Phyllis received her M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of KY in 1997. In 2003 she became certified from the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Instructor and in 2005 she became Power Pilates Certified. From 1989-1993 Phyllis was a collegiate swimmer for Transylvania university and in 2000 she qualified for and completed the Boston Marathon. She is currently an active triathlete.