Meet Alicia! She is our newest SPIRE Crew Instructor to be joining our team. You can take her classes Friday mornings at 5:45am and Sunday's at 10:00am. 

Tell me about yourself. Where are you from and what brought you to Milwaukee?

I’m from Waterford, WI and I have been in Milwaukee for six years attending Marquette University.  I’m in my last year of dental school and I love living in the city!  I also love working out and running at the lakefront to unwind from the stresses of dental school.

What excites you most about becoming an instructor?

I love motivating friends and others to be the best they can be!  I have always been deeply committed to sports and fitness in general.  I played basketball and rowed in high school and almost rowed in college, but I fell in love with Marquette University and dentistry.  I ended up pursuing other avenues to stay engaged in fitness.  I am so excited to have crew back in my workout regime!

When you are not at SPIRE, what else keeps you busy?

I am a water bug!  I grew up on a lake and LOVE water skiing and anything on the lake!  Also, I am a big outdoors-woman, I love hiking and traveling to national parks.  I most recently went to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in La Pointe, Wisconsin and Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky. Ask me about my next adventure - I’m always planning something! 

Who inspires you?

My loving husband-to-be inspires me every day to have fun and live well. We met about 4 years ago at Marquette University as members of the water ski club.

What are some of your current goals?

My current one-year goals are to adopt a golden retriever puppy and graduate from dental school.

What motto do you live by?

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. I’ve had 4 ACL reconstructions and have depended on this motto to bounce back ever since my first injury!

If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do and where would you go?

I would retire to Montana in the mountains, hopefully on a lake. Then, I’d be able to hike, water ski, or downhill ski every day depending on the season!

What is your go-to Milwaukee restaurant?

Lakefront Brewery for Friday Fish Fry and Pumpkin Lager. If you like                                                                         beer or anything pumpkin, you                                                                           HAVE to try this one!

Do you have a guilty pleasure? 

Golden retrievers and pure maple syrup.  Not together.

Favorite spot in Milwaukee? 

Bradford Beach during the summer sand-volleyball season.

What is your favorite workout clothing/brand? 

I LOVE Lululemon workout clothes!

Use one word to describe yourself.  Tell us why you chose this word. 

Persistent.  When I set goals for myself, I do everything in my willpower to achieve them.

What is a pet-peeve of yours?

My pet-peeve has always been when people crack their knuckles. For whatever reason, it drives me crazy!


What genre of music can we expect to hear in your crew classes?

You can expect a throwback, jazz rock song every few classes.  My dad is a professional jazz musician, so I grew up listening to bands like Earth, Wind, and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Chicago and so many more!