OUR TEAM

Christa Rymal

Founder, Co-Owner & CEO

I have worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years in emergency medicine, cardiac care, orthopedics, primary care, diabetes education and endocrinology. I have a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, Masters Degree in HealthCare Leadership, Advanced training from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Institute of Functional Medicine, and American Academy of Funtional Medicine.

It was during my time working as a diabetes nurse educator, followed by my role as Director of Diabetes Care and Endocrinology, that I was motivated to be a change agent in the way we treat and manage chronic disease. I was alarmed at the increased prevalence of diabetes and the complex nature and cost of managing the disease. I was inspired by those patients who became partners in their care and with the right support, education, and coaching were empowered to make lifestyle changes that resulted in improved health and happiness. After initiating a “Living Well with Diabetes” series of classes with a local culinary kitchen, where providers, patients, and family members participated in innovative disease management cooking classes, I was determined to bring the science and practice of lifestyle medicine to more people living with a chronic disease or aiming to prevent one. This was the starting point for my change in personal health, passion for lifestyle and functional medicine, and the turning point in my career in healthcare. I realize the important role that nurses serve as they speak the language of medicine, healing, and health.

After reaching out to those who have personally or professionally inspired my own journey to improved health, our dynamite “The Point” team of experts was created! Experts in lifestyle and functional medicine, but equally as important, experts in pursuing adventure, sharing laughter, providing support, encouraging greatness, and helping others achieve their personal goals!

When I am not spending time at “The Point” you can find me spending time with my family and friends, watching our daughters basketball and soccer games, hiking, camping and canoeing in the Boundary Waters, downhill skiing, spending time on our farm, playing pickle ball, yoga, traveling, going to a music concert, cooking, or continuing to study all things related to health, fitness, nutrition, and functional/lifestyle medicine.

Biggest life accomplishments – my 3 girls, living in small cabin in Fairbanks Alaska for 6 months, completing a triathlon, finishing the 3 day/60 mile breast cancer walk with 3 wonderful women, completing a 40 mile dogsled adventure in the Boundary waters with my good friend and 3 of our daughters, and helping my dad write and publish his autobiography.

Next adventures and goals: traveling to Cuba with my husband and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with two of my dearest friends!

Chuck Runyon

Co-Owner

As the CEO and Co-founder of Self Esteem Brands, Chuck Runyon leads a global collection of franchises intent upon improving the health and wellness of millions of people worldwide.

A leading authority in the field of fitness, Runyon revolutionized the industry when he and Dave Mortensen co-founded Anytime Fitness in 2002. The world’s largest and fastest-growing fitness club serves 4,000,000 members in nearly 40 countries and it is the first franchise in history with locations on all seven continents. Anytime Fitness features precisely what people say they want most from a gym: convenience, affordability, supportive coaching and a wide range of fitness program options.

For his unprecedented and unique contributions to the fitness industry, Chuck was honored as the “Visionary of the Year” by the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). He and Dave Mortensen also were recently named “Entrepreneurs of the Year” by Ernst & Young.

In addition to Anytime Fitness, Self Esteem Brands serves as the parent company to three other rapidly-growing franchises: Waxing the City – with nearly 200 studios dedicated to providing the finest waxing experience imaginable; The Bar Method – a popular, low-impact fitness franchise with more than 100 studios across 30 states and Canada; and Basecamp Fitness – a new high-intensity, class-based fitness concept.

Central to Chuck’s leadership philosophy is the concept of “ROEI” – the return on emotional investment. In fact, Chuck recently co-authored a book called “Love Work: Inspire a high-performing work culture at the center of People, Purpose, Profits and Play®.”

Under Runyon’s leadership, Anytime Fitness has earned numerous industry accolades, including “One of America’s Most Promising Companies” and the world’s #1 franchise. Additionally, Anytime Fitness has been honored as a “Top Franchise for Minorities” and “The Best Place to Work in Minnesota” – four years in a row.

Jamie Petschow

Director of Marketing & Operations

With extensive experience in Project and Program Management, Business Operations, Marketing, and Human Resources; Jamie helps lead as The Point’s partner in Marketing and Operations.

 

Jamie graduated from The University of Minnesota (B.S.), and has since worked with international, corporate, small, medium and large businesses; and has consulted independently. Through mutual core values and a perfectly-aligned passion (for knocking down health silos to ensure everyone’s access to well-being); she now works passionately at The Point.

 

With health interests ranging from eastern to western healing, conventional to holistic practices; she has dipped her toes into about every wellness opportunity under the sun. Open to trends, but rooted in research, she is enjoying the practice of healthy living (and working) day-in and day-out at The Point.  With her business background, she is especially optimistic about taking-on more workplace-wellness retreats and assisting in The Point’s new custom rental offerings: With our culture getting on the “better balance” bandwagon, she cannot wait to see more and more people experiencing healthier family vacations and group gatherings.

 

Outside of the office (though ‘office’ is a term used loosely around here) she runs a small community for mothers interested in teaching health and wellness for younger generations, is pursuing continuing education in meditative practices, tours the midwest in her converted sprinter van, and can otherwise be found chasing her toddler around to a Eagles record (i.e., active meditation).

Travis Rymal

Property & Rental Manager

Education 

-B.S. Forestry and Recreation Management University of Montana

 

Background 

-Most of my career has been spent in natural resources in various capacities.  Early on I worked in wilderness management and education in Alaska and Ely, MN which was a great opportunity to make a difference with people that embrace our wild areas.  This led to an opportunity in forest research and firefighting with the US Forest Service, which enabled me to learn a great deal about teamwork and building strong working relationships.  For the last 15 years I have been a tree nursery owner and grass fed beef farmer.  Growing high quality, local, and sustainable beef has been rewarding, and has allowed me to stay close to the land and the people who appreciate pasture based healthy eating.  Along the way I acquired my real estate license.

I am looking forward to continued growth at The Point. I have a desire to share with our guests the wellbeing that can be found in the forest and healthy food that can be cultivated with sustainable farming practices. In addition, my goal is to maintain the history of our peninsula and natural beauty of our log cabins and property.

 

Interests

-I have a strong passion and connection with the outdoors which I pursue mainly through hunting, exploring, and wilderness canoeing and camping.  I love all sports and coaching my daughters in basketball has been one of the most rewarding things I have been able to do over the years.  

Katie Bjornson

Retreat Operations Lead

“ Your health and fitness goal is a journey that doesn’t happen overnight.  Start by challenging yourself every day to be better than what you were yesterday”

Expertise:

  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Strength and Power Development
  • Injury Prevention

Education:

  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire: S.  Exercise Management

About:

Katie has had an extensive career in athletics, health and fitness.  She grew up as a multisport athlete, competing as a starter for 4 years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, including an appearance in the Final Four.  Previously working as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Minnesota Lynx, Katie has more than 10 years of experience as a fitness specialist, working with clients of all abilities, including athletes and those looking to improve their fitness and wellbeing.  Katie truly enjoys working with people, and is committed to helping others reach their full physical potential.

In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband and two kids, working out and enjoying the Minnesota outdoors.

Mike Bjornson

Strength & Performance Coach
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Nutrition Coach
Certified USA Weight Lifting Performance Coach
NSCA
NASM
NPTI – CPT
Precision Nutrition
Areas of Focus:
Physique Transformation
Performance Enhancement
Health and Lifestyle
What is Your Motto?
Discipline, Consistency and Long Term Gratification
 
When I’m Not Training, You Can Find Me:
Family
Fishing
Hunting
 
My Go-To Comfort Food:
Grass Fed Burger
What is Your Spirit Animal:
Wolf

Nolan Gosso

Strength & Performance Coach

I have a bachelor’s degree in communication from University of North Dakota and trained at the National Training Institute in Florida. I work as a performance enhancement specialist, certified Personal trainer, and currently serve as the Group Training Coordinator for Lifetime Fitness.

I fell in love with weight training when I was 15 years old as an athlete in High School.  I later went on to play Division One baseball where I learned the important role that strength and conditioning play in athletic performance and injury prevention.  While enrolled at The National Personal Training Institute in Orlando, Florida in 2005, I realized personal training was exactly what I wanted to do with my life.  I want to show people that weight training and exercise is a key component to living a healthy lifestyle.  It’s not a choice, it’s a necessity!

A few personal facts: When not training you can find me spending time on the softball fields, with friends and family, fishing, watching football (Skol Vikings), and enjoying a little Fireball. I have many favorite comfort foods but an example would be a classical home cooked Rueben.

 

Lisa Somerville

Yoga & Meditation Coach

Certification

Lisa is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach thru the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching and is trained in YogaFit Level 1, Chakras, Kids and Mindfulness Meditation.  Lisa is also professionally trained in MBSR:  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.

Education

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health promotion/wellness and health education, and is a certified health and wellness coach through Wellcoaches®.

Practice interests

As a health and wellness coach, Lisa works collaboratively with clients to tap into their innate ability to heal themselves and live a life that is full of joy, optimism and true happiness. She supports each client with a genuine sense of curiosity and provides opportunity for self-exploration. Lisa has a strong interest in self-compassion and mindfulness, including meditation and yoga, and is available for one-on-one sessions.

Personal interests

Lisa enjoys the outdoors and spends most of her free time camping, kayaking, hiking and downhill skiing with her family & friends.

Personal statement

“When individuals are given the opportunity to share their stories and be accepted for who they are without any judgment or pre-conceived ideas placed upon them, that is when their true human potential is discovered.”

 

Jeremy Reinicke

Culinary Chef & Educator

Chef Jeremy has a broad food background from Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu, to Restaurant Manager, to Cooking School Coordinator with Cooks of Crocus Hill.  In his early days on the scene he worked at Tim Mckee’s Solera, as well as Robert Mondavi and Julia Child’s “COPIA” in Napa Valley.  Jeremy has always been passionate about great food and loves helping others take command of their own kitchens.   He continues to teach cooking classes to the public at locations all around the Twin Cities.  And he currently runs the teaching kitchen at HealthEast’s Ways to Wellness on the Woodwinds Health Campus, where he teaches nutritious and delicious cooking classes and provides one on one consultations for patients and the community.

Nicolas Zahasky

Culinary Chef & Specialty Foods Educator

An executive chef since 2002, Nic has launched, run and redeveloped restaurants and food-service programs in Nevada, California, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. He has cooked for many elite figures such as Madeline Albright, Micheal Pollan, Arun Gandhi, Wailin’ Jennys, the King and Queen of Norway and Five for Fighting, along with independent contracting for the bullet proof executive himself, Dave Asprey.

In 2011, Nic retired from his executive chef role and left “the corporate lifestyle” to pursue self-training (and shortly after, training many others who sought him out) with functional fitness and Paleo nutrition. He began racing for the first time with this new-found energy, strength and passion, and began to consistently win national obstacle course races and competitions. Quickly becoming a public figure and personality for Paleo nutrition and ancestral health, he designed Cultivate in 2016 to bring more awareness and accessibility for ancestral nutrition, his Low-Impact model and functionally appropriate movement to the international stage.

Lisa TerHaar

Director of Professional Services

Lisa is a board-certified nurse practitioner, who has received functional medicine training with the Institute for Functional Medicine.  Most recently, she has attended trainings focused in the area of brain health and brain plasticity, focused on how to discover the root cause of neurologic symptoms and assist with creation of a personalized treatment plan.  Functional medicine evaluates the whole person by obtaining information about an individual’s genomics,  microbiome, nutrient status, hormone health, inflammation and toxic burden.  Most chronic diseases have multiple contributing factors that can be modified to achieve improved health.

Lisa is passionate about helping individuals and families who have concerns about cognition. In preparation for this calling, she attended trainings with Dr. Bredesen and the IFM in December 2016 and March 2017. These trainings have provided Lisa with the credential to assess patient’s genetic predisposition for dementia, assess underlying root causes of cognitive changes, and create a personalized plan for preventing or reversing disease.

Having watched both of her parents struggle with complex medical issues in mid-life, including cognitive impairment, this calling is personal for Lisa, as well as professional. Since learning of successful interventions for the prevention and reversal of dementia, she is eager to put this information into actionable plans to help her family, as well as others to live more healthfully into their second half of life.

Katie Elzea

Diabetes Nurse Educator & Coach
Katie Elzea is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator.  She has worked at HealthEast for 5 years caring for all types of patients with Diabetes.  Her passion is helping people live their healthiest lives without worrying about Diabetes all the time.  One of her goals is to help patients who want to do this without medications.
Her professional interests include helping women who are pregnant with Diabetes and Continuous Glucose Monitoring.
In her personal time she enjoys traveling with her family, reading and going for walks with her dog, Ginger.
Education
ADN Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Certifications
RN through State of Minnesota Board of Nursing
CDE through National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
CGM Interpretation through American Association of Diabetes Educators
Certified Trainer for Freestyle Libre and Dexcom CGM

Thaddeus Owen

Point Support Staff

I study the latest science and ancient practices to build optimal health. Through self-experimentation, I find out what works and teach others to build and upgrade their own health.

I want to share these secrets with you. I want you to build optimal health. Most statistics show what it takes to be “average”.  We don’t want to be average, we want to be as healthy as humanly possible while we’re on this plane of reality. This is what I’m here to teach you. Information from ancient sages, spiritual masters, health experts, and the latest science thrown in with a bit of the occult (meaning hidden).   – Thaddeus Owen BS Chemical Engineering, MS Holistic Nutrition, Biohacker

Heidi Sime

Point Support Staff

Abstract Artist & Meditative Art Educator

Katie Newman

Point Support Staff

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Personal Trainer & Lifestyle Coach

 

Katie Newman has over 20 years experience in holistic health & fitness. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Holistic Lifestyle Coach & a Certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in Paleo, low carb & therapeutic ketogenic diets. Her passion for holistic living grew after witnessing several clients’ miraculous health transformations including reversing a multitude of her own autoimmune diseases & her husband’s cancer remission.

She thrives on improving the lives & state of well-being of others with nutritional therapy, using food as medicine, lifestyle & mindset.

 

Taking a holistic approach, she addresses the mind, body & spirit connection. Working one on one with her clients, she searches for the root cause of symptoms to formulate a personalized nutrition plan, dial in a supplement protocol, exercise routine & lifestyle modifications to achieve their goals.

 

While empowering her clients to take control & responsibility of their own health, Katie has experience working with pain & inflammation, autoimmune diseases, thyroid conditions, diabetes, metabolic disease, cancer, pregnancy, digestive problems, sleep issues, improving mental health, kicking sugar & carb addictions and of course fat loss.

 

Her passionate continues to grow as she is always learning, continuing her education & searching for the best ways to optimize health & wellness.  Katie’s free time is spent with family & friends, enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful outdoors, Barefoot Life Podcast, and managing a monthly health & wellness book club.

 

Kara Zahasky

Point Support Staff

Culinary Assistant & Yoga Instructor

Kayla Egle

Point Support Staff

Massage Therapist & Reiki Healer

Kennedy Ashley

Point Support Staff

I am a Reiki certified practitioner, my journey as a healer is just beginning. I started to do Reiki because I wanted to spread the love and help others with blockages and past traumas so that they could live their lives to the fullest.

Some hobbies I like to do are going on hikes, taking road trips, cooking, long boarding, and snowboarding.

Motto:

“We are never in control of what happens around us but we are always in control of what happens within us”

Kristin Demulling

Point Support Staff

Fitness Instructor & Lifestyle Coach

Keith TerHaar

Point Support Staff

Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist & Integrative Health Coach

Linda Rasch

Point Support Staff

Why Coach & Creative Arts Coach

Andrea Spalding

Point Support Staff

Founder of Dre’s Creations

Education: BA in adverting from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

I spent the first 10 years of my career selling advertising and the last 15 years raising my family and working part time at my children’s elementary school.

I love helping people, whether it’s helping companies grow their business through advertising, helping kids have more fun at recess or baking healthy and delicious treats for family and friends.

I’ve always lead a healthy lifestyle and enjoy being active in the outdoors. Growing up my parents stressed the importance of balance in meals and exercise. I spent summers boating on the lake, camping, playing softball and tennis. In winter I enjoyed skiing, skating and sledding.

Motto: Everything in moderation

Interests: Family time, travel, spending time outside hiking, biking or being poolside, cooking, baking and enjoying good meals and wine with family and friends

 

Melissa Wise

Point Support Staff
I have my bachelors degree in Generalist Social Work Practice, and my Masters degree in Clinical Social Work. My professional experience includes working in group homes with vulnerable adults and in adolescent residential care facilities, offering emergency services for homeless and low income families, and working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in outpatient mental health care. Currently, I provide short-term solution focused therapy in an outpatient clinic setting for individuals of all ages using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rationale Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and mindfulness techniques. I also conduct emergency based mental health assessments at various hospital Emergency Departments throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.
My life experience includes being a Mom of three amazing kids, and one wrinkly English Bulldog. If there’s anything I’ve learned through motherhood, it is that no two people learn the same, love the same, feel the same, or think the same. Each kid needs to be parented differently and provided space and encouragement to discover what makes them, them. And each kid, needs to be gently pushed out of their comfort zone from time to time to try something new that they might be afraid of.
When people are given the support and time to experience success and failure, to explore their interests, to get uncomfortable and learn to tolerate that discomfort, that’s where growth comes from. And that’s what I’ve experienced at The Point.
Whether taking a boot camp class after not working out in months, or sitting at a table full of strangers who quickly building relationships over a weekend meals. If I’m trying my hardest to not scratch the itch on my head during meditation, or attempting to be graceful during Tai Chi. After listening to speakers I would have never found myself in front of in any other setting, and learning new culinary skills in the kitchen with Chef Jeremy, I’ve discovered The Point is a place where people of all professions, all backgrounds, from all over the world, come to experience success and failure, explore interests, and grow. I’ve watched my dear friend Christa build The Point from a “maybe, someday” idea in her head to the place of learning, trying, and experiencing, and relaxing it is now.  After experiencing my first retreat in October 2019, I said to her as I was leaving, “find me a job here. I want to come back for every one I can.” And here I am!
Outside of work: I love exploring new places, near or far with my kids, and I am excited to try building raised beds and growing a vegetable garden with them this summer. I love being outside, spending time with friends and family, cooking, organizing, going to concerts, hiking, and being close to or on the water.
Melissa Wise, MSW, LICSW

Mariah Delich

Point Support Staff

Photographer