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Instructors

The expert instructors at Fitwise are leaders in their field and teach from a deep place of knowing and compassion!

Ronda Priestner

Ronda Priestner

PMA-CPT | Movement Therapist | Owner / Director, FitWise Pilates

Ronda Priestner, 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 and 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. 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, California. Ronda teaches Pilates, functional movement, 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.

 

Stephanie Cross

Stephanie Cross

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!

Michelle Danna

Michelle Danna

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.


Rebecca Kahlenberg

Rebecca Kahlenberg

Certified Pilates Instructor

Rebecca Kahlenberg discovered Pilates as a form of conditioning for dance. Pilates made such a significant and positive impact on her that she chose to become an instructor in 2007. She completed the Pilates Sports Center Program taught by Lora Anderson and Nicole Martinez-Barreto at Pilates Studio City in Los Angeles. Rebecca has since worked closely with Physical therapists and movement therapists in the pilates environment and has extensive training in pre- and post-natal Pilates and all aspects of rehabilitative Pilates. Rebecca continues her education with master level classes and workshops. Rebecca 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.

Aura DeMare

Aura DeMare

Certified Pilates Instructor

Aura has been practicing Pilates since 2002. Her passion for mindful movement and desire to help others led her to become certified in 2006 through Integrated Teacher Training (with Madeline Black, Jean Sullivan, Debra Schubert, and Joerg Chabowski). Aura also has an MS in Biology from San Francisco State University. She has vast experience working with varied populations and enjoys the many ways Pilates exercises are adaptable to any level of fitness. As a competitive swimmer, she appreciates how Pilates complements and enhances other physical activities and is dedicated to helping her clients enjoy the many benefits of Pilates in their everyday lives. Drawing from her experience in dance, yoga, mindfulness, and holistic health, her classes are a blend of stretch, strength, release and hardcore work!