Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali

NEW YORK, NY 10019-3834

Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali is in a class by herself! As the only American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator in the United States, she approaches guiding you toward your fitness goals in a manner like no other. Her experience in the wellness and fitness industry spans over two decades. Internationally, she's had the opportunity of coaching both clinical and healthy populations to adopt a healthy lifestyle. She's the former owner of Siena Pilates and Fitness, a full service personal training and pilates studio located in Monteriggioni, Italy. She has earned a Master's degree in Diabetes Education and Management from Columbia University, a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylania. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the Health Education program at Columbia University. Joanne has earned the top credentials from the most recognized organizations in the fitness and wellness industry such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, Wellcoaches, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American Council on Exercise, the Society of Public Health Educators and the National Board of Certified Diabetes Educators.

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About Me


  • Master's Degree, Exercise Science & Health Promotion, California University of Pennsylvania
  • BS, Sports Management, California University of Pennsylvania
  • AA, Liberal Arts, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Master's Degree, Diabetes Education and Management, Columbia University, Teachers College

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Group Fitness Instructor
ACE - Medical Exercise Specialist
ACE - Personal Trainer
ACSM - ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
ACSM - ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist®
NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
ACSM - ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer
ACSM - ACSM/NCPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer
NASM - Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
NASM - Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
Wellcoaches - Certified Health & Wellness Coach
SilverSneakers - YogaStretch
Pending Verification
NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
NCBDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Agency Unavailable
NCHEC - Health Education Specialist Certification
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Heart Association

AED Certified

American Heart Association
Amerian Heart Association

Liability Insurance

  • Philadelphia Insurance Company

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Cash, Cashier's Check, Credit Cards

Awards & Accomplishments

  • California University of Pennsylvania - African American Scholar
  • Judge - IDEA 2012 Personal Trainer of the Year
  • Teachers College, Columbia University Merit-Based Scholarship
  • Teachers College, Columbia University - Award Recipient of the Dorothy J. del Bueno Annual Scholar - 2014
  • Teachers College, Columbia University - Merit-based scholarship towards doctoral studies 2014-2015 academic year

Languages Spoken

English, Italian, Spanish



11 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by User on Mar 24, 2012

    Way to go Donna!!! I also had JoAnn. I believe she had 4 of us. I met with my new naeitrr Dave today. It was a fantastic workout!! He figured out my it's too light face pretty quickly .lol. If I don't feel anything, I feel it is a waste of my time doing the exercise, and I want to get everything out of every workout!! Keep up the good work!! Maybe I'll see you at the gym tomorrow! GO RED!!

  • by Tina Redwood on Aug 21, 2011

    They don't get any better than Joanne! Her commitment to your success is extraordinary. She is passionate and equally compassionate. I had the pleasure and benefit of her expertise through the NYC WAlk-Fit program. I was so pumped to get to class every week and went through serious withdrawal once the program ended. I definitely saw tremendous physical improvements in terms of stamina and inches lost, but I was equally impacted by the emotional lift OI got through seeing my body transform. She is a powerhouse that anyone who gets the privilege of working with will never forget. I know I wont!

    Thank You!!

  • by Sylvia Kolano on Aug 11, 2011

    First off- I'm not anonymous- just a dweeb who can't figure out how to get my name listed next to the icon! My name is Sylvia and I'm actually the granddaughter of an 87 year old client Jo started working with in March 2011. Grandma was diagnosed with Parkinson's 4 years ago and in a slow but steady pace, she went from unassisted walking, to using a cane, then a fixed leg walker, a walker with wheels and finally to a wheelchair. By the time Jo came to us, grandma was resigned to a future where she'd never walk more than a few steps again. Physical Therapists had been of little use because rather than returning her to strength, they instructed her on how to manage the handicaps she had developed ("Oh, you're shuffling now- ok, shuffle slower and watch the carpet so you don't trip."). Fiercely independent, survivor of the War and beholden to no one for anything in her entire life- this was a living nightmare for grandma. At the very first evaluation, Jo asked grandma what she wanted from the time they'd work together and grandma answered, "I want to walk again". Jo answered, "Then that's going to be our goal." She spent two hours talking to grandma, testing her strength and flexibility and generally learning what she could to create a game plan focused on grandma's ultimate goal and ALWAYS with references to the SCIENCE behind what she was doing and what was happening to grandma's body. Without exaggerating in a "Miracle Worker" sort of way, Jo's work with Grandma has been, for us, miraculous. Grandma's Parkinson's affected her by stiffening and locking her muscles. Rather than uncontrollable shaking, grandma's muscles had become short and atrophied. With 2 sessions a week, grandma's muscles were put to rigorous use. Not only were there exercises to regain strength and flexibility, but there was focus on balance, posture correction, foot placement, diet- all little things which affected grandma's ability to stand and move, but which no one had noticed or corrected before. Jo's constant monitoring of grandma's progress made it so much more personal than just a trainer/client relationship. Grandma looked forward to the challenges Jo brought. She made grandma SWEAT-which made grandma feel alive and gave her back some of the sense of body ownership she had lost to the disease. Her mood lifted, her appetite returned and yes, she started to walk. It is 5 months now and grandma can walk: not alone, not for long, not like she did before she had the disease. But holding onto someone's arm, walking slowly, keeping her head up and her steps wide, she is able to walk around. Of course she still relies on a walker and wheelchair, but the miracle for us is that she isn't bedridden, isn't in a nursing home and isn't looking at those two looming in her future. Rather than this ultimate fate for so many elderly and those suffering with Parkinson's, each session with Jo gives grandma more strength and more confidence to think of a future outside her home. It is no exaggeration therefore, to say that this woman- Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali- has given my grandma a reason to live. Forever thankful can not express the gratitude or entirety of the feelings we have for her.

  • by jeannette montilla on Jun 23, 2011

    Joanne is an Exceptional instructor. She was my instructor for the past 6 weeks. She was teaching a Personal Fitness Trainer course and I learned a lot. She knows the material very well. She also, has a lot of knowledge in anatomy. I wish we had more instructors like Joanne with all that knowledge and people skills. I am prepared now to pass my certification exam thanks to Joanne!!

  • by User on Jun 21, 2011

    Charles Thomas
    Jo is the most dedicated instructor I've ever had. She did her best to make sure that the entire class knew the information. She made sure that all of us was well prepared for the W.I.T.S. exam. She is very qualified and really knows her stuff. It was a great experience being in her class because I learned a lot of things that I didn't know about exercise even though I had previously been very physically active. Any person seeking training, career advice or just to simply learn something new should definitely go to her.

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