Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
We not only love what we do, we also love who we work with. At The Bridge, it is our mission to create and hold a safe space for all our clients to come in, work out, and learn something new about their body and how it can function more optimally. All of our instructors bring their own special magic to their classes. We highly recommend you take each class to get the full experience and benefit from their years of experience teaching the Pilates Method.
Pamela Johnson received her B.A. in Dance from California State University Long Beach. She was certified in the Pilates Method in 1998, Gyrotonic Expansion System Pulley tower in 2005, Jumping-Stretching Board and Archway in 2012. She studied Restorative Exercise with Katy Bowman and is a licensed Massage Practitioner specializing in Sensory Re-patterning through The Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing. In her efforts to educate people on how to heal their body naturally through movement and proper alignment, she tailors each session to clients based on their conditions and needs. Whether you see her for a workout or want her to help you prevent or recover from surgery, it is her goal and intention for you to leave each session with a better awareness of your own body mechanics.
Leslie received her BFA in Dance performance from Chapman University, and then moved to NYC to follow her passion for dance, yoga and fitness. While in New York, she received her Pilates certification and quickly connected to clients throughout the boroughs. Leslie was voted one of New York City's top 11 trending fitness instructors. She has taught a variety of personal training and classes ranging from HIIT, Strength, Cardio, TRX and Pilates. Leslie's class is energetic and creative. With an uplifting disposition she looks to inspire individuals to love their bodies through hard work, dedication and enhanced mind-body awareness.
Kumbi was born in South Korea, adopted at 4 and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She started practicing yoga as a teenager in an attempt to heal a lower back injury from gymnastics. Discovering that yoga not only helped heal her back but also reduce stress and opened up an inner energy and light, she was transformed. Her first yoga training was with Stephen Earth (Earth's Power Yoga) in 2003 then a 500hr Viniyoga therapy training with Gary Kraftsow in 2008. Kumbi's classes incorporate healing, music, astrology, philosophy, psychology, breath work, and meditation with a strong emphasis on personal empowerment and healing. She is also the owner of Heartbeat House Dance Workout Studio (heartbeathouse.com) in Los Angeles since 2010
Kat has been teaching Pilates for 15 years. She studied under Marie Jose Blom in Long Beach Dance Conditioning, where the focus was on strengthening and rehabilitation as well as classical Pilates. From there she studied Gyrotonic under Lisa Marie Goodwin. Kat likes to blend both styles in her classes.
Steven Zarzecki began his movement career as an athlete turned dancer who found Pilates as a necessary tool for staying strong enough to avoid pain and reach his goals. Steven was certified in New York City through the rigorous Kane School program known for its modern and clinical perspective of the body. Steven continued his clinical studies through FAMI (Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries) and through training and continued mentorship the The Neuro Studio. In 2017, Steven started focusing on working with many clients with Parkinson's, MS, and CP. This work, alongside continued study with The Neuro Studio, taught Steven proven approaches to have ALL clients better reach their goals.
STUDIO MANAGER/CCO (Chief Canine Officer)
Meet Dio. He is our Aztec guardian and also belongs to our studio manager, Mari Bennett. She is the go-to person for any questions you need to have answered.