Meet The Team

Laci Johnson

Role: Owner of Rising Tide Fitness

Why I Coach: As a healthy food and fitness lover my passion is educating, supporting, and empowering everyone I work with to develop the confidence and encouragement to push themselves further than they think they can go.

What I Bring to the RTF Family: I grew up playing sports and loved the competition and challenge, but most of all the team. There is something about working towards a goal with a group of supportive and positive people that can help get you to a level you may not otherwise reach. The community and camaraderie is just an added benefit I have found through working out with others.

Background: Born and raised here in Rockport, Texas, I am blessed to call this beautiful town on the water home. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Texas State University and then was a Nutrition and Culinary Arts teacher for nine years here at my high school alma mater

Favorite Workout: While I know the many benefits of eating clean and providing my body the right foods, I also very much delight in a long (or short), challenging, sweaty workout. Moving a barbell and slowing down to work on technique is also at the top of my list of favorite things to do. I love that the workouts/weightlifting I have done in the past have helped me become stronger.

When I’m Not In the Gym: I enjoy spending time with my husband, John, and our two children. We go hunting and fishing, travel together and all have so much fun when we spend time together as a family.

Samantha McDavid

Role: Coach of Rising Tide Fitness

Why I Coach: During my college days, I was introduced to the Crossfit method of working out by a friend, and fell in love with the community setting and the workouts! I decided to get involved with coaching becauseI love helping people become their healthier & happier version of themselves!

What I Bring to the RTF Family: Some things you can expect from me as a coach: be on time, listen when I am instructing, and most importantly have fun! I think moving is very important, but I also believe living your life and having fun is more important!

So, I’d like to make it clear that I’m there to make sure you get fit, do not get hurt, and have fun! I’m pretty goofy, and like to joke and have fun with the members during class. So watch out! I look forward to working out with you and coaching you in the near future!

Background: I grew up in Rockport, Tx where I was very active in cross country and track. I then attended college at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, whoop! During my college days, I was introduced to the Crossfit method of working out by a friend, and fell in love with the community setting and the workouts! After college, I continued to broaden my fitness horizon and became a Crossfit Certified Level 1 Trainer, Group Barbell Certified Instructor, Tabata Bootcamp Certified Instructor, and Certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant. I started leading group fitness classes in 2014, on the side of my normal 8- 5 job.

Favorite Workout: Metcons with pull-ups and anything Tabata style

When I’m Not In the Gym: When I’m Not in the Gym – Hopefully sleeping! JK – I am working full time as a Business Manager at Kiewit and spending time with my Husband.

Emily Lopez

Role: Coach of Rising Tide Fitness

Why I Coach: While pursuing fitness, I find myself getting stronger physically, emotionally and mentally. I love to share this passion with other members and help provide the warm welcoming I received when I joined this family.

What I Bring to the RTF Family: I’m very dedicated and in tune to our members goals- I love providing the support and encouragement to everybody. I think it’s extremely important to love what you’re doing and not being in pain- physically or mentally. My goal each time I coach is to provide that situation for you. I’m here for you for any questions or concerns you may have ❤️

Background: I was born and raised in Austin, Texas with my older sister and younger brother. Growing up, I was always outside and involved in many different sports. I received my Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University and my Master’s of Education in School Counseling from Lamar University.

In addition, I have earned my Crossfit Level 1. I am currently a school counselor in Aransas County ISD and have lived in Rockport for 6 years. I have competed in three local CrossFit competitions respectively placing first, fourth and second.

Favorite Workout: Anything and everything! I love the long AMRAP style workouts 💪🏻

When I’m Not In the Gym: I love spending time with my husband and our fur babies – long beach walks are the best!

Avita Gandy

Role: Coach of Rising Tide Fitness

Why I Coach: My goal is to have the most positive impact that I can on the lives of the people I care about. This goes way beyond helping people look the best they ever have, that’s a given, this also covers performance, mindset, motivation and lifestyle.

What I Bring to the RTF Family: I’m passionate about helping people find the right balance for them which means that they can enjoy their lives to the fullest whilst looking, feeling & performing how they want to.

Background: I was born in Morgan City, Louisiana & was raised in Rockport since I was about 2. After having my 2 beautiful kids, I was so caught up in always taking care of them first that I didn’t take care of myself & struggled with finding that balance. In 2015, I finally decided to get back to lifting weights & started as a member in 2016 at RTF. The gym family welcomed me in & I’ve also gained some great friends along the way! In 2019 I decided to became a CrossFit L1 Trainer & have enjoyed every minute.

Favorite Workout: Annie & Isabel! Anything with Deadlifts & Jump rope!!

When I’m Not In the Gym: I enjoy spending time with my family & relaxing at home.