Kaitlyn Weiss

FAVORITE QUOTE:
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Dr. Seuss

WHY SPORT SCIENCE:
I love human movement, working with people, and creative problem solving. As a sport scientist, I get to do all of these things, and in doing so, it keeps my mind active and pushes me to continue to test new ideas, learn, and grow.

FAVORITE WORKOUT:
Picking one would be like picking a favorite child. I love a good workout in the weight room, the pilates reformer, a sweat session on the stairs, and kayaking or SUP if I’m near the water.

FAVORITE FOOD:
Coffee. A breakfast salad from Catroux in Auckland, New Zealand. Fresh seafood.

FAVORITE PART OF MY JOB:
Getting to do what I love, and work with awesome people, every single day.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS:
Graduated from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sport Science and Biomechanics in 2017. Graduated with Honors from Ball State University with a Master of Science in Exercise Science with a focus in Biomechanics in 2013. Graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2009. Current member of NSCA, SPRINZ, SKIPP, ISBS, and ISB. Holds the following certifications: NSCA CSCS, NASM PES, USAW Level 1, FMS, Precision Nutrition Level 1, and Balanced Body University Pilates Instructor.

Matthew Ibrahim

FAVORITE QUOTE:
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle

MOST FULFILLING PART OF YOUR JOB:
As a Strength & Conditioning Coach, I have the unique opportunity to interact and connect with some pretty awesome people. There is a strong power behind this connectedness, which is something that I truly cherish and appreciate.

FAVORITE WORKOUT:
The basics (deadlift, squat, push, pull, single leg, carry, sprinting, etc.) are far from sexy, but always provide results. Results reign supreme, which is why I always stick to the basics and their derivatives. Additionally, any exercise that involves a pristinely executed hip hinge gets my nod of approval.

FAVORITE FOOD:
This is a tough one for me since I'm known as both a 'foodie' and a 'coffee snob'. I'll just have to go with a big, bone-in ribeye. Also, if you don't lather that bad boy up with butter, you're doing it a disservice.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER MOMENT:
Being honored with receiving the Exercise and Health Sciences Alumni Award from my alma mater. The school gives this award to the alumni student who exhibits the mission and goals of the department through educating, mentoring, and giving back to the current student community. This was a very special moment for me, because my ultimate mission is to pay it forward to the next generation of professionals in our field.

WHY I'M ATTENDING A MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM:
Learning should never stop. Neither should personal growth and development. Failures should also teach you lessons. After three years of failed attempts into DPT schools and an LMT degree under my belt, I recently decided to take on a master's degree program. The next step will be a doctoral degree.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS:
Current graduate student at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions obtaining a Master of Science in Health Science with a focus in Sport Performance. Future academic goal of completing a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree. Completed a License in Massage Therapy at the Cortiva Institute in 2016. Graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Sciences 2013. Current member of NSCA, NASM, and the Clinical Athlete network. Holds the following certifications: NASM PES, USAW Level 1, FMS, and StrongFirst.

Meet our team!

Timothy DiFrancesco

FAVORITE QUOTE:
"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." Thomas Jefferson

WHY I BECAME A DPT:
It appeared to be an excellent way to expand my abilities to help people perform at their best. I saw and heard the best in the business talking and acting within the languages of the physical therapy world - I wanted to learn those languages and skill sets.

FAVORITE WORKOUT:
Workouts that last 15-30 minutes, include lifting heavy shit the right way, hill sprints, and plyometrics are by far my favorite. I love push-ups, deadlifts, loaded carries, chin-ups, and I refuse to apologize for my affection for a good bi's & tri's pump!

MOST FULFILLING PART OF THE JOB:
When a person who I've been training says "I don't know what's going on here but I feel outstanding." I do like 8 consecutive mental fist pumps when I hear that type of comment.

MOST MEMORABLE PART OF MY JOB WITH THE LAKERS:
Witnessing Kobe score 60 points in his final game.

IS THIS WHERE YOU ALWAYS SAW YOURSELF?
A New England kid ending up working for the Lakers? No, I couldn't have pictured this. It's funny how things work out. All I ever saw was simple: Myself in a position to help as many people as I can to feel and perform better than they've ever felt.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS
Graduated from Endicott College with a Bachelor’s in Science/Athletic Training. Graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Doctorate in Physical Therapist. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.

Scott DiFrancesco

FAVORITE QUOTE:
"The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity."
Joshua Waitzkin

FAVORITE PART OF BEING AN ATHLETIC TRAINER IN THE YANKEES ORGANIZATION:
Seeing a player come back from an injury and be successful on the field - if that doesn't resonate with other Athletic Trainers - why do you do what you do?

FAVORITE WORKOUT:
The Kettle Bell Swing! If I had to choose one training movement for the rest of my life, this is what'd I'd do.

FAVORITE FOOD:
A thick, grass-fed Ribeye. Grilled. Medium-rare.

FAVORITE RECOVERY TOOL:
Sleep. Around 1/3 of our lives are spent asleep; take control of your sleep habits and sleep environment and optimizing your performance is exponentially easier.

WHY I'M ATTENDING AN OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SCHOOL
I specifically chose Osteopathic Medicine for it's focus on comprehensive patient-wellness and the emphasis of the patient and doctor working as a team.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Completed Active Release Technique (ART) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Course A (DNS) certifications

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Tim DiFrancesco

PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Founder, TD Athletes Edge

Former Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Los Angeles Lakers


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Scott DiFrancesco

ATC, CSCS, SASTM

Founder, Edge Factor Radio

Former Athletic Trainer with New York Yankees AA affiliate Trenton Thunder


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Kaitlyn Weiss

PhD, CSCS

Sport Science & Research Coordinator


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Matthew Ibrahim

MS(c), PES, LMT

Human Performance Coordinator