How Does A Strong Life Inspire You?

Finding balance for optimal well-being and overall health and wellness, in your everyday life.


We are Brian and Melinda Lopp, founders of A Strong Life (ASL). We have had a passion for health and wellness for over 16 years, and have realized through life’s lessons, that health and wellness is really about balance in one’s life. It is the integration of mental, physical and spiritual well-being – literally, a mind, body and soul connection – that most don’t value. We at ASL believe that an individual must address the various elements within each of these 3 components in order to achieve true balance in life. Acknowledging this on a personal level over the last 8 years has led us to want to share with others all that we have learned and experienced… it was only a matter of time before A Strong Life took root and gave us a greater purpose.

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Brian Lopp is a former NASM Certified Personal Trainer, former ACE Clinical Exercise Specialist and former owner of FitnessRx in Danbury CT. Presently, Brian is a Certified Nutritional Consultant through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants and Certified Personal Life Coach through Fowler International Academy.

Because of Brian’s vast knowledge of biomechanics and post-rehabilitative work, he was highly recommended by various physical therapy departments in the area for phase 2 & 3 outpatient rehabilitation. His extensive background proved beneficial for his own needs, when in 2007, Brian had a motorcycle accident which left him in the SICU for over a month. Suffering a traumatic brain injury and extensive damage to major organs and bones, Brian had a long road to recovery ahead, and utilized his knowledge of post-rehab work, along with sound nutrition, to heal his body.

A non-believer in pain medication, Brian recovered using natural alternatives. This had a profound impact on his desire to help others achieve their goals, no matter what their circumstances – hence the desire to become a Life Coach. Brian uses his knowledgeable background and credentials to bring a holistic approach to help others heal themselves. Contact us for more information.


Having worked for over 20 years in corporate America, Melinda faced a road to recovery of her own. In 2008, six months after Brian’s motorcycle accident, Melinda suffered a panic attack. Turning into a full-fledged panic disorder, with several attacks a day, as well as suffering from severe anxiety, depression, with a diagnosis of PTSD, doctors turned to pharmaceuticals to treat her.

With Brian’s urging, and a mutual dislike for pharmaceuticals, Melinda explored treatment with whole foods, sound supplementation, and regular exercise. Seeing such rapid improvement, Melinda was able to stop taking most medications and continued with a more holistic approach, adding guided meditation, EFT work, and neurofeedback. She now utilizes a variety of natural alternatives and is off all medications.

Melinda left the corporate world behind in 2012 to focus on their 3 children and growing wellness center, where she shares her passion of natural alternatives to those in need. Currently she is pursuing her Holistic Health Practitioner Board Certification through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, focusing on Dietary Wellness, Healing with Whole Foods, Natural Therapies, Herbal Therapies and Subtle Energy Therapies. Contact us for more information.

Our Dietitians

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RDN, LD

Kim is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian in the State of Ohio as well as a published author. Kim is the founder and owner of Nutrition Focus, which offers nutritional services for small and large organizations/businesses. Kim has over 20 years of experience in the field of nutrition and has authored nine books to date. Kim graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology/Dietetics. She worked in hospitals, nursing homes, and as a corporate dietitian for three national weight loss companies. Kim is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a member of the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.

Stacy Cappadona, MS, RD, LDN, CSCS

Stacy is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, and her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition from Florida State University. Since then, she has had the honor of working with active-duty military members, their families, and the special operations teams of the United States Air Force, along with rural communities in Southern Oregon. Her most recent project is as an entrepreneur bringing her business online.

Daniel J. Muppidi, MD

Dr. Muppidi is a graduate of Osmania Medical College, India. He trained in Internal Medicine at the New York Downtown Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, New York, and in the field of Allergy and Immunology at the SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, NY. Later, he trained in Clinical and Laboratory Immunology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy – Clinical Immunology, and Clinical / Laboratory Immunology. Dr. Muppidi has been in full-time private practice since 1996. Previously, he was a Senior Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, and Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Nell Stephenson, BS

Nell Stephenson has been featured on the Dr Oz show along with her mentor, Dr. Loren Cordain. Nell offers custom Paleo nutritional counseling worldwide, a nationwide Paleo Fresh Food Delivery Service and has written books including her third book, Pocket Paleo.

Dr Zacharia Reda, MD

Dr. Zacharia Reda is board-certified in pediatric medicine, pediatric critical care. He has been in practice for over 22 years, treating thousands of children in primary pediatric care, newborn, adolescent, pulmonary, critical and intensive care. Dr. Reda served his pediatric internship and residency at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York, and at LAC/USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, respectively. Additionally, he completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at UCLA.