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Our Team

Amanda Watson/Gaither


Pilates Instructor

I was born in Ventura, California, but was raised and grew up in Maryland. I spent most of my younger years fighting my fluctuating weight. When I was in senior high school I made a decision to live a healthier life. I started running, taking various yoga, strength training classes, and started eating healthier. I ended up losing 30 pounds, and it felt amazing.

After graduating high school, I started working in the medical field. It was then that I realized my passion was to help others. While pursuing a fitness career, I found Pilates. I received my certificatio​n in Peak Pilates level I and ll, and also completed two workshops that gave me a certificate in Chair and Barrel. I am also certified in Schwinn Cycling and TRX training.  Besides Pilates, I love music, dancing, and spending time with my family.

Kelly Alexander

Doctor of Physical Therapy &

Pilates Instructor 

Kelly is a certified Pilates Instructor with twelve years of experience as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Her experience spans the entire continuum of care, treating patients with diagnoses of orthopedic injury, spinal cord and brain injury, stroke, and amputation. Physical activity has always been a priority in her personal life. She is a lifelong equestrian and trains in Latin and Brazilian Dance.

Kelly’s interest in physical therapy and athletic training started in high school while volunteering at a therapeutic riding center and a sports medicine facility clinic. While studying for her B.S. in Kinesiology at University of Maryland, she taught group exercise classes and horseback riding lessons. After graduation, she became interested in the challenging and rewarding process of rehabilitation. She continued her education and received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.

She became certified in Pilates while working as a Physical Therapist in a hospital rehabilitation clinic. She was amazed by how Pilates exercises on the mat and apparatus were utilized in the clinic to evaluate and treat the entire body at once (not just the injured part), leading to profound and successful outcomes. She enjoys utilizing therapeutic Pilates in her treatment sessions as it can be modified and applied to any situation and ailment. Her personal practice of Pilates has helped her to become a better rider and dancer. She uses Pilates as a way to keep her safe and strong in order to continue dancing and riding for the rest of her life.

Continuing education and certifications:

Microcurrent Point Stimulation Pain Management Certification

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) I and II Certifications

Functional Manual Therapy (FM) 1 and 11: Institute of Physical Art 

Renée Burkett

Pilates Instructor


Renée Burkett was first introduced to the Pilates Method as a young dance student.

She had the privilege of taking Pilates foundation classes and learning the Method from a contemporary of Joseph’s in formal classes. During those classes Renée watched

hours of video footage of Joseph Pilates, himself, as he taught and instructed his

method to elite athletes, private students and aspiring Pilates teachers. To this day, Renée hails back to those videos to enrich her understanding, depth of teaching and to stay true to the original intention. Renée was in a year-long Method mentorship

program. There she learned much of the basics of machines Pilates. She also devoted

self-study with Balanced Body. Ultimately, she ended up studying and taking workshops

from Moira Stott and received some of her certifications through Stott. Most recently,

Renée has taken her comprehensive Pilates certification through Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Besides Pilates machines, Renée holds advanced certifications in Pilates Mat as well as Yoga.

Tracy Reed

Pilates Instructor


Tracy is originally from Montana and has been teaching Pilates since 2018. She was inspired to become a teacher after having back surgery and finding that Pilates helped her with her recovery and back pain. In fact, she was doing better than 90% of her doctor’s clients and he attributed this to the Pilates. She has been a pharmacist for over 20 years but have always preferred more natural forms of healing. 10 years into her pharmacy career she trained to be a massage therapist. She believes health is about the balance of mind, body, and spirit and taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do. She believes Pilates is a great tool to keeping fit, toning, strengthening, and above all tuning into your body. When you feel good it’s easier to deal with life’s stressors.

Tifa Kazadi

Pilates Instructor


Tifa found her love for Pilates in 2018 while living in Brazil. As a lifelong athlete, she finally found a thorough workout that involved minimal equipment, was challenging and enjoyable. From this point she knew she had to share it with others. As an instructor, she enjoys seeing challenging students and watching them reach new milestones with each class. She has been working in the health field since 2007, has a BS in Health Science and an MPH in Global Epidemiology. She has a passion for health and loves seeing people live it out holistically. When she is not working full-time in education or teaching a class, Tifa enjoys running, spending time with friends and family, and researching new ways to live a holistic lifestyle.

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