Our Staff

Fluid Fitness boasts two master trainers and an exceptionally experienced staff, most of whom trained directly with Juliu Horvath, the creator of GYROTONIC®. Our multi-lingual staff also speaks Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, French and Italian.

For more information about our staff, please see their biographies below.

Kathleen McGovern

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Kathleen McGovern, OTR/L has been working for the past 27 years with children and adults with varied neuromuscular, developmental, and physical problems. When certain client limitations did not respond to the standard therapeutic tools at her command, she pursued courses in Myfascial Release, Acupressure, and CranioSacral Therapy. These methods have proved effective in aiding her clients' recovery of pain free movement, range of motion, and improved skeletal alignment. Along with physical improvement, clients gain a more integral knowledge of their physical and emotional beings and how the two intersect.

Jeoung-Nam Park

Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis®

Jeong-Nam earned an MA in Dance in Higher Education at NYU. She danced as a soloist and was a choreographer in various dance companies in the U.S. and Italy. She was guest dance instructor at the University of Ohio, University of Akron, and Adjunct Dance Professor in the Art Communication Department at Bergen Community College in New Jersey from 1996-1999.

In 2000, Jeong-Nam became a certified instructor in both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. She believes that therapeutic exercise and movement rehabilitation can help her clients prevent injuries and improve their health when applied with her hands-on technique. She has extensive knowledge in the Ladder, Jumping Board, Gyrotoner® and Leg Extension machines.

Jeong-Nam participated in the Body Mind Conference 2004 in Santa Clara and GYROTONIC® Level II training program in New York.

Lauren Puente

Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis®

Lauren Puente is deeply committed to the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and the inherent intelligence and strength of each body. Lauren started her journey in GYROTONIC® in 2006 with Miriam Barbosa and was immediately drawn to the sophisticated system as it transformed her on a profoundly deep level. She has since trained under master trainers Mariarosa Gugliemi, Young-ah Kim, Leda Franklin and the renowned master trainer Hilary Cartwright. She is continually inspired by her clients' unique potential and hopes to guide them towards a more integrated self, moving pain and injury free, with awareness and joy.

Lauren is a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor, an authorized Gyrotonic Pre Trainer, and certified on the Jumping-Stretching Board, and GYROTONER®. She has also completed the specialized courses, Applications for Breast Cancer survivors, and Application for Professional Dancers.

Carla Rigon

Master Teacher

Carla Rigon has been working with Gyrotonic® since 1998. She is a Master Trainer in both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. Carla had the privilege of being trained by the founder, Juliu Horvath. She also worked with Pino Carbone, creator of the Art Form equipment, and served as his assistant in summer workshops from 2001-2003. Carla’s background includes training in music, Pilates, and diverse dance techniques.

Carla received her Trainee Certificate at the Martha Graham School, and performed with the company at Spoletto Festivals, in Spoletto, Italy and Charleston, South Carolina.  She has also danced with the New York Metropolitan Opera productions of Moses und Aron, Samson et Dalila, Parsifal and Turandot.. Other performance credits include: Richard Move's Martha @ Mother, Roots of Brazil, and Martita Goshen. Carla danced in Ghost Light, a feature film about the life of Martha Graham.

Masami Saito

Gyrotonic®, Shiatsu, Lymph-Meridian Massage

Masami Saito began studying GYROTONIC® in 1997. She is from Japan, where she studied, performed, and taught ballet, jazz and theater dance. Her interest in dance and movement led her to first explore GYROTONIC® in Osaka, Japan. Masami received her GYROTONIC® certification from Juliu Horvath, the creator of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. Masami is also certified in Shiatsu, Reiki and Lymph Meridian Treatment. She is continuing her studies of advanced Reiki, Aromatherapy, Medical Aromatherapy and other complimentary techniques.

Christa Thiesing

Christa came to Gyrotonic® through dance. She majored in ballet at Indiana University’s School of Music. There, she discovered a love of costume and clothing design and moved to NY to attend FIT. Aftera successful career in fashion and starting a family, Christa rediscovered her love of dance. 

Christa found Gyrotonic® in 2011 to help her with her muscular imbalances and to work more efficiently. She is certified in the Gyrotonic®, Gyrotonic® Level 2, Gyrotonic®, Application for Dancers, Psoas Principles, and Gyrotoner® courses. Christa enjoys teaching Gyrotonic® and when she’s not doing that, you can find her working as a freelance fashion stylist and photo editor, mothering two teenage daughters, taking ballet and yoga classes several times a week, and of course, practicing Gyrotonic® herself!

Her clients range from prenatal women, new moms, teens, dancers, seniors, and others. Christa believes there is something for everyone in the Gyrotonic Expansion System®!

Candace Thompson

Power Plate®, Personal Trainer

Candace Thompson is a personal trainer with certifications in Group Fitness instruction, Pilates Mat, TRX® and Rip Trainer® as well as being a professional dancer. She uses her knowledge of all these modalities when training her clients. She uses a mixture of strength training, core stabilization, cardio drills and stretching to ensure her clients get a full workout. She is willing and able to transform clients of all ages, body types and fitness levels. She is a motivated trainer whose positive attitude will get you to achieve your fitness and weight loss goals.

Nellesa Walthour

Gyrotonic®, Power Plate®, Pilates Mat

Through GYROTONIC®, Nellesa has seen the ways the technique can continually open and change the body on many levels. Nellesa credits a GYROKINESIS®and Pilates practice with helping her maintain a well-functioning body throughout the demands of dancing with a full-time company and being on tour.

She trained on full fellowship at the Alvin Ailey School and dance credits include Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Nathan Trice Rituals, Disney’s The Lion King and the MET. In addition to teaching private clients, she uses GYROTONIC and Pilates principles to improve her dance students' understanding of technique in their bodies. She is a graduate of Harvard College with a BA in Psychobiology.

Nellesa is certified in GYROTONIC®, the Leg Extension Unit, Power Plate®, and Pilates Mat from the Kane School.








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