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.

Best Pilates 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.

Ronda

Ronda

PMA-CPT | MOVEMENT THERAPIST | OWNER / DIRECTOR, FITWISE PILATES

CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® METHOD INSTRUCTOR

Ronda, owner and director of FitWise Pilates and Wellness, has worked as a movement therapist, wellness practitioner, Master Pilates Instructor, Pilates 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 2005 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 practices 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 Mill Valley and formerly El Cerrito for 12 years, Ronda teaches Pilates, functional fitness, Fascia Fitness, brain fitness and movement therapies to heal, rehabilitate and strengthen both body and soul. We also offer the Gyrotonic method, and our goal is to provide you with a range of wellness services geared at enhancing your total mind and body health.

Stephanie

Stephanie

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!
Jen

Jen

CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR

Jen Raby is a fully certified STOTT™ Pilates instructor bringing 20 plus years of experience and success working in the fitness industry. Jen began her career in New York City with Certifications from New York University, and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), working in top health clubs, as well as owning her own in-home personal training business. After taking her first Pilates class in 2000, Jen was hooked. Pilates was the intelligent, effective, and rewarding exercise program that she was looking for. Jen embarked on her journey into Pilates becoming a Level II STOTT™ Pilates Advanced Instructor. Eventually, she opened two studios in Newport and Bristol, Rhode Island. In addition to Pilates, Jen is an accomplished Equestrian competing in United States Dressage Federation Horse shows, recreational runner, and avid Yogi. Jen resides in Marin with her husband, son and two Jack Russell Terriers. She is thrilled to be part of the Fitwise team of instructors, and looks forward to working with you!
Dannielle

Dannielle

PMA-CPT | MOVEMENT THERAPIST | CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR
CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® METHOD INSTRUCTOR
CERTIFIED GYROKENISIS® METHOD INSTRUCTOR
POLESTAR® PILATES EDUCATOR

Dannielle has been teaching creative and functional movement modalities for over 18 years. She trained through Polestar Pilates Education and is a Pilates Method Alliance certified Pilates instructor, certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor, and an Inbody Academy trained Yoga instructor. She has taught at various movement studios in California, Oregon, Utah, and Indiana, and had the good-fortune of working as an assistant to Elizabeth Larkam.she was a Balanced Body University faculty member and master trainer. Dannielle has worked in physical therapy clinics and high end sports clubs. She has worked with professional athletes and those in acute rehab( and everything in between). Dannielle progresses her clients with her deep understanding of anatomical mechanics and movement. As an ongoing commitment to instructor training and high standards of movement education, she is currently an educator for Polestar Pilates Education. Dannielle is committed to the art and science of intelligent movement and to the health and well being of her students. Her primary aim is to help people feel comfortable in their bodies and to feel good about themselves and to deliver them to their most optimal levels of wellness and fitness.

Lori

Lori

CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR

Lori has enjoyed teaching Pilates in group class, private and semi-private settings in the SF Bay Area for over 5 years. With a degree from the University of Connecticut in Speech-Language Pathology, Lori learned one of the core principles of Pilates: the power of breath and how to activate the core muscles for proper breathing techniques. However, it was not until 2005 that she was introduced to Pilates when a herniated disc injury halted her active lifestyle. Pilates aided in not only her successful recovery but also allowed her to identify the imbalances in other areas of her body. She then decided to immerse herself in Pilates’ highly effective conditioning practice and share its powerful mind and body transformation possibilities with others by becoming a fully certified Pilates Instructor through Pilates Sports Center (PSC). In addition to the herniated disc injury, she has also benefited from using Pilates to recover from shoulder surgery, a complete elbow dislocation and a broken foot. Knowing first hand how a body in pain can affect every part of one’s life, she uses that awareness to help people experience the benefits that come from having the balanced and strong body that Pilates can offer even with an injury. Lori has continues to involve herself in the ongoing process of education workshops and is also currently working on her Certification in Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT). Whether you are taking Pilates for a hard core workout, are pre/post natal, are recovering from an injury/surgery or just seeking a healthier and more balanced life, Lori’s passion is to help you achieve your goal!
Alison

Alison

CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR | CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Alison is a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor with over fourteen years of teaching experience. She began her movement studies dancing and practicing yoga at the age of three with her mother who taught creative movement. She received her BA in History at Brown University where she was also awarded the Weston Fine Arts Award in Dance. After graduating, she moved to New York City and studied and danced with many masters of the craft. She went on to complete her Pilates certification at BodyTonic Gymnasium in Brooklyn. In 2009, she completed her Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She additionally holds two yoga teacher certifications: one through Ana Forrest and the other through Laughing Lotus SF. Throughout this lifetime of movement studies, she has worked with many different populations including those working with rehabilitation issues, expectant and new mothers, the elderly, athletes, and children dealing with developmental issues. Since the birth of her son, she loves to help expectant and new mothers navigate the pre and post-natal process. She continues to be fascinated with questions of embodiment and strives through her work to inspire people to have richer experiences of their own aliveness. Alison is thrilled to work with the FitWise community and in an environment that fosters intelligent movement.

Amanda

Amanda

CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR

CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® METHOD INSTRUCTOR
CERTIFIED GYROKENISIS® METHOD INSTRUCTOR

Amanda was born and raised in Singapore and graduated magma cum laude with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012 where she also studied Pilates under the University year long program. She performed and taught in New York City for 6.5 years prior to moving to the Bay Area. Amanda is fully certified in all the specialized equipment and apparatus: She is also certified in both Gyrotonic Level 1 & Level 2 (Program 1 & 2) and both Dancers Application (Course 1 & 2).

Amanda is a certified Gyrotonic Level 1 Pre-Trainer and Gyrokinesis trainer for instructors.

Amanda has trained with Specialized Master Trainers Billy Macagnone, Erika Hassan, Jackson Kellogg, Miriam Barbosa and Adrianna Thompson. She also participated in the Rejuvenation course in Bali 2014 with the creator of Gyrotonic, Juliu Horvath, himself. She felt very fortunate to be able to work so closely with him and deepen her understanding in the essence of this work; treating your body right, a wholesome wellness. Amanda truly believes in sharing this healing method and enrichment of freedom in movement to her clients. Amanda works with all populations from young athletes, rehabilitation, extreme athletes and everyone in between.

Lori

Lori

CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR

Lori was born and raised in the North Bay. Lori comes to FitWise with over 15 years of experience practicing and teaching Pilates. She was first introduced to Pilates in 2003 while living on the island of Kauai and completed her initial training on Oahu in 2004. As an avid surfer and dancer, Pilates delivered increased clarity of movement with a reduction in injury and recovery time. It also assisted in the healing process after the birth of her twins in 2010.

She is certified through STOTT Pilates and Pilates Academy International. She has also received advanced training through Balanced Body University (BBU) and, most notably, BBU’s Ladder Barrel and Arc training with Elizabeth Larkam. She strongly believes in continuing education and has attended workshops with some of the masters in the field of functional movement including Tom McCook, Eric Franklin, Jonathon Hoffman. Lori is active in staying up to date in the latest research in movement and wellness and currently attends advanced workshops and classes. In order to deepen her knowledge of Movement Medicine and intelligent movement, she completed yet another certification of 450 hours of Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program with Master Trainer Ronda Priestner here at FitWise Pilates.

Lori has worked with a wide range of clients from athletes, CEOs, Pre/Post Natal, to those with lyme disease, scoliosis, joint replacement, spine issues and knee and hip conditions to name just a few. Lori is committed to sharing the many benefits that Pilates and intelligent movement offers and is excited to meet her clients wherever they are on their fitness journey.

Jean

Jean

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!
Rita

Rita

CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR

CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® METHOD INSTRUCTOR

Rita is a certified Pilates instructor and certified Gyrotonic method instructor and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, her home town. Rita is also a classical dancer trained by the San Francisco Ballet School and has performed professionally with the San Francisco Opera, and in Brazil with the Niteroi City Ballet. After spraining her ankle during a ballet class, she was referred to the St. Francis Hospital and placed in a Pilates program which led to her full recovery under Elizabeth Larkam’s guidance. This experience led to her interest and training through Polestar Method Alliance, then certification with Pilates Method Alliance, followed by a Gyrotonic Expansion System method certification. Rita’s broad client experience includes caring for professional dancers, athletes, people recovering from varied injuries and physical conditions.

Dominique

Dominique

CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® METHOD INSTRUCTOR

Dominique is passionate about helping others become active participants in the health of their own bodies and minds. She loves the way her body feels since learning The Gyrotonic Expansion System and is excited to share this 3-dimensional movement system that tones the body, calms the nervous system and creates a pathway for the body to feel more free and expansive. 

For years, she led an active lifestyle, but following the birth of her son, competitive tennis and a skiing accident, she developed chronic back issues and in her search for a path toward self-healing, she discovered this profound system that allowed her to find lasting functionality, significantly increased mobility and balanced strength. She is inspired to help people understand how to repattern their bodies for optimal postural alignment and functional movement and she finds great joy in seeing people make self discoveries in their newfound ability to move with more ease. She loves this tool as a way to help her clients age more gracefully by moving their whole bodies with purpose, efficiency and less forceful effort.

Dominique was certified in The Gyrotonic Method in 2015. She is trained to teach on the Gyrotonic specialized equipment and will be finishing her Gyrokinesis certification in 2019. In her quest for understanding the whole person, she is studying energy-based Anatomy Systems and is working toward a Master Certification in Intuition Medicine exploring the art of subtle-energy healing and the intuitive mind. She continues to learn how creating awareness in the physical body leads to a direct path of healing and an overall sense of well-being.

Andrea

Andrea

CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® METHOD INSTRUCTOR

Recently returned to the Bay Area from Los Angeles, Andrea first moved to San Francisco at 15, and soon after joined the San Francisco Ballet, where she danced for 4 years. It was during this time that she was introduced to the Gyrotonic method as a way to recover from surgery, and immediately fell in love with the methodology.

“Through Gyrotonic exercise I discovered a pathway whereby I began to develop entirely new depth of physical internal awareness and kinesthetic understanding of body mechanics that literally re-wired the way I inhabited myself, both onstage and off.

Andrea embodies a passionate dedication to healing, exploring, and creatively expressing the body. A licensed massage therapist since 2012, she is deeply experienced in a broad spectrum of healing modalities and practices, and offers a unique synthesis of styles through her offerings. Particularly, she has studied in Gyrotonic for over 12 years, she has worked with numerous master trainers, including Domini Anne, Nora Certified Gyrotonic Method Instructor, Debra Rose, and Magali Messac; and is additionally certified to teach on multiple pieces of specialized Gyrotonic equipment.

Carlo

Carlo

CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR

Carlo was born and raised in Southern California and has always been interested in fitness and wellness. As a competitive athlete, he was first introduced to Pilates in 2014 when he began at the original FitWise studio in El Cerrito. Carlo was immediately drawn to the physical challenge of Pilates. He also appreciated how Pilates combined a physical and intellectual approach using the core principles of concentration, control, precision, breath and flow, which gave him a new understanding of the power of the mind-body connection. Carlo’s consistent practice helped him navigate some of his own personal challenges including rehabilitating from a broken elbow and managing an active and healthy lifestyle with a young family. The benefits from pilates were inspiring and pushed him to dedicate more time to learning the foundations behind the exercises.

Carlo became a part of the FitWise Pilates Mill Valley administrative staff and the rigorous Pilates teacher training program under the direction of Master Trainer Ronda Priestner. He enjoys to working clients to unlock their own mind-body connection and utilize the benefits of Pilates in all aspects of their life. Carlo has experience working with clients of varying ages and abilities; from competitive athletes looking to increase their strength, balance and flexibility to post-natal women reincorporating physical exercise into their lives. He also has worked with clients post-surgery, those with limitations due to arthritis or injury, complete knee and hip replacements, torn rotator cuff, stenosis, spody and herniated/bulging discs. He believes Pilates can be beneficial to everyone; from beginners to seasoned veterans, those looking to gain mobility or rehab an injury, to those wishing to increase their overall core strength. Carlo’s goal is to customize the exercises to meet the specific needs of the client, so you feel challenged and see progress in a safe and positive environment.