ABOUT US

Dan Scheid Co-Founder

Dan’s background is impressive: He is an Exercise and Movement Coach, Research/Performance Technology Assistant, Olympic Boxing/Taekwondo Coach and Martial Arts Instructor. He has experience providing exercises for persons with chronic disease conditions. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati in Health Sciences (2019) and is currently attending UC’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. 

Dan is working on multiple exercise and human performance projects, assisting with research at the UC Department of Athletics around heart rate variability and performance biometrics in D1 female athletes. He volunteers with Mission 2 Move, a chronic stress prevention program for preschoolers to improve health and resilience in children through movement and mindfulness. 

In the future, Dan would like to serve in the United States Air Force as a Physical Therapist working with the Special Operations Community.

Tommy McQuaid Co-Founder

Tommy is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Health Sciences/Exercise & Movement Science, and he currently studies physical therapy at The Ohio State University. Tommy was introduced to the local adapted sports scene through his roles in neurorecovery research, peer education/student development, and home/community support for individuals with disabilities. With career interests in brain & spinal cord rehab, teaching, and PT research, Tommy has been proud of Iron Core’s continued success as a learning experience for athletes, student coaches, and the adapted sports community alike.

Renee Loftspring Co-Founder

Renee is a physical therapist with 38+ years of clinical experience including teaching physical therapy graduate students. She is in her 15th year as a USA Hockey volunteer, promoting and growing adaptive ice hockey programs for persons living with physical, visual and cognitive impairment; co-founded (2006) the Cincinnati IceBreakers’ Sled Hockey program (adapted ice hockey) in which she remains actively involved; co-founded IRON CORE (2019) to provide adapted strength and conditioning to persons living with a primary physical impairment; co-founded The Bridge Adaptive Sports and Recreation (2020), a non-profit whose focus is to bridge the gap between formal therapies and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, for persons with physical and visual impairments; and co-founded Achieve Performance Institute (2023) whose purpose is to provide education regarding adaptive exercise, adaptive athletics and coaching the adaptive athlete to both local, national and international audiences. Renee has certifications for EKSO (robotic gait training), Adult NDT, CARSS I & II (adaptive program administration), and AIT (Adaptive & Inclusive Fitness). She is currently partnered with the Cincinnati Cyclones and Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually-Impaired so she can run a Blind Hockey program in the Cincinnati area – for anyone with a visual impairment.

Allison Simpson Co-Director

Allison is in her third year at the University of Cincinnati studying pre-Occupational therapy. Allison was brought into Iron Core in its 1st year to shadow directors with the intention to become a co-director. Outside of Iron-Core, Allison is an employee of the Learning Commons as a peer leader. Peer leadership includes mentoring 1st year students with their transition to college. Allison is a campus tour guide and works with Undergrad admissions as a student ambassador, While at UC, has been an academic coach and helped launch a pre-OT club to allow fellow pre-OT students to support one another pre-professionally. She is a Kappa Alpha Theta involved with membership development and other leadership roles within the chapter. Allison will be attending UC’s Occupational Therapy Graduate School after her graduation.

Cecelia Feldman Co-Director

Cecelia is a fourth year pre-occupational student at the University of Cincinnati. She has been with Iron-Core since its inauguration in 2019, beginning as a coach then transitioning to co-director. Cecilia is a Peer Leader at UC, mentoring first year students as they navigate their way through freshman year. She is one of several students who identified a need and assisted in the formation of a pre-OT club at UC to connect pre-OT undergrads with one another as they each prepare for their future. Cecilia will be attending graduate school at UC to become a licensed Occupational Therapist.