Our Incredible Team Has Been Handpicked For You

Our team of specialists has been handpicked to ensure that you not only feel confident and safe in our facility but you also feel that you can trust us.

We come from a variety of backgrounds with a range of experience, putting us in a unique position of having the knowledge and qualifications to KNOW what you need but also the personal experiences to UNDERSTAND how you feel about it.

We’re here to provide you with advice and guidance, giving you the best in class of equipment and knowledge.

Matt Donnelly

Job Title: CEO, Owner

Education/Certification: MA in Business Management, MSc in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Hometown: Saint Neots, England

Why You Love What You Do: I love helping people reach and expand their potential.

Hobbies: Soccer, golf, hanging with my family and spending time with my four dogs.

Interesting Fact: Competed nationally in Judo

The core of who we are

Ascend Life and Body is the result of the combination of life and professional experiences of Matt and Jeremy.

Unfortunate life events brought Matt to Jeremy’s professional door. Jeremy’s background in personal training and his broad knowledge of complementary therapies led to a unique understanding of what was needed and how it should be provided.

These two guys are at the core of what we do, we’re here to help you.

But you know what?

We couldn’t do it without this awesome team.

Jeremy Swafford

Job Title: Owner, COO

Education/Certification: Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Health Promotions. NSCA CSCS, USAW

Hometown: Oswego, Illinois

Why You Love What You Do: I enjoy helping people move and feel better. I also love to mentor future athletes.

Hobbies: Hockey, Football, Rugby, Weight Training, and anything that involves family

Interesting Fact: I have engaged in competitive sports my entire life. Growing up, I ran track, played football, and wrestled. After playing football in college, I started my own Rugby Club at Central

The core of who we are

Ascend Life and Body is the result of the combination of life and professional experiences of Matt and Jeremy.

Unfortunate life events brought Matt to Jeremy’s professional door. Jeremy’s background in personal training and his broad knowledge of complementary therapies led to a unique understanding of what was needed and how it should be provided.

These two guys are at the core of what we do, we’re here to help you.

But you know what?

We couldn’t do it without this awesome team.

Matt Donnelly

Job Title: CEO, Owner

Education/Certification: MA in Business Management, MSc in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Hometown: Saint Neots, England

Why You Love What You Do: I love helping people reach and expand their potential.

Hobbies: Soccer, golf, hanging with my family and spending time with my four dogs.

Interesting Fact: Competed nationally in Judo

Jeremy Swafford

Job Title: Owner, COO

Education/Certification: Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Health Promotions. NSCA CSCS, USAW

Hometown: Oswego, Illinois

Why You Love What You Do: I enjoy helping people move and feel better. I also love to mentor future athletes.

Hobbies: Hockey, Football, Rugby, Weight Training, and anything that involves family

Interesting Fact: I have engaged in competitive sports my entire life. Growing up, I ran track, played football, and wrestled. After playing football in college, I started my own Rugby Club at Central.

Gabby

Job Title: Marketing Manager

Education/Certification: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill– BA Political Science, BA Public Relations

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Why You Love What You Do: I’ve trained with Jeremy since I played competitive soccer in middle school, so it’s been very rewarding to see him move into his own space and build his passion into a business with Matt. 

Hobbies: Olympic Weightlifting, watching any of the Real Housewives shows, and playing with my 3 dogs (Murphy, Riley, and Scrappy).

Interesting Fact: I’ve been lucky enough to play soccer in the Arctic Circle (Pitea, Sweden) under the midnight sun and in the Real Madrid training facility (where I saw my crush, the former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas).

Adam

Job Title: Performance & Recovery Technician

Education/Certification: BS Nutrition Science, Sports Science. NASM CES

Hometown: Cary, NC

Why You Love What You Do: I am fuelled by helping others enhance their quality of life. People are always capable of so much more than they originally thought. I am grateful to be a part of someone else’s journey.

Hobbies: I enjoy anything that challenges me. Endurance sports like running or swimming are my activities of choice. I also love to cook and spend time outdoors, especially with family and friends.

Interesting Fact: In September 2021, I will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Renee

Job Title: Ascend Life & Body Registered Nurse Manager and Certified IV Therapist.

Hometown: Essex, Vermont

Why You Love What You Do: I love educating people on the importance of preventative health and how to take the best care of their bodies now.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, playing with my energetic son, Mason, going to the beach, and doing yoga!

Interesting Fact: I’ve never been skiing or snowboarding even though I grew up in Vermont!