Meet the Staff

Hideshi Okamoto

Owner, Instructor, Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist

"My goal at the Fitnessgarage is to help all of Davis be healthy." 

Before opening the Fitnessgarage Sports Academy in 2004, Hideshi coached track & field for 15 years as the first-ever Japanese NCAA Division I coach at the University of Colorado at Boulder. There, he developed and implemented training programs for the high jump and sprints. Within his first year at Colorado, his sprint squad went from 8th to 4th place in the Big 8 Conference championships. More recently, he served as assistant high jump coach with the UC Davis track & field team for over six years. He also volunteers as a high jump coach for the Davis Senior High School (DHS) track & field team.

In addition to his track & field background, Hideshi is a coach for the Japanese Olympic track & field team, a sports commentator for Japanese TV, a board member of the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE), and a certified massage therapist.

Hideshi graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Exercise Biology in 1984. He and his wife, Yasuko, have three sons, Kento, Yuto, and Maito. Hideshi has a special interest in cooking in his own original style!

Basil Okoroike

Instuctor and Personal Trainer

"My goal at the Fitnessgarage is to help and inspire people achieve their fitness goals."

A local from the Sacramento area, Basil is a recent Uninversity of California, Davis Graduate and former UC Davis Track Athlete. Durring his career he was apart of school record  in the 4X100m relay, #2 all time in UCD history for Triple Jump, #12 all time in the 100m, a 3x NCAA Championship prelim qualifer and in 2017 ended #17 in Triple Jump in the NCAA. Basil is now has pursued a professional career in Track and Coaching. He specializes in speed, power, explosivesness, plyometrics, core and balance. Basil is familar and experienced in the world of Track and Field, Football, Basketball, and Soccer. Outside of sports and athletics, he enjoys learning, reading and eating.

Kellie Gale

Message Therapist and Stretching Teacher

Marci Laughlin

Reki Specialist

Her passion since childhood was to be a bridge between people of different cultures. It was first sparked by her fear of nuclear war and desire to end the nuclear arms race. Marci determined at a young age that the way to do this was to increase my (and societal)knowledge about other peoples and cultures and do my own part in dispelling the mythsand stereotypes about the “Other”. This desire led to her becoming an exchangestudent to Greece in high school and then later to my pursuit of a B.A. in International Relations; Italian, and eventually an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies.
Marci lived abroad for nearly 20 years in several countries, including Thailand, where she spent a year apprenticing for my Reiki Master in 2010-2011. She first encountered Reiki (Usui tradition) in 1998 while doing graduate work in Cairo, and in 2006 Reiki found her again in Italy while working on European projects for the integration of immigrants & marginalized youth. In 2009 she left Rome for Asia, feeling the calling to focus onintegration of a different nature: that of mind-body- soul. As both a Reiki teacher, and acertified coach of Heart Intelligence, her passion is to inspire and assist others in theprocess of healing, transformation and stepping into the best and healthiest versions of themselves.