Jen Montgomery is a certified Pilates instructor and specialist with over 10 years experience teaching Pilates classes, privates and semi-private sessions. Her passion is in sharing and tailoring the Pilates repertoire to create effective and safe instruction for all ages, groups and fitness levels. She holds certifications with STOTT and BASI Pilates.
Jen specializes in group reformer classes, Pilates for corrective exercise, physical therapy and rehabilitation, Pilates for older adults, Pilates for athletes, Pilates for tweens and teens, Pilates for figure skaters and Pilates for dancers.
Jen believes that Pilates is for everybody, and is passionate about sharing the love, whether it be assisting in a physical therapy patient’s recovery, modifying or intensifying exercises for clients in our group classes, or tailoring exercises for elite athletes.
Outside the studio her 2 kids, husband and golden retriever keep her very busy and active. When she’s not in the studio she loves activity outdoors, including golf, hiking, biking and paddle boarding. She and her family love to adventure and travel whenever they get the chance.
Kristen was an avid dancer from childhood through her teens. Prior to teaching Pilates, she had a career in the financial industry, during which stayed healthy and fit through all forms of exercise. It wasn’t until she found Pilates that she discovered the passion she once experienced as a child through dance.
Diving head first into a full certification training program with Balanced Body in 2013, she found herself forever inspired and changed. You will find her classes creative and always adding some new moves to help challenge and change your body, mind and spirit.
She is very excited to be part of a practice that can bring such value to life. Out of the studio, Kristen loves traveling and teaching Pilates abroad to combine her two passions: sharing her love for Pilates and exploring new places. In addition to Pilates she enjoys yoga, barre, hiking, SUP, snowboarding and spin. Kristen also is passionate about eating healthy and incorporating organic foods into her diet, embodying healthy living in its entirety. She is super excited to share her passion at the Pilates Shoppe!
Cory grew up right here in South Orange County where fitness is a way of life. She decided to take on the fitness industry in 2010 after both of her kids entered school full time. Cory’s first stop in her fitness journey was obtaining her certification as an Indoor Cycling instructor. Shortly thereafter, Cory attended the Body Arts and Science Institute and in 2012 completed her Intermediate/Advanced Pilates Certification.
Joseph Pilates believed that his method of Pilates should be regarded as a “way of life and total path to health”, rather than merely just a series of exercises. Cory embodes this belief. She enjoys working with clients at all levels, from the young athlete to the mature client. Cory tailors her private sessions to the clients needs and likes to keep her group classes fresh and exciting! She feels that exercising should be an experience for the mind, body and soul.
Dana’s passion for Pilates is deeply rooted in her experience in physical therapy. Having over 10 years of experience as a Physical Therapy Assistant she was fascinated with the synergy between PT and Pilates. She feels Pilates is a unique way to continue with whole body integration that is required for overall improved function. She looks forward to working with you!
Kristy was born and raised in Mission Viejo, CA and attended Chapman University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has always been an athlete; participating in volleyball, softball, tennis, and hiking.
After having back surgery in 2013, Kristy discovered Pilates, which gave her back her active lifestyle. After experiencing the profound benefits of Pilates Kristy decided she had to share this passion with others and completed her training at BASI in Newport Beach, CA. Kristy is also a certified Bodhi and Cycling Instructor.
When not teaching Pilates, Kristy enjoys spending time with her 2 year old Chocolate Lab/Weimaraner named Rufus, attending concerts, and cooking.
After spending years as a road warrior for a technology company, Cristi’s body took a beating
from long hours on a plane and little to no spinal movement in her daily life. Having her first
back surgery at the age of 23, and another one at 43 -she knew her body was breaking down
and the brain fog was setting in.
Cristi began taking Pilates, and after 10 sessions she knew she had a big change to make—not
only in her body, but also in her career. After resigning from a work-life in corporate America, she trained to become a comprehensive pilates instructor at the very same facility where she originally fell back in love with movement. She is skilled at working with pre/post-natal, Diastasis
Recti, a wide range of pelvic floor dysfunction such as incontinence, prolapse and pudendal
neuralgia. She also works with survivors from various traumas and is skilled at downregulating
the nervous system through breath and movement.
Using many various movement modalities such as applied functional science, pilates, yoga and
myofascial release, Cristi takes a therapeutic approach to movement, working with clients
ranging from youth to active agers, with the goal to increase their strength, balance, function
and range of motion while incorporating breath work.