Personal Trainers

Katie Burwell Personal Trainer
Katie Burwell
Personal Trainer

Pearce welcomes our newest Personal Trainer, Katie Burwell! To those who regularly work out in our weight room, Katie is probably a familiar face. She’s been a regular at Pearce for years working on her own fitness and training with her daughter, Allison.

Katie grew up running, stating that she discovered her love for the activity when she was 10 years old. Actively running throughout her childhood and early teenage years carried Katie into college where she began to weightlift in preparation for the police academy. She continued lifting regularly while earning her Bachelor’s in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University, but her training came to a halt after a catastrophic work injury sidelined her for seven years.

With her doctor’s supervision, Katie began to walk and lift weights again. Once she was able to start jogging again, she felt compelled to help others realize their potential. She earned her CPT with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and now specializes in athlete training and weight loss — encouraging others to be their best.
“Believe in yourself. You never know who is watching, who you’re inspiring.”

In addition to athletic training at Pearce, Katie helps long-distance runners as an assistant girls track coach at IVC. She is working on her Performance Training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Stephanie Tomlinson Personal Trainer
Stephanie Tomlinson
Fitness Manager / Personal Trainer

Stephanie Tomlinson graduated from ICC in 2016 with an associate’s degree in Science. In 2018 she graduated from Eureka College with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology—Exercise Science. Has interned at Pearce and is highly experienced in the group exercise classes. Stephanie specializes in group exercise, interval training, and strength endurance. She is Les Mills Body Attack and Body Pump certified.

“Willpower is like a muscle—the more you train it, the stronger it gets, say you can and you will.”

Megan Rupiper Personal Trainer
Megan Rupiper
Personal Trainer

Megan Rupiper leverages her education and background to deliver training plans tailored to the unique fitness and medical needs of her clients.

With a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, Megan specializes in post-rehabilitation exercise, working with many clients who have undergone knee and hip replacement. Her vast experience also includes personal training services to clients in LaJolla, California and course design work in anatomy and nutrition at the National Personal Training Institute in North Carolina.

Megan and her husband have competed in many triathlons.


Certified Personal Trainer, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.
Certified Spinning® Instructor, Mad Dogg.