WELLNESS PRACTITIONERS

 

Kylee Ryan – Wellness Coordinator

Kylee is the Activities and Wellness Coordinator at Equinox Village. She attended Castleton State College and majored in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Upon graduation in 1997, she worked at the Glens Falls Hospital’s Wellness Center in Glens Falls, NY as an Exercise Physiologist. She worked with all ages, particularly the elderly as well as cardiac rehab patients to help manage diseases and improve overall health. At the same time, Kylee taught kickboxing and core strengthening classes at New York Martial Arts Academy in Greenwich, NY.

Kylee relocated to Chittenden County in Vermont and went to work for Champlain Valley Area Health Education Center (AHEC) as the Program Coordinator for health care career education. There, Kylee created day-long and week-long programs for high school students to learn hands-on about the various health care careers and to help them find a career that would best suit them. She also created hands-on presentations and presented to hundreds of students in the classroom.  Five years later, Kylee and her husband moved closer to their families to start their own family. With that move, in 2010 she began to work for Equinox Village. Now as a mom of two, she enjoys her job as the Activities and Wellness Coordinator. Kylee creates activities and events for the residents as well as helping residents through their changes in health; helping them to maintain their independence for as long as possible. In her spare time, Kylee loves to walk, run, exercise in general, spending time with her family, camping and being outside.

Dineen Bills – Stylist

Out of high school Dineen attended college for Marketing and Finance Management but after 3 semesters, always knowing deep down that she wanted to attend cosmetology school; she changed her path. She attended Whitman’s Academy of Hair Design for cosmetology training and was grateful to have had the excellent teachers and the level of education she received before diving into the real world. Dineen wanted to expand her color theory knowledge and went on to attend the New York Colorist Theory School to become a licensed colorist. Dineen ended up winning a color and cut competition in NYC.

Dineen received cosmetology experience at three uniquely different salons before she decided to become a salon business owner. She was the sole proprietor of Innovate Images, located in Bennington, VT, for 10 years. Wanting to relieve some of the stress of being a sole business owner, Dineen decided to go into a joint venture. Dineen is the co-owner of the Village Salon, also located in Bennington, VT. She is happy to be part of the 12 year business partnership.

Dineen currently splits her time between Equinox Village and the Village Salon. While Dineen works primarily on residents at Equinox Village, she welcomes appointments from the outside community.

Dineen lives in Wardsboro, VT with her husband and three children. She enjoys working with people and making them feel great about their appearance by doing their hair, color and nails.

For a consultation or appointment, please contact Dineen at (802) 688-6386 or neen.bills@yahoo.com

Meghann Cancio-Bello – Chair Yoga

Meghann is native Vermonter and currently lives in Pawlet, Vermont with her husband and two children. She began her Yoga practice in 2000 and decided to become a certified instructor in 2011. Over the years she has taught a variety of Yoga styles, and to a variety of ages. She considers teaching chair Yoga to seniors, a real honor, and it has become her main focus in the area of yoga. Apart from being a Yoga teacher, Meghann loves to garden, swim, and make art.

Alex Hansen – Master Personal Trainer

Alex has spent the past 10 years passionately involved in fitness, nutrition and bodybuilding. Most recently, his major focus has been on posture, stability and balance.

Alex’s passion stems from participating in sports during high school while trying to maximize his playing on the football field. His hard work paid off and Alex became a New York All-State Running Back during his senior year. When his football season ended, his love of fitness and health continued to grow.

Alex became interested in bodybuilding and began to work toward a new goal. He placed top 5 in multiple shows which helped him to become highly educated in body transformation. Along with his bodybuilding, he grew his philosophy of optimization. This growth meant bringing in new techniques with an open mind, so that he could constantly improve the fitness plans for him and his clients. Alex’s vast knowledge of training methods, continued studies and firsthand experience helps him to provide the best custom fitness and nutrition program for the client, no matter where their starting point may be.

Alex is an ASFA (American Sports and Fitness Association) Master Personal Trainer with an Associate degree in Physical Education. He is also CPR and AED certified.

Lee Ferguson – Massage Therapist

Lee has been a licensed massage therapist for 38 years, in her own practice. She graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education from Connecticut State University. Lee went on to work as a recreational therapist for 5 1/2 years at Silver Hill Foundation in New Cannan, CT.

In 1978 Lee graduated from the Bancroft School of Massage, which led her to wrok for Chiropratic Care Center and Stratton Mountain for 30 years. Lee has also been working out of Equinox Village for 6 years and is affiliated with the Taconic Spine Institute and many physical therapists throughout Manchester, VT.

Rich Marantz RN- Tai Chi, Qigong & External-Qi Healer

Rich is the director and instructor of Green Mountain Tai Chi in Manchester. Rich has taken his passion for Taoist philosophy and Chinese Internal Martial Arts and created classes, programs and workshops that promote last health and improvement. His love of sharing the benefits of Tai chi and Qigong results in a down-to-earth, step-by-step and easy to understand style of teaching.

Rich has been professionally teaching students since 1996. His teaching experiences includes: speaking and training students in corporate wellness programs, academia, senior centers, substance abuse and mental health institutions, spiritual retreats, medical clinics, self-defense classes to young adults, and offers ongoing beginner and advanced classes.

Rich says “My mission in teaching Tai Chi is to see participants get inspiration, energy and learn practical ways to regain control of their health concerns and as a result, experience greater ease and joy in life”

For more information on Rich, please visit his website www.greenmountaintaichi.com

Lisa May – “A Lifestyle Approach to Health & Fitness”

Lisa May is certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a Fitness Practitioner, Personal Fitness and Aerobics Instructor. She works with individuals and groups of all ages to assist them in gaining strength, losing weight, improving balance, improving flexibility, etc.

Lisa has been practicing her fitness training here in Manchester and the surrounding areas for over 25 years. Prior to coming to Vermont, Lisa trained at New York Health and Racquet Club in NYC.

“Small, healthy changes in your lifestyle go a long way toward improving overall health and fitness.”

Some of Lisa’s specialty certifications include: Senior Exercise, Corporate Fitness, Pre-Natal Exercise, Obesity and Exercise, Nutrition, Youth Fitness, Stress Management, Eating Disorders, Yoga, Pilates, Osteoball, Aquatic Exercise, etc.

Lisa is continually taking new classes and staying on top of new research in the health and fitness field. she is currently taking a course called “Pre-hab vs. Rehab” which addresses creating a stronger overall structure in the body as well as moving correctly in order to prevent injury and correct imbalance in the body. She is also taking a course called ‘Mental Toughness” through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. This course addresses the motivational factors for both individuals looking to improve their fitness as well as athletes looking to improve their sport.

Lisa can be found training at Equinox Village, Equinox Terrace, Heart of the Village Yoga, The Gym, The Vermont Country Store and throughout personal residences in Manchester. Lisa can be reached at (802) 325-6168 or lisamayfitness@gmail.com

Cindy Kirby Reilly, L.A.c, Dip1.A.c, M.Ed

Cindy was first introduced to Chinese Medicine in 1988 while studying in China at Nanjing University. She observed firsthand acupuncture and herbal medicine being used successfully in conjunction with Western medicine, and later came across James Reston’s account of his treatment of appendicitis while with Nixon on his famous China visit. This struck a personal chord and further inspired her interest.

After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, she worked at The Asia Society, Southern California Center and then at Harvard Project Zero, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earning a Master’s in Education from Lesley University, Cindy taught the fourth grade north of Boston and later earned her certification as a Kripalu yoga instructor, teaching classes for both children and adults. She graduated from The New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, MA in 2007. Cindy focused her study on Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine.

To learn more about Cindy, please visit her website at www.mountainpeony.com

Christine Uchida, PTA MCMT

Christine is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, she holds a Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy and is a certified Personal Trainer. Christine teaches the weekly GetBalance class  and individual fitness sessions at Equinox Village and privately in the area. She works as a Physical Therapist at Prospect Rehabilitation in Manchester and teaches the GetMovingFitness classes in South Londonderry.

Formerly a professional dancer, Christine was a member of the Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance Companies and has taught master classes and dance workshops internationally. Currently a black belt in the Kroro Ken style of martial arts, Christine applies her knowledge from the dance, martial arts and allied health worlds to achieve maximum results for her clients.

You can reach Christine at (802) 353-8269 or chrisuchida1@gmail.com

Tracy Purdy-Martin, Fitness Instructor

Tracy is a Vermont native and has been working in Senior Fitness since 1989 as an American Council on Exercise Certified Fitness Professional.  Tracy has worked with physical therapists as well as occupational and speech therapists offering a variety of exercises to improve balance, strength, and mobility. She likes to incorporate some easy brain exercises during class to keep the brain fit as well. Tracy’s goal is to keep us young all while having a good time.

For more information contact Tracy by calling (802) 379-8339 or tpurdymartin@gmail.com