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Melissa Stansbury Headshot
Team / Tucson, AZ

Melissa Stansbury

PhD, MS, ACSM-EP, Health & Performance Coach

Melissa Stansbury Headshot

Melissa is a collaborative, dedicated coach who guides individuals on their wellness journey, from vision to action to mastery. Her integrative approach empowers guests to set intentions, align their vision with realistic goals and strategies, generate consistent progress, and tap into strengths to turn obstacles into opportunities for growth.

Selected Highlights

PhD in Exercise Science, University of South Carolina

MS in Applied Health Physiology, Salisbury University

BS in Exercise Science, Salisbury University

Certified Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine

Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Level 2, American College of Sports Medicine

EXOS Performance Specialist, EXOS

EXOS Fitness Specialist, EXOS

EXOS The Game Changer, EXOS

Master Instructional Designer, Association for Talent Development

Training & Facilitation Certificate, Association for Talent Development

Coaching Certificate, Association for Talent Development

Human Performance Improvement Certificate, Association for Talent Development

TRX® Group Suspension Trainer

IYCA Certified Youth Fitness Specialist

Melissa brings a wealth of experience to Canyon Ranch Tucson from her interdisciplinary background in exercise science, coaching, facilitation, program design, and research. In her previous role as a Research Associate at the University of South Carolina, she supported the development of nationwide evidence-based lifestyle programs and human performance solutions by integrating educational content, behavior change techniques, and technology. She has extensive experience facilitating individual and group sessions on behavioral weight management, physical activity promotion, dietary modification, and stress management, as well as teaching public health courses.

Additionally, Melissa comes to our Arizona wellness resort with over a decade of expertise in guiding lifestyle transformation as a health and wellness specialist, personal trainer, cycling instructor, behavioral interventionist, and fitness club general manager. Her coaching prowess extends to collegiate volleyball teams, where she earned national recognition as the 2012 NCAA DIII National Assistant Coach of the Year.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Melissa thrives in the great outdoors, often embarking on cycling and hiking adventures. Nature serves as her canvas for exploration and rejuvenation. She also indulges her intellectual curiosity through reading and has a secret talent for cake decorating. Her motto is, “Give your best. Step into your purpose. Enjoy your journey!

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