After taking her first class over 14 years ago, Gretchen instantly became hooked on the body, mind, and spirit connection of the Pilates Method. In 2008, she obtained her first certification in Mat Pilates under Teri Steele through Dance New Amsterdam in NYC. Gretchen went on to continue her education and received her Comprehensive Certification on all Pilates Apparatus through Polestar Pilates in Miami. Loving the environment at Polestar, Gretchen was thrilled to have the opportunity to come back as an Instructor and has since also become a Mentor to students going through the Comprehensive Series. Gretchen has taken Advanced Teacher Training courses in Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Women's Health (including pre/post natal), Pilates for the Dancer, Pilates for Rotational Sports, Pilates for Knee and Hip Replacements, Pilates for MS. Gretchen has also completed level I, level II, and level III training for CoreAlign. She is both certified by and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. Gretchen enjoys working with her clients to assess their abilities and help them achieve their goals, and expectations. She finds great reward and pleasure to be able to guide them through their Pilates practice and to help them get in touch with their bodies and minds through the teachings of Joseph Pilates. Having a Bachelor’s degree and background in Fine Art, Gretchen always is looking for creative ways to facilitate movement and to design fun and interesting classes.