lifting, Ashley pursued a coach to help her learn how to fuel herself properly. She learned that she had so much to unlearn from years of being exposed to diet culture. After experiencing how great it feels to be well fed and rested, she decided she wanted to share this passion with others as a nutrition coach. Ashley’s greatest desire is to help people repair their relationship with food and find food freedom. She loves the idea of creating an individualized plan and helping empower people based on their personalities. She has had the best success herself using a flexible approach to food. Her values align perfectly with POP’s mission and is thrilled to be apart of this team!

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Ashley is from North Dakota and loves spending time with her husband and two dogs. To know Ashley is to know she LOVES food. Being a 3/2B Neurotype, she loves a plan, thinks pizza is life, is very empathetic, is a lifelong learner, and loves to help people and animals! She serves on the board for her local animal shelter and enjoys helping save animals. She spends most of her free time being active, listening to crime podcasts, planning her next trip, and likely her next meal.

Coach Shelby

Certifications: IIN Health Coach, NCI Level 1,NCI Gut Health, Neurotype Specialist

Dedication and a strong work ethic have always come easily for Shelby. She has never been the loudest or smartest in the room, but always the one to work the hardest. As a typical 2B, Shelby has a strong drive to serve and help others. With that in mind, she got her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and thought “fitness and nutrition will just be my side hobby”.

For as long as Shelby could remember she has been obsessed with the wellness industry. A healthy lifestyle was instilled in her by her parents from an incredibly young age. She grew up super active; and played travel soccer my entire life. Once Shelby got into college and realized she missed the competitive nature of a sport, she got into running. Since then, she has run 8 half marathons and 1 full marathon. She has now developed a love for the hybrid approach to training and incorporated weightlifting and endurance into her weekly routine.

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With this passion for fitness and nutrition, also came a “not so perfect” perfectionist mindset. In Shelby’s early 20’s, she slowly developed a poor relationship with food, exercise, and myself. she battled for many years with the binge/restrict cycle, trying to “run-off” her weekends, juice cleanses, diet tricks, “fat-free” meal plans and pretty much any self-sabotaging behavior she could think of to obtain that “perfect” body. All it led her to was frustration, self-hate, guilt, and unhappiness. Until she found POP. She finally realized that perfect looks different for everyone. She can eat peanut butter without gaining weight (thank goodness) and that eating 1200 calories a day is the farthest thing from healthy.

POP preaches “mindset over macros”. Changing her mindset and her thoughts around food and exercise has truly changed her life. Since joining POP, she has furthered her education in nutrition by becoming a Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach throughout NCI as well as a Neurotype Specialist.
Shelby was honored to be able to be a part of POP as a client, and now even more honored to be a part of POP as a coach, she can not wait to pay it forward!

Coach Jeff

Certifications: B.S. Speech Communication, M.A.T. Health and Physical Education, Elementary Education, Neurotyping Certification, PN L1

Sports and training have been a huge part of Jeff Huet’s life. Nutrition was a huge part of his life since the age of 12, with a type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Sports and training helped Jeff to live and thrive with his disease. Whether he wanted to or not, knowing what he was eating was crucial for his health and performance on the field or court. Throughout the years, Jeff had some ups and downs with his own nutrition. You name it, he tried it. In his early 30’s Jeff had had enough of not being informed and needed more education with nutrition that was practical. He wanted to improve his health, his performance and to help those that he trained. This turned into coaching others with nutrition and there was no looking back. Coaching is a love and a passion. Outside of coaching and teaching, Jeff loves to spend time with his two kids and his wife. They enjoy hiking, playing and being silly together.

Coach Becky

Certifications: NCI Level 1, NCI Hormone Specialist, Neurotype Certification, Certified Personal Trainer

n the last semester of her pursuit to a double bachelor’s degree in a nothing nutrition or fitness related field (Emergency Management and Sociology), Becky took a class called “Weight Lifting for Women.” She had some experience weight training with machines but as an avid runner, her experience working with free weights was limited. She instantly fell in love. On the second to last day of class the professor told her he couldn’t believe she wasn’t going into something fitness related. He validated feelings she’d had all semester and she left the class feeling like perhaps she’d missed a boat.

A few years later, a trainer she followed on Facebook wrote a post about becoming a personal trainer independent of any school studies. Struggling with her own body image, weight, and nutrition issues since 5th grade, Becky had found weightlifting to be an outlet and had a strong desire to help others do the same. Less than a week later, she was enrolled in NASM’s Personal Training course. She’s primarily used the certification to program workouts for family and friends.

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Becky is a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. She also has nutrition certifications in Level 1 and Hormone Specialist through NCI and was certified in the very first round of the Neurotyping Certification course through Peak Optimization Performance.

Becky works full time as the Safety Coordinator for her state’s largest school district. She is a wife, a mom to four young boys, a dog mom to two more males, and considers herself an expert toilet cleaner.

She’s also a 2A, so variety is the spice of her life. In her spare time, you can find her in her home gym lifting heavy things or creating bags behind her sewing machine.

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