I was born and raised in the Albany, NY area…. Moved away for a little while, and I’m so happy to say that I’ve been back since 2002! I attended Shaker High School, and went to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. I received my Bachelor of Science from Quinnipiac in Physical Therapy. I had taken up Pilates for exercise while I was living in Huntington Beach, California back in 2000. My first instructor, classically trained under Romana Kryzanowska, strongly encouraged me to pursue the certification. So we moved back east, and I went for it in January of 2003. I spent the next 6 months in Manhattan completely immersing myself in the certification. My Master Teachers in New York were Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt. I have worked closely with them on projects over the years. I edited their Triadball™ manual and wrote the introduction to it. They continue to inspire me every day in my teaching.
While in New York, I had a vision of owning my own studio. I opened up The Pilates Principle in Latham, NY in June of 2003 when I finished the 600-hour certification. What started as a one-woman show, teaching 13 hours a day in a 200 square foot room on one Reformer, ballooned into a 2,700 square foot, newly built studio, with 20 instructors on staff as of 2011. I pursued the Level 1 Training in GYROTONIC® exercise in 2009, and the Level II Training in 2011, both with Master Trainer Cori Doetzer. I completed the Jumping Stretching Board training with Juergen Bamberger, and the Leg Extension Unit training with Cori Doetzer. The upstairs studio for GYROTONIC® exercise was born in 2009, and we are now fully equipped and fully staffed for that as well.
I absolutely love living in the Albany area. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of 15-LOVE, a local organization that uses tennis to reach out to inner city youth of the Capital District. And I am a founding member of the Pregnancy Project, a local movement to help women have healthy, happy pregnancies and babies.
I was asked to speak to the students of the Siena College School of Business right here in Loudonville, NY back in 2010 when I was pregnant. I spoke from my heart, about how my journey as a businesswoman has been largely shaped by my belief that things will happen, when they are meant to happen, as long as you keep working toward your goal or vision.
Blessings can seem like curses in the moment. Stay open to opportunities, which can sometimes manifest themselves in unexpected ways. And most importantly, if you want to be an entrepreneur, be prepared to have your business truly become a part of your spirit and your being. That’s the only way you will succeed. Put that passion right at the center of your universe.
That’s what I hope to accomplish with this blog – speak from the heart, share my experiences about being a woman in business, my tips to running a successful studio, my teaching tips for new clients, and much, much more.