My life, much like yours, is in a constant state of transformation to become the woman that God truly wants me to be! I want to share with you part of my transformational story up to this point – as every day is, and will always be, a journey as to how I find my true balance.
After graduating University of Georgia, I practiced accounting as a CPA for 5 years. During that time, I married the most amazing husband who also has a deep passion for health and wellness and we were blessed with 2 precious children, a girl and a boy, 17 months apart! It was while I was holding these two babies in my arms that God sent me a wake up call.
Having 2 babies within such a short period of time, caused me to completely neglect my body and spirit and I fell into a depression. At the time I had no idea what was happening. Tears flowed, anxiety heightened, and many questions surfaced. What am I doing with my life? I prayed for help but heard nothing. Another year passed and I had my third child, Lyla – a miracle. Months after she arrived, I developed another illness, which really took a toll on me physically and mentally.
The questions continued to point me closer to God and I asked, and prayed – Lord, WHAT is my PURPOSE? Finally, in a way I can never explain, He spoke to me, “Do what you love to do!” and “glorify Me through what you love! Love me and love others.” So from then on, I let my passion of exercise, nutrition, and encouraging others flow freely from my soul. I decided to pursue a personal training and nutrition certification and felt that through working directly with people, I could serve Him by developing relationships and encouraging women of all types. I want to help people realize that to change your body, you must transform your entire being – body, mind, and spirit!
True life transformation begins by acknowledging your need for His love and accepting His plan for a whole body healthy lifestyle. It brings me such joy every day to hear success stories from my clients and friends. I have realized that by getting to really KNOW people and HELP people, I am truly blessed and I am finding my life’s true purpose.
December 7, 1977
University of Georgia
Bachelor Degree: Accounting; CPA
Master Degree: Public Administration
Gymnastics, Running, anything active!
The Bible & Born to Run
The Plank & The Lunge
2 time NCAA Gymnastics National Championship Team 1998, 1999; University of Georgia Collegiate Gymnast 1996-2000
2014 Boston Marathon Qualifier and Finisher; Mother of three beautiful children.
American Sports & Fitness Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield CPR, Member of American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, Healthy Running Coach: Healthy Running & Newton Running Company
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
TransFit became a part of my life as soon as Caroline opened her doors! When I first approached her, I was in my late 20s and had two children at the time and zero energy to take care of them or my husband. I told Caroline I wanted to learn how to eat better and add exercise to my everyday routine. In just six short weeks, I could see muscles forming on my body, and I had more energy. I remind Caroline often that she changed my life and her daily inspiration challenges me to continue to be my best.
Exercise and nutrition have become passions of mine. I’ve learned that my fitness goals are a lot easier to reach when paired with good nutrition. I have known for awhile that God wanted to use me in a way to encourage other women — what better way than nutrition — to teach women how we can honor God by fueling our bodies with wholesome foods! This way, we can be better wives, mothers, friends, employees and so on!
My husband, Justin, and I have three kids — Kara, Lane and Cami. I enjoy running on days when I’m not strength training with Caroline. I am excited to help clients with Nutrition Consulting to reach their whole body health goals!
Hi! I'm Shelley Tanner and I'm so excited to be joining the TransFit team! Caroline has been a huge inspiration to me, and to be able to work with her is encouraging and challenging in all good ways!
After graduating from UGA with a degree in Health Promotions and Behavior, I worked as a public health educator for the Clarke County Health Department and Teen Matters for a few years before going to nursing school. I graduated from Emory University School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. As an RN, I worked in the emergency room and an outpatient surgery center before becoming a mom and deciding to stay home with my babies for a little while. Now I get most of my nursing hours volunteering at Mercy Health Center as often as possible. I also love traveling and have a passion for mission work. One of my favorite places is Uganda, Africa, where Kupendwa Ministries is located. We adopted our third child in July 2014, and life has been quite difficult and stressful for me since then. Exercise has been a great stress reliever, comfort, and balancer for me as I have dealt with various situations and emotions. I am certified with American College of Sports Medicine for Personal Training. I am excited to help clients by personal training to reach their whole body health goals!
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
Hi! My name is Katie Lord and I am excited to be joining the TransFit team! Caroline and the TransFit team have been such inspiration to me to challenge myself, take care of the body God has given me, and work to achieve my fitness goals! I am thrilled to be able to work at TransFit to help women transform their body, mind, and spirit!
Growing up, I would have considered myself to be fairly healthy and active. I was a swimmer and enjoyed competing on my high school swim team. After high school, I attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega where I received my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. While in college, I did not live a healthy life style. I found that I really had little knowledge of healthy nutrition and rarely exercised. I was very unhappy with my body and had low self-confidence. After undergraduate school, I attended The University of Georgia and got a Master's Degree in Education. When I was in graduate school, I decided that I needed to make a change and begin a journey to become healthy! I found a passion for running and strength training, and I began making healthier food choices. After graduate school, I was a public school teacher for 5 years. I enjoyed teaching, but felt that God was encouraging me to move in a different direction. God began to show me that my passion is fitness and helping others learn to live a healthy lifestyle and gain confidence in the body God gave them! With the support of family and my sweet husband, I chose to leave teaching to pursue my passion for fitness!
Hi! My name is Michelle Berente. I have been a certified yoga teacher since 2010 and have been practicing yoga for almost 20 years.
I also enjoy strength training, running and rowing. I firmly believe that a healthy life perspective includes physical exercise and the release of tension through stretching our muscles. As a wife and mother of three, it would be easy to fill my days with errands and chores for my family. I know through experience that this leaves me short-tempered and impatient. In order to be the best person I can, I need to take care of my body and my spirit. I feel connected to God in the silent space of my practice. I hope that you will find the same true in your own practice! For me, yoga has always been about finding the balance in life. I am looking forward to sharing a practice with Transfit members.
Sarah Ellen Cain
Hey! I'm Sarah Ellen Cain. I am a second year at the University of Georgia. I am a Human Development and Family Sciences major with pre-nursing emphasis. I grew up just outside of Athens and began training with Caroline the summer before my first year. I was extremely nervous about being away from home and how it would affect my health and nutrition. I knew that my health and nutrition was about to fall completely on me and I would no longer have my mom preparing healthy, nutritional meals for me. I wanted to get a jump-start on my health and nutrition before beginning college. Therefore, I began focusing on my nutrition and working out at Transfit and to say it is and was one of the biggest blessings for me is an understatement.
TransFit has opened my eyes and taught me how to serve my body through working out and encouraging others. I love being apart of TransFit because not only is physical transformation important, but transformation of the mind and spirit. I have learned and continue to learn that working out is just one outlet for true transformation. I am excited to work alongside such amazing women and be able to see how the Lord transforms each of our lives.