INSTRUCTORS

SUMMER DOTY
Owner

summer_pic2Summer discovered Pilates by accident – literally – after injuring her shoulder in a snowboarding incident, a co-worker recommended she try Pilates. She had never heard of it, but was desperately seeking a way out of the chronic pain. She found Nicole Duke at Balanced Body Fitness and never looked back. It was love-at-first roll-up, and she began attending as many Pilates sessions as she could afford. A year later, Nicole encouraged her to pursue a Pilates career! She contemplated this career shift and decided it was a perfectly wonderful opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Completing her certification in 2004, through Pacific Movement Center in Santa Cruz, CA, she’s continued to expand her education and skills through training at Ellie Herman Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y. and with Stephanie Spencer at Pacific Movement Center.

Summer’s committed to continuing her education, to keep herself inspired and fresh, and to keep her clients on their toes! Most recently she has become a Pre/Post Natal Specialist thru the Center for Women’s Fitness. She holds certifications that help her to better serve Athletes, those with Osteoporsis/Osteopenia, Scoliosis, those with Hips & Shoulders replaced or preparing for surgery, Chronic Back Pain sufferers, Ankle/Feet issues, and more. Her teaching style is nurturing, encouraging and empowers her clients to learn their way into better fitness, health, and an overall better life experience. She loves Pilates for its whole-body approach and focus on mindful movement with deep breathing. Her goal is always to teach her clients how to use Pilates practically to enhance their overall life experience. She wants nothing more than for her clients to feel better when they leave than when they came.

She enjoys motivating and encouraging confidence in her clients by helping them develop efficient, healthy movement patterns for everyday living. She is also a Shiatsu massage therapist through Twin Lakes College and she utilizes her healing hands on clients who need a little more than just a workout.

Summer works with clients by appointment, Monday – Friday

JENNY KOTLER

Jenny was born in Oakland and moved to Santa Cruz as a teenager. Jenny has always been athletic (playing sports, skateboarding and snowboarding) but she first discovered Pilates at Cabrillo College and immediately fell in love. The deep core work and mind body connection was not something she had ever experienced, yet immediately began to crave. She continued to practice Pilates until a severe ankle injury that she got while skateboarding put that on hold. It was then that Jenny found Agile Monkey Pilates. She rehabilitated her ankle back to health and found the true healing powers of Pilates, and decided this was something she wanted to be a big part of her life.

Jenny completed the Balanced Body Instructor Training Program in 2009 at Agile Monkey. After taking some time off to study Nutrition at San Jose State University, Jenny returned to Agile Monkey to complete her certification and integrate herself into the Pilates community.

Jenny is now excited to be teaching classes at Breathe Deeply Pilates. She is also available for Private Apprentice Instruction.

Contact: jennykotler8@gmail.com

 

Kendra Kirk

Kendra is a native of Ventura, CA and enjoys being active in many ways including Pilates, swimming, hiking, and running. Kendra began her Pilates journey in California in 2011. She connected with Pilates unlike any other fitness class. During her early practice, she had many aha moments when feeling the importance of the mind and body connection through each precise movement. Kendra became certified through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) in February 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA. Kendra has taught throughout CA including Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, along with teaching in Aspen, CO.
In addition to teaching Pilates, Kendra was exposed to Foundation Training, she connected with the changes in her own body and applied this to the way she worked with clients. Kendra took the Foundation Training certification in late 2015. Kendra also received her M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. She is passionate about helping her clients discover how powerful they truly are as they have their own aha moments and connect their minds and bodies through Pilates.
Kendra currently teaches Tues/Thurs afternoons and Saturdays.

Gui Ferreira

Gui Ferreira is from Brazil and has his B.A. in Physical Education. Since 2006 he has been working in fitness; as a personal trainer, swim instructor, weight lifting instructor, yoga teacher and capoeira teacher. Over the years he has worked in a number of different environments from high-end gyms, where he helped people meet their fitness goals and achieve optimal health, to offices where he helped people learn exercises to avoid injury from sedentary lifestyles and repetitive movements. Gui is also a certified yoga teacher, and has been practicing and teaching for over 10 years. He is passionate about capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, which he began training as a teenager and continues to teach and train here in Santa Cruz and Monterey to both children and adults. Gui brings a depth of knowledge, a passion for fitness and movement and a desire to help his clients find the balance of body, mind and spirit.

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Jenna Page CPI, CYT, CMT

Jenna Page CPI, CYT, CMT
Polestar Pilates Instructor

• Pilates for Scoliosis
• Pilates for Pre and Postpartum
• Pilates for Seniors
• Post Rehabilitation & Strengthening
• Neurological & Balance Training
• Hendrickson Method Manual Therapy
• Cranial Sacral Therapy

Jenna is a certified Polestar Pilates instructor, Yoga Teacher and Hendrickson Method Practitioner with 20 years of combined experience. She incorporates Pilates with manual therapy to get to the root cause of pain. This unique specialty improves musculoskeletal function and restores optimal movement patterns. She enjoys working with a diverse group of clientele ranging from seniors to athletes to pre/postpartum women and has training in Pilates and manual therapy for Scoliosis.

Jenna discovered Pilates while searching for ways to rehabilitate her injuries from dance and reduce pain and muscle tension from scoliosis. She became a certified Pilates instructor in 2012 through Polestar Pilates, has done continuing education with Madeline Black and extensively studied the work of biomechanist, Katy Bowman. These two masters of movement, in addition to Tom Hendrickson have been the greatest influences on her Pilates teaching. In 2014, Jenna began studying the Hendrickson Method and has completed three years of training under his guidance. This gentle style of Orthopedic Massage combines realigning soft tissue with joint mobilization and muscle activation. The sessions effectively re-educate the nervous system by strengthening communication to the muscles and joints, while relieving pain and dysfunction at its source.

When she’s not at the studio Jenna enjoys the beauty of Santa Cruz and loves to hike, paddle board, mountain bike and surf.​

Carissa Fernandez

Carissa Fernandez
Balanced Body Instructor, Master Teacher Trainer – Club Pilates

Carissa started teaching Pilates and Yoga in 2012. She is comprehensively certified through Balanced Body and also certified in TRX, Barre Above, Forrest Yoga, Trigger Point, and Yoga Tune-up. She is a Master Pilates instructor and Teacher Trainer through Club Pilates and loves sharing her knowledge of Pilates with everyone she meets! When she is not teaching Pilates she is enjoying the outdoors and relaxing on the beach with her two dogs.