My name is Jen Chapman and my life as a professional began when I graduated from pharmacy school at North Dakota State University (GO BISON!) in 2002. Upon graduation, I worked at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN both as an inpatient and outpatient pharmacist. My favorite part of my pharmacy career was by far the interactions I had with patients. As my career progressed, there became less and less time to interact with patients as both patient acuity and the size of the intensive care unit within the hospital increased. As time progressed, I felt something missing from complete fulfillment in my professional life. In the summer of 2012, (thinking I just needed a change), I became a pharmacovigilance specialist (seriously) for a company called PROSAR in St. Paul, MN. The gigantic job title exceeded my professional satisfaction as my days were spent sitting in front of a computer screen reading consumer accounts of side effects from prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as dietary supplements and then writing up reports on behalf of drug companies for submission to the FDA. I was thankful for the stepping stone that PROSAR provided but soon realized it was something that I could not endure for long. During this time, I felt an overwhelming need to pursue something more – to get out from behind a desk and make an impact on my community. At the time, I was a patient at OSI in Somerset, WI where I was being treated for a stress fracture in my foot which occurred somewhere between training for and running Grandma’s Marathon in 2011 and Tough Mudder in 2012.
After transitioning into the Next Steps for Health program, I enrolled in the personal trainer gym membership at the Training Room. I had personal training sessions with Heather Larson, David Moulton and Jeremy Denzer. This “grade A” team was truly inspiring to me. I began thinking back on my life and realized that health and fitness had always held a special place in my heart. I realized that as a child of the 80’s (with leg warmers, big hair and headbands as part of my daily wardrobe), I was definitely personal trainer material and I began pursuing my dream. In August 2013 I obtained my personal trainer certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and became employed part-time at the Training Room in Somerset. I immediately felt the “fit.” I instantly felt fulfilled as I assisted clients in both making and working towards their goals and motivating them to think positively about health and fitness. On January 1, 2014 I was very lucky to be hired full-time as a personal trainer/community outreach director for TTR in Somerset. I have enjoyed the support of the great team here as well as all my wonderful clients.
On a personal level, I am the mother of three amazing creatures (otherwise known as boys) who keep me busy and completely entertained. We love playing board games together and hitting tennis balls in the front yard (we opted for this over real baseballs as they fly farther and just bounce off the neighbor’s windows J). When not hanging with my boys, I love to run, read, scrapbook and play sports. My fitness values center around hard work. There is absolutely room for “starting low and going slow” but I believe that helping to push individuals beyond their usual every day limit is what getting and staying fit is all about. Fitness is a lifestyle, not a fad. I could not be happier to be a part of the TTR team and look forward to working towards the common goal of increased health and wellness in this community and beyond.