OUR TEAM

SUSAN HIMES-POWERS

SUSAN HIMES-POWERS

Susan Powers, PMA-CPT, was trained in classical pilates at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado in 1991. However, in the years since that training, she has learned so much more from her own life experiences as well as from the experience and responsiveness of clients.  Susan includes a hands-on approach to releasing tension patterns and regaining mobility. She also has first-hand knowledge and experience in recovery from breast cancer treatment in regaining strength, stamina, range of motion and prevention of lymphedema.  In addition to her pilates training, Susan is a professional actor, a classically trained singer, a certified massage therapist and a Franklin Method Educator Level 2. She approaches sessions with a disposition of open-mindedness, inquiry, adventure and fascination with movement and the biomechanics of the body.

CRETA VALIENTE

CRETA VALIENTE

Creta completed her Pilates training through ITT Pilates Certification here in San Francisco. She has performed professionally as a synchronized swimmer, as well as worked as a television programmer and creative manager of choreography. Creta is a native speaker of Spanish, and brings a positive and enthusiastic quality to her teaching. Currently she teaches dance as well as Pilates with a passion for inspiring students, whether beginners or advanced, to their full potential.

Laura Torres

Laura Torres

Laura comes from a dance background and has enjoyed moving and teaching movement her whole life! She was a Dancer, Choreographer, Licensed Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer specializing in rehabilitative exercise in NYC before returning to her native San Francisco in 1991. In San Francsco Laura became a certified Pilates instructor and developed and taught curriculum for Pilates Teachers' Training. Laura returns to Pilates, Massage and Bodywork, after taking time off to raise her two young sons, to continue her beloved mission: to support people in experiencing the pleasure of living in their bodies. She is particularly inspired to work with older adults, beginners, people recovering from injury and overworked moms!

Charlotte Penenberg

Charlotte Penenberg

Charlotte Butler Penenberg has been teaching Pilates since 1998 and is the owner of Streamline Pilates Studio in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Trained through PhysicalMind Institute in New York City, and a member of the PMA, Charlotte brings 18 years of experience in massage and structural bodywork to her Pilates practice. While learning the Lauren Berry Method, she apprenticed for three years and studied corrective muscle techniques. She enjoys working with people of all ages and levels; from those rehabilitating injuries or suffering from chronic pain to those who want to stay fit and strong. She recently completed her Masters Certificate in Pilates from The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. She is honored and excited to be a part of this team!

BRIAN JOHNSON

BRIAN JOHNSON

Brian is a personal fitness instructor as well as a certified massage therapist with over twenty years experience. With an eclectic movement background including the martial arts of Aikido, Shintaido and Iyengar Yoga, he also enjoys practicing lesser known movement arts such as Indian Club training, Kettlebell training, and other joint mobility exercises. Brian trains in Balanced View, and teaches people of all ages and abilities. He is particularly interested in inspiring kids to include movement in their everyday life and helping adults maintain vitality and move with greater ease as they age.

MARYBETH LAGUE

MARYBETH LAGUE

MaryBeth can't remember a time when she wasn't passionate about caring for babies and children. Along with receiving her B.A., she has acquired over twenty years of professional experience including therapeutic aide to children with special needs, house parent for teen mothers of newborns, nanny, baby-nurse, post-partum doula, and consultant to parents with newborns. MaryBeth has training in Somatic Movement Therapy, Infant Developmental Movement Education, and Infant CranioSacral Therapy, and is educated in Balanced View, a grassroots organization that provides training and 'education in the nature of mind for the benefit of all'. Her last five years have included developing personalized education systems for parents/caregivers that provide optimal support to their baby's movement and brain development.