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:
Chairman of the Board
Charles DeFrancesco is the owner and founder of the company, Fit and Functional. He is also a consulting partner for Pure Fit Club, LLC. Charles was co-founder of Greenwich Sports Medicine, where he was in charge of all personal training and therapy operations for over five years. Currently Charles is a consultant for 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 was a guest speaker at the 2009 IHRSA conference in San Diego. He also holds year round seminars and educational courses in the tri-state area.
Charles has been working alongside NFPT for over 15 years. He is the creator of NFPT’s advanced trainer workshop and writes continuing education courses for ACE, NASM, NSCA and NFPT. In addition to his Board of Education Chair position, Charles is the NFPT Continuing Education Coordinator and is the North East Workshops Director. He is a board member of the Ethics and Safety Compliance Standard for personal trainers. Charles is the main author of the Principles of Functional Exercise manual and A Squash Players Handbook.
In addition, Charles has written numerous 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 local medical practices, including Westchester Sports and Wellness. Charles works with a variety of doctors and has consulted with them on developing programs and training staff for their rehabilitation facilities.
Board of Education Member
Master Fitness Trainer, Instructor, and Life Coach, Gene Kelly is a former fire fighter with 25 years experience in fitness and nutrition consulting, recreational fitness, and group training. He is the Fitness Director of Bellingham Technical College and owner of One Life Coaching in Bellingham, Washington. Gene participated in specialized training as a paramedic emergency medical technician and has taught classes in advanced rope rescue, swift water technology, advanced weight lifting, and advanced sports nutrition. In addition, Gene is an experienced trail guide for Grand Canyon National Park.
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, 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.