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Omar Negrete, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Omar holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an Exercise Science Concentration and a minor in Biology from University of Texas at El Paso. He is

Certified in Personal Training from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been in the industry for seven years. Omar was formerly a PT/OT Aide at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a PT Tech at El Paso Physical Therapy Services, and a Microbiology Laboratory Tech II at Providence Memorial Hospital.

Omar says, “It is my personal mission to make an impact on individual and community health. My life experiences and education have left a strong desire in me to help others reach their health goals both today, and in the future. Understanding how physical fitness, nutrition and lifestyle impact our health is of vital importance for the health of all of our communities and New Heart is the perfect environment for that understanding to take place. I consider myself lucky to work with the excellent staff and members of our community on a daily basis.”


Jasmine Moeller , Front Desk Customer Service

Jasmine grew up in Albuquerque New Mexico. She has been in Customer Service throughout her career and joined New Heart in 2017. Jasmine says, “I love my job mainly because I love getting to know the patients and their families.” Jasmine enjoys seeing the difference in the patients during the course of their program. She states, “It’s inspiring!” Jasmine strives to become a nurse and is learning a lot here at New Heart about the human body and how to provide patients with excellent patient care.


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Serina Griego, Exercise Specialist

Serina holds a Liberal Arts degree with focuses in Nutrition and Exercise Science from University of New Mexico and has been in the industry for two years. She was formerly a Personal Trainer at Planet Fitness and an Assistant Women’s Basketball and Soccer Coach at Menaul High School. Serina says, “I got into this industry because I love to help people. With the knowledge that I have gained through college and throughout the past couple of years, I am able to reach out to more patients. There is no bigger reward than receiving a thank you for helping change someone’s life for the better.”


Juan Valdez, Exercise Specialist

Juan holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from The University of New Mexico. He also currently works as an Emergency Physicians Medical Scribe with The Lovelace Medical Group in Albuquerque New Mexico. Juan says, “I got into this industry so I can best utilize my skills and knowledge that I have acquired as of this point in my education and career to better the lives of others. Seeing progress and transformation of patients is a goal of mine and others as health care professionals while also ensuring to educate on the human body and importance of healthy living.”


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Desiree Gallegos, Exercise Specialist

Desiree holds a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado. She also works as a Dietary Aide for Genesis Healthcare where she oversees the health of residents. She was formerly a Cancer Exercise Specialist at University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute and an Event Team Manager at University of Northern Colorado. Desiree says, “Growing up I knew I wanted to work in a healthcare setting. I wanted a career where I could make a difference in people’s lives health wise. My interest in human anatomy and physiology brought me to the exercise science field. Ultimately, I want to work the rehab field of healthcare.”


dsc_0070Jackson Nzau, Exercise Specialist

Jackson holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science from New Mexico Highlands University and a Master’s in Exercise Science from University of New Mexico. He was formerly a Sales Representative at Defined Fitness, a Physical Therapy Tech at Spine Solution, a Physical Therapy Tech at New Mexico Sports Fitness, a Physical Therapy Tech at Christus St. Vincent and a Physical Therapy Tech at Nova Medical. Jackson says, “I love educating members and non-members on the values of staying healthy from a cognitive level and physical level.”


Lynette Gutierrez, Exercise Specialist

Lynette holds a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from University of New Mexico. She has been in the industry for 23 years, 18 at New Heart! In addition to her work at New Heart, Lynette is currently a Supervisor in Cardiac Rehabilitation at University Hospital. Lynette says, “I got into the industry of health care, particularly Cardiac Rehab, because I had a strong interest in exercise related fields. I did an internship in Cardiac Rehab and loved it! In this field you can see good things happening to heart patients including improving their quality of life, increasing confidence, reducing depression, reducing the risk of heart disease and having fun with exercise! Also, I love all people/staff I work with.”


Gabriel Saenz, Exercise Specialist

Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from The University of New Mexico where he also works as a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. Gabriel was formerly a bio mechanic analyst for Lighthouse Injury Prevention. He worked with several hundred U.S. Military Office Candidates, providing bio mechanical assessments and injury prevention seminars. Gabriel states, “I have been affected by several injuries and illnesses since a young age- I once might have viewed these health issues as negative, but I now see them as blessings for directing me to my passion in life. Through injury and illness, I learned the importance of proper exercise and a healthy diet. Nothing brings me greater joy than sharing the knowledge which helped to restore my own health in order to help others heal themselves.


Jade Walters, Exercise Specialist

Jade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in nutrition from the University of New Mexico. She joins the team after successfully completing a one year exercise physiology internship with the UNM outpatient cardiac rehabilitation department. Jade says, “I got into this industry because I want to help people accomplish health-related goals and regular exercise is one of the most fundamental components of good health.”


Natalie Furst, RDN, LD

Natalie Furst is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist. Natalie has 6 years of clinical experience practicing in-patient medical nutrition therapy, at two acute rehab hospitals in Albuquerque. She has 3 years of experience practicing clinical out-patient medical nutrition therapy in a medically supervised weight loss and diabetes education program in Albuquerque. Natalie is also a natural foods chef with more than 10 years of culinary experience.

She graduated with a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Mexico and has successfully completed her Dietetic Internship approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND.) She is currently working on her master’s degree in functional medicine.

As part of her continuing professional education, Natalie has completed the level 1 and level 2 certificate of training in the Adult Weight Management Program from the Commission of Dietetic Registration and is scheduled to sit for her Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) board certification in 2016.  An active contributor to the nutrition community, Natalie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She currently serves as the New Mexico State Policy Representative for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was awarded Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year 2015 by the New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Natalie says her every day professional goal is to “Empower my clients through education. Encourage and promote positive change. Instill passion for healthy living and healthy cooking, and to embrace and acknowledge our imperfect selves while celebrating our achievements one step at a time.”