"I cannot begin to express how important the program and staff at H3 have been to me..."
- Kathy L, Canada

Hilton Head Health Staff - H3 Team members

Program Staff

Bob Wright, M.A.T. - Director of Education

Bob is the Director of Education at Hilton Head Health.  His goal is to provide Guests with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions on personal health habits.  Bob presents lectures focused on nutrition, weight loss management and disease prevention.  Bob has been educating Guests at Hilton Head Health for over 30 years.  He holds a Master's degree in Health Education from the University of South Carolina.

Lisette Cifaldi, MSW, LMSW - Director of Behavioral Health

Lisette is Hilton Head Health's Director of Behavioral Health.  Lisette provides individual and group counseling on the mind-body connection, covering topics ranging from stress management to body image.  A Lowcountry native, Lisette earned her degrees in Psychology and Social Work from the University of South Carolina while also receiving training in Mind/Body medicine from Harvard Mind/Body Medical Institute.  Her diverse experiences in business travel, management and privately owned businesses not only give Lisette a professional background that relates to many, but also a personal one.  

David Chesworth, B.S., ACSM - Fitness Specialist

David is responsible for group fitness classes and personal training sessions.  David graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and a Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches School of Coaching.  David’s experience includes BGSU Strength Conditioning Assistant Coach.

Camila Pacheco, B.A., IFTA, ACE - Fitness Specialist

Camila is responsible for group fitness classes and personal training sessions.  Camila graduated from Unitri with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Social Communications.  Originally from Brazil, she began her dance training and was part of a company at a competitive level.  After moving to the US in 2006, Camila continued her training as a Dance Instructor in New York City and Charlotte.  She has over seven years' experience teaching all different styles of dance including Zumba, Barre and Hip Hop.  She is a certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer through IFTA and ACE.  She is also a certified TRX Trainer.

John Lippitt, M.S., ACE - LOSE Well Fitness Coach

Graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelors in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology, John spent the first part of his professional career in cardiac/pulmonary rehab.  After 1.5 years, he obtained his ACE certification and has compiled hundreds of hours of personal training and group exercise class instruction over the past 5 years.  John has completed multiple triathlons and enjoys teaching kickboxing at Hilton Head Health.  His in-depth experience and education make him an ideal LOSE Well Fitness Coach.

Chris Varano, B.S., AFPA - LOSE Well Fitness Coach

A graduate of Western Michigan University, Chris has been influential in the fitness industry for over 15 years.  She was the fitness coordinator for Greenville Hospital Systems, where she oversaw day-to-day operations including cardiac rehabilitation.  She's made her mark as a personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and group exercise leader.  Chris joined Hilton Head Health in 2005 and became a full-time trainer in the LOSE Well program in 2014.  She's logged thousands of hours helping guests shed pounds through customized cardio, strength and core conditioning classes.

Linda Lisko, NETA, PHI Pilates, AHF, WaterFit - Pilates and Group Exercise Instructor

Linda has been teaching a variety of classes at H3 since 2005.  She is professionally certified through National Exercise Trainers Association, PHI Pilates, Academy of Holistic Fitness and WaterFit.  She is a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and is skilled at developing and teaching classes in Mat Pilates and Pilates Reformer, Yoga, Aerobics, Kickboxing, Interval/Circuit, Strength Training, Stability Ball and Water Aerobics.  She has constructed individual and group wellness programs that integrate a variety of techniques including mind/body enhancement, lifestyle management, goal setting, and motivation.

Dot Young - Program Administration

Dot is the Program Administrative Assistant.  She plays a vital role in the day-to-day operations in Program Services.  Dot is responsible for distributing the daily and weekly schedules.  She has been been part of the H3 family for over 15 years.  She holds a B.S. degree in Office Administration and Management from South Carolina State University.


Chef Hicham Elmadi - Executive Chef - True

Born and Raised in Casablanca, Morocco, Chef Hicham has been in love with cooking since childhood.  After graduating from culinary school in 1998, he worked in fine restaurants around the world, including Spain, Italy, and France.  Fluent in five languages, he eventually moved to the US to join the exciting Atlanta culinary scene.  Chef Hicham specializes in preparing all styles of Mediterranean cuisine, including, of course, Moroccan fare.  His expertise and skills are uniquely suited to share his enthusiasm for healthy, natural food prepared from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.

Chef Karla Williams - Executive Chef - Healthy Kitchen

Chef Karla provides cooking demonstrations and leads hands-on classes.  In addition, she teaches part-time fitness classes.  Karla holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science and is a graduate from The Chef's Academy in Indianapolis, Karla's past experience includes Culinary Intern here at H3, as well as Sous Chef at Kona Grill in Carmel, Indiana.

Chef Carrie Adams - Sous Chef - Healthy Kitchen

Chef Carrie was born and raised in Milwaukie, OR, birthplace of the Bing cherry and suburb of Portland.  Her culinary inspiration was formed by her childhood experiences dining at small, fascinating restaurants that served a bounty of local produce.  In 2008, she moved three thousand miles to Providence Rhode Island to earn a degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University.  In the fall of 2011 she trained under H3’s team of talented Chefs.  Her skills and creativity are found on display during events in the H3 Healthy Kitchen.

Cara Swanson - Director of Food and Beverage

Graduate of George Mason University with a MFA in Education and BA in English, Cara has worked in the restaurant industry her entire adult life.  She most recently worked for The Westin in Hilton Head, South Carolina and Maui, Hawaii as the Food and Beverage Manager.  In addition to her passion for food she has been certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers.


John Schmitz, M.H.S.A. - Owner

John is the Owner of Hilton Head Health and has provided leadership for the organization’s development as a serious weight loss destination. He has also been successful in his personal efforts with weight loss and lifestyle modification and serves as an inspiration to many guests. John has held various national and international positions with private and publicly traded healthcare companies and holds a Master’s of Health Service Administration from Arizona State University.

Ben Campsey - Chief Financial Officer

Ben Campsey’s background includes development, opening and operating phases of luxury hotels and resorts. In 2006, Campsey completed Cary, North Carolina’s Five Star, Five Diamond Umstead Hotel and Spa opening team as the Director of Finance, following almost 10 years of success in finance and accounting with Canyon Ranch Health Resorts in Tucson, Arizona.

Jessica Brantley - V. P. of Programs

Jessica is the V.P. of Programs at Hilton Head Health.  A team member with H3 for almost a decade, Jessica’s held positions in our Program as well as management in several areas of operations.  She now oversees daily operations and program development.  With a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the Honors College of Ball State University, Jessica is a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine, a certified Mat and Reformer Pilates Instructor, and a Functional Training Specialist.

Kelly Perron - Spa Manager

Kelly earned her Bachelor's Degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services with a double concentration in Commercial and Community Recreation and a minor in Management from Central Michigan University.  As Hilton Head Health's Guest Relations Manager she oversees the guest services and transportation services.  She also coordinates and supplies the merchandise for our FIT Shop and manages the scheduling of spa services and spa development.

Adam Martin - V. P. of Marketing

Adam is the V. P. of Marketing at Hilton Head Health.  Adam graduated from the University of Florida and has been with Hilton Head Health since the Fall of 2005.  He's held numerous positions in the company and is now responsible for helping facilitate H3's growth. 

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