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About Me
I first learned about Pilates when I was 15 and enrolled in the intense ballet 
program at North Carolina School of the Arts.  The year was 1987, and to study
with a Pilates instructor meant traveling to NYC. That summer, I visited the city for a week and did a private Pilates lesson every day.  Two years later, I moved to NYC to dance with the Joffrey Ballet.

In 2005, I was a former dancer working as the manager of a luxury health club in Manhattan. Pilates had become more well known, and we were one of the first
health clubs to offer a fully equipped Pilates Studio onsite. This inspired me to become a full time instructor.

My initial certification was through the PhysicalMind Institute, as taught by Master Teacher Lesley Powell. I also received a certification in Personal Training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Always interested in learning different styles and perspectives, I later completed all the STOTT Pilates coursework for Mat and Reformer, taught by Master Teacher Tara Chauvin. I also received a full Pilates certification from Balanced Body University, again under the tutelage of Lesley Powell.

To gain further understanding of the human body and the effects of forces placed upon it, I've studied with Anatomists, Biomechanists, and Physical Therapists. 
Highlights of my studies include Anatomy with Professor Irene Dowd, the Resistance Training Specialist 123 Program taught by Christopher Grainey, and 
Greg Roskopf's Muscle Activation Techniques (Jumpstart) also taught by Christopher Grainey, and Bio-mechanics with Katy Bowman, M.S. of Nutritious Movement.

In addition to my anatomical and mechanical studies, I continue to study Thomas Hanna's Somatics, a neuroscience- based movement program for greater mind-body integration and pain-free living.