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 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.”
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.
Christine is a professional dancer and fitness instructor from New York City. She holds certifications from Pilates Academy International, Redcord Active Suspension and Corrective Exercise, and PAI’s Barres and Belles method. She recently completed her MFA in dance at the University of California, Irvine and is now an adjunct professor of dance at several community colleges in Orange County.
As a lifelong mover, Christine’s focus has been on functional movement and corrective exercise through mind-body connectivity. She discovered Pilates and Redcord after a traumatic injury and hopes to share with all of her clients the life-changing principles that have made her healthier and stronger than ever before. Christine is a firm believer that this reality is truly possible for every person through detail-oriented and individualized programming that feels good for both the mind and the body!
Sanio Ferreira was born and raised in Brazil where he discovered and developed his passion for helping to bring health, happiness and quality of life to people of all ages. Since 2002, Sanio has been a Hatha yoga practitioner and instructor. Eager to broaden his knowledge, he certified in Pilates mat and apparatus in 2011, and went on to earn his Physical Therapy Degree at FMU (Faculdade Metropolitanas Unidas, Sao Paulo). Sanio has created health programs for corporations and specializes in treating different pathologies and syndromes.
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.