Michelle Taylor

Michelle is a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, as well as a registered massage practitioner. She has a love of learning and actively continues to educate herself on new techniques to enhance her healing skills. Michelle works on an intuitive level. In her classes, she uses a variety of bodywork techniques to help the […]

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Yonghee Schaffer

After being an avid yoga student and fitness enthusiast for many years, Yonghee became a teacher of Les Mills’ BodyPump, followed by yoga. Yonghee has taught Yoga Sculpt and completed her 200-hour RYT in 2016 with CorePower Yoga in Baltimore. The practice of yoga stretched and strengthened Yonghee’s body and brought balance, harmony, and life […]

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Beth MacMullan

Beth began practicing yoga to complement her energetic running and spinning habits in the early 2000s.  Eventually, yoga became a primary focus, and the benefits of this practice began to transform her life. Beth’s own practice of many different styles of yoga — coupled with the desire to share the benefits of yoga with her […]

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Jill Kitko Bernard

Jill has been a CA member since 2007, holds degrees in psychology and dietetics, and completed certification as a health and wellness coach from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Jill’s passion for fitness has led her to try every type of fitness class and dive in to instruct when possible — including as a personal trainer […]

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Katie Huber (RYT 500, e-RYT 200, RCYT)

Katie discovered yoga while living in New York City in 1999 and has practiced various styles ever since. She fell in love with the way it combined her background of years of dancing and competitive athletics with a sense of peace and calm.   In 2010, the desire to deepen her practice led Katie to […]

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Margaret (Peggy) Hoffman

Peggy’s movement background started in dance — she still has the pointe shoes for show! — and came to include cycling, swimming, and group exercise to expand her creative fitness outlets. You’ll still find Peggy in the dance studio, but often in the pool, cycling studio, or on the trail. She has taught aqua and […]

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Stacee Johnson

Stacee Johnson has been practicing yoga since 1999. Her classes are a combination of challenge and playfulness, with a focus on the connection of breath and movement. She invites students to open their minds to the endless possibilities that abound by submerging themselves into a mindful practice to connect with their true selves. Stacee originally […]

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Destiny Ingram

Destiny first tried yoga in 2006 as a way to cross-train for triathlons. After her first yoga class, she fell in love with the practice and began training as an instructor. She completed her 200 hours of Ashtanga yoga training with Yogafit, which included special training in prenatal, kids, senior, and restorative yoga. Destiny has […]

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Roxanne Berkheimer

Roxy’s passion for fitness started when she was serving in the Army. After her service, Roxy decided to dedicate herself to helping people get fit and healthy through group fitness. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and loves being a fitness instructor. Roxy has taught group fitness classes for more than 13 years, […]

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Heather Jefferson

Heather Jefferson Heather has been practicing yoga for seven years. Yoga is a source of peace for Heather. The practice has helped her find acceptance, strength, and healing through movement, breath, and yoga philosophy. After practicing for four years, she completed a 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training at Sid Yoga Center in 2014. Heather later […]

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Abril Istre

Haven on the Lake Team Leader Abril.Istre@ColumbiaAssociation.org I believe that happiness comes from within. Through Pilates, yoga and meditation, we can keep our mind and body healthy and enjoy life to its fullest. Consistency is the key, along with setting realistic goals and timelines in order to develop new habits. Take one day at a […]

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Vicki Burns

Pilates Instructor Vicki.Burns@ColumbiaAssociation.org We strive to offer the highest quality of instruction with a variety of classes, programs and instructors to meet the needs of class participants. I personally look forward to helping participants reach their goals through fitness and Pilates while having fun. Congratulations on getting started! This is the first step in a […]

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Susan Bisson

Pilates Instructor Susan.Bisson@ColumbiaAssociation.org I believe that movement heals. Through movement, anyone — whether an elite athlete or a person new to exercise — can reap the benefits of Pilates. Pilates will increase strength, tone, flexibility and alignment in the participant’s body. Begin with a mat class. Start with the modifications you are shown and build […]

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Stella Fanzone

Stella received her teaching certification from The Yoga Center in Columbia in 2002. Her style of teaching yoga is rooted in B.K.S Iyengar — creator of Iyengar yoga and considered to be one of the main gurus to introduce yoga to the west. Her most influential experiences during her training were under the tutelage of […]

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Sabine Evans

Sabine has been passionate about fitness her whole life. A competitive figure bodybuilder who won her pro card in 2013, she believes that age is nothing but a number and everything starts in the mind. Her goal is to bring out the best version of you and taking you to the next level while having […]

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Rodger Carter

Yoga has been a part of Rodger’s life for about 20 years. His yoga practice has helped him stay young and healthy and to be strong yet flexible, in both body and mind. It has also helped him recover from lots of injuries over the years, including having his knee broken into eight pieces in […]

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Pat Stewart

Master Pilates Instructor Pat.Stewart@ColumbiaAssociation.org Movement heals! Pilates is for everyone — no matter what level of experience. Strengthening and stretching your muscles, especially your core muscles (your powerhouse), is so important for good posture, good health and overall well being of the mind, body and spirit. Come and join me on the Pilates journey to […]

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Olga Campora

Olga holds an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) 500-hour certificate and has 35 years of yoga teaching experience. After discovering yoga in her native Czechoslovakia, she augmented her studies with courses at The Sivananda International Yoga Institute in Vienna, Austria, from 1983 to 1989. Her deep respect and love for Iyengar yoga is clearly evident […]

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Menchu Esteban

A drama major from the University of Zaragoza (Spain), Menchu also studied jazz dance. Once in the United States, she worked out to stay fit while performing in musicals in Washington, D.C. Menchu eventually became a member of the Aurora Dance Company at Howard Community College (where she also worked as a choreographer) and the […]

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Mei-Ji Shih

In 1988, Mei-Ji met the late Dr. Tom Tang, a disciple of Master Cheng Man-Ching, and began her study and practice of the Yang style of tai chi, which Master Cheng introduced to the Western world in the early 1960s. From 1988-2002, Mei-Ji continued her learning of Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Sword and Push […]

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Megan Cooperman

Assistant Director of Group Fitness Megan.Cooperman@ColumbiaAssociation.org I strive to offer the best classes with the best instructors in the community. In any class, I believe members should follow the instructor’s guidelines; however, it is key to make the experience work for their needs. Group fitness should be fun and motivating, and there is a right […]

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Ling Hanson

Ling completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) training under Kim Manfredi at Charm City Yoga. She is grateful to all her teachers for sharing the gift of yoga, especially Kim Manfredi, Kathryn Budig, Shiva Rea, Maria Garre, Jason Crandell, Dharma Mittra and Michael Carroll. She teaches flow yoga, where she emphasizes stability over flexibility […]

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Kristy Myers

Kristy has been an instructor for Columbia Association for 22 years. She love teaching all types of classes, in particular anything dance-related. What Inspires you? I get inspired by music, especially Motown. What is your haven? My haven is giving my clients a memorable experience and for them to reach their a state of happiness […]

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Krysta French

Krysta French For Krysta, yoga is more than simply a physical practice; it is a way to challenge and center the mind, an approach to tap into the ebb and flow of life, and a place to not take yourself too seriously. Krysta began practicing yoga as a way to further her knowledge about human […]

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Kerri Cooke

Kerri Cooke has been teaching yoga since 2014 and completed her 500-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher certification through YogaWorks in 2017. Kerri is a warm and welcoming instructor whose approach is to meet the client where they are and gently inspire them to reach their next level — physically and spiritually. Kerri teaches a Vinyasa-style class […]

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Julia Greiwe-Martinez

Julia Greiwe-Martinez, a Pranakriya teacher with yoga therapy and massage therapy/healing arts training, draws inspiration from a variety of traditions to create a playful, reflective and challenging practice. Julia is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and has been a yoga instructor for over 11 years and a yoga enthusiast since 1995. In addition, she […]

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Jennifer DeCrette Randle

Yoga/Pilates Instructor Jennifer.Randle@ColumbiaAssociation.org Pilates is a great way to develop stability and strength while creating functional movement in the body. Core strength helps to alleviate back pain and inform the body for more efficient future alignment. Let’s discuss any special conditions that are limiting your physical potential and allow Pilates to improve your vitality, strength […]

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Janet Baron

Janet’s fitness career began over 20 years ago after a career in marketing and sales. She began teaching group fitness classes such as low-impact aerobics and step in clubs around the D.C. area, including Spa Lady, YMCA and Sport and Health. As the fitness industry evolved, so did Janet’s fitness career. Joining Columbia Association’s group […]

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Jacqueline Fitch

  Jacqueline took her very first yoga class out of sheer curiosity over 20 years ago and was immediately drawn to the graceful practice of uniting alignment-based movement with the breath. While traveling extensively for many years, she attributed her practice to keeping her centered, grounded and open to all the opportunities that life presented. […]

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Heather Thamer

Heather Thamer has been teaching since 2004, is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) at the 500-hour level,  certified cancer exercise specialist, and has also completed her 300-hour RYT training. She also hold certifications as a Warriors at Ease teacher (a specialized training for the military community), and Yoga for Amputees (Y4).  Heather teaches yoga […]

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Gabrielle Sulc

Gabrielle began practicing yoga in 2000. After many years, she found master teacher and guru Sri Dharma Mittra, her beloved teacher, with whom she has been studying since 2010. In 2015, Gabrielle received the honor of being initiated into Sri Dharma’s lineage as Yogini Kali Om. With more than 1,000 hours of teacher training certifications […]

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Felicia Ho

In 2011, while writing her dissertation, Felicia discovered a lump in her breast. At 39 years old and as an Asian, Felicia had less than a 0.5 percent chance of having breast cancer. Along with the cancer, however, came profound life-altering perspectives, experiences and gifts. Amid chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and seemingly impossible life and death […]

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Deb Papavizas

Deb began a career in group fitness with Lynne Brick of Brick Bodies in Timonium, Maryland. Having been a member since 1986, it seemed to be the perfect job for a young mother of two sons. As time went by, her skills expanded to include muscle conditioning, aqua fitness, step aerobics and basic aerobics. Deb […]

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