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Meet Our Trainers

Carol Brantley, M. Ed.
M.Ed. in Exercise Science from the University of Arkansas
  • Personal Trainer
  • Group Exercise Leader
  • Exercise Science Alliance
  • Exercise Safety Association
  • American Council on Exercise
  • Aerobic Fitness Association
  • Work with children, older adults, overweight individuals, people with diabetes or arthritis, and women who are pregnant
  • Coaches people interested in running and/or walking marathons
  • Provides lectures or demonstrations for the community
  • Manager of the Washington Regional Exercise Center for over 20 years

John Layes, M. Ed.
M.Ed. in Exercise Science from the University of Arkansas
  • Personal Trainer
  • Exercise Science Alliance
  • Work with many individuals from a variety of special populations, such as:
    • Overweight and underweight
    • Diabetes
    • Arthritis
    • Cardiopulmonary disease
    • Post-Polio Syndrome
    • Hearing or vision impairment
    • Older adults
    • Orthopedic conditions
  • Supervises the cardiac and pulmonary maintenance class at the Exercise Center
  • Employed by the Exercise Center for over 20 years 

Robert Rose M.S.
Master's degree in Exercise Science from University of Arkansas
  • Personal Trainer
  • Water Fitness Instructor
  • Pool Operator
  • Lifeguard
  • Worked in the exercise field for over ten years
  • Specialty is working with people who have physical limitations and/or live with physical disabilities
  • Currently the Pool Coordinator for Washington Regional's Center for Exercise

Laura Linares, M.S.
Master of Science, Health Science, University of Arkansas
Bachelor of Arts, Hendrix College
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Personal Trainer
  • 17 Years of Personal Training Experience
  • All ages
  • Special experience with spine patients: 
    • Lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine
    • Pre and post surgical
    • Focus on core stabilization and strengthening
  • Rehabilitation focused training - experience with special health and fitness conditions
  • Endurance training - training for a race or just to improve overall endurance
  • Aquatic conditioning
  • Strength and resistance training built around your fitness level and/or fitness goals
  • Pregnancy - workouts for during pregnancy and getting back into pre-pregnancy shape after the baby arrives    

Isaac Cook
  • B.S.E. in Kinesiology
  • M.S. in Exercise Science
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Fitness Education Instructor

Ana Girth, M.S.


  • Pittsburg State University, B.S. in Community, Corporate and Hospital Wellness, and Therapeutic Recreation
  • University of Arkansas—Fayetteville, M.S. in Exercise Science


  • Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Water Aerobics Instructor, American Sports and Fitness Association


  • Personal Training for individuals with physical disabilities
  • Personal Training for older individuals
  • Personal Training for individuals with orthopedic conditions
  • Endurance Training