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2019 Professional of the Year

Congrats to our 2019 Winner!

David Rachal III

CEO and Chief Medical Fitness Officer, HEALTHEFIT
Richmond, VA

David Rachal III is the founder and CEO of HEALTH-E-FIT, a medical fitness based facility in Richmond, VA, where he’s created a scalable system that engages, educates, and empowers physicians and medical fitness providers to work together. His facility uses exercise and nutrition as medicine making prevention, treatment, and long-term management accessible for all.

During David’s 17 year career in health and fitness, he has earned a reputation for innovative strategies and success as  Certified/Licensed Recreational Therapist, Senior Operations Manager for Bally Total Fitness, and Fitness Manager for Gold’s Gym.

David’s contributions to the fitness industry also include training hundreds of private clients to success and educating over 1,000 trainers in the past eight years as a Fitness Presenter/Speaker and Certification Specialist with nationally recognized organizations including the Exercise Science Alliance, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and National Academy of Sports Medicine. David’s talents at staff recruitment & development makes him a sought after expert for private and commercial gyms. On the other hand, his military-like focus coupled with a genuine personality makes a natural with relationship building, training, and assuming the role of CEO.

David holds an MBA with a focus in Healthcare Management. He holds many specialty training certifications, including the ACSM ‘Exercise is Medicine’ credential, the FMS Functional Movement Specialist, and NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator.

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Congrats to all of our 2019 Nominees!


Devon Palermo
Adaptive Fitness Specialist, DPI Adaptive Fitness
Fairfax, VA


Don Sanford
Aging Stronger Living Longer Coordinator, The Fort Worth Club
Fort Worth, TX


Tracy Markley
Fitness Specialist; Stroke & Exercise Expert; Author
Florence, OR


Danielle  Spangler
Founder, Coremom Fitness
Redondo Beach, CA


David Rachal III
CEO and Chief Medical Fitness Officer, HEALTH-E-FIT
Richmond, VA


Dr. Evan Osar
Chiropractic Physician
Chicago, IL


Greg Mack
Owner, Physicians Fitness/Exercise Professional Education
Dublin, OH


Dustin Burgemeister
Exercise Specialist, The Marsh
Minnetonka, MN


Sharon Bourke
Medical Exercise Specialist, Life Energy Fitness
Rockville, MD


Dr. Irv Rubenstein
President, STEPS Fitness
Nashville, TN


Holly Benson
CEO, Moving Strong Medical Exercise, LLC
Arvada, CO


Lori Michiel
Senior Fitness Specialist; Founder, Lori Michiel Fitness
West Hills, CA

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Each month, MedFit Professional Magazine selects one professional exemplifying the values of “medical fitness”.