Introducing the Franklin Strength and Wellness team

Meet the fitness experts that are here to help you achieve your goals


Our coaches

Chris Hoepfner coach at Franklin Strength and Wellness

Chris Hoepfner

Chris is a military veteran that has been working as a personal trainer and coach for 12 years. Currently, Chris is a National Strength & Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA – CPT). He has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, Health & Physical Education from Northern Illinois University. Chris has been actively teaching the Starting Strength methodology since attending the Starting Strength seminar in June of 2016. Chris is the General Manager and Head Coach at Franklin Strength & Wellness.

Staci Stanton coach at Franklin Strength and Wellness

Staci Stanton

Sometimes we find ourselves living in a body that doesn’t serve us, created by habits that don’t genuinely make us happy. You KNOW there’s something better. Staci’s mission is to bridge this gap. She is a coach who takes training to a deeper level than “working out.” Her purpose as a coach since 2012 has been to help people move confidently and find their strengths while addressing their goals. To do this, she utilizes efficient and effective programming and diet coaching designed around a hectic life. She believes that Barbell and Kettlebell Training is the cornerstone of an efficient strength and conditioning program for EVERY body, creating the foundation necessary to build all other goals. As a certified Level 2 Precision Nutrition Coach, this foundational methodology extends to her diet coaching. She focuses on working with her clients individually to develop the strategies, actions, and tools designed to teach them how to work toward their goals, rather than just telling them what to do. She holds multiple certifications through NASM, is a certified Starting Strength coach, and a DV8 Kettlebell and Strong First Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor. She is also a certified Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach through Brianna Battles, and is working to create a network of professionals to meet the strength needs of women throughout all the chapters of their lives, from puberty to the golden years. Start today and work towards a stronger tomorrow. Staci is the Head Nutrition Coach and Social Media Coordinator at Franklin Strength & Wellness.

Perry Tate

Perry is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Middle Tennessee State University. He is passionate about resistance training and helping people realize their goals-whether it be gaining strength, improving body composition, or getting healthier and feeling better. He believes becoming strong and being confident in your ability to face physical tasks outpours into your overall self-efficacy and belief in your ability to handle whatever challenges life throws at you. He wants to bring that confidence to everyone he trains.

Dr. Courtney Medlen coach at Franklin Strength and Wellness

Dr. Courtney Medlen

Dr. Courtney Medlen grew up in Alabama and was very passionate about sports from a young age. She played basketball, tennis, and golf competitively, which led her to pursue an active career as a physical therapist. She attended the University of Alabama and earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Following undergraduate school, she achieved her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from one of the top schools in the country, the University of Southern California. She was also accepted into their residency program to further specialize in orthopedics and become an expert in the field. As a physical therapist, she has experience working with people from all walks of life and considers EVERYONE an athlete. She has worked extensively with athletes wanting to return to high level competition and has a strong passion for those specifically rehabbing from ACL reconstruction or other lower extremity injuries/surgeries. Her goal is to help people optimize performance, and ultimately, become the best version of themselves. When she’s not working, Courtney enjoys traveling to any and all places, watching sports, finding new restaurants, working her yard, and playing with her amazing Goldendoodle, Nala. SPECIALIZATIONS: Doctor of Physical Therapy Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Blood Flow Restriction Training Certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling TPI Certified Level 1 (golf analysis) Sports Physical Therapist

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