Our instructors receive top-notch training in our scientifically-proven method for success. All instructors attend premiere certification courses and continuing education on our unique movement formats so that they are constantly on the forefront of the fitness field. Whether you are looking to lose inches, improve performance, reduce back pain, prevent injury, or tone up, our instructors are equipped and ready to help you meet your goals!
Dr. Michael Magwood represents Pure Balance Center and specializes in Prenatal and Pediatric chiropractic care. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, Canada, before earning his Doctorate at the New York Chiropractic College in 2000. He is certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). IM=X Pilates NYC has become a diverse wellness facility,” says Dr. Magwood, whose IM=X certification has led to his offering of IM=X® Prenatal Fitness a safe and clinically rich exercise protocol for expectant mothers. “I am also certified in the Webster technique for pregnant moms and have contributed some of our case data to an international research study.” Dr. Magwood is a also a local supplier of Pathways to Family Wellness magazine. "Our young patients are responding to gentle pediatric techniques and we provide a successful approach to posture correction including young patients with scoliosis."
Dr. Gary Yen represents Manhattan Spine Rehabilitation with over 15 years of experience specializing in non-invasive treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders from sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents and repetitive strain injuries with multidisciplinary approach consist of spinal manipulation, physical medicine, acupuncture and massage therapy. Dr. Yen received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick. Thereafter he attended New York Chiropractic College where he received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in the year 2000. In addition, Dr. Yen completed his post-graduate fellowship in Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) at the Devonshire Surgical Center in Midtown Manhattan. In 2014 Dr. Yen co-founded a state of the art medical wellness facility integrating chiropractic and physical medicine and rehabilitation with IMX Pilates.
Bernadette Silva, MA, CRC, Certified IM=X Pilates instructor has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baruch College and a Master’s degree from New York University Steinhardt School of Education, with a Certificate in Rehabilitation Medicine. Servicing clients in the healthcare field for over 15 years provided me with the understanding of what they are searching for emotionally. Working in rehabilitation medicine has enabled me to understand how important it is for us to protect and strengthen our bodies. Exercising has always been part of my life. I’ve trained privately for more than 10 years in various techniques such as boxing, strengthening, yoga, Pilates, Krav Maga and I finally discovered the right workout that works best for us as we age. Being a mother of three I understand how pregnancy can change your body. I knew it was going to take a lot of work and dedication to get my body back. I found Pilates to be just what I needed and love. I truly find it to be a rewarding experience and get excited when clients tell me they are happy with their results.
As an injured ballet dancer, Renee Raiche was introduced to the famous Luigi Jazz dance technique and fell in love with its fluid movement and healing principles. She moved to New York in 1994 and promptly earned a scholarship at the prestigious Luigi Jazz Center in NYC with legendary Jazz Dance Master, Luigi while attending Fordham University. Certified in IM=X Pilates in 2001, Renee began teaching pilates for IM=X and at many major NY area health and fitness clubs including NY Sports Clubs, NY Health & Racquet Club and Plus One Corporate Fitness. In 2003, she was responsible for training the NY Sports Club staff as they adopted IM=X Pilates programming company wide for their Exclusives program. Renee continues to work as a Master Trainer for The Xercize Corp. teaching continuing education courses nationwide. Renee is also a certified yoga teacher specializing in yoga therapeutics. She created the Senior Chair yoga program at Central Harlem Senior Citizen’s Center, teaches yoga to veterans with Connected Warriors in addition to teaching corporate wellness & meditation classes. Corporate clients include: BMW, Merrill Lynch, Prudential Securities, Bear Stearns, Louis Vuitton, The Open Society Foundation and the National Urban League. Renee has run five marathons including the NYC Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC raising money for wounded service members
Lauren Humm Fakete is a former ballerina who danced with the Wilmington Ballet Company. She attended George Mason University where she graduated cum laude with two degrees in Dance and Political Theory and Law. In 2008, she moved to New York and instantly fell in love with IM=X®. In Elyse McNergney’s program, she found the perfect blend of therapeutic exercise for her dance-related injuries, as well as athletic and physically challenging routines. Lauren now serves as a Master Trainer for IM=X, working with studio owners and staff across the country.
Savannah Hawkins is a native of South Carolina, but has spent the last four years in Norman, OK earning her B.F.A in Modern Dance Performance. Savannah has over three years of training in the traditional Pilates method, but has only recently been introduced to the IMX philosophy. She is thrilled to be teaching here in the city and is excited to continue her education in and further her knowledge of IMX Pilates.
After earning her BFA in Modern Dance Performance at the University of Oklahoma, Emma Sadler, a native Texan, promptly moved up to NYC to begin her professional dance career. During her extensive dance training in college, she was introduced to traditional Pilates and studied it for four years. After moving to NYC, Emma was introduced to IM=X and its core principles and has been thrilled to teach at the Midtown location ever since. Emma is dancing professionally with RIOULT Dance NY, and loves to teach IM=X Pilates with the fluid and ergonomically correct alignment reflective in Modern Dance.
Erika Banks began working in the healing arts and physical fitness while studying Voice Performance at University of Michigan. A classically trained opera singer, Erika found through the study of yoga poses and breathing techniques that she gained more control and stamina in her singing. Today, Erika instructs throughout the tri-state area. A popular AFAA certified Instructor she teaches mainly IM=X Pilates, Shakti Naam Yoga and intenSati. Erika is proud to bring her combined fitness and performance experience to our Madison Avenue location, where she is available for private, duet and semi-private instruction.
"These moves are designed not only to tone and elongate your muscles, but also to improve your posture and help your back. So try them and start reaping the benefits"
— Fit Magazine