I have always been involved in sports my entire life and as I was a journalism student, I joined the co-ed soccer team and began training competitively in boxing and muay thai. While getting ready for my first golden gloves boxing match, I was interning at 103.5 Kiss FM and a show on NBC when I was told by a few of the employees that my dedication inspired them to want to get in shape. In fact, they asked me to train them. I told them I had absolutely NO experience with training someone and all I knew was how to train myself, but they did not care and kept insisting. With that being said, I took on the challenge and started experimenting with exercise programming and nutrition. After a few sessions, I realized just how much I fell in love with helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.
My passion for living a healthy lifestyle and helping others do the same just kept growing. After I graduated from Columbia College Chicago, I decided to completely switch careers to becoming a fitness professional.
After receiving my certifications, I started out at a corporate gym, but felt that the focus of the gym was all about making money and not enough about the client’s needs. Within only 8 months, I ended up taking the risk and left the security of the gym in order to create Moirai Health and Fitness in order to dedicate my complete time and effort to helping my clients change their lives for the better.
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Angie Palomo was introduced to Pilates as a dance student in 2003. She knew after a couple of semesters that Pilates would be the career she would choose. She saw the transformation in her own body and is passionate about helping others find the same connection within their own bodies. After graduating with a BA in dance at Columbia College, she eventually completed a comprehensive teacher-training program on all apparatus through Power Pilates in Chicago. She completed over 600 internship hours in 2009, and continues to educate herself to challenge her students. Angie has found that movement and Pilates have assisted in healing her own back issues and pain. Through an understanding of whole body functional movement and how this movement can heal, she is passionate about helping others to learn this new language for the body. She understands that attention to detail and focus on the client is imperative for their progression therefore tells you what to think and do instead of showing you, but will demonstrate as a last resort. In addition, Angie continues to dance independently as a contact improvisational dancer and as an understudy for Khecari Dance.
Katie Tomaszewski began practicing Pilates in 2010. She pursued her certification under the mentorship of Randi Whitman, Frog Temple Pilates in Chicago, and began teaching in 2012. Katie has an advanced understanding of human anatomy and physiology with a BSc from the University of Illinois from The College of Applied Health Sciences, Human Nutrition Science (2010). She is certified as a Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates specialist by The Center for Women’s Fitness under the direction of Carolyne Anthony.
Katie’s hands-on approach to Pilates is rooted in her study of Thai massage release techniques with Randy Cummins, formerly of The Chicago School of Massage Therapy in Chicago. Her personal study of The Franklin Method enhances her ability to communicate advanced cuing to all students. Continuing to train with Master instructors from the Pilates Center in Colorado, she attends training workshops to advance her understanding of deep core muscle activation techniques.
Katie welcomes the challenges of injuries and wholly believes that the principles of Pilates promote rehabilitation for all conditions and cases. Katie’s goal is to promote understanding and control of every “body” she works with. She finds honest satisfaction when these goals are realized, and her clients find satisfaction as they see and feel their body change.
Charlie received his Pilates training through Core Dynamics Pilates under the tutelage of Michelle Larson and Margarette Raymond. His Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis training was guided by master teachers Juergen Bamberger and Leda Franklin.
Charlie is a professional modern dancer. He began his dance career by founding the Chicago Dance Crash and currently is a member of Same Planet Different World Dance Theater. As a dancer, Charlie brings a unique perspective and a keen eye to all of his sessions.
Annette received her certification from The Frog Temple, where she learned classic Pilates form. She has been teaching for 14 years now, and is passionately committed to the empowerment of mind, body and spirit that Pilates offers.
Annette considers herself lucky to have found Pilates and she aims to share the power of it to transform lives with as many people as she can. She has successfully transformed herself from a 190lb couch potato to her ideal weight and learned to find stability. Her teaching style is an all-embracing, compassionate approach that truly understands what it’s like to be a beginner at something, while also fueling the challenge to a better body.
These days, she incorporates yoga, barre work, TRX Suspension Training, and Muscle Activation Technique into sessions, all disciplines she has received training in. She believes it is crucial to the integrity of the body that we seek out and correct imbalances that prevent us from utilizing our full potential. Her knowledge base of anatomy and biomechanics together with the experience she has working with rehabilitating clients, the senior population, expectant and new moms, and teenagers make her an excellent choice to guide your journey to optimum health.
Heidi graduated from Columbia College of Chicago in 2002 and received a BFA degree is Dance, specializing in teaching and performing. After graduating she danced and choreographed for numerous modern dance companies. She received her Pilates certification in 2003 at From the Center Pilates in Chicago. In 2014 Heidi received a Master’s certification from The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. Heidi teaches Classical Pilates method, by design is a biomechanical and anatomically principled method fused with a repertoire of structured exercises. She worked from 2002 to 2007 at The East Bank Club. Since 2008 Heidi has been the executive manager at Riverwest Fitness Studio. Heidi has taught pilates for over 13 years and works with a variety of people from pre/post natal and injured clients to elite athletes, she can personalize a program to your specific needs. A session with Heidi has the perfect combination of physicality and relaxation.
Luis has been personal training and teaching Pilates in Chicago since 1997. His movement training and career started at the age of 11 with martial arts and gymnastics and hasn’t stopped since. He earned his BFA from Butler University and continued on to perform and teach as a professional dancer through the United States. Since moving to Chicago Luis studied classical Pilates with Liv Berger and certified through Power Pilates. Besides Pilates and strength training, he’s also a certified Red Cord trainer and Thai bodywork practitioner focusing in trigger point technique for muscle pain. Helping others and finding out what works for you is part of his joy as a trainer . This could mean a classical approach, a slight peek outside the box, or just the right mix of styles when needed. When outside the studio you might find Luis introducing people to the adventures of sea kayaking or dancing tango at your local milonga.
Anna Kuriata, originally from Poland is certified pilates instructor. She is working with one of the best fully equipped pilates studio in Chicago offering individual and group lessons. As a ”Power Pilates” certified instructor Anna develops a deep understanding of pilates and how to teach it. She knows what to look for in a client’s body to determine when to progress. Anna allows the pilates system to reveal the client’s weaknesses through movement, rather then the teacher forcing the movements they think are needed before the clients body is ready. Clients who workout under the instruction of a “Power Pilates” instructor experience a successful safe quality pilates experience.
Kathleen Love Villa, MS, is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from Loyola University of Chicago’s Nursing Program in 1996. The clinical experience gained throughout Chicago’s top hospitals provide Kathleen with a solid understanding of nutrition, yet led her toward Chinese Medicine and Eastern Nutrition, which emphasize an individual approach to food based on one’s own constitution.
She continued her education and earned her Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the nationally accredited, four-year program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. This extensive training included study under Chinese, Japanese and Korean doctors, as well as published field experts at both the San Diego and Chicago campuses. Kathleen has furthered her studies in the areas of Weight Loss and Oriental Medicine, Pediatrics, and Childbirth Acupuncture, and became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2003.
Kathleen enjoys working with clients on their individual paths toward wellbeing, focusing on the connection between body and spirit. She has worked along side healthcare professionals in yoga, spa, hospital, and chiropractic settings, in addition to running a private practice. Kathleen educates through private workshops in group settings, for corporations as well as elementary schools and health clinics.
She specializes in the treatment of pain, both physical and emotional. Additionally, Kathleen devotes much time to supporting women through pregnancy and childbirth, while educating expectant families as a birth doula about their choices for a healthy and inspiring delivery. She has three beautiful, busy children of her own.
Dara was introduced to Pilates while pursuing a degree in Dance and Choreography from Columbia College Chicago. She soon noticed the benefits, from improving her dance technique to enhanced mental clarity. She first studied a classical method through FFC in 2013. She then went to train at Pilates Chicago in 2014, and is currently continuing her studies through the Pilates Center (Boulder) Bridge program. She is also a licensed Massage Therapist, graduating from Cortiva Institute in 2010. Her approach draws from both Eastern and Western methodologies. This helps with her awareness of anatomy, posture, gait function, and meridian/energy pathways when assessing clients. Dara also holds a Personal Training Certification through American Fitness Institute and has taken courses through PTX Therapy, in addition to teaching a variety of Dance styles to both, children and adults. She enjoys working with a wide demographic of clients and looks forward to continuing the journey.
JP has had an interest for the human body since his sophomore year of high school. He became involved with athletic training when he realized that he had a allure with how the body moved and what happens when injuries occur. That passion was carried on to his undergraduate studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training in 2013. Throughout his years there he had several internships that ranged from working with individual, collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes. JP’s passion grew from helping people recover from injuries to improving their overall fitness and health. He has worked as a personal trainer for four years. His specialties range from injury rehabilitation, weight loss, gaining muscle, and improving body movement. More importantly, he prides himself on being adaptable and treating each of his clients as an individual and catering to their needs.
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