Crissy Brand – Studio Manager
After a successful 25 year career in Information Technology, Crissy was seeking more meaningful work and felt drawn to the health and wellness industry. Her interest in learning more about healthier foods and minds began over 16 years ago with her mother’s cancer diagnosis. Her mother’s illness led Crissy to dive headfirst into the many ways we care for our own bodies. She later explored possible careers in acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga, and even hospice counseling.
Crissy first came to Pilates after returning from a 500-mile hike, El Camino de Santiago, across northern Spain. The hike left her feet with injuries and numbness. A friend suggested taking Pilates lessons, so Crissy started taking lessons in her home town of Atlanta, Georgia. She read Joseph Pilates’ book, Return to Life, to explore the theory of Pilates. Return to Life discussed many of the health principles that she had already adopted in her own life many years ago. Through the Pilates lessons, Crissy was encouraged by the healing that took place in her feet. Inspired by her own healing and the principles of Pilates, she decided to continue this work and enrolled in a one year long training program with The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. Her commitment to problem solving and personal growth helps her constantly deepen her own practice and allows her to tailor her teaching to the need of any “body” that seeks change.
Lore has been practicing Pilates since 1999 and teaching since 2002. Her clients include athletes (martial arts, dance) who have used Pilates to regain strength and stay fit as well as rehabilitate injuries. She has also worked with professionals in various fields, who pursue Pilates as a means of staying fit.
Lore finds Pilates beneficial on many levels, from physical fitness to mental well-being, as a means for focusing and training the mind as well as the body. Being an avid dancer (modern and ballet as well as jazz), Pilates has strengthened and balanced her dance practice.
Lore has also played individual and team sports, such as fencing and basketball. Lore says that in her experience, Pilates is the best method of toning, as well as, therapeutic exercise.
Having a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and having attended medical school, Lore has extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Her human biology background is augmented in more sciences through her Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, and Doctoral degree in Marine Science, giving her an excellent basis for combining environmental and human health as your Pilates instructor. In addition to publishing her environmental research, she has taught 10 different classes at the undergraduate level.