Growing up, Kristen never wanted to be anything but a writer or an English professor. In 2005, while (somewhat miserably) pursuing a PhD in Chicago she booked a lesson at the Pilates studio across the street. It was love at first Hundred. In 2007, she started her comprehensive teacher training with Balanced Body Pilates.
Since then, Kristen has completed two additional comprehensive certifications, studying extensively in the lineages of Eve Gentry through Core Dynamics Pilates and with second-generation instructor Debora Kolwey, and, more recently, completing Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates Teacher Training in the lineage of Romana Kryzanowzka. She is currently studying in the lineage of Kathy Grant through Cara Reeser’s Kathy Grant Heritage Training and with second-generation instructor Blossom Leilani Crawford.
Kristen particularly enjoys working with clients who are new to fitness or rebuilding relationships with their bodies post-injury. (Nothing thrills her like hearing “I didn’t know I could do that!” or “I’ve never felt those muscles!”)
As a recovering academic, she keeps up on current research on movement and the body. She is particularly interested in the emergent study of the role of fascia in movement. As a lifelong writer, she uses language to facilitate action — get ready for a lot of helpful images and metaphors. Her teaching is thoughtful, patient, precise, and adaptable.