meet our team

Serving the metrowest area since 2008, we are unique.  Our principals have extensive health care backgrounds in addition to the highest level of certifications available in the fitness industry.  See our testimonials below to hear from our happy clients.

Ellen O'Hara
RN, MS

ACE certified personal trainer
group exercise instructor 
RYT-200 certified yoga teacher

After beginning her career as a nurse practitioner, Ellen stayed home to raise her three boys.  In 2008 she realized that her love of exercise complemented her nursing experience and she became an ACE certified trainer and group fitness instructor.  A few years later she obtained a 200 hour registered yoga teacher certification.  She started Core Asset Fitness Training in 2008 and was joined by her good friend Pam Herbert in 2011. She enjoys teaching rigorous fitness classes, yoga, private training and everything in between.  In her spare time Ellen like to run, read, and go to the beach.

Pam Herbert
MSPT

ACE certified personal trainer
group exercise instructor  
Pilates instructor via Balanced Body Pilates

Pam Herbert has always been fascinated by how the body works. That interest led to a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University where she worked in orthopedics for several years. She was first introduced to Pilates through one of her physical therapy internships, where the grace and movement principles were a complement to physical therapy treatment. In 2011, she became certified as an ACE personal trainer and group fitness instructor and started her training with Balanced Body Pilates. She is now working with Core Asset Fitness Training providing personal training, and teaching group exercise classes, including Mat Pilates, circuit training, boot camps, and her newest class, Pilates Fusion. When she is not at the studio, you might find her hiking or running the trails at Hale with her dog Ellie.

Pam holds certifications from Balanced Body for Mat Pilates, and is certified through ACE as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.

Danielle Cox

Danielle is pursuing her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Balanced Body Pilates. She is currently teaching Mat, Reformer/Apparatus, and Total Barre. She has been a student of Pilates for many years, and quickly became interested in teaching after it changed not only her fitness level, but the way she approached fitness through mindful movement. Danielle has been fortunate to train under influential instructors in the Boston area as well as Martha's Vineyard. She is excited to bring her love of Pilates to her clients.

Cheryl MacFarland-Baumhauer 

Holding multiple certifications across a variety of methodologies, Cheryl MacFarland Baumhauer brings her unrivaled passion and enthusiasm for positively effecting people's lives through movement. A life long fitness enthusiast, Cheryl embarked on a career in Group Fitness and Personal Training in her twenties that has seen her teach all over Boston and its surrounding suburbs including a long standing affiliation with the Reebok World Headquarters in Canton, Ma.She holds multiple fitness and yoga certifications and regularly attends continuing education programs.

Mary Bamford


Mary has been continuously practicing Pilates for over 15 years.  She completed teacher training with Balanced Body Pilates and Classical Pilates Education and has been teaching classes regularly throughout the area since 2014.  Mary teaches classes for all levels of ability and fitness.

Mary lives in Westwood with her husband, Paul, and 2 children.  She delivers Meal on Wheels for housebound senior citizens, is a Westwood High School Boosters board member, and has held multiple other volunteer positions within the schools and the community over the past years.  She enjoys travel, reading, and the practice of Yoga (in addition to Pilates).

Radha Hilery

I have over 35 certifications ranging from high intensity interval training to yoga for cardiac rehab and cancer patients. I have worked for the NBA and privately with NFL players helping them with their flexibility work, off-season training and nutrition. I developed exercise and yoga programs for cancer patients and did scientific research in this area for clinical trials at the Cancer Therapy & Research Institute.

I am also a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and have assisted in teaching new therapists internationally. I spent over a year training at an ashram to do my third 200-hour yoga teacher training, in addition to learning energy medicine, guided relaxation, meditation & breathing techniques to bring a balance into my high intensity training. I believe in integrating all my certifications to create well-rounded programs to help my clients find balance in fitness and in life.

testimonials

After having my 3rd baby I was determined to get my body back. I asked my husband to give me personal training sessions for Christmas and started as soon as my OB gave me the "ok". Ellen came to my house twice a week. She was awesome, coming up with different exercises each day, cheering me on, and even holding my son when he got fussy. She taught me about "eating clean" and my whole family has benefited. My husband even commented that he has been inspired and is working out more. Now just 4 months after having the baby I'm already down to within 5 pounds of my pre-baby weight. A task that took me at least a year with my other 2 kids. Hiring Ellen was one of the best things I've done!

It is a daunting task, as a women past 50, to get back into shape after going 10 rounds with cancer. Not only did I have a lot of weight to lose but also lived with constant fatigue as well as body aches from medication. Chemo induced atrial fibrillation, which can be brought on by exercise, complicated the process. When I reached out to Ellen O’Hara, little did I know that I would find not only a personal trainer, but a major support system as well. She has given me the courage and confidence to reach for the stars. Her weight-training plan has not only made me stronger but has helped to reduce fatigue. I went from doing a good imitation of a slug to doing a 45-minute workout without stopping. With her to oversee my exercise regimen, I have slowly been working towards my goal. As a former, naturally thin woman, I was used to eating what I wanted. Ellen’s constant focus on getting me to reluctantly record my food made me realize that there was a lot of room for diet improvement. I just got married and I am 15 pounds closer to my goal and feeling strong and healthy. I look forward to continuing a journey to full health with Ellen O’ Hara and Core Asset Fitness.

I first learned about Ellen through the Dover Mother’s Association in May of 2010 after undergoing minor surgery which limited my ability to continue my usual exercise regime. I decided to hire her for personal training and it was the best thing I had done for myself! Ellen introduced me to so many new ways to to work out without having to worry about my “injury.” She developed a customized workout that allowed me to do different routines each week and not even worry about my limitations. Before I knew it, I was back to my old self and doing more than I was before I ever even hired her. I highly recommend her. She is fun to work with, very personable, friendly and fun. She takes her work seriously and is dedicated to helping you accomplish your fitness goals!

I am so lucky to be working with Ellen, she clearly transformed my life!... I have suffered severe back and neck problems and really wanted to try Yoga. Ellen and I met and she instantly made me feel “safe ” and actively listened to
my concerns as wells consulted with my doctors. I look forward to yoga every week and always look forward to our time together. I would highly recommend Ellen. She is amazing!!!!”

Pam’s class is my one weekly scheduled appointment that I do not miss! I love this class. She is a fabulous Pilates Instructor.

I love Pam’s pilates class! I have been going for over a year now and I feel like I am still gaining better body awareness, posture and core strength. Pam’s background as a physical therapist enables her to help us all with any specific injuries or needs we may have.