Lara Garda, Studio Director & Founder
Lara has over 18 years experience in the instruction of health and fitness. She is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, Sports and Nutrition. Lara began teaching group fitness in 1990, teaching aerobics, step, slide, aqua and Spinning. After training for her second Marathon yoga became a welcome recovery and in 1999 Lara began taking the necessary steps to become a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Her certifications and trainings include: Integrative Yoga Therapy with Joseph LePage, Baby Om, Fitness Yoga with Molly Fox, Yoga Steps, YogaFit Levels 1, 2, 3, and pre-natal. Lara is also trained in Pilates Mat work, Reformer and MVe® Chair through The Pilates Coach, Powerhouse, Stott and PEAK Pilates organizations. Lara’s signature class offerings include, Hello Toes Yoga!™ for Mom and Baby, Preschool and Kids Yoga as well as Yoga for Stress Management. Her Pilates Equipment training sessions are goal oriented and deliver a complete workout for the mind and body.
Danielle Proctor, CEO & Founder
A graduate of CMU, Danielle has over 10 years experience managing businesses. After a knee injury requiring full ACL and meniscus reconstruction, Danielle started personal Pilates training to enhance her physical therapy program. Experiencing immediate results and an unusually speedy recovery, Danielle realized the true potential of Pilates and established CORE Pilates & Yoga in 2008 with the goal of providing an affordable, state-of-the-art Pilates equipment studio focused on customized results. Danielle is happy to combine her love of Pilates and yoga with her amateur golfing passion.
Jill is originally from the Pittsburgh area and after high school she took a brave new step and moved to Alaska! She graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a Liberal Arts degree and also attended the Computer Learning Center for computers. Returning to Pittsburgh as a computer analyst downtown she quickly realized that the behind the desk job did not mesh with her adventurous spirit and outgoing personality. Her love for fitness and an active lifestyle emerged once again and she dove into the health and fitness industry teaching group fitness and personal training. It was along this path that she discovered Pilates. Jill has been teaching Pilates Mat work for 5 years. Her trainings include Peak Pilates Level I, NETA Yoga, YMCA Kickboxing, step and personal training. Jill plans on continuing her Pilates training with Peak Level II in the near future.
Leslie has been a yoga and Pilates instructor for 7 years. Her yoga training hails from the Himalayan Institute, YogaFit Level I, II, and III with supplemental training from Vinyasa Flow/Shiva Rae and Anusara/John Friend. Leslie has completed her PEAK Pilates Comprehensive Training and has additional training in Barrel I & II and Chair I & II plus, Pilates MVe® fitness chair. Leslie’s SGTs are a mind/body explosion of energy and experience. Her private sessions blend the ingredients of her vast education and are customized to each individuals need. Leslie also specializes in training dancers and athletes.
Beth lives in Wexford with her husband, two children and dog, Benny. She started out as a competitive runner and moved through various exercise crazes trying as many as possible. She found a true love in Pilates and trained to teach the integrated movement system of ZenLates Reformer Fundamentals through Core Studio. Beth is also an elementary teacher in the North Allegheny School District and she is able to tap into her extensive background in education to teach others this fabulous fitness training method. Beth is excited to help you attain your fitness goals and feel energized and healthier!
Michelle is often known as the “Fit Guru” – she loves all aspects of fitness, both indoors and out! She is a natural coach encouraging her clients to strive for more…always while smiling and making a positive impact in their workout experience. Michelle holds numerous certifications and trainings in the fitness industry; she is a Mad Dogg Athletics Level 2 Spinning Instructor, a TRX Suspension Trainer and an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor. Her Pilates Trainings are with the Bender Method in Mat Work and ZenLates™ Training Systems for Chair, ARC, Reformer and Tower, Levels 1 & 2. Her love for the outdoors and for always having a goal to work towards have lead her to complete marathons, half marathons and various distance rides including the century! Another little known fact is that Michelle was also an ISIA figure skater – can we say Grace and Control in one package!
Trisha, a former LPGA Duramed Futures Tour player, has over 17 years of experience in competing and working in the golf industry. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science and a concentration in Health Promotion. Trisha received certification through TPI in Golf Biomechanics Level II and Junior Golf Player Development Level II. With cutting edge fitness techniques, Trisha works with golfers of all skill levels to improve their overall golf game and health. By combining her passion for golf and her drive for fitness, Her focus is on creating result orientated programs that will strengthen specific golf muscles, improve overall flexibility and rotation with repetitive reinforcement on balance and stability movements.
After an ongoing love affair with all things fitness-related, it was yoga’s ability to not only strengthen the body but soothe the mind that made Lisa add a new path to her accomplished life. Trained in YogaFit Level I and II, Lisa became an instructor to spread her passion for yoga’s unique practice of physical and mental health and give it back to others. Lisa is an accomplished runner and tri-athlete, having competed varying races including several half-Ironman races and two full Ironman distance races with her third Ironman coming up in fall of 2012. In addition to her passion for fitness, Lisa owns a family, mediation and collaborative law practice and continues to give back to the community by volunteering her legal services to multiple organizations in the Pittsburgh area. Lisa lives in Wexford with her husband, Bobby, their 8-year-old daughter, 4-year old son, and their black lab.
Cathy brings over 16 years of group fitness experience with step aerobics, strength training and Pilates. Her certifications include AFAA – Group Fitness, Johnny G. Spinning, Resist-a-Ball, YMCA Personal Training, Flexibility Training and Mat Pilates; plus PHI Pilates Mat Work, and; CORE’s in-house ZenLates™ Training - Pilates Based Movement Level 1, 2 and Chair. Cathy is an avid sport enthusiast- running competitively in a variety of road races from 5K’s to full Marathons. She has won the masters division in Hershey Pa; 1/2 marathon in 2005 and the St. Barnabas 5K in 2010 plus qualifying for the Boston Marathon! When she is not running and teaching, Cathy is “running” after her five children and dabbling in Triathlon Training. Cathy strives to bring customized variety to each workout!
Betty Jo Thaman
Betty Jo has over 26 years of professional experience in the fitness industry. She is ACE certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and a Personal Trainer specializing in pre/postnatal, post-rehab, cancer survivors, and clients with arthritis. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University (Huntington, WV). Betty Jo began teaching Pilates mat in 2000 and reformer in 2004 with training from PHI Pilates, Pilates Coach, and PEAK Pilates MVe® Fitness Chair. She also has yoga training through AAAI-ISMA and YogaFit. Her specialty lies in training beginners, older adults, and those with issues or limitations that need a slower, calmer approach through her years of experience she is able to deliver a personal touch offering modifications for the beginner to more advanced movements for those who like to” kick it up a notch” and challenge themselves.
Amy is a certified PHI Pilates instructor and has been teaching Pilates for over 6 years. She started practicing Pilates when a running injury prevented her from running and was introduced to the healing qualities of the Reformer. After experiencing her recovery from intensive Pilates work, she began to study and train in a Pilates studio in Wexford. Amy has taught Pilates to a wide range of clients and enjoys teaching equipment and mat classes as well as private instruction. Amy has lived in the Pittsburgh area for 14 years and has her Bachelor Degree in Art Education. She enjoys teaching art, fitness, Pilates and biking.