Exercise Class Instructor Bios

Karley Abramson
Zumba, Cardio Hip Hop

Karley Abramson

I’ve been teaching Zumba and Dance Fitness since 2007.  My Zumba and Cardio Hip Hop classes offer a high-energy workout with easy-to-follow dance moves, set to a variety of international rhythms and Top 40 hits.  The goal is to get your body moving and have fun!

Damilare Adeyeri
Zumba

Damilare Ayederi

With his wide smiles and ever so positive attitude, Damilare is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic people you will ever meet! He believes exercise should be fun, and his classes are structured that way-- to ensure that you have a great workout, experience abundant joy, and leave class with a boosted morale!
Diane Barbeau
Yoga

Natalie Berry

Chrissie Bingham
Yoga

Chrissie Bingham

My mission is to bring yoga to the people and I specialize in teaching those who would normally shy away from yoga. Yoga is for every body, no matter what shape, size or ability. I received my 200RYT with Danyasa Yoga Arts and has since rooted down in Michigan to combine my degree in psychology with yoga and medicinal movement.  

Christina Dobrik
Zumba

Wendy Dolen
Yoga

Les English
Strength Training, Boot Camp, Stability Ball, Circuit Training

Les English

"Your health is an investment not an expense. However, it will become an expense if you don't take time to invest in it."

Carrie Fraser
Yoga

Carrie Fraser

As a yogi and an office worker, I am thrilled to be able to bring yoga to your workplace.  Whether you join in a vinyasa class or a restorative (gentle) class, the yoga will be a perfect counterpose to sitting at your desk.  There will be attention given to alignment in poses so that you can depend on your awareness of your own inner workings and keep yourself safe.  There will be attention given to the breath, so that you are able to learn (remember) the deep power of the breath.  There will be props used so that you are fully supported and have the best possible chance to access the benefits of your yoga practice.  Yoga is connection. Yoga is union.  Yoga is presence.  Whichever class you take of mine, I am committed to helping you experience this connection, this union, this presence during our times together. 

Colleen Greene
Zumba

Jenny Grone
Yoga

Brendan Harman
Yoga, Mindful Meditation

Brendan Harman

I feel lucky to have been able to plant the seed of my personal practice when I first encountered meditation and yoga as a high school student in 1996. I lived, worked, and studied in New York for 12 years during which time I encountered many styles of yoga and meditation, helping me find balance within the chaos of city life. I believe that practice is an ongoing process which cultivates; mind, body, and spirit, while inspiring us to live in a more embodied and present way.

Dawn Harris
Strength Training, Boot Camp, Stability Ball, HIIT

Dawn Harris

I do my best to create different workouts each week to work the entire body and to keep my students from getting bored.

Lauren Henderson
Zumba 

Danielle Karsies
Strength Training, Boot Camp, HIIT, Stability Ball, Yoga, Zumba

Danielle Karsies

Exercise has always been the most effective stress management tool for me and thus a priority. I became an instructor to be able to share this benefit with others and the camaraderie of classes makes exercise more fun. I have been a group exercise instructor for the past 16 years and have taught a wide range of classes from step aerobics and strength training to Yoga and Zumba.

Brett Knight
Circuit Training, HIIT

Brett Knight

I’m a certified personal trainer with more than seven years of health and wellness experience. My main goal for teaching is to spread knowledge, energy, and fun while creating a safe encouraging atmosphere for fitness.

Craig Kotajarvi
Abs & Back, Circuit Training

Craig Kotajarvi

My approach to helping others improve their overall health and well-being is by providing a progressive, fun, and balanced workout.  Every class provides exercises for improving strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility for all major muscles and muscle tendon groups.  I provide comprehensive instructions, modifications, and motivation for ALL participants to be successful.

Donna Kujat
Strength Training, Stability Ball, Abs & Back, Boot Camp

April Lark
Yoga

April Lark

April is a yoga teacher, who believes true health can be obtained by anyone and comes from addressing the mind, body, and spirit. Her approach to yoga involves focusing on calming the mind as well as the body and introducing students to non-physical concepts of yoga during the practice.

Mariah Lewis
Strength Training, Abs & Back

Rosie Lowery
Zumba

Rosie Lowery

As a Certified Health Education Specialist, I am dedicated to helping others improve their lives by inspiring them to make positive health choices.  Education alone will not often motivate us; however, we are empowered when we gain knowledge of ourselves and the types of physical activity we most enjoy.  As a professionally trained dancer, I was naturally drawn to Zumba as a fun and challenging way to stay fit; yet I strongly believe that anybody and everybody can – and should – dance!

Joe Mason

Kathy Metta
oga, Yogilates

Rob Oswald
Abs & Back, Strength Training

Your training must have symmetry. Train holistically to develop all aspects of physical capacity, mental capacity, and ultimately, your overall health. 

Camille Piner
Zumba

Camille Piner

I love teaching Zumba because it is a great workout that doesn't feel like one! Zumba is a dance-based fitness class set to Latin and pop music – all you have to do is follow along in whatever way feels best for you. I try to structure my classes so people of all fitness levels and backgrounds can catch on quickly, be challenged, and have fun!

Geraldine Powell
Zumba

Diana Rose
Strength Training, Circuit Training, Stretch and Strengthen

Diana Rose

I teach strength-based classes (abs and back, circuit, stability ball, strength training, stretch and strengthen). I love helping people get stronger, fitter, and more confident!

Denise Sandor
Yoga

Susie Seigle
Zumba

Susie Seigle

I've been leading Zumba classes for seven years.  It's about fitness, fun and feeling free to let yourself shake things up.  Think of my class like a 45-minute vacation with great health benefits.

Lori Sella Armstrong
Strength Training, Boot Camp, Spinning

I deliver hard-core classes that motivate you to push your limits and leave you coming back for more! She enjoys sharing her passion for cycling, running, and overall fitness with a diverse client base, and looks forward to helping you achieve your strength and endurance goals.

Thirupura Siva
Yoga

I have done yoga since 2001, studying both in India and the US. I teach Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa styles, as well as breathing techniques and bandhas (energy locks)

Sara Stein
Yoga

Sara Stein

Sara is a passionate yogi who believes in the power of the practice of yoga for spiritual and mental health healing and well-being. (She) incorporates breath work, meditation and other mindfulness exercises into her classes. Her offerings are heavily alignment based and focus on progressive sequencing in order to mindfully help students get into their bodies. Her classes are both energizing and grounding.

Dominique Theophilus
Yoga

Tina Thumm
Abs & Back, Strength Training

As a certified personal trainer for 15 years and a certified Medical Exercise Specialist for 2 years, my focus is on having fun while improving strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance.  My motto is “form before ego” to help prevent injuries

Mary Valerie-Richter
Roller Ball, Cardio Dance, Cardio Step

Helping people incorporate life-long fitness into their lifestyles in a fun and non-competitive environment has been my passion for over 30 years. I have a wide range of ages in my classes—30’s through 70’s—and offer safe and effective exercises to help maintain or increase fitness levels, depending on personal goals. Staying strong and supple as we age = a great quality of life!

Amanda Webster
Zumba

Amanda Webster

For the past nine years, I have taught dance technique classes in ballet, pointe, tap, hip hop, jazz, and musical theatre for ages 3 to adult in the metro Detroit area.  After obtaining my Zumba Instructor Certification in 2011, I have enjoyed using my dance background and passion for movement dynamics to motivate students of all ages to achieve their fitness goals through the exciting rhythms of Latin and international dance.

Krysta White
Zumba

Michele Wilkins
Cardio Sculpt, Strength Training, Sculpt, Stretch & Strengthen

Michelle Wilkins

My approach is to provide my clients with safe and effective exercise classes that are challenging, diverse, and fun, to help them achieve their fitness goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Each of my classes includes as many fitness components as possible within that given format.  These components are cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition, balance, and coordination.  

Patricia Yiu
Yoga

Yoga is a journey into self-discovery. By connecting to the breath, we tap into that place of stillness that is always there for us. By aligning our bodies through the Asanas, we open up to new possibilities. By bringing breath and sequence of postures together, we learn to balance our minds and take Yoga off the mat.

Rachel Yu
Yoga

I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years. I have taught yoga for over eight years and Pilates for three years.  Proper form is important to me, as I have experienced injuries myself.  Prior to class, I inquire if students have any aches, pains, injuries, etc. and will include poses/exercises that will address them.