You might find international certified fitness trainer Robbie Raugh in many places around town, including local gyms, medical offices and media stations. As a radio host, motivational speaker and health and fitness expert, she has become a well-known personality in the Buffalo area.
Before she found her passion in the health and fitness industry, Robbie began her journey at Trocaire.
Trocaire: The right fit
“My mom wanted me to be a nurse,” Robbie says. “I originally went to Buffalo State College for education, but then I immediately realized I had always been interested in healthcare.”
Robbie explained that even in high school she was interested in health and how the body works, as well as working out and taking care of herself.
“After coming from a larger school, I felt like Trocaire had a great sense of community,” she says. “I was in small classes with people who really cared about me, and I made some great memories. It really was the right fit.”
Robbie graduated from Trocaire with a degree in nursing in 1982. This year, she was honored with our Distinguished Alumni Award for serving as an amazing role model to the Western New York community.
Sick care to preventative care: Robbie’s path from nursing to fitness and nutrition
As soon as she graduated, Robbie accepted a job offer as a nurse at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. She then went on to work at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and many private physicians’ offices.
“After testing the waters of nursing for 15 years,” Robbie says, “I decided to take a career twist. I switched from treating disease to preventing it.”
Although Robbie no longer works as a traditional nurse, she uses her diverse experience and strong medical knowledge in her current position as an integrated health nutrition practitioner.
Saving lives through fitness, exercise and education
“I love what I do and I feel like it matters — how can anything be more fun?” Robbie asks. “I’m literally savings lives. People have come to me dangerously close to a heart attack or diagnosed with cancer, and through exercise, inspiration and encouragement for a balanced lifestyle, we have been able to not only prevent disease, but to reverse it.”
Robbie’s mission to prevent disease is very close to her heart. Her sister, who was misdiagnosed for two years with what doctors say was a blocked milk duct, was then properly diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.
“I made a pledge to my sister to keep fighting,” she says, “and I decided right then and there I was going to do whatever I could to help those around me prevent disease. Nearly every disease is preventable, or can be treated through your dietary habits and lifestyle, and I know with my extensive training, experience and credentials – I can help you.”
Robbie teaches health, nutrition and exercise at a variety of places in Buffalo, including fitness centers, community centers and medical practices.
In addition, she’s also a radio personality for The Raw Truth on WDCX 99.5FM, which streams live worldwide every Saturday at 11a.m., is a health and fitness expert on WKBW TV, which airsevery Friday at 10 a.m, has produced multiple workout videos and published her own book.
“You don’t have to be 300 percent sure of what you want to do with your life while you’re in school,” Robbie advises to current students. “Get your degree or license, and you’ll have that credibility to do what you want later on.”
Aside from her work, Robbie is a devoted wife and mother of two children.
“If you love what you do,” she says, “you’ll just learn how to time manage and hit the ground running.”