Teachers

Sylvia Byrd-LeitnerSylvia Byrd-Leitner, MFA, CPT, RYT - Co-Founder and Creative Director, Master Pilates Teacher, Balanced Body Pilates Teacher Training Director

Sylvia Byrd-Leitner is an impassioned instructor. Her goal is to share the wealth of knowledge she has accumulated throughout her life in the field of movement. As an undergraduate she worked as a physical therapist's aide at Moss Rehab in Philadelphia. She went on to earn her MFA in Dance/Movement from Temple University. She has performed and choreographed nationally and spent 5 years teaching dance at Rowan University before opening her own Pilates Studios. She has been teaching Pilates for 14 years. She is a registered Yoga teacher and continues to study movement and anatomy with some of the foremost and inspiring instructors internationally. What motivates her most is the joy of movement. Her keen eye has helped her bring awareness to her clients, helping them to focus on the details of their bodies in motion. As Joseph Pilates said, "A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion."

        

Diane GrossmanDiane Grossman, RYT, CHHC, AADP - Co-Founder & Business Manager, Health Coach

Diane's expertise is in business development, operations and management. Her career accomplishments range from the establishment of individual businesses and partnerships to a leadership role in a Fortune 100 global corporation. After being introduced to Pilates and yoga to strengthen her shoulder and rotator cuff weakness and deal with stress, Diane fell in love with the benefits she felt immediately. She has been practicing now for over 10 years. Diane is trained to teach Pilates Group Reformer I and has completed her yoga teacher training through Flossie Park. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training at Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has obtained Continuing Education Units from Purchase College, State Univerity of New York.  Diane offers health coaching to individuals and groups. She enjoys sharing her passion for living a healthier lifestyle with her clients, family and friends.

Michele BozziniMichele Bozzini, CPT, RYT and Master Pilates Instructor

With over 20 years experience as a professional dancer and teacher, Michele is excited to contribute her knowledge of Pilates instruction for training clients. With keen powers of observation and devotion to detail, she provides her clients with a full spectrum of intellectual and physical enhancement. Michele enjoys working with clients of diverse levels and creating challenging workouts geared toward each individual. Michele is comprehensively certified through Balanced Body and continues to expand her knowledge in the field of movement. "I love being part of an always evolving team that focuses on improving the lives of others". Michele has been teaching Pilates since 2005 and is a PMA-CPT® (Pilates Method Alliance nationally Certified Pilates Teacher). Michele is also a Registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance since 2005.

     

Lisa FormanLisa Forman, RYT and Personal Trainer

Lisa is an Advanced Certified Personal Trainer, is certified in sports nutrition and holistic healing. She has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and has found that YogaFit is the perfect type of yoga for her to incorporate into her fitness lifestyle.

Martha GelardenMartha Gelarden, MFA, MA, BFA, Master Pilates Instructor

Teaching, art and performance are all my lifework. Each is fueled by an insatiable curiosity and love of learning. For 25 years, I lived an academic life teaching Sculpture/Installation/Performance Art at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Columbia College Chicago and Eastern Michigan University. My artwork and research have been exhibited internationally and throughout the US. For the past decade, I have also continued to serve as a Weight Watchers Meeting Leader helping members with their health and fitness journey. Physical fitness was key to my personal weight loss and Pilates became part of my personal practice in 2007. After retiring from academia I have focused on Pilates and completing the Balanced Body Pilates Comprehensive Certification studying with Sylvia ByrdLeitner and Jessica Moss. As a Pilates instructor, my goal is to share my “It is never too late to start” attitude and love of healthy creative solutions through movement. The PC2 Community has been very supportive and I am grateful for this opportunity to give back and to be a part of this very special healing environment.

Carole Gorman-SwiftCarole Gorman-Swift - RYT and Master Pilates Instructor

Carole has been involved with dance, sports and exercise since a young age. She began her dance training in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan and as a college student moved to the Philadelphia area where she continued her dance and exercise training @ West Chester and Temple Universities.

Carole graduated with a B.S. in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance from WCU and M.Ed. in Dance with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from TU. Teaching dance in the performing arts and physical education departments of Cherry Hill East brought her to New Jersey and eventually Haddonfield where she owned her own dance studio for twenty plus years.

Carole has been @ PC2 since 2007. As a Master Pilates instructor she is comprehensively certified through Balance Body and trained in Core Align. There is a constant stream of encouragement throughout Carole’s classes and she brings a positive spirit to every session to keep sessions new, challenging and always catering to her clients’ needs.

Olga KovalyovaOlga Kovalyova, Pilates Instructor, RYT-500, Neuromuscular Massage Therapist

Olga has been studying Pilates and Yoga since 2001 and teaching since 2007. She is dedicated to teaching and she practices the philosophy of the Eternal Student, always learning more and growing.

Olga is certified in Pilates for Mat, Reformer, Apparatus, and Barre, having trained with Sylvia Byrd-Leitner, and has been certified as a Core Align instructor with its creator Jonathan Hoffman, all through Balanced Body Education. Olga has also obtained a nationally recognized certification in Pre and Postnatal Pilates, training with Carolyne Anthony.

In Yoga, Olga is an RYT-500 level instructor, which she obtained with Sue Elkind of DigYoga in Lambertville, NJ, and is also an Aerial Yoga teacher, having trained with Leyna Schaeffer of Vata Asana.

Finally, Olga is also a licensed (PA & NJ) Neuromuscular Massage Therapist. Training with ASHA in Atlanta, GA, her specialty is working with clients who have pain and injury, helping them regain their strength, flexibility, and joy of movement during their everyday activities and hobbies. She is also certified in massage to help women before childbirth, and to help rehab afterwards.

Utilizing a fusion of the disciplines of Pilates, Yoga, and Therapeutic Massage, Olga loves working with clients at all levels of physical development, and seeks to inspire all her clients to find their joy in life through the help of movement.

Jessica MossJessica Moss - Master Pilates Instructor and Professional Dancer

Jessica is a professional modern dancer, teacher and choreographer who began her Pilates training as a way to improve strength and flexibility for dance. Jessica incorporates her experience with Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and functional anatomy into her Pilates practice to develop movement efficiency and muscle release. She completed her Pilates training in 2004 from Pilates Master, Karen Carlson, with whom she continues to study. She has worked at The Pilates Core Center since 2009, teaching group classes and private sessions. In March 2014 Jessica became a Balanced Body faculty member and now teaches Pilates Instructor Training and Anatomy in 3 Dimensions to aspiring Pilates teachers. Jessica is also certified by PMA®, The Pilates Method Alliance and by ACE, The American Council on Exercise.

        

Ellyn RebeccaEllyn Rebecca - CYT, BSN and MA in Holistic Spirituality, Yoga Instructor

Gavin SegalGavin Segal - Personal Trainer, iHeal Technique

Gavin received his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and holds personal training certifications in NSCA (CSCS) , ACE, M.A.T. Jumpstart, and  Reactivation Level 2.  Gavin’s  Philosophy on Training is teaching proper biomechanics.  The traditional way of training is to emphasize muscles, Gavin's focus is on training movement.  This creates a more functional INTENTION, which makes his clients stronger inside and outside the gym.

He designed the Cardio Circuit class to increase functional strength by focusing on basic exercises, with the benefit of burning a lot of calories.  The exercises are based on individual skill level.  Therefore, the  class can benefit all levels of fitness.

Keith SegalKeith Segal - Personal Trainer, Body Reactivation Specialist, Reiki Practitioner, Yoga Instructor

Keith is a level 2 certified body reactivation specialist, a level 2 reiki practitioner, a certified personal trainer, and a certified yoga instructor. Keith has been involved in the health and wellness field for almost 20 years.

Frank \Frank "Frankie" Tayar - Meditation

Frankie has over 20 years of experience and wide knowledge of Martial Arts and Zen, practice and philosophy.  Six years of service in the Israeli Defense Forces.  Over 10 years as owner and CEO of Tayrex Corporation, a software company located in Cherry Hill.  Eight years assisting black belt holders from various martial arts achieve quick and quality progress in their practice and higher ranks in their discipline.

 

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