Celebrating our Nurses

In honor of National Nurses Week this May, we wanted to introduce you to our wonderful staff of p.r.e.p. nurses who go above and beyond every day to help our members live their best.

Dr. Greg Degnan, acac Medical Director, says it best: “Our on-staff p.r.e.p. nurses clearly distinguish acac from our competition in the fitness world. Get to know the nurse who makes p.r.e.p. a truly excellent experience at your club location, and a few others! Their enthusiasm will inspire you.”



Erin Gaertner 
acac West Chester p.r.e.p. registered nurse

“It’s the people who make p.r.e.p. great and make my job as a nurse rewarding and fulfilling everyday.”

Education: BSN, MSN



Steve Bonwit
Timonium p.r.e.p. registered nurse

“Control the controllables. Aging is inevitable. How we age is somewhat open to negotiation and impacted by lifestyle choices. Finding what works for us as individuals is key and fitness professionals can aid in that search and implementation.”

Education: RN Associate Degree, Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree, Exercise Science Associate Degree, BS Business Administration

Experience: Cardiac Nurse, PTA in Acute and Sub-Acute Rehab setting, community-based RN in fitness facility, exercise specialist in fitness facility





Kim Danley, RN, BSN
Germantown p.r.e.p. registered nurse

acac‘s p.r.e.p. allows me to combine my two passions in life – my passion for helping people develop a healthier lifestyle and my passion for nursing.”

Education: BS in Nursing

Experience: 17 years with experience in cardiac, ICU, and ER nursing; case management; liaison nurse for an acute rehab facility



Morgen Milcarek, RN
acac Short Pump p.r.e.p. registered nurse

“My advice: trust the process. p.r.e.p. offers the best platform for creating effective long-term behavioral changes through consistent interactions and assessments.”

Education: registered nurse since 1995, ACSM personal trainer since 2001, certification in Lifestyle, Wellness & Nutrition from the American Academy of Dieticians & Nutritionists

Experience: 3 years as acac p.r.e.p. nurse, 7 years with diabetic cardiac step-down unit at Johnston-Willis Hospital, 5 years in fitness & personal training with the American College of Sports Medicine, owned private mobile personal fitness & wellness coaching business for 10 years, 5 years at Zacharias-Ganey Weight Loss Center as program lecturer, nutrition coach & personal trainer




Dan Bayliss, RN, MS, CES
Midlothian p.r.e.p. registered nurse

“The hardest part of p.r.e.p. is walking through the front door! As a personal trainer, avid runner, and a nurse, I can help members embrace the benefits of regular exercise… but they have to come see me first!”

Education: BS Medical Biology (1997), MS Clinical Exercise Physiology (1999), ASN (2014), ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Red Cross Certified First Aid / CPR / AED Instructor, Certified Running Coach

Experience: Clinical Exercise Physiologist – UVA Dialysis, Health Educator – UVA Employee Health, Owner – Bayliss Training Systems, Personal Trainer – Hearthstone Health and Fitness



Jennifer Grimsley, RN
 Charlottesville Downtown p.r.e.p. registered nurse

“p.r.e.p. is such a specialized and amazing program we offer at acac. Having the opportunity to guide and assist members in their fitness journey is very rewarding.”

Education: BS Nursing, AS Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Electronic Fetal Monitoring Certified

Experience: Urgent Care / Triage Nurse, Pediatric Clinic Nurse, Charge Nurse Inpatient Labor and Delivery / Postpartum / Antepartum / GYN, Circulator / Scrub / Triage Nurse Inpatient Labor & Delivery, High Risk OB/GYN Outpatient Nurse, Clinical Instructor for OB, fitness and wellness instructor in university setting, 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry



Patti Binard, RN
acac Charlottesville Albemarle Square p.r.e.p. registered nurse

“I love being able to share in the excitement of our members making progress and meeting their goals!”

Education: Licensed Practical Nurse (1980), Registered Nurse (1992), Certified Personal Trainer (2006)

Experience: head nurse on a cardiac unit at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Director of Nursing at a local nursing home, Home Health Director and Administrator for a local home care agency