About Lisa Dougherty

Lisa founded Whole Body Fitness in 1999 to provide top-caliber personal training services to clients of all ages and fitness levels. Lisa develops progressive workouts that change every 4-6 weeks to keep things interesting. She tracks client’s performance and gains at each workout. Her goal is to educate, motivate and support her clients to become more physically active and to adopt a healthier lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. Lisa is always excited to work with new individuals and enjoys many relationships with long-time clients.

Lisa’s specialty is medical fitness. Medical Fitness professionals help make the transition from medical management and/or physical therapy to a regular physical activity program following a surgery, an injury, a medical diagnosis or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition. They are educated and skilled to work with medical conditions/special needs including those with arthritis, diabetes, neuromuscular disorders, heart disease, lung disease, osteoporosis, orthopedic injury, cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, MS, and mental disorders.

Lisa was nominated as “Personal Trainer of the Year” in 2015 and 2016 by Personal Fitness Professional (PFP) Magazine.


She is passionate about helping others and founded the MedFit Network “MFN” in 2013.

MFN is both a professional membership organization for fitness and allied healthcare professionals, gyms, studios, integrative wellness centers, and students as well as a free online resource directory for the community to locate fitness and allied healthcare professionals with a background in prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation in working with those with chronic disease or medical conditions www.MedFitNetwork.Org.

She established the MedFit Education Foundation, a nonprofit 501©(3) to in 2017 to elevate the quality and amount of available education for fitness and allied healthcare via weekly educational webinars and a national traveling conference the MedFit Tours with an annual conference in Irvine, CA.

She launched both MedFit TV, a collection of educational videos, webinars, and interviews with inspirational people, leading experts in their related fields, and outstanding professionals for both community and professionals, and MedFit Classroom an online learning platform for fitness professionals.

She also launched the free quarterly publication, MedFit Professional Magazine (MFP). and MedFit podcast.

She has been featured in the Huffington Post, “Why You Should Know About Medical Fitness and Lisa Dougherty”  and was acknowledged by the White House as a Champion of Change finalist for 2016. Lisa Dougherty Improving Lives with Medical Fitness


Lisa graduated from the University of California, Irvine’s Fitness Instructor Program in 1999, and went on to get her Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She has many specialty certifications to work with those with medical conditions, post-surgical/rehab as well as pre-& postpartum fitness, and has been a Medical Fitness Specialist for over 22 years.


Lisa is also a Certified Personal Trainer  through American Council on Exercise  “ACE” since 1999.  ACE is the largest nonprofit fitness certification and education provider in the world

Lisa has been a Healthy Moms® Fitness  Certified Perinatal Fitness Instructor since 2006. Healthy Moms® is dedicated to enhancing the physical and psychological well being of women before, during, and after pregnancy

Lisa in the News

Continued Education

  • Lisa at GettyMedical Fitness Tour conferences. Each event included 14-20 hours of educational sessions, with topics including active & healthy aging, nutrition, genomics, CBD, pre & postnatal fitness, and exercise benefits & programming for medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, diabetes, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, and osteoporosis.
    • Phoenix, AZ, Feb 2018
    • Glassboro, NJ, April 2018
    • San Francisco, CA, Sept 2018
    • Chicago, IL, Oct 2018
    • Irvine, CA, Feb 2019
  • Stroke Recovery Fitness Specialist: MedFit Classroom June 2021
  • Parkinson’s Disease Fitness Specialist: MedFit Classroom Jan 2021
  • Arthritis Fitness Specialist: MedFit Classroom Dec 2020
  • Stages of Menopause & Exercise Intervention: MedFit Classroom Oct 2020
  • Mutliple Sclerosis Fitness Specialist: MedFit Classroom May 2020
  • Solutions for Training Post-pregnancy Clients: IDEA Health &  Fitness August 2017
  • The Science of Functional Aging: IDEA Health &  Fitness August 2017 
  • Using Function to Avoid Dysfunction: IDEA Health &  Fitness July 2017 
  • Corrective Exercise Strategies for Improved Shoulder Function: IDEA Health &  Fitness June 2017
  • Effective Exercises for Scoliosis: Human Kinetics, Feb 2016
  • BEST Exercise Program for Osteoporosis Prevention 3rd Edition Course: DSWFitness, Jan 2016
  • Physical Activity Instruction for Disease Specific Conditions Certificate Program: DSW Fitness, Sept 2015
  • Exercise and Arthritis, 7th edition: Enabling clients to manage arthritis and chronic pain;  DSW Fitness, Aug 2015
  • Training the Pregnant Athlete: IDEA Health & Fitness Aug 2015
  • Exercise and Heart Disease: Strategies to help clients prevent and manage heart disease; Oct 2014
  • Exercise and Respiratory Disease: Condition specific exercise design and management strategies to help clients’ lead normal and productive lives; Oct 2014
  • Understanding Dementia: Outlines risk factors, symptoms, treatments INR Seminars; Aug 2013
  • Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis: Tools and strategies to improve fitness and functional ability for clients with MS who have varying symptoms and levels of abilities; DSW Fitness, Sept 2012
  • Exercise for Knee & Hip Replacement: Appropriate progressions and guidelines to improve strength, mobility & flexibility; DSW Fitness, June 2012
  • Exercise & Parkinson’s Disease: Exercise management strategies for the primary neurological disease of the elderly; DSW Fitness, May 2012
  • Exercise & Diabetes: Creating, monitoring and progressing exercise programs for clients with diabetes; DSW Fitness, Mar 2012
  • Breast Cancer Recovery Exercise program: Assisting breast cancer recovery patients as they build confidence and regain function through specialized therapeutic exercises; DSW Fitness, Dec 2011
  • TRX Sports Medicine: Treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries; Sep 2011
  • Basic Training for Cycling: Successfully coach cycling for health, fitness & competition; Sep 2011
  • TRX Suspension Training Certification; 2009
  • Trigger Point Technologies: Myofascial compression techniques™; Feb 2008
  • Fit 4 Mom Pre/Postnatal Fitness: Stroller Strides; Oct 2006
  • Exercise and Arthritis (Gwen Hyatt M.S. & Karen Nelson M.S.); DSW Fitness, 2006
  • Exercise & Fibromyalgia (Gwen Hyatt, MS); DSW Fitness, 2005
  • Counseling for Health and Fitness; Nutrition Dimension, 2005
  • Teenage Obesity What Can We Do About It (Chris Vega, MPH, RD); 2005
  • Fit For Labor (Lisa Druxman, MA, owner of Stroller Strides); 2005
  • Full Body Flexibility (Jay Blahnik, Nike Fitness Athlete sponsored by Nautilus); 2005
  • How Mars & Venus Get Fit (Dr Pamela Peeke Chief Medical Correspondent for Nutrition & Fitness for Discovery Health TV); 2005
  • The Ultimate Run (Lenita Anthony, MA Exercise Physiologist, Reebok Master Trainer, Mgr of Sports Science & Human Performances for the USA Triathlon National Training Center); 2005
  • Working Out Facts: Answers to your health & fitness questions (Cedric Bryant, PhD FACSM, Chief Exercise Physiologist for American Council on Exercise); 2005
  • Yoga and Strength (Linda Freeman Resist-A-Ball & BOSU Master Trainer); 2005
  • Training for Strength & Nutrition for Muscle (Len Kravitz, PhD Sr Exercise Physiologist IDEA Health & Fitness Assoc.); 2005
  • Exercise & Menopause (Sabrena Newton, MS Curriculum development A.C.E.); 2005
  • Biomechanics of Motherhood (Lisa Druxman, MA owner of Stroller Strides); 2005
  • The Skill to Define and Design Exercise (Cheryl Soleway, physical therapist CanFtiPro’s 1999 Canadian Presenter of the Year, Master Educator for Ball Dynamic International [FitBall]); 2005
  • Yoga Studies: Yoga Teacher; University of California Irvine, 2005
  • Experiential Anatomy & Basic Physiology; University California Irvine, 2005
  • Yoga for a New Day: Teaching Yoga Asana for Health & Fitness; Desert Southwest Fitness, 2004
  • Psychology for Health Fitness Professionals; A.C.E. 2002
  • Fitness Motivation; Desert Southwest Fitness, 2002
  • Dietary Supplements Critical Thinking Skills;  County of Orange Health Care Agency, 2002
  • Practical Body Composition; Desert Southwest Fitness, 2001
  • Functional Training; MF Athletic Company, 2001
  • Obesity, Diabetes & Overeating in Children & Adults; Institute for Natural Resources, 2001
  • Current Trends in Nutrition; County of Orange Health Care Agency, 2000

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