Our Staff

Our Certified Personal Trainers:

Marla Altberg is certified by East Coast Instructor Training School (ECITS) as a Personal Trainer and by Power Pilates as both a Beginner and Intermediate Mat Class Instructor, Marla likes to train her clients with “props.” She believes, “Incorporating fitness tools makes the workout more fun and interesting, so you don’t even realize you are being challenged. And time flies. As a result, you really look forward to exercising instead of it being a chore.” Marla looks forward to customizing your fitness routine into a thoroughly enjoyable exercise experience.

Sue Brown is certified personal trainer accredited by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a personal trainer.  She has a B.Sc. in Wellness from CUNY Brooklyn College where she combined studies in Exercise, Nutrition, and Health Psychology.  She is a certified massage therapist, certified Reiki II practitioner, and also certified in the body/mind technique Zero Balancing®.  With over 20 years in fitness and wellness which includes competitive bodybuilding, modern dance, teaching, and herbal studies, she brings a variety of valuable tools to her training sessions. Her area of expertise include: total body conditioning, strength and flexibility training, therapeutic exercise, and special populations such as older adults.

Eugenia (Gena) D'Ambrosio holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Women's Studies: Health, Fitness and Social Issues.  She is a certified personal trainer with certifications from American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Marymount Manhattan College Fitness Program.  Additionally she is a trained dancer whose background comes out of the Alvin Ailey School of Dance.Her areas of specialization are post-rehabilitation and exercises for special populations.   In addition she is able to teach clients how to work to lessen or relieve stress using stress management and mediation exercises.

Reyna Franco, MS, RD, CDN, CPT  is a registered dietitian with a MS in exercise physiology and nutrition from Columbia University.  She combines a holistic approach with science-based nutrition and exercise research.  Areas of expertise include nutrition for diabetes, heart disease, GI disorders, pre and post natal, renal, weight loss, and sports nutrition.  Her clients range in age from young children to older adults.    Reyna is also the renal dietitian and the cardiac rehab nutrition educator for New York Downtown Hospital.  She takes pride in her work and is an enthusiastic coach, dietitian & exercise physiologist.  When Reyna is not counseling clients, performing workshops or writing articles, you may find her bicycling, running, swimming, skiing, or rock–climbing.

Ingrid Griffith is an ACE Certified trainer and has been a fitness professional for over 10 years. She also has a Masters in English and teaches public speaking in the CUNY system. Her goals as a personal trainer are to encourage and inspire clients to exercise consistently, to incorporate good eating habits and to live a balanced life. Ingrid has written articles on health and fitness and about her running experience in Kenya. She helps her clients achieve their fitness goals by making sure they focus on form while stretching, breathing, weight training, doing cardio and Pilates.

Sara Phillipshas over 15 years experience in fitness, including specialized training in Pilates, Yoga, Alexander Technique, and Post-rehabilitation. She is certified by NASM, IFT (Integrated Flexibility Training), MELT, and AAAI (Pre/Post Natal). After college, she attended the National Circus School of Paris for acrobatics and trapeze. She also has a background in modern dance and professional downhill ski racing. With an emphasis on improving alignment, muscle balance, and posture, Sara has helped many people get relief from chronic back pain and sports related injuries. Designing programs that enhance core strength and stabilization, her eclectic, holistic approach integrates mind and body to assist clients in achieving their fitness goals.  Sara is fluent in French & Italian.

Vivian Rodriguez is triple talented. She is a certified personal trainer with certifications from American Council on Exercise(ACE) , National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM), and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA), a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) certified with Integral Yoga Institute and Yoga Alliance specializing in Hatha Yoga, and a Mat Pilates instructor certified by PhysicalMind Institute. For the past 16 years, Vivian has been specializing in alignment, core strength and functional training, incorporating Yoga and Pilates to the workouts. She has experience with seniors and those with osteoporosis. She also holds a BA from Tufts University.

Jill Wais has been a personal trainer for over 14 years. She holds certifications from Marymount Manhattan College, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Jill specializes in functional training. She has experience working with seniors, pregnant women and those with osteoporosis.  Jill has a passion for her field and tries to stay current on the latest trends in fitness.

 

Our Yoga Instructors:

Adele Loux-Turner has been teaching yoga since 2001.  Her initial yoga training is from Integral Yoga Institute, where she holds certificates in Hatha I and II, yoga for labor and delivery, and postpartum yoga.  She has additional certifications in prenatal yoga through New York Yoga and  children's yoga through Karma Kids.  Currently, Adele is studying body-mind centering based "embodied asana" at the Breathing Project.  Aside from yoga, Adele is a professionally trained dancer (BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase, 2001), an active performer, and a trained doula through DONA International.

Our Registered Dietitians:

Reyna Franco, MS, RD, CDN, CPT  is a registered dietitian with a MS in applied physiology and nutrition from Columbia University.  She combines a holistic approach with science-based nutrition and exercise research.  Areas of expertise include nutrition for diabetes, heart disease, GI disorders, pre and post natal, renal, weight loss, and sports nutrition.  Her clients range in age from young children to older adults.    Reyna is also the renal dietitian and the cardiac rehab nutrition educator for New York Downtown Hospital.  She takes pride in her work and is an enthusiastic coach.  When Reyna is not counseling clients, performing workshops or writing articles, you may find her bicycling, running, swimming, skiing, or rock–climbing.