meet team Laguna Niguel
Keely tried Pilates after a good friend raved about how much she loved it. Following one semi-private session on the Pilates Reformer, Keely was totally hooked and began her certification two weeks later. Following her comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training certification in 2007, Keely spent two years teaching private and small group classes part-time. In 2009, Keely quit her sales and marketing position to pursue her passion for Pilates. She has been overjoyed by the changes she's seen in her own strength and flexibility and has loved sharing that with her clients; helping them through injuries, rehab, pregnancies, and to meet their own fitness goals. She is so very excited to now be spreading the Pilates love with Club Pilates in Orange County.
CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins)
From the very first moment on the Pilates Reformer, I was hooked. How precise the movement could be with good cueing was so amazing. It was all the details, the mindfulness, the precision, the flow, the movement and the deep connection to all those little muscles I didn't know I had. I knew then this was for me and always would be. Having back issues from a previous injury, Pilates became my savior. Being an old soul, the history of Joseph Pilates also intrigued me and I fell more in love with the method. In 2011, with the support of my husband, I decided to learn to teach this beautiful art form through BASI Pilates. I feel so passionate and blessed to have this in my life and to be able to share those amazing details that keep our mind and body connected, safe, healthy and functional. I have made wonderful friends through Pilates. The people I meet touch my heart and inspire me to grow as an instructor and as a person.
CP Cardio Sculpt 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Cardio Sculpt 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 2 (50 Mins), CP Cardio Sculpt 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 2 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 2 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Cardio Sculpt 1.5 (50 Mins)
Lisa is a medical professional working in high-risk pregnancy. Fitness has been her passion for thirty years. Ten years ago she decided to take it to the next level with a certification in Yoga followed by one in Pilates with Balanced Bodies University. The mind-body connection between the two fitness programs drives her to creatively enhance each practice with the other.
Melanie Cranke is a Southern California native who grew up dancing and doing gymnastics. She discovered Pilates in 2008 while looking for a cross-training activity to supplement her endurance training program. Her passion for Pilates grew stronger after she saw the direct benefits that came from Pilates, such as flexibility and core strength. Melanie decided she had to take her passion for Pilates further and start teaching. She spends all of her free time mountain biking, snowboarding, paddling, riding her motorcycle, and of course, Pilates.
Lauren was introduced to Pilates in 2009 when a fellow instructor suggested she try a mat class. This very quickly grew into a passion and love that was unparalleled to anything else she had experienced. Lauren's connection to the discipline and hard work of Pilates led her to dive deeper into education and the idea of teaching. Since 2012 she has been sharing her love and understanding with others. She teaches with compassion and brings positive energy to every session to ensure her students have an enjoyable experience. Lauren was classically trained under Julie Erickson at Endurance Pilates. She continues to attend workshops and conferences to expand her knowledge. She holds a BA in Psychology and Art History. Lauren is a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher and Barre Boston Certified.
My neurosurgeon first recommended Pilates to me after I had cervical surgery on my spinal column,C-3 thru C-7. My spinal cord had no protective bone at this area and I was becoming paralyzed. The surgeon added a shiny new four inch Titanium plate to my spine, and sent me to Pilates... LOVED PILATES! I finally made the change in my career by attending the Pure Pilates Certification Program here in Laguna Niguel, where I have lived with my family for 20 years. My favorite instructor/teacher of the certification program stated I had a real passion for Pilates, and I do; it's been a life saver/game changer for me! I want to share the joy and freedom Pilates has provided for me with everyone!
CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins)
Nandini was first introduced to reformer Pilates at the Club Pilates Rancho Bernardo studio in 2010. Very quickly she realized that she responded to the workouts in a way that she hadn't experienced with other workouts and became hooked. Pilates became a key to unlocking mental, emotional, and physical wellness for Nandini. Having a background in training and development, Nandini feels that she can bring the same spirit of learning and growth from corporate classrooms into the Pilates studio. She hopes clients leave her classes feeling energized and motivated to keep coming back! Nandini enjoys yoga, travel, baking cookies, attempting to crochet (there is a certain scarf that's been in progress for a "few" years), and endlessly sharing pictures of her dog, Scout. Nandini is originally from the midwest and is so grateful to have moved to California and found her way to Club Pilates!
Tawnya has an endless curiosity of people and the body. Her love for fitness and healthy living has always been a way of life. Tawnya began taking Pilates in 2004. She was looking for a gentle yet effective approach to gain core strength, balance and longer, leaner more toned muscles - Pilates was it! She convinced several friends to go with her to Pilates, some even going on to become instructors. She realized it was time to become an instructor herself. Tawnya earned her certification as a Pilates Instructor through Club Pilates, working under Master Trainer Vanessa Johnson Huffman. Tawnya is known for balancing her cheerful encouragement with butt-kicking workouts, all the while keeping it fun. On a daily basis Tawnya is inspired by the changes she see's in front of her as she watches people build strength and make health a priority. She enjoys working with people, learning and continually pursuing to further her education in Pilates and overall health and wellness.
“When a door closes, another one opens” proved true for Melissa when a long-term job as a health insurance underwriter ended unexpectedly. Pilates was recommended to her husband to treat his sore low back, and he signed up Melissa to go with him and help fill her free time. Having tried many other types of exercise before, Melissa was quickly hooked on Pilates’ positive atmosphere and gentle, yet effective all-over body and mind benefits. A total career change was in order as Melissa decided to pursue a life-long passion in fitness, wellness, and helping people. She’s excited to learn everything she can working as a Front Desk Associate, and entering Teacher Training to become a certified Pilates instructor this fall!
CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Suspend 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), Demo
When Stacie drove her mom to her physical therapy appointment in 2006, she didn't know she would develop an obsession with Pilates that day! She had a semi-private lesson on a Reformer at the physical therapy office as part of her mom's rehab and was immediately hooked. Stacie continued to take Pilates classes throughout her 6 grueling years of graduate school and noticed that practicing Pilates regularly helped her to manage her stress and to counteract the physical effects that hours of studying and sitting in classes were having on her back and neck. After she became a doctor of clinical psychology, she decided to get certified as a Pilates instructor at Chakra Pilates in San Diego and pursue this passion of hers more seriously so she could offer a mind AND body approach to health and wellness. After a recent low back injury, Pilates helped her recover extremely quickly and get back on her road bike to train for another ride, further confirming for her the many benefits of this wonderful practice. Stacie recently completed the Club Pilates training and is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Club Pilates family. She has a private life-coaching business focused on empowering adolescent girls and works as a freelance editor as well.
Lisa started her Pilates journey back in 2005 as a client. Coming from Bootcamp workouts, she was skeptical when her friend talked her into taking a Pilates class with her. After one month, she was hooked! She couldn't believe the strength and mobility she had achieved in such a short amount of time. She became a full time client and was then inspired to become an instructor herself. Lisa was certified through BASI, under leading Pilates mentor Rael Isacowitz, in 2009. Lisa has taught at many studios throughout southern Orange County. She even opened her own small boutique studio in 2014 in Tustin. She was thrilled to turn a small studio into a talked about fun place to workout and make a name for it in Tustin. But after having another baby, she made the decision to sell her studio two years later, to focus more on her two small children. Lisa teaches a more cardio-based workout, in that she keeps you moving the whole time you are in her classes. She likes to say she gives you a break when you walk to your car after class!:)
CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins)
Jody’s passion for movement was ignited at a very young age when she began taking dance lessons. As a teenager she was immersed in ballet and modern dance technique at Interlochen Arts Academy, an international performing arts high school in northern Michigan. She went on to dance professionally for over 10 years. As a dancer, she experienced some setbacks including chronic bursitis of the hip. She was introduced to Pilates to help with her injuries and immediately felt a strong connection with the method. In 2010 Jody completed her Pilates certification with Body Arts and Science International (BASI). She also holds a barre certification with Bootybarre. She believes our body and mind are powerful entities and when they are nourished and trained they can work wonders. She has a passion for helping people reach their fullest potential, which has lead her to become a certified nutritionist. On a daily basis Jody is inspired by the changes she sees in front of her as she watches people build strength and make health a priority. She is very excited to be joining Club Pilates team and share her knowledge of this profound work.
CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Suspend 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins), Demo, CP Reformer Flow 2 (50 Mins), CP Control 1.5 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins)
Cathryn is passionate about the mind-body connection. She is in love with all forms of movement, which lead her to work in yoga, dance, and now Pilates! She believes that a conscious connection with your body provides an outlet for health, fun, and self expression. Her goal in life is to inspire people to seek and enjoy the benefits of moving mindfully. When Cathryn is not in the studio you can find her surfing, doing yoga, or hiking with her dog.
As a yoga instructor and Pilates enthusiast, Lauren is passionate about living a fun, healthy life. She is also a certified wellness coach, where her holistic approach to health and self-love empowers women to connect to their bodies and shine like they never have. Having just relocated to the Southern California, Lauren is so excited to be part of the Club Pilates family. In her spare time Lauren enjoys hiking with her husband, reading, getting creative in the kitchen, and having spontaneous dance parties.
Back in 2006 a hip injury left Colleen with limited mobility and a lot of pain. After trying physical therapy with little results, a friend suggested she try Pilates. Pilates worked where everything else failed, and she's been passionate about it ever since. After training for two years with a master trainer, Colleen decided on a new career path. She enrolled in the STOTT instructor program and certified in Reformer. Since then she has formally trained in Chair, Cadillac, Barrel, Advanced Reformer and Mat. She is also Barre certified. Colleen continues to take workshops and classes. She's always looking for new and exciting material to keep her clients challenged!
Kelly Piersant was raised in both the UK and Australia, but now calls the U.S. home. A self described free spirit, her childhood was spent riding horses and spending all her free time outdoors in nature. Kelly has spent the majority of her career in the beauty industry, as a professional Make-Up Artist, where her creativity, and passion for making people look, and feel their best has been perfectly suited. In 2013 Kelly was introduced to Pilates, and immediately began seeing changes in her body and mind, including postural corrections, muscle lengthening and flexibility, an incredible increase in body awareness, and mental and physical strength that she didn't know she could have. Kelly lives a holistic life, and feels that regular mindful exercise, in addition to good nutrition play an important role in how we feel physically and mentally. Kelly is a graduate of Body Arts and Science International, where she has been fortunate to train closely with Rael Isacowitz. She is excited to share with others the life changing qualities and benefits she believes Pilates provides.
CP Reformer Flow 1 (50 Mins), CP Reformer Flow 1.5 (50 Mins)
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Nicole Inzitari enjoyed outdoor sports like golf and snow skiing, but struggled with her weight and health. With a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Central WA University in fashion merchandising, Nicole spent a two decades delivering trend-setting retail experiences for fashion moguls such as Tommy Hilfiger and retailers like Coldwater Creek and The Gap. In 2008, she discovered a passion for wellness and dedicated herself to exploring healthy eating, targeted nutrition and increased her focus on fitness. Moving from general fitness into a laser-like focus on body shaping, Nicole discovered Pilates in 2014 — and knew she found her home. Pilates filled her need for weight management, strength building and body shaping all in one. In 2015, Nicole left her full-time job in retail to become a Pilates instructor and share her passion with others. Nicole gained her Pilates Education at Body of Arts and Sciences International (BASI) in 2016. She is a Graduate of BASI and is currently training for her Pilates BASI Certification designed by internationally recognized author and master trainer Rael Isacowitz. Through Pilates, Nicole is helping others discover their inner strength, improve their flexibility, and build their confidence to achieve their own personal fitness goals.
Breean was introduced to Pilates in 2003 and instantly found a passion for pilates. She began taking classes at least 5 times per week and knew this would be more than just a hobby. Around 2012 her practiced moved from mat classes to reformer, barre and springboard classes. Growing up a dancer in the midwest, her foundation of exercise and healthy lifestyle molded her future. Breean has a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Education and Healthcare Administration. Being plagued with back injuries and spending hours behind a monitor, pilates began to offer more than just physical assistance, it offers a mental break and clear thinking. In 2015, Breean signed up to share her passion for pilates with others. She has since received her instructor certification for Barre in 2013 and Pilates Reformer in 2016.
Cathleen DaCosta Bombard has a marketing degree from Emerson College and two year music minor from Berklee College of Music. Cathleen has an extensive background in fashion public relations, as well as non-profit communications. She has worked with top brands, including: ELIE SAAB, Reem Acra, Marc Jacobs and kate spade new york. Due to a connective tissue diagnosis at a young age, Cathleen was never able to work out conventionally. Most recently, she was told from a PT specialist that Pilates would be a perfect workout for her. Cathleen visited Club Pilates to try it out and loved it so much she decided to apply for a position.
Stephanie is an avid fitness lover and certified personal trainer. Born and raised in Orange County, Stephanie grew up being active, playing basketball, and going to the beach. She is also an actor and huge movie buff, and loves Pilates!