The expert instructors at Fitwise are leaders in their field and teach from a deep place of knowing and compassion!
A key factor to your success is in your instructors.
WE ARE A COMMUNITY
We are a small, female owned and operated small business. Unlike chain studios and corporate health clubs, we have established roots in our community and strive to create a positive impact. We believe that Pilates is more than just another exercise it is a modality of wellness that creates positive and lasting change that keep our clients coming back.
PMA-CPT | MOVEMENT THERAPIST | OWNER / DIRECTOR, FITWISE PILATES
Ronda, owner and director of FitWise Pilates and Wellness has worked as a movement therapist, wellness practitioner, Master Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, group exercise leader, and exclusive specialty chef for private citizens and celebrities alike throughout the world for over 20 years. Ronda did her initial Pilates training in Brazil and through Polestar Pilates Education. Ronda is certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She has worked/studied with Elizabeth Larkam since 2006 as well as several other prolific educators including Jean Claude West. Ronda continues to attend advanced workshops, courses and master level classes. During her career as the Body, Mind and Spirit Chef, she instructed workshops and clients on weight management, movement medicine, energy optimization, personal fitness, wellness and other daily life concerns through an easy approach to nutrition, functional movement and sustainable lifestyle choices. Ronda’s Movement repertoire is vast and innovative, her clientele range from professional athletes to acute rehabilitation and everything in between. Dance and Movement Medicine are her areas of expertise. Movement and healing are truly her second nature. Ronda has traveled extensively throughout the West Indies, the South Pacific, as well as South, Central, and North America, researching medicinal and native foods, movement therapies and modalities that formed the basis of many of her flourishing practice at FitWise Pilates and Wellness. Her own desire for optimal fitness and well-being led her to create a style of nutritious haute cuisine for specialty diets and natural living in which currently she teaches and leads in wellness groups. As the owner and director of FitWise Pilates and Wellness in El Cerrito and Mill Valley, Ronda teaches Pilates, functional fitness, fascia fitness, brain fitness and movement therapies to heal, rehabilitate and strengthen both body and soul. Our goal is to provide you with a range of wellness services geared at enhancing your total mind and body health.
CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR | CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Stephanie was introduced to Pilates in 1997 through a dance program as a means of dance conditioning and injury prevention. She then went on to dance professionally with The Oakland Ballet and State Street Ballet where she continued to be an avid Pilates student. Stephanie experienced so many profound benefits from Pilates that she knew she would eventually make it her career. After relocating to Los Angeles, Stephanie received her certification through Body Arts and Science (BASI) in 2004. She started teaching full time at studios all over Los Angeles. Stephanie has been fortunate enough to work alongside physical therapists and leaders in dance medicine. She has worked with a large number of clients ranging from fitness enthusiasts and athletes to people suffering from various injuries and medical conditions. Stephanie continues to attend master level workshops and courses in the movement sector. Stephanie also discovered Anusara yoga and in 2009 she successfully completed an Anusara yoga certification. Stephanie is thrilled to be back in the Bay area at FitWise Pilates . She draws on her many influences to create an effective, diverse, detailed, and very challenging session. She is able to adapt the Pilates exercises to meet the many different needs of her clients including, athletic training, pregnancy, back issues, weight loss, fitness, and much more!
CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Always captivated by movement, Michelle discovered Pilates in 2002 while pursuing a degree in Dance and Humanities in New York City. Certain of the potent rehabilitative and aesthetic benefits, she supplemented her dance work with Pilates training. However, it wasn’t until she decided to put dance on hold and move to San Diego that she became dedicated to the form. Michelle certified through a BASI influenced training program, and began teaching soon after with Propel Pilates and Fitness in Rancho Bernardo, CA. It was there that she deepened her capacity to teach effective, fluid, and energizing classes in addition to restrative and curative style classes. Michelle moved to the Bay Area in the fall of 2012 to attend the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. While in school, Michelle continued to teach group Pilates in San Francisco. In May of 2014 she culminated her work with a Master’s project on the role of the body in the transformation of consciousness, a philosophical account of her embodied practices. She teaches and studies Pilates to inspire movement awareness, muscle power, and deeper range and breathe as way to create a dynamic and beautiful life. Michelle is delighted to be a team member in the CoreStrong FitWise community.
CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Josselyn comes to FitWise Pilates direct from New York City where she had a flourishing Pilates business and was a professional dancer. She holds a BA in dance and an MFA in Performance and Choreography with an emphasis in the Alexander Technique. She began studying Pilates as a way to rehab her own body from numerous dance related injuries and fell in love with the work. No other method of exercise or conditioning had given her the core strength, flexibility and overall balanced control. Expanding on her love for teaching dance, she entered into the Pilates training program at the Kane School of Core Integration in NYC and became further immersed in the advanced study of anatomy, biomechanics and neuromuscular re-education. Josselyn strives to help each client not only reach their fitness goals, but feel at home in their own skin. Josselyn has vast experience working with clients of all abilities especially those clients with knee, shoulder and back issues, scoliosis, hyper-mobility, neck and shoulder issues, pre/post natal, postural imbalances and clients with weight loss goals.
CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Mari was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where she danced 16 years of professional ballet. Through her dancing career Mari practiced many methods of cross training including Yoga, Gyrotonics, and Pilates. After sustaining an injury a few weeks before a company audition, Mari used Pilates as a means to rehab her injuries which lead to her career as an instructor. Mari is certified through Polestar Pilates, which is the number one school for rehabilitation in Pilates. Mari has worked closely with Physical therapists and movement therapists in the Pilates environment using Pilates and all aspects of rehabilitative movement. Mari currently works with athletes, dancers, pre/post natal and those recovering from injury. Mari continues her passion for learning while attending advanced assessment workshops and trainings. Mari is always striving to find new ways to enhance her classes, and deliver innovative movement through the latest research on the anatomy of movement. Mari has experienced first hand how Pilates can improve quality of life, and loves to share this by both supporting and challenging her clients at FitWise Pilates and Wellness.
CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR, PMA-CPT, JD
Jean was born in Wisconsin and was a successful equestrian for over 15 years. She also enjoyed water skiing, cycling, racquetball and group exercise. She received a B.A. From Marquette University and relocated to California to attend law school at Pepperdine University, graduating in 1990. She began practicing Pilates in 2002 to counter the stress of her work as an attorney and to balance out her body from the rigors placed on it by her love for mountain biking. Immediately realizing the profound difference Pilates made in her life and body she decided to leave the practice of law. Jean did her initial comprehensive Pilates training with Elizabeth Larkam in 2004 -2005 and was certified by the Pilates Method Alliance. She followed that with a second training at Integrated Teacher Training led by Madeleine Black and Jean Sullivan. She was featured as a Pilates Success story in the October 2006 issue of Pilatestyle magazine. Since that time she has continued to expand her movement knowledge by taking in depth workshops with industry leaders such as Karen Clippinger PT, Christine Romani Ruby PT, Jean-Claude West, Thomas Myers, Tom McCook, Eric Franklin, and Nora St. John. In addition to overall health and wellness her areas of focus are scoliosis, joint replacement, movement to alleviate back pain, and deep pelvic floor cueing. Her philosophy is move well, move often and have fun!
CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Celebrating 20 years of teaching, Erin’s yoga path as a practitioner and teacher has been inspired by a wide gamut of styles including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Qigong and Yin Yoga. Her classes are a creative, mindful synthesis of both static and flowing postures that ultimately cultivate healing and deep body/breath awareness.
Erin has trained extensively with Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley and Erich Schiffmann and is a certified 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-500) with the Yoga Alliance. In addition, while living in England for three years, she was certified by the British Wheel of Yoga, an extensive Yoga teacher training program recognized by the British government. In 2012, Erin was double certified as an instructor of the MELT Method, a specialized connective tissue release protocol which promotes healing and eliminates pain.
Erin’s specialty is Yin Yoga, a profound practice that emphasizes long-held but passive poses which enhance flexibility in the joints and instill lightness and grace in the body. Her audio cd, “Yin Yoga: The Essential Practice” won rave reviews from Yoga Journal and Alternative Medicine Magazine. It is available on iTunes or through www.yogadeva.com. Erin also teaches Beginning Yoga, vigorous Vinyasa Flow and an all levels mindful movement class she created called Qigong Yoga Flow.
CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR
Emilee brings you Pilates from an endurance athlete perspective. She believes that with correct alignment, balanced strength and a clear mind body connection, the body can accomplish just about anything! Emilee is an ultra trail runner, cyclist, and triathlete giving her first hand experience on the benefits of Pilates and its positive impact on athletic performance, injury rehab and prevention. In addition, Emilee has two daughters giving her personal understanding and knowledge of the challenges that come along with Pre and Post Natal care in addition to her Pe/Post natal specialty certifications. Her caring personality, positive mindset and continued desire to learn ensures that her clients and classes are not only receiving the best training to meet their personal needs but they are truly building strength from the inside out!