Team WIP


Mary Kate Doyle - Founder and Owner

Mary Kate is a graduate of Boston College, mother of three beautiful children and resides in of West Hartford, CT, with her husband John, since 2006. Prior to being a “fitness mogul”, Mary Kate had a 10 year advertising career in Boston and New York. Mary Kate is as passionate about her workouts as she is about craft beer and good cheese. Mary Kate is addicted to travel and loves being on the move. WIP Fitness is her happy place and when she isn’t at WIP she is somewhere with Laura, skiing, at the beach, pulling pints or sharing laughs and good beer with family and friends.


Laura Keever - Founder and Owner

Laura Keever grew up in Boston and attended the University of Rhode Island before settling down in West Hartford with her husband Chris in 2004.  She worked as a human resources professional for major law firms in Boston and Hartford before becoming a fitness “visionary”.   As someone that did not discover the love of fitness until later in life, Laura now enjoys picking up heavy weights and jumping on 30” boxes.  When Laura isn’t practicing her handstands with her daughter, challenging her two boys to push-up contests she can most often be found with Mary Kate (or Laura Kate as they have affectionately been called) and their families on the beaches of the Cape, skiing in Vermont, or slinging cans at the local brewery.


Paul Ducey - Full Time Coach

Paul was born and raised in West Hartford.  He spent 5 years working at ESPN before dedicating himself to a career in personal and group fitness coaching.  Paul is an ISSA certified fitness coach.  He was a WIP Fitness client for over a year before deciding he wanted to be on both sides of the workout.  Now you can get an amazing workout with Paul whether he is your coach or your workout partner.  Paul enjoys all aspects of fitness from strength training to yoga and everything in between.  His hobbies include playing hockey and trying the latest beers from New Park Brewing.


Leah Szot - Coach

Leah fell in love with fitness at a young age. inspired by her father she would go down to her dad's home gym and curl 2.5 lb weights alongside of him. Leah has had a lifelong love of sports and plays every sport under the sun, with a heavy focus on soccer and softball. Leah started her fitness career as a certified personal trainer at age 17. Leah is currently in school to obtain her bachelors in Exercise Science, and ultimately finish her doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). When she is not at WIP or in school she is hanging with her 2 dogs Reuben and Tashi, hiking outdoors, practicing yoga, goal crushing or planning her next major adventure.


Nic Tiemann - Coach

Nic is a lifelong athlete and has competed in a variety of sports including, football, lacrosse and rugby. His affinity towards sports and background as a Physical Education teacher eventually led him to a career as a strength and conditioning coach. Nic is NSCA certified and enjoys all types of fitness, everything from kettlebell training, to boot camp, to power lifting and running. If you bump into Nic outside the gym, he is watching movies or sports, travelling or being physically active out of doors. Nic recently combined his love of adventure travel and pushing himself physically by hiking Tongariro Crossing and the Ben Lomond Peak in New Zealand.


Laura Chinni - Coach

Laura is originally from Maryland and eventually landed in NC to attend UNCW as a collegiate swimmer. During her tenure at UNCW, Laura set three school records in the 400 IM, 200 IM and the 200 backstroke. After college, her love of fitness led her to complete in both marathons and triathlons. Laura is NASM certified and obtained her group fitness certification through NETA. When Laura is not coaching at WIP she is at the pool working as a swim coach for WHAT Swimming. Laura hates the cold weather but despite this she has picked up snowboarding since landing in CT. She loves her dog Chewy and spending time with friends and family cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles.


Julia Gotta - Coach

Julia’s love for fitness began with soccer, from a young age soccer allowed her to travel around the country playing and continued to play through her college years. Julia graduated from Southern CT State University with a degree in Exercise Science; she is a Physical Education teacher in the Bloomfield public school system. She first came to WIP as a client and was on the receiving end of the workouts for a few years before making the switch from Client to Coach. When Julia is not coaching at WIP or working with her students in Bloomfield she is lifting heavy, reading, hanging with her two cats Max and Mae or pulling pints at New Park Brewing.


Matthew Vaccarelli - Coach

Matt grew up playing all athletics and has a love for the preparation and training it takes to be successful. Matt played football in college and graduated from Central CT State University with a degree in Physical Education and quickly completed his masters in PE and Human Performance. He has been a PE teacher for 10 years. In addition to coaching at WIP and teaching Matt coaches student athletes from middle school through Division 1. Working with kids is Matt’s true passion but loves the change of pace that working with adults at WIP provides. When Matt is not coaching kids or grownups you will surely find him on an adventure. He most recently went to Alaska and loves spending time outdoors.


Luis Hernandez (Lou) - Coach

Luis is CT native and served over 6 years in the Marine Corps as an Infantryman. Luis is a Purple Heart recipient, but due to the injuries sustained in combat he was medically discharged from the United States Marine Corps in July 2011. Fitness and improving the lives of others is his passion and he motivates people by sharing his story.  As WIP’s original coach Luis taught the very first WIP class back in 2013. Luis is a WBFF Pro taking first place in both the Bodybuilding and Muscle Model categories. Luis loves to travel the world and when Luis isn’t handing people heavier weights he is at the gym taking selfies.


Naomi Lozada - Coach

Naomi is a CT native and has had a lifelong passion for new adventures and for helping others. She grew up playing volleyball, hiking and has competed in Olympic weightlifting competitions. Naomi graduated from Central CT State University with her degree in Exercise Science and began her career as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehab within the clinical setting. Naomi absolutely loves the warm weather and new adventures. When she is not at work or WIP you will bump into her in some warm destination from Texas to FL.