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Michael is a longtime veteran of the Pilates Method and internationally recognized Pilates Master Teacher, presenter, educator, consultant, and innovator. Michael is a certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Teacher Trainer, Personal Trainer, gravitypilates® trainer and gravitygroup:strength trainer, Reiki Practitioner and Spiraldynamik® Level 1. He is also a representative for Spiraldynamik® in the fields of Pilates and Movement in the USA. He is a former performer, with Broadway National and International credits as a performer, dance-captain, stage manager, and resident director. He was first introduced to the Pilates method in the early 1980s as a dancer in NYC.His main teacher/mentor was Romana Kryzanowska and he was a Teacher Trainer for her original international certification program “The Pilates Studio®” in NYC. Michael’s interpretation of the Pilates Method today is an accumulation of the work from Joseph Pilates, the Pilates Elders and influenced by other modalities and science. Together with Ton Voogt he set up several independent Pilates certification programs internationally, created the TRIADBALL™, manual and DVDs and collaborated with Physical Therapists to integrate the Pilates method into patient-based therapy programs. Michael is also a “Distinguished Teacher” for PilatesAnytime. His personal clientele has included many A-list celebrities.
Ton is a longtime veteran of the Pilates Method and internationally recognized Pilates Master Teacher, presenter, educator, consultant, and innovator. Ton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and is a certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Teacher Trainer, Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, gravitypilates® trainer, gravitygroup:strength trainer and Spiraldynamik® Level 1. He is also a representative for Spiraldynamik® in the fields of Pilates and Movement in the USA. He is a former member of the Dutch National Gymnastics team, and former performer with International stage, film, and television credits. Ton was first introduced to Pilates in the late 1980s in Vienna from the perspective of a fitness professional first and a performer second. His main teacher/mentor was Romana Kryzanowska and he was a Teacher Trainer for her original international certification program “The Pilates Studio®” in NYC. Ton’s interpretation of the Pilates Method today is an accumulation of the work from Joseph Pilates, the Pilates Elders and influenced by other modalities and science. Together with Michael Fritzke he set up several independent Pilates certification programs internationally, created the TRIADBALL™, manual and DVDs and collaborated with Physical Therapists to integrate the Pilates method into patient-based therapy programs. Ton is also a “Distinguished Teacher” for PilatesAnytime. His personal clientele has included many A-list celebrities. Currently he works with team members of the Arizona Cardinals and team members of the San Diego Padres during spring training.
Jhessika earned a degree in Architecture and holds a certification in Classical Pilates, which makes her an Architect of the Body. She earned her certification through the Pilates Center of Las Vegas , under the direction of Elena Bartley, 2nd generation of Joseph Pilates. Jhessika is a 3rd generation (Level 5) teacher and can train advanced students to obtain their teacher certification program.
Jhessika is trained in Mat work, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector, Barrel and accessories, she has 10 years of advanced student , teacher, yoga practitioner, and aerial dance skill sets.
Bilingual English-Spanish sessions while she had her studio in Lake Chapala, Mexico. (International Experience) Drawn to Pilates by a back injury, Jhessika has experienced working with injuries and the methods most suitable for rehabilitation. Jhessika also works with pre and post natal students helping them reach their goals.
Dedicated and passionate about her clientele, is the best way to describe her, she aims at keeping the body limber and strong. Jhessika helps students get the proper alignments and benefits of the method, in their pursuit to better understand and control the wellness of their bodies, thru the practice of the Pilates Method.
She is currently working on obtaining her Masters in Pilates Education with Elena Bartley at Pilates Center of Las Vegas.
Lauren was first certified in New York City through Romana Kryanowska in 1995. Romana was one of Joe’s elders to pass on the method of study. In 2005, Lauren received another certification from Power Pilates. She has also studied through the IMX method of Pilates. Lauren enjoys teaching people and seeing the progress they can make through this method. She also still enjoys studying ballet, hiking and learning any new method of movement.
Mellisa Vekic is the newest addition to our team; bringing enthusiasm and positivity to our studio. Mellisa started out as a downhill skier and on ski team for her whole child hood as well as becoming an athlete. Later, Mellisa became a personal trainer at Balley’s for a short time in California. After many years in customer service along with her personal journey in athletics it was only natural for her longing to come back to the fitness world. After years of back pain sitting at a desk job; she decided to make a change. After discovering Pilates and its immense relief to her back pain, she fell madly in love with the practice. Immediately following, she knew this was her way back to the fitness world and could share her love with others and began Pilates Teacher Training. Mellisa studied Mat, Reformer, & Barre Pilates.
Gretchen Bosselmann-May has been in involved in fitness her entire life. She studied ballet for over 10 years and as an adult, took up figure skating before discovering a love for tennis. In 2012, Gretchen took an intro to Pilates class at her gym. After a few classes, she discovered a love for Pilates. In 2013, Gretchen began her Pilates instructor training with the Power Pilates Core Mat 1 and 2 training and began teaching Pilates mat classes. Finding a love for teaching and seeing her clients progress, she continued her training and in 2016 completed her Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification covering beginner to advanced systems on all pieces of equipment as well as working with special cases. Always wanting to continue her learning, Gretchen completed the Pilates Method Alliance Certification, the gold standard of Pilates certifications, in 2017 and the Functional Movement System 1 screening certification in 2018. Still working a full-time office job during the day, Gretchen believes in the benefits of Pilates and the strength Pilates can give everyone. Outside of the studio, Gretchen enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her husband and two French bulldogs.
Denise was first introduced to the Classical Pilates Method while undergoing physical rehabilitation for injuries. Pilates was central to her successful recovery. The effectiveness of the Pilates technique in bringing about positive changes was so impactful that Denise decided to pursue a career in the practice of Pilates. Denise has Doctorate and Master of Science degrees and a life-long interest in the clinical neurosciences and has worked with a diverse population of patients. Working in hospital and community-based neuro rehabilitation facilities, she developed an interest in the effects of the mind-body connection on recovery. She is passionate about using Pilates to help people of all ages maintain functional abilities and experience a good quality of life.
Nancy is a former educator who decided to combine her love of teaching and learning with a passion for Pilates. An avid equestrian with low back problems, she began practicing Pilates thirteen years ago as a way to rebalance her muscles, strengthen her core and create body awareness to improve her riding. The benefits she experienced created a desire to learn more and compelled her to complete extensive coursework to become a Stott Pilates certified instructor. She has an on-going special interest in the use of Pilates for rehabilitation and sport specific conditioning and believes that ANYbody and EVERYbody can improve their strength, functional mobility and agility through consistent Pilates practice.
Carrie Miller Smaczny started studying Pilates in 1994 in her undergraduate Contemporary Dance Program at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX. She holds a BFA in Dance from TCU and a MFA in Dance from University CA, Irvine. She completed her STOTT training from Angela Sundberg in Scottsdale in 2001, then continued her teacher training in California through the John Garey Studio in Long Beach 2007. She is fully certified in all STOTT equipment.
She has taken over 60 hours of continuing education specializing in Pilates for Osteoporosis, Pregnancy, Function of the Hip and Knee, Athletic Programming, Breast Cancer Post Rehab, and Fascia Movement for Mat & Foam Roller.
Her recent research has led her to train under Madeline Black in San Francisco 2019 - learning deep connections of the fascia to bones and dynamic alignment.
She has been teaching Pilates and Dance since 1998. She has worked in the Los Angeles market at Bay Clubs and Equinox. Recently relocating to Scottsdale in Fall of 2017. Carrie shares her love teaching the deep connections of the Pilates work and how it has healed her mind, body and spirit.