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Calamigos

The Calamigos Ranch is the premier location for wellness in the town of Malibu. Grant and Helen Gerson, the pioneers of the ranch, foresaw a unique opportunity to expose and immerse guests into an untouched and elegantly rustic lifestyle that they both loved and lived. Now, with over 130 natural acres of Malibu Country, the Gerson family has continued the vision set in motion by their parents and grandparents for over 60 years. We welcome you to Wellfit Malibu at Calamigos Ranch. Come see for yourself why we take pride in providing our guests with a place of unparalleled beauty as the setting for their restoration.

Meet the Wellfit Management Team

Randy Heuser

Randy Heuser

General Manager

Randy Heuser, our General Manager, attended the California Polytechnic University of Architecture. He worked for over a decade in the design and architecture field prior to working in the fitness and wellness industry.

In 2010, Randy decided to take a new turn in his professional career and became involved with the health and fitness industry. His instant love for the resort and the people were determining factors that he was in the right place. “I never felt this satisfied in any job. It’s a privilege to be involved in people’s lives during such positive change” says Randy.

Being involved in competitive sports and fitness has always been part of his life. From stand up paddle board races, triathlons, kick-boxing, Spartan races and numerous other activities, Randy has what it takes to inspire people who want to live a healthier life.

Cameron Klein

Cameron Klein

Program Director

Cameron’s time working in health and fitness dates back to 2002. He’s coached and mentored everyone from professional athletes to children with neurological disease. He studied biomechanics, exercise physiology, and adapted therapeutic exercise while getting his degree at Cal State Northridge. Cam’s a Certified Fitness Trainer, Performance Specialist, and regularly studies anything he can get his hands on in relation to the human body. 

The world of weight loss is where Cam has really made his mark. Over the last 6 years Cam has worked with thousands of people looking to make permanent changes to their lives. His motivational coaching style mixed with his innate ability to pull the very best out of people has allowed our guests, past and present, to overcome obstacles and reach new heights. 

As the Program Director of Wellfit Malibu, Cameron’s confident that anyone who visits the resort is going to leave physically, mentally, and spiritually stronger with all of the tools needed to live a longer, happier life.

Sara Jerabek

Sara Jerabek

Operations Director

Sara’s interest in health and wellness began in college when she learned that she was in control of her health and decided to make a change. She graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Health Promotion. She continued on to become a certified health education specialist and health coach so that she could help other people gain control of their health.

While in college Sara worked at The Biggest Loser Resort in guest and administrative services and was able to learn a great deal about what it takes to really help people make long-lasting changes to improve their health and wellness. Her combined customer service background, work experience in the wellness industry, and her education are what allow her to be so effective in her position at Wellfit Malibu.

From the staff, to the guests, Sara feels lucky to work with such amazing people each day. She grew up in Malibu, CA, and is grateful to be able to work in such a beautiful area that she knows so well. “Every day is a great day to come to work at Wellfit. I don’t know of too many people that can truly say that about their job. We’re changing people’s lives, and we’re having fun doing it. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Rebekah Blakely

Rebekah Blakely

Nutrition Director

Rebekah is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for helping people build healthy relationships with food and their bodies. Her initial interest in nutrition was sparked by her own personal experiences and struggles as a young girl, but her passion and knowledge were refined as she worked towards her dietetics degree at Missouri State University and completed her dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Rebekah has worked with both adults and children, primarily in the field of weight loss and overall health and wellness, holding a Certificate in Adult Weight Management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Most recently she held the position of Dietitian for the Biggest Loser Resort where she provided all the nutrition education for the guests.

At Wellfit, Rebekah creates and presents the nutrition education curriculum, works with the chef on developing a balanced and calorie-controlled meal plan, and provides one-on-one nutrition counseling. What’s her favorite part of the job though? “Hearing the stories from our guests about where they’ve been, where they are, and where they plan to go…and then getting to be a part of that transformation. It’s an honor. One that makes all of us truly love our job.”

Alison Ross

Alison Ross

Health Coach

Alison Ross is the founder of Center for Eating Recovery in Agoura Hills, She is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in eating and body image. Alison started the Center after she healed her relationship with food and her body. Her mission is to help others rise above the obsessive and self-hating diet mentality in our culture in order to liberate their bodies, release their minds from a state of craving and find true health through empowerment, awareness, love and self-care. Alison has fifteen years of education, training and experience. She earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She completed internships in private practice under Carolyn Costin, LMFT, at the Eating Disorder Center of California and at the Wright Institute Los Angeles/Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program. She served on the executive board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She was a consultant at Harmony Place Drug & Alcohol Residential Treatment Center where she helped to create an environment where clients can heal their relationship with food and their bodies while adjusting to a life of sobriety. In 2007, Alison assisted in the launch of the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program for Teens. She has been an activist in the prevention of eating disorders. She is a regular guest speaker at UCLA where she talks to students about eating disorder prevention. She developed a prevention workshop that was offered at Beit T’Shuvah Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center and high schools in Los Angeles. Alison is a yoga enthusiast and a former yoga instructor. She earned her RYT from Yoga Alliance and a certificate from Sacred Movement Center for Yoga & Healing.

Christina Hall

Christina Hall

Reservations

Christina’s unique life experiences led her to Wellfit’s reservations department, where she takes care of guests in her own magical way. She’s lived in New York (the place she found her voice), London (her confidence) and San Francisco (her inner peace and acceptance). Christina is wonderful at helping people in transitional and life changing times in their lives.

Dre Cruz

Dre Cruz

Front Desk Manager

Dre takes pride in the fact that guests see her and her team as the first and last people in their experience at Wellfit Malibu. She says it means “everything” to her to connect with guests. Dre holds a bachelor’s degree in modern languages and culture which allows her to reach all people from all walks of life.

Damon Botsford

Damon Botsford

Hiking Manager

Growing up in California, the outdoors has always been a big part of Damon’s life. At a young age, he started hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and has enjoyed it ever since. For Damon, hiking isn’t just great exercise, but a great way to help balance the mind, body and soul. His other interests include mountain biking, skiing, trail running with his dog, Oakley, and most of all, spending time with his family. Damon’s always looking for an exciting new adventure, one of which has been joining Wellfit Malibu. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and share his passion of the outdoors with them.

Rodolfo Reyes

Rodolfo Reyes

Executive Chef

Chef Rodolfo loves the challenge of cooking for people who have made a commitment to eating healthier. He believes that exercising creativity in the kitchen using home-grown or locally grown products is one of the best motivations to beginning a new, healthy lifestyle.

Chef was born in Guatemala, and came to the United States with a passion for all things culinary. Over the past 20 years, he has worked for the Biggest Loser Company, Angeles National Golf Course, Bon Appetit, the Getty Museum and The Masters College.

Chef brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to Wellfit, where he manages all food operations including menu selection and budget. He works closely with Wellfit’s nutrition director to ensure guests are getting healthy, balanced meals designed to meet different food preferences and allergies while retaining taste and quality.

Meet the Wellfit Trainers

Brad Thompson

Brad Thompson

Personal Trainer

Brad grew up in the Northwest where he developed a passion for running and the outdoors. After graduation he worked at LA Fitness for several years where he developed a genuine interest in working with injuries. He worked on creating rehab and prehab routines to help his clients recover faster. He gained the group training experience in outdoor bootcamps that makes him the perfect fit for Wellfit Malibu.

Jordan Grahm

Jordan Grahm

Personal Trainer

Jordan Grahm is a personal trainer born and raised in Los Angeles, California who specializes in weight loss. From a young age Jordan was overweight and by the time he was 21 he weighed in at over 420 pounds.

In 2008 a severe car collision was his wake up call to transform his life. Jordan has since lost over 200 pounds by changing his eating habits and exercising regularly. After leaving behind his previous career as a commercial real estate agent, Jordan now works with others to inspire and help them achieve their goals. Jordan is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer and a Weight Loss Specialist. Jordan has helped clients of all types reach their goals and is also a competitive powerlifter.

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Personal Trainer

Melissa has been a Fitness professional for over 15 years in Malibu, California. Her experience includes certifications as a Fitness Trainer from NESTA, master TRX, Plyometric and Kettlebell Training from Power Systems.

Along with her background, she developed a soft sand workout on the beach called “Beach Plyo” which incorporates cardio, plyometric training, endurance, strength training and coordination. Her primary focus is on providing the clients with an overall fitness program that suits their lifestyle and their needs, whether it is weight loss, muscle building, injury prevention, or just an overall fit.

Kareen Oliveri

Kareen Oliveri

Personal Trainer

Kareen is passionate about helping people effectively achieve their individual fitness goals; whether it is with one-on-one training or in a group setting. She is certified through National Academy of Sports Medicine and also holds a kickboxing certification. She is a former group instructor and personal trainer for Biggest Loser Resort, FitBody Boot Camp and The KO Studios.

In addition to being a trainer here at Wellfit, she is currently a private trainer at a treatment facility in Malibu and a Coach at Orangetheory Fitness. Her training style allows clients to be successful at any level. She believes that everyone can live a more fulfilling life by incorporating physical activity and healthy eating habits into their daily routine and believes you can have fun while doing it!!

Derrick Garcia

Derrick Garcia

Zumba Instructor

An international dancer/choreographer/aerial movement specialist and dance fitness professional, Derrick J. Garcia has embodied the art of dance and fitness through countless years of disciplined training.

Through his unique personality, humor, genuine love, and ability to entertain crowds, Derrick is touching the Hearts of individuals across the globe and continues to offer his services to corporate events, workshops, retreats and more. Experience includes but is not limited to: Biggest Loser Resort Malibu, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Aerobics Fitness Assoc. of America, City of Hope Hospital, Richard Simmons (DVD & Music Video).

Natalie Backman

Natalie Backman

Yoga Instructor

Originally from Washington State, Natalie has explored her yoga practice coast to coast from Seattle to New York to LA.  Having settled here in the summer of 2013, Natalie turned her decade long practice into a career, which she is entirely devoted to.  She became a 200RYT through Inner Power Yoga in Woodland Hills, and immediately dove into teaching.  She is currently working toward her 500RYT in Sankalpa Shakti Vinyasa with Tracee Stanley.  In addition to teaching for several local studios including Agoura Power of Yoga, coolhotyoga, Inner Power Yoga and Yoga Desa, Natalie also works with private clients, including the Calabasas High School Boys Soccer team, Cliffside Malibu and Wellfit Malibu.  

Natalie teaches a powerful, flow oriented class with an emphasis on alignment, core engagement and graceful transitions.  She is committed to empowering her students through increased self-awareness, which she believes firmly will ultimately lead to self-love.  A consistent practice with Natalie will provide you with a strong foundation in yoga principles, increased strength and flexibility, a quieter mind and a deeper appreciation for your Self and your life.  Be prepared to laugh, sweat, fall over, and get a new lease on life.  Natalie is also the founder of IMAGINE Fest, a community oriented yoga and live music festival which raises funds and awareness in support of Unlikely Heroes, a local non-profit rescuing and rehabilitating child victims of sex trafficking.

Alison Bristow

Alison Bristow

Yoga Instructor

Alison Bristow has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching for 7. Alison loves helping people find freedom and balance in their body and mind. She teaches yogic practices as a vehicle for self-awareness and liberation.  She is the founder and creator of The Shakti Shaman and Shakti Shaman Vinyasa – her unique way of blending the alignment, breathing practices, mantra, mudra, meditation of yoga with indigenous shamanic wisdom. She specializes in yoga for addiction recovery and therapeutic-style yoga customized for the individual. Alison sends deep gratitude to all of her past and present teachers.

Krista Eiberg

Krista Eiberg

Yoga Instructor

I have been a student of yoga for over 20 years and a teacher for 6 yrs receiving both a 200 hour and 500 hour advanced trainings through YogaWorks. I also hold a certification in Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling, where I help my clients thrive in there daily lives, guiding them into living a more vibrant lifestyle by living in rhythm with nature’s natural order. Through my practice I have grown stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live in each moment embracing all, as is. In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your connection to yourself. I seek to help others thrive by deepening their body, mind and spirit connection. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, supported nourished and balanced. I’m eternally grateful for the loving wisdom this practice has shown me.

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