Trainer Theresa

By Neel Khattri


Everyone sees her in the gym. If you’re an athlete who’s been injured, you’ve gone to her. She’s the athletic trainer, the coach for the swim team, and the one who tapes everyone’s ankles. Her name is Theresa Maksim.     

  Maksim started her journey at San Jose State University back in 2008. She comes from a family of eight and became interested in athletics early on in her life. At SJSU, her original plan was to study nursing; however, she also wanted to find her passion in other areas so she decided to major in Athletic Training. After graduating from SJSU, Maksim worked at a physical therapy clinic for about a year and a half, and eventually wanted to leave the office setting. Eventually, she applied to Pinewood through word of mouth and has worked here since 2014.

Being an athletic trainer is not Maksim’s only goal. She wants to be a nurse practitioner for an orthopedic surgeon. Currently, she studies at De Anza College every morning and night pursuing her dream. Outside of being a full-time student and a full-time athletic trainer, Maksim also works as a coach at Orangetheory Fitness. Before becoming a fitness coach  Maksim worked as

a bartender.

Outside of work, Maksim loves to watch football and hockey, but she also loves to swim. Maksim is the swim coach for Pinewood’s swim team and hopes to inspire her love of swimming in others. In fact, when she traveled with the girls varsity basketball team in December, Maksim swam over a mile along the coast. “[Swimming] is not only a team sport, but also very individual at the same time. You are constantly challenging not only yourself to get better, but your teammates as well,” Maksim said.