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The Center For Human Performance is the dream and vision of Dr. Barbara Walker. After working in Australia at the Academy of Sport, Dr. Walker recognized the benefits of an integrated approach toward optimizing performance. Dr. Walker returned to the Cincinnati area determined to create a place where those seeking peak performance could find the services and tools necessary to achieve their best.

The Center combines the latest knowledge and principles about optimal human performance, specifically in the areas of leadership, attention, stress, competition, nutrition, and exercise with a personal, client-centered approach. We also utilize the science of biofeedback and neurofeedback.

We help people lead more satisfying, happier, productive, optimal lives through a balanced and holistic, strengths-based approach, integrating the mind and body. Our mission is to improve the lives of others, one client at a time.

Our Team

Barbara J. Walker, PhD.

Barbara Walker, Ph.D.

As a high level competitive triathlete, marathon runner, and business owner, Barbara has faced the same challenges as many of you, and knows first-hand what it takes to reach your goals.

Her experience as an athlete and her extensive background as a Sport Psychologist provide her with the perfect combination of knowledge and ability to help excellence-seeking individuals realize their potential.

Each consultation with individuals and teams/groups is individualized. Together, we decide what you need and what approach will work best.

Dr. Walker is a:
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Exercise and Sport Psychology
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology
  • International and national experienced consultant at multiple athletic levels, from professional to high school sports.
  • Consultant to Fortune 500 companies.
  • National professional conference presenter
  • Competitive triathlete, marathon runner, and former team member of U.S. National Duathlon Team
  • Performance psychology consultant for individual athletes, athletic teams, businesses, and performing arts
  • Guest expert on radio and television
  • Serves on the Executive Board as the Professional Standards Division Head for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology
  • Serves on the Board of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon

Trey Walker Trey Walker, Exercise and Wellness Consultant
  • Certified personal trainer with over 15 years experience
  • Trainer/Consultant to high level amateur athletes, television and film personalities and martial artists
  • Fitness expert and personality for syndicated television show
  • Competitive cyclist and multi-sport and adventure athlete
  • Consultant to Flying Pig Marathon
  • Guest expert on radio and television
  • Expert presenter
  • Passionate about helping others create healthy and functional bodies
Trey may be reached via email: trey@fuse.net or 513.284.1999.

Kate Walker, LMT and Certified Pilates Instructor

Kate completed her coursework and certification in Manual Therapies at the Rocky Mountain Healing Arts Institute in Boulder,Colorado in 1982. She moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and opened her practice in Walnut Hills and continues to work with emphasis on structural integration and movement patterning. Kate’s goal with each person is to enhance the quality of movement, health and enjoyment of life.

Kate may be reached via email: Kate@CenterForHumanPerformance.com or directly at: 513.281.1308.

Marika Ruschmeyer, LMT, CIMI, CDMI

Marika RuschmeyerMarika Ruschmeyer is a Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, lymphatic drainage and myofascial release. She was raised by a family whose first line of defense to combat everyday maladies or chronic pain was massage; developing in Marika an innate awareness of the body’s capability to heal itself through touch. Following this family tradition, Marika studied classical massage, infant/toddler massage and body success at Axelsons Gymnastiska Institut in Stockholm, Sweden and the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage. She has been practicing in Cincinnati since 2000.

As a massage therapist and an active person Marika is keenly aware of the need for a tissue maintenance program. The higher our activity level and the older we get, the more challenging it becomes to maintain healthy muscle tissue. Stiff, congested muscles are more prone to injury. Soft, released muscles not only perform better but also provide more effective shock absorption, thus protecting your joints.

Marika’s goal is to optimize each of her client's tissues regardless of activity level. Let her help you maintain muscles that respond to your needs and keep you happy! You may reach Marika directly at 513.379.5123 or mruschmeyer@gmail.com.

Indubala Bhardwaj, MT, ERYT500, T500, Yoga Therapist

Indubala BhardwajA master yoga teacher with over 33 years of teaching experience and a trainer of yoga teachers, Indu has dedicated her life to the profound understanding and practice of Yoga. Concerned by ineffective yoga trends leading to injuries, she has been inspired to distill her learning and experience into an effective therapeutic and training technique called Yoga Dynamix. Yoga Dynamix awakens the axial core, developing posture stability and spinal alignment, while improving appendicular flexibility. Based on centuries of traditional yoga and recent findings of yoga anatomy, Yoga Dynamix can prevent injury and promote safe recovery, not only for yoga-related problems, but for other injuries and diseases.

Indu has an extensive background in classical ballet. While training in New York, at the age of 17, she was introduced to yoga by Swami Satchidananda. After her career in dance, she attended the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy, becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. At the same time, she began 22 years of private studies in yoga philosophy with Pundit Yogi Raj Sharma Shastri, a scholar and Gold Medalist in Sanskrit from Delhi University. In 1980, Indu moved to Cincinnati with her husband, one of the first Alternate Care physicians in the area. She began teaching yoga and, in 1998 and 2000, opened two of Ohio’s first yoga schools. She designed the first RYS Yoga Training program in Cincinnati, writing three 200-page training books. Indu has studied yoga with Pattabhi Jois, Richard Freeman, Larry Shultz, Eric Shiffman, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Jon Coon, and Paul Grilley, and Sanskrit with Vyaas Houston. She studies fascia alignment with Tom Meyers and Yoga Therapy with Doug Keller and Dr. Ganesh Mohan. Currently she teaches yoga workshops in Ithaca, NY and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and yoga and ballet in Bend, OR for her daughter, Mohini, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in Gymnastics.

Indu conducts private sessions and 3-4 person classes at the Center for Human Performance and is available for Corporate Yoga classes and workshops. She can be reached at indudynamix@gmail.com or 513-300-5586.

Our Partners

Cincinnati Children's At Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine, your child will work with nationally recognized physicians and physical therapists. Our clinicians treat athletes at all levels – including recreational and professional – and can help your child reach his or her full athletic potential.

Our team provides integrative services, all of which are focused on the young athlete, include:
- progressive clinical care
- expert rehabilitation services
- innovative research
- expedited care after injury
- injury prevention
- biomechanics evaluations
- baseline concussion testing

The Sports Medicine Biomechanics Research center has an international reputation for their focus on prevention and rehabilitation of ACL injuries.

We also provide informative lectures to parent groups, coaches or student-athletes on a wide variety of topics.

Please contact us at (513) 636-4366 or sportsmed@cchmc.org for more information.

Dawn Weatherwax RD, CSSD, LD, ATC, CSCSDawn Weatherwax RD, CSSD, LD, ATC, CSCS
Dawn Weatherwax is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian with a specialty in Sports Nutrition and Founder of Sports Nutrition 2Go. She is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, which is the premier professional sports nutrition credential in the United States. In addition, she is an Athletic Trainer with a Certification in Strength and Conditioning from The National Strength and Conditioning Association. Therefore, she brings a comprehensive and unique understanding of the athlete's body, and its nutritional needs, to those interested in achieving specific performance goals and optimal health. Weatherwax is also the author of The Official Snack Guide for Beleaguered Sports Parents and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sports Nutrition. She is an Official Speaker for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and on the approval speaker list for the NCAA. She has also been featured on television shows including: Good Morning America, MSNBC, Geraldo Rivera, and Fox News.

Dawn is an active member in the American Dietetic Association (ADA), Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Athletic Training Association (NATA), & Greater Cincinnati Athletic Training Association (GCATA).

Elias College Promoters

What is ECP Sports?
Elias College Promoters is a premier recruiting group that provides personal advice for college athletes and was created to help families and athletes find the right college to play sports. Simple and personal is the approach by ECP. Using regional sports agents, we can provide personal guidance and answer your every question, while providing a platform for broad exposure to college coaches. Tom Elias has helped thousands of families over the last twenty years and helped pave the way for successful college careers.

How ECP Works:
Tom Elias and ECP offer a wide array of products and services for the student-athlete and family.
  • Custom online profiles
  • Detailing athletic and academic achievements
  • Hundreds of mailings to college coaches
  • Personal guidance through the recruiting process
  • Continuous internet marketing
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Professional video editing
  • Personal streaming online video
  • Personal nutrition guidance
  • Cognitive Improvement Training – Dr. Barbara Walker – Center For Human Performance
Tom Elias

Tom Elias
Director Elias College Promoters

Tom Elias has been building the community and helping student athletes for over 20 years. Tom is a frequent guest on WLW 700 Sports Talk with Any Furman – Now of National FOX radio. With appearances on media outlets including Channel 5, 9, 12, and several times with Channel 19. As well as Periodic expert speaker at many high schools in the GMC, GCL, GWOC, CHL and many Northern Kentucky schools. Tom has helped ECP athletes receive thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Tom is a graduate of Elder High School and of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Bachelors in International Marketing. He then received his Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.

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