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Your coach:

Shantea, MS, MPH, CHES, PN1, CPT, CHC 

DHW's Founder & Lead Trainer


Shantea began her fitness journey at age 37, after having 3 children.  At the start of her journey, she was unhappy with who she had let herself become and decided to make a change in her life and her body.  Shantea began her fitness journey just wanting to look like the fitness models in the fitness magazines, she had no idea that her life was getting ready to dramatically change. Shantea was introduced by a friend to the world of fitness and fitness competitions in June 2012. By October 2012 after changing how she ate and exercising, she began competing in late 2012. Since beginning her competition journey, Shantea has consistently placed in the top five in each event she has competed in.


In addition to now being a Nationally qualified competitive athlete, Shantea is also a successful fitness model and holds 2 Masters Degrees. She is also Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Health Educator through NCHEC, IIN Certified Health Coach and Board Certified AADP Holistic Health Practitioner.


Currently Shantea is completing certifications to become a Certified Bariatric Health Counselor & Behavior Change Specialist. 


Shantea's Master's Degrees are in:

  • Public Health and Nutrition where she minored in both: Obesity and Eating disorders and Fitness and Sports Nutrition. DHW Nutrition & Fitness was born so women could learn how to experience the same joy from making a total life and body change. 

  • Scroll down to see Shantea's Full Credentials, Certifications, Media & Press features and business partnerships 


About DHW Nutrition & Fitness: 


DHW Nutrition & Fitness is the culmination of Shantea's education, in Public Health, Nutrition studies, fitness education and fitness competition experience. Together with her husband and the DHW Fitness team; DHW Fitness works with individuals to deliver results. Shantea draws upon her knowledge and the well rounded knowledge of her team, to create a “roadmap to health” for all DHW Fitness' clients. The roadmap is tailored to the individual and the unique goals of each and every client that suits their body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.


Shantea is living proof that her system works, and her strong level of professionalism shines through all that she does. In addition to individual fitness programs, every client receives nutrition education and coaching. Services include, but are not limited to, health coaching & consulting, assistance with menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation. At DHW Fitness, wellness, health improvement and nutrition are just as important as obtaining a competitive level physique. DHW believes that taking care of the inside of the body is just as important as physical training.

About DHW Fitness

MS: Masters of Science Degree in Nutrition:

  • Minoring in both Fitness and Sports Nutrition & Obesity and Eating Disorders


MPH: Masters Degree in Public Health

  • Internship & Volunteer work completed at Brooks Rehabilitation, Brooks Clubhouse In Jacksonville, FL and Duval County Health Department in Jacksonville FL


BSBM: Bachelor of Science in Business Management


Completed Certifications:
CHES Certified 

Certified Health Education Specialist through NCHEC (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing)

  • CHES (pronounced chez) designation signifies that an individual has met eligibility requirements for, and has successfully passed a competency-based examination demonstrating skill and knowledge of the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialist, upon which the credential is based (, 2015)

  • G-Transformation: Certified Macro Nutrition Coach 

  • Precision Nutrition: PN1 Certification in Exercise Nutrition 

  • Precision Nutrition: PN1 Certified Health Coach

  • BDU Certified Personal Trainer (Body Design University Personal Training Graduate) (NCCA Personal Training Certification)

  • ACE Fitness (American Council on Exercise): Behavioral Change Specialist Certification 

  • AAAI ISMA: Certified Personal Trainer

  • AAAI ISMA: Certified Life Coach 

  • ISSA: Certified Glute Specialist 

  • Board Certified AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners) Holistic Health Practitioner

  • IIN (Institute of Integrative Nutrition) Certified Health Coach

  • Certified in Diabetes and Chronic Disease Management

  • NCI (Nutritional Coaching Institute) Level 1 Nutrition Coach

  • NCI (Nutritional Coaching Institute) Gut Health Specialist

  • NPC Bikini Nationally Qualified Competitor 



Certifications: In Process

  • NASM Weight Loss Specialist Certification 

  • ACE Fitness (American Council on Exercise): Personal Trainer Certification 

  • AABC (American Association of Bariatric Educators): Certified Bariatric Educator Certification





Additional Credentials
  • Previous employment in Diabetes & Chronic Disease

  • Hylete Team Compete Athlete (Visit our Professional Links page for a 20% discount off your next purchase)

  • Published Fitness Model & Cover Model

  • Contributing Writer for various health/fitness magazines & online health/fitness websites

Ambassador Positions (click links below to visit company pages) 

 (Visit our business directory for more information or to visit the website of these companies)



Volunteer Work

  • Fitness Coach with BBC: Atlanta Chapter

  • First Coast YMCA Diabetes Program in Jacksonville, FL

  • Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital Clubhouse In Jacksonville, Fl



Fitness Competitions

  • October 2012 Super Natural Body Building Federation (SNBF) Place 3rd in Open and 4th in Novice Bikini

  • April 2013 SNBF Placed 3rd in Open Bikini

  • June 2013 SNBF Placed 3rd in Open Bikini

  • June 2013 Fit Sciences Championships: 1st Place in Masters Bikini, 3rd Place in Open Bikini, 5th Place in Fit Mom Featured 

  • November 2015: NPC North Carolina's Elite Muscle Classic: 2nd Place in Masters Bikini, Qualified for NPC Team Universe and NPC Nationals 

  • July 2016: NPC Collegiate and Masters Nationals Pittsburgh, PA

  • March 2019: WNBF/INBF Iron Eagle Championships

  • August 2019: INBF/WNBF Augusta Grand Prix, Qualified for WNBF Worlds 


Press Features


  • Podcast Interview Fitness Professionals Online Fitness Blitz Podcast




  • Featured and Interviewed for article on 15 Tips to Shed Belly Fat - 16 Things You Need to Know


  • Featured and Interviewed for article on



  • Featured on  

     22 Inspiring Working Moms Before and After They Lost               Weight         weight-loss#page-16

 Magazine Publications/Features:



  • Centerstage Magazine 

  • Featured and named one of 2015 Top 35+ Fittest Body by Plus 35 + Fit Blogspot

  • Top 3 Finalist in Body Design Atlanta's: Atlanta's Most Fit Bodies 2015

  • DiVulge Magazine February 2015 Issue & November/December 2014 International Issue

  • Cover Model of July/August Fitfigures Magazine 2014

  • 2014 Atl Physiques Fitness Calendar

  • 2014 Nubian Physiques Calendar

  • 2014 Black Women Fitness Transformation Calendar

  • Fit-figures Magazine July/August 2013 & September 2013

  • Featured on (Fitness clothing line Website)

  • Interviewed and featured on

  • Previous BBC Coach Featured on BBC's website

  • Featured and Interviewed by Jeremy York for Endzone's Impact Series

  • Fitness/Health Educator: Delta Sigma Theta Sority 50+ Expo (East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter) College Park GA



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