Jenny April Kaplan, GYROTONIC® Instructor


Jenny April began her Gyrotonic® quest while attending NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she focused on an Interdisciplinary Performance B.A.– a blending of dance, theatre, film and other artistic media.  She has choreographed and performed with the Tappan Zee Dance Group, the Temporary Theatre Company, the Gallatin Arts Festival and Westmont College Dance –Theatre.

After facing several dance injuries, she discovered, fell in love and began teaching Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® in NYC since 2008. Jenny April is certified on all specialized Gyrotonic equipment, which she combines with her experience as a Vinyasa Yoga instructor to facilitate healthy and joyful breathing and movement patterns in her clients.

Jenny April graduated from Stony Brook University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, specializing in a Motor Learning approach to Orthopedic Rehabilitation, and has recently moved to DC to be part of the incredible Elements team. She utilizes her diverse movement background in figure skating, acrobatics, dance and soccer to tailor sport specific exercise programs designed to take athletes/dancers to the next level of kinesthetic proficiency. Jenny April also incorporates her knowledge of Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique and Cranial Sacral Therapy, which address principles of alignment and breath awareness necessary to prevent re-injury and create maximal postural stability and ease.


John Umberger - Certified GYROKINESIS(R) instructor


As a GYROKINESIS® instructor, John centers his work around stimulating his students’ interest in their own internal landscape. John loves to animate the body with images and the rhythmic, expansive flow of GYROKINESIS® breathing and movement, the art of exercising, and beyond. John trained with Miriam Barbosa and Justine Bernard for over three years before becoming an instructor. John also studies and incorporates the use of essential oils and other complimentary healing modalities to further stimulate the breath and movement of his class.

John found elements when he used the Gyrotonic and GYROKINESIS® methods to rehab after a being hit by a car and was told by his surgeon he would need a cane to walk.  After training in these movement methods John walks with out any limp or assisted device and is able to move and teach with freedom and ease.

Before John arrived at Elements, he had studied Art History for three years at the University of the South. John appreciates the honesty of real, creative expression. This curiosity fueled his interest in physical therapy as Dr. Justine Bernard’s patient at Elements Fitness and Wellness Center and his journey to become a teacher himself. After rehabilitation, John decided to drive Art into Science and transferred to Georgia Tech. John’s Liberal Arts perspective enabled him to recognize innovations, and their unique environment as he investigated state of the art technology and science. As a graduate, John founded YogaTEC LLC and S.P.A. Umbergē in Washington, DC where he produces original cork yoga mats and release boards and distributes therapeutic plumbing equipment.


Monique Kramer, GYROTONIC® Instructor

MoniqueDr. Kramer has been practicing physical therapy for over 22 years with adults and children with neurological and developmental disabilities. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in communications and working as a copywriter for a scientific publisher in NYC, she made a decision to leave her desk job and pursue her interest in human movement and physical therapy. She attended Sargent College of Boston University, graduating with distinction in 1992 with an MS in physical therapy. Dr. Kramer has worked in a variety of settings including Hospital for Sick Children, Washington DC, Early Intervention in Fairfax VA, and home health. In 2013, she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Kramer has advanced training in myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, kinesio taping, NDT, postural alignment, neurological rehabilitation, and aquatic therapy. Dr. Kramer and her daughter were clients for many years at Elements until she trained to become a certified GYROTONIC® instructor and join the Elements team to share her love of Gyrotonic® exercise and physical therapy. Over the years, Dr. Kramer has volunteered her physical therapy services at a hippotherapy stable (Lift Me Up, Great Falls, VA), therapeutic aquatic classes (Fairfax County Department of Recreation, VA), and at Don Jose de San Martin, a school for children with disabilities in Cusco Peru. Currently, she and her therapy dog, Buckley, bring companionship and love to seniors in nursing homes in Virginia. In her free time, Dr Kramer is a competitive adult ice dancer. She also enjoys taking classes in ballroom dancing, Zumba, and ballet, and traveling with her husband and two children.

Caroline Rocher, GYROTONIC® Instructor

Caroline Rocher trained at the Conservatoire de Montpellier in the south of France with Madame Claparède, and later studied at the Rudra Béjart art school in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1998, she came to America to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York.

A year later, Caroline was invited to join Arthur Mitchell's Dance Theatre of Harlem Company, and then was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer in 2000. That same year, as a part of NYCB/Dance Theatre of Harlem collaboration, Caroline performed George Balanchine's Slaughter on Tenth Avenue with NYCB Principal Dancer Damian Woetzel at the New York State Theater. A few months later, she danced with international ballet star Vladimir Malakhov at the Career Transition For Dancers Gala in New York. Additionally, in 2001 Caroline was named "25 to watch" in Dance Magazine.

She also performed at "Le Gala des Etoiles du 21ème siècle" in Paris in 2004, right before she joined the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, Germany. In 2006, Caroline moved back to France to dance with the Lyon Opéra Ballet for one season, and then returned to America in 2007 to work with Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco. Caroline is honored to have performed works from acclaimed choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Arthur Mitchell, Michael Smuin, Glen Tetley, Alonzo King, Dwight Rhoden, Hans Van Manen, Jacopo Godani, Maguy Marin, Georges Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Marius Petipa, John Cranko and John Neumeier.

Besides dancing, Caroline teaches ballet and along with the Lines repertoire at the Lines Ballet School and she is currently studying towards a BA degree through the LEAP organization. Additionally, Caroline appeared in the 2012 HBO movie "Hemingway and Gellhorn" starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, and directed by Philip Kauffman. Caroline is also a certified GYROTONIC® teacher in levels I&II.

Teresa Gill, GYROTONIC® Instructor

Teresa webTeresa Gill has been involved in movement and fitness since her introduction to ballet and jazz at the age of three. After 10 years of dance, she picked up high school sports and weight lifting, which opened her opportunity to combine graceful movements from years of dance with the strong athleticism of sports.

Teresa found the GYROTONIC® Method 2008, when she managed a fitness and wellness studio in Bethesda, but only pursued the movement further after a severe hamstring injury from aerial dance. She chose GYROTONIC® exercise as her rehab and since then has wanted to learn and study more so she could share this beautiful practice with more people. She believes this practice is for every body, and strives to find a way for each person to find their own connection with how these movements apply to one's everyday life. As a lover of movement, and of all the exercises she has tried over the years, she feels the GYROTONIC® Method incorporates all of her favorite pieces and is the best cross-training - from an athlete to a more idle lifestyle, we can all benefit from the awakenings this modality brings.

Along with GYROTONIC® exercise, you can find Teresa practicing Pilates, yoga, dance - but only for fun around the house and out with friends, aerial arts, hula hooping, hiking, and traveling to new adventures.

Kimmie Dobbs Chan - Certified GYROTONIC® Instructor, Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Kimmie Dobbs ChanKimmie Dobbs Chan is a fully Certified Instructor of GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS® Exercise and STOTT PILATES®. Kimmie has taught Pilates to a variety of clientele including dancers, athletes, rehab and injured populations since 2002. She completed much of her training at Pilates on Fifth in New York City, while studying frontiers of mind-body medicine at NYU (2001-2003).

Kimmie graduated from University of Maryland, with a B.S. in Kinesiology (2006) and soon after also certified as an Instructor of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodologies. Kimmie continues her Gyrotonic education with certifications in the Gyrotonic specialized equipment as well as Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic level 2. She began her study of the body as a lifelong dancer, Kimmie grew up training locally with Ballet Theatre of Annapolis and Fran's Studio of Dance. She is now Co-Artistic Director of a local production company DEVIATED THEATRE [] which shares original tales through acting, aerials, and contemporary dance. She is a recipient of the 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Award for Choreography (MD), the 2013 Audience Favorite at the Breaking Glass Project (NYC), and 2011 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project (DC).

Christina Hritz - GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer and GYROTONIC® Master Trainer

Christina HritzChristina Hritz, a former dancer and lifelong mover, first discovered GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® techniques in 2005. Since then she has worked with a wide range of clients, having witnessed healing and transformation, pain reduction and prevention, and the freedom through movement that GYROTONIC® exercise can provide. Currently she is a GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and a GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer, she has also studied the Therapeutic Applications of GYROTONIC® and is certified on the Ladder, Jumping Stretching Board, and Leg Extension Unit.

Kari Boyd Gardiner - GYROTONIC® and Pilates Instructor

Kari_Boyd_GardinerWhile working on an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY, Kari was diagnosed with Lyme disease.  The exhaustion from her Lyme disease forced Kari to end her six year organic farming career and to return to college.  Kari graduated from Bard College with a BA in Art in 2003.  While at Bard, she also studied modern dance and found Pilates.  The feeling that her Pilates study had boosted her healing from Lyme disease, imparting both a new and deepened core as well as greater overall fitness, inspired Kari to become a Pilates instructor.  Kari was originally certified in Mat Pilates in 2003, and certified to teach on all the Pilates apparatus in 2004 through the original Power Pilates studio in New York, NY.

Observing the effects of the Gyrotonic Expansion System on her Aunt living with Parkison’s Disease prompted Kari to begin her own study of the Gyrotonic method.  In 2007, Kari completed her Gyrotonic Foundation Certification with Magali Messac at Gyrotonic Seattle. In addition, Kari completed her Gyrokinesis Foundation Course with Mia Munroe in 2010 and is a current Gyrokinesis apprentice. From September, 2004 until moving to the Washington D.C. area in 2012, Kari owned the first Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio, called Mountain Lake Holistic Movement Studio, on Orcas Island in Washington State.

Tracy Monaco Reid - GYROTONIC® Master Trainer, GYROKINESIS® and Pilates Instructor

tracyhi2Tracy's career in body movement and fitness began while earning a B.F.A. in dance from Western Michigan University. After a professional dance career she continued her training and received certifications in Pilates mat work and equipment. However, Tracy's true passion lies within the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. She is a GYROTONIC® Master Trainer and is certified in GYROKINESIS®, and specialized equipment. Tracy's continuing education led her to study GYROTONIC® Level 2, therapeutic shoulder applications and GYROTONIC® for Golf. She continues to gain knowledge for her students throughout the country and worldwide.

Ellen Barlow - Senior GYROTONIC® Instructor

ellenEllen Barlow is a movement education specialist with over 30 years experience teaching, designing and managing programs in fitness, rehabilitation, dance, yoga and other mind-body practices. At Elements she is a certified GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, and specialized equipment instructor.  As well, Ellen is acertified practitioner and teacher of theBody-Mind Centering® Approach to movement education, and a Registered Movement Therapist with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.

While Ellen approaches movement training from multiple perspectives, she engages her GYROTONIC® Exercise clients in anatomical awareness and perceptual-motor learning so they may embody their experiences of improved alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination and balance and apply it to their daily lives. In 2013 she became an ergonomic affiliate with Focal Upright Furniture.

Rosalie Begun - GYROTONIC® Instructor

Rosalie_Headshot_compressedRosalie Begun has been practicing physical therapy in Washington, DC for over 20 years. She is owner of Begun Physical Therapy Center, LLC and treats patients with a variety of orthopedic and sports-medicine conditions. In addition, she has extensive experience treating dancers and performing artists....including the casts of touring Broadway shows. Rosalie is also a certified GYROTONIC® instructor and a pilates mat instructor. She incorporates these modalities in her treatment sessions and also offers private and group training sessions and workshops. Rosalie also has studied various methods of manual therapy and keeps her skills up to date through regular participation in continuing education courses. Prominent area physicians regularly send her patients with problems of unusual complexity. Rosalie believes in treating patients holistically and takes the time to provide the best care possible.

Justine Bernard - GYROTONIC® Master Trainer

justineDr. Justine Bernard began studying GYROKINESIS®, then known as Yoga for Dancers, in 1994 with Hillary Cartwright while on scholarship at The Ailey School for Dance in New York, NY. She also studied with Juliu Horvath at White Cloud and became certified to teach GYROTONIC® exercise in 1997 and GYROKINESIS® in 1999. She taught at Studio Riverside under the guidance of authorized master trainer Leda Franklin for many years.
In 2003 she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons specializing in Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. After working at St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center as a physical therapist, she returned back home to Washington, DC to teach GYROTONIC® exercise and open a private physical therapy practice. Dr. Bernard is currently a GYROTONIC® Master Trainer in Washington D.C. and owns Elements Fitness and Wellness Center, a complete GYROTONIC® studio which also offers physical therapy, acupuncture and massage therapy.