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.

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

Christina HritzChrissy 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(R) 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.

Peta Middleton - GYROTONIC® Instructor

Peta's professional interest in health and fitness began while studying for a BS in Medical Biochemistry and later an MS in Nutrition. She has experience in Iyengar yoga from England and presently attends regular ballet, ballroom and Latin dance classes. It was while ballet dancing that was introduced to GYROTONIC® exercise and became a convert.Loving the fluidity of the movement, this led to instructor training in GYROTONIC® Level 1 and Level 2 which has been undertaken with Justine Bernard, Tracy Monaco Reid and Nathan Martin. Peta is also certified on the GYROTONER® and Therapeutic Applications for GYROTONIC® Exercise: Osteoporosis Program.

Peta also has a passion for sports, taking part in a wide range of activities, including playing tennis for her school and badminton for her universities (undergraduate and post-graduate). Peta rode horses for many years and was trained in Dressage. She also holds a BProc (Law) degree.

Ellen Barlow - Senior GYROTONIC® Instructor


Ellen 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.

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.

Stacy Palatt - GYROTONIC® Instructor

Stacy Palatt is an April 9, 2012 certified teacher of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. In addition, Stacy is an experienced Pilates instructor with certifications in Pilates mat work, and training in Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and specialized equipment at Quantum Pilates in Washington DC with Mark Trudeau.  She also holds certification in Body-Mind Centering® Developmental Movement and Yoga, obtained at The Breathing Room, NYC, with Amy Mathews and Roxlyn Moret.

Stacy’s interest in holistic movement began while earning an MFA in Dance at George Washington University on a Graduate Teaching Fellowship and continued with her work at Erick Hawkins Dance Company NYC.  Her professional career in modern dance was highlighted by appointments to teach on the Dance Faculty of George Washington University, Temple University, and the Dance Conservatory at Shenandoah University.

Michelle M. Silva - GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer, GYROKINESIS® & Pilates Instructor

Michelle began studying GYROTONIC® exercise in 2003 and found that the system reminded her of the joy she felt studying ballet as a child. She is certified in the Gyrotoner®, Leg Extension Unit, GYROTONIC® Applications for Golf, and GYROTONIC® Level 2 exercises. Michelle continues to independently study with a variety of Master Trainers throughout the U.S. as well as attending yearly courses with Juliu Horvath. Michelle is also a New York Certified Pilates Instructor. She found what is considered the "Authentic Pilates Method" in 1999, and in 2001 entered the certification program under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska, the world-renowned protégé of Joseph Pilates, and Romana's daughter Sari Mejia Santo through their original International New York based Pilates Certification Program. Her certification process required a minimum of 800 hours of apprenticeship and a pre-requisite of 75 hours of personal sessions with "Authentic Pilates" instructors. Michelle continues her education and certification through "Romana's Pilates".

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).

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.

Melissa Hines, GYROTONIC® Instructor

Melissa earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy DPT, PT from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. While Melissa attended school, for 15 weeks, she served as a clinical intern at Elements and is thrilled to be back! She is certified in GYROTONIC® exercise, and worked as an instructor for the past year. Prior to accepting her position at Elements, Melissa worked in a variety of PT settings including acute care and women's health. Melissa has a strong interest in holistic health, particularly in GYROTONIC®  exercise, myofascial release, pelvic floor therapy, and breast cancer rehabilitation. Melissa has a passion for manual therapy, specifically myofascial release and pelvic floor/women's health physical therapy. She took the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor 1 course and will take the second course in the beginning of December. Melissa also took the John Barnes myofascial release course 1 and utilizes a whole body approach in the treatment of orthopedic conditions.

Monique Kramer, GYROTONIC® Instructor

Dr. 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.