Fitness Center Team

Stacey Young-McCaughan
Dr. Stacey Young-McCaughan is a registered nurse who studied at Yale University to become a masters-prepared Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and at the University of California San Francisco to become a doctorally-prepared physiological nurse scientist. She joined the faculty of the UTHSCSA School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry in 2008 after a 29-year career as a U.S. Army Nurse Corps officer. She served at various military facilities across the United States and Europe in a wide variety of clinical and research positions focused primarily in oncology. Dr. Young-McCaughan's primary interests are in symptom management and testing exercise interventions in the recovery from chronic disease and treatment.




Peter Ravdin, MD, PhD
Dr. Peter Ravdin is a practicing clinician with a special interest in breast cancer. He is also active in clinical research and has led major clinical trials, such as the one leading to the approval of Taxotere for breast cancer treatment. He has participated in laboratory research, playing an active role in work relating to understanding patient prognosis and which therapies are most likely to be effective. During this time he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Southwest Oncology Group, a major national organization for conducting clinical trials. He also wrote a web based computer program Adjuvant! that is used worldwide to help in treatment selection and treatment planning for breast cancer patients.





Ann Newstead, PT, PhD, GCS, NCS
Dr. Ann Newstead is a doctorally-prepared kinesiologist and master's-prepared physical therapist with 32 years of clinical and research experience in aging characteristics and exercise interventions in rehabilitation.




Daniel Hughes, PhD
Dr. Daniel Hughes is a Ph.D. Kinesiologist with an American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification. Dr. Hughes completed a National Institute R25 cancer prevention fellowship in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. During the fellowship he lead the implementation of the exercise testing and monitoring laboratories at M. D. Anderson while working as a co-investigator on behavioral interventions for endometrial cancer survivors, breast cancer survivors, and cancer survivors who developed heart failure as a result of chemotherapy. Dr. Hughes is a faculty member at the Institute for Health Promotion Research. He continues working with home-based exercise interventions for Latina breast cancer survivors, work which started with his dissertation.


Dr. Hughes research interests are focused in implementing culturally competent behavioral interventions to improve physical activity behaviors in minority populations. He is currently the Principal Investigator for a National Cancer Institute Career Development Grant (K22) "Promotion of Exercise Behaviors for Latina Cancer Survivors".




Jennifer Daniels Shaw, DPH
Dr. Jennifer Shaw has extensive experience in behavioral research, clinical health services research, grant administration, community-based public health programming, and policy evaluation. She has investigated a broad range of health topics including childhood obesity, respiratory illness, traumatic brain injury, cancer, and birth defects. Dr. Shaw recently joined faculty at the University of Texas School of Public Health. She also serves as Director of the Community Outreach Resource Center for the Clinical and Translational Science Award at the University of Texas Health Science Center–San Antonio. In this role, Dr. Shaw actively supports community-based participatory research projects in San Antonio and its four contiguous counties.


Dr. Shaw is extensively engaged in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy and the physical activity community. She is currently working with the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Mayor's Fitness Council to implement their $15.6M Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative. In addition, she is working with the San Antonio Sports Foundation as a Program Evaluator for their Fit Family Challenge initiative. In January 2011, Dr. Shaw launched a faith-based obesity prevention program and created several community gardens.




Jeff Monaco, MS, CSCS*D
Mr. Jeff Monaco is an exercise physiologist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Utah, and a Master of Science degree in Human Movement from A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences. Mr. Monaco is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Mr. Monaco has over seven years experience in exercise and metabolic testing, and over ten years experience designing cardiorespiratory and strength training programs. In 2008, Mr. Monaco was Re-Certified with Distinction by the National Strength and Conditioning Associate in recognition of his contributions to the field of Strength and Conditioning. Mr. Monaco joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2011 as the senior exercise physiologist on the "Maximizing Cancer Survivorship: Implementation of an Evidence-Based Exercise Program" grant.




Virgina Tovar
Virgina Tovar graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio will a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology with emphasis in Exercise Science. She has done an internship at Brooke Army Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic and has volunteered at Baptist Medical Center Acute Rehabilitation. As a student at UTSA, she took part in the Kinesiology Teaching Laboratory where she developed the skills necessary to perform exercise testing, the ability to analyze and interpret laboratory measurements and discover the relationship between exercise training and medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, high pressure, and pregnancy.




Sonya Arzola
Sonya M. Arzola is bachelor's-prepared kinesiologist from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a master's-prepared kinesiologist from the University of Incarnate Word. She has worked with Dr. Young-McCaughan at Brooke Army Medical Center for 14 years on a program of research focusing on cancer and exercise. She has also worked on various other research studies & with populations other than cancer. Her interests include exercise testing in the chronically ill.