Alissa started her lifelong love of movement by dancing around the house as a toddler, and she was enrolled in ballet class by age 2 1/2. She danced ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern through college, and turned to Pilates to rehab after an ankle and knee injury in 2004. She completed her 500-hour comprehensive Pilates teacher certification through Body Arts and Sciences International under the direction of Rael Isacowitz in 2010. She continues to expand her knowledge of body mechanics through continuing education with Pilates master instructors, physical therapists, and kinesiology experts. Alissa also loves experimenting with other movement modalities such as rebounding, weightlifting, kickboxing, and breathwork.
Alissa believes that anyone can benefit from the mind-body conditioning principles of Pilates. She loves that the Pilates method can help just about anyone feel more strong, stable, and mobile in their movement. Her training provided her with an extensive background in traditional and clinical Pilates, as well as detailed training in individualized program design for a diverse range of fitness and special conditions clientele. Throughout her career, Alissa has had the opportunity to work with a variety of students ranging from teenage and adult athletes, pre- and post-natal mothers, chiropractors, personal trainers, those with auto-immune conditions such as MS/fibromyalgia/rheumatoid arthritis, amateur and professional yogis, massage therapists, spinal/hip/knee surgery patients, and the elderly population.