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.
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 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.
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.
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.