Introducing the Rise Above Personal Training Team

Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals and your potential.

Our Founders

Founders of rise above personal training

Paul and Dan D’Arco

These are owners and head coaches Dan (on left) and Paul (on right) D’Arco.

They initially took interest in their health and wellness growing up playing sports like basketball, volleyball, cross country and more…

Only being 18 months apart allowed for a solid relationship and unmatched communication.

They have a combined experience of 20 years of fitness experience, 10 of which being coaches to a wide variety of clients.

Although they are mean muggin’ in this picture, they have helped 100’s of people just like you achieve what they never thought they could.

Can you guess which one is younger?

Our trainers

RIse Baove UT Trainer

Skye Dougherty

Skye Dougherty joined the Rise Above staff in March of 2021. She has almost 12 years of coaching experience with most of her background in hockey and figure skating. She has trained athletes of all ages both on and off the ice.


Skye grew up as an athlete across many sports, but by the age of 13, her main focus was on figure skating. She competed both regionally in the Northeast for five seasons and Nationally twice. Through those experiences, she has been able to improve both herself, and her ability to coach using empathy. Skye set out to become someone people ( not just athletes) could go to for help for proper coaching.

Skye’s goals are your goals. She is commited to helping people live pain-free. Everybody is different and she hopes to help more people reach their individual goals so they may lead happy, healthy lives.

Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson joined Rise Above in April of 2021. Sports and athletics have always been an important part of her life. A competitive athlete in high school and college, she maintained her love of athletics and fitness while pursuing a 35-year long career in global logistics.

While juggling a demanding schedule of family and work life, she continued to train, competing in numerous running and fitness competitions. She has experience in yoga instruction working with all ages in both standard and adaptive settings.

Balancing all of life demands requires you to be the best you can be. Julie believes in the importance of smart training; using movement and weights with proper form to safely and effectively train. She understands the time and priority stresses of daily life and it is her priority to help you achieve your goals and feel your best.

Kyle Anderson

Joined the Rise Above Staff in April of 2021. I have been working out for over 10 years. I started the way most people start wanting to lose weight I used to be about 220 pounds I am now 205 pounds but a much different looking 205 pounds than 220.

I have a background of football and wrestling and have a deep passion for the fitness industry. All I want do is help people achieve their goals the way I did years ago because it felt so good to improve my body I just haven’t lost the weight in certain areas yet like love handles and my face