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.


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

Amy relocated to Smith Mountain Lake in 2018 bringing with her over 30 years’ experience in the fitness industry. Amy’s career began as a group fitness leader with the YWCA, which led to many other national certifications including Group Fitness; Silver Sneakers; Stretching and Group Cycle. Amy furthered her career in 1999 when she became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and thus becoming the Physical Director at her local YMCA. With plans to retire at the Lake, Underground Fitness lucked out when Amy came out of retirement and joined our team! Always ready to motivate and assist, Amy looks forward to helping and guiding anyone to reach their fitness goals.


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

A Virginia native, Aimee was born and raised in Roanoke, VA, until she relocated to Franklin County 12 years ago. Aimee’s fun-loving personality is an asset to Underground Fitness and she will always make you happy you stopped by. With a background in Human Resources and Recruiting, Aimee is very outgoing, always smiling, and eager to help members any way she can. And when she’s not at the front desk, you’ll probably find her working out herself!



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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