Our expert coaching staff has over 15 years of combined experience. From first time exercisers to professional athletes, our staff has a solution for your fitness needs. We are here to ensure you get the best possible results, in a safe, and fun way. You won’t find any gimmicks at Arkitect Fitness, just solid fitness principals combined with the latest in sports, health, and nutritional science. Each member of our staff is on a continuous journey to expand their knowledge in order to bring you the very best service possible.
Dr. Brett Scott
Head Coach | PT, DPT, USAW Level 1
Dr. Brett Scott founded Barbell Therapy & Performance in 2017. After working as a strength coach and personal trainer for seven years throughout his college career, Dr. Scott realized something was missing in the traditional physical therapy model during his clinical rotations. While working in the traditional physical therapy setting, he realized he didn’t have the time and resources to get his patients the best outcomes because profit and proficiency from a business standpoint surpasses patient outcomes. He felt like he was able to give his training clients more from a coaching and training setting where he had the time to educate people, provide hands on coaching and corrections, build stronger alliances and trust with clients, and had the ability to empower people to be in better control of their life.
As a competitive hockey player and olympic weightlifter himself, he also realized that many athletes were coming to physical therapy that were either misunderstood, or mistreated by other therapists due to a lack of expertise and experience in working with fitness athletes. Too many athletes have been told to just stop working out, or stop their activity, and weren’t being prescribed exercises and treatments that challenged the patients enough or solved the root cause of their problems to begin with. Therefore, Dr. Scott founded Barbell Therapy & Performance as a place where fit adults and athletes could be served with a better experience, and a better outcome by being able to not only rehab, but coach individuals back to the sports and activities that they love.
Dr. Scott graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with his bachelors of science in exercise physiology and a minor in nutrition. He continued on in the expedited program through UMass Lowell to graduate summa cum laude with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017.
Dr. Scott is currently a licensed doctor of physical therapy in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire and has passed all necessary requirements under the federal board regulations. He also holds specialty certifications in dry needling, cupping, spinal manipulations and adjustments, blood flow restriction training, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (also known as Graston Technique), is a certified clinical athlete provider, and is a registered olympic weightlifting coach with USA weightlifting. Amongst his passion for learning, Brett is equally passionate about educating others and frequently hosts workshops on his approach throughout new england and has had the pleasure of presenting his expertise at the university level as well.
Not only has Brett been able to compete on the national circuit in olympic weightlifting himself, but he has had the opportunity to coach multiple individuals at the national level in the sports of weightlifting and powerlifting, and possibly the international level in 2020. Brett has been able to coach many NCAA division 1 athletes and various high school athletes as well, including the national high school shot-put champion Aiden Felty.
Coach | B.S. Exercise Science, CSCS, USAW Level 1
Andy has his B.S. in Exercise Science from Bridgewater State University, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist via the National Strength & Conditioning Association. While earning his degree, Andy worked at Fitness 500 Club and with Sport-RX in Hyannis, MA; coaching athletes at the high school, collegiate, and professional level. He also has experience helping working adults of all skill levels reach their health and fitness goals. Andy strives to make the gym a supportive and welcoming environment for everyone, and to help clients experience the benefits of training in their everyday lives. Not only has he helped his clients get stronger and improve their fitness, but while at Arkitect Fitness Andy has also pursued his own strength goals as a member of the Rumbler Barbell Club.
Coach | USAW Level III National Coach
Following a career path where I’m making a difference has always been important to me. I started working as a personal trainer as a means to pay for college while I was still in school. I fell in love with coaching when one of my first clients early on told me their doctor took them off of their blood pressure and cholesterol medication due to their new found fitness. That’s when I realized I could make an impact.
After working at a few different gyms over the last 10 years, I saw shortcomings in the fitness industry, and that’s when I came up with the concept and structure of Arkitect Fitness. So many people have no direction when they workout at a “regular gym,” and group fitness classes are too generic.
Owning and operating my own gym has been a challenging but rewarding experience, and I’m extremely proud of the community we’ve built and the positive change our staff has been able to create in the lives of those who choose to train with us!
Connor Bombaci, PT, DPT, CSCS
Physical Therapist and Strength Coach
Connor joined Barbell Therapy and Performance in August of 2021. Connor previously worked in private and collegiate strength and conditioning settings where he gained a passion for helping others improve themselves. Connor went into PT school imagining himself going into professional sports, but his goals shifted during his clinical experiences. There, he saw how much of an impact he could make on athletes, active adults, and motivated individuals. Connor relates helping a young dad of two return to golfing and the gym without pain, as a major turning point for him.
Connor cites learning and work experiences at the Institute of Performance and Fitness, Champion PT and Performance, UMass Lowell Sports Performance, OSF Hospital, and Athletic Evolution, as the catalysts for his pursuit of excellence in both Strength and Conditioning and Physical Therapy.
Specifically, Connor’s time with UMass Lowell’s Division 1 sports performance and softball teams changed the way he thought about physical preparation and mental challenges during training. Spending time with staff and athletes in the weight room, on cross country flights, and during meals were transformative experiences for Connor as he got to experience six years as an intern, then co-op student and finally Sports performance coach at UMass Lowell.
Connor previously played soccer and lacrosse in highschool. He has a passion for golf and all things weightlifting related; olympic lifting, powerlifting, kettlebells, you name it. Connor has two dogs and credits his initial interest in Physical Therapy and sports medicine to his parents.
Connor holds his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UMass Lowell in 2021.
Coach | B.S. Exercise Science
Anthony Piccirillo received his bachelors of science in exercise physiology from Endicott College in August of 2020. He is a registered fitness professional through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His unique training background brings a different taste to Barbell Therapy and Performance. With experience in strength and conditioning youth athletics as well as mixed martial arts, and being extremely well versed in nutrition, Coach Anthony has been able to help athletes here get optimal results by helping our athletes get better nutrition, make for efficient conditioning workouts, and maximize recovery.
Tiff started her fitness journey in 2017. Cardio was where she started, and she soon began educating herself on strength training and holistic health. Her passion for getting healthy and strong grew very quickly. When she found Arkitect Fitness, her yearning to help people stay safe and become strong through exercising increased exponentially. Tiff has a passion for helping people and it shows through her coaching abilities. She says it is the most rewarding job she has ever had, and we couldn’t agree more!
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, ISSA Certified/FMS Level 1
Always active and interested in a healthy lifestyle, I never anticipated my passion and dedication to my own health would turn into a possible career path for nutritional coaching. It wasn’t until I started a strength and conditioning program, that I desired to be a strong, fit woman. This type of training required a more mindful approach to my nutritional habits, and my interest began to grow as I began to educate myself. Peers and training partners began to seek my guidance with their nutrition, recipes, tips, etc. I found my purpose: To help others develop and achieve goals for health, body composition, and athletic performance by offering nutritional support, guidance and empowerment. I want to motivate others to be healthy, fit and confident by being an example of someone who makes her health a priority while still living a fun balanced life.