bēkn started as a conversation between a group of healthcare professionals who felt the health system was broken, and they wanted to make it better. They believed they could change the way people navigate the health world by providing an all inclusive wellness membership at a cost anyone can afford. bēkn was designed to help you navigate the often confusing health world in an enjoyable and sustainable way.
We are a proud disruption to the health and wellness industry, providing affordable access to state of the art metabolic and fitness testing in order to create individualized exercise & nutrition systems. Our purpose is to provide data-driven education and engage members with their whole health journey.
Colorado is known as one of the top 10 healthiest states in the country, so naturally, bēkn was born right in the heart of it. Although healthy, Colorado is flooded with fitness trends, healthcare providers and other wellness professionals making it extremely difficult to stand out. In fact, it’s the hardest in the nation for fitness companies. The only way to stand out is to completely reinvent the way we think of wellness, and break the system. This made it a perfect place to design, recreate, and deliver bēkn in a way that could provide the guiding light across the U.S. for change. Headquartered in Denver, bēkn is expanding in centers across the U.S., and making it so anyone can access our program no matter where you live. bēkn is here so you can be anywhere – and we will be there with you on your wellness journey.
Nick Edwards | President
Nick is a nationally renowned Exercise Physiologist and has built multiple programs and centers for wide ranges of populations that are currently running in sites across the U.S. For over 13 years Nick has worked with athletes, general wellness, and patient populations directing exercise physiology laboratories and strength programs. In his career he has worked with 6 professional sports teams/organizations from NHL to NFL, 8 different Men’s and Women’s Division I NCAA Teams, 5 Division I national tournament level teams, 4 conference champion teams, 5 podium Olympians, and 5 World Champions. Nick himself was also a collegiate and professional athlete as well.
Favorite fitness activity: I pick things up, and put them down.
Favorite food: Steak, chicken wings and gyros!
Casey Shivers | Director of Clinical Programming
Casey grew up in Hot Springs, AR playing every team sport you can think of (even kickline!). Having worked in the health and wellness industry for over 10 years, Casey has experience coaching, testing, and building health curriculum in clinical, commercial, and private practice settings.
Favorite fitness activity: backpacking, the forest is my happy place 🙂
Favorite food: Mashed potatoes with lots of butter
Sundi Ford | COO
Sundi is a seasoned operations leader, with over 13 years of experience leading and building highly engaged, cross-functional teams. She is a compassionate, heart-centered, people first leader who is inspired by community, wellness, and authentic meaningful human interaction.
Favorite fitness activity: Running marathons and Kickboxing (couldn’t pick just one)
Favorite food: Tacos, all the tacos.
Chris Holcombe | Lead Physiologist bēkn North
Chris grew up in your typical small midwestern town (Iowa) and after spending his whole life in the midwest he was ready for a change. Chris took a job with a local corporate gym and eventually worked his way up to Fitness and Wellness Director for Great West Financial where he created exercise testing and prescription for all GW employees across the country. Chris has also been the head strength and conditioning coach for multiple volleyball programs, as well as, worked with many professional athletes throughout Denver.
What’s your favorite fitness activity: Volleyball, trail runs
What’s your favorite food: Any kind of meat!
Physiologist and S & C Coach
Rob grew up just outside of Boston, MA and relocated to the Denver area in June of 2017. Rob has a variety of certifications and many years of coaching under his belt, working with both college and professional athletes, as well as adults, high school and middle school athletes.
Favorite fitness activity: Strength training
Favorite food: Lobster roll with clam chowder
Operations Manager / Clinical Physiologist
Molly is a Denver native who loves to be active. She has worked in the exercise physiology world since graduating from Colorado State University. She is passionate about wellness and pushing people to be their best.
Favorite Fitness Activity: Lifting weights
Favorite Foods: Tortillas and cheese
Patrick grew up in Princeville Illinois and has been in the Denver area for three years. Patrick utilizes his exercise physiology degree, specific certifications, and experience working with top level athletes to bring optimal and safe exercise programming and nutrition guidelines to bēkn members.
Favorite fitness activity: Olympic weightlifting
Favorite food: Pizza
NCSF Personal Trainer
MIke specializes in athletic performance and strength training. He grew up north of Atlanta and was first introduced to cardiovascular and resistance training through his love of sports and competition. He believes in a well rounded approach to health and fitness, and considers sustainability to be one of the most important factors to reaching both short and long term health goals.
Favorite fitnbess activity: powerlifting and playing music
Favorite food: a good ole pepperoni pizza
Shahnaz loves coaching people to help them reach their fitness goals. Fitness is about changing your lifestyle and changing your bad habits to good habits and building a solid foundation. She can personalize program for you based on your fitness level, fitness goals, and fitness needs. She can give you instruction, support, and nutrition guidance to help you get there.
Favorite fitness activity: hiking and exploring the nature
Favorite food: Cheese burger
Master of Physical Therapy
Shawna has 24 years of experience as an outpatient physical therapist. With a strong athletic background and a special knack for biomechanical assessment, Shawna takes a global approach to treating the body. She was one of the first 500 therapists in the country to become certified in Dry Needling and has utilized this intervention for 10 years.
Favorite fitness activity: Yoga
Favorite food: Any kind of meat 🙂
Lainey earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University (go cats!) and then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Lainey has worked with a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions and enjoys working with individuals from all ages and fitness levels.
Favorite fitness activity: strength training
Favorite food: tacos
Joel grew up in northern part of Michigan, loving the outdoors and the many adventures that could be found. Starting as a personal trainer, Joel learned that he needed to understand the human body more. Now with over 4 years of Physical Therapy experience, he feels he is ready to help progress his patient’s back to any goal they desire!.
Favorite fitness activity: Downhill skiing
Favorite food: Thai
Director of Operations – Mountain Region
With nearly a decade in the fitness industry, Travis has seen the times and strategies change. The one thing that he says will last the test of time is that members come first. Investing in people to help motivate, educate and hold them accountable is the passion that drives him.
Favorite fitness activity: Heavy weightlifting – a person can learn a lot about themselves under a heavy bar
Favorite food: Prime Rib
Operation Manager of Castle Pines
Sara grew up in Northern California, but has lived in Washington, Virginia, and Georgia. She moved to Colorado with her family (husband and 2 sons) in 2016. She loves to help people and has volunteered for many nonprofit groups. With 8+ years in management experience and her love for helping people, bēkn was an obvious choice in career.
Favorite activity: Video Games or Hiking (I love to be outside)
Favorite food: coffee
Operations Manager – bēkn Stapleton
Nicole grew up in the Okanagan Valley in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She spent her time outdoors with family and friends most of which was on the back of a horse. After graduating college, Nicole accumulated a great deal of time in various service industries before joining the bēkn team. She loves to help people and has found that the fitness industry is the most rewarding of all.
Favorite fitness activity: Lifting weights
Favorite food: The one I can have the least – PASTA!! (and garlic bread)
Director of Marketing & Communications
Nikki grew up in Akron Ohio but loving everything outdoors, knew she was meant for the mountains. Having worked in marketing for 17 years, Nikki has experience building strategic campaigns for national accounts in both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business space. She leverages her passion for wellness to build plans that reach audiences at the right time and right place.
Favorite fitness activity: kickboxing, it’s great for stress too!
Favorite food: Tacos (chickpea and cauliflower to be exact)