|Amy FischerAmy is the founder of Pure Pilates and Total Body Rehabilitation, Inc. She is a California licensed physical therapist and a degree in Biology. For the past 10 years she has been treating orthopedic and sports related injuries. She is also a certified Pilates and GYROTONIC instructor. Amy is a Post Rehabilitation Specialist for Breast Cancer Survivors through the Pink Ribbon Program. Amy specializes in manual therapy and orthopedic injuries, along with Pilates based rehabilitation. Amy has obtained her pilates certification through D.K. Body Balance. With years of experience in treating patients successfully, Amy provides the safest, most effective and advanced treatments available for physical therapy. She addresses each patient’s individual physical needs, gives them the care that they deserve and helps them achieve their goals.|
|Heather TestermanHeather began practicing Pilates 8 years ago after the birth of her first child. Within a year she knew this was something she would pursue as a career. She is trained in the Body Arts and Science method of Pilates. She has been teaching for over 5 years and last year completed her certification in pre and post-natal Pilates and pelvic floor rehabilitation with Jennifer Gianni of Fusion Pilates and the Long Beach Dance and Conditioning Center. Pilates is a passion for Heather that she hopes to ignite in those around her. In her former life, she was a chef and lived in Paris for a time working in a Boulangerie. In her spare time she now teaches culinary arts for the Regional Occupational Program and spends time with her husband and two children.|
|Claudia SherkClaudia has spent her entire life dedicated to sports/fitness. She began practicing Pilates in 1990, from that point on she was hooked. After having her two children she took her love for Pilates one step further and attended Body Arts and Science International (BASI). She has been teaching both mat and reformer Pilates since 2005.|
|Myra RamosMyra received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UC Irvine in 1994. In working to achieve her degree in Biology, she always exhibited interest in realizing the human body’s potential through proper movement and exercise.She put this interest to practical use, when she turned to Pilates as a means to renew her commitment to conditioning her mind and body after giving birth to her second child. Through Pilates, she improved her awareness in proper body movements that resulted in stronger abdominal muscles and a healthier spine. She credits Pilates not only with improving her overall body conditioning but also for directing her to a self confident, optimistic, and healthier perspective on life. The strength of her belief in the benefits of Pilates as a means for improving one’s self led her to a path from a consistent class taker in 2001 to a serious student to a committed instructor in 2004. She is certified under Ron Fletcher Program of Study. Her love for practicing and teaching Pilates continues as it has made a positive impact on her life. She is guided by the words of Pilates elder, Ron Fletcher … “Movement should be approached like life … with enthusiasm, joy and gratitude… For movement is life and life is movement, and we get out of it, what we put into it.”
Jessica brings fifteen plus years of movement experience with her to Pure Pilates. Her background is in Kinesiology and Dance. She received her Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training from Ritz Conditioning and is also certified in Pre-Natal and Postpartum Pilates and Barre. Jessica is a knowledgeable and motivating trainer able to work with a wide range of individual needs in Private, Semi-Private and Group sessions.
|Connie ClydeConnie has been practicing Pilates for nearly five years. Although she has engaged in various forms of fitness for years, but it wasn’t until she experienced Pilates that she found her true passion. Besides that, she found that Pilates was the definitive answer to her lower back and neck problems; she is now virtually pain free! In pursuit of her Pilates passion, she was certified through BASI in October 2007, and has completed courses for a STOTT certification. When she isn’t working on fine-tuning her Pilates, Connie is a freelance writer, editor, and translator for educational publishers and other clients. Connie resided in Venezuela for years and has traveled extensively. She teaches in the Laguna Niguel studio on Thursday mornings.|
||Brigitte GartenBrigitte’s professional background includes Pilates, nutrition, fitness, dance and Lotte Berk. She earned her B.S. in Nutritional Science from San Diego State University in 1999 and started practicing Pilates in 1999 as well. She started teaching Pilates in 2001 where she went on to receive teacher training certificates in Pilates from Aline Studios in 2002 and Body Arts and Science (BASI) in 2005. Brigitte is a member of the highly respected Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and earned her PMA certification in 2008.|
|Amy CatherineAs a mom of two kids, Amy understands the need for a total body workout in just an hour. After practicing as an avid student, Amy is currently working toward her certification and apprenticing under Pure Pilates founder Amy Fischer. She helps students discover the balance of challenging themselves, while respecting where their bodies are at each day. Her holistic approach builds long lean muscles, flexibility and core strength. Amy says, “I’ll always be a student, challenging myself to learn and grow.”|
|Judi Van DahlenJudi received her BA degree at Cal State Fullerton in Theater/Dance in 1985 and has been teaching Pilates for the last 16 years. She has performed, choreographed and taught dance with Dance Repertory in Fullerton, Jazz Spectrum in Costa Mesa, Jimmy Defore Dance Studio and Saddleback College. She was a Massage therapist for 12 years, working privately and with chiropractors. She has been practicing Yoga for 8 years and has taught Children’s Yoga in the after school program for CUSD. A low back injury led Judi to Pilates. It helped her so much that she decided to become an instructor herself. She was certified as a Pilates instructor 16 years ago through The Institute for the Pilates Method in Santa Fe, which is now the Physical Mind Institute. Judi taught and studied with Rael Isacowitz at “On Center Conditioning” (which is now BASI) for 6 years. She then taught at the Monarch Beach Tennis Club for 2 years and has taught privately for the past 10 years.
Alyson had been practicing Pilates for a few years when she decided she wanted to share her passion with those around her. She apprenticed under Amy Fischer and Heather Testerman to expand her repertoire. Her passion toward Pilates comes through in her teaching as she loves to help others go beyond their comfort zone and further develop their abilities. When she isn’t teaching Pilates, Alyson can be found flying the “friendly skys” as a flight attendant. Alyson graduated from the University of Hawaii on a diving scholarship.
If someone were to have told Ania that she would achieve her best physique AFTER having two children, she would have spit out her latte and called them crazy. Ania started practicing Pilates when her firstborn was 8 months old and has not looked back since. As a mother of two young children, Ania’s personal parenting mission is to demonstrate the importance of taking care of one’s own body, health, and well-being. Once it occurred to Ania that she never wanted to stop doing Pilates, she decided to pursue her certification. Ania is currently attending the renowned Body Arts and Science International (BASI) with Rael Isacowitz and is expected to complete her certification in October 2013. Ania received her B.A. in Psychology from UCSB and holds an M.A. in Social Psychology from UCLA.