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Dr. David Chu graduated from UCLA School of Medicine in 1975 and completed general surgery residency and surgical oncology fellowship before taking up academic positions at University of Arkansas and at the City of Hope Medical Center. His clinical and research interests and expertise have been in breast, colorectal, hepatobiliary cancers, and malignant melanoma. His current surgical practice is in the San Gabriel Valley, in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
His experience in surgical education, research and community practice, and his cross-cultural life experiences have spearheaded his expertise in healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. Born in China and growing up in Brazil, Dr. Chu has gained a zest for travelling and learning from diverse cultures, foods and health concepts and practices. He was part of the Southwest Oncology Group Cancer Control Committee and principal investigator of its multi-institution colorectal cancer prevention trial. His diverse research activities are elaborated in over 60 peer reviewed publications and recently several papers concentrating in cancer prevention. Dr. Chu brings a new perspective to the science of well-being, health maintenance and disease prevention.
UEvolution, a wellness and fitness center, brings together several aspects of prevention of common diseases, maintenance of well-being and rehabilitation from surgery and other diseases. Dr. Chu’s collaboration with UEvolution will provide a full complement of physical care.
“Some of the circumstances in your life will be out of your control. How you face these circumstances, these turns and twists in the road, with what kind of attitude, more than the circumstances themselves, is what will define the context of your life.”
When I was growing up, I considered myself to be “mediocre” at everything. I didn’t have the confidence to excel at anything so I did what I thought I was supposed to do: I grew up, got a college degree, married a great guy and had two children. It wasn’t until my forties that I realized how bored and unalive I felt. I held down a variety of ho-hum jobs that I excelled at while raising my kids by nothing really lit me up. Luckily, I came across my true career by surfing the Internet of all places and found my true passion- life coaching. My life hasn’t been the same since!
Here are some other fun facts about me I’m an eternal optimist. I can get pretty cranky I get if I don’t work out everyday because endorphins are my drug of choice. I love my green smoothies almost as much as I love a homemade chocolate chip which I eat weekly. At least, I serve up the truth with compassion and people love that about me. I always take full responsibility for my decisions because I believe “ownership is power” I’m a big believe in scraping my “to do” list for anything that is fun and fulfilling. Expertise: I’m a seasoned life coach (cracking negative mental patterns is my bread and butter) and I’ll service up the truth from a place of love, humor, honesty and compassion. With consistent coaching & personal dedication, my clients experience transformative results that flow from their inner landscapes into their physical bodies, careers and relationships. It’s a beautiful thing to behold.
Passion: Helping people clear out the cobwebs in their mind so that they can do what they are meant to do in this world. It’s the most rewarding work in the world!
Healthy Living Tip: You are not your thoughts. But your thoughts do create reality. Try to notice how the thoughts you churn out each and everyday affect you - emotionally, spiritually, psychologically and physically. If they don’t feel awesome, challenge your thoughts by asking if they are true. Then replace those pesky thoughts with ones that maybe as true or truer - perhaps they will even feel a wee bit better. When you change your thoughts, you change your life.
Philosophy: At the end your life, which will you regret more? Taking the risk to pursue your dreams and failing or refusing to take the risk and never knowing whether you succeeded or failed? That is the question that has inspired me to live my best life by scraping things that depleted me and pursuing things that tasted like true joy. As a life coach I help others see that their dreams, what they want to be, do and have are neither ridiculous nor impossible. Once you realize and believe this, I promise that you live a different kind of life. One that you never, ever could have imagined.
Melissa is a fun-loving Chicago girl who relocated to Los Angeles seven years ago; she loves the weather but misses her family, friends, and deep dish pizza! A graduate from the school of Broadcast Journalism, Columbia College Chicago and former Associate Producer for The Jerry Springer Show - Melissa seamlessly combined her journalism skills with her love of gaming and travel working as a reporter for Horsin’ Around TV, a horse racing show on FoxSportsNet and traveling the world interviewing celebrities along with the biggest names in poker while working on the international professional poker circuit. She’s also a big fan of game shows and recently competed on Wheel of Fortune with her brother.
Besides being a globetrotting, sports loving, poker-playing journalist Melissa does have a girly side. She grew up watching Cindy Crawford on MTV’s House of Style, who taught her ‘it’s easier to prevent then to repair’ which sparked her interest in skin care from an early age and a serious product junkie was born. Recently she started writing for a beauty website which brought that passion to a new level. Now a licensed esthetician, Melissa has a hard time having a conversation with someone without analyzing his or her skin.
"The art of living is painted with the movement of our lives" - Tiffani Grant
Straight out of the San Francisco Bay area, Tiffani knew that the world was waiting to be taken over and she couldn't do it from her hometown Antioch, CA. Growing up in a world of tumbling, jumping, and stunting who knew this hardcore cheerleader would one day dance among the best in the industry. She took her dance passion, combined it with her cheer skills and immediately after high school became a "Rookie of The Year" Song Leader instructor for the United Spirit Association teaching at cheer camps for high school and middle school students across the west coast. This animated member of MTV's Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew Season 2's Fanny Pak is known for continuing education. Receiving a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in dance from California State University, Northridge and a physical therapy aide certification, this tenacious California Massage Therapist is working towards a masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her goal (and a work in progress) is to open her very own non-profit injury prevention rehabilitation center for dancers, athletes, and performers. Tiffani is currently the cheerleading coach at Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica, CA, continuing her career as a professional/ commercial dancer represented by Bloc Talent Agency, and assisting those in need of healing by way of therapeutic and medical massage.
Expertise: Kinesiology, Dance (modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, jazz funk, cheerleading), Massage
Philosophy: Golden Rule: Do unto others as you want done to you
Healthy Living Tip: Dancing not only provides great entertainment value but can also decrease symptoms of depression, improve mental functioning, reduce risks of osteoporosis, and can increase physical confidence and self esteem.
Megan Kenson has over 8 years of instructive experience. Her upbringing as a dancer brought her to Los Angeles to pursue her dancing career. While earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures - Dance she began working as a fitness instructor. Since then, Megan has continued head first into the fitness industry. She is certified in East coast traditional style Pilates (mat and machine apparatus). The unique combination of training she underwent from both arts and fitness focal points has awarded her an interwoven understanding of mental, physical, and emotional connections to ourselves and each other.
Expertise: Dance, Pilates, Stretch and Strengthen
Healthy Living Tip: Get outside!
Shana is originally from New York but moved to California over ten years ago. After being a professional NFL cheerleader and exercise fanatic she discovered her love of Pilates. With a sales background she felt that she wanted to take a career shift and help others through fitness. After getting her Pilates certification she has been able to focus her life and career in advising and coaching others on living a holistic lifestyle. Pilates has transformed her body into a more strong and defined shape. She fully believes in using your core strength throughout everyday life because it can not only help with your body's definition, it also helps with digestion and flexibility!
Healthy living tip: take at least 30 minutes each day to do something to relax your mind of life's stresses. Yoga, Pilates and meditation are key!
Philosophy: Live in the present for it is a gift
Omar is a well-rounded instructor with certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Yoga Alliance. What separates Omar from many in the fitness industry is his elite level dance experience. He has performed and toured with many multi-platinum recording artists as both a dancer and choreographer, as well as appeared in Fitness DVD's with Jillian Michaels. This unique spirit is a jiu jitsu practitioner at the world famous Gracie Jiu Jitsu academy in Torrance California. One hour with this peaceful warrior is guaranteed to elevate, energize and enlighten.
"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step."
If you’ve ever wondered what pure harnessed energy looks like, meet Meghan O'Donoghue. She’s the embodiment of positive inspiration – creating workouts that focus on unique, dynamic movements and core stabilization without using machines. Her encyclopedic list of impressive certifications as well as a Bachelors in Kinesiology and her love of music (Swedish House Mafia, Beyonce, Kanye West, Jay-Z and 80's rock) give her classes a jolt of power no can of Red Bull can provide. Her personal philosophy is one of personal transformation – inside and out, which explains why she’s such a perfect fit for UEvolution. Incorporating wellness, healthfulness and fitness while taking pride in each one of her clients is her goal.
Expertise: Complete body transformation, constructively shaping the body for aesthetic and functional purposes. Have a body that works and looks HOT!
Philosophy: Focus on how you feel, if you feel great you will always look great. Making healthy life choices comes easily when you feel good about the lifestyle you are living.
Healthy Living Tip: Try something new every week, adding variety to your life keeps you excited and motivated. Fitness and wellness come in so many different forms, get out there and try it all!!
“Yoga helps cultivate an intelligence in the body like nothing else I’ve experienced.”
I am a true renaissance soul and that goes for my yoga as well. In my class, you’ll experience an eclectic style of yoga, heavily influenced by the alignment principles of Iyengar yoga, the flowing movements of Vinyasa and the healing principles of Yoga Therapy. I love helping people move better and feel better. Yoga answers both of those. I have a B.A. in Theater from UC Irvine, an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and am also a longtime bodyworker.
Expertise: Carving out a class to meet the individual needs of the students. I give a lot of personal attention. I have a sharp eye and memory.
Passions: I have a voracious hunger for learning new things. Just. Can’t. Stop. I also love to travel.
Healthy Living Tip: I can’t emphasize enough developing a daily routine of self care. Whether it’s yoga, foam rolling, meditating, or hot baths. Do things for your health everyday!
Emily was first introduced to Pilates as a teenager as a supplement to her dance training. After a traumatic injury, Emily became interested in anatomy and kinesis of movement specifically when applied to dance. Emily holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Emily received her Pilates certification from The Kane School of Core Integration in NYC, with training in both mat and Reformer/Apparatus, and apprenticed under Tami Hindin, a movement and Health Practitioner (L.Ac. specializing in CST), working with individuals with physical ailments. Emily has also studied prenatal and post-partum Pilates with Debbi Goodman, physioball, myofascial release techniques, and Marie-Jose Bloom’s SmartSpine. Emily has worked in numerous high-end gyms and Pilates studios in New York City, and is excited to bring her challenging brand of Pilates to Los Angeles.
I started my journey with yoga in 2001 in my home state of Oklahoma and completed my first 200-hour training in 2008. I am honored to have studied with many teachers, finding wisdom in and respect for different styles and philosophies of yoga and grateful to share all I have learned. So much of our lives are go-go-go and my practice allows a safe space for self-inquiry and acceptance so that I can find my center in a chaotic world.
In 2013 I headed west for Los Angeles to re-commit to my yoga dream. Shortly after arriving, I completed a second 200-hour training program with YogaWorks, which draws from the Ashtanga, Viniyoga and Iyengar traditions resulting in classes offering precise alignment and careful attention to fluidity of breath. In addition, my sequences are designed to strengthen body and maintain flexibility while allowing inviting practitioners to turn inward and find stillness in each posture, meeting ourselves exactly where we are in each moment.
I am currently training to become an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, teaching an integrative approach to address classic symptoms of illness through Yoga Therapy, Reiki, Essential Oil Therapy, contemplative end-of-life care and nutrition. These modalities empower the individual to work alongside western doctors, complimenting their course of treatment by focusing on patients, nurses and loved ones enduring changes together.