Meet The Team!!!


Sarah Fischer-Reynolds CSCS, Pn1

Co-Founder, Wellness Coach, Nutrition Consultant

666A4751Fitness Coach, nutrition/mindful eating aficionado, and Co-founder of Functional Effect Fitness and Rehabilitation, Sarah Fischer-Reynolds is passionate about helping people live healthier, more fulfilling lives.  Sarah encourages her clients to take an active role in their fitness journey, all while teaching strategies to overcome the mental and physical hurdles that will inevitably arise along the way. She believes that living a wholehearted life is the key to having a lasting physical transformation.

Sarah made her debut into the fitness industry in 2002, getting her start as a Group Fitness Instructor (yep, she taught step aerobics!) while attending Western Illinois University and earning her Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Also a collegiate athlete, Sarah played basketball for Sauk Valley College prior to transferring to WIU. Following the completion of her degree Sarah worked for a commercial gym in addition to working with high school and college athletes in a variety of sports. She is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association in addition to being a Certified Nutrition Coach with Precision Nutrition.

Through experiencing her own weight loss journey and mindset transformation Sarah feels a true connection to those who may be struggling with reaching their goals.  These experiences have also lead her to successfully coaching clients who feel like they have tried it all with no success. Whether that goal is to move or feel better, to look better or to achieve specific performance goals, Sarah takes great pride in creating customized programming which brings out the best in her clients, allows them to restore their natural movement patterns, and maximize their effectiveness in the gym.

Aside from training, nutrition and mindfulness, some of her favorite things include her rescue dogs Dahlia and Berkley, laughing until her belly hurts, attempting to keep her plants alive, reading, music (she can play trumpet, no joke!), and spending time exploring the world with her main squeeze, Dr. Tyler Reynolds.


Dr. Tyler Reynolds

Co-Founder, Rehabilitation Specialist

Co-founder of Functional Effect Fitness Tyler Reynolds has always had a strong desire to help others achieve optimal health. His father a pharmacist, Tyler witnessed firsthand the volume of medication being prescribed for conditions which he knew could be positively impacted by living a healthier lifestyle. He wanted to be part of the movement to help educate people how avoid that path and so Tyler decided to pursue a career as a Chiropractor after earning his degree in Exercise Sport Science and Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

In addition to attaining his Doctorate of Chiropractic from National University of Health and Sciences, Tyler has completed over 250+ hours of post-graduate studies in Functional Rehabilitation with a specialty in shoulder dysfunction as well as being certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment.  Dr. Reynolds is a highly sought after practitioner and coach of throwing athletes. Working with youth to collegiate athletes, Dr. Reynolds brings a holistic approach to his treatment and training.

Becoming a Chiropractor gave Tyler the opportunity to blend together medicine with fitness to create an environment where his patients can achieve better overall health while attaining their fitness goals. Along with custom tailoring treatment plans for his patients, he integrates a multitude of disciplines; chiropractic, oriental medicine, corrective exercise, sports nutrition, and strength and conditioning, and is constantly learning new techniques to enhance his patient’s experience.Dr. Reynolds’ philosophy is “Movement is Medicine”, once an individual stops moving, fluids stop moving, stagnate fluids equates to dysfunction. Movement is Life!


Andrew Kouba CSCS, FMS1

Head of Program Design, Fitness Coach

Fitness Coach Andrew Kouba wants to help his clients be able to live healthier, more active lifestyles. He believes there is no greater reward than to help a client take control of their life, reach their goal, and then go beyond it. To help guide a client to do what they thought impossible and improve their life, that is why Andrew became a Fitness Professional.

Diagnosed with Asthma at a young age, Andrew has always tried to push past limitations expected for his physical ability. He uses this ambition to help empower his clients on their fitness journey. Andrew’s passion for his clients’ success shows in carefully creating programs and educating clients about all aspects of fitness.

Starting out as a Strength Coach and later as a Personal Trainer, Andrew has experienced varieties of clientele and spent 5 years in the fitness industry. Andrew received his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from North Central College. He then obtained his certification as a Functional Movement Screen Specialist, and obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Andrew’s philosophy is “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! The new you is just outside your comfort zone!”


 David Stone MS, CSCS, FMS1

Head of Athletic Development, Fitness Coach

Coach David Stone has been a life-long athlete participating in nearly every sport available to him. His philosophy has stemmed from his time as an athlete in believing that the human body is capable of incredible feats. He fell in love with strength and conditioning when he started training for track and field in high school as a sprinter. His transition from high school sprinter to college mid-distance runner sparked his curiosity in sport science, which led to his undergrad degree in Sport Science – Pre-physical Therapy from Loras College.

Immediately following graduation he began working as personal trainer and high school cross country and track coach, working with both ends of the spectrum (long distance and sprinter/jumpers) deepened his inquiries into how different athletes train.

His journey continued when he began his Masters studies in clinical physiology at Benedictine University where he worked in the sport science lab, coached strength and conditioning for the women’s volleyball team, coached the Benet track and field team, and trained for his first marathon. Despite his background in sport science, Coach David also believes wholeheartedly in the art of coaching the individual. No two people are exactly the same, and their challenges will vary from day-to-day and season-to-season, but he believes that there is a new chance every day to make a positive change in your life, no matter your situation.

But it’s not all science and kettlebells. Coach David also is an avid reader of all genres, terrible fisherman (but great fish story-teller), and father to a beautiful girl named Lyla who was able to officiate long-jump competitions before she was 2 years old.

Jodie Needham

Fitness Coach

Jodie joined the FE team after being a client and making a decision to change her life.  Having struggled with her weight for years, she joined Functional Effect and Weight Watchers, determined to make a change before her 50th birthday.  After losing 75 lbs she gained a new perspective on fitness and nutrition, and decided to change her career to help others with similar struggles.

She earned her BA from Illinois State University in Psychology and MA from Lewis University in Leadership. Being an administrator of a law school for 30 years she personally understands the detriments of a sedentary lifestyle.  After leaving her job at the law school, she went back to school and earned her Group Fitness Certification through NASM.  She now instructs our group fitness classes 3 days a week and also leads several local Weight Watcher meetings.  Her energetic personality, coupled with her passion to effect change, make her an excellent addition to our team.

Jodie spends most of her free-time either rescuing dogs or playing with her three fury children; Garth, Spike and Sam.  She comes from a large Italian family, and married her husband Joe, who comes from a large Irish family.  She now feels blessed to call Functional Effect members and staff her extended family!