Ann Casey ~ CrossFit Level One Trainer, Monkey Bar Gym Certified Natural Trainer,Rehabilitation Movement Therapist, Structural Integration Rolfer
Ann has been a student of the human body for more than 20 years. She has been in private practice in Salida since 1994 as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Rehabilitation Movement Therapist, Arthro-Kinetics, Structural Integration / Rolfer and a Certified Nutritionist. Her athletic background, College of Charleston Women Soccer, Whitewater raft guide, ACA Kayak instructor instigated her desire to understand more about how we move. Over the years, she has seen many clients with pain complaints stemming from athletic injury, lack of healthy functional movement and routine weight training with isolation machines found in many “traditional” gyms. This inspired her to open a functional fitness training gym in Salida, CrossFit Salida, as a part of INTEGRATE mind•body•fitness. Functional Training is by no means “new”, it is just a more balanced way of strengthening and toning the body without many of the painful side effects that often accompany the routine use of isolation machines or weights. Simply participating or training in only one sport, be it skiing, swimming, cycling etc. can lead to imbalances in the body. Cross training with constantly varied, high intensity, whole body functional movements is the foundation for CrossFit Salida’s fitness program. This foundation and the positive effects on everyone whether you are a serious athlete, weekend warrior or simply want to live with less pain, is what inspired Ann to bring CrossFit and Monkey Bar Gym fitness to Salida. Improving inner awareness is where it all starts and Ann inspires her clients to begin and/or maintain that journey!
Kim Shaffer~Boot Camp and Personal Trainer
Kim Shaffer has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor since 1979. Kim has owned two health clubs, three personal training studios, a natural foods café, and numerous other businesses. She also traveled for four years training and certifying group fitness instructors and produced two fitness videos. Her life time experience in the fitness industry has taught her that wellness is very basic and that diet, exercise, attitude, family and friends, are the keys to living life to its fullest. As an older adult, Kim understands the needs of an aging population. Kim believes that many people are no longer concerned about how fast they can do something but instead just want to enjoy the activities they love and to live pain free. This drive to help people become more active and fit is Kim’s passion. Kim is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer, the American Council on Exercise as a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Medical Exercise Specialist, the American Association of Health and Fitness Professionals as a Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist, as well as numerous other agencies such as the Arthritis Foundation and the US Weightlifting Federation. Formal schooling involved earning a Bachelors’ degree in Sports Medicine and passing the National board exams to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Kim also earned a Masters’ degree in Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Kim recently resigned as a professor of Human Anatomy & Physiology at Colorado State University-Pueblo and has decided to focus on helping those that may need direction in their fitness goals. Kim is also a retired United States Olympic Marathon athlete and top competitor in races like the Pikes Peak Marathon, the Big Sur Marathon, and the Sacramento International Marathon. Today, Kim enjoys teaching all class formats such as Bootcamp and group strength training and helping her personal training clients achieve their goals. Kim and her husband Mike are the owners of Mountain Pawn & Gun in Salida and live in Coaldale with their dog, Skittle. Her hobbies are running in the mountains, shooting at targets with her husband, carving pumpkins, and pulling Skittle around in his cart behind her mountain bike.
Ross Gary~ CrossFit Level One Trainer, Fit Camp, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
Ross is a health and fitness professional specializing in CrossFit and other high intensity group classes. Ross began wrestling in first grade, and this sparked his interest in high intensity training at a very young age. Once in high school, Ross began to take kinesiology classes, and fell in love with exercise physiology. He then learned and trained Olympic lifts and other compound functional exercises for 4 years under an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. After high school, Ross attended The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. Ross has been a Certified Personal Trainer under the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2012, and he is also a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer. Ross has also taken and completed Institute of Human Performance courses on body weight training as well as functional strength training. He holds several Louisiana state wrestling championships, and he is also a competitive half marathon runner. Ross moved from Lafayette, Louisiana to Salida in 2015. He enjoys strength and conditioning, riding his mountain bike, distance running, and camping.
Tessie Jo Ortega is fascinated with the human body and its innate ability to heal itself. Tessie completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and is currently registered with the Yoga Alliance. Tessie loves all things yoga, and as a lifetime student, she continues to read for self-study, explores all styles, participates in workshops, and attends trainings—passing on techniques and knowledge to her students. Tessie is enthusiastic to share yoga with all people and has taught in a variety of settings. Tessie strives to cultivate balance and harmony in each of her classes. She supports her students along their personal path to a healthier body and sense of well-being.
Chelsea Hunter is passionate about the innate potential that lives in every human being to live vitally. She has found a wellspring of wisdom and inspiration from her extensive studies in yoga and healthful living. Chelsea is a 200 hr trained yoga instructor from Loom Yoga Studio in Bushwick, NY. Through breath and mindful movement Chelsea feels we can become our own teachers and guides. As a Salida native transplant, she is excited to share her inspiration and knowledge with the community of Salida.
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement
Devon Jencks comes to the Feldenkrais Method ™ from a background in the performing arts. She has been involved in professional theater as an actor and director since 1994 after graduating Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she went on to earn a MFA in acting at Brandeis University. It was there where she first encountered Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement and found it extremely beneficial for enhancing her use of self as a performer on the stage. In March of 2012 she completed her four-year training with Movement Educators in Santa Fe, NM as a Feldenkrais™ Practitioner. She has been teaching Awareness Through Movement Lessons since 2010 both in Boston, MA and in Salida, CO. She offers Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes at Integrate and is available for individual Feldenkrais sessions in Functional Integration as part of the Healthy Lifestyle Membership!
Harald Kasper has been a practicing physical therapist for more than 17 years. His physical therapy practice developed a focus on treatments of neurological syndromes which opened the door for his current studies of the Feldenkrais Method. Growing in the frame-work of a 4 year Feldenkrais training in Santa Fe with Diana Razumy as the educational director was the next organic step to bring the work with his clients further to the root . He realizes that behind any movement dysfunction there is often a much deeper story. Through this method, he believes he can return his clients to their most fluid functional movements..Being an avid runner for most of his life he has focused to facilitate this awareness path onto the suspension system of our body, enabling us to keep running into old age without abusing joints and soft tissues. Being a body and movement focused therapist has served as the perfect platform for Harald’s skills,bringing together his ability to connect with other people and to identify their specific treatment needs. In his free time, he keeps engaged combining his love for physical activities in nature, his involvement in his community and his excitement for learning. Harald lives in Salida with his thirteen year old daughter. He proudly stands with both feet in life.