Meet Our Instructors
As my second career, I fell in love with Pilates after studying the method for myself for three years.
I was fortunate enough to study with Romana Kryzanowska, Sean Gallagher , P. T., Sari Mejia Santo, and Bob Leikens at the Pilates Studio in Manhattan. After completing the Pilates Studio Guild certification program in 1999, I continued to work at Dragos in Manhattan. Carol and I opened Equipoise over 17 years ago. I love the ability to take a body and customize a Pilates program to strenghten, restore and to help maintain overall body wellness. Our clients include elite professional, amateur and junior athletes, mothers, fathers and Seniors; helping them gain important core strength, increase flexibility and sharpen balance. As an amateur equestrian myself, I understand the need for flexibility and
strength to prevent injuries.
The experience of working with different clients through the years has been both rewarding and inspiring. We have a genuine concern for the health and safety of our clients, and work to positively impact more lives with the benefits of Pilates. We strive to ensure each client enjoys their Pilates' experience and reaches a realistic goal.
I have been a certified Pilates Instructor and Teacher Trainer for the past 28 years. I found Pilates after a back injury sidelined my dancing career. As a classically trained ballet dancer and teacher, I bring knowledge and expertise from dance to my Pilates practice and teaching. I was selected to head up the first official Pilates Studio Guild certification program in Manhattan under Performing Arts Physical Therapy. This included designing the course outline, creating the training manuals, administering written and physical exams and instructing teachers how to teach. I was privileged to study under Romana Kryzanowska, a direct disciple of Joseph Pilates Romana eventually inherited the method from him. My work has been featured in Self magazine, the fitness section of Bodywise magazine writing a weekly blog, featured segments on WNBC Weekend Today in NY & CNBC and was featured in the first Pilates infomercial done in 1994. My education includes a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina as well as a Master of Arts degree in Dance and Education from New York University.
My journey into Pilates began after a back injury brought on by many years of running. I started taking private lessons and group mat classes. That was over 10 years ago. It was not an easy course at first but I could feel the difference physically, especially in the decreased pain levels. Pilates has been an integral part of my life and well being ever since. For most of those years, I was a client of Equipoise Pilates and Wellness. Keeping with the discipline of Pilates for the long haul not only erased the pain I was in when I started but also increased my flexibility, strength, coordination and mental focus. Seeing first hand the difference Pilates made in my life, I decided to become a certified Pilates instructor. Keeping with the tradition of Classical Pilates training at Equipoise Pilates and Wellness, I studied with Romana Kryzanowska’s daughter Sari Mejia Santo at True Pilates in NYC in conjunction with Equipoise Pilates and Wellness. I received my certification in 2015. I continue to learn from my teachers, my clients and my own practice every day and hope to bring to others what Pilates has brought to my life. I’m a paragraph.