OUR OHANA - INSTRUCTORS
Owner/InstructorOriginally from Massachusetts, I have lived in Hawaii for 15 years. I have always been active since I was a small child. Since the age of 7, I was involved in an intensive dance training program which lasted through my teen years. While in college, I was able to pursue my passion for horses. My career as an equestrian in Dressage allowed me to successfully teach, compete and train horses and riders on the east coast. Simultaneously I was teaching group exercise and personal training part time at a local gym. I fell in love with pilates almost 20 years ago after having taken a pilates workshop to maintain my certifications. After having vacationed in Hawaii, I decided to make Oahu my home permanently. I now teach Pilates full time. I am a Level 2 certified STOTT Pilates instructor, a Level 2 certified Gyrotonic Pulley Tower instructor, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and TRX instructor.
I understand how important maintaining a long-term fitness lifestyle is for core stability, flexibility, and endurance. Having extensive training on all the apparatus, I enjoy teaching and working with all ranges of clients abilities and ages. My goal is to safely help improve clients quality of life through movement.
Certifications: 2013 Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor
2008 National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer 2017 National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Weight Loss Specialist 2017 International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach
2017 Newfield Certified Coach
Degree: Master’s in Public Health: Epidemiology
Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences
Minor in Exercise and Sports Studies: Group Fitness Instruction
Areas of Specialty: I specialize in delivering safe, challenging, and fun customized workouts to produce holistic results for clients of all fitness levels.
Teaching style: I create a sacred space to feed your body, mind, and soul.
Why did you start practicing and decide to teach: I started practicing Pilates in my early 20’s to alleviate back pain that inhibited my ability to walk, run, play basketball, and stay active. Finding Pilates changed my life. As I improved my core strength and mobility, I enhanced my body awareness and understanding of biomechanics. I had already worked in the wellness industry for several years at that point, but Pilates took my skills as a trainer to the next level which enabled me to address the root of my clients’ mechanical imbalances. I teach Pilates because it buys people more time to be active, healthy, and happy.
Three words that describe yourself: Authentic, Empathic, Caring
Philosophy for Training: My training philosophy is to equip seekers to evolve in body, mind, and spirit toward kicking ass at life.
Your mission as a trainer: My mission is to be a catalyst propelling clients toward health and happiness
Certifications: BASI Certification Xtend Barre Yoga Teacher Training(s) Keiki Yoga Certified through Zooga IPSB Massage School
Continuing Ed: Any workshop or movement class that I have time and money for, I attend; Pilates, yoga, barre, aerial, dance, Gyrotonic Method, etc…
Degree: BFA in Dance
Areas of Specialty: Seniors with limited mobility, Dancers, Athletes, Sports related injuries. Shoulder and back health. Golfers, swimmers, surfers.
What Is Your Teaching Style: Get stronger, leaner, functional muscles while learning about your body.
Why Did You Start Practicing and Decide To Teach: I took Pilates at University while studying dance. I had dance and athletic teachers and coaches with no anatomy understanding and in high school I didn’t have much anatomy knowledge so I wasn’t strong enough through my deeper intrinsic muscles or balanced throughout my body to sustain hours of training every day. I was seemingly prone to injury until I understood how to strengthen and stretch correctly with Pilates and more Kinesiology teachers and background. Since then I’ve been so inspired and excited to share what I have learned with others.
Three Words That Describe Yourself: Magical, Serious, Playful
Philosophy For Training: “No man-no machine can correct or create vitality, power, or health for you; everything comes from within, you have to unfold it” -Joseph Pilates
Your Mission As A Trainer: Challenge yourself mentally, physically, spiritually and inspire others.
Certifications: Stott Mat and Reformer trained NASM personal trainer NCEP personal trainer Schwinn Cycling M power Antigravity Fundamentals 1 and 2 Antigravity Restorative
Degree: AA in business
Areas of Specialty: Challenging athletes
What Is Your Teaching Style: To be an effective yet observant inspirational teacher
Why Did You Start Practicing and Decide To Teach: I was suffering from multiple injuries and was looking for something to really challenge my body without harm. I had to share it with others so I started to teach .
Three Words That Describe Yourself: Energetic, passionate and compassionate
Philosophy For Training: To use my knowledge and experience to help others achieve higher levels of fitness within their limits to challenge and change their bodies .
Your Mission As A Trainer: To help clients achieve levels in their athletic ability they never knew were possible.
Certifications: ATC- Certified Athletic Trainer CSCS- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist PMA & Polestar Certified Pilates Instructor GYROTONIC® Method Level 1 Certified
Continuing Ed: Multiple Schools of Manual Therapy, Neuro-Muscular Re-education Techniques for Sport Performance including Pilates Based, Gyrotonic Based movement sciences, and other progressive & dynamic core based functional training techniques.
Degree: Masters Degree in Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Sciences Bachelors Degree Kinesiology/ Exercise & Sport Science
Areas of Specialty: Breathing and Spine Mobility, Sports Performance & Rehab, Surfing & Paddling Athletes, Posture Correction, Long Term Lifestyle Change
What Is Your Teaching Style: Functional, Fun, Uplifting, Specific to the immediate needs and goals of my client.
Why Did You Start Practicing and Decide To Teach: In 1997 I was in a terrible car accident that left me completely dysfunctional. It became my goal to restore my bodies function and stay active to live a health lifestyle. Once I completed that mission I decided to shift my career to help others do the same thing.
Three Words That Describe Yourself: Passionate, Empathetic, Athletic
Philosophy For Training: As little as possible with as much as necessary as I teach through intuition and rationalize through science.
Your Mission As A Trainer: Improve the quality of life of those around me and those I work with.