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Tonya Marie Amos, Owner

 

Tonya Marie Amos, owner of Aspire Pilates Center, was raised in San Francisco and received a B.A. in cultural anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. She began her movement career as a competitive gymnast under Russian coaches, and then danced professionally for fifteen years in New York City. She has appeared with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Donald Byrd, was a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Footprints Ensemble, and Amy Pivar Dances, performed in the International Tour of “West Side Story”, the National Tour of “Sesame St. Live”, and Sacramento Music Circus’ “The King and I”. She was introduced to Pilates over thirty five years ago as a young dancer, not realizing that her “Floor Barre” classes and post-injury rehabilitation were actually Pilates classes. Like thousands of other dancers initially introduced to Pilates after an injury or surgery, Tonya discovered that with Pilates training, she returned to rehearsals stronger than before her injury.

 

Tonya received her Pilates training with Nora St. John and Naomi Leiserson at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek, CA. She is a Balanced Body Faculty Trainer (Certified to train Pilates Teachers), is PMA Certified, and Comprehensively Trained to teach mat, apparatus, and post-rehabilitation Pilates.  She has over a thousand hours of training, including her Teacher Training and Advanced Certifications in subjects such as Movement Medicine, Pilates for Back and Joint Pain, Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Pre/Post Natal, Pilates For Golf, and Foot Care.  She attends conferences several times a year to further advance her studies with special populations.  She has been honored to learn from many of the world's Master Pilates Teachers including:  Brent Anderson PhD, Sherri Betz PT, Marie-Jose Blom, Mary Bowen, Karen Clippinger, Kathy Corey, Ron Fletcher, Eric Franklin, Alan Herdman, Rael Isacowitz, Elizabeth Larkam, Michele Larsson, Bob Liekins, Julian Littleford, Suzanne Martin DPT, Tom McCook, Tom Myers, Christine Romani-Ruby MPT & Lolita San Miguel.

 

Aspire was named PH Community Focus' Reader's Choice "Pilates Studio of the Year" in 2015 and “Small Business of the Year” of Concord in 2013. Tonya was named  Concord's “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2010 and "100 Influential Women of Pleasant Hill" in 2009. She is the author of a monthly health and wellness column for the Pleasant Hill Community Focus Newspaper, is putting the finishing touches on a Fall Prevention for Seniors dvd, and is the Artistic Director of Grown Women Dance Collective, where she is proud to be building cross cultural bridges through dance.   

 

Tonya has a genuine love of helping to empower people to understand how their bodies work, and gives special attention to safety and individual accomplishment. Her clients include a broad range of fitness levels and she truly enjoys the diversity of people’s experiences.

 

 

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Donald Martin, Jr., Owner

 

Donald Martin, co-owner of Aspire, has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in large, medium, and small corporate environments. At Aspire, he is responsible for all back- office operations including technology, marketing, and finance.

 

Donald discovered Pilates when he was volunteered as Tonya's guinea pig as she went through two years of intensive Pilates training. He soon discovered that the techniques he was learning not only helped reduce his back pain, but markedly improved his performance in his part-time passions of hiking and biking.

 

 

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KATELYN GALVIN

 

Katelyn was first introduced to Pilates as a child by her grandmother and mother who had been practicing Pilates for years. She took her first Pilates class with her mother in high school and fell in love with it. Pilates has helped increase her strength, flexibility, and body awareness which improved her competitive horseback riding. In college, she got the chance to pursue her dream to study Pilates and shortly after completed her comprehensive certification from Body Arts Science International (BASI). While living in Southern California, she got experience learning from and teaching at ATP Specific Training (the creator of BootyBarre) Tracy Mallet's studio and BASI Master Trainer Jeanne King. Katelyn received a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from UC Davis and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. Although Katelyn is proud of her Texas heritage, she enjoys spending free time riding her horse and hiking through the Bay Area mountains. She passionately believes in the mind-body connection and strives to help clients heal and strengthen their bodies, minds, and souls.

 

 

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Irene Nelson 

 

Irene Nelson was trained by Turning Point Studios and Aspire Pilates Center, and is comprehensively certified by Balanced Body.  She studied dance for 20 years, including ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop. She discovered the healthy power of Pilates while dealing with a chronic foot injury as a young dancer. Irene is excited to help others learn to use Pilates for wellness, fitness, and restorative purposes. She founded the UC Santa Cruz poetry slam, where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts. She has extensive experience working with children and enjoys teaching movement-based reading classes. Irene is the co-founder of NaturalCandyStore.com, where she loves helping thousands of customers find treats that meet special dietary requirements.

 

 

 

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Jessica Raum

 

 

Jessica Raum received a B.S. from the University of Washington in Biology, where she competed on the long distance track team. A member of Actors Equity, Jessica has been seen in several regional and internet commercials, promotional videos, and heard in radio ads and other voice over projects. She was awarded a Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Award in 2006 for her performance as Annie Oakley in "Annie Get Your Gun and has produced two soul stirring vocal CDs. She received her comprehensive Pilates certification from Turning Point Studios and brings a wonderful enthusiasm to her work. She successfully integrates Pilates techniques into vocal and theatrical instruction, helping singers and actors manifest a depth and richness to their work that propels them to new heights.  Jessica is currently following her performing arts dreams in NY, and guest teaches when she is in town.

 

 

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Michelle Reese

 

Michelle is Aspire's office guru and takes pride in helping things run smoothly. She has over 30 years of office management experience and loves client interaction.  "I’ve met some wonderful folks, and it is a pure joy to help each and every one of them."  


Michelle is a self-proclaimed homebody at heart and loves to cook, bake, and make homemade candy.  She loves nothing better than having folks over her house, and sending them home with lots of goodies from her kitchen.  She loves animals and her house is a sanctuary for those that she rescues. She loves supporting other people with their goals, reading mystery novels, running, paper crafts, stamp and cookbook collecting, and color pencil art.