Group Exercise Staff

Celine Dastous - Group Exercise Manager

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Body Conditioning, Stretch & Release, TRX, Yoga, H.I.I.T
  • Education: M.A. English
  • Certification: A.C.S.M. Group Exercise Leader, Spinning, Piedmont Yoga Certification, Smart Flow Yoga
  • Training: Resist-a-Ball, Mat Pilates, Polestar Allegro, Turning Point Studios Pilates Training, Bosu, TRX, Yoga Tune-up, Therapy Ball Practitioner, ELDOA and Myofascial Stretching
  • Experience: 30 years

Kristy Appleton

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Triple Kick, HIIT Cycle, Zumba, Cardio Funk & Functional Fitness
  • Education: B.A. from the University of Michigan
  • Certification: Health Coach & Group Exercise instructor
  • Experience: 5 years

Marian Bernstein

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Aqua-Fit
  • Education: B.A. American & English Literature, Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Certification: AEA, Water Art (Special Populations and Aquatic Exercise), Health Education
  • Training: CMT Certification in Massage Therapy
  • Experience: 23 years

Stephanie Chan

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Pilates, Barre, Dance
  • Education: UCB, UCLA
  • Training: Barreworks Los Angeles, Pilates V
  • Experience: 4 years

Heidi Chew

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
  • Education: BA, Business Economics, UC Santa Barbara
  • Training: Shadow Yoga, Forrest Yoga
  • Experience: 10 years

Rod Ciocho

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
  • Certification: Mark Horner Moksha Yoga Shala
  • Training: Universal, Shadow, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga
  • Experience: 18 years

Desi Dikova

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Zumba, Step
  • Education: M.S. Civil Engineering
  • Training: Zumba Basic
  • Experience: 3 years

David Henry

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
  • Training and Certification: RYT - Chair Yoga, Yoga Alliance, Immersion and teacher training at Yoga Kula.
  • Experience: Ballet and Ballroom dancing for 30 years, Yoga 6 years

Carah Herring

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cardio Dance, Line Dancing, Cardio Cut
  • Education: B.S. Mass Communications, Bennett College for Women. Master of Journalism, UC Berkeley.
  • Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise, Schwinn Cycling, Urbankick, Zumba. IDEA Conference attendee. Zumba Convention attendee.
  • Training: 15+ years of classical ballet; modern dance, jazz dance, West African dance. Stability Ball, Mat Pilates, BOSU, Gliding Discs
  • Experience: 15+ years

Cheryl Kasovsky

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Body Conditioning, Stretch, Zumba. Bodysherd.
  • Certification: ACE, BOSU, Core, Resist-a ball, Kick boxing,
  • Stretch, Zumba, Zumba Tone
  • Experience: 34 years

Janet Kaufman

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: NIA
  • Education: B.S Psychology
  • Training: NIA Black Belt 2014
  • Experience: 10 years

Laurie Koneski

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Core and Stretch, Sculpt, Foam Rolling
  • Education: B.A. Film/Video
  • Certification: A.C.E. Group Fitness Instructor, A.C.E. Personal Trainer, Spinning, Polestar Pilates Reformer, Gravity, TRX, Nutritional Counseling
  • Training: BOSU, Stability Ball, Medicine Ball, Pilates Mat, Ballet Barre
  • Experience: 30+ years

Andrea Legault

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Aqua-Fit
  • Education: BS Business CSUEB, AA Retail Management FIDM, AFAA Group Ex Certified 2010- Current. AEA Water Certification.
  • Land Training: Bosu, Interval, Step, Zumba Gold, Piyo Live! Strong by Zumba
  • Aquatic Training: Aquabata, aqua kick, intervals, HIIT, Sport conditioning, deep water
  • Experience: Land Classes 2002, Aqua Classes 2003, 14 years

Lori Lindgren

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga Meditation, Chair Yoga, Mindfulness Workshops
  • Education: B.S. Communications and Art University of Minnesota, CPT, Bikram Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Yoga for Healthy Aging
  • Training: Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction, Optimum Healthy Institute, Youth Yoga Dharma
  • Experience: 16 years

Michael Mayer

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Tai Chi & Qigong
  • Education: PhD in Psychology
  • Certification: Master Instructor certified by American Tai Chi and Qigong Association
  • Training: Pioneered Integration of Qigong by Western Psychotherapy
  • Experience: 30+ years

Claudia Florian-McCaffrey

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
  • Education: Julliard B.A. of Fine Arts (Dance)
  • Certification: Anusara Yoga Certification, Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Reiki Master, Infant Massage, Childbirth Educator in HypnoBirthing, Mindfulness
  • Training: Extensive professional training in modern dance, Alexander Technique, Anusara Yoga, Meditation, Laban Movement, Reiki Therapeutics and Childbirth education, Mindfulness
  • Experience: 20 years

Tina Ory

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Mat Pilates
  • Education: B.S. Physical Education, Teaching Credential
  • Certification: Certificate in Pilates, by Physical Mind, U.S. Water Fitness Assoc. A.F.F.A. instructor, Yoga for Kids and New Generation Yoga
  • Training: Resist-a-Ball, Balance Body Reformer , Yoga Kids
  • Experience: 35 years

Kathleen Ostler

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Zumba, Body and Sole
  • Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Dance
  • Certification: NIA Black Belt, Zumba B1/B2, MELT Method Certified hand and foot, AFAA Certified
  • Training: 3 Mastery of Teaching intensives
  • Experience: 13 years

Noel Panganiban

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Ball, Zumba, Body Conditioning, Gentle Pilates & Stretch.
  • Education: B.S. San Francisco State University
  • Certification: AFAA Group Exercise Leader, Zumba, Lifetime Spinning, U-Jam, Urban Kick, Strong by Zumba
  • Experience: 40 years, Wellness Director for Berkeley YMCA for 12 years

Chris Petit

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: AquaFit, Gentle Fitness
  • Certification: AFAA, Aqua Fitness, Water in Motion, Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid
  • Experience: 30 years

Maureen Richards

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycle
  • Education: B.S. Nursing
  • Certification: A.C.E., Spinning
  • Experience: 25 years

Dori Sanchez

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Aqua Aerobics
  • Education: Associate in Arts Degree
  • Certification: AEA Certified, Personal Trainer, Zumba, Aqua Yoga
  • Experience: 22 years

Veera Sanjana

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga Stretch, Yoga
  • Education: M.A. Economics, M.S.W (Social Work & Community Services)
  • Certification: Munger School of Yoga Teachers Training Certification (India), Certificate of Teaching Yoga Center, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Certified Compassionate Touch Instructor
  • Training: Yoga Pravesh, Yoga Parichay in India, Dance and Movement Therapy, Herbology (Ayurvedic and Chinese), Vipaasana Meditation, Kripalu Yoga
  • Experience: 30 years

Grace Seth

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga
  • Education: B.S. in Agricultural Business
  • Certification: Advanced Studies and Teacher Training
  • Experience: 8 years

Heather Schrag

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Spin, Body Conditioning
  • Education: University of Oregon BA Journalism, Palo Alto University MA Counseling, Pending 2019
  • Certifications: AFAA, Insanity, Group Fight, Group Power, Group Groove, Schwinn Cycling
  • Experience: 7 years

Balvinder Singh (Ballu)

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga for all, Cardio Cut, Spin & Athletic Conditioning, Bollywood Dancing, Conditioning on the Ball.
  • Education: Masters in Physical Education with Yoga Specialization, Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Education with Yoga Specialization, Bachelor of Science (Electronics)
  • Certification: Performance Enhancement Specialist - NASM, Certified Spin Instructor - Maddogg, Certified Group Ex Instructor - AFAA, Certified Fitness Trainer - ISSA, Certified Group Exercise Instructor - NESTA, Certified HRV Bio-force
  • Experience: Changing lives since 1992

Jessica Sinnarajah

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling
  • Education: BA, Economics, Tufts University, MBA, UVA Darden School of Business
  • Certification: Maddog/Johnny G/Spinning Certified, Reebok Cycling Certified, Indoor Cycling Association Member.
  • Experience: 17 years

Ellen Stevens

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Step Interval, Cycling
  • Education: A.A. Business
  • Certification: ACE Group Exercise, Cycle Reebok, Spinning®, Piyo, Bodyshed, Peak 10 TRX, Insanity, Group Power
  • Training: Resist-A-Ball, Reebok Core Board, Gliding®, Kickboxing, Absolute Barre, Barre Above, Bogafit
  • Experience: 33 years

Sue Thomas

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Step, Cycling, Muscle Conditioning, Interval Training, Circuit Training, Boot Camp, TRX, Tabata, Step with Muscle
  • Certification: A.C.E Group Exercise, A.C.E. Personal Trainer, Spinning
  • Training: Bosu, Gliding, AI Stretch, Stability Ball, TRX
  • Experience: 35 years

Melinda Teutschel

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Pilates, Mat, Barrefit, Roll Stretch and Release
  • Education: B.A. Dance
  • Certification: Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA), Alive and Well Institute of Conscious Bodywork Certified Massage Therapist, Franklin Method Educator Level 1,Certified Pilates Instructor, Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Personal Trainer (NASM), Holistic Life Coach (Chek Level I), Certified Moving for Life Teacher.
  • Training: Yoga works, yoga teacher training
  • Experience: 19 years.

Shelly Valerio

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Cycling, Step, Body Conditioning, TRX
  • Certification: A.C.E. Group Exercise Instructor, A.C.E. Personal Trainer, Cycle Reebok, Spinning Certification
  • Training: Kickboxing, BOSU, AI Stretch, Stability Ball, Spinning, TRX
  • Experience: Over 40 years

Chris "Coach" Walsh

  • Classes taught at Oakwood: Yoga Vinyasa Flow (Level 2)
  • Education: M.S. Anatomy and Physiology, B.S. Physical Education, Started Yoga Program at Campolindo High School 2013
  • Certification: YogaWorks 200 and 300 hour Teacher Training Graduate, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500), Yog Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Teen Yoga Training Integral Yoga Institute (SF)
  • Experience: 28 years teaching high school

Robin Weiss

  • Classes taught at Oakwood:Body Conditioning, Stretch & Ball
  • Education: B.A. & M.A. Psychology
  • Certifications: AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Personal Trainer, 3rd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
  • Training: Stability Ball, Reebok Core, Mat Pilates, Fitness Yoga, BOSU, Gliding, Schwinn Cycling, Kickboxing, TRX
  • Experience: 30 years
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