A graduate of Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in psychology, I am a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor, a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - certified personal trainer, a corrective exercise specialist, youth and senior fitness instructor, and a
Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist.
Daily exercise had always been a priority for me. But, as I approached my mid-thirties, after having two babies, I started to get injuries including low back pain (from reaching over the crib incorrectly), ankle tendonitis (due to overuse and not taking proper care), neck pain and shoulder tightness to the point that I could not turn my head for almost a year (caused by weakness, stress/tension and compensation). I had no idea these injuries were largely due to not having rehabbed my core after two pregnancies and births.
Over and over, my injuries landed me with prescriptions for physical therapy. As someone who always loved to move and considered myself physically fit, it did not make sense to me that I kept ending up in physical therapy. What I did learn in physical therapy, was that my “homework” exercises were based on Pilates. So, I made it my mission to learn Pilates. Through my research, I discovered Stott Pilates, an internationally
respected method based on rehabilitation. I expanded my knowledge and became a PCES Pre and Postpartum Exercise Specialist, so I can help prevent other mothers from suffering with weakness, pain and injuries postpartum.
I was the kind of person who thought that if I am not sweating, I am not exercising -
I have since learned how wrong I was! I became aware of how vital
proper breathing mechanics, posture, and mind-body and core connections are.
I am so lucky to have been able to turn my passion into a career and be able to help people. I love learning, and am always looking to enhance my knowledge, spending time attending workshops and continuing education classes for the fun of it. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for fitness with my clients, hearing about their "wins", watching them surpass their goals, and
improving their body awareness and quality of life.
Additional Workshops Attended:
PCES Biomechanics for Optimal Movement
Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) Integration for Pilates
PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement Professionals
Anatomy Trains, Tom Meyers
What's the Fuzz? Gil Hadley