HEIDI WEISS, MPH | Pilates & Integrative Health Education
Heidi founded Portland Pilates Collective + Wellness center in 2006 with the vision of making Pilates accessible to all. Her varied experience in the healing field and broad knowledge base in the field of integrative health education allows her to synthesize information into digestible, healthy “bites.”
Heidi believes in the ability of Pilates to change lives, and approaches movement as a healing modality. She strives in her work to help people feel their full potential and expansiveness of their being, because this is where she believes that healing begins.
She has held a comprehensive certification with Peak Pilates since 2006.
Undergraduate study of Chinese medical theory and Heidi’s lifelong interest in nutrition as the basis of health inspired Heidi to certify as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) in 2006. She went on to pursue a Master’s of Public Health at Portland State University in health education, focusing on Integrative Health education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Reed College and is a second degree Reiki healer. In her spare time, Heidi enjoys dancing Argentine tango, adventuring to inspiring natural places, and travel.
MEGAN GRACE, LMT | Thai Massage
Megan Grace, LMT #25083, is a Trauma Informed Somatic Coach, Massage Therapist, and Essential Oil Wellness Advocate committed to helping you heal through a personalized blend of touch, verbal sharing and movement practices.
A highly-sensitive person, Megan has always felt the world in a deep and profound way that allows her to connect with people instantly and intuitively. She believes that optimal well-being can be achieved by anyone willing to listen to their bodies and discover ways to play in everyday life.
She’s also keenly aware of all that it takes to heal. After several years of experiencing compound trauma and a car accident that resulted in post-concussive syndrome, Megan embarked on her own journey to recovery.
Where conventional methods fell short, she learned the power of alternative medicine, movement-based modalities (more specifically dancing Brazilian Zouk and somatics), and getting off the “busy bandwagon” prevalent in our western world. Her need to change life course lead her to East West College of the Healing Arts to study massage therapy and manual body work culminating in earning her Oregon LMT License. She is excited to be offering Thai massage at Portland Pilates Collective + Wellness Center.
CARA BUSACKER | Pilates
Cara grew up in Central Oregon. She moved to Portland at an early age to pursue her formal dance training at Oregon Ballet Theater, and continued her training at Pacific NW Ballet in Seattle. As a dancer in her teens she discovered Pilates while rehabilitating from a knee injury. She found the full body/mind movement system to be truly beneficial in recovering from injuries but also in enhancing strength and coordination in everyday life. Cara believes Pilates is a great foundation for movement of any kind. She loves bringing awareness to each individual’s body alignment in relationship to everyday movement patterns. Helping people find a connection to their core, while building strength and flexibility throughout the body, makes her happy. She also strives to make each class or lesson fun and approachable, and knows that ANYONE can benefit and heal through Pilates. Cara is PEAK Pilates certified in mat and apparatus equipment. She is also certified in MAMALATES, a mom and baby pre and post partum based program, developed here in Portland by Wendy Foster. Cara teaches Pilates mat/equipment, barre, and movement classes at studios throughout the Portland area. She enjoys dancing, music, yoga, traveling, hiking, swimming, laughing and relaxing in the beautiful NW with her family and friends. “Keep the body moving while having fun” is Cara’s motto!
NICOLE CUEVAS, SP-CI | Pilates
Nicole is a third generation student of Joseph Pilates, having studied with Alan Herdman while she was a dancer with the acclaimed Houston Ballet. After a fifteen year dance career, Nicole founded PILATES CONDITIONING – Intelligent Training, 1997. She has devoted the past twenty+ years to ensuring a safe, productive, and customized experience for each client. Over 1000 clients have benefited through customized training with an emphasis on movement based learning and applied kinesiology. The results are mind/body agility and leadership guided from within for navigating life’s many forms of movement.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Deanna was first introduced to Pilates over 19 years ago through her classical ballet training at Pasadena Dance Theatre. Her drive to perform and share her love of movement took her to New York to train with Alvin Ailey, San Francisco with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and Florida with Miami City Ballet. She has since performed with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Continuum Contemporary Ballet, and in a plethora of commercials and music videos. Pilates has since been the driving force behind her healthy career as a professional dancer. She received her classical Pilates certification through a 470 hour comprehensive program with Pilates Technique Inc. This, combined with her knowledge from a career in dance, has further developed her teaching methods in both Pilates and dance studios. Deanna strives to help each client improve their mind body awareness through flexibility, stretch, and movement play.