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Joan Brame

Certified Personal Trainer 

Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist

Joan is owner and manager of Empower Fitness Gym for Women, located in the Lawrence Shopping Center for the past 13 years

Joan, with a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy, a MSW in Social Work and a BS in Mathematics, retired in 2003 after a thirty-two year career in academia and hospital administration.

Soon after “retiring”, Joan explains she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to combine her love for physical fitness with her desire to be a hands-on business owner. The business model she has created is shaped by the operating values of kindness, inclusion, and diversity. Believing that good health is a lifelong journey, Joan feels privileged to be involved in the lives of so many wonderful women, all working toward improving their health.

Joan is both a Certified Fitness Trainer and Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, and currently serves on the Mercer County Community College Business Advisory Commission, the Lawrence Township Growth and Redevelopment Committee; and has previously served  on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI) Mercer, YWCA of Trenton, and Eggerts Crossing Village Every Child Valued Program.

Joan has provided fitness consultation and workshops to several community organizations, including National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Mercer, Greater Trenton Behavioral Healthcare, Heart-to-Heart, Radiology Affiliates,  Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence Senior Center, and East Windsor Senior Center.

Joan Malchow

Certified Personal Trainer

Certified Group Exercise Leader

Joan Malchow joined Empower Fitness as a new member in September 2004. She enjoyed working out with the members so much that she decided to become a fitness professional.

Joan joined the Empower Fitness staff in 2006. Today, she holds certifications in four areas: as a Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Fitness Specialist for Older Adults, and as a Group Exercise Leader.

“My goal,” she explains, “is to develop exercise programs that focus on building strength and endurance while holding on to balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle and bone mass which decline sharply as we age.

These exercise programs can help us retain the ability to perform activities of daily living, prevent falls, or lessen the damage if a fall does occur.”

“Use it or lose it” is Joan’s motto. She goes on to say, “This is my passion now that I have retired from my full-time career as a marketing survey researcher. I love every minute of it.

Thank you Joan Brame and all of the wonderful Empower Fitness members for making this new and rewarding career possible.”

Heather Walker

Certified Personal Coach

Certified Zumba Instructor

Heather joined the Empower Fitness staff in October, 2009 with much exercise experience, having worked for five years at Ladies Workout Express.

Heather has an extensive dancing background, and has danced with the Princeton Regional Ballet, the Mercer Dance Ensemble, and the Suburban Dance Force.

She has owned the Jaztabal Dance Company for 24 years, and the Bordentown Ballet Theatre for 12 years.

She is a member of Dance Educators of America and International Teachers of Dance, where she is an officer.

Another of Heather’s talents is performing magic with her husband, Fred, as the Magicwalkers!

At Empower Fitness, Heather teaches several classes.

Diane Dalton

Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Reflexologist

Diane is a New Jersey Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Reflexologist with credentials from the New York-based Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences and Laura Norman Associates.  Combined with independent study, Diane has decades of wisdom and experience to draw upon and share.

She tailors several modalities to meet your needs and to create an internal harmony: Massage uses lotion with a combination of strokes designed to relax your muscles and aid in freer movement of body fluids.  Acupressure frees up the natural flow of your body’s energy. Reflexology stimulates or relaxes specific areas on your feet, which mirror your body and provide clues about where tension is held.

Diane does not seek to change, treat, or cure anything, but to be a catalyst, providing you with the opportunity to spark your own natural healing processes, to create your own inner sense of well-being.  Through the work she does, Diane invites you to a time and place to relax as your concerns drift away for a while. Designate time for yourself; create the space for something special to happen – and it will…



IMG_1811Kathi Jackson

Certified Massage Therapist

Kathi Jackson is a licensed massage therapist and owner of Hands for Healing Massage Therapy, LLC.  Kathi is a graduate of the National Massage Therapy Institute and specializes in therapeutic massage, deep tissue, trigger point, reiki, and swedish massages.  A previous member of Empower Fitness, Kathi is available to do massages by appointment any day of the week.



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Lawrence Shopping Center
(near Burlington Coat Factory)
2495 Route 1 at Texas Ave.
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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phone: 609.882.4500
fax: 609.406.1471