Owners & Coaches - BFC is a licensed TRX & Spinning studio with Level 2 qualified Spinning Instructors and grey ranked TRX Certified Instructors.

Valerie Szewelanczyk


Valerie has been in the fitness world for the past 19 years.  

Valerie is a Certified gray ranked TRX® Suspension Trainer Coach as well as a Level 3-Elite Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning® Instructor. 

She's taken the following courses:

TRX® Suspension Training,, TRX® Group Suspension Training , TRX Yoga, TRX® Functional Training, TRX®  Sports Medicine Training, TRX Advanced Group Training, Rip® Training. 

She's also a certified Les Mills RPM® Instructor, a PiYO® LIVE Instructor, P90X® LIVE and a Private Trainer.  

In 2010 her husband, Walter talked her into signing up for an Ironman...that's a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run.  Swimming and biking wouldn't be a problem for her but the run was going to be a challenge since she hated running.  She remembers her Dad saying over and over again "how are you going to get through the run?"  Well that stuck in her head the whole 26.2 miles.  After she crossed the finish line becoming an Ironman in 2010 at Lake Placid, NY she called her Mom & Dad (who were watching her on the LIVE Ironman feed on-line) and said "I DID IT DAD!"  You just have to believe that you can do it and then push through all the mind games and achieve your goal. 

It's been her dream to have her own fitness center to help clients reach their goals and show them that achieving a healthy lifestyle is possible at any age...you just have to BELIEVE in yourself. 

Walter Szewelanczyk


Walter has been involved in fitness since he was 19 years old.   

Walter is a Certified gray ranked TRX® Suspension Trainer Coach as well as a Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning® Instructor. 

He's taken the following courses:

TRX® Suspension Training,, TRX® Group Suspension Training , TRX® Functional Training, TRX®  Sports Medicine Training, TRX Advanced Group Training, Rip® Training. 

He's also a certified P90X® LIVE Instructor.  


In 2010 he convinced his wife, Valerie to sign up for an Ironman.  She thought he was crazy since he couldn't swim so how was he going to swim 2.4 miles in the race.  With lots of training he completed the swim and crossed the finish line at Ironman Lake Placid in 2010 and then finished another Ironman in 2013 at Mont Tremblant in Canada.


Walter is a software architect for a major insurance company and is a member of the ANT+ alliance that defines the protocols for such things as heart- rate monitors, bike speed cadence sensors, power meters, etc.  

Coaches and Staff

Emily Woodward

Emily loves being a DJ on the spinner bike (and can't hear a song without thinking about how it could work for spinning). She also finds a joy in running, and does several races every year. Emily has a Masters in elementary education, and is currently an intervention teacher in MSAD 75. Along with her love of fitness (and helping others navigate the balance of fitness and life) and teaching kids (and adults), Emily also runs Here You Go Designs, where she can pretend to be a designer. 


Emily lives in Topsham with her husband Joe, and their two busy kids.  


JB Dulac
JennyBess (JB) Dulac hails from Phippsburg where she lives with her loving pup, Pamplemousse. Originally a corporate attorney for one of the largest law firms in the world, JB found her way out of the boardroom and into the yoga shala after she left her fast-paced job to travel the world in search of greater purpose and soulful contentment. Her adventures brought her to prune vines in Languedoc vineyards of France, to study meditation high in the Himalayas at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal, to roam beaches in Thailand and Malaysia, and to summit mountains in Argentine Patagonia. A longtime sailor, JB ultimately bought a sailboat in Spain and sailed her across the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic Ocean, and up through the Caribbean before returning to Maine. JB is a licensed yoga instructor (YTT-200), with deep gratitude for the teachings of the joyful yogis and yoginis of Shambhava Yoga Konalani's ashram located in Kona, HI. JB's approachable practice balances asana (physical poses), pranayama (yogic breathwork), and dhyana (meditation) in a broad mixture of yogic disciplines. Her classes here at Believe are energetic and flowy, often set to jamming beats to keep you flowing with high vibe prana to carry you through your day, both on and off the mat. JB believes deeply that the hardest work we must do in this life is to "be here now" (in the words of yogi Ram Dass), so her classes are meant to hold space for you to leave the outside world outside, just long enough to let yourself dive inside to seek balance, contentment and spacious peace. JB is an avid eater and chef, too, so you can follow her on Instagram to check out some of her adventures in travel, yoga, and food (@jbishungry). JB offers group classes, seminars, and private instruction. She is thrilled to join the team at Believe!

Matthew O'Donnell


A certified Mad Dogg Athletic Spinning® Instructor and a Qualified TRX® Suspension Training Coach. 

Matt O’Donnell  has a twenty-five year coaching background as a professional ski instructor, and he directs a telemark ski program for the Bowdoin Outing Club. A former collegiate rower and football player, he turned his focus to running and cycling as a way to remain competitive and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.   During the work day, he is editor of Bowdoin Magazine. 


Colleen Power

Colleen Power is a registered Nurse, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Mad Dogg Athletic Spinning Instructor, Kettlebell coach, a Qualified TRX Suspension Training coach and our Movement coach. Her personal background includes many sports and outdoor recreational activities. In the past she was a ski and snowboard instructor at Vail Resorts, CO, and at Maine Adaptive at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine. She also began a foray into Triathlon the year she turned 40, and completed in a half Ironman at age 42. She continues to compete a variety of races and enjoys a good challenge! She now lives in Freeport with two children Bailey and Benji. 

Ashley Christopherson
Ashley and her husband recently moved to Maine from Wisconsin! She's been in the fitness industry for the last 6 years. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a bachelors in Health Promotion/Wellness. Ashley is also an ACE certified group fitness instructor and health coach as well as a level 2 Mad Dogg Spinning instructor. She's worked in local health clubs as well as in corporate wellness centers.  Her professional philosophy involves empowering a wide diversity of individuals to achieve their own personal sense of well-being. Ashley hopes to inspire others to better accept the uniqueness in each individual, to advocate for a lifestyle that involves peace within the mind and body and finds balance within an ever-changing world. 
Sarah Spencer

Sarah has a true passion for health and fitness.  She has been in the health care industry since 2012 practicing as a physical therapist. She ran competitively in college and since has competed in numerous marathons and triathlons. She recently expanded her passion for fitness and became a certified Mad Dogg SPIN instructor. Sarah’s mission is to empower others to fall in love with exercise, to expand their comfort zones, and to achieve their own fitness goals. Sarah lives in Brunswick with her husband Lee, and son Levi. 

Dr. Scott P. Gill

East Meets West………….or something like that.


Scott has called the Brunswick area home for many years now, but he spent his formative years in Japan and other parts of Asia, and was introduced to the martial arts at a very young age. As part of that curriculum, he was exposed to yoga, meditation and the fundamentals of digestion and nutrition that would form the foundation of what became a life-long interest.

He has formally been in the Health and Wellness field since 1980 when he started as a Research Assistant in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Maine. Following that, he worked as a personal trainer and coach for over 25 years, and competed in athletic competitions on 5 continents while working for Nike, Inc.


Those experiences, when layered on top of the early exposure to the “Eastern Healing Arts” re-stimulated a life-long fascination with the Mind-Body-Spirit connection.

This led to the pursuit of formal education in the field, and in 2009 Scott received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience/Social Psychology from Harvard University.


Since that time, he has been working with Fortune 200 companies in Asia to help them to develop and implement Health, Wellness and Social Empowerment programs in their workplace. This work has necessitated travel for long periods to areas where access to traditional “Western” food and medicine is non-existent, and if sick, one has to rely totally on the efficacy of Eastern modalities of treatment.


Once exposed to these types of healing practices, and becoming a “ consumer” of them, it was impossible to deny how effective they were.  BUT, more importantly, it became very clear how they could be combined with the vast well of knowledge that is the Western system of Medicine to produce a holistic model for Wellness.

One that defines Wellness as more than just the absence of disease.

“Doc” is a Cognitive Psychologist, Vedic Counselor, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Meditation Teacher, and Wellness educator who combines western Neuroscience and Contemplative therapy with Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and other Eastern Healing arts for a modern and accessible approach to overall wellness.


Most importantly, he is a husband to Michele, a father to Sean, Brian, Nick , and Calli, and a grandfather to Paxton, Adelaide, Cohen, Addison, and Emerson.

He can often be found contemplating life’s deepest meanings from a bike seat, a trail in the woods, a beach or immersed in a body of water. When he isn’t on his yoga mat.


Please join me in welcoming Scott to the BFC Team.

Kristin Jean
Kristin's bright smile will be welcoming you when you come into Believe Fitness Center on Wednesday nights.    
You may know her from SPIN class telling me to "bring it
Buddy" ...she's always up for another gear!  
When she's not at the gym she's most likely at the beach or in the pool.  
Melissa Grabenstein
Melissa is so excited to be joining Believe Fitness Center as a coach. Her passion for fitness started after she had her daughter Emma in 2006 and it began with running. Melissa truly LOVES to run. She loves the physical challenge and believes starting her day off with a physical challenge reminds her that she can accomplish whatever needs to be done that day. She has run more 5k's and 10k's than she can count, several half marathons, and 3 full marathons. She joined Believe Fitness Center in 2017 and was intrigued by TRX, she finds it pairs very well with her running routine. Melissa also has a background in yin yoga and meditation which helps her to slow down.
Melissa lives in Topsham with her husband Barry, daughter Emma, and her beloved puppy Bosco. She is a Vice President with Bank of America and manages a team on the consumer side of business. She looks forward to working with all of you!
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