Kristen Barrett grew up in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona where she spent most of her time in the dance studio. Her passion for movement brought her to Arizona State University where she graduated suma cum laude with a B.F.A in Dance Education and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. Soon after graduation Kristen moved to NYC to pursue a career as a professional dancer. She had the joy of performing for a variety of artists including Chris Masters, Diane McCarthy, and Shandoah Goldman.
Less than 2 years into her dance journey Kristen herniated a disc in her lumbar spine. The severe pain in her back and pelvis was so unbearable that she had to stop all physical activity including dancing. She tried every medical treatment and therapy imaginable, but nothing provided long-term relief. Kristen was devastated, worried that she would be in pain forever and never dance again… until she discovered Pilates. Through lots of hard work, patience, and practice Pilates eliminated Kristen’s pain and transformed her body making it stronger, healthier, and more expressive than ever before. It was this firsthand experience that inspired her to become a Pilates teacher.
Kristen completed both her comprehensive Pilates mat and Pilates equipment certifications from the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City. She is also an AFAA certified Primary Group Exercise instructor. Kristen teaches pilates mat and reformer group classes, pilates private sessions, and fitness classes at various studios and gyms throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. She is ecstatic to be joining the ActiveCare team where she can share the healing power of pilates with others. Kristen’s goal is to help all of her clients achieve pain free, movement filled lives!
Katie is a native New Yorker who has been teaching Pilates for ten years. She was introduced to the Pilates method at the young age of sixteen. Movement became her passion and she went on to become a Pilates instructor. Katie started to believe that Pilates was “rehab before you need it”.
Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Queens College University. She had intensive undergraduate coursework in Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and Biomechanics. Katie also holds a rehabilitative certification from Polestar Pilates and has completed advanced coursework focusing on Scoliosis, Body Reading and Pre/Post-Natal Pilates specific exercises. Katie is a Polestar instructor and mentor for prospective Pilates instructors.
‘When your body is in the correct alignment your movement will be efficient. This will keep you strong, grounded and out of pain. Awareness and connection of your mind, body and spirit will give you the strength to reach any goal.’ Katie’s sessions are geared toward a specific program tailored to correcting your posture and relieving pain while getting an awesome workout.
Kelli Workman, a certified teacher of the Ron Fletcher Comprehensive Pilates Program, is an Arizona native. She has 17 years of experience teaching Pilates at various gyms, Miraval Resort and Spa, and the Fletcher Pilates hub, Body Works Pilates, under Kyria Waugaman. As Adjunct Faculty at Body Works, Kelli taught in the Fletcher Foundational and Professional Programs, developed a mentor teaching program for new teachers, and helped prepare students who presented Pilates 4 Youth at the PMA, supporting and co-teaching their segment. Kelli is also a performing artist with over 25 years of experience as a director, choreographer and multi-disciplinary performer. Her extensive experience as a dance teacher includes teaching pre-Pilates exercises to support students’ dance training and overall health. Seeing, supporting and coaching students’ and clients’ bodies over many years allows Kelli to recognize and respond to different movement patterns and learning styles quickly. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix which greatly informs her teaching and connection with clients.
Kelli’s personable, focused and comprehensive approach translates through breathwork, apparatus, Matwork, and even through zoom, as she continues to cultivate her mastery of teaching techniques, physical cues and personal connections. Pilates is not only corrective and strengthening exercise but a mind/body approach to how we live our lives. Kelli is passionate about helping clients make those connections that will help them move through their day without pain, understanding their optimal movement patterns for their body, and feel confident while doing it. Kelli is grateful and excited to join the incredible team at ActiveCare and is looking forward to working with you!