Dr. Katherine Phillips, D.C. - Medical Director
With more than twenty years of national and international competitive experience as a triathlete and runner, Dr. Phillips offers her athletes an unmatched commitment to excellence. She has served as assistant coach for track and field and cross country at Johns Hopkins University and Central Arizona College. At the collegiate level, she has coached multiple NCAA national championship qualifiers in distance events. Dr. Phillips has served as a consultant to USA Paralympic Cycling and the USA Triathon Collegiate Development Program.
Dr. Phillips is a graduate of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and is licensed to practice in both Arizona and California. She is currently seeing patients at Spark of Life Chiropractic in Tucson, Arizona.
As an athlete Dr. Phillips represented Team USA at several triathlon and aquathlon world championships. Additionally, she holds an undergraduate degree from California State University at San Marcos, where she competed on the track and field and cross country teams under Steve Scott, former American record holder in the mile.
Excell Tri Coaches & Purple Minions Kids Coaches
Lisa Ribes-Roberts -Youth Tri Coach
Lisa has been an athlete all her life. Now a common sight on the triathlon, cycling and running podium at competitions, she is culminating years of hard work and dedication and turning it into results. This leaves only the sky as her limit.
Born in Illinois, Lisa was the only distance runner in her family. With the help of her track coach/history teacher, she created a cross country team for Gillespie High School so she could compete. She raced solo for a few years until she convinced others to join. Because of her talent, dedication and drive to excel she received an athletic scholarship as an undergraduate college student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Lisa moved to Tucson, Arizona to pursue her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture (University of Arizona) and embraced the active triathlon, cycling and running community there. With a top USA Triathlon ranking as an age group athlete, winning and setting records at challenging courses, she became a professional triathlete in 2009. Lisa is a long distance triathlon specialist and her strengths are her bike/run combination; she often is the fastest run or bike split of the professional women.
Lisa truly believes in community, honesty and integrity. She has taught bicycle safety classes as a League Cycling Instructor, volunteers for Excell Tri Coaching/Purple Minions Youth Triathlon Club, local events and takes a great interest in helping people of all ages lead active, healthy lifestyles. She is open, approachable, kind, hard-working, tireless, fair and is a fierce friend. Married to Jon Roberts in 2013, she is also a registered Landscape Architect and co-owns Wheat Design Group, a design firm in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, she takes a few weeks in the summer to be a European cycling guide for Reilly Cycling Tours.
Joanie Rogucki, RDN of for Excell Youth and Adult Programs
Joanie is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a dietetics degree and she is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She is a school Nutrition Program Specialist and Kids Eat Right member. She provides nutrition education to youth groups as well as helping kids develop and align their nutrient needs. Joanie's goal is to put the fun in "Eating Healthy"
Robin Kremer- Head Coach of Excell Tri Coaching
USA Triathlon Level I Coach & Youth and Juniors Triathlon Coach, Exercise Physiologist and experience Triathlete. Robin began coaching in high school when she assisted with the Michigan swimming Team in 1985. While getting her Exercise Physiology degree from the University of Toledo and then her Massage degree at the Humanities Center in Tampa FL, she continued to coach at the local YMCA.
In 2013, she decided to turn her passion from 19 years in the hospitality industry to the Triathlon community and started her company, Excell Tri Coaching. In 2015, the company expanded and added coaching for children and groups. She continue to create and develop new relationships the local Triathlon community and feel this is a way to pay it forward.
As an athlete, Robin completed in her first Triathlon 1994 in Clermont, FL which was where her love for the started and has competed in all levels of Triathlon and Xterra Racing and is added Aqua Bikes, Time Trial Cycling and Road Racing. With her experience and love for the sport she paves the way for the future. She has accomplished many podium finishes with Triathlon, Aqua-bike, Running, swimming and Cycling. In 2017, she attended her first ever World Triathlon festival in Penticton, Canada and finished 6th overall in addition in coming in first overall of the Koz events series in Aqua Bike. In 2018 she intends to give back more to the sport and become a guide for the visually impaired.