Heidi’s varied experience in the healing field and broad knowledge base in the field of integrative health education allows her to approach her students’ needs from a variety of perspectives. Her gift at synthesizing large amounts of information into digestible, healthy “bites” allows others to benefit from her breadth of knowledge.
Heidi believes in the ability of Pilates to change lives and to heal many ailments. She has held a comprehensive certification with Peak Pilates since 2006. Transformational experiences with Chinese medicine and energy work inform her teaching. As a result of Heidi’s lifelong interest in nutrition as the basis of health, Heidi certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) in 2006. She graduated from Portland State University Master’s of Public Health Program in 2011 with an emphasis in Integrative Health, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Reed College. She is also a second degree Reiki healer.
The pursuit of wholeness and healing for Heidi has meant studying a wide range of healing modalities, including but not limited to: shiatsu, homeopathy, Chinese food therapy, healing through ritual, evolutionary astrology, flower and gem essences, and nutritional anthropology (the use of food as medicine through many cultures of the world).
When she is not at the studio, Heidi can be found spending time in nature, creating art in and out of the kitchen, and spending time with her two beloved children.
Liz Giles grew up on the coast of Maine before pursuing theater and film in Boston and New York City. She received her undergraduate degree in theatre from NYU in 2000.
During her undergraduate years she became fascinated with movement and exploring how our movement patterns tell so much of our story. After college she continued studying and teaching functional movement. Her artistic attraction to movement quickly turned scientific when a pretty significant back injury prompted her to find ways to heal and prevent this injury from recurring. She experienced profound results after practicing Pilates for just a short amount of time. She has been a certified Pilates trainer, focusing on rehab and injury prevention, since 2003. Her desire to do even more for her clients later prompted her to return to school. Dr. Giles earned her doctorate in chiropractic, graduating magna cum laude with both academic and clinical honors, from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Giles works in a partnership with each of her patients to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for them. She spends extra time listening to your story and educating you so that you fully understand your symptoms and condition. Treatments are almost never limited to the chiropractic adjustment. They often include soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation exercise, as well as nutritional and lifestyle counseling.
Dr. Giles is constantly exploring and learning new techniques to help her patients. She has taken courses in Graston technique, the Activator method, K-taping, Sacro-Occiptal technique and is certified in A.R.T. (Active Release Technique). Dr. Giles is known for her compassionate and gentle approach and is honored to be nominated as one of Portland Monthly’s Top Docs in both 2016 and 2017.
Alice was born in New York City and has lived in Oregon for the past 18 years. She earned her degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in 2007. She has advanced training in ortho-bionomy, structural integration, muscle energy technique, pregnancy and pediatric therapy. She practices as a licensed massage therapist in Portland Oregon.
As a bodywork practitioner, she loves working with her clients to help them gain balance physically, emotionally, and energetically. Her experience has lead her to focus on whiplash recovery, pain management, headache and migraine relief, pregnancy and postpartum care. Alice aides clients with pain due to motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) and concussion. Children and expectant mothers are an important part of her practice as well. She uses techniques to help children sleep better, relieve anxiety, and improve gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation and incontinence.
Jacqueline comes to Pilates hailing from a background in dance and movement. She trained and performed extensively in ballet, contemporary, and release technique. Dance and movement were her life until she was in a bike accident in San Francisco in 2007, leaving her immobile. With no health insurance, she had to rely on her own resources, will, and body intelligence to recover.
Being a professional dancer, with an aching to dance again, Jacqueline turned to Pilates for healing and rehabilitation. She found Ellie Herman in San Francisco where she began a journey towards a new calling. She was inspired to pursue the healing arts, somatic education, dance medicine, and movement therapy.
Jacqueline received her Pilates certification from Body Arts and Science International, (BASI) in 2008. She began performing again, and in 2009 she was invited byMarina Abramovic to perform in her seminal work, The Artist is Present at the MoMA in NYC.
In 2010, she was the recipient of the Follett Fellowship for study in the Masters of Arts Dance Movement Therapy Program at Columbia College Chicago. With a focus on movement analysis, and developmental movement patterns her style of teaching grew with a deeper sense of the soma-psyche intelligence, including a new found sensitivity around trauma-informed movement repatterning that remain client focused.