Jacques Courseault, M.D.- Dr. Courseault’s experience in fitness and exercise began at a young age.  He played organized sports throughout high school and began resistance training at the age of twelve.  Upon acceptance to Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) from which he received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology, Dr. Courseault served as the Head Student Athletic Trainer for the Tulane Football Team.

Afterwards, he worked as a Personal Trainer for the Reily Recreation Center at Tulane University.  Clientele included athletes (Kedra Holland-Corn, WNBA), students as well as men and women in the greater New Orleans area.  He taught group exercises classes and performed more than 2,000 body composition screenings in a program called “Fat Tuesday.”  He loved “prescribing” exercise and diet plans to help his clients lose weight, improve muscle strength and rehab physical ailments with which they had been dealing.  While completing his pre-medical education, Dr. Courseault also worked as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician.

Dr. Courseault began his medical career at Tulane University School of Medicine.  While a student, he continued to make an impact in his community as co-president of the Sports Medicine Interest Group and co-founder of a successful non-profit weight loss program named “Dont Weight to Lose,” which helped hundreds lose weight in the New Orleans community (view this video about the program or read an article about Don’t Weight to Lose in the Times-Picayune).  In addition to helping others improve their health, Dr. Courseault received grants from the Student National Medical Association, Tanita Scales and the Centers for Disease Control.  Further, more than 100 medical students participated in the program and were trained by Dr. Courseault. After completing medical school, Dr. Courseault was the Associate Chief Resident specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Louisiana State University, Dr. Courseault continues to promote fitness with the development of LSUHEP.org, which is a home exercise program site for physical ailments.

After residency, he completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Baton Rouge General Hospital, while taking care of NCAA athletes at LSU and Southern Universities, as well as local high school athletes.

He now is practicing physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine and electromyography at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Exercise Menu is designed to present information regarding exercise, health and fitness from a doctor’s perspective.  He believes that factual information combined with small, practical changes can result in serious improvements in health and fitness.

Introducing Senior Contributors

Ashley TheobaldAshley Theobald, D.P.T. – Ashley was born and raised in a small town in Alabama.  She attended the University of South Alabama and was an advanced undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-professional health sciences in 2012. She then graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2014.  During her first year of PT school she met and married her husband, Ben.  She is now working for Star Physical Therapy full-time and completing PRN work for Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital in Nashville, TN. She has been an avid health and fitness fan playing softball growing up, tennis in high school, and completing 2 half-marathons in college. She enjoys traveling overseas and has completed 2 short-term medical mission trips for physical therapy in the Dominican Republic (2013) and Haiti (2015), with intentions of returning next year.

Amanda Saltzman, M.D. – Amanda hails from the Great White North – she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.  She attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada completing her Bachelor of Science degree in physiology and chemistry in 2007.  She then moved all the way down to the southern US to attend medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.  While in medical school she met and married her husband, Chad.  Amanda graduated from Tulane in 2011 and is now completing her residency in urology at Ochsner in New Orleans, LA.

From the time she was 6, Amanda was a synchronized swimmer.  She was a world class swimmer representing Canada at multiple international competitions (and winning!).  She continued swimming throughout her undergraduate studies, winning multiple varsity championships.  Sadly, she had to retire from synchro when she moved to New Orleans in 2007 as there is no team in the area.  She was part of the team from Ontario that holds the world record for the largest synchronized swimming routine.  Her team from McGill was also featured on the album cover for Neon Bible by Arcade Fire, a Canadian Indy rock band most recently featured at Jazz Fest in 2011.