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Jeff Elsass

Jeff Elsass is an internationally renowned Pilates Instructor. He began studying Pilates in 1991 and upon realizing the multitude of benefits in health and longevity from his practice, he became an instructor and has taught in many locations throughout Manhattan, including Equinox, Power Pilates, The Manhattan Athletic Club, and The Center for Personal Healing.

He is the body model for Pilates teacher trainers videos and manuals for two international companies: Power Pilates and The Pilates Standard, as well as having been seen on The Today Show, and in NY Magazine.

He is a graduate of the Musculo-Skeletal and Kinesiology Anatomy Studies with Jason Brown and certified in yoga. His life has been dedicated to helping people of all ages and backgrounds understand and integrate the inner workings of the mind-body connection in order to have a much better quality of life and attain the goals they set for themselves.

Jeff has also trained in many energy healing modalities which he uses to support his clients on many other levels of well-being. He loves to help people have fun challenging themselves and enjoying change in their lives in ways they didn’t know possible.

Other info about Jeff:
Jeff served in the U.S. Army before receiving his B.A. in Dance from Point Park University. Performing credits include Peter Pan on Broadway, Broadway National Tours of Jerome Robbins Broadway, Carousel, and Peter Pan, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, MTV Awards, Santa Fe and San Francisco Opera, and Spiritus.

Lisa Reed

A native New Yorker, Lisa graduated from Hunter College with a B.S. In Community Health Education. After a series of corporate jobs, she decided to focus her career on fitness. She became an ACE certified personal trainer. While training, Lisa was introduced to Pilates and enjoyed its benefits so much she decided to become a certified Pilates instructor. She completed a 600-hour comprehensive apparatus certification program after completing two mat certifications.

Staci Jacobson

Staci is a veteran in the fitness industry. Currently her focus is teaching Pilates on all apparatus. In Pilates, Staci feels that she has found the answer to her quest for a type of training that she can use for the rest of her life. Staci incorporates training from bodyweight modalities such as Kripalu Yoga, Foundation Training and Original Strength to further stimulate and gently awaken our intrinsic muscles. At times, she uses traditional strength training techniques. Staci studied Polestar Pilates, developed by orthopedic physical therapist, Brent Andersen. Polestar Pilates focuses on the rehabilitative aspects of Pilates, and is used in hospitals and rehabilitative settings around the world. Additionally, Staci is a foodie! She loves talking about delicious and healthy food with anyone and everyone! Food and fitness both need to have the YUM factor! Cheers!

Michael J Rollins

Coming to us from Sun Valley Once a month

For the last 35 years Michael has been at the Vanguard in the field of health, human performance and wellness as an entrepreneur and educator. He has lectured nationally and internationally at schools and universities and been the wellness advisor to business professionals and number one world-ranked professional athletes and numerous Olympic medalist.

Michael’s vision of Wellness and optimizing human performance for many athletes and all people, was a natural outgrowth of his extensive work with people and for-going new paths for developing Physical and Mental Peak Performance.

Michael began Hatha Yoga and Acupressure under the instruction of his grandfather at eight years old. Grandfather Royal H. Rollins, Jr., began practicing Yoga on a daily basis in 1959. Michael and Royal were privileged to teach and practice together until Royal's peaceful passing on February 26th, 2004.

Michael continued his training at Cape Cod Holistic in the Internal Arts, including Neuro-muscular Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Chi Massage, Tai-Chi and received his Certification. He was also approved by Sifu William Menton of the Eternal Tao Martial Arts Institute to instruct Tai-Chi and combine the arts for training. He continued to extend his education and received his Certification in Sports Massage Therapy through the Myotone Institute in 1989, and his Certification in Clinical Acupuncture in 1996 from the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture, and his International Instructors Certification in Acupoint Chi Location Technique in 2007. In 2010 Michael began combining A.I.S. (Actitive Isolated Stretching / Active Isolated Strengthening) with other therapies and is seeing amazing results. A.I.S. is an internationally renowned therapeutic system. A.I.S. is also an internationally renowned sports optimizing system for professional, Olympic, and all other athletes.

Adrienne Keegan

Adrienne is originally from Ireland where her studies began in Engineering before moving to New York.

A certified Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist with over 15 years experience. Adrienne runs a private practice in New York City specializing in residential calls.

Adrienne certified with the Dr. Vodder School in 2000 and has continued to refine her Manual Lymph Drainage technique and expertise through regular advanced training leading her to be selected by the world renowned Professor Hildegard Wittlinger, head of the Dr. Vodder School International, to become a Teacher and join the current elite group of 12 Dr. Vodder Instructors in the U.S.A..

Due to her technical expertise and ability to create a calm, nurturing environment, she has been privileged over the years to receive referrals from many of New York City’s top Plastic Surgeons.

Adrienne is here to answer any questions you have about Manual Lymph Drainage and how you can benefit from its powerful immediate and long-term effects. Especially a Lymph Drainage Face Massage in NYC.

Good technique, good results. Excellent technique, excellent results. The method he created (Dr.Vodder) is simple but brilliant, difficult to learn but unique in its effect.
— Prof. Hildegard Wittlinger
Head of the Dr. Vodder School International, Europe

Karan Lee

As a NYC Public School teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) for 6 years, Karan Lee discovered her love of Pilates after suffering a running injury. She sought many different types of Pilates, from classical to contemporary styles, to understand how to heal herself and how to help others. She trained in both Pilates mat and apparatus at the Kane School in New York City. She has taught private sessions at Equinox, instructed clients at a physical therapy office, and also headed a mat Pilates program for high school teens. During the summer of 2015, she attended the Functional Anatomy for Movement Injuries (FAMI) Workshop at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City to deepen her understanding of the anatomy. Karan enjoys the movement experience of Pilates and believes that it is a window to understanding how we live and move in space. She lives for those "aha moments," which lead to a greater understanding of healthy movement and dysfunctional patterns. Karan has experience working with students from 14-90 years of age, and with clients who have neck and back pain, herniated discs, scoliosis, stenosis, shoulder, knee, and hip dysfunction, osteoporosis, osteopenia, and many other conditions. She also works with prenatal and postnatal women, as well as dancers and athletes. Karan studies part-time at Brooklyn College, where she is pursuing another undergraduate degree in Music Composition.

I-Chen Liu

I-Chen Liu is a founder and physical therapist of Physiomotion Lab in NYC to help his clients to regain their ability to move. After spending years practicing in orthopedic field, I-Chen believes what truly makes people heal themselves is to guide them regain their ability to control body. The body is so intelligent to use different strategies to help you to survive from daily activities; however, it’ll develop to dysfunctions or injuries in the long run.

I-Chen lectures one-day workshop “Breathing Assessment and Movement Integration” in Asia. He was invited to give speeches and seminars with broad topic about physical therapy at universities, clinics, hospitals in Taiwan. This year, I-Chen has been named a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

I-Chen holds a MS in physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professionals and the DPT candidate of Arcadia University.

Marilyn K. Miller

  • BA, Dance, University of Utah/SUNY Purchase
  • Stott Pilates™ Full Equipment Trainer
  • Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Trainer©
  • Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1 Practitioner
  • A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer
  • Pilate Academy International Teacher Trainer
  • Presenter, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science

Marilyn specializes in finding solutions to complex physical issues that have confounded the traditional medical approach. She jokingly refers to herself as "Obi-wan", as many clients come to see her after unsuccessful treatments. She excels in working with clients who require detailed attention to specific issues, be they orthopedic, muscular, or neurological in nature. In addition to working with standard issues such as chronic back, hip or knee pain, she has success working with traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and stroke. She is available for private or partner lessons and consultations both at her home studio in Peekskill, NY and also in New York City.

Having been introduced to Pilates at the University of Utah and continuing throughout her professional dance career in Utah, Oregon, and San Francisco, Marilyn recognized the benefits of Pilates early on. "After doing Pilates I returned to the stage dancing better than before I got injured." In San Francisco, Marilyn had access to the Center for Dance Medicine at St. Francis Hospital, a program developed by James Garrick, M.D., a leader in the field of dance medicine. There Pilates instruction was part of a post rehabilitation aspect of her physical therapy. She was privileged to have had some great instructors, most notably Elizabeth Larkham, now head of Balanced Body's Pilates Education Department and regular contributor to Pilates Style Magazine.

Marilyn's personal experience doing Pilates in a post-rehabilitation setting sold her on the benefits of Pilates, particularly in muscular strengthening and alignment. After her dance career came to an end, due in large part to many long-standing injuries she became certified with the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer in 2000, and completed her Stott Pilates Comprehensive Instructor Training Program in 2003. In 2015 she became a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Trainer, and in 2017 became a Teacher Trainer for Pilates Academy International. Additionally, in 2016 she became a Neurokinetic Therapist, having completed Levels One and Two training, which has had the most dramatic effect on they way she works with clients.

Tonya Juge

Tonya Juge is a movement specialist. She leverages over 16 years of experience to deliver tailored programs that unravel even the toughest issues. But Tonya wants more than a pain-free lift for her clients. Through expertise and intuition, she helps them reclaim a new- and better-normal.

Tonya knows what it’s like to be told to give up being active. She began her path to physical therapy after recovering from a back injury at 19 years old that was supposed to require fusion back surgery. She knows what it takes to return to health and will take you to the next level. As a thoughtful and creative medical professional, she puts her clients at ease even while challenging and empowering them to achieve optimal performance.

Tonya is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist with a Master’s in Physical Therapy, licensing by New York State, membership in the American Physical Therapy Association, and a Doctorate in progress. She is proud to support the Joyce Dance Theater, NY Cares, the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, and Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) , a nonprofit that enabled her to travel to Africa three times to provide pro bono care to children undergoing extensive scoliosis surgery.

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