Founder/Owner of Liberty Pilates, STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, MELT METHOD® Instructor
I founded Liberty Pilates as a natural extension of my healthy lifestyle and desire to educate others about Pilates and the benefits of mindful physical exercise. My mantra is “Work smarter not harder.” Contrary to popular belief, pain is not a sign of an effective workout. You do need to leave your comfort zone to get results. However, I’ve learned over the years that focus, moderation and good judgment will get you a lot farther than ego.
I turned to Pilates after sustaining a string of injuries from competitive running and a vigorous yoga practice – hamstring strain, knee and sciatic pain. Pilates’ mind-body focus and emphasis on safe and efficient movement immediately resonated with me. My hips, groin and knees felt great after just a couple months. I became stronger and more flexible than ever without having to bend myself into a pretzel. Pilates also helped relieve chronic tension in my neck and shoulders so I was able to cancel my regular chiropractic appointments.
I decided to become a STOTT PILATES® instructor so I could teach others how to recognize imbalances in their bodies and give them tools to improve their quality of life. Nothing is more rewarding than helping another person discover the potential that lies dormant within their bodies. I love owning my own Pilates studio where I make “ah-ha” moments happen on a regular basis. Overcoming physical stumbling blocks sets the stage for success in all areas of life.
I love learning. And when I encounter a subject that piques my interest, I can’t help but dig deep into the nitty-gritty details. So when I’m not in the studio, I’m probably reading articles and books on anatomy, biomechanics, fascia, business and spirituality. I also love to cook and bake sourdough bread.
Degrees & Certifications
» STOTT Pilates Mat, Reformer and Injuries & Special Populations
» MovNat Certified Trainer Level 1
» Kripalu Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach
» MELT Method® Hand & Foot and MELT Level 1 & 2
» MELT Method® Melt for Pilates
» A.A.S. Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of America
» M.S. Physics, University of California Los Angeles
» B.S. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pilates Continuing Education Workshops
» CORE Athletic Conditioning
» Prenatal Pilates on the Mat and Reformer
» Athletic Conditioning on the Reformer, Levels 2 & 3
» Intermediate Reformer with Fitness Circle
» Matwork Flow with Handweights
» HALO Integrated Bodyweight Training
» Lumbo-Pelvic Region: Stability & Function
» The Knee: Stability & Function
» The Shoulder Girdle: Stability & Function