Karen Merrill, M.S.
Karen Merrill is the driving force and creator of the Ho'ola Cancer Exercise Wellness Program.
Karen earned her Master of Science in Exercise Science and completed the curriculum to be a certified athletic training at the University of South Alabama in 1996. She is a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist, an ACE certified personal trainer, clinical exercise specialist, lifestyle and weight management consultant, Cancer Exercise Specialist, American Red Cross instructor and a Pilates and Spin instructor.
As a master trainer and the 2004 ACE Personal Trainer of the Year, Karen teaches exam preparation and practical training educational classes, as well as helps with test development for the American Council on Exercise. Previously, she was the director of personal training for two Gold's Gyms in Virginia and developed a physician referral program for a variety of medical disciplines to aid in the overall health and wellness of their patients.
In 2005, Karen and her husband founded Body Resolve, Inc., a company emphasizing personal training, athletic training, sports specific conditioning and massage therapy. Body Resolve, Inc. focuses on individuals with multiple needs and goals from elite athletes to rehabilitative clientele. At the present time, Karen lives in Kailua, Hawaii and is on the advisory board for the Exercise and Sports Science department at Kapiolani Community College as a means of increasing the level of personal training proficiency in Hawaii. Karen also co-teaches a sports safety and conditioning class for Kapiolani Community College for athletic coaches. Additionally, she is also the sports and conditioning specialist for the Marine Corps Kaneohe junior tennis team and the Athletic Trainer for the Marine Corps Kaneohe Football league. As a fitness expert, Karen has contributed to fitness/wellness articles in publications such as: Shape, Prevention, Outside magazine, Runner's World, Bridal Magazine, The New York Times, Latino Bride, Fitness Magazine, Associated Press, Bicycling, ACE Matters, The Honolulu Advertiser, Newsday and Club Business magazine.
Karen's latest passion is working with cancer patients and survivors and teaching them the benefits of exercise in their road to recovery. This passion led her to starting the non-profit Ho'ola Cancer Exercise Wellness Program in 2006 which provides cancer patients a structured exercise class; free of charge, twice a week for ten weeks. The class empowers cancer patients through exercise to improve the quality of their life.
Karen is married to a Coast Guard Officer and they have two children, Fin and Alexis.