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Trainers

We’re always looking for excellent trainers to join our studio. If you’re interested in being a part of our experienced team, contact us.

NICOLE DESSOYE

OWNER / DIRECTOR, Certified Pilates Instructor and Rehab Specialist, NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Nicole started practicing Pilates when she was a dancer rehabilitating from an injury. Seeing its immediate benefits, she continued her training in New York City in order to strengthen and stay injury-free throughout her professional dance career. Nicole earned a B.F.A in dance at University of the Arts in Philadelphia with concentrations in kinesiology and anatomy. Her interest in teaching grew from a desire to practice healthy living and inspire others to do the same. In 2000, Nicole received her Pilates teacher certification from Ellie Herman. After instructing at several San Francisco studios, she and Elizabeth Donahue opened the doors to The Corner Studio. Every one of Nicole’s clients receives a tailored training session combining Pilates and functional training. A NASM certified personal trainer, she has the expertise and genuine wish to empower people to live their most fit lives.

ELIZABETH DONAHUE

OWNER / DIRECTOR, Certified GYROTONIC® and Pilates Instructor
Elizabeth is a certified Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor. Her pilates training began while a modern dance student at the University of Utah and has continued to flourish an extensive knowledge of body mechanics coupled with a simple joy of movement. Elizabeth completed her Pilates certification with the esteemed Madeline Black (2000) and GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® certification with master teacher Debra Rose (2003). Her approach has been inspired by a of a number of influential teachers working in Body Correctives including Jean-Claude West and Anna Schmitz. Elizabeth’s inquisitive mind pushes her to continually advances her studies. She recently completed a seminar for Medical Applications applied to GYROTONIC® training.

FRANCES W. WHITE

Certified Pilates, Rehab Specialist, Somatic Experience Trainer 
Frances, a former professional dancer in the Bay Area, is a certified Pilates instructor. Knowledgeable and gentle, she specializes in injury rehabilitation with an emphasis on pelvic/spinal support and gait pattern. She has worked successfully with clients suffering a variety of injuries and surgeries, including knee and hip replacement, arthroscopic knee surgery, cervical and lumbar bulging discs, TOS, pre- and postpartum conditioning, and nerve degeneration. Frances also comes highly skilled in Swedish, Deep Tissue/Sports and Cranial-Sacral massage, and in 2004 became a Trainer of Somatic Experiencing.

FRAN SHOLLY

Certified Pilates and GYROTONIC® Instructor, LMT
Fran Sholly began her journey into bodywork as an actress and singer seeking to create a fully expressive body. She brings to her teaching invaluable insight from this enriching 20-year exploration, drawing also on Yoga and the Feldenkrais method. Fran was certified in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in 2001, the Hendrickson Method of Orthopedic Massage and Manual Therapy in 2005, and also Trager bodywork.

JESSICA ADAMS

Certified Pilates and GYROTONIC® Instructor
www.healthybodyclearmind.com
Jessica is fascinated by the functionality and mechanics of the human body. From this inspired place, she devotes her practice to educating people about their own bodies and how to live healthfully and functionally. She imbues her teaching style with her own experiences as a professional modern dancer and yoga practitioner. Certified in pilates in 2000 through Madeline Black, she trained primarily with Carrie Field, Mercy Sidbury, Elizabeth Larkham, and Jean Sullivan. She earned her  GYROTONIC® certification in 2002 at White Cloud West under the tutelage of Debra Rose, Elizabeth Dawson, Tamara Yoneda, and Mike Luque. Jessica loves seeing GYROTONIC® help clients surpass their perceived movement range. She is also certified in Yamuna Body Rolling, a muscle releasing massage technique using small balls. Jessica is the founder of Enchanted Ridge Dance Retreat, which focuses on bringing dance artists in touch with nature. To learn more about Jessica or to contact her directly for training, visit www.healthybodyclearmind.com

IDDY RICHARDSON

Certified Pilates Instructor 
Born to move, Iddy began her life happily bouncing in a springy chair and energetically dancing off the couches of her parents’ living room. Many years later, she discovered the wonders of Pilates while studying dance at Saint Mary’s college. Continuing her training, Iddy studied mat techniques with Leah Putnam of Integrated Teacher Training and equipment training with Tom McCook. She continues to grow her library of expertise with continued studies in Pilates, human anatomy, MET, yoga, Gyrotonic®, Feldenkrais, dance, TRX, trampoline, swimming, muscle confusion, and total body fitness. In addition to teaching Pilates, Iddy combines her many interests by teaching TRX Pilates fusion, dance workouts for the Rhythm & Motion program, and Group Interval Training classes. Iddy also has an extensive background teaching children swimming, dance, and physical education.

BRIAN HEIGEL

Certified Pilates and GYROTONIC® Instructor

SUZANNE FOSTER

Certified Pilates Instructor 
Suzanne was certified through the Kane School of Core Integration in NYC where pilates is used as a tool to explore efficient and effective movement. She strives to meet each client’s differing needs, and ultimately to teach her clients about body awareness so they are able to move with ease and comfort. She enjoys working with people from all backgrounds, whether it’s for rehabilitation, fitness, pre/post natal, or to relieve stress and tension. Suzanne continues to enrich her own body education through a dedicated personal practice of yoga, gyrotonic, and pilates.

ANA HYATT

Certified Pilates Instructor 

SOPHIA CHUDACOFF

Certified Pilates Instructor 

BRIANA STOCKTON

AAISMA Certified Personal Trainer 
Briana is AAISMA-certified, CPR-certified, and earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University. Her personal training is a grass roots approach with full body intensity. She takes clients through an explosive, interval circuit workout that challenges them mentally and physically. Incorporating plyometrics, TRX, balance, and core routines, there is never a dull or boring moment. Briana is also a raw foods chef specializing in healthy diets.

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