Meet The Team

Melissa Buchanan

Owner, Instructor, Personal Trainer & Massage Therapist
Melissa is a licensed massage therapist with an associate's degree in therapeutic massage and integrated healthcare. She is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and pilates and kickboxing specialist, all through AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America).  She has been certified in 10 different class formats: Piyo, Pilates, Pilates on the ball, Pound™️, P90X, Insanity, Transform Step, TurboKick, Kickboxing and Strong Nation™️. She is also first aid, CPR and AED certified.

Before starting her fitness and wellness business, Melissa had her massage therapy practice in a chiropractor's office. During that time, she learned so much about back injuries and prevention. She regularly takes continuing education classes in that area.

Melissa loves helping people and sharing her love of fitness with them. Her mottos are,  "Keep it simple, make it effective" and "Life is about balance." She enjoys adventures with her family, whether at home or traveling, volunteering and participating in local 5Ks.

Kim Brown

Instructor, Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach

Kim is a certified personal trainer, certified nutrition coach and certified kickboxing instructor, all through NASM (the National Academy of Sports Medicine).

Kim's fitness motto is that fitness is more than losing weight -- it's also about gaining confidence, boosting self-esteem, feeling comfortable in your own skin and loving your body for all that it is and forgetting about what it is not.

Outside of the gym, Kim enjoys spending time with her three kids and two dogs. She loves to read, hike, travel and binge watch Netflix.

Liz Baxter

Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach

Liz is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach through NASM (The National Academy for Sports Medicine). Liz is also a NYS Certified Teacher, EMT-Basic, and is CPR and AED certified.

Liz lives by the motto “you are stronger than you were yesterday.” Her main focus is on helping others make progress toward their goals so that they can live their best lives.

In her spare time, Liz enjoys spending time with her friends and family, volunteering with her local fire department, and snuggling her Jack Russell Terrier, LJ.

Sarah Whitcomb

Sarah is a certified group fitness instructor through ACE, CPR, AED and is first aid certified.

Sarah is a proud vegan, runner and triathlete. She raises her three children, works, teaches in criminal justice and volunteers with the emergency squad.

Emily Stickles


Emily is a certified barre instructor through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association (IBBFA). She is also CPR, AED and First Aid certified.

In her free time, Emily enjoys running, hiking, learning woodworking and spending time with her two cats.

Peggy Vogt Wallace


Peggy grew up in the area and recently moved back after living in the Hudson Valley for over 20 years. Before moving back, she was fortunate to have her passion for fitness be her sole profession. She had her own personal training business and designed and taught many group fitness classes over the years. She believes group fitness really boosts self esteem and builds confidence, especially in women.

She is an AFAA certified personal trainer and also certified in TRX, Spin and Pound. Classes she has taught include Strength Training, all levels of TRX, Spin, Bootcamps, circuits, HIIT, running clubs - and more! She has run four half marathons and inspired others to join her! She believes being “fit” is a balance of cardio endurance and strength.

In her free time She enjoys hanging out with her husband and friends. Her motto in fitness and life is: “Stop talking and start doing.” She’s glad to be part of the Studio B team and hopes to see you in class!