Staff

Emily Riordan, Wellness Director
Emily joined Capitol Lakes in May of 2015. She demonstrates a great amount of passion for fitness and the well-being of our members and residents. Emily has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Stevens Point in Health Promotion and Wellness. Her past work experience includes employee programming and implementing/coordinating various wellness programs. Her hobbies include running, spending time with family, and anything outdoors. Emily hopes to expand all members’ knowledge of and love for exercise and wellness.

Beth Triller: Rehabilitation and Fitness Specialist
Beth has over 20 years of experience as a therapy aide and fitness instructor.  Her solid rehabilitation background compliments her certification through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer.  She also holds certifications through the Aquatic Exercise Association, Arthritis Foundation, and pre- and post-natal exercise.  Beth leads a variety of classes at the Aquatic and Wellness Center in addition to setting up exercise programs for residents and community members.  Beth shows her passion for health, fitness, and wellness in all areas of her life. Her positive attitude is truly infective.

Joan Jung: Rehabilitation and Fitness Specialist
Joan has worked as a Rehabilitation and Fitness Specialist in the Aquatic and Wellness Center at Capitol Lakes since 2004, and brings nearly 20 years’ experience in rehabilitation and as a fitness instructor.   Joan received her bachelor’s degree in health psychology/social welfare from the UW-Madison, and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She also holds certifications from the Aquatic Exercise Association and the Arthritis Foundation.  Providing both personal training sessions and group classes, Joan teaches the popular deep water and Movin’ to Music groups, among others.  In the area of personal training, Joan enjoys working with clients who are recovering from a major health event, such as a stroke.  She enjoys the challenge of tailoring exercise programs to each person’s specific needs.

Kayla Elding: Rehabilitation and Fitness Specialist
Kayla is the Aquatic and Wellness Center’s newest trainer!  Kayla graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology.  She has worked as a rehabilitation aide and with United Cerebral Palsy.  Kayla is in the process of earning her Personal Trainer certificate through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as certificates to lead Arthritis Foundation and pre- and post-natal exercise classes.  Kayla is most excited to begin working with the residents at Capitol Lakes and moms-to-be in the Exercise for Two class.

Bekki Cowan: Licensed Massage Therapist
Bekki has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2008.  She graduated from Lakeside School of Massage Therapy and has earned certifications in a wide variety of specialized training.  Whether you are hoping to decrease stress or anxiety, help heal an injury or lessen everyday pains, or relieve insomnia, massage can help.  Bekki designs massage sessions to fit what each client is looking for with a combination of Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Joint Mobility, Trigger Point, Aromatherapy, TCM, and Reiki.   Bekki recently attended a 2-day workshop on the Kinesiotaping method and is excited to start sharing this skill with her clients.

Michael Ojer: Licensed Acupuncturist
Michael Ojer, L.Ac , M.S.O.M, is a master of oriental medicine and licensed acupuncturist with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and communication arts.  He earned his Master’s degree at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, where he graduated at the top of his class.  Michael has been working in the medical field for the last five years, where he specializes in both individualized treatment and diagnosis in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage).

His love of helping people with a wide variety of physical and psychological illnesses, has led him to work where there is the greatest need.  He currently treats patients at Capitol Lakes Aquatic and Wellness Center and at Madison Family Wellness Community Clinic; both are non-profit acupuncture and massage clinics, where the majority of clients are on a fixed income.  He specializes in pain management, supplementary cancer treatment, mental/emotional care, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and many other medical concerns.