Mission Statement

Q is Equinox’s editorial site that was created to change the conversation on fitness and wellness by presenting it in an elevated way. To us, the body is the ultimate investment. We believe it takes equal parts inspiration and information to get you to commit—and that’s what Q provides. 


Liz Miersch

A former SELF magazine fitness editor, certified trainer and the impetus behind staff lunchtime workouts, Liz lives for gravity-defying arm balances.

Sheila Monaghan
Executive Editor
An avid marathoner and recently-minted Ironman, Sheila's love for endurance events is matched only by her love of baking cookies. Before coming to Q, she edited health and fitness content at magazines such as SELF, Women's Health, and Details.
Ashley Heckman
Senior Creative Editor

A devoted surfer, Ashley spent three years at Women's Wear Daily. She's only semi-reluctantly trading the runway for the treadmill.

Brooke Alovis
Managing Editor
Her love of list-making, budget-building and story tracking makes Brooke, who joins us from Star Magazine and XO Group Inc., a very happy Managing Editor.  She now applies that to all things Equinox, including tracking her workouts.
Kevin Aeh
Lifestyle Editor
Kevin, a former Shopping & Style editor from Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago, is equally obsessed with indoor cycling classes and pop culture. You'll most likely find him either clipped onto a bike or binge-watching shows on Netflix.
Cassie Shortsleeve
Contributing Editor

A digital writer and editor, Cassie started her career at Glamour, but traded high heels for sneakers as an online editor at Men's Health. Cassie is the editor-at-large for Shape.com, a runner (with too many sneakers), and a Bostonian a heart.

David Harris

As the executive vice president of heath and human services, David has built Equinox's personal training program over the past ten years. He splits his time between the east coast and west coast and has mastered the art of taking the red-eye.

Alex Zimmerman, MA, CSCS, TPI
Tier 4 National Manager

Alex Zimmerman is a graduate of Columbia University and a certified personal trainer with over 10 years of experience. Alex is the Director of Equinox's T4 Program, and is regularly quoted in media like The Daily News, Smart Money, Fitness, and Men’s Health.

Carol Espel, MS
A 20-year fitness industry veteran, Carol directs the group fitness and Pilates teams at Equinox. Her resume includes a master’s degree in exercise physiology and nutrition and a past life as a Broadway star.

Advisory Board

Brett Dolezal, Ph.D.

Recognized in the fitness industry as a leading expert on exercise and weight loss, Dr. Dolezal serves as Associate Director of the UCLA Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory, and a faculty member at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He also holds two different certifications in exercise physiology.

Craig Liebenson, D.C.

Dr. Liebenson is the Director of L.A. Sports & Spine, and the first healthcare provider in California to receive a Certification of Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Back Pain Care. He has also published numerous books, and is currently working as a consultant for the M.L.B. Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Deanna Minich, Ph.D.

Dr. Minich is the founder of the Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program and a faculty member at several integrative health institutions, including the Institute for Functional Medicine. She has also authored five books and more than 15 scientific articles on health and wellness.

James O'Keefe, M.D.

The board certified cardiologist has authored hundreds of published articles and several books, including the bestseller The Forever Young Diet & Lifestyle. He is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and director of both the Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center and the Preventive Cardiology service at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute.

James Pinckney, M.D.

Dr. James is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and the Founder and CEO of Diamond Luxury Healthcare. He has received numerous awards for his work in medicine. 

Jay Blahnik

Blahnik made his name by teaching sold-out seminars across the globe, and as a contract athlete and consultant for Nike. He is the youngest person ever to have been named one of IDEA’s Fitness Icons and Innovators. He is currently the Director of Fitness for Health Technologies for Apple.

Jennifer Martin, Ph.D.

A licensed clinical psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Martin heads her private practice in the San Gabriel Valley and serves as both Director of the Insomnia Treatment Program at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a faculty member of the UCLA School of Medicine. 

John Berardi, Ph.D., CSCS

Founder of Precision Nutrition, Inc., a nutritional coaching and education program. He has worked with athletes in every sport, including pro football, hockey, baseball and basketball.

Lisa Wheeler

An expert in fitness, dance and choreography, Wheeler is known for her work as a consultant for numerous publications and TV shows, as well as product and program development. She is currently a member and Associate Artistic Director of the Ben Munisteri Dance Projects.

Luke Bongiorno, DPT
Managing director at NY SportsMed & Physical Therapy in New York City. A highly regarded practitioner and global educator, Bongiorno works with athletes in the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLS as well as professional dancers and triathletes.
Lee Burton, Ph.D., CSCS

Athletic training program director at Averett University and co-developer of the functional movement screen, an evaluation technique used in fitness assessments.

Christopher B. Cooper, MD

Director of the UCLA Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory and the health and fitness director of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Michol Dalcourt, MS

Adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and creator of ViPR. Dalcourt works with athletes from college pitchers and NHL players to Olympians.

Justin Mager, MD, NSCS

An exercise physiologist and board certified internist specializing in longevity and preventative medicine at the Clear Center of Health in Mill Valley, California. He was formerly a national touring coach for Nike Sports Camp.

Sean McCance, MD

Co-director of orthopedic spine surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center and attending spine surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University and leading specialist in mind-body connection. Some works include The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

Jacques Moritz, MD
Dr. Jacques Moritz is the director of gynecology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Jeffrey Morrison, MD

Founder of The Morrison Center and author of Cleanse Your Body/Clear Your Mind, Morrison is a leading expert in championing a nutritional approach to health and degenerative disease prevention.

Thomas Myers

Author of the renowned Anatomy Trains and 30-year practitioner of integrative manual therapy in clinical and cultural settings from London to Nairobi to Sydney.

Keith Pyne, B.Sc., D.C

Managing partner of SportsLab NYC., Dr. Pyne specializes in the treatment of elite athletes' injuries and has worked with many professional sports teams. He is on the Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board for Biosara Medical Products.

Thomas Storer, Ph.D

Adjunct professor of Exercise Physiology at UCLA. Storer is co-designing the paramaters for a clinical trial on the impact of structured exercise on health outcomes.