Kathy Monti is an ACE certified personal trainer. She has been practicing pilates for 8 years and is Comprehensively Certified through Peak Pilates. Kathy continues with her weekly education, studying with Jolie Becker Master Instructor.
During free time Kathy enjoys yoga, running, tennis and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, two college age children and friends.
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Cheryl’s introduction to Pilates came in 2013 at a time when she was ready for a career and lifestyle change. The benefits of the Pilates system were obvious to her right from the beginning. Cheryl decided this was the perfect fit for her and sharing this phenomena with everyone became her passion.
Cheryl has four children ,which she and her husband, Bob raised while residing in Glenshaw. Prior to marrying Bob and having a family, Cheryl worked for Forbes Travel and later Guilliver’s Travels. After the birth of their second child, she was able to primarily stay at home and work part-time in a retail environment. Over the years the part-time work grew into a larger role and Cheryl is now a part-time account executive for Clarins.
It is with a tremendous amount of gratitude that Cheryl shares her knowledge of the classical method of Pilates with others.
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Off Broadway, Melissa danced and sang with Deborah Gibson's cabaret Pop Goes Broadway, with Royal Caribbean International, and at The St. Louis Muny Opera. Upon completion of her performing career, and given her background in structured dance, Pilates was a natural career transition. Since moving to Pittsburgh, Melissa has been teaching Pilates and earned a Comprehensive Peak Pilates Certification, including over 1000 hours of education.
Peak Pilates is a classical Pilates education program distinguished by an emphasis on Pilates as an integrated movement system as Joseph Pilates intended. Melissa was recently accepted into the Peak Pilates Master Instructor Program and completed her training for the first level of the Master Instructor Program. She is able to certify others to become Level 1 Peak Pilates Instructors. Melissa continues to take weekly lessons from her mentors' Missy Becker-Noll and her daughter Jolie Becker, who are Master Instructors for Peak.
Adjoined to Fox Chapel Family Dental, At the Wall Pilates opened in June of 2013. Melissa has created a culture of experience that is fun, encouraging, and welcoming. Married in 2012, she and her husband Marc, a Pittsburgh native, live footsteps away from the studio. Outside work, they enjoy spending time with family, being in the great outdoors, and traveling.
"Pilates is hard work but we have a lot of fun and laughs at At The Wall Pilates".
Ana began practicing Pilates in 2008 shortly after suffering a hip injury. It was not long before she discovered the whole-body and mind benefits of the Pilates system, and decided to integrate the practice into her lifestyle.
Ana is originally from Puerto Rico. She came to Pennsylvania to complete a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, and worked for the National Labor Relations Board as a Field Examiner in New Jersey. She also holds a M.A. in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and a M.Ed. from St. Joseph’s University. She taught Spanish at both of these institutions, as well as West Chester University and Merion Mercy Academy, a preparatory high school for girls in the Philadelphia Main Line.
Now, after spending several years at home with her 3 children, Ana’s passion for Pilates has become the perfect platform for the application of her skills as an educator.
Comprehensive Peak Pilates Instructor, UGI Fitness Trainer
Anita's love of movement began as a young girl as she enjoyed all forms of dance, riding horses, ice skating, bike riding, and skiing, and evolved into more serious study at Allegheny College where she was the student director of the modern dance company and received a degree in Communication Arts in 1993 with a concentration in Theatre and Dance. She went on to start her own photography business, Buzzy Photography, and has been shooting artistic portraits and weddings since 1996. Her interest in Pilates began when she noticed a healthy, slim and muscular mother-of-the-bride confidently walk into the room as she was photographing a wedding and asked if she was a dancer. "No, a Pilates trainer!" That was when Anita decided, "That's how I want to look when I'm the mother-of-the-bride someday!" She has been teaching Pilates since 2010 and will complete the third level of teacher training this spring which will make her comprehensively certified through Peak Pilates. She also studies Yoga and Tai Chi and is an avid equestrian who has successfully competed in many hunter and dressage horse shows. "Pilates gives me strength, flexibility, control, grace, and overall energy and stamina in order to be able to enjoy my life more and do all the things I need to do. I love encouraging my students to be strong and feel good through Pilates!"
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Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Melissa relocated to Pittsburgh in 2008. Movement, dance and performance have been a part of her life since early childhood. She continued her studies in dance at Marymount of Manhattan College and earned her BA in Dance from Hofstra University in 2000. During her time in NYC, Melissa performed in a number of Broadway shows including Guys and Dolls, Chicago the Musical, 42nd Street, and Dracula the Musical. In addition, she performed as a Radio City Rockette in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Frank
Marcie has over 35 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist. Experience included acute care but main focus was on rehabilitative care. 20 of the 35 years included supervisory experience both of Physical Therapy students and Occupational and Physical Therapy staff.
Marcie received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Marquette University 1966. After working as a Hospital PT in various institutions, including Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital where she served as head of the Department, she settled into long career at Western PA School for Blind Children with extensive experience developing and providing treatment for children of all ages to maintain and improve their mobility and their quality of life. Marcie’s continuing education over the years has included courses in Neuro-developmental training, Myo-fascial release, Gait analysis,Pulmonary function, Orthotic fabrication, Prosthetic fit and function, and adapting treatment for the visually impaired.
As a PT, Marcie is acutely aware of the value and importance of movement and exercise to maintain health. She says, “I have taken Pilates classes for the past 5 years following retirement from my career in Physical Therapy. In addition to enjoying the classes, I became convinced that Pilates was an excellent form of exercise for people of all levels of physical ability. Pilates helps to develop basic core strength which is the stabilizing force that allows a person to gain strength throughout their body. This form of exercise is not traumatic to joints and enhances mobility throughout the body. The strength that I have gained from this practice has allowed me to continue to enjoy my retirement years!” With this conviction she started training to become a Pilates instructor and recently completed her Level 2 Peak Pilates Instructor certification.
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Jenn Bonfili attended Chatham University and studied Psychology & Accounting. While attending college, she had the opportunity to work in an inspired restaurant that focused on carefully crafted cuisine and building relationships with guests. Eventually, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to open two successful restaurants with an emphasis on creative seasonal cuisine with exceptional service.
As a native to Western PA, Jenn has always been driven to an active lifestyle. She is an avid runner & outdoor enthusiast who enjoys adventure and activities that challenge her athletic ability. However, a chronic back issue left her sidelined for several years from doing the things that she loved. Upon the recommendation of a friend, she began studying at The Pines Studio for Pilates in Wexford. Almost immediately, she realized the benefits of Pilates as a movement system to rehabilitate and change faulty movement patterns.
Her passion for Pilates led her to complete her Level 2 Certification from Peak Pilates. She is excited to grow as an instructor while sharing her passion and knowledge about Pilates.