Meet Our Staff

Anna Dark, Fitness Director
Anna joined Take Charge Fitness Program staff in 2006. Anna has dedicated her entire professional career to the fitness industry and has been passionate about making a positive impact in individuals’ lives through health and wellness for over 30 years. She has worked in different capacities throughout her fitness industry career, which include Nutrition/Wellness coordinator, operations management, group fitness director, group exercise instructor, and personal trainer. In addition to being the Director of Take Charge Fitness Program, Anna is also an Examiner for AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) that certifies individuals in various fitness roles (group exercise, personal training). Anna is happily married to Steve Dark and they have two children Cole and Luke.

Training:
Anna earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Certifications:

  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America-Group Exercise Instructor
  • Yogafit-Level 1 and Specialty Cert in Senior/Chair Yoga
  • International Sports & Fitness Trainers Association, Certified Personal Trainer
  • AAAI/ISMA-Pilates Level II-Mat and Props
  • Silver Sneaker-MSROM and Yoga Stretch
  • Arthritis Foundation-Aquatic Instructor and Walk with Ease Instructor
  • Professional Rescuer CPR/AED

e-mail: a.dark@takechargefitnessprogram.com

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Daniel Butler, HFI
Daniel joined the TCFP staff in August 2002 after being in the military for almost a decade. Daniel enjoys personal training clients of all ability levels and has nearly 10 years experience as a swimming instructor. In his spare time you can find him hunting, playing golf or in the weight room trying to keep up with the young guns!

Training:
Daniel obtained a Bachelors of Science in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2012.

Certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine-Health Fitness Specialist
  • Silver Sneaker MSROM
  • Silver Sneaker Yoga Stretch
  • Yogafit Level 1
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Instructor
  • Professional Rescuer CPR/AED

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Mika Yoshida, CSCS, ACSM Exercise Physiologist
Mika joined Take Charge Fitness in 2002. She is originally from Nara, Japan. Mika teaches Pilates, Pilates Reformer, Balance, Strength, and Posture, Line Dancing, and other land and aquatic classes. Mika enjoys personal training clients of all fitness levels. Understanding and meeting the needs of members and guiding them to living a healthier lifestyle are her main goals and focuses. She believes in living life to the fullest that begins with overall wellness.

Training:
Mika obtained Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science, and associate degree in Dance Performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Certifications:

  • American College Sports Medicine – Health Fitness Specialist
  • National Strengthening and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • PHI Pilates – Mat & Reformer instructor
  • Arthritis Foundation – Aquatic & Walk with Ease instructor
  • Professional Rescuer CPR/AED

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Joy Bishop, ACSM Exercise Physiologist
Joy has worked at TCFP since 2010 and has lived in east Tennessee her entire life. Joy was also a member of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band where she played the piccolo & cheered for the Vols! Joy has a huge passion for fitness since making the lifestyle change in 2004 and losing over 40 lbs! She loves to teach others how to make exercise a daily part of their life and enjoy it. In her free time, Joy loves to go to church, dance, and spend time with her wonderful husband Chris!

Training:
Joy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the U.T. Knoxville.

Certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine – Health Fitness Specialist
  • Silver Sneakers MSROM
  • Silver Sneakers Yoga Stretch
  • Zumba Basic (January 2012)
  • Professional Rescuer CPR/AED
  • AF Walk with Ease