Senior Teacher / Owner
Nicole focuses on balancing the body to be aligned, strong, and flexible. She uses the amazing apparatus Joseph Pilates developed to give what the body in front of her needs. Nicole completed THE WORK™, a world renowned graduate program, led by Jay Grimes at Vintage Pilates in Los Angeles. Jay, who brings more than 50 years of experience, is considered a 1st generation teacher because he was trained by Joe Pilates himself. Nicole worked at Vintage Pilates from 2015 – 2018. Nicole still trains as a student, to further her knowledge of the method, to bring the best to her clients. Before Nicole opened her studio in 2011, she taught at several Pilates studios in Los Angeles, worked with patients at a Physical Therapy clinic as an aide and Pilates teacher, taught dance in California and the Washington. D.C. area, and coached girls’ competitive gymnastics in the D.C. Area (where she was born).
Nicole was originally certified in 2005 by 2nd generation instructor, Jill Cassady (who trained with the late Romana Kryzanowska, another 1st generation teacher). Nicole was an assistant instructor for 4 years in Jill’s program, now called Pilates Technique Certification, Inc.
She started taking Pilates in 2002, as a gift from her boss at a Chiropractic office, in San Francisco. It was the best gift! Nicole had daily low back pain, a week center, and “cheated” at her posture. Today Nicole is in the best shape of her life, with no pain and better alignment.
Nicole holds a B.A. in Dance from UC Irvine, and she studied Kinesiology in the M.S. program at Cal State, Northridge.
Nicole is a Certified Weight Loss Specialist through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and was a personal trainer through NASM.
Keion Moradi Means
Senior Teacher / Owner
Keion embodies inspiration, levelheadedness, knowledge—and perhaps even a bit of levity—to share the Pilates method with others. She discovered Pilates in 2004, as a long-distance runner looking to prevent injury and in 2010, started teaching.
Keion is a graduate of THE WORK™, a rigorous and highly exclusive continuing education program for seasoned Pilates teachers, led by program director and first generation teacher Jay Grimes, and Sandy Shimoda, owner of world-renowned Vintage Pilates. In 2017, Keion also joined the illustrious teaching staff at Vintage Pilates and continues to study with both Jay and Sandy.
Keion completed her original teacher certification through Sheppard Method Pilates in Los Angeles. She is also a member of the Authentic Pilates Union and holds the PMA-CPT® designation from the Pilates Method Alliance.
Teresa walked into her first Pilates studio seven years ago and was thrilled by the many positive changes Pilates made in her life. She never felt stronger, more centered, and knew she wanted to share this with others. Teresa thinks making your body stronger is serious work but that it should be fun as well.
When you work with Teresa, she promises some sweating, maybe laughing, but most importantly that you will leave feeling great. She loves working with the very beginner, those who have fallen off the fitness wagon, and athletes as wellTeresa received her first Pilates certification through Pilate-ology and is excited to be continuing her education through the Strong Body Pilates Classical Pilates program.
Teresa is a former professional opera singer, loves music, books, laughter, and good food, especially with friends.
After three years of religiously taking Pilates mat classes, Melissa Greenwood completed her intermediate mat training at Uprise Classical Pilates in Santa Monica back in June of 2014. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Canada and began teaching first in Toronto and then in Victoria, British Columbia. While abroad, she became certified on the Reformer and enjoyed adding it to her Pilates repertoire.
In 2017, back on American soil with the husband she picked up along the way, Melissa began a comprehensive certification with Strong Body Pilates that she completed in March of 2019. She is now wholly committed to the classical way of teaching and practicing the Pilates method.
Another fun fact: Melissa left her job as an English teacher and marketing manager to be a full-time Pilates professional. Yes, she has teaching credentials and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing in addition to those Pilates certifications, but Pilates is what really makes her heart sing.