All of our trainers are certified, which means they’ve been trained in anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. They understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with you to get fit at the right pace.
Heidi Milby-Lopez - Owner
Heidi graduated from Columbia College of Chicago in 2002 receiving a BFA degree in Dance, specializing in teaching and performing. After graduating she danced and choreographed for numerous modern dance companies. She received her Pilates certification in 2003 from the Pilates Center of Chicago. In 2014 Heidi received a Master’s certification from The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. Heidi teaches Classical Pilates methods. By design this consists of 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. She has taught pilates for over 17 years and works with a variety of people ranging 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.
Charles Cutler - Manager
Charlie specializes in Pilates, Gyrotonic exercises, Gyrokinesis, and Thai Bodywork. He 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 is currently 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.
Kimberly has been involved in sports her entire life. As a journalism student, she joined the co-ed soccer team and began training competitively in boxing and muay thai. While getting ready for her first golden gloves boxing match, she was interning at 103.5 Kiss FM and a show on NBC when she was told by a few of the employees that her dedication inspired them to want to get in shape. In fact, they asked her to train with them. She told them she had absolutely NO experience with training someone. She only knew how to train herself. They kept insisting. With that being said, she took on the challenge and started experimenting with exercise programming and nutrition. After a few sessions, she realized how much she fell in love with helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.
Her passion for living a healthy lifestyle and helping others do the same kept growing. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, she decided to switch careers to become a fitness professional.
After receiving her certifications, she 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 8 months, she ended up taking the risk and left the security of the gym in order to create Moirai Health and Fitness in order to dedicate her time and effort to helping her clients change their lives for the better.
Join her on her journey and let her guide you through yours. Invest in yourself, invest in Moirai because we invest in YOU!
Angie was introduced to Pilates as a dance student in 2003. After a couple of semesters she knew that Pilates would be the career she would choose. She saw the transformation in her own body and developed a passion for 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. On account of this, she’ll guide through what to think and do instead of showing you. Demonstrations are a last resort. In addition, Angie continues to dance independently as a contact improvisational dancer and as an understudy for Khecari Dance.
Katie began practicing Pilates in 2010. She pursued her certification under the mentorship of Randi Whitman at Frog Temple Pilates in Chicago, and began teaching in 2012. She has an advanced understanding of human anatomy and physiology with a BS 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.
Luis has been a personal trainer and teacher of Pilates in Chicago since 1997. His training and career started at the age of 11 with martial arts and gymnastics and he hasn’t stopped since. He earned his BFA from Butler University and continued to perform and teach as a professional dancer throughout the United States. After moving to Chicago, he studied classical Pilates with Liv Berger and became certified through Power Pilates. Additionally he’s a certified Red Cord trainer and Thai bodywork practitioner, focusing on trigger point technique for muscle pain. Helping others find out what works for them is part of his joy as a trainer. This could indicate a classical approach, a slight peek outside the box, or just the right mix of styles when needed. When outside of the studio, you might find Luis introducing people to the adventures of sea kayaking or dancing tango at your local milonga.
Annette received her certification from The Frog Temple, where she learned classic Pilates form. She has been teaching for 14 years, 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 its power to transform the lives of 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 along with her experience 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.
Kathleen Love Villa, MS, is a Licensed Acupuncturist. She is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She received her BS in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from the Loyola University of Chicago Nursing Program in 1996. Clinical experience gained throughout Chicago’s top hospitals provided Kathleen with a solid understanding of nutrition, eventually leading her toward Chinese Medicine and Eastern Nutrition, which emphasizes 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. In addition to running a private practice, she has worked alongside healthcare professionals in yoga, spa, hospital, and chiropractic settings. 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.