Meet Our Team
Our certified trainers and coaches represent the vision at NXT Level, having evidence-based health and fitness solutions to maximize every aspect of physical performance – mobility, strength, power, speed, agility and endurance for you to improve overall health.
Coach EJ Jones
CEO | Director of Athletic Performance
Coach EJ Jones is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified trainer and NFL/NBA Pro Scout liason, with a B.S. in kinesiology and exercise science from Illinois State University. EJ attended University of Minnesota for two years before transferring to ISU, where he graduated as one of the top 40 defensive backs in the country, holding one of the top all-time interception records at ISU. He garnered enough attention there to qualify for the NFL Combine under the representation of his agent Andrew "Buddy" Baker, but unfortunately, he suffered a torn hip labrum that dashed his NFL hopes. The devastation of this "wear and tear” injury lead him to pursue further education in sports medicine to train others in the safe and proper techniques of strength, conditioning, and performance, hoping to prevent this from happening to other up-and-coming athletes. A graduate of Edwardsville High School, he was a Division 1 recruit in baseball, basketball, and football. He was honored as a Red Zone Old Spice All American, first team all-state on all major Illinois publications (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Champaign News Gazette and Illinois Coaches Association).
NSCA Certified Personal Trainer | B.S. in Exercise Science | CPR/AED
Coach James attended Edwardsville High School where he was a phenomenal two-sport athlete in Football and Track. He continued his playing career at McKendree University where in 2015 he finished 5th at NCAA Indoor Nationals in the 60 meter dash and became McKendree's first Division II All-American. Coach James was also dominant on the football field being and 4x All-Conference player in 4 years and being McKendree's career record holder in receiving yards and touchdowns, all-purpose yards. He graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science and with a strong athletic background, he tends to teach athletes the techniques of speed training and help them become more knowledgeable of what it takes to become faster and to become a more well-rounded athlete.
Specialties: Speed and Agility, Sports Performance, Sport Specific Training
NASM Certified Personal Trainer | Professional Chef 12+ Years | Culinary Arts Degree
After over 12+ years of experience in the food/restaurant industry, Tim took it upon himself to become certified as a personal trainer and apply his nutritional knowledge to helping clients reach their goals not only through training but through proper diet. He has worked at many restaurants refining his skill and developed the “Fit Families” program at NXT Level. Along with nutrition, his passions for endurance sports including running and cycling also reflect in his training philosophy.
Specialties: Weight loss, Diet Planning and Preparation, Resistance Training, Endurance Training, Nutritional and Recipe Development
meet our extended team services
ATC | LAT
Lindsey connects young athletes and teams in the community with injury prevention information and specialty services offered by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. She attended the University of Illinois for her undergraduate education, where she received her bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Before coming to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare, Lindsey worked as a certified athletic trainer both at physical therapy clinics and at local high schools.
PT | OCS
Billy grew up in Fairview Heights, IL, a multi-sport athlete until high school, where he focused on soccer. He lettered in soccer for 2 years at Althoff Catholic High School. Billy’s passion for sports & the human body drove him to the physical therapy profession. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science & went on to earn his Masters in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University in January 2003. In his 15+ years of practice, he has helped athletes of all levels, little league to professionals, to get back into the game. He earned his Board Certification in orthopedic physical therapy in 2012. Billy is passionate about injury prevention & sports physical therapy. To that end, he has helped Collinsville High School & local youth soccer clubs develop injury prevention & sports performance programs. He is active in the local community & plays indoor soccer year-round. Billy stays active with fitness, soccer, golf, coaching youth soccer, & following his favorite sports teams: the Cardinals, Blues, Fighting Illini & Billkens basketball. He lives in Collinsville with his wife, Lauren, & 2 children, Macy & Owen.
DPT | OCS | COMT
Ellen is a licensed Physical Therapist & the Center Manager for SSM Health Physical Therapy’s Edwardsville, IL clinic. She enjoys working with athletes of all ages, levels & abilities. Ellen has particular interest in working with runners & overhead athletes, as well as athletes after ACL reconstruction & concussion. She also has experience working with flexible sports (dance, gymnastics, cheerleading). Ellen strives to balance optimal recovery with timely return to sport after injury or surgery. Ellen is originally from the Chicago suburbs. She earned her Bachelors’ Degree in Biology & her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree both from the University of Iowa. She obtained her Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) from the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2012 & became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2014. Ellen is CPR certified & is an active member of the American & Illinois Physical Therapy Associations.
Emily is a licensed Physical Therapist with SSM Health Physical Therapy in Edwardsville. Emily has experience working with a variety of upper/lower extremity impairments & post-operative injuries but has a special interest in sports rehabilitation. As a former collegiate athlete, Emily has a strong desire to help athletes return to competition. Her clinical experience includes treating sports-related injuries in athletes of all levels, from the weekend warrior to collegiate athlete. In addition to treating musculoskeletal injuries, Emily has been trained & enjoys working with athletes experiencing post-concussion syndrome. Emily is also one of only several clinicians in the St. Louis area that is trained in the DorsaVi software system, which uses 3D motion capture technology to help determine risk of lower extremity injury in athletes. Emily is from a small town in the Metro-East. She was a student athlete at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she ran Cross-Country/Track & Field while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She then attended Washington University in St. Louis earning her doctoral degree in physical therapy. She is a CPR certified & a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.