Pilates Instructors@Synergy Health and Wellness
Master Pilates and Yoga Instructor
I remember the exact moment I realized that I would enjoy teaching fitness for the rest of my life: At 20 and a sophomore in college I was working in a health spa as a fitness instructor with limited training or fitness knowledge but a strong desire to provide the club members with the best customer service I was capable of. My sister and I opened Stayin’ Alive Fitness Centers in 1980 in Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Working in a small family business required that I wear many hats but truly my favorite hat to wear was that of Fitness Instructor. In the 32 years of operating our two locations I became certified in a wide variety of Group Fitness formats, plus Personal Training.
In 1999 I discovered The Pilates Method of Exercise and dedicated the next five years learning the method thoroughly. I gained distinction with attainment of Pilates certification through All-American Pilates and served as one of their lead instructors for several years. I have always derived a tremendous amount of satisfaction in teaching others. Our two clubs carved out space in both locations for Pilates Apparatus Studios and I divided my time between the two, training private clients and directing the group fitness programs in addition to instructing group fitness.
I have a great deal of energy for my work because I love it so much–it never feels like work–it feels more like an opportunity to give of myself in the pursuit of helping our clients to reach their best fitness and health potentials. Since January 2012 I have had the privilege of working with Robert and Risa Voorhees in their beautiful Pilates Apparatus Studio training their clients in The Pilates Method of Exercise. In 2014, I complemented by Pilates instructor training by completing a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and have applied that deeper fundamental knowledge of how to best harmonize the mind, body, and spirit for our clients. My greatest reward is when a client shares with me how much their quality of life has improved since becoming a patron of Synergy Health & Wellness.
Dr. Robert Voorhees, PT, DPT
Polestar Pilates Trained Practitioner
People often ask me if I think they can “do Pilates”. Over my 20+ years as a physical therapist, in most situations I can answer that question with a resounding “YES”. Pilates can be intensified in a variety of ways to enhance the core strength and flexibility of dancers, professional athletes, gymnasts, and club tennis players. Utilizing Pilates apparatus, we can also reduce the intensity, provide leverage and assistance, and help clients perform painfree movements they would not have been able to accomplish with other exercise forms. I have used my medical knowledge in combination with my training at Polestar Pilates in Miami, FL to help clients discover that despite the presence of Parkinson’s disease, disc herniations, frozen shoulder, osteoporosis, scoliosis, osteoarthritis, stroke, joint replacements, and many other conditions, they can not only participate in Pilates, but can accomplish more than they imagine. Most importantly, we accomplish your goals fun and safely!
Dr. Lydia Picard, PT, DPT
Polestar Pilates Trained Practitioner
Dr. Lydia Picard earned her doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Central Florida in 2014. While at the University of Central Florida she pursued coursework in neurology and manual therapy while also working at the UCF Wellness center as a trainer for physically disabled college students. She recently completed her training in the Polestar Pilates method for rehabilitation. Her recent work experience includes working in a sub-acute inpatient facility with an emphasis on post-hospital rehabilitation for patients following joint replacement, stroke, and other medically complex conditions.
Risa Voorhees, LCSW
A native of Syracuse, NY, Ms. Saltzgiver graduated from Ithaca College with a BS in physical education. In addition to raising her children, she taught high school physical education, coached swim teams, taught fitness for seniors and coached gymnastics. She became a certified Pilates instructor for mat and equipment in 2005 and has utilized this training in a number of Palm Beach County studios. She states that Pilates has become a way of life for me and I enjoy helping others learn the benefits of Pilates.