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Elena Doctor, NSCA-CSPS

MS Nutritional ScienceElena DoctorElena Doctor works with Stay Strong, Stay Healthy for MU Extension and received a 1st place poster award at the Caring for the Frail Elderly Conference hosted by MU as well as the MU Extension’s Team Engagement Award in 2019. Since Elena has been at Mizzou, she has obtained certification as a Certified Special Population Specialists (CSPS) through the NSCA, as a Rock Steady Boxing Coach, a credential through Exercise is Medicine, and is currently pursing her 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification, also through the NSCA. In addition, she holds a position on the Mayor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Health as of November 2019.

Why did you choose Mizzou?

I went to a small undergraduate school (Le Moyne College) and was looking for a big school that had a department with nutrition and exercise physiology so I could explore my interest in both in a completely different city that I had never visited before.

Why did you choose the field you chose?

As a collegiate runner, I always thought I would work in athletics, whether it would be as a sports dietitian or a coach in some capacity. I felt that athletics gave me my entire world and I wanted to be able to give back to a sport that gave me so much- I still intend to, however, in a slightly different way than I expected. Through an internship at the MU Human Performance Institute that turned into a job, I realized that a collaboration between exercise physiology and the health care system has the potential to significantly impact the lives of the general public, especially clinical populations. Working with these populations, I am able to use my knowledge to help far more people and enjoy a much more meaningful career than I could’ve in athletics.

Where do you plan to go upon graduation?

I am currently undecided on whether or not I will continue my academic career post-graduation, although I am not opposed. I do fully intend to continue my career in clinical exercise physiology, ideally at a medical fitness center within a healthcare system, however, I am open to all opportunities for community outreach through exercise.

What did you like about Mizzou?

I may be biased because I came here looking for opportunities- but I genuinely felt like they were around every corner! In my short time here, I have had the chance to work with athletics at the Division I level, state specialists at MU Extension for community outreach and research, and to collaborate with physical therapists, physicians, and other exercise professionals at MU Human Performance Institute.

Who was your mentor?

As my advisor, Dr. Ball gave me my first opportunity to work with older adults through my graduate assitantship with Stay Strong, Stay Healthy. Dan Smith has also been an integral part of my growth and development as a professional in the field.