You have a team working for you, and we work together to bring you the very best.

Our combined 26+ years of experience includes working with a wide range of clients of all ages, fitness levels, and health histories, including individuals with various medical conditions. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, you will feel safe, informed, empowered, educated, and optimistic.

The technical aspects are essential components of PFS, but at the heart of it all is the PFS value system where kindness and gratitude matter. So do compassion, empathy, and understanding. Our desire is to meet clients where they are and to support them in living the life they envision for themselves.

We love what we do and look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the PFS community.

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Amy GiaQuinto

Owner + Founder

  • Developer of the PFS Protocols and Principals
  • BS in Recreation Management
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Orthopedic Exercise Specialist
  • BioMechanics Method Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Function First Pain-Free Movement Specialist
  • ACE Running Injury Prevention Specialist
  • ACE Sports Performance + Conditioning Specialist
  • AOS Kettlebell Certified
  • AAAI/ISMA Boxing Certified
  • TRX Suspension Training Certified
  • Pilates Institute of America Certified
  • Yoga Teacher Training
  • eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certified
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Training

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Amy’s passion for her work is obvious from the moment you meet her. Her contagious optimism motivates and inspires – whether you have been training for years, have just started your fitness journey, or are anywhere in between.

Growing up on Cape Cod, Amy graduated from Nauset Regional High School where she captained both the varsity tennis and soccer teams and was a member of the swim team. After high school, Amy attended the University of Vermont (UVM) where she played on the NCAA Women’s Division I Varsity Tennis Team. She graduated from UVM as a National Collegiate Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management.

Amy’s diverse studies, experiences, and passions have helped to create what PFS is today. From her time in several fitness and health facilities, while living in Burlington, VT, New Zealand, and Boulder, CO, Amy recognized a need for more personalized care on Cape Cod for individuals interested in improving their overall health. She understood the importance of a more intimate, comfortable, encouraging, private, and supportive environment. She began to realize that more and more people wanted better health, but not everyone felt comfortable in a large gym or health club. Some people had been active for so long that they were either bored with what they were doing or not sure how to progress. For others, the thought of entering a health club caused anxiety. Amy wanted to create an atmosphere where not only the fit could benefit, but also where even the most intimidated individuals would feel supported and encouraged. Amy envisioned a place where everyone could thrive, and PFS was born.

Amy’s certifications and training are many, including a personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Pilates training and certifications through Balanced Body University (BBU) and the Pilates Institute of America (PIA). Amy was first introduced to Ashtanga Yoga while living in Burlington, VT, and was fortunate to practice with Kathy McNames of Yoga Vermont and David Swenson. In 2004, Amy had the opportunity to train with Lolita San Miguel, one of only two Pilates Elders certified by Joseph Pilates himself. In 2007, Amy was the first woman to pass the Art of Strength (AOS) Kettlebell Essentials test.

Dr. Stuart McGill, Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, is one of the most sought-after clinical researchers in the world with regard to “rehabilitating back-pained people and enhancing both injury resilience and performance.” Amy feels incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to train with Dr. McGill. Because of her understanding of Dr. McGill’s research, Amy was drawn to the MECA Back Wedge. While working with the MECA Back Institute (MBI), now Empower Wedge, she helped launch and run the teacher training program, writing the teacher training manual.

Knowing that one’s health is not just about physical health, but mental and emotional health as well, Amy has developed a deep interest in cognitive studies and brain health as related to dementia and Alzheimer’s prevention and reversal.

Amy has presented for Cape Cod Healthcare’s Wellness Trail Series on the topic of Plant-Based Nutrition and its unparalleled benefits for training, recovery, and performance for the weekend warrior to the endurance athlete. Amy has experienced the first-hand benefits of transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle, having competed several times in the Spartan Beast endurance race encompassing 16-18 miles of mountain terrain, as well as in the Cape Cod Bay Challenge, a Stand-Up Paddle Board event, covering the 30-34 miles across Cape Cod Bay and taking 10-12 hours depending on the tide, wind, and current. Amy participated in these events both before and after becoming plant-based and can attest to the significant positive impacts of plant-based nutrition. Amy is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University.

Taking the most vital elements and lessons from all of her studies and experiences along her journey, Amy has brought together her passion and education in functional training, biomechanically sound movement, evidence-based nutrition, brain health, as well as the key and most sound components from her background in Pilates and yoga to form a cohesive whole, the principals and protocols that PFS utilizes today.

Amy’s commitment and desire to help her clients and support her team is unwavering. She continues to be excited, happy, and humbled to share her knowledge, experience, and passion.


Ellen Powell

  • Extensive training in the PFS Protocols and Principals
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • BA in Psychology
  • BioMechanics Method Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) Brain Health Certified
  • Boxing Certified through Tony Jeffries (former professional boxer and bronze medal Olympian) and the Boxing Fitness Academy
  • Culinary Training through Forks Over Knives (FOK)
  • Culinary Training through Cape Cod Community College
  • Currently pursuing eCornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition Certification
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Training

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Ellen is the sweet, southern soul, ready to greet everyone who enters the doors of PFS with the biggest smile.

Born and raised in South Carolina, Ellen is the fourteenth member of her family to attend Coker College (now Coker University) where she was a pre-med major.  After the death of her beloved father, and in the months following the earth-shattering events of 9/11, Ellen reevaluated her plans for the future.

Ellen needed a change, after seeing how fragile life can be.   Graduating a semester early, Ellen ventured north to Cape Cod and began working at The May Institute in Harwich as a Behavior Program Specialist.  There, she trained and supervised the residential staff, while working closely with autistic children, creating Individual Education Plans (IEP) for each child, along with teaching them important life skills.  Ellen had a gift for creating personalized, custom programs to fit the specific needs of her clients; and this made her stand out. Through the May Institute and Ellen’s exemplary performance, compassion, and dedication, she was recruited to work for a family, performing all duties as they related to their child’s medical, nutritional, social and overall health and well-being needs.  Working with this incredible non-verbal, brain-injured child with many special needs would also bring Ellen to New Jersey, where she and the family relocated so that Ellen could continue providing their child with her unparalleled care.

Ellen dedicated herself to this child and helped him in ways that his parents could never have dreamed.  Ellen’s commitment was unwavering and at this time she also learned of the benefits of stem cell therapy, which was becoming an experimental treatment in the United States at the time.

Being devoted and constantly seeking the highest level of understanding around her client’s medical needs and care, Ellen was introduced to “The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential” (IAHP) where she successfully completed their course on brain health.  Impressed by the course and learning even more about the significant impact nutrition and the development of sound body movement and exercise play in overall health, Ellen committed to also changing her own lifestyle.

It was at this time that Ellen and the parents of her client came across “The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health” by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II. Impressed by the evidence-based research and knowledge she and the parents gained, Ellen and her client’s entire family began to transition to a Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) way of eating.

Ellen’s time caring for this child was extremely rewarding and greatly improved the quality of his life until his passing.  Sadly, the emotional toll was unmanageable for Ellen, and she lost sight of the healthy habits she had been incorporating and she began to gain weight.

Ellen tried different avenues to get back in shape and find her “happy place” with health and fitness when she returned to Cape Cod. While preparing for an obstacle course race, Ellen was encouraged to take a class at Personalized Fitness Solutions (PFS), and here she found what she was looking for.

It was at PFS that Ellen was able to find a healthy and supportive community.  After recommitting to her own health, with the support of PFS and learning how to maintain her healthy lifestyle, no matter what emotional stress was placed on her, Ellen lost 50 lb., and cured her non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  Ellen continues on her own fitness journey with endless enthusiasm, excited to help others learn from her experiences and gained knowledge through her time continuously training in the PFS Principals and Protocols, coaching others to find their potential and the healthiest version of themselves.

In her free time, Ellen is a voracious reader of many subjects, continuing her desire to learn as much as she can about optimal health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition, while making certain to stay on top of the latest research. Ellen also enjoys music and recently is learning how to knit.

We are so happy to have Ellen on board, and we are very excited for you to meet this beautiful (inside and out) being with a brilliant mind, a never-ending amount of fun facts, and a heart of gold!


Vanessa Olshan

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Extensive training in the PFS Protocols and Principals including, but not limited to: the Empower Wedge, Kettlebells, Corrective Exercise, Functional Strength, Stability, and Mobility
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training
  • Associates degree in Veterinary Science

Pronouns: she/her/hers 

Vanessa grew up in Buffalo, NY, where she had an unconventional childhood traveling the country competitively riding horses. The demands of the equestrian “A-circuit” required a switch to homeschooling so that she could fully commit to riding.

Lessons and showing were an all-encompassing pursuit, and five years of twelve-hour days led to burnout. Vanessa eventually returned to a more traditional schooling experience in 8th grade, where she was able to continue horseback riding as a hobby while exploring other interests.

Vanessa was raised with a love for art, film, and culture. She attended college in Boca Raton, FL, majoring in English. While on a study abroad program, she fell in love with London and its vibrant atmosphere. This led her to transfer to a college there studying film. Her time abroad was a precious period of exploring different places through travel and trying new things.

Later Vanessa returned to Buffalo and rediscovered her passion for animal care, prompting her to pursue a degree in animal science. She subsequently became a certified veterinary technician, working in various private veterinary hospitals and shelters for over a decade.

Vanessa’s journey led her to Brooklyn, NY, then Boston, and eventually to Cape Cod, where she now lives with her husband. Living on Cape Cod has been a dream come true, offering a beautiful and peaceful environment that she adores. She currently works at a local bookstore, fostering connections within the community and indulging her love of books. She also found joy in fitness, particularly through her involvement in the supportive and knowledgeable community at PFS. Two plus years of workouts at PFS has not only provided her with a sense of peace, but also the invaluable gift of health. Over the course of the last year, Vanessa has had the incredible opportunity to engage in personalized, one-on-one training sessions with both Amy and Ellen. Their mentorship and guidance have been invaluable, allowing Vanessa to absorb a wealth of knowledge and skills that have significantly enhanced her abilities. Vanessa is eagerly looking forward to continuing the tradition at PFS of helping people feel their best in mind, body, and spirit.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, trying new food, immersing herself in art, films, and TV shows, as well as engaging in hobbies like painting and antiquing for outsider art, playing tennis, reading, walking on the beach and soaking in the natural beauty of Cape Cod.

We are overjoyed to have Vanessa on our team, and we look forward to introducing you to this kind, caring, wise, and beautiful soul.