Our Staff


Meet Our Staff

You’ll find the staff friendly, experienced and helpful at The Fit Physique – from the front desk to the teachers to the owner!! Candice Cavanaugh, the owner and director, is a well-known and popular fitness expert in the Western New York area. She supervises all programs at The Fit Physique and personally gets to know every single student!


Owner, Director, Teacher

Candice is a certified fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and a certified personal trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She also studied dance and fitness for over 2 decades and was proud to be  WIVB-TV’s “Fitness Expert” and Artvoice’s fitness columnist. Candice was honored in 2014 to receive the “Joseph Allen Jr. Outstanding Service to Youth” award for promoting good body image, a positive and fun environment in an affordable dance program, and demonstrating charitable giving for area youth. Candice is happily married to Greg (The Fit Physique’s “behind the scenes” guy) and proud mom of Charlie!

 DSC_0250-2Sheri Kessel (Manager),  Kelley Lewandowski (Manager), and Laura Nagel (Customer Service)

Desk, Customer Service, Circuit Training Attendants

Sheri, Kelley, and Laura help make what makes The Fit Physique so special, happen! They’re the cheery voices on the phone, the handwriting on your mail, and the answers to your questions. Students themselves at The Fit Physique (and their daughters!), Sheri,  Laura, and Kelley know and understand all the particulars of what keeps The Fit Physique running so smoothly and happily. They are Candice’s right arm and are glad to be of service to all students at The Fit Physique!



 DSC_0251-2Step Circuit BLAST!  and Yoga Instructor, Customer Service Manager

Sheri has proudly taught fitness at The Fit Physique for over 16 years. She is a certified group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She danced in the Rochester area, and has been involved in various dance and drama productions. As well as being a singer, drummer, hairstylist and esthetician, Sheri is also married to Jim and the proud mom of Hannah and Leah, who have been dancing at The Fit Physique since age 3! Sheri’s newest passion is Digital Photography. (She is the resident “FP Photographer” for dance photos).  Sheri is also our “Tech Geek”- responsible for music edits, website updating, computer work, etc.



Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Jazzy Hip Hop  Instructor

Michelle enjoys her time at The Fit Physique as both a dance instructor and a fitness student, and has proudly taught dance at The Fit physique for 16 years! Trained in tap, jazz, and ballet; she has studied dance since the age of 3 and is a seasoned dance instructor for both children and adults. Michelle holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts for children, and bachelor’s degrees in elementary and special education. Michelle has choreographed many musicals and created an arts program for adults with developmental disabilities.  Michelle and her husband Tyler enjoy camping, live theatre, and kitchen dance parties with their boys, Charlie and Owen!


Tap, Jazzy Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, and Cheerdance Instructor

Kandi brings many years of dance experience to The Fit Physique- and was the developer of our extremely popular Cheerdance program!! She trained at Lorraine Goddard for 14 years.  She has participated in numerous dance competitions, and was an All-American Cheerleader for four years. Kandi’s second job is a restaurant server! She is also a busy mom of 3 kids-  Serena and Gabrielle, who also dance at The Fit Physique, and little Anthony. Kandi is excited to be back for her 11th year teaching at The Fit Physique!


Tap and Ballet Instructor

It is Sara’s joy and pleasure to work and dance at The Fit Physique!! She has danced as an adult student here for 7 years, and is about to start her 5th year of teaching! In addition to over 20 years of dance training in tap, jazz, and ballet; she holds a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Niagara University.  Sara has also choreographed and acted in several local community theater productions.  She is happily married to Chris, and they enjoy swing dancing and singing karaoke together!