What inspired you to become a Pilates instructor?
Angee: I believe it has always been a calling for me to help people feel better in their bodies. The only question was how could I best serve? At 18 years old, I suffered a laceration of my right hand due to a fall. I had emergency surgery to repair the severed tendons, artery and nerves. After many difficult weeks, I was aligned with caring physical therapist. He talked to me about how physical therapy could be a great career choice for me. I was already a biology major in my first year of college, so looking into physical therapy fit into my plans nicely, and I never looked back. I still feel that the decision to become a PT was the best decision I have ever made. After getting my first job, the owner of the clinic I worked at, sent me through the rigorous BASI Pilates certification. It took me 1.5 years to complete and greatly influenced my approach to managing pain and building custom exercise programs. Over the years, I became more educated on alternative medicine and yoga and eventually evolved into a holistic PT.
What do you like the most about teaching at YTC? And what brought you to Birmingham?
Angee: I love the atmosphere and the healing, relaxed vibe of YTC. It felt like a great fit for me from the first time I walked in the door. I was wondering where I would start working again when my daughter started school, so when Kaye invited me to be a part of the team, I was elated! It felt serendipitous.
I was born and raised in Orange County, California and after having our daughter, my husband and I wanted to leave the area for many reasons, mainly because of overcrowding and the high cost of living. So we started on our mission to figure out where we were going to settle. My husband's work first took us to Costa Rica and then my work took us to Idaho. After those experiences, I felt I wanted to go somewhere I had not been to before and where it was warm. I also wanted to spend my daughter's last year with her before she started school. So, my husband got a good job in Birmingham, and here we are!
What are your hobbies?
Angee: I enjoy spending most of my free time in nature. I have recently started to use Mother Nature as exercise equipment and have realized that being and moving in nature is the best way for me to manage stress. I have loved exploring our new home state of Alabama with my daughter, our 2 dogs, and my husband, when he is not working. I delight in gardening, making mosaics, and studying alternative medicine as well.
How do you keep up your own personal practice? What other fitness/exercises do you enjoy?
Angee: I practice a daily home program where I go with what my instincts tell me each day. Sometimes I need more stillness and sometimes I desire more movement. I choose to connect to others and learn from teachers by taking 1-2 classes a week. I have been fortunate enough to hike or walk in nature at least 2x/week and I am hoping to be able to find the time to continue my routine now that I am back at work. Also, I have been rollerblading since I was a child and I always have a blast when I get my skates on!
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Angee: I have a super loud and powerful sneeze ☺️
Angee has been certified in Pilates since 2007 and has done numerous continuing education classes, including how to manage difficult shoulders in women. We are so grateful to have such a talented and caring instructor working with clients on the Pilates Reformer machine, here at YTC. You can access MindBody below to schedule a session with Angee: