I came to the Pilates method injured and frustrated. I had a herniated disc that was hampering my dancing plans, showing up just weeks before a scheduled audition for a masters program in dance. Through Pilates and body work alone I sailed through my injury in time to pursue an MFA just 8 months later. I can confidently attest to the transformative potential of this method.
I began teaching in 2006, receiving my certification from Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek. There I had the honor to study with Nora St. Jean and Naomi Leiserson, benefitting from their expertise in the Dance Medicine approach to Pilates-based rehabilitation that originated at the St. Francis Sports Medicine clinic in the 1980s and 90s. These women are two of my Pilates heroes. In addition to years of studio teaching I also spent valuable and transformative time teaching in a chiropractic office, supporting client rehabilitation during acute injury and helping individuals develop the strength to hold their adjustments. I have further certifications in Pilates for Scoliosis from Karen Clippinger and Perinatal Pilates from Stephanie Forster.
Over time my work has expanded beyond the classical Pilates repertoire and I frequently incorporate principles from Fascial Movement Training, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method, hatha yoga, Axis Syllabus, and neurology. In all my teaching I draw on the body wisdom gained from years of dance training.
My practice is fat-friendly, POC-friendly, gender non-conforming friendly, and welcomes people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Contact me if you would like to pursue private study but require financial assistance.
In addition to my work as a Pilates instructor, I am also a grain-free baking aficionado, independent dance artist, and mama.