I have been on the Made to Move Team since 2010 as a Tennis Professional during summer tennis camps and year round group programs. After graduating college, I joined MtM full time as a Teaching Professional and League Director. I thoroughly enjoy working with this team of professionals. As a Teaching Professional, I am trained to understand that every student has different strengths and weaknesses that enhance and challenge them as athletes. What I truly love about the Natural Teaching Method is that it has provided me with the tools to accelerate our students athletic learning curve while giving them more confidence in their athletic ability. I am passionate about infusing our students with the benefits of our minimalistic approach to teaching that enables them to realize their creativity and potential.
I started playing tennis at 13 years of age where I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. My passion for tennis enabled me to play four years of tennis in high school, where my team contended for the state championship on multiple occasions. At Allegheny College, I continued playing Division III tennis for four years and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science. In 2010, I received my certification as a Teaching Professional from the Professional Tennis Registry and began to instruct younger players at summer camp ranging from beginner to seasoned high school levels. After my collegiate career, I continued my involvement with tennis by playing in leagues and weekend tournament match play. I was employed as a laboratory technician for four years in Pittsburgh before following my lifelong passion for teaching tennis as my career. I am eager to share my passion for teaching using the MtM Natural Teaching Method.
I graduated from Ward Melville High School and am currently enrolled at Stony Brook University studying business management. I have been a teaching professional at Made to Move Tennis & Wellness for the past three years while going through extensive in-house trainings in the Natural Teaching Method. My desire to help students achieve their tennis goals combined with my understanding of the Natural Teaching Method has enabled me to help students progress significantly while enjoying the game of tennis. I have always appreciated this approach as a student and am extremely happy to have the opportunity to pass this gift on to future students.
I began playing tennis at the age of 6 years old after moving from Chicago to Miller Place, NY. I immediately fell in the love with the game and eventually competed in USTA tournaments all over Long Island achieving a regional ranking of 6. Also, I held the 1st singles spot on the Miller Place HS Varsity tennis team as Team Captain. After High School I continued my education at Penn State University where I earned a degree in Political Science. Following my graduation I worked as a Law Clerk with the Town of Brookhaven while teaching the group programs and summer camp here at MTM. I grew to love the Natural Teaching Method, and wanted to reignite my passion for tennis by becoming a full-time professional. Through numerous trainings, and studying the game even further I have not only expanded my own tennis skills, but learned to help others grow theirs as well. I am excited to use my own creativity in teaching as well as helping my students achieve their goals.
I received my national certification from the Academy of Applied Personal Training located at Hofstra University which specializes in injury management and prevention. I also participate in many in-house trainings while attending health conferences so that I can encourage and guide our team to the MtM mission and vision. I have a great passion for health and fitness coupled with a desire to help people. As a result, I enjoy being a health resource for people of all ages while motivating them to move towards a healthy lifestyle.
Throughout my career, in addition to being a Made to Move Life Fit Trainer, I have gained experienced in group training, tennis conditioning and teaching various fitness classes. I have been part of the Made to Move Tennis & Wellness team as a Life Fit Trainer since 2009 and became the Director of Fitness in 2015. My hope is to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives within our community.
I have been in the fitness industry for 21 years and received my national certification as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. I have also attended a variety of trainings throughout the years to diversify my fitness background. I have certifications in kickboxing, spinning (Mad Dogg Athletics), YogaFit, Power Pilates and kettlebell. In addition, I have been a Life Fit trainer and class instructor on the MtM Team since 2007 amassing many in-house continuing education certifications on the mind/body MtM method and its underlying science. As a people person, I am able to make an easy and natural connection with my clients. I enjoy leading an active lifestyle that reflects the Made to Move philosophy.
Amy Jeffrey:I graduated from the Academy of Applied Personal Training at Hofstra University in August 2014 where I received my national certification. In addition, my desire to become a MtM Nutritional Coach led me to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritional Education Institute where I became a Nutritional Education Trainer in plant based nutrition. I am passionate about the holistic approach that Made to Move Tennis & Wellness offers its clients and I am excited to be part of the team. I have also been involved in sports and fitness my entire life. Currently, my interests are running, biking and occasional waterskiing.
I am nationally certified through Hofstra University, NY by the American Association for Personal Training Education. My focus is on building strength, flexibility and healing through safe exercise, muscle conditioning and various yoga techniques. I thoroughly enjoy helping adults overcome and surpass any limitations they feel are holding them back from a healthier life style. I am experienced in a variety of group fitness classes including Zumba and exercise for children. I do agility training for children and adults who play tennis and golf.
I also received a certification in Plant-Based Whole Food Nutrition through eCornell University. As a nutritional coach at MtM, I have the opportunity to coach clients one-on-one while helping them attain their nutritional goals. I have also gained extensive knowledge in coaching and teaching classes for families with food allergies and for metabolism-based healthy weight-loss. My passion is sharing a strong belief in the mind/body connection - how our thoughts so powerfully affect us physically - in both fitness and nutrition
Meredith Joy Bandise:
I attended Suffolk Community College and graduated with my Fitness Specialist degree in May 2015 while acquiring a personal trainer certification through the American Council on Exercise. I love making people happy and creating fun, motivating and challenging workouts for clients to improve their overall health and to help them achieve their fitness goals. As a dancer my entire life and now a Life Fit Trainer, fitness is my #1 passion, and I thoroughly want to share that passion with the world! The amount of time and education that MtM requires for Life Fit Trainer development gives me a wonderful opportunity to be the best that I can be. I am blessed and excited to be a part of the Made to Move team and look forward to helping our community.
As a licensed Zumba instructor, I am able to share my passion for fun, dance and fitness at Made to Move Tennis & Wellness. My passion for dance has been lifelong as illustrated by my training in hip-hop, jazz, tap, lyrical ballet and ballroom dancing. I have been fortunate enough to perform in Off Broadway shows and other local dance studios. When I experienced my first Zumba class, I was completely committed to learning and teaching this wonderful fitness program to others. I am licensed in Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids and Zumba Kids Jr., enabling me to combine dance and fitness in a variety of ways.
Wylie Hunt:I studied classical ballet for many years before my introduction to yoga in college. I have been a devout yoga practitioner for the past ten years. I received my 200-hour certification in Classical Yoga (Ashtanga) Teacher Training through The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute, directed by Beryl Bender Birch in 2014. My education also includes a certificate in Vinyasa Flow through the Yoga Darshana Center and a Level I certification with Mayuri Gonzalez of Little Flower Yoga to teach yoga and mindfulness to children and youth, ages 3 to 18. I have completed the Mindful Yoga Therapy Training for Teachers, led by Suzanne Manafort, and my certification to teach veterans with PTSD and other victims of trauma. Wylie has studied with Rolf Gates, and is a member of the Long Island Yoga Association. My teaching goal is to create a practice combining Ashtanga Vinyasa or “flow” yoga with precise Iyengar-style yoga to nourish the mind, body and spirit. Keeping this goal in mind enables me to help to increase energy, and flexibility, relieve tension and stress, and ultimately culminate in total relaxation with my students.
Amy Lazzaro:I began my yoga practice about 7 years ago. I received my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification as a yoga instructor through Healing Movement with Director Lorijean Gentzlinger. I completed a level I certification with Mayuri Gonzalez of Little Flower Yoga to teach yoga to children and adolescents. In my classes I enjoy combining creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help others deepen their practice. I feel great joy in working with the breath and meditation and get great satisfaction in sharing and teaching these skills! I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga. My hope is that students leave the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
I began my fitness and wellness journey as a teenager learning about the importance of nutrition, exercise and the subject of reflexology. Later, I furthered my exploration by practicing Pilates and incorporating essential oils into my daily life. While experiencing a difficult personal situation I discovered meditation, and a dear friend of mine introduced me to yoga.
Starting first as a student, my love of Yoga blossomed, and I decided to obtain my teaching certification so that I could share the extraordinary value of yoga with others. In May 2017 I received my 200 hour YTT certification and then proceeded to obtain additional certifications in Restorative and Yin Yoga. I believe in Yoga’s many benefits, and continue to receive its many blessings which I love passing onto others.
I am a native Texan but have lived in Stony Brook, NY for 22 years and have a been a full-time, certified Life Coach for 20 years. Working with people of all ages and professions who desire to make changes in their lives, I seek to enhance the quality of their professional and personal lives.
In particular, I help my clients through the following issues: transition and life planning, career choice, leadership and developing a team, fitness and wellness coaching. I am a graduate of and certified by Coach University as well as the International Coach Federation and The Highlands Company (transforming careers since 1992).
I have a Master’s degree from the University of Texas. As co-owner of Made to Move Tennis & Wellness with my husband, Spencer, I have avenues which enable me to support others with their fitness and wellness goals. I am passionate about helping others seek holistic and practical tools for pro-active rather than re-active living through intuition, inspiration, and motivation.
Linda Folken, MS, RDN, CDN
Linda is a Registered Dietitian, Wellness and Life Coach. Her diverse and comprehensive background in nutrition, health, life and leadership coaching is what sets her apart from others. She draws on evidence-based scientific research to provide a person centered approach to meet each client’s individual needs in wellness and in life.
Linda has practiced in the health care field as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) for the past 35 years. She is a certified Health Coach through the American College of Exercise (ACE) and a graduate of the Coach U Core Essentials Program. Her mission to help her clients decrease stress and increase joy.
"with a conscience"
Made to Move Tennis & Wellness
5 S. Jersey Avenue,
East Setauket, NY 11733
631 - 751 - 6767
Club & Gym Hours: Spring Schedule
MONDAY: 6 AM TO 9:30 PM
TUESDAY: 6 AM TO 9:30 PM
WEDNESDAY: 6 AM TO 9:30 PM
THURSDAY: 6 AM TO 9:30 PM
FRIDAY: 6 AM TO 8:30 PM
SATURDAY: 6:45 AM TO 6 PM
SUNDAY: 6:45 AM TO 4 PM