WHO WE ARE
Head Coach, Founder/President
LaTisha is originally from Alaska, born and raised. She travels back home every summer for 7 weeks to commercial fish in the cold waters of Bristol Bay, Naknek Alaska. This is part of her Native Athabaskan culture. Her passion is God, family, fitness & fishing.
Upon a military move that brought her to Mississippi she saw a need for fitness in the Ocean Springs community. Her passion for all types of fitness led her to open CrossFit Ocean Springs in November 2011.
Her quote: “I don’t believe in guilt. As long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don’t judge people in your life, I think you should live completely free. If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I’m not frightened by anyone’s perception of me.”
Mike Panasuk is a coach here at CrossFit Ocean Springs. He specializes in Olympic Weightlifting and has a keen eye for programming supplemental movements that provide tremendous results in the main lifts. Mobility designed to prevent injuries is a huge part of each of his classes.
“I looked like a deer in the headlights the first time I walked into a CrossFit box. I had worked out, but never done CrossFit. The coaches at the box made me feel welcome. When a new person walks through the door, I treat them the same way I was treated on day 1.”
Mike comes to CrossFit Ocean Springs as a collegiate wrestler. The community aspect of CrossFit Ocean Springs is the perfect fit for someone like Mike that thrives in a team environment.
“The most exciting moment is watching an athlete reach one of their goals they set out to accomplish. Whether it’s helping someone get their very first box jump or muscle up, having even a small part in that makes me proud to be a coach and excited to see them improve.”
As a coach at CrossFit Ocean Springs, Dee Scott is passionate about helping members achieve beyond what they thought possible. “There is no better feeling than seeing someone not only reach a personal goal, but blow it out the water with hard work and persistence!”
Dee comes to us from a high school and collegiate cheerleading background where he was part of 5 National Championship teams. He was also a member of Team USA, representing the United States in the World Cheerleading Championships.
Prior to coaching CrossFit, he coached tumbling and cheerleading. Needless to say, he specialty at CrossFit Ocean Springs is gymnastics.
“I love to see how close our members are. People don’t just come in to workout, they are like family. Cracking jokes with each other and just having a blast. It is a community, not just another gym.”
Emily has a competitive athletic background that includes swimming, dance, gymnastics, softball, soccer, track and field, cross country, cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, and equitation. While being a part of all these teams was rewarding, none of these sports ever inspired her in the way that CrossFit has. She currently works as a Marine Biologist for the state of Mississippi.
She is passionate about all things outdoors and always looking for the next new experience.
I love to coach because CrossFit made me better at life. It’s been life changing for me, and helping others change their lives for the better is a reward beyond measure.
“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
Justin Lewis first introduced to Crossfit while in the police academy. He is a full time law enforcement officer since 2005, a experienced firearms instructor, field training officer, and SWAT team member. Justin knows the importance of fundamentals, paying attention to detail, and discipline. He can also relate Crossfit to real world scenarios and can draw on his professional experience to help coach new athletes and help them to reach their goals.
“You’ve got to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. To me fitness isn’t just about strength, looking better, or stress relief. It’s also about being able to help family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. We do this every time we cheer on and push the last person to finish a WOD. They may be doing the same for us on another WOD. That’s one of my favorite aspects of Crossfit and the community that it is.”