About Rock Steady Boxing STL Crestwood

We are learning every day that there are ways in which people with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and even build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with Coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life. Call us today!


Renee Nistler
Certified NASM (CPT, GFS, SAQ, CRSP), Certified RSB Coach, & Certified Spinning® Instructor

Graduated from University of Tulsa with a bachelors degree. She worked 23 years in the corporate environment, primarily in information technology for the healthcare industry. Her personal belief is that physical activity should be something you enjoy and that increases overall happiness in your life. Pursuing her second career, she is applying her passion for health & fitness to help others experience the overall mind & body wellness achieved by challenging ourselves to reach beyond our expectations.

She is looking forward helping the Rock Steady Boxing Program become accessible to the St. Louis community members and improving the lives of those around us.

Jennifer Smith
Certified RSB Coach

Born in Annapolis, MD, Jennifer moved to St. Louis in 1977 and has been actively involved in sports here all of her adult life. She played competitive tennis and was the General Manager of a tennis club in the metro area for 12 years.

She started the girls lacrosse program at Parkway West High School and coached them for 7 years. Her continued interest in exercise and setting new goals lead to her passion for the martial arts. After achieving her black belt in karate, Jennifer taught students of all ages karate and kickboxing. She has reached the 4th degree level. Combining her love of sports with a sincere interest in helping others, Rock Steady Boxing is the perfect fit.

Linda Poth
Registered Nurse, RSB Certified Coach

Linda has worked in nursing for 35 years in a variety of areas (orthopedic, medical/surgical, home health and currently working as a hospice nurse. She has always incorporated exercise as part of her daily routine and has been able to see first hand the benefits of exercise for her patients, throughout her professional career. Linda has been able to participate in the Parkinson's Support Group with her job and expand her knowledge of the resources available in our community.

Linda says she feels so very fortunate to be part of Rock Steady Boxing, the boxers inspire her at each and every workout. What a privilege to fight Parkinson's with these courageous, dynamic and most of all FUN group of people!!!

Laurie McKenna

I have been married to my husband, Mick, for almost 30 years, and we have four great kiddos, Michael and his wife Lisa, Matt, Mitch and Maggie. No grand babies yet, but I do have a grand dog, Seamus, who I love to the moon and back. Each of them make my world a brighter place just because they are in it! I have had my own little house cleaning business since my kids were small, which has afforded me the opportunity to make my own hours and always be available for my family.

About a year ago, I began an exercise program that includes circuit training, weight training and kick boxing. The workouts are intense and force me to push myself to my limits and beyond each and every time. I believe that It is because I began this training program a year ago that I can now contribute as a coach to Rock Steady Boxing.

As I said earlier, my son Michael is married to his wife Lisa. Lisa is the daughter of boxer, Terry LeGrand. It is through Terry that I became involved in Rock Steady Boxing. I originally intended to volunteer here at Rock Steady, when Dot approached my sister, Linda and myself about becoming certified as coaches. The experience in Indy while getting trained was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. The determination and spirit of the fighters there had such a profound impact on me.

Well, the determination and spirit I witnessed in Indy is nothing compared to what I see here at Rock Steady Boxing Crestwood every time I'm here! I can't count the number of times I've been brought to tears by the fighters who walk through these doors every time they achieve another milestone. The sky is the limit for our boxers! I am so blessed to be a part of it!

Beth Templin
Physical Therapist

I'm a physical therapist and I was looking for more ways to get involved with Parkinson's community when a friend asked me if I'd ever heard of "that boxing thing". I came to watch one class and I was hooked. I knew this is how I wanted to help people with Parkinson's disease fight back and get better. I felt like I'd found a new home.

What's your favorite part of RSB?

First of all, it's always fun. Everyone is excited to be here and ready to work hard. As a therapist, I'm always impressed with how the other coaches come up with creative ways to challenge our boxers to help them overcome the symptoms of the disease. But I absolutely love it when our boxers surpass their own expectations, which happens just about every session. I love how these workouts empower our folks with Parkinson's and help them take back control of their lives. I'm learning every session how to better support and serve these Fighters. I know that I get so much more back from volunteering and coaching here than I give. Thank you for letting me be a part of this amazing journey with you!

One tip for the boxers?

Just keep moving and breathe... Sometimes you will not get a move or drill perfect, but it's the intensity of the activity that matters most.


I think the only one I've heard is "Blondie" but I don't think that's official.

Kelly Lashley
Physical Therapist

A Saturday volunteer since March, who heard about Rock Steady from the friend of a friend. She says that she was immediately impressed by the enthusiasm of the boxers and the other staff.

Kelly has worked as a physical therapist for over 30 years. For her "day job" she sees clients with all kinds of neurological problems. Over the last couple of years she has been looking to get more involved in the wellness community, and actually obtained her personal training certification through ACE. When she heard about Rock Steady she says, "It just made sense for me to use all of that clinical knowledge to support this cause, and encourage folks who really wanted to fight back."

She is a St Louis native, but has lived in Ohio, Texas, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania as her family moved with her husband's work. With an empty nest, she and Bill were able to return to St Louis in 2010. They are dedicated Cardinal fans and get out to games as often as possible.

While she admits, "I don't have an athletic bone in my body", she enjoys staying on the move with walking and bike riding. She enjoys playing the piano and organ, still doing an occasional wedding or church service. She and Bill also enjoy traveling to warm places in the middle of the winter.
Look for her on Saturday mornings!

Sherry Monaghan
Personal Trainer

As a Certified Personal Trainer, I was looking for an opportunity to work with Adaptive Athletes. A friend shared with me the RSB Program her father had been training with. After watching a couple videos online, I immediately knew this was the direction I was destined to go. I then sent a message to RSB STL/Crestwood and asked to volunteer. A few short weeks later, I completed the RSB training program in Indianapolis.

What's your favorite part of RSB?

This is not your run-of-the-mill training program! This close-knit community of boxers, coaches and volunteers work so well together to push the limits in each and every class.

One tip for the boxers:

Keep your guard up and don't stop moving!


My husband has called me Schatzie for over 16 years and I love it!

Bonus Round:

My roller derby name is Spitfire Schatzie and my number is '44.

Erin Kaminski
Elementary Educator, Certified RSB Coach
Erin has been working in an elementary school for 20 years. Her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 13 years ago. After he began coming to RSB he had a way to fight against his invisible opponent with courage, strength and dignity. He doesn’t give up. This program has given him so much new hope ~ she wants to be a part of encouraging and instilling that hope in others.

She also feels very blessed to be part of this team. In a world full of people who do not like their jobs, she is lucky enough to do what she loves every day. Whether she is in her classroom or at RSB. She gets to help people and feel like she is making a difference.

Her favorite part of being a coach at RSB is seeing participants do things they did not think they could do and find genuine enjoyment in what they are doing. The fact that they want to come back and that they work so hard is testament to the importance of this community in their lives. She loves being a coach because she gets to take part in this and she has an opportunity to celebrate boxer’s every day successes with them. You know that warm feeling you get when you're happy or your heart is full, that is what it's like to be a coach at RSB.

Thank you for welcoming her into your community much like you welcomed her father. She feels very personally how important the work we are doing is for each boxer and their families!

We always feel stronger when we know we are not alone!

Contact Us!
Dot LeGrand
9248 Watson Rd - In Crestview Plaza - (Aldi Shopping Center)
St. Louis, MO, 63126
Phone: 314-422-5777 or 314-283-7647
Email: crestwood@rsbaffiliate.com