I’m Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin

Over 20 years ago, I left my native community of Englewood (Chicago) as a first-generation college student. I had no money and no solid plan, but I did have lofty ambitions of changing people’s lives in healthy ways.

Solely motivated by my ambitions, I earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology and Movement Science, and simultaneously completed a Clinical Massage Therapy Sciences diploma program. I also earned professional certifications in exercise physiology and group exercise after which I launched my first health coaching and consulting company.

This was the point at which I began to design my own personalized system to support healthy lifestyle behaviors among people with various goals ranging from weight loss to chronic disease management.

What I Do

Though I’ve already introduced myself as a Health Coach, Consultant and Speaker, this only gives you a quick snapshot of what I do. I’ve worn many hats over the past 20 years, from personal trainer and bodywork practitioner, to health writer and commentator, to research scientist and serial entrepreneur, to avid athlete, wife and mother.

Truth is, I juggle multiple roles and do many things on any given day. But, everything I do revolves around promoting healthy living, preventing chronic diseases, and helping others discover, unearth and construct their own unique paths to optimal health, wellness and longevity.

My career has largely focused on matters related to lifestyle and weight management, self-care, personal health and fitness optimization. This stems from my firm belief that physical and mental fitness, a positive body image, and adequate self-care are the quintessential keys to improved health and wellbeing, increased happiness, and overall life satisfaction.

Whether you’re looking for personal optimization or business solutions, I’m certain my services will be of great value to you.

My Credentials


University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)

PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation

With translational research concentrations in integrative physiology and vascular biology, I largely examined the physical and physiological impacts of various lifestyle interventions (diet, exercise, and manual therapy) on cardiovascular disease, stroke and metabolic disease-related risk factors among sedentary, overweight and obese populations.

University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)

MS in Movement Science

With rigorous concentrations in clinical and applied exercise physiology, the bulk of my training was centered on exercise prescription for individuals with chronic illnesses (cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, diabetes, and neuromuscular diseases and disabilities) in addition to athletic and non-athletic populations.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

BS in Kinesiology

With areas of specialization in exercise physiology and sports nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention, my undergraduate studies were largely focused on physiological mechanisms by which physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors prevent disease and positively influence health outcomes.

The Soma Institute

Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy

With specific areas of focus in pain management and physical rehabilitation, my training was primarily centered on the assessment and treatment of soft tissue injury and dysfunction using specialized techniques ranging from deep tissue massage to neuromuscular therapy to trigger point work.


American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Exercise Physiology

An advanced exercise physiologist, I am trained to administer exercise stress tests, vascular ultrasound, and other non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic assessments; evaluate various parameters of overall health, with special attention to cardiovascular function and metabolism; develop individualized exercise prescriptions to enhance physical fitness; and design customized exercise programs to meet healthcare needs and athletic performance goals.

American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness)

Health Coaching

A coach with expertise in the areas of exercise science, nutrition, health promotion, rehabilitation and behavior change, I provide personalized guidance and ongoing support in the major areas of health, wellness, and disease prevention. Specializing in weight management, self-care, personal health and fitness optimization, I help clients uncover their own unique goals, define a customized action plan, and guide them in putting the plan into action.

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)

Clinical Massage Therapy

As a licensed clinical massage therapist specializing in the assessment and treatment of soft tissue injury and dysfunction, I have been NCBTMB certified for nearly 15 years. The Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB) is a separate credential above and beyond entry-level massage therapy state licensure and represents the highest attainable certificate within the massage therapy and bodywork profession.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Group Exercise

As a group exercise instructor with advanced degrees in exercise science and over 20 years of experience in health and fitness, I specialize in delivering safe and effective instruction for a variety of group exercise formats including cardio kickboxing, step aerobics, indoor cycling, resistance training and strength conditioning, sport-specific training, and water-based formats including Hydro-Tone® sports therapy and aquatics.

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