Our Team

 

Carol Chen
Founder
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy

KinetiCore Pilates Therapy was founded by Dr. Carol Chen, a licensed physical therapist and Stott certified pilates instructor.  She graduated with distinction from University of Michigan with a bachelor of science in Kinesiology, the study of human movement.  Carol earned her Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees from Northwestern University.  She is certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Carol has extensive training in movement science, with over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. She continually seeks ongoing education in the pilates, movement, and rehabilitation fields.

Carol holds a blackbelt in Taekwondo and competed at the national level.  She has run four marathons, five half marathons, and numerous trail races. Personally, pilates has allowed Carol to optimize her athletic performance and remain injury-free.  It also helped her stay conditioned & recover quickly from the births of her twin boys and daughter.  In her rehabilitation practice, pilates has been an invaluable tool for achieving excellent results for her patients.

Heidi Colesheidipic
Studio Manager
Certified Pilates Instructor

Heidi began studying body placement, anatomy, and Pilates in 2004 under the instruction of her mentor, Karen Clippinger-an associate professor of dance at California State University, Kinesiologist, Author, and Body Arts Science International (BASI) faculty member. Heidi graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from California State University, Long Beach.

Heidi has a performing arts background and has danced for prestigious companies such as Holland America Line, Stiletto Entertainment, and Disneyland. Incorporated into her performing career, she also has experience in the aerial arts, executing work on aerial bungee, Spanish Web, and aerial tissue.

After utilizing Pilates therapy to rehabilitate a knee injury, Heidi became inspired to dive deeper into the Pilates Method and received her comprehensive teacher training certification with dance specialization through BASI. She went on to study under Leah Stewart to become a Pre & Postnatal Pilates Specialist. Heidi has also appeared as a model in Stewart’s exercise breakdown videos which appear on her Pilates for New Mother’s website.

Movement has always been apart of Heidi’s life and she believes Pilates is a great outlet to release energy, condition the body, and gain a sense of empowerment and strength. She also believes her position as an instructor opens the door to give back, which is why Heidi is also the owner of Hope Fitness-“Exercise for a cause.”

Clarissa Grafton (aka Cissa)
Certified Pilates Instructor
Physical Therapist
Massage Therapist

Coming from an athletic and very active family, Cissa was introduced to the world of physical fitness and sports at an early age. Curiosity about human performance led her to practice gymnastics, dance, and swimming for many years, and she received several athletic awards.

In 2000, Cissa earned her bachelor degree in physical therapy.  Being able to help rehabilitate people gave her great satisfaction, but she continued to search for an approach that would prevent injuries & create maintenance of a healthy body.  She gained knowledge of techniques including Neuromuscular and Ayurvedic Massage, Neural mobilizations, Mulligan Method, Global Posture Reeducation, Musculoskeletal Osteopathic techniques, and of course, the Pilates Method.

Being raised in Rio, Brazil, Cissa has an active spirit with an urge for adrenaline.  Cissa loves exploring the outdoors, anything from stand-up paddle boarding, to surfing, rock climbing, and trekking. Her clients always benefit from her knowledge of the human body, her love of physical fitness, and her vibrant & energetic personality.

Breanna Vikander (aka Bre)
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Pilates Instructor
Athletic Trainer

Dr. Breanna Vikander is a Utah native who graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors in Athletic Training, followed by a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She continued her education with a Polestar Pilates advanced certification in rehabilitation.  She is also trained in SFMA and certified in the Graston Technique.

Bre has a passion for being active outdoors. You can find her hiking, biking, snowboarding/skiing and just about anything that allows her to breathe fresh air!  She has competed in several half-marathons, marathons, and a half-ironman.  She chose Pilates as one of her elements of cross-training, allowing her to stay injury-free and as active as she desires.

Bre has worked with athletes of all ages, including those with traumatic or overuse injuries.  She has provided physical therapy treatment to a broad range of individuals, including those with osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, post-operative orthopedic injuries, scoliosis, and balance/neurological diseases. 

Bre’s desire is to combine her pilates and rehabilitation skills to help people stay healthy and enjoy life to the fullest.

Ena Kirima
Certified Pilates Instructor

 

Ena is a Pilates instructor certified through the world renowned Body Arts and Science International (BASI). She studied under Rael Isacowitz, the founder of BASI, and assisted Rael at the Pilates World Conference in Japan. Ena has also studied with Karen Clippinger, and has attended specialization courses to optimize her work with dancers, mature clients, and people with injuries and pathologies.

Born as a twin in Osaka, Japan, Ena lived in Japan until her family moved to California when she was 8 years old. In California, she began taking dance classes and trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and musical theatre for 17 years, and in Pilates and yoga for 7 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Loyola Marymount University with a yoga teacher certification through a 200-hour Yoga and the Healing Science Teacher Training Program. After graduation, Ena moved back to Japan and became a full-time Pilates instructor at BASI JAPAN in Tokyo. She was grateful to immerse herself in the Japanese culture and language while embarking on her pilates teaching career.

Ena has been fortunate to work with legendary instructors and hopes to share that knowledge and technique with her clients. She has a positive, down to earth, outgoing personality. Ena’s goal is to travel the world teaching Pilates and continue to grow as an individual and as an instructor. She loves what she does and lives by the quote, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!”

Samantha Fettasamantha
Certified Pilates Instructor

Samantha started her teaching career over 10 years ago in the gymnastics and cheerleading industry.  In 2009, Samantha transitioned from coaching to becoming a fitness instructor, specializing in Pilates.  She is a Stott certified instructor and has trained directly with and currently works for John Garey, a Stott pilates master instructor trainer.  She also works alongside several physical therapists in a clinical setting integrating Pilates into the rehabilitation of injuries.  Samantha has utilized her coaching experience as well as rehab knowledge to develop a teaching style that is athletic and energetic, challenging and fun.  Her dynamic style, yet detailed approach to instruction has helped a multitude of clients with varying levels of fitness.  She continually seeks ongoing education in the Pilates and rehabilitation fields in order to help her clients reach and maintain their fitness goals. Though Samantha does not have regular availability at KinetiCore, we are lucky to have her on KinetiCore’s team as a substitute.