Vilija Conley

Vilija Conley

Like you, I’m someone always looking to improve my quality of life while dealing with the demands of a busy daily schedule. I like to thrive rather than struggle; so I look for ways to find more time for self, family and friends, to manage stress better, eat well, exercise and get enough rest. I love helping very busy women and men just like you to find more time for themselves, to experience the benefits of Pilates, to build healthy bodies, eat real food and feel amazing.

My first job involved physically demanding work and I needed a good fitness program to keep strong and healthy. My first “fitness routine” started 20 years ago while working on cruise ships and my desire for a fit and healthy body grew stronger. My fitness program grew from running to weight training, to spinning, to yoga, and then pilates. I enjoyed seeing the changes to my body and practicing pilates so much that gradually it became my career.

When I started my first Pilates training over 10 years ago, I fell in love with the system and decided to take my training to the next level by becoming a certified Classical Pilates instructor. Initially I thought what did I get myself into! ­ because Pilates was more demanding than ever I expected. Pilates not only challenged my body, but also my mind ­ it was something very hard to get. By practicing and teaching pilates I became passionate in sharing this system of body and mind discipline. My career involved working in various gyms, health clubs and spas in the Miami area. I opened my studio OptimalFit Pilates, six years ago as a result of my passion for Pilates. “Now, my clients make my day! I really do love what I do!”

About two years ago, I decided to compliment my Pilates training offerings with a Health Coaching program. I am a firm believer that the Integrative Nutrition program that we provide fulfills the needs for today’s fast paced world. We have so much information on the internet, yet it can all be be so confusing and time consuming. In addition, four years ago I gave birth to her daughter Satya, who was born at Miami Maternity Center, without the need for medications, in a completely natural way! With Satya’s birth I endeavored to learn how to raise a child with the proper nutrition. As a mother and a busy woman, I understand women and their daily challenges so well. My mission is to help families to become healthier and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

One of my most important goals in life is to help people realize the connection between fitness and health, and to help them build a wellness foundation where the essentials are always present. When my clients experience this connection themselves, we become a strong team for personal change and for change in the world. A world where individuals are consistently striving for Optimal Health and Fitness!

Sarah Michelle Lovern

Sarah Michelle Lovern

My physical journey began at a young age as a professional dancer which led to branching out into many other physical activities along the way, two of them being Pilates and Yoga. I started as a practicing client at OptimalFit Pilates soon after suffering an ankle injury during my season with the Miami Heat Dance Team.

Soon I became a loyal believer in the Pilates method and how much it could benefit one’s mind and body in the process. Wanting to share the benefits of a Pilates and Yoga practice with others, I pursued the YogaFit certification followed by the Classical Pilates Education certification program. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of practice with her fellow teachers and students.

Tanya Failla Clark

Tanya Failla Clark

Tanya Failla Clark attended Florida State University and studied Humanities and Theater. Tanya discovered Pilates at the FSU gym as a freshman and hasn’t looked back. With jazz, tap, ballet and belly dance training, along with singing, acting and theater, Pilates offers Tanya a mind/body outlet. As a Teacher Trainer, Tanya relishes in being a part of the soon-to-be teacher’s journey and learning process. She enjoys not only working with advanced clientele, but also working with specific clientele that suffer from injuries or limitations. Tanya is certified by Pilates Method Alliance, Classical Pilates Fort Lauderdale, Classical Pilates Education, Power Pilates, Power Plate, and is working on her Yoga Certification through Flowyo Yoga. Her hobbies include nutrition and health, cooking, movies, dance, the performing arts, and spending quality time with friends and family. Tanya is also a Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Tanya and her husband, Tyson, live in Sunrise, FL with their toddler son Logan! She looks forward to being a closer part of the Optimal Fit family!

CRISTINA BARCELO

Cristina Barcelo

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and in my early twenties I decided to move to Miami, FL to finish my studies in psychology. I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction Facilitator. For over five years I have been devoted in helping children, adolescents, and adults through their healing journey by combining therapeutic sessions and the practice of mindfulness techniques such as guided meditations, sound bowls, Reiki, and some other holistic practices.

Since 2012, I have worked with clients individually and in-group settings to treat symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety among others. By 2013, I began to facilitate Transformational Breath works and Sound-bowls sessions to enhance the client’s healing experience. I began my journey in becoming a Reiki practitioner in 2015 and quickly started to integrate this amazing practice in my client’s healing journey and in my own daily life. This allowed my clients and myself to release energetic blockages and heal in a deeper level. Since I became a Reiki Master I have offered the three levels of Reiki class and have facilitated Reiki Healing Circles.

My purpose is to help my clients heal from their unwanted energies so they can walk a lighter path.

Carlos Diaz

Carlos Diaz

Carlos Diaz graduated in Havana, Cuba in 1994 from the Physical Education masters program in sports and fitness and became specialized in sports injuries. He inherited a passion to help others and is been currently working as a Pilates instructor and as a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida since 1998 treating people in acute or chronic pain; therefore, he owns a full understanding of the relationship between movement, biomechanics, ergonomic assessment and Human Factors and health. After many years of experience working with clinicians and experts in pain management with athletes, corporate employees alike, he had learned, teach workshops and developed skills in ergonomics, manual therapies, rehabilitated people with Pilates exercises and strength to provide functional and measurable results with clients. Understanding that musculoskeletal disorders often stem from a lack of physical and/or mental health, using preventive and supportive approaches that are scientifically-based which will decrease injuries and pain.

Angela Saturno

Angela Saturno

My journey started here at the Optimal Fitness Pilates Studio as a student; few years later I felt motivated by the professionalism and dedication of the entire team to pursue my certification in Classical Pilates Education. My passion for Pilates made radical changes in my posture and it taught me that practicing with constancy and temperament reforms the body, but most important, it gives us the structure to build a physical strength from a mind a body perspective. I really enjoy empowering my students to improve their practice by emphasizing the importance of having a strong core and also experience their body transformation. I am also certified in Barre and Aerial Yoga.

Come to our studio and experience a lifestyle that you will love.