CO-OWNER, Coach,  HEAD OF BIZ Development

After a short stint in the Army and a career in the office furniture industry, Coach Dave finally settled into the fitness industry as a personal trainer. He brought with him years of martial arts training and an understanding from the army of real world fitness. It did not take very long to realize the current fitness industry model of building lean muscle and burning calories was way off base. After reading two journals from Greg Glassman (What is Fitness & Foundations) everything changed.

  • CrossFit Certified Level III (2007 old cert)
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting certified (2007 1st cert)
  • CrossFit Running and endurance certified (1st Pose running cert)
  • USA Weightlifting Senior Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Kettlebell certified under Jeff Martone
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer (2005)
  • Former Assistant instructor at the Martial Arts Research Institute (2004)
  • USAW Referee
  • NELWC Secretary 2012-2015
  • Bronze 2010 National Masters Weightlifting Championships
  • CPR Certified
  • Lakan Isa (1st Degree Black Belt) Modern Arnis by Master Alix Lavaud (2013)
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Neal Thompson


Neal Thompson was the founder of CrossFit Boston. He has been involved in coaching people in health and fitness for more than 2 decades. Neal found his passion in physical culture as a young teenager when he first began wrestling in his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The need to get in shape for his first season led Neal to the weight room and his path was set. Neal eventually went on to become a collegiate football player and spent quite a bit of his free time in the gym! While in college Neal attended the USA Weightlifting Club Coach Certification being taught by Leo Totten, a well known Sr. International Coach of Team USA, and thus began his journey as a coach working with some female athletes while at Bucknell on the lifts. Neal works with fitness beginners to hardcore enthusiasts and designs his programs to be scalable to all individuals and their needs. He believes that strength is the foundation of all athleticism. Outside of CrossFit, Neal is a family man that spends his time with his beautiful wife and daughter. Their time is often spent outdoors hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, or skiing.

Neal has over 15 years of experience as both an athlete and coach. His clientele has ranged from professional athletes to soccer moms and all sorts and likes between. Neal received a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University, graduating in 1999. While attending the University, he competed on the football team and was named a tri-Captain his Senior year.

  • CrossFit Level III 
  • Underground Strength Coach
  • CrossFit Barbell 
  • CrossFit Football
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Nutrition
  • CrossFit Running and Endurance Coach
  • CrossFit Science of Exercise
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach
  • Precition Nuyrition



Tara Picardy is our business manager (which makes her the real boss!) and coach. After several years in the corporate legal field, Tara realized her true passion for fitness when her husband Dave stumbled upon CrossFit. Tara’s education, knowledge of business and interpersonal skills has allowed her to pursue her coaching/business manager career full time. Being physically active for most of her life, Tara was excited to be able to share this passion with men, women and children of all ages.


  • CrossFit Certified
  • Level II Instructor
  • CrossFit Running and Endurance certified (Pose running)
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Kettlebell certified under Jeff Martone
  • CrossFit Nutrition Certification
  • AS in Business Science with a Concentration in Court Reporting
  • Mother of three of the strongest, fastest and craziest kids around
  • USAW Referee
  • Gold 2010 National Masters Weightlifting Championships
  • Gold 2010 Masters Pan Am Games
  • CPR Certified



I am a Danvers native and have been training at Treehouse School of Fitness for 7 years. I fully believe and love every part of this community. Trying to convey how much this has taught me and changed my life would be like explaining a color to someone who has never seen one, it has to be experienced. I have always had a fascination with the human body and it’s potential as well as a love for people. It is the training and community that has made such an impact in my life that I have decided to make a career at helping others.


  • NSCF  Coach
  • Graduate Mad Lab Executive Program
  • Graduate NSCF Apprentice Program
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • CPR Certified
  • Certified EMT
  • Currently attending paramedic school!




  • NSCF/TreeHouse School of Fitness Apprentice Coach
  • Graduate Mad Lab Executive Program
  • Crossfit Level 1 Certificate
  • CPR/AED Certified
  • AM Class Coach
  • Saturday Morning Team Workout Coach
  • B.S. Biology/Psychology
  • Medical/Surgical nurse
  • Special Interest in all endurance races, including triathlons, mud runs and team based challenges.
Amanda Dubois




  • Crossfit Level 1 Certificate

Mel Berube



  • Gymnastics Coach