Our Team

Welcome to Barton Performance by ALTIS, a staff dedicated to helping you find your excellence. Training with our staff you will be working with world-renown coaches, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. Odds are you will see your coaches out on the hill or next to you in a race.

Nick Ward

Barton Performance by ALTIS Sports Performance Director · nward@bartonhealth.org

Education: Graduate Masters Degree in Kinesiology / Exercise Physiology (M.Kin.), University of Calgary. Honors Bachelors Degree in Sport Studies (BA. (Hons.), University of Northumbria.


Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA)


I am a specialist in being a generalist. My opportunities have led me to work with a wide variety of sports, abilities and ages.


Personal – history

Professional – understanding the growing paradox between who we are (intelligence, emotions, self) and what we are (genetics, DNA) and how this impacts how coachable and trainable athletes (people) are.

Dynamic systems theory and its relation to coaching movement

Fitness Motto/Philosophy:

‘Gnothi Seauton’ – Know thyself

‘Train well – eat well – restore well: now go and play!’

How you got started:

Passionate to coach and on the learning process since I was 15. As I wasn’t going to be good enough to be a full-time professional soccer player, I found the next best way to be involved in sport was through becoming a sport scientist which then led to strength and conditioning and performance coaching.

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Justin Danover

Athletic Performance Coach · jdanover@bartonhealth.org


  • Bachelors: BBA in Marketing, BA in Sports Studies, Certificate in Entrepreneurship- University of Iowa
  • MSA- Masters of Sports Administration- Northwestern University



  • SCCC ( Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified, CSCCa)
  • CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA)
  • USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
  • PN L1 ( Precision Nutrition Level 1)


Specialties: Athletic performance, olympic weightlifting, nutrition


Interests: Olympic weightlifting, athletic movement and performance, spending time with friends and family, spending time on the lake.


Fitness Motto/Philosophy: Just start! Once you get started keep moving forward.  Consistency is key!


How you got started:

I got my start in personal training at the University of Iowa.  A few years of working with general population led me to having numerous questions going unanswered I turned my sights on athletic performance and working with collegiate athletes.  After interning for a few years in the collegiate system I got an opportunity to intern with ALTIS in Phoenix, AZ.  After completing my internship with ALTIS in Phoenix I was asked to help with the Barton project that brought me up to the beautiful South Lake Tahoe.

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Ryan Carr

Performance and Wellness Coordinator · rcarr@bartonhealth.org

Education: B.S Exercise Science, University of Hartford.   M.A. Sport Psychology, Seton Hall University.


Certifications: Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association- Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (CSCCA-SCCC), National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS), Association for Applied Sport Psychology-Certified Mental Performance Consultant (AASP-CMPC), United States Weightlifting – Sport Performance Certification (USAW), National Academy of Sports Medicine- Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES), Functional Movement Screen Level 2 Certified (FMS Level 2), Titleist Professional Institute Certified (TPI), CPR/First Aid.


Specialties: Performance preparation for life and sport, mental strategies to maximize oneself,  injury prevention strategies, team coordination and dynamics, physical and mental recovery from injury.


Interests: Nature, hiking, biking, surfing, snowboarding, motorcycling, time with family


Fitness Motto/Philosophy: Focus on the process and the outcomes will take care of itself.


How you got started: I began my journey at a young age, playing multiple sports including soccer, baseball, surfing, snowboarding, golf, and bmx bike riding.  At the age of 14 I began to develop a strong interest in  soccer and earned an athletic scholarship to play at the University of Hartford as a goalkeeper.  It was there that I met our strength and conditioning coach.  I immediately knew this was the profession I would pursue.  Following college I interned and was employed at the University of Hartford as a strength & conditioning coach as well as assistant soccer coach.  After Hartford I went on to a career in the sport performance industry at Princeton University, Iona College, and Seton Hall University.  

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Caroline Barichievich

Physical Therapy Supervisor · cbarichievich@bartonhealth.org

Erika Hannink

Exercise Physiologist · ehannink@bartonhealth.org

Education: B.S Exercise Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Major: Kinesiology with an Exercise Science emphasis. Minor: Biology.

Certifications: ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C), NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Specialties: VO2 Max Testing, Resting Metabolic Rate Testing, Wingate Testing, Exercise Prescription

Interests: Snowmobiling, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Dirt BIking, Hunting, Camping, Boating

Fitness Motto/Philosophy: Maintain high fitness and good health to be able to live an active lifestyle without limitation.

How you got started: My interest in medical/fitness professions stemmed from training and playing through a major back injury in high school and college. The years I spent in physical therapy before and after surgery led me to major in Kinesiology in college and then get a job in a field that combined medicine and fitness.

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Michelle Appelle

Physical Therapist · mappelle@bartonhealth.org

Angela "Angie" Hagenah

Physical Therapy Assistant · ahagenah@bartonhealth.org

Sebastian "Sea-Bass" Combes

Physical Therapy Assistant · scombes@bartonhealth.org