All instructors are all experienced trainers from diverse backgrounds and complimentary careers, including bodywork, healing, health education and dance.
Anne came to the practice of Pilates as a way of combating the effects of 10 hours per day seated at a computer. Pilates was simply pure joy and it eventually moved from an exercise practice to take center stage in her life.
Anne has been practicing Pilates since 2007 and teaching it since 2011 – all at Optimum – including through pregnancy without missing a beat. She became owner of Optimum Pilates in 2013.
STOTT PILATES® Certified, Anne’s goals are to help people gain freedom from pain while enjoying total body conditioning, energy, and vitality. She works with clients ages 20 to 80, including low back pain sufferers including those recovering from surgery, pregnant and post-partum women, men looking to increase core strength and flexibility, and athletes stepping up their game. Anne is also a Tiny Habits Certified Coach!
An avid skier and hiker, she hits the slopes in Tahoe any chance she gets during the winter, and the East Bay hills year-round for some cardio and gorgeous views.
Anne holds degrees from Miami University, and The American University in Applied Anthropology, a language certificate from the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in Madrid, Spain where she lived for 3 years, and has worked for women’s social justice issues for 20 years. She believes a good life is one with great posture, graceful movement and freedom from pain!
Mae Chesney is a classically-trained professional ballet dancer and teacher, Mae received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music. She began teaching dance and fitness in 2010 to clients who range from budding young ballet dancers to adults.
Mae is certified in STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer, and continues her course work towards advanced certification on all apparati. In 2002, Mae was introduced to Pilates as a method to improve her ballet and support her dancing. She immediately fell in love with Pilates as a way to improve performance, strength, and most importantly prevent injury. Through the years, her love for the method has continued to grow.
In every Pilates session, Mae shares her passion for Pilates and her excitement to be a part of her students’ journey to strength and fitness. While pushing her clients to the next level, she aims to always be a supportive and positive force.
Mae works with a broad range of clients. She specializes in training professional athletes and dancers, as well as those who may not dance but would like to look and feel like a dancer.
As a performer and dancer Olivia was drawn first to yoga as a way to ground and connect to the elements before performing. During a hiatus after a major surgery she studied Pilates intensively as a means to heal, rebuild, and reconnect from the inside out. She is extremely grateful and can attest to the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates from her firsthand experience. Olivia holds an comprehensive certification through STOTT PILATES. She has experience and compassion for working with all age ranges, levels, and especially those with injuries. Olivia also holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She believes that life should ultimately always be a journey of adventure, love, and growth. She is constantly thankful for the opportunity to help others find peace.
Cathyn has enjoyed practicing Pilates since 2001 and teaching since 2007. Cathyn trained with STOTT PILATES for Mat, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels, and will complete the Reformer course by this Fall. Cathyn is also a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), completed 350 hours of massage training at the Acupressure Institute, and is near completing her 500-hour yoga therapeutic program with YogaFit. In addition to Pilates, she teaches indoor cycling, aqua exercise, boot camp, tai chi, and yoga. Cathyn received her BS in Biology from UC San Diego and her Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley and has been a State public health epidemiologist for over 15 years in infectious disease control and environmental health. Outside the studio, Cathyn enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing, swimming, and reading novels. As a sponsored Active.com Ambassador for five years, she runs in local 10K and half marathons. She believes in cross training, especially with Pilates, to balance and strengthen the body and mind effectively and is dedicated to helping clients discover their inner wisdom through functional movement.
Barbara Hoffer turned to Pilates in 1997, when the corporate management training career she loved left her body a “wreck” due to constant travel and undue stress. Now a ‘Vitality Buddy’ for her clients, she offers coaching and Pilates instruction designed to enhance daily life. Barbara completed her Pilates Instructor Certification from The Physical Mind Institute of NYC. Also certified as a massage therapist, a Hatha Yoga Instructor since 1981, and a Post-Op Exercise Therapist, Barbara customizes rehabilitation and functional fitness programs to address weakness, health conditions and postural problems for all bodies.
“Whether the client’s focus is losing weight, living stronger after cancer or with Parkinson’s disease,” says Hoffer, “every body gets a mulligan (a ‘do over’) everyday. “ Barbara especially enjoys working with special populations to help them strengthen those bodies recovering from hip replacements, knee and shoulder surgery. A cancer survivor, also recently diagnosed with osteoporosis, she is compassionate about helping others gain and maintain a healthier body at each stage of life.
Barbara teaches intermittently on Saturday mornings at Optimum, and is available for private/duet sessions by appointment. Watch for specialty classes on osteoporosis and Pilates for golfers.
Intrigued by the human body at a very early age, Caitlin has spent her life cultivating creativity through movement. She began as a dancer and developed that interest through college, earning a bachelor’s degree in Justice and Social Change from the University of Michigan, where she facilitated art workshops in schools and other institutions.
Building on that experience, she earned a master’s degree in transformative art from John F. Kennedy University, where she explored performance art and its impact on self-esteem and the body.
For the past seven years, Caitlin has been teaching movement to kids and teens, as well as long-distance runners and yogis. She is herself a competitive trail runner, and she coaches high school cross-country runners. In addition to Pilates, she is a yoga instructor, working with children, teens, and adults. She has completed training in Pilates and yoga, and she continues to cultivate her love of movement through dance, yoga, Pilates, rock climbing, swimming, and trail running.
Kelly is a native to California, born and raised in the East Bay. In attempt to recover from her own orthopedic injuries, Kelly began studying Pilates while finishing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kelly studied Pilates, posture, proper body mechanics/alignment daily with her mentor Carla Shifflett while completing her STOTT PILATES (c) certification with Kimber McQueen in Richmond, Virginia.
Ready to gain a deeper understanding of our physiological systems, health, and healing, Kelly began her study of Chinese Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and finished her degree locally, at the the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. Kelly holds a Master of Science of Oriental Medicine (MSOM) and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of California.
Linzey is certified by STOTT PILATES©, and is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine with a Women’s Fitness Specialist. She found through personal training that balance, stability and core strength were the missing pieces for many people trying to attain heightened fitness. This lead her to Pilates! Come experience Linzey’s keen eye and easy sense of humor.
The field of Pilates is continuously enriched by ongoing research in exercise science, biomechanics, and rehabilitation principles. All instructors participate in continuing education and training in order to incorporate that expertise into their teaching.