Kelly graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. It was also at Rutgers where Kelly later completed
the internationally renowned rehabilitation based program: Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Training at the top of her class. She is a Pilates Method
Alliance (PMA) certified trainer and also completed Comprehensive Pilates Mat Training through the Kane School of Core Integration.
As a former professional dancer and dance teacher to aspiring young dancers, Kelly has experienced a life in union with movement. A severe neck injury in
2002 ended Kellys professional dance career, challenging her self-identity and body perception. Her rehabilitation was long, arduous and started Kelly's
roundabout journey with Pilates.
After giving birth to her first child, Kelly began studying Pilates, which helped regain her 'core' stability and strength, balance and tone to her
muscles, improved her alignment, and most significantly shifted her perception of her body in a positive way.
In 2012, after a hip injury and subsequent surgery it was Pilates that helped Kelly achieve a successful and speedy recovery. Having experienced
rehabilitation in two different ways (one with her neck which was difficult and one with her hip which was much more successful), she understands that any
work towards positive changes in the body cannot be isolated to the body nor can it be completely dependent on an outside source.
It is Kelly's aspiration to help facilitate successful movement experiences by integrating the 'whole person' (mind, body, spirit) and to be informed by
their responses, movement outcomes, unique body structures and fitness goals.
Kelly's work spans all populations including: general fitness, dancers, gymnasts, active older adult and post rehabilitation. Kelly has experience working
with varied conditions including: osteoporosis, disc pathologies, stenosis, shoulder and scapulothoracic bursitis, diastasis recti and abdominal hernias,
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, hip and knee pathologies and colostomies.
In addition to her private Pilates instruction, she is a part-time lecturer teaching Pilates to dance majors at Rutgers University, and was a resident
instructor with Cirque du Soleil on their show 'Totem' in New York.
Kelly is available by appointment to teach individual and duo Pilates Reformer and Apparatus instruction at Personal Best.