Susan Himes-Powers, PMA-CPT, is a professional actor and singer who came to Pilates because of her interest in posture and alignment. She has been teaching Pilates since 1999 and is also a certified massage therapist, a Franklin Method Educator, Level 2, and is educated in Balanced View. She was trained at the Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and works with all levels of clientele. Susan is a very creative teacher who approaches each client with an open mind, a kind sense of humor and a curious spirit to discover their full potential through balance, release and strength. She also has personal experience with recuperating from breast cancer treatments in regaining energy, strength and range of motion. For six years, Susan was the visiting faculty for a pilates teacher training program on the East Coast and currently teaches continuing education in functional movement at Simply Balanced.
Kelly is a Registered Nurse and understands the complex dynamics of the human body, drawing from her background and her studies in anatomy and physiology. Practicing Pilates for over 10 years, Kelly believes Pilates can bring positive changes to her client's bodies through increased flexibility, improved posture, mind-body awareness and decreased injury potential. She received her ITT Pilates Mat Certification in San Francisco. Kelly enjoys living a healthy lifestyle that includes hiking new trails, photography, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She loves to keep all ages moving!.
Charlotte Butler Penenberg has been teaching Pilates since 1998 and is the owner of Streamline Pilates Studio in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Trained through PhysicalMind Institute in New York City, and a member of the PMA, Charlotte brings 18 years of experience in massage and structural bodywork to her Pilates practice. While learning the Lauren Berry Method, she apprenticed for three years and studied corrective muscle techniques. She enjoys working with people of all ages and levels; from those rehabilitating injuries or suffering from chronic pain to those who want to stay fit and strong. She recently completed her Masters Certificate in Pilates from The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. She is honored and excited to be a part of this team!
Charis Solomon trained as a gymnast as a child and fell in love with Pilates in 2007. She trained for fifteen months under Pilates' 2nd-generation elder Carol Appel, and then taught under Carol's tutelage for two more years before relocating to San Francisco. Charis teaches from a classic stance with a modern understanding of body mechanics, delivering high-impact sessions. Her fascination with the amazing human form influences her goal of showing every client's body how to function at its highest ability.
Laura comes from a dance background and has enjoyed moving and teaching movement her whole life! She was a dancer, choreographer, licensed massage therapist, and personal trainer specializing in rehabilitative exercise in NYC before returning to her native San Francisco in 1991. In San Francisco, Laura became a Pilates instructor and developed and taught curriculum for Pilates teachers' training. Laura returns to Pilates and bodywork after taking time off to raise her two young sons to continue her beloved mission: to support people in experiencing the pleasure of living in their bodies. She is particularly inspired to work with older adults, beginners, people recovering from injury, and overworked moms!
Creta completed her Pilates training through ITT Pilates Certification here in San Francisco. She has performed professionally as a synchronized swimmer, as well as worked as a television programmer and creative manager of choreography. Creta is a native speaker of Spanish, and brings a positive and enthusiastic quality to her teaching. Currently she teaches dance as well as Pilates with a passion for inspiring students, whether beginners or advanced, to their full potential.