Meet Our Staff


Owner and Certified Personal Trainer

Owned and operated by sole proprietor, Kathleen McKelvey, she relocated to Smith Mountain Lake in 2010, from Wellington, Florida. With over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, she is a certified personal trainer with International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), as well as a group certified instructor with Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and Cycle Reebok. Kathy is committed to providing members with the best training tools to embrace a fit and healthy life style.



A native of Rhode Island, Patti Hickman brings a bundle of energy to Underground Fitness. Known to some members as the “warden,” Patti will be there to greet you when you walk in the door, and track you down when you don’t. In addition to helping with every day business at Underground Fitness, Patti also encourages and assists members with their fitness goals.


Assistant Trainer

Ashley’s passion for fitness and thirst for learning, are only a small part of what she offers our members at Underground Fitness. Her friendly and warm personality instantly makes everyone feel welcome. Currently a student at Virginia Western, Ashley is studying to become a nutritionist and fitness director. “What drives my passion for fitness is how it makes people feel and how it makes me feel personally. Watching a person become more self-confident as they take on new challenges and become stronger on the inside and out is very rewarding. Being a part of the team at Underground Fitness, I am able to make all of my goals and passions become a reality.”


Certified Personal Trainer

Dave began his journey in exercise including competitive bodybuilding and strength competitions about 10 years ago. He has been involved in the training world for the past 5 years and has a strong passion for the gym and exercise. The gym is a second home to him. As a Personal Trainer, Dave loves working with people and helping individuals achieve their physical fitness goals.


Office Staff

Tim brings to Underground Fitness a lot of patience and an abundance of Southern Charm! A native of West Virginia, he was born in Beckley, and is the oldest of three children. Tim moved to North Carolina when he was 17, and, lucky for us, he moved to Smith Mountain Lake 8 years ago when he accepted a position with Runk and Pratt. As a Medical Technician, Tim distributes medication, as well as assists residents with activities of daily living that they are no longer able to perform on their own. Needing to make a lifestyle change, Tim joined Underground Fitness, and shortly there after he became a great asset to our Team! Those closest to Tim will tell you he is persistent, yet easy-going, so when you get a chance, stop by and say hello ….. his passion for working out and positive attitude are extremely contagious!


Certified Personal Trainer

Originally from Roanoke Rapids, NC, Sallie relocated to SML in 2012. When she’s not working, she’s out having fun with her husband Ryan (of Capps) and happy little mutt, Cabra. Although fitness is her passion, in addition to her Certification in Personal Training, Sallie has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration. Sallie truly believes that personal training should focus on the individual's ideal of fitness. Drawing on years of experience, she has developed a holistic approach that educates, empowers and instructs clients in the simplest, most efficient way possible so each client can achieve their goals and maintain those results long-term – helping them get stronger, build confidence, and become more awesome.

Whether you are looking for encouragement and guidance with every workout, a change in your routine, or expert training methods and motivation to take you to the next level, Sallie will be by your side every step of the way. With her pretty smile, charismatic personality, she is a joy to be around and brings with her an abundancy of energy!


Staff Assistant

Originally from NY, Nicole relocated to VA in 2008. Not only are we lucky enough to have her here at Underground Fitness, but Nicole also works full time as a Speech/Language Pathologist for Bedford County Schools, and she also provides her services to the 21st Century Community Program as well as Franklin Health and Rehab.

When not working, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family. Her mom, Pam as well as her two daughters, Reagan and Danielle are also members of the gym. So, as you can imagine, she brings with her a lot of energy! Nicole is described by her friends as fun, happy and giving, and it shows. She will greet you with a smile every time and help you in any way she can.

A fitness enthusiast, at 10 years old, Nicole wanted to be PE Teacher/Gymnast. She had a passion for soccer from the age of 7 through college. As an assistant coach, then and now she is very encouraging to others and will always make you feel glad you came in!


Staff Assistant

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Alandra moved to Smith Mountain Lake in 2015 after graduating High School. She currently attends Liberty University working toward her degree in Counseling Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language. Alandra keeps herself very busy, besides Underground Fitness and school, you may also see her working her magic at a couple local restaurants or volunteering at the humane society. Alandra loves helping animals just as much as people.

Blessed with a big, beautiful smile, you will find Alandra to be caring, exceptionally outgoing and happy to help in any way she can.



Oliver is a tri-colored Border Collie born in Bumpass, VA on July 16, 2015. He was adopted by Kathy and Jim and started his career as gym mascot at the very young age of 10 weeks. He began his job getting to know the members by asking for and receiving lot of belly rubs and some kisses. Oliver is a quick learner and soon had gym members doing as he asks on a daily basis. Oliver has been home schooled and is very polite and mannerly. When Oliver is not working he loves to run around on his Bedford County Farm exploring the beautiful acres, or spending his time perfecting the sport of Frisbee. As mascot of the gym, he can often be seen ball chasing with never ending energy. He has a gentle soul and the love he gives out creates good karma, therefore, bringing much happiness and many smiles to the members. Oliver’s presence is significant at the gym and it seems likely that he will be employed for many years.

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Moneta, Virginia 24121

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