Our Team

Our teachers are top-notch, first, second and third generation from the Jay Grimes lineage, which seeks to honor the traditional work of Joseph Pilates.

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Nicole Briggs

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 is an alumnus of 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. More

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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 globally celebrated studio Vintage Pilates. In 2017, Keion also joined the illustrious teaching staff at Vintage Pilates and continues to study with both Jay and Sandy. More

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Jay Grimes

First Generation Master Teacher

Jay began his studies with Joe Pilates in the mid-sixties, and after Joe’s death continued with Joe’s wife, Clara, for another 10 years until her death. Jay began teaching in the original 8th Avenue studio in New York and has since taught all over the world. Jay danced professionally, ballet and Broadway for 18 years, and never had an injury. This he attributes entirely to Pilates.

Jay is valued in the Pilates community for his experience, humility and integrity in maintaining the work of Joe Pilates. Over the years Jay’s clients have ranged from stars of Broadway and Hollywood, music and opera, to politicians, businessmen and housewives, and Olympic athletes. He currently provides ongoing training to instructors, conducting workshops and master classes around the world. To see where Jay is teaching workshops and classes away from the studio, click here: www.vintagepilates.com

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Teresa Brown


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 well. More

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Melissa Greenwood


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. More

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Laura Cotler

Apprentice Teacher

Laura Cotler, Pilates teacher and owner of Lift Pilates in Davis, CA, has been a student at Strong Body Pilates for a couple of years. She has studied with other teachers from Vintage Pilates, including Jay Grimes. Laura is bringing her experience, under the guidance of Strong Body Pilates, to expand her knowledge and practice of Pilates, while enhancing her teaching skills.

For a limited time, book $40 Private Lessons with Laura here.

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Dena Drotar

Independent Teacher

Dena Drotar was originally attracted to Pilates for its tremendous ability to heal bodies. She has the rare gift of recognizing physical imbalances.

Dena works with clients who are recovering from injury, those who want to get stronger and in better shape, teachers wanting to learn Classical Pilates or who want to up their game, as well as those who find their bodies changing with age.

Dena Joy is a teacher of teachers, and has been for the past 10 years, bringing her knowledge of classical Pilates to merge with her students’ knowledge, helping teachers to deepen their relationship with Pilates and their own bodies so they can take what they learn to their students.

Dena believes that JOY is a key element in learning and healing. It is through joy, that we can open to new information and experience, and make the kind of breakthroughs that bring your Pilates practice to the next level.

She teaches workshops worldwide to Pilates instructors, guiding them to deepen their personal practice and to have confidence in their unique strengths and talents as teachers.

Dena is a founding teacher at Vintage Pilates, where she worked alongside Jay Grimes, Sandy Shimoda and Karen Frischmann. She has assisted Jay Grimes’ workshops since 2010. She is a graduate of Jay’s Graduate Program THE WORK™, and has completed the highly-selective follow-up program TEACHING THE WORK™. She means business!

Contact Dena to book at Strong Body Pilates.

Ken Krech

Independent Teacher, Second Generation

Ken Krech has been teaching Pilates since 1998, operating private studios in both Montréal and Los Angeles since 2000. Having been an avid swimmer, cyclist and runner he recognizes the important role Pilates has played in preventing injury and keeping fit during his athletic pursuits. Ken has studied with Jay Grimes privately and is a graduate of his advanced education program THE WORK™. He also completed Jay’s highly selective follow-up program, TEACHING THE WORK™

Ken feels very honored to have taught at Vintage Pilates where he was able to teach other teachers from around the world as they prepared for the Master’s Program and during the program. He was also part of the group of teachers who helped select the candidates for THE WORK™. Best of all was just teaching all those years along side Jay Grimes. Vintage Pilates is closed now but Ken continues to teach at several studios in Los Angeles where he has the benefit of not only teaching teachers but also those who just want to stay in condition doing Pilates. 

Ken is also a California licensed Massage Therapist who has been practicing for over 25 years. Over that time, Ken has studied and become certified in several different types of massage such as Swedish, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Reflexology and spent about three years studying Osteopathy in Québec, Canada. Massage is beneficial for relaxation, pain management, injury relief, or/and for preparation to participate in sporting events. Ken tailors his massages to fit each person’s needs. Click here to work with Ken.