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Kristina Chapman-Rapp, Work Unit Coordinator & Exercise Physiologist
Kristina graduated from Northern Illinois University in August 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and a Master’s degree in Science and Education in May 2011.
Kristina’s interest in exercise physiology began when she discovered “Exercise is Medicine” throughout her bachelor’s degree, and her internship in cardiac rehabilitation at Edward Heart Hospital, Naperville. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree, Kristina earned a Graduate Assistantship through Northern Illinois University, where she spent two years studying and teaching undergraduate classes. She conducted her final study on “Music and Exercise Motivation” (inspired by a speeding ticket and loud music), which earned her master’s degree in science and education. Kristina added to her vast amount of education earning a Certified Personal training certificate (2009) with an emphasis in therapeutic exercise, as well as a Group Fitness instructor certificate (2010). Since then, Kristina has earned a Zumba certificate (2009), a WERQ certificate (2019) and a “One Day to Wellness” certificate (2018), which emphasizes her love for dancing and fueling the body.
The idea of “Exercise is Medicine” precipitates her constant curiosity for exercise and science. Her dedication and “yearning for learning” seems to course through her veins as she loves to teach and help others learn.
Kristina joined the Synapse House Family in March 2020 in the hopes for creating happier, healthier lives for the members, helping them attain their goals, meanwhile educating herself and the community at large with the possibilities for people who have suffered from brain injury or stroke.