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Laura Rooney

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Laura is the owner of Deha Mind-Body Fitness and an Associate Clinical Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She trains clients privately, leads community classes and educational workshops through the Milwaukee area and nationally.
She combines extensive training in physical health sciences and human behavior with years of experience in the health, fitness and wellness industry to lead engaging and energetic training and education sessions. Her approach blends tried and true teachings from the ancients with evidence-based base practices in health and medicine to create meaning-filled modern and accessible ways to take ownership of your health.
Laura is known for her skillful exercise sequencing and programming and ability to translate “heady” technical content and ideas into accessible and relevant bites of information. Articulately combining knowledge, wit and vivid imagination, she creates verbal pictures and instructions that are clear and easy to follow.
Her formal education in the human behavior and the exercise sciences includes earning her PhD from the University of South Carolina (2012) and MS from Arizona State University (2008). Additionally, she is a certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Health Coach and Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise and a certified Functional Movement System member. Everything else she knows she has acquired through copious amounts of continuing education, personal exploration and years of experiences watching, admiring and working with human bodies.

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About Me


  • PhD, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Univeristy of South Carolina
  • Master's Degree, Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University
  • BBA, Accounting, University Of Wisconsin

Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
Expires: Nov 30, 2020
ACE - Certified Health Coach
Expires: May 31, 2021
ACE - Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Expires: Feb 28, 2021

CPR Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Jan 17, 2021

AED Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Jan 17, 2021

Additional Information


$80.00 / hr, Base rate for 60-minutes; additional options available

Payment Methods

Cash, Credit Cards

Years Experience


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