Shawnee Harkins’ passion for physical fitness, was honed as a firefighter and emergency medical technician leading her to become a Celebrity Trainer and Consultant, Fitness Expert, Neuro Performance Coach, Sports Nutritionist, Motivational Speaker, and a recognized Health and Fitness Television/Media Personality. A tragic accident left Shawnee with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), quadriplegia, and on life support. After recovering she subsequently experienced two other TBI’s. During her extended recovery, she did extensive research, pursued Neuroscience Peak Performance certifications and has become a spokeswoman for people suffering from TBI and the only Celebrity Trainer with this specific expertise stemming from her own injuries and recovery.
Shawnee first received national attention on "The Hydra Executives", which aired from 2008-2009 on Showtime International and Infinity TV. Subsequently she was featured on "The Dr. Phil Show" where she traveled the country as one of Dr. Phil's celebrity trainers. On "The Ultimate Weight Loss Race" which aired on CBS in 2008 and 2009. Shawnee joined forces with Jillian Michaels to launch Michaels’ newest fitness program, “BODYSHRED.” In addition, Harkins has worked on two feature films and is the creator and producer of several web series centered on health and fitness. She recently joined Athlete Ally as Pro Ambassador.
In 2011 Shawnee partnered with Shake Weight as their brand ambassador and created, developed and launched the NEW Shake Weight Class Fitness Program in Southern California. Exercise TV partnered with Shawnee to create and star in her own instructional workout videos.
Shawnee worked with the FITLIGHT Trainer™ and designed sports and neuro performance programs for professional boxers, NFL, NHL, and MLS athletes, and trained and rehabilitated various athletes with her programs. As a multiple TBI survivor, she’s combined her experience with research and certifications in Neuro performance, to create and design TBI and non-TBI training programs using the FITLIGHT Trainer™.
Harkins’ Neuro State of Mind™ program utilized by her private clientele, patients at hospitals and non-profit organizations is dedicated to improving quality of life post-TBI/stroke, improving independence after injury, building a healthy self-image, and helping TBI and stroke individuals get back into shape. Harkins’ continues to give hope and produce results for the TBI and stroke community turning their biggest breakdowns into their biggest breakthroughs.