Foundation Wellness, LLC Owner Miller Chandler is a native of the Nashville area, who has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years. For 18 years, he served first as Personal Trainer and then as Fitness Director at Belle Meade Country Club. Miller is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and a Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) through the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. He holds an MS in Exercise and Nutrition Science from Lipscomb University, where he currently serves as Faculty Fellow in the College of Professional Studies. He also teaches in the Sport Science Department at Belmont University.
Miller lives in the Bellevue area of Nashville with his wife (and FW Resident Photographer), Darien, two energetic sons, and two multi-talented step kids. For his own physical fitness, he regularly runs and hikes Nashville's many wonderful roads and trails, lifts weights, and enjoys lengthy, post-workout stretching sessions. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations at Foundation Wellness and his teaching appointments, Miller is a personal trainer, regular public speaker, and prolific wellness blogger.
Amy Fenzel is FW's Resident Dietitian. Amy is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian by training and lover of food by nature. With a belief in balance, wellness, and wholesome living, she strives to inspire others to reach their best health and feel empowered to lead a healthy lifestyle.
As a nutrition consultant, she loves to share about the power of food and equip others to be confident in making sustainable and practical changes tailored to their own lives. Her mission is to cultivate a love for (mainly) plants through eating real, whole foods to nourish and fuel one's body.
Amy is a Vanderbilt-trained Dietitian and received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Virginia Tech University with a minor in Civic Agriculture and Food Systems. She and her husband John are grateful to have lived in Nashville for the past three years surrounded by such rich community, delicious food, and great coffee.
Amy functions as a health and nutrition coach and is also a Dietitian with Eat REAL Tennessee. Besides her love for nutrition, you can find her outside in the garden, at the farmers market, or experimenting in the kitchen with anything relating to sweet potatoes, chickpeas, or dark chocolate!
Foundation Wellness Group Exercise Director Mary Irby is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and an E-RYT 500. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 30 years. She completed her yoga therapy training in India, where she studied Thiramoolar's Therapeutic Ashtanga Yoga. Mary is a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) and Certified Thai Practitioner (CTP). Her teaching style is a blend of many styles she has experienced, creating a class that incorporates all eight limbs of yoga. She holds a graduate degree in Education from Colorado State University and an undergraduate degree from MTSU with a double emphasis, one of which is in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Mary is a passionate educator and Founder of White Crow Yoga, where she also serves as Director of Teacher Training.
Yoga found Melissa at the age of 12 as a mode of healing for her childhood illnesses. Through this journey, yoga helped to form her adulthood and transformed the way she viewed her body, mind, and soul. She is blessed to have received over 1100 hours of training from Nataraja Yoga Center, YogaWorks NYC, Integral Yoga NYC for her prenatal certification, Ritam Healing Arts, and most recently in Yoga Therapy with the Yoga Well Institute in the Shri Krishnamacharya tradition. She is excited to be working with Foundation Wellness to bring individual yoga therapy to the community, as well as educating workplaces through FW's Lunch and Learn series on the lifelong benefits of yoga, living mindfully, and most importantly, the power of the breath.
Melissa also holds a Master of Public Health graduate degree, and is carving a path to promote yoga therapy as treatment for populations suffering from trauma, pain, and other conditions. She aspires to make the practice of yoga accessible for all, while still exploring the rich history and culture, strongly believing that yoga adapts to one's body, not the other way around. Melissa teaches all ages and abilities—her classes are innovative, emotional, and empowering. Originally from NYC, she currently resides in Nashville where she is grateful to serve the community through healing modalities like yoga and meditation.