The CATZ Team

Eric Albala, CPT, OAT

Adult Fitness Director, Managing Partner

Eric Albala, a resident of Holbrook, is a Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Manager who has been in the fitness and sports performance industry for 13 years. He earned his first certification from East Coast Instructional Training School where he was certified as a Personal Trainer. Eric then went on to be certified through AFAA as a Personal Trainer, and then through AIFE as a Certified Older Adult Trainer.

Eric’s in-depth experience includes working with his adult clients to help coordinate and set up proper strength, conditioning and cardiovascular routines to meet their personal fitness goals. Eric has not only trained adults of all fitness levels, but has also managed numerous personal training facilities as well. He was responsible for supervising the design and implementation of all client training programs, the management of 14 personal trainers, as well as assisting over 200 clients achieve their goals on a monthly basis.

In addition, Eric also spent a considerable amount of time providing strength training programs to clients with musculoskeletal disorders to help increase muscle mass and increase bone density. He also focused his time on helping clients with high risk factors such as Diabetes, Arthritis and Cancer, as well as providing a variety of post-rehabilitation training services. With the help of CATZ functional training methodology and Eric's training experience, we are able to train all clients no matter limitations or fitness level.

Brian Kolonoski, CPT

Performance Director, Managing Partner

Brian has been involved in the field of sport-specific performance training since 2005 and has worked with thousands athletes from all backgrounds and experience levels, ranging from youth to professional athletes. He obtained a bachelors degree in Exercise Science & Fitness Development from SUNY Cortland. From there he went on to work for and manage various sports specific training facilities before he found his home with CATZ.

Brian is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is also a level III certified trainer through Combine360. Brian is always looking to learn and grow so that each one of his athletes receives the best possible training around. He find no better joy then hearing about one of his athlete's achievements.

William Germano, DC, CSCS

Chiropractor, Managing Partner

Dr. Germano holds a Bachelor's Degree with emphasis in Biology and Psychology from Stony Brook University and a Masters in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction and Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. While at Stony Brook he was a four year starter and captain of the Men's Baseball team, earning MVP and All-Conference honors. He was also a National Scholar Athlete Award winner. Dr. Germano has been on the medical staff of the Long Island Ducks professional baseball team since 1992 as their official Team Chiropractor. Since 1992 Dr. Germano has treated many athletes, both professional and amateur in a wide variety of sports, including two-time American League MVP Juan Gonzales, former Major League All-Star Henry Rodriguez, and MLB Hall of Famer Gary Carter.

Dr. Germano is a member of the New York State Chiropractic Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and an ISSA Certified Fitness Instructor and is an Agunct Professor at Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College.

Scott Irwin, PT

Clinical Director, Pegasus Physical Therapy, P.C.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Rehabilitation from Springfield College and a Certificate in Physical Therapy from Hunter College. He has over 20 years of clinical experience evaluating and treating patients.

Prior to creating Pegasus Physical Therapy, Scott held the position of Senior Physical Therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. There he managed the physical therapy outpatient department treating hundreds of patients each year and earning the President’s Award for Excellence in patient care.

While at Springfield, Scott was a four-year member and co-captain of the gymnastics team. He was awarded the distinction of Junior Athlete of the Year and was a three-time All-American athlete.

Chuck Downey, CSCS

Community Relations Director

Chuck holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and is in the process of completing his Master's Degree in Health Education, both from Stony Brook University. During his years playing football for Stony Brook University, Chuck earned the Team MVP Award twice, was voted Student Athlete of the Year, and was honored as an All American for three consecutive years. In addition, Chuck earned ECAC Player of the Year honors, and in 1988, he signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Chuck still holds 15 NCAA records and 36 Stony Brook records in football. In 1996, Chuck was inducted into the Stony Brook University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Prior to becoming a Battalion Chief in the New York City Fire Department, Chuck spent two years as a Manager and Personal Trainer at New York Sports Club in New York City and on Long Island. Chuck has also coached many sports from youth to the collegiate level, and is extremely active in Commack Youth Soccer where he serves as a Division Coordinator. Chuck is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is also a Certified Fitness Instructor through the International Sports Science Association. Chuck also sits on the Captain Board for the Athletic Director’s Advisory Council at the University of Stony Brook.

Michael McDermott

Performance Coach, Team Training

Michael McDermott graduated Smithtown HS in June 2000. He then went on to Salisbury University where he graduated in 2004 with a major in physical education. He earned his Masters degree from Stony Brook in 2007. Michael has been a Physical Education teacher in the Kings Park Central School District since 2005, where he also coaches middle school boys' soccer and JV baseball. Michael has been a trainer at CATZ since 2006 where he specializes in performance team training. Michael is an avid sports fan, the only things he loves more than sports are his wife and 3 children.