About the Staff
Suzy Dougherty, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
Suzy graduated from Penn State University in 1999 and went on to receive her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Arcadia University in 2007. Since graduation she has focused on treating a variety of diagnoses, most recently working closely with a local group of orthopedic surgeons to rehabilitate patients after surgery. She also ran a post-rehab fitness program for clients with an assortment of diagnoses, ranging from traumatic brain injury to Parkinson’s Disease. While her focus has been on the adult population, Suzy also has experience working in early intervention by treating children with developmental delays. She has begun her training in Pilates through the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, and enjoys helping patients maximize their time in order to get the best possible results. Suzy spends most of her free time with her baby daughter, step-son, husband and dachshund.
Krista Kulchinsky, PT – Physical Therapist
Krista graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2000 with a Master’s in Physical Therapy. She has since practiced in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers and outpatient clinics. Over the past 10 years she has focused her continuing education in Cranio Sacral therapy, studying at the Upledger Institute in Florida and the International Professional School of Bodywork in southern California. Krista enjoys spending one-on-one time with clients using manual therapy to help them improve their alignment and mobility to reach their highest potential. Her passion is working with people who have chronic pain and lingering issues that have not improved with other treatment modalities. Krista’s other passion is traveling and being outdoors as much as possible. She lives in Ardmore with her husband, daughter and miniature dachshund.
Rebecca Melnizcuk, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
Becky graduated from Temple University in 2006 with a clinical doctorate in physical therapy after her career as a laboratory scientist. She has worked in a variety of settings since graduation, including both outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation. Over the past few years she has focused on building a career in an outpatient setting and recently has had much success in using Pilates as a rehabilitation tool. She completed her Pilates mat certification in June 2011 and is working toward the completion of the Body Arts and Science International comprehensive teacher training program. In her free time Becky enjoys spending time with her husband and young son.
Bonnie Chong - Pilates Instructor
Bonnie received her pilates mat certification in 2009 from Body Precision in Rosemont, PA, one of the most highly regarded pilates training programs on the East Coast, and she has been teaching group and private mat sessions ever since. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the George Washington University Law School, Bonnie practices law by day and pilates by night and weekends. She discovered pilates in 2005 when searching for an exercise routine that would relieve both mental and physical stress. Bonnie’s personal experience with how pilates has changed her life (and posture!) lends to a passion to share her practice with each of her students and to help them achieve a similar experience.
Carla Oliva – Pilates Instructor
Carla was introduced to Pilates in 2004, while working as a Physical Educator in Brazil. She received her Pilates certification through Body Arts and Science. Having a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education an her continuing education throughout the years, enables her to go well beyond her BASI Pilates® certification, giving her clients a unique, wide-ranging approach to fitness. Her extensive experience in Dance significantly contributes to her knowledge in body awareness. Carla has worked for two major wellness and fitness companies in São Paulo, Brazil. Carla hopes to educate her clients on how Pilates can assist them in their fitness goals and lead them to improved body awareness.
Katie Jasmin – Pilates Instructor
Katie Jasmin is a native of Rhode Island. She began studying Pilates during her undergraduate experience at Rhode Island College, where she received a BA in both dance performance and music. In 2007, she began training at the Jen McWalters Pilates Studio in Pawtucket, RI and received a comprehensive Pilates certification in 2008. In 2009, she became a PMA certified instructor. Katie, now a graduate student in Temple University’s Masters of Dance Education program, has also been studying at The Center for Body-Mind Movement to become a Somatic Movement Educator. She enjoys incorporating elements from her training in dance & somatics, as well as yoga, to enhance her clients’ experiences. She believes that Pilates is a versatile system that can accommodate any body of most circumstances and looks forward to working with a variety of individuals who want to move!