Laura Lorusso, Director
We are so excited to welcome Laura Lorusso to our Vineyards Team as Director of Wellness Center & Spa. Laura Lorusso has a combined twenty-one years in the Spa and Fitness Industry. Her diverse industry experience ranges from being the Spa Director of a sprawling (or we can say 6 million dollar) beach side resort Spa and Fitness Center, to building and developing an entire Spa program at a local technical college, to traveling as a product representative training industry professionals. She has been an expertly skilled Esthetician for ten years, a Nail Technician for four years, and a certified Eyelash Extension Artist for three years.
Along with her licenses, she has competed in state and international beauty and special effects makeup competitions. In her spare time, she volunteers with local community theaters. This fall, The Naples Players on 5th Avenue is scheduled to debut her third full-length play during their 65th Anniversary season. She is thrilled to bring her passion for the industry, her years of experience, and her creative spirit to the Vineyards Wellness Center and Spa.
We are also pleased to announce another addition to our new Wellness Center & Spa. Paul Califano will be our new Fitness Director. Paul grew up in Naples and has over 10 years of personal training and group fitness experience. He comes to us with previous country club fitness experience that will add to our already growing professionals at Vineyards.
Please welcome our newest Team Members to our Vineyards Family. We look forward to giving our Members top-notch service and facilities with our Capital Improvement Project.
Paul Califano, Fitness Supervisor
Paul has been working in the fitness industry for the past 10 years as a personal trainer and group instructor. He has a degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University as well as a nutritional therapist certification. Paul got his start in the fitness industry at Gold’s Gym in Tallahassee where he worked his way up from Personal Trainer to Fitness Director over several years before moving back to his hometown of Naples to raise his family. Paul has experience in the resort & hospitality setting from the Ritz-Carlton of Naples where he was the Fitness Supervisor, as well as recently in the country club setting where Paul was the Head Trainer at TPC Treviso Bay here in Naples. Paul is a nationally competitive bodybuilder who took 2nd place in collegiate nationals during his time at FSU as well as most recently winning 1st place in The South Eastern USA’s qualifying him for Nationals where he placed 6th. Outside of the gym Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Taryn and son Luca, as well as playing soccer.
Certifications: A.S.F.A. & N.S.C.A CPT, H.S.A. Nutritional Therapist, GoPerformance & Fitness Certified Strength, Mobility and Conditioning Instructor
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Brent Van Gemert, MPT, SCS, CSCS
Brent completed his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida in 2002, majoring in Nutrition with a minor in Business. During this time, he also earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification. He went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Florida in 2004. In 2015, he became a board-certified Sports Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties along with his Emergency Medical Responder Certification.
Brent has worked in Naples as a Physical Therapist for the past 14 years. His work experience has enabled him to work with athletes of all ages and levels. He specializes in soft tissue management, joint replacements, post-operative arthroscopic surgery, and conservative care of many other orthopedic pathologies.
Brent grew up in Naples and was always involved in local sports organizations. He gives back to the community by volunteering at high school athletic events alongside the athletic trainers and team physicians. He likes to spend free time with his family and enjoys coaching youth sports. He recently competed in Spartan obstacle course races and likes the outdoors, fishing and golf. He’s always looking for opportunities to learn and grow as a professional.
Brett Richard, Fitness Professional
Brett's specialty is in Post Rehabilitative Fitness and Sports Specific Training. He has his license in Advanced Personal Training and Body Sculpting.
Jennifer Neith, Fitness Professional
Jennifer is originally from Toledo, Ohio and has been in Florida since 1992. She is certified in personal training, group instruction and TRX.
Jeff Hanlon, Fitness Professional
Jeff grew up in Naples and has a background in Sports Medicine. His specialties are in balance, flexibility, pre/past rehab, strength and endurance.
Gisela Donahue, Fitness Professional
Gisela Donahue is originally from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, then became certified in group instruction with qualifications in Spinning, Pound, and Functional Mobility.