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About our Pilates Instructors

Roxanne Graziano

Roxanne Graziano – Owner, Instructor

Roxanne has been practicing Pilates for over twelve years and still loves everything about the method.  She received her certification in 2004 through the Ellie Herman Institute in San Francisco, CA.  The program was a 650-hour training course including Pre and Post Natal applications of the exercises as well as rehabilitation-based pilates.

Upon completing her certification she was invited to assist in the opening of the premiere Pilates studio, Element Soins, in Paris, France. In 2005, Roxanne and her husband Paul relocated to Paris where her pilates career flourished.  During her time abroad, Roxanne worked alongside some incredibly talented and seasoned instructors from all over the world, who shared their experience, knowledge, and styles with her.  She credits those people for having greatly influencing her teaching style today.

Roxanne is a diverse teacher well versed in the entire repertoire.  Her priority is the health and well being of all her clients attending both private and class sessions.  These clients vary from rehab to extremely athletic and everything in-between.  Her passion for pilates is evident from the firm but caring approach she takes in imparting this knowledge to her clients.

Roxanne loves to learn, especially as it pertains to pilates.   She is dedicated to finding out all that she can about the method and continues to attend as much specialized training’s as possible every year.  Recently, she studied Janda’s upper and lower Cross Syndrome with Liz Roman, Scoliosis and Special Populations with Jean Sullivan, Anatomy in 3D with Bethany Clemen, and Classical Advanced Mat with Bob Leikens.

Roxanne makes it a priority to maintain her own pilates practice along with yoga, dancing, hiking and many other physical activities.  In 2012 she opened her own studio – Roxanne Graziano Studio – and is super excited to have such a thriving business in her hometown of Oakland.

Jessica McKee

Jessica McKee – Pilates Instructor

Jessica is an encouraging and supportive instructor with a background in Pilates and dance.  Introduced to Pilates through aerial dance, Jessica received her Pilates Mat and Apparatus Comprehensive certifications through Integrated Teacher Training (2008/09) and her personal training certification through National Academy of Sports Medicine (2010).

She also holds a BA in Dance from the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University, where she graduated with honors (2007), awarded for achievements in Choreography and Performance.Over the past 11 years, she has enjoyed the opportunity to perform a range of dance styles with various Bay Area companies, in addition to producing solo work. Jessica loves challenging her students and helping them to advance their physical awareness and ability.

Kelsey Weidenhoefer – Pilates Instructor

Kelsey comes from a lineage of athletes, coaches, and teachers, so it makes sense that when she found the Pilates Method she instantly fell in love.  As a former collegiate athlete herself, Pilates was a way to rehab an old injury as well as a new modality that totally reshaped her body.  As a teacher and as a practitioner, she enjoys the depth of the work, the way it connects the body to the mind, and how it can be applicable to all walks of life.

She has been teaching Pilates since 2009 and is certified through Body Arts and Sciences International. On top of Pilates, she is also a Level 2 certified Fascial Stretch Therapist, and a Master Instructor for Tracey Mallett’s Booty Barre and has traveled internationally to teach instructor training courses.

Kelsey has worked with all ranges of clients from professional athletes to supermodels and has also worked with a wide range of injuries from severe stenosis to knee reconstructions. Her method of teaching incorporates the classic Pilates repertoire with a more modern approach to functional movement and proper biomechanics that gets clients to move and feel better in their bodies inside and outside of the studio.

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Kaley Parsons – Pilates Instructor

Kaley first discovered her love of Pilates while living abroad in Spain, but it wasn’t until she moved back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon that she was able to turn her passion into a profession. Kaley discovered that Pilates can change the body as well as the mind, and she wanted to share that with her clients. Kaley’s interest in movement started at a young age when she practiced dance, rode horseback and was a competitive swimmer.

She received her Comprehensive Certification in Pilates from Balanced Body and she is also a member of Balanced Body Barre Faculty. Kaley’s clientele ranges from those with severe mobility issues and pre/post natal, to the clients looking to strengthen, tone and get in better shape. For the past three years, Kaley has been teaching in Boston and recently moved to the Bay Area. She enjoys teaching a fun, creative and challenging lesson while still respecting the principles of classical Pilates.

Karen Moore – Pilates Instructor

Movement is life! Karen is a multi-disciplinary wellness professional and former attorney. She is passionate about the Pilates method and its ability to positively transform body, mind, and spirit. She completed two comprehensive Pilates training at EHS Pilates in San Francisco and Innerstellar in Berkeley. She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Foot & Gait Therapy training at EHS Pilates. She has completed CoreAlign Foundations and Progressions to further assist clients with gait corrections, balance, and functional movement. She is a certified yoga instructor, group fitness instructor and National Association of Sports Medicine personal trainer. She has taught group classes since 2012, including yoga, Pilates, Barre, TRX, Power Plate and boxing conditioning. She also privately trains Pilates and personal training clients. She has co-facilitated several wellness retreats in Mexico, Northern California, and Costa Rica. She has lead special workshops on the shoulder girdle and restorative yoga. Karen’s teaching objective is for each client to develop their own sense of personal power, fitness and spiritual well being in order to actively pursue their life passions.

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Birgitte Juhl Rohrbach – Pilates Instructor

Birgitte has been working in the Fitness Industry for 20 years and with experience and enthusiasm enjoys working with groups and individuals . With a background in dance and gymnastics in her native country Denmark she is teaching anything from strength,bike and cardio to balance and  pilates.

About our Pilates Instructors September 12, 2012