Chrissy is the owner and educational director of the PHI Pilates Studio of Pittsburgh. She comes to the studio with 25 years of experience as a Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer, 28 years as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, 19 years as the founder and president of PHI Pilates an organization that trains Pilates instructors in the United States, Asia, South America and Europe, and 15 years of experience as a college professor in the areas of Physical Therapy and wellness.
A licensed direct access Physical Therapist, Chrissy holds a double BS in Exercise Science and Natural Science, a MS in Physical Therapy and a doctorate in education. She is a Full Professor in the department of Exercise Science at California University of PA and a part time instructor in the department of Physical Therapy at Slippery Rock University. She holds certifications in Pilates from PMA, TRX, the Graston Technique, and is a certified athletic trainer.
A renowned professional in the field of Pilates, she has developed Pilates programs for large fitness companies such as Town Sports International and Club Corp and was the first Pilates training organization to streamline the education by bringing it into the facility environment in scientific learning modules that are safe for group exercise of the general population. She has used her skills in Physical Therapy to embrace the principles of Pilates while maintaining a safe environment where individuals can progress with less risk of injury, no matter what their fitness level or disability.
Chrissy has created 14 Pilates DVDs, 5 Pilates books and a full curriculum of education for Pilates that has been taught internationally to both fitness and rehabilitation professionals for the past 11 years. Her clients range from NFL and other professional athletes to young ballerinas to seniors.
All instructors at the Phi Pilates Studio of Pittsburgh are trained through the Phi Pilates curriculum as well as other Pilates educators. This curriculum is based on the scientific foundation of Physical Therapy while still being true to the Pilates six principles.