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Our Team


jeff Bott


Jeff is a Bay Area native with over fifteen years of personal training experience. After graduating from the University of Washington, he moved to San Francisco and started working as a trainer. He received experience working with various outdoor training companies, boutique gyms, and physical therapy clinics. After working with a broad spectrum of clients and training methodologies, he started his own independent training company. He partnered with different peers, and ultimately became co-owner of two successful facilities in the east bay. Like many, when the pandemic hit, Jeff reevaluated his priorities and values and decided to take a step back from the responsibilities associated with the managerial components of running a brick and mortar facility. By doing so, it allowed him to focus on the part of the fitness industry he enjoys the most, which is working directly with clients. Helping people get the most out of the time they spend training is his true passion!

Jeff first came to Live Oak Strength as a client. He immediately recognized the value in what was being offered. After several months of training at Live Oak Strength with Owen and the team, it quickly became apparent that Jeff and Live Oak Strength shared many of the same core values and...well, the rest is history. He is excited to be a part of such an amazing organization and team, and loves incorporating his own expertise to help enhance the training experience at Live Oak Strength.

Jeff currently lives in Alameda with his wife, four year old son, and rescue pit bull. He has over twenty five years of martial arts experience, but doesn’t practice as much as he once did, due to the high impact of combat sports. Instead, he spends much of his extra time and energy trying to keep up with his son, which provides him with plenty of challenges and excitement. He also enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with his family and friends.


Dylan Hassard


Dylan is a Bay Area native and lifelong athlete. Growing up he played just about every sport, but he found a passion in baseball. He played for over 15 years, eventually going on to pitch for Napa Valley College where he graduated from in 2016. Around this time he discovered rock climbing and quickly developed a knack and passion for it and went on to become a climbing instructor and coach. It was as a coach he realized his joy for helping others achieve their goals and break through what they thought was possible. He is empowered to share all the benefits a high intensity workout can bring and wants everyone to get the most out of life that they can.


When he is not rock climbing or strength training, you can find him playing blues guitar, or working on his chess game, or hanging out anywhere there is a good Philly Cheesesteak. He often reflects on the Latin phrase, “Amor Fati” or the love of one’s fate. No matter where you are in the world or where you have been, you can always start getting stronger today.


patty Paz


Born and raised in Long Beach California, Patricia lived in Oahu, Hawaii and Corpus Christi Texas before making her way to explore the San Francisco Bay Area. Her love for fitness can be traced back to her elementary and young adult years where she was constantly involved in sports. While living in Oahu, her love for the outdoors, adventure and nature grew which enabled her to become a certified PADI Divemaster, not only allowing her to explore the vastness that the earth's landscape has to offer, but enabling her to explore the deep seas as well.

After suffering a debilitating shoulder injury  and experiencing the journey of healing, Patricia was inspired to take what she learned through that experience and share it with others.  Her personal healing journey partnered with her 6 years of experience of training in wellness has deeply guided her work and has inspired her from a holistic lens to honor the powerful connection between the mind, body, and spirit. She loves helping clients grow to be the best versions of themselves through sharing her knowledge on how nutrition with wellness can help us all lead sustainable, happy lives.

In her spare time, you can find her exploring local trails in the bay area with her dog, Xochipilli, relaxing watching Netflix, constantly learning relationship of mind, body, and wellness, and searching for the best Taco Spot that the East Bay has to offer




Owen started Live Oak Strength in 2015 with one goal: make people stronger in the safest, most time efficient and evidence informed way. Spending years of frustration and downright disgust with the dishonest nature of the fitness industry, he knew he had found the solution so many people sought when he stumbled upon Body by Science and adopted the high-intensity training principles to his own workouts and his existing personal training clients. Fast forward to today, Owen has personally supervised over 15,000 high intensity strength training workouts, and mentored 10 successful trainers at Live Oak and other facilities across the country. He is absolutely committed to helping ensure all Live Oak Strength clients receive the absolute best workout experience and results possible, and is grateful for the opportunity to help improve the lives of those in his beloved east bay community.


Owen graduated in 2005 from Cornell College as a double major in Psychology and music. He has played piano since the age of 5 and spent nearly a decade after graduation as a piano teacher. During that time he became heavily involved in the fitness industry, earning several certifications, and working as a fitness instructor and director/manager at a local bay area wellness center. The discipline, communication skills, attention to detail, timing, patience and decades of dedication it took to become a pianist and successful piano teacher have, without a shadow of a doubt, directly influenced Owen’s approach to business ownership, leadership, and personal training. 


Owen's other hobbies include spending as much time outdoors, learning new methods of cooking, reading philosophy, meditation and leadership training.  He lives in Berkeley with his wife Lucy, daughter Anahid, two pit bulls, Luna and Sophie and their cat Darwin. He encourages anyone looking to save time, get strong, and lead a happier, more confident, better quality of life, to stop wasting time on ineffective and dangerous fad workouts, and adopt a more evidence based, efficient and safe high-intensity strength training lifestyle. 


“Training with a high degree of effort just once or twice a week at Live Oak Strength will completely change the way you feel and will open up so many possibilities for you. I can’t wait for you to experience the benefits of this work and lead a happier, stronger, and more confident life.”

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