About root

Mind, Body and Soul

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Cathy Pierce and Jenn Houck have come together to form root SUP & Fitness, a fitness and wellness studio located in Shepherd's Old Field Market in downtown Leonardtown, Maryland. Cathy and Jenn instantly connected over 10 years ago when they first met in a spinning class. They developed a close friendship, bonding over being moms, comparing their multiple surgeries, drinking red wine, and mostly, working out together. They both truly have a passion for educating others about the benefits of total health and wellness and leading healthy lifestyles. Together, they decided to pursue their personal trainer certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, obtaining their yoga teacher certifications a few years later from The Nosara Institute/evolve yoga and wellness. They are also both Functional Nutrition Specialists from The National Academy of Sports Medicine and together have over 25 years of experience working and educating in health and wellness. They are excited to bring their families, businesses and clients together to put down roots and grow alongside their community!

Our Team


Jennifer A. Houck

root SUP & Fitness Owner & Trainer

Jenn Houck is married with 3 girls and co-owns Coltons Point Marina in Southern Maryland. Jenn is a certified personal trainer and certified nutrition specialist from the The National Academy of Sports Medicine, a certified yoga and aerial yoga instructor, a certified Level I and II SUP instructor (PaddleFit Pro and CORE) from PaddleFit and a licensed physical therapist assistant. She is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast who has competed in numerous marathons and ultra marathons. Following back surgery in her late 20's, she decided to return to school for a degree in physical therapy. After working in the field for over 10 years mostly with children with special needs, Jenn decided to blend her passion for fitness and the outdoors and focus on health and wellness. She dedicated herself to her personal training business including creating Potomac SUP & Fitness, a stand-up paddleboard company offering lessons and classes both on and off the water.

Credentials: B.A., NASM CPT, PTA, FNS, RYT200, PaddleFitPro and CORE SUP Instructor, Level 1 and Level 2 and Restorative Aerial Yoga Instructor

Contact Jenn at jenn@rootsupfitness.com or 301-247-0977


Cathy E. Pierce

root SUP & Fitness Owner & Trainer

Cathy Pierce is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with a Fitness Nutrition Certification. Cathy has been an athlete since the age of 7 when she began her career as a competitive swimmer. She swam at the elite level and traveled across the Northeast, competing in various events. Injury took her out of the pool and after graduating from West Virginia University in 1999, she was a Special Education Teacher here in St. Mary’s County. In 2003 she had her first child and decided to stay home and raise a family. Cathy and her husband now have 4 children. Cathy became a Group Fitness Instructor in 2008 and started teaching classes. In 2011, she became a Certified Personal Trainer and has been loving her job ever since!!!! She is a RYT 200 and enjoys sharing her love of yoga with others. Cathy is passionate about working with people and believes strongly in an overall health and wellness approach.


Credentials: M.A., B.A., NASM CPT, FNS, RYT200

Contact Cathy at cathy@rootsupfitness.org or 301-848-0511


Patty Jones

Contributor & UProotED trainer

Patty is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Management Specialist and Fitness Instructor. As a mom of 3 (with another one on the way) and the wife of a retired Naval Officer, she has experienced firsthand the chaos that life can bring. She knows the importance and struggle of finding balance in life. Her passion for food, nutrition, and empowering others to love themselves and their bodies is at the heart of everything she does and she is excited to share that with you.


Credentials: ACE CPT

Contact Patty at pattyjonesfitness@gmail.com

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Amanda Brelage

Personal Trainer & Instructor

Amanda has been teaching group fitness for 3 years, and has been an NASM Certified Personal Trainer for 2 years.  Amanda loves watching people try new things - from working with people on how to meal plan, prep and eat healthier options, to jammin' thru a workout  She finds joy in encouraging and empowering others, watching them grow in strength and in how they look at and feel about themselves.


Amanda is corny, which is part of why she LOVES classes with kids, like Fam Jam, and is laughing most of the time!  Amanda is an engineer by trade, over-sharer by life, mom of 3, and wife of 15 years.  She enjoys hanging with her friends and family, backpacking, kayaking and SUP, hiking, and just being outside in the warm sun!  

Credentials: NASM CPT, FNS, BCS,WLS

Contact Amanda at steveamandab@gmail.com


Tyra is an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor and Flatwater Level 1 SUP Instructor. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University in the spring of 2021 with a degree in Biology and currently works as a Physical Therapy Assistant at ProFlex Physical Therapy in Leonardtown. 

Tyra is a lifelong resident of Southern Maryland and loves being on the water! She enjoys SUP, surfing, swimming, running, and anything else outdoors. Tyra loves being active and wants to teach others to love fitness as well through tun workout classes on  the water and land!


Credentials: ACE GFI, PSUPA Flatwater 1

Contact Tyra at:  tyra.mackenzie@gmail.com

Tyra Countiss

SUP & rootcamp instructor

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Mark is a certified Flatwater Level 1 Standup Paddleboard instructor.  He was raised in and around the water, accrediting his Father and Grandparents for his love of the ocean.

Mark is an avid surfer, paddler, and diver and has competed in numerous races on both the East and West coasts, qualifying for the Molokai-to-Oahu World Championship 32-mile Paddleboard race held in Hawaii in 2016.  He paddles both SUP and prone (laydown) year round in The Potomac River and is a Wim Hof cold-water disciple.  


Mark lives with his wife (Sarah) and three young daughters (Zara, Alora, and Solei) on The Potomac River in Valley Lee.  If the Dales are not ‘outside’ then they are typically ‘outside of the country’, sharing their love of International travel, cultures, customs, and cuisine with their children.

Join Mark for our Sunday 8:00AM FUNdamentals class (or an ice bath!)

Credentials: Professional Stand Up Paddle Association (PSUPA) Flatwater 1

Contact Tyra at: markedwarddale@gmail.com

Mark Dale
SUP Instructor

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MacK Dinopoulos is a certified Level 1 SUP instructor and college student-athlete at Salisbury University who is passionate about finding joy and self confidence through movement. Over the years, she has found her own joy through field hockey, strength training, and paddleboarding! As a Calvert County native with 7+ years of paddle board experience, she can’t wait to share her love for the board with others.


Credentials: PSUPA Flatwater 1

Contact Mack at: mdinopoulos1@gulls.salisbury.edu

Mack Dinopolous

SUP instructor


Deanna Devito


Deanna DeVito is accredited with ACSM as a Certified Exercise Physiologist since 2000. She has her Pilates Mat 1 & 2 teacher trainings through the Physicalmind Institute and has completed over 500 teaching and training hours working towards her Pilates Comprehensive Certification through Balanced Body. She has received her Barre certificate through them as well. 


She has been teaching Group Exercise since the mid 90's but discovered her real passion of the Pilates Method in her 1st teacher training in 2002. Since then, Deanna has devoted and focused her teachings on the Pilates principles and is committed to helping people feel good in the body's they live in. She offers small group and individual sessions on the Pilates Reformer, Trap Table, MVe Chair and Mat.

Credentials: ACSM CEP, Mat Pilates 1&2

Contact Deanna at devito24@aol.com

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Kecia (pronounced Kay-Sha) has been paddling for over 10 years. Her love and passion of paddling started when she lived in Santa Barbara, CA where practically everyone owned a board. She strongly believes that SUP is great for everyone because it can be a competitive sport, a tough exercise, a relaxing meditation session, a leisurely ride with friends or family, or a way to let out stress…it can be as easy or hard as you make it. All of this is why she became a certified SUP instructor with the Professional SUP Association (PSUPA).


When Kecia isn't working her full time job as a Project Manager with Bank of America or teaching SUP fitness classes, she's staying active. She's an avid runner, having ran in races of all sizes all over the county. She loves riding her bikes, playing all the sports (volleyball, tennis, and soccer), boating with her husband, and traveling with friends & family. There is never a moment where she is sitting still.

Credentials: PSUPA

Contact Kecia at keciaannhayes@gmail.com

Kecia Hayes


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Audrey is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. As a full time college student, she discovered the mental and physical balance that yoga could bring to a busy life and found joy in developing and discovering a personal practice. Now, she loves to create classes with a little something for everyone, balancing ease, effort, stillness, and playfulness in every flow. 

Apart from yoga, Audrey is a senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, studying financial economics and mathematics. She also enjoys spending time outside, reading, and baking vegan desserts.

Credentials: RYT200

Contact Audrey at rootsupfitness@gmail.com

Audrey Houck


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Teresa is passionate about being out in nature and experiencing the beauty of our diverse local waterways while working out on her paddleboard. She wants to share her love of SUP with others who have the aspiration to become a better stronger version of themselves. She also works @ Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital as a multi skilled Radiologic Technologist. She’s been in the radiology field for 26 years. She’s a single mom of two very active teenagers. Although balancing family and a career may be tough sometimes she believes that finding time for yourself and your health is very important and a great example for your family and friends!

Credentials: PaddleFit, Aerial Level 1, Restorative Aerial

Contact Teresa at tbkfree@yahoo.com

Teresa Ingrodi

SUP & rootcamp Instructor

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Emily is a RYT 200 yoga teacher certified in Iyengar, Adaptive and Yin Yoga. She is currently working on completing her RYT 500.

She's passionate about helping people live a better life by moving their bodies through their yoga practice. She hopes to teach the principles of yoga as well as the postures to create well rounded flows that leave you feeling like you've learned something about yoga and about yourself. 

She's a big advocate for self-love inspiring flows that help build a better relationship with your mind and body. She became passionate about yoga after battling years of being a couch potato and suffering from depression. Yoga inspired her and brought so much joy into her life, she wanted to learn more about yoga's incredible history. That led her to teaching.  

Emily is a mom of 2 and when she's not practicing yoga, she's creating art with watercolors and various other mediums alongside working at her family's small business, St. James Deli & Spirits

Credentials: RYT 200 Iyengar, Adaptive and Yin Yoga

Contact Emily at badasseryyoga@gmail.com

Emily Kuchta


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Amanda Meatyard


Amanda was introduced to yoga at the Saipan Institute of Yoga in 2000 in Micronesia. Then moving to the Hawaiian Island of Molokai in 2005, Amanda had the opportunity to learn and practice Astanga Yoga for almost 15 years. Over the years Amanda developed a deeper curiosity and appreciation for the benefits and impact of yoga for all. Returning home to the banks of the lower Potomac River, Amanda  completed Evolve's 200 YTT at Ease Cafe in Alexandria, VA. Since becoming a certified yoga instructor in 2018, Amanda continues learn and develop as a teacher and a student. She furthered her training through Evolve's Spiritual Anatomy class as well as completed Evolve's 12 week Mentor Program. These classes have enhanced and developed Amanda's skills and knowledge as well as  cultivated new curiosities of practice and teaching. While Amanda loves practicing and teaching vinyasa based yoga she is also committed to the therapeutic aspects of asana and pranayama. She believes there is a yoga practice for everyone.  Amanda enjoys teaching yoga on the beach, at local studios, private individual and group lessons. 

Credentials: RYT 200

Contact Amanda at akmeatyard@gmail.com


Carrie has been a NASM Certified Personal Trainer since 2019. She also became a Paddle Fit SUP Instructor after discovering her love of paddle boarding. Carrie has competed in many different kinds of events including marathons, cycling events, triathlons, and SUP races. In short, if she can make it go, she will try to race it! In the studio and on the water, Carrie likes to have fun with fitness and challenging herself and others to try new things. She enjoys helping people and encouraging them to reach their goals. 


Carrie is also a dental hygienist, myofunctional therapist, wife, and mom of 2 energetic boys. She loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, SUP, hike, and anything else that sounds remotely fun!

Credentials:  NASM CPT and  SUP PaddleFit

Contact Carrie at cah26.2@gmail.com

Carrie Samora

SUP Instructor/Personal Trainer

Angela Smith

Aerial & SUP Instructor

Angela has  been a yoga and fitness enthusiast for many years. She has always been active and was trained by Cathy for years. After a back injury, Angela realized she needed a change from her regular workouts to make sure she was nurturing her body. She joined the Root Family as a client and was introduced to Aerial ~ It was love at first swing! She loved the way it made her body feel! 

Angela is a hairstylist by trade and has been working behind the chair for 16 years. She as been married to her wonderful husband since 2002 and has 3 beautiful children. She loves spending time outside with her family and two dogs. She is heavily involved in volunteering at school, leading a girl scout troop and enjoying her kids activities.

Credentials: Aerial Level 1, PSUPA Flatwater 1

Contact Carrie at curlgirl503@yahoo.com

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Yoko Tin


Yoko Tin is a 2019 graduate of Evolve Yoga + Wellness 200-Hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training. She also completed Yoga Anatomy and Soul 50 hour Teacher Training. She is also certified teach Aerial Yoga and Yin Yoga.

A native from Japan, Yoko has lived in Australia, California and Tokyo as a military spouse. Yoko loves outdoor sports such as skiing, golfing, hikingand snorkeling. Beaches and mountains make her feel happy and content. After years of being in constant pain from a ski accident she suffered from her 20s, Yoko was looking for an alternate treatment. When she moved to Southern Maryland she found a yoga class taught by Ann Hunt in the Naval Base where her yoga journey began. Since then

she has been a dedicated Yogi.

For Yoko, Yoga is not only a tool for pain relief, but also a tool for self-discovery and self-love that extends compassion to others. Her teaching style is inspired by so many of the amazing instructors and students within the SOMD community. Yoko likes to incorporate the combination of energy/calmness and steadiness/ease throughout her practice.


Credentials: RYT 200

Contact Beth at yokotin2012@gmail.com

Our Roots

Putting down roots in historic Leonardtown, MD

Cathy and Jenn have chosen to make St. Mary's County their home and are passionate about the health & wellness of their community. They are very excited to forge a strong community relationship with the town of Leonardtown, Maryland and to help the residents of St Mary's County live a healthy, active lifestyle!! The ladies can not wait to bring workshops and events to the community at the beautiful Leonardtown Wharf Park as well as their brick and mortar location in Shepherd's Old Field Market! They are looking forward to sharing more than just exercise and movement with their community. Nutrition, proper sleep, stress management, arthritis, joint discomfort/pain, and more. Everyone deserves to feel good and be happy! You are never too old (or too young!) to start!

On Water

Launching from Leonardtown Wharf Park

Amenities include ample parking, public restrooms and expansive calm water ideally suited for stand-up paddleboarding.

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On Land

Located in Sherpherd's Old Field Market

Amenities include parking, showers & restrooms, indoor & outdoor workout space.