Kelly PriorOffice Manager & Granter of Wishes
Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
Kelly was born and raised in the Bay Area, graduating from Foothill College with her AA in Psychology. After leaving school early, she decided it wasn't the field she wanted to pursue, and made it a mission to find jobs where she could enjoy the workday. Ultimately it was her positions working in the gym industry that were the most satisfying. Kelly really wanted to be part of a place where people come to feel better, and make a better version of themselves. She brings many years experience in customer service to our busy office and enjoys interacting with all of our Patients and Clients.
Stephanie HappeCorrective Exercise & Foundation Training
Stephanie Happe comes from a background in Dietetics but quickly found her passion working with special population exercise programs in 2011. Beginning with Stanford's Living Strong, Living Well, a program designed for those recovering from cancer treatment, she discovered that working with this group was challenging yet immensely rewarding.
She began to focus on adaptive exercises for those with movement dysfunction due to chronic diseases. This path quickly lead to her involvement with many other special populations including those with arthritis, diabetes, dementia, auto-immune diseases, balance difficulties, and weight concerns.
She believes proper posture, good balance, and a strong core are the building blocks of any effective fitness routine. Her goal is to create fun and effective programs to correct imbalances, help relieve chronic pain, and get you back to what you love to do!
LaRon grew up moving around with his military family – giving him the opportunity to live in places like Japan, Alaska, and Texas before starting high school here in California.
During high school, he was a 1st Team football player as well as a basketball player.
He continued his football playing at Foothill College as the team captain, and earning his AA in Physical education. He then transferred to Utah State to pursue his Exercise Science degree (and play cornerback for theUniversity).
After graduating, he returned to California to be near family and friends and start his career as a Personal Trainer. He has worked at many of the fitness establishments in the area, working in a variety of settings, with a variety of clientele, from kids to adults, from desk jockeys and weekend warriors to athletes.
He still enjoys a good basketball game with his friends, watching his favorite CA sports teams (Lakers and Raiders), and spending time with his wife and kids!
LaRon looks forward to helping everyone find a stronger version of themselves!
Heide WentworthPilates & Corrective Exercise
Heide's enthusiastic approach towards optimal fitness emphasizes proper form and function. Each workout creates a mind-body connection through pilates, yoga, core strength and stability. She believes that a well rounded and straight forward approach towards health and fitness is essential for a balanced lifestyle.Heide received credentials from the Health and Fitness Institute Cal State Hayward, Yogafit International and Physical Mind Institute. Heide's backround includes bodybuilding competitions, race events, yoga retreats and pilates seminars.Her goal is to motivate each client to achieve his or her personal health goal through physical and mental balance.
Kathy Thomson is a Pilates and CoreAlign instructor. She began her career in San Francisco as a scholarship student with the San Francisco Ballet. She moved to New York in 1979 to attend the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Kathy was a member of the Martha Graham Ensemble and was a charter member of the certification program to teach the Graham Technique.
In 1980, Kathy began studying the Pilates Method with Carol Trier — one of Joseph Pilates's original teachers — in New York City. Kathy also studied with Deborah Lessen, who co-founded the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). In the mid-1980s, Kathy became the Director of Dance at the Masters School, a private high school in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She received her Pilates certification from master teacher Carol Appel in San Francisco and became a member of the PMA. In 1997, Kathy founded the Reach Pilates studio at Reach Fitness in Palo Alto. In addition to teaching private and group sessions, she coordinated two teacher trainee programs for Reach Pilates.
Kathy is passionate about working with her clients's individual needs to help develop functional awareness through the practice of Pilates.
Katie is originally from Melbourne, Australia and has lived abroad in 4 cities across the world over the last 7 years before residing in the Bay Area.Her previous 10 year career as a Model Agent enabled her the privilege of working with Victoria’s Secret models which inadvertently lead her to discovering her immense appreciation for health and wellness.She herself had persistent hip pain and began doing Yoga and Pilates, where she found strength and healing. Whilst working full time, she began her trajectory on the wellness pathway by completing a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Works in Los Angeles. Fast forward 4 years and she is now also, a Certified Pilates Instructor (trained in the Balance Body Method across all apparatus), Health Coach and soon to be Functional Nutritionist.
Given her academic background, she believes in assessing the whole picture when it comes to movement and her methods in training are holisticand all encompassing.
When she isn’t in the studio she enjoys playing in the kitchen making delicious and healthy meals, as well as exploring the area’s best wine regions with her husband, and their dog Archie.
Camilla is a Bay Area native who has been a fitness professional for over 7years.
After suffering a spinal injury during her time at UC Irvine, she found yoga and Pilates.
She learned how to trust her body again and fell in love with the idea of healing through movement. Through these practices, she was inspired to explore other modalities of nourishing the mind and body holistically.
She completed her Comprehensive Pilates Training through Balanced BodyUniversity and is also certified in Personal Training, Barre, Yoga, and barefoot training.
As a first-time mom to a 6-month-old daughter, Camilla is returning to the workforce with renewed passion and enthusiasm. As a stickler for proper form and body mechanics, she will ensure that your training is not only effective but also safe...and fun!
Adam SewellYoga & Mobility
Adam played soccer, tennis, rugby, field hockey and participated in swimming, track and field, and horseback riding. He also engaged in the martial arts, which he started at a very young age. Throughout his travels around the world, he continued emerging himself in martial arts, earning black belts in various styles. He had the pleasure of training with Billy Blanks in Tae Bo and Karate. He expanded his martial arts style fitness programs to include Tai Chi and Yoga. Adam’s original training in Yoga was Iyengar-based. He has also practiced Yoga with John McAfee, the controversial yoga guru and creator of McAfee software, at his Relational Yoga Mandiram in Colorado. He now holds a Chinese teaching certificate in Tai Chi and a 500-hour yoga teacher certification.
Adam has been involved professionally in the wellness industry since 1990. He owned a wellness center in Colorado and he has written several fitness manuals. He has trained various special populations including children, para-Olympic athletes and seniors.
To stay fit, engaged and grounded, Adam enjoys horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, motorcycle riding, and world traveling.
Daniel VilledaOrthopedic Massage
Orthopedic and Therapeutic Massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain. This massage technique is highly focused on a to-the-point approach. The focus is to identify the knots and to apply trigger point massage This type deep tissue massage is used to increase range of motion, decrease and manage pain and restore normal body movement and function. Education and certifications were received from the San Francisco School of Massage, World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts, and the California Massage Therapy Council.
Duration: 60 minutes
Rate: $150 per session
Allen graduated from National Holistic Institute of Massage Therapy and Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy. He also received his bachelor of science in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. With over 4 years of massage experience, he loves applying his knowledge of the human body and functionality of movements to provide clients a highly personalized therapeutic massage
Prior to becoming a certified neuromuscular massage therapist, Allen was a badminton coach for over 10 years and became interested in the field of healing through bodywork because he saw the chronic aches and pains that his athletes go through. Allen firmly believes that optimal physical wellness is achieved through a multi-faceted approach that balances prevention, strengthening, treatment, and nutrition
Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”- David Richo