Lisa’s specialty is medical fitness. Since 1999, she has been providing top-caliber personal training services to clients of all ages, fitness levels and with a variety of medical conditions. Lisa develops progressive workouts that change every 4-6 weeks to keep things interesting. She tracks client’s performance and gains at each workout. Her goal is to educate, motivate and support her clients to become more physically active and to adopt a healthier lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. Lisa is always excited to work with new individuals and enjoys many relationships with long-time clients.

Lisa is a graduate of University of California Irvine’s Fitness Instructor Program and a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She holds many specialty certifications to work with those with medical conditions, post-surgical/rehab as well as pre-& postpartum fitness.

Lisa has been recognized as a fitness leader several times including Personal Fitness Professional Magazine and the Huffington Post. She was acknowledged by the White House as a “Champion of Change” finalist in 2016.

She founded the MedFit Network in 2013. The MFN is both a professional membership organization for fitness, allied healthcare professionals, gyms, studios, integrative wellness studios, and students and a free online resource directory for the community to locate fitness and allied healthcare professionals with a background in prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation in working with those with chronic disease, medical conditions, disabilities, etc.

She established the MedFit Education Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), in 2017 to elevate the quality and amount of available education for fitness and allied healthcare via online education. Through her Foundation, she’s launched MedFit Classroom, an online learning platform for fitness professionals, and MedFit TV, a collection of educational videos, webinars, and interviews.

► Read Lisa’s story, Improving Lives with Medical Fitness

Lisa’s Pricing
Single 60-minute session: $110
Ten session package: $950
Twenty session package: $1700

Lisa Dougherty

Founder and Master Level Trainer

Lisa's Education

Degree & Certifications
  • Fitness Instructor Program, University California, Irvine (1999)
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer (since 1999)
  • Healthy Moms® Fitness Certified Perinatal Fitness Instructor (since 2006)
  • CPR & AED certified
Specialized and Continuing Education
  • Stroke Recovery Fitness Specialist (MedFit Classroom, June 2021)
  • Parkinson’s Disease Fitness Specialist (MedFit Classroom, Jan 2021)
  • Arthritis Fitness Specialist (MedFit Classroom, Dec 2020)
  • Stages of Menopause & Exercise Intervention (MedFit Classroom, Oct 2020)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Fitness Specialist (MedFit Classroom, May 2020)
  • BEST Exercise Program for Osteoporosis Prevention (DSW Fitness, Jan 2016)
  • Physical Activity Instruction for Disease-Specific Conditions Certificate Program (DSW Fitness, Sept 2015)
  • Exercise and Arthritis, 7th edition: Enabling clients to manage arthritis and chronic pain (DSW Fitness, Aug 2015)
  • Training the Pregnant Athlete (IDEA Health & Fitness, Aug 2015)
  • Exercise and Heart Disease – strategies to help clients prevent and manage heart disease (Oct 2014)
  • Exercise and Respiratory Disease – condition-specific exercise design and management strategies to help clients’ lead normal and productive lives (Sept 2014)
  • Understanding Dementia – outlines risk factors, symptoms, treatments (INR Seminars, Aug 2013)
  • Exercise and Arthritis – enabling clients to manage arthritis and chronic pain through exercise (DSW Fitness, Dec 2012)
  • Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis – tools & strategies to improve fitness and functional ability for clients with MS who have varying symptoms and levels of abilities (DSW Fitness, Sept 2012)
  • Exercise for Knee & Hip Replacement – appropriate progressions and guidelines to improve strength, mobility & flexibility (DSW Fitness, June 2012)
  • Exercise & Parkinson’s Disease – exercise management strategies for the primary neurological disease of the elderly (DSW Fitness, May 2012)
  • Exercise & Diabetes – creating, monitoring & progressing exercise programs for clients with diabetes (DSW Fitness, Mar 2012)
  • Breast Cancer Recovery Exercise program – assisting breast cancer recovery patients as they build confidence and regain function through specialized therapeutic exercises (DSW Fitness, Dec 2011)
  • TRX Suspension Training Certification (Nov 2009)
  • Trigger Point Technologies, Myofascial compression techniques™ (Feb 2008)
  • Exercise & Fibromyalgia (DSW Fitness, 2005)
  • Yoga and Strength with Linda Freeman Resist-A-Ball & BOSU Master Trainer (2005)
  • Training for Strength & Nutrition for Muscle with Len Kravitz, PhD Sr Exercise Physiologist (IDEA Health & Fitness Assoc., 2005)
  • Counseling for Health and Fitness (Nutrition Dimension, 2005)
  • Full Body Flexibility with Jay Blahnik, Nike Fitness Athlete (Nautilus, 2005)
  • Fit 4 Mom Pre/Postnatal Fitness (Stroller Strides, Oct 2006)
  • Fit For Labor (Stroller Strides, 2005)
  • Biomechanics of Motherhood  (Stroller Strides, 2005)
  • Exercise & Menopause (ACE, 2005)
  • Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Specialty Certification (ACE, 2003)
  • Teenage Obesity What Can We Do About It with Chris Vega, MPH, RD (2005)
  • The Skill to Define and Design Exercise with Cheryl Soleway, physical therapist (CanFitPro, 1999)
  • Yoga Studies – Yoga Teacher (University of California Irvine, 2005)
  • Experiential Anatomy & Basic Physiology (University of California Irvine, 2005)
  • Yoga for a New Day – Teaching Yoga Asana for Health & Fitness (DSW Fitness, 2004)
  • Psychology for Health Fitness Professionals (ACE, 2002)
  • Fitness Motivation (DSW Fitness, 2002)
  • Dietary Supplements Critical Thinking Skills (County of Orange Health Care Agency, 2002)
  • Functional Training (MF Athletic Company, 2001)
  • Obesity, Diabetes & Overeating in Children & Adults (Institute for Natural Resources, 2001)
  • Current Trends in Nutrition (County of Orange Health Care Agency, 2000)

Interviews with Lisa

Shifting the Paradigm of Medicine | Women We Should Know Podcast, July 2022

Bridging the Gap Between Medical and Fitness | Move to Live MoreSM Podcast, March 2021

Interview on Your Best Lifestyles Total Health & Wellness podcast with Terrance Hutchinson, April 2020

Interview on Two Fit Crazies and a Microphone podcast, April 2020

HALO Talk Interview with Pete Moore, July 2019

► Lisa Dougherty: Leading the Medical Fitness Movement; Wellness Force Podcast with Josh Trent; April 2018

► MFN Founder Launches MedFit Education Foundation; California Clubs of Distinction News (IRHSA), 4th Quarter Edition, 2017

Leading a Movement. Leaving a Legacy; PFP Magazine, Spring 2017

This is how a personal trainer can change health care; Scale Well Podcast, February 2017

► PFP Trainer of the Year, 2016 Nominee

► PFP Trainer of the Month; January 2016

PFP Trailblazer Award; 2015 Finalist

Meet the Founder of the Medical Fitness Network (podcast); Exercise & Nutrition Works, July 2016

► Medical Fitness Network Founder, Lisa Dougherty, is Finalist for the White House Champion of Change; May 2016

Why You Should Know About Medical Fitness and Lisa Dougherty; Huffpost Healthy Living, February 2016

Meet Lisa Dougherty; Silver & Fit Newsletter, November 2016

Conversation with Lisa Dougherty and Janet Kennedy (Podcast); GetSocialHealth, August 2015

Train with Lisa!

We love dogs, and there is one on-site! A lovable dog is part of our family here at the MedFit Center. Our canine companion is a team member and may greet you upon arrival as part of our welcoming environment. If you have any concerns about our canine companion or other dog visitors to the Center during your visit, please notify a team member, and we’ll do our best to take any necessary precautions.

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