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Transform Lives

See how our team took their background and experience to make DexaFit the innovative business model it is today.

 
 

Our Vision

Make it easier for people to perform better, think faster, and live better using a proven blend of citizen science and innovative new technologies, tempered by research, science, and quantified results from our customers, top athletes, and medical professionals.

 
 

Adam Kadela - Founder

As Founder and COO, Adam creates DexaFit's long-term growth vision and strategy. As part of this process he partners with medical and fitness industry leaders to launch innovative technology platforms that provide clients with data, inspiration and guidance to improve their health, achieve their fitness goals and transform their lives.  

In a quest to improve his own health, Adam co-founded DexaFit in Chicago in 2011 with his former Northwestern teammate, Matt Ulrich. The company has since expanded to over two dozen centers across the country with plans to open in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore this year.

Adam developed his expertise in technology as head of foreign exchange at Eagle Seven, a global financial trading and technology firm based in Chicago. Among other activities, he designed proprietary algorithmic trading strategies for arbitrage, market making and discovering hidden liquidity in the market.

A life-long athlete, Adam was starting middle linebacker and captain of the Northwestern University football team, where he first learned how to optimize performance using cutting edge technology and resources. 


Amy Stanbery - CEO

As CEO, Amy Stanbery oversees the corporate direction and strategy of DexaFit, focusing on growth, innovation and serving clients. “Our mission is to empower clients with precise data that enables them to take control of their health and transform their lives,” she says. 

As part of that process, Amy establishes and maintains clinical protocols for each of the company’s testing centers to ensure the absolute integrity of all data. 

Amy brings 25 years of healthcare and executive management experience to DexaFit. Previously, she was clinical director of the Bone Density and Body Composition Center at Sequoia Hospital near San Francisco. She launched the clinic in 1996 and turned it into one of the most respected bone density and body composition centers on the West Coast attracting many well-known fitness experts as clients such as author Tim Ferris. 

Over her career, Amy has worked with nearly 80,000 clients to help them improve their health and quality of life. She regularly speaks to physicians and other groups on bone density and body composition. She has also been a facilitator and lecturer for the National Osteoporosis Foundation Support Group in San Francisco since 1998.  

Amy is a licensed dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) technician in the state of California and a graduate of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center in Portland. She is also a certified by The International Society of Clinical Densitometry as a bone densitometrist


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Barton Wells - CTO

As CTO of DexaFit, Barton leverages his experience as a sports science and engineer to combine DexaFit’s gold standard body composition, cardiovascular fitness, and metabolic health testing with third-party health data from wearables and other devices. Taking this data, he designs software solutions that leverage AI in order to derive personalized health insights that reinforce the habits that provide the most meaningful improvement to someone’s health.

A Stanford alum, he has almost 30 years experience of software development, data science, and leading technical teams at start-up companies, including Dropbox. He is a former elite swimmer and current master swimmer. His swimming accomplishments include competing in 3 Olympic Trials and three NCAA swimming national championships.


Dr. Ben Peterson - Science Adviser

Dr. Ben is DexaFit's Science Adviser in charge of all metabolic and cardiovascular fitness testing protocols and training. He currently works as the Head of Player Health and Performance for the San Francisco 49ers where he leads a team of medical doctors, athletic trainers, and strength and performance specialists to optimize training regiments and player health.

His experience includes working with performance coaches of elite teams worldwide and helping them identify and evaluate contextual analytics by measuring training loads – biomechanical and physiological load quantification’s – to improve performance outcomes and reduce soft tissue injuries of athletes.

Ben completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Minnesota. 


Dr. Sandra Bender - Medical Director

Dr. Bender is DexaFit's National Medical Director and oversees the DexaFit Medical Advisory Team. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Sports Medicine and currently owns her own practice in Palm Springs, California. 

Dr. Bender joined DexaFit at its original location in Wrigleyville, Chicago and has since expanded her role with the company to include oversight of all DexaFit locations and its Medical Advisers.  

She is the former team physician for Northwestern University's Athletic Department, where she first started using advanced medical-grade technology to help her athletes and patients optimize their health, fitness, and performance.


Dr. Sajad Zalzala - Medical Director

Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Sajad Zalzala joined DexaFit to be at the forefront of the technological innovation driving the movement toward more personalized health, fitness, and medicine.

With special interests in Holistic and Functional Medicine and a background in Computer Science, his philosophy towards health focuses on identifying structural imbalances that influence disease, and defining the underlying causes of poor health—not just the sum of the symptoms. 

Combining his experience and practice with DexaFit's data-driven focus, he believes quantifying the healthcare experience can lead to quicker and more lasting change. 

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Dr. Chad Cook - Science Adviser

Dr. Chad Cook brings over 15+ years of experience using DexaFit technology. His background includes Exercise Physiology, Human Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, and he's a PhD in Nutrition Science.

For the past 15 years he's overseen the design and conduct of human dietary intervention studies and clinical trials to evaluate food/supplement, biopharmaceutical, and medical device products in the areas of clinical nutrition, immunology and cardiometabolic health.


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