The NFPT Board of Education acts independently of the NFPT Certification Council and the NFPT Board of Directors. The Board of Education recommends resources and provides NFPT education material to prospective and current physical fitness trainers, as well as interested members of the general public. Board members represent a cross section of highly educated and qualified professionals with specialized interests and experience in many health and wellness subjects. This NFPT Board is responsible for the review, revision, and maintenance of all NFPT education material and related curriculum.

Meet our NFPT Board of Education:

Felix Doval - Workshop Director

Felix Doval

Director of Education

Felix has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. With a Masters in Exercise Science and a BS in Physical Education, Felix founded and created the workshop division of the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT).  He is the founder and owner of Global Fitness Educators (GFE) in south Florida. GFE provides hands-on education and continuing education in both classroom and a health club setting. Felix is an independent consultant for health club facilities and has partnered with international leaders in personal trainer certification, to include NFPT, NASM, NSCA and ACE.

Felix has been personally involved in, through hands-on teaching and instructional preparation, the education and certification of thousands of personal trainers in the US and abroad. He has a gift for turning intricate, mind-boggling, clinical subjects into the most comprehensive and enjoyable experiences possible. His skillset has been a blessing to NFPT and NFPT Trainers for more than 20 years. Felix is a motivational speaker and educational instructor, look for him at events such as IHRSA, IDEA and Club Industry, or attend a NFPT Workshop for a hands-on experience to assist your certification prep or personal trainer development.

Charles DeFrancesco - Chairman of the Board

Charles DeFrancesco

Board of Education Member

Charles DeFrancesco is the owner and founder of the company, Fit and Functional; and co-founder of Greenwich Sports Medicine. Charles is a consulting partner with a number of public and private training and rehabilitation facilities, to include Pure Fit Club, LLC and Westchester Sports and Wellness, and Phoenix Fitness.

Charles is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and by the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT). He is also USAW Olympic lifting certified and Equinox Fitness Group Prenatal certified. Charles has completed specialty courses for Functional Exercise Specialist, Cardiac Conditions (AFPA), attended EFTI, and has over 5,000 hours of clinical experience.

Charles has been working alongside NFPT for over 15 years. He is the creator of continuing education courses that are published and distributed by NFPT, ACE, NASM, and NSCA. In addition, Charles has written numerous texts, articles and has given presentations on various topics, including: basic movement screenings, essentials of core training, flexibility and strength & conditioning. Charles is a published author and continues to consult for many fitness facilities, commercial gyms, corporate parks and medical practices.

Dr. Robert Inesta - Board of Education Member

Dr. Robert Inesta

Board of Education Member

Dr. Inesta earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at New York Chiropractic College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into the Phi Chi Omega Honor Society. He was the recipient of the Frank DiGiacomo Technique Award for distinguished excellence in manual adjusting procedures, and the Levittown Health Center Award for distinguished excellence in diagnosis and case management.

Dr. Inesta is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His extensive post graduate training consists of functional rehabilitation, functional soft tissue therapy and biomechanics, clinical neurophysiology and electrodiagnosis and nutrition. He is a certified provider of Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique and Kinesiotaping.

Dr. Inesta’s main goal is to help his patients to reach their goals in the most efficient and effective way. He is consistently pursuing new information and treatment methods in order to provide the most cutting-edge care package. He has worked with a wide variety of patients, including athletes at the high school, college, and professional levels, post operative patients, pregnant women and children. He has lectured on topics including sports medicine, functional training, biomechanics, injury prevention and nutrition and has co-authored articles on functional training. He is also a co-author of the training manuals of the National Federation of Personal Trainers.

Dr. Richard Weinstein - Board of Education Member

Dr. Richard Weinstein

Board of Education Member

Dr. Richard Weinstein, MD, MBA is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, graduating from New York University School of Medicine with a Doctorate of Medicine degree May of 1991. He completed his orthopaedic residency training at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and went on to completed his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the University of Connecticut Medical Center, later to be Chief Orthopaedic Resident at Lincoln Hospital of the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.

Dr. Weinstein is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Weinstein is the former Associate Chairman and Director of Sports Medicine at Lincoln Hospital Center and former Director of Sports Medicine at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital Center. He is a Golden Gloves Ringside Physician for professional boxing and a Board Member of the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians and Panel Physician for the New York State Athletic Commission.

Dr. Weistein was named one of New York’s “Top Doctors” by New York Magazine. Dr. Weinstein currently practices at the Westchester Sport and Spine clinic, where the mottos are patients come first and let’s keep active people active.