Laura Kelly, Teacher
Laura Kelly is a physical therapist with over 40 years of experience as a rehabilitation and movement specialist. Laura is passionate about helping people achieve their fitness and movement goals. Her clinical interests, treating orthopedic conditions, muscle imbalances and chronic pain, have led her to wanting to learn how body asymmetries and postural habits affect movement and pain.
Laura received a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University, and a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College.In her pursuit to expand her skills and knowledge to provide optimal care for her clients, Laura has done continuing education in postural and movement evaluation, manual therapies, and corrective exercises with the following certifications: Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy Level I Fellowship, Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner, Certified Lymphedema Therapist,Postural Restoration Institute training.
At her first Pilates class Laura was immediately impressed with how Pilates helps the body make connections for better movement and wanted to learn more. Laura went on to receive her Pilates Teacher training through Peak Pilates under the direction of Pamela Garcia. Laura is very excited to be bringing her PT background and Pilates education into our studio to help everyone achieve their goals, and move (and feel) better!
Carrie Pfenning, Owner and Teacher
Carrie Pfenning is an alumnus of The Boston Conservatory of Music where she majored in dance from 1992-1996. At The Conservatory she studied not only dance technique, but also took years of course studies in Alexander Technique, Laban Movement Analysis, and Dance Pedagogy. Carrie also graduated from Lesley University with a degree in Human Development and Education, and taught Early Education for 7 years. Teaching Pilates has been the perfect blend of her passions for movement and education. Carrie has been practicing Pilates since 2002. Her practice and quest to continue to learn comes from a strong belief that you cannot grow in your teaching if you are not growing in your own practice.
Carrie completed her first certification in 2004 (a 600 hour Stott-based instructor training program) and began teaching 19 years ago in 2004. After that program she became a professional member of the Pilates Method Alliance and passed their national exam in 2006. After being introduced to classical Pilates during this time, Carrie completed her 500 hour comprehensive certification with Peak Pilates in 2007, enabling her to teach the classical Pilates Method to all levels of students.
In 2013 she completed The United States Pilates Association’s teacher training program under the direction of Brett Howard, making her a Third Generation teacher. This 600 hour program and apprenticeship earned Carrie a certification under The New York Pilates Teacher Certification Program; the original school of Pilates.
In addition to all of her Pilates education, in 2017 Carrie completed the basic level of a Swiss course of study called Spiraldynamiks*, which explores how to encourage the natural spirals of the body in all areas of activity to reduce imbalance and overuse patterns that lead to chronic pain and injury.
She was a Teacher Trainer for Peak Pilates from 2014-2019, and has also been filmed as a student on Pilatesology.
Carrie has taken workshops from Elder Lolita San Miguel and continues to attend workshops and actively study with many Second Generation teachers who learned from Romana Kryzanowska, such as Joy George, Clare Dunfy Hemani, Brett Howard, David Freeman, Peter Fiasca, Kathi Ross Nash, MeJo Wiggin, Junghee Won, Michael Fritzke, Ton Voogt and Alycea Ungaro.
Carrie is excited to share her love of movement and Authentic Pilates with you. Whether you are interested in Pilates for getting in shape, reducing pain, or bringing balance to your body and mind - welcome to The Pilates Room!
Toby, Studio Sidekick
Toby is our official greeter, and studio Sidekick! He has a heart of gold, wonderful manners, a smile for everyone (and no fur dander for people who are sensitive to it). If you aren't comfortable around dogs, his feelings won't be hurt. Just let us know and we will make arrangements for him to give you some space. Toby has great energy, a personality to match and is a valuable part of the team at The Pilates Room!