Dr. Dawn McCrory is an expert in the field of physical therapy, movement dysfunctions, and fascial fitness. She has worked in a variety of settings affording her insights and perspectives along the continuum of care. Dr. Dawn's career includes a long list of celebrity clients, athletes, and others who insist on working with the best to achieve their optimal physical functioning. Kinesis embodies Dr. Dawn's philosophy of movement ~ fitness for the body, mind, and soul. Low volume and high quality are the cornerstones of her individualized sessions. Every person leaves each session with the self-care knowledge to continue their health and wellness journey. In her spare time, Dr. Dawn can be found swimming, biking, running, and lifting heavy weights. She also loves hanging with her family and taking long dog walks!
**Credentials: BSPT - University of Maryland. Doctor of PT - Boston University. Advanced Certification Kinesiotaping. Advanced Studies in Applied Functional Movement Sciences. Certified Yoga/Physio Tune Up® (Y/PTU) Teacher with advanced Y/PTU® Studies: Core Immersion, Shoulder Immersion, Integrated Embodied AnatomyAssistant Instructor for breath mechanics module of Crossfit Movement and Mobility Courses with Jill Miller and Kelly Starrett.
Coach Kimmie is more than just your trainer: YOUR GOALS & OPTIMUM FUNCTION ARE THE REASON SHE TRAINS!
Her professional career started in 1994 at the age of 18 as a Fitness Technician in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds certifications in personal training (ACE), Pilates Instruction (Stott), and TRX Suspension Training and spends time attending workshops and acquiring continuing education credits during the year. When she's not teaching, Coach Kimmie enjoys lifting heavy weights, walking her dogs, training for obstacle races & socializing with her friends. She also served in the United States Army and currently volunteers with an organization called Catch A Lift Fund that helps post-9/11 wounded veterans get back into health and fitness.
Liz Spencer is a licensed massage therapist practicing Structural Integration, somatic bodywork and therapeutic massage. Integrating heart and science into every session, Liz believes that bodywork, often pursued in relief of pain, can also be a deeper experience, bringing us into better relationship with our bodies and with the world around us. Her specialty is Structural Integration, a series of educational deep bodywork sessions (developed by Ida Rolf and also known as Rolfing) designed to bring the segments of the body into balanced relationship to each other and to gravity, providing more effortless support for movement and life. Liz is also a second-year trainee in Somatic Experiencing®, a body-centered approach for healing the effects of trauma and restoring a healthy, functioning nervous system. Bodywork, and the work of becoming embodied, sometimes brings up "old stuff," and she will gently guide you through that experience, should it occur.
Kinesis is so happy to have Samantha Grant as our go-to Nutritionist! Visit her website today to schedule an appointment and find out how she can help you! http://samfgrant.com
Throughout her successful career, Sam has helped thousands on their path to wellness. She specializes in hormonal balancing, correcting metabolism irregularities, food allergies and weight loss. Highly in demand for her knowledge in multiple disciplines of health, Sam is currently featured on the hit CBS show The Doctors . Sam has been featured in US Weekly magazine, Salon City Magazine, Red Magazine, is a popular contributor to Celebuzz.com, MyLAlifestyle.com andglutenfreeschool.com. She works with A-List celebrities, heads of state, VIPs in numerous industries and everything in between. Sam has trained and continues to work with renowned medical doctors and experts worldwide. Her extensive nutritional training, along with graduate studies in Homeopathic Medicine, allows her the ability to assess her client’s issues in a wide-ranging holistic manner, coupling her experience with both eastern and western medical therapies. Sam's extensive background includes specialized training in functional lab tests, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, homeopathic remedies, Bach flowers, as well as western, Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs. http://samfgrant.com/meet-samantha/
Kinesis' front-desk-receptionist-turned-instructor Luisa has always been physically active. She danced through HS and college, discovered indoor cycling in her twenties, and fell in love with yoga in her thirties. Luisa was introduced to Pilates by a dear friend training to become an instructor, who told her she should consider doing the same. Years later, Luisa did Pilates 3-4x a week during her pregnancy and fell in love with the versatility of the workouts. She chose to get her STOTT Pilates Training through John Garey Fitness and Pilates in Long Beach for their emphasis on anatomy and alignment, and was certified eight months later.
Luisa then received her 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification through YogaWorks to better understand her yoga practice and dive deeper into the philosophy it. Her classes aim to safely challenge clients while having a great time as they become stronger and more flexible.
Claire Schulz is a classically trained, PMA Certified Pilates Teacher. She chose to become certified through White House Pilates, in Manhattan Beach, because of the direct lineage Caroline Londergan has with Joseph Pilates, making Claire a 3rd generation instructor. Deciding to take her training to the next level, Claire also became a Pre and Post-Natal Specialist through The Center for Women’s Fitness. As an athlete, movement is part of her daily routine, always looking to challenge herself, while staying healthy and injury free. After taking her first Pilates class several years ago, she immediately saw the benefits and knew that this was a modality she wanted to teach others. Claire is a health and fitness advocate, focusing her classes around intentional movement with the individual needs of each client in mind. Sometimes, the smallest adjustment can make a world of difference.
Dayanara Parra discovered pilates after a knee and back injury limited her workouts. Pilates facilitated her healing, as she gained an increase in flexibility and strength. Having this experience made her realize that she wanted to teach others how to rehabilitate injuries and become healthier and more fit overall. Beginning as a personal trainer she soon transitioned to pilates instructor. She chose to do her training in STOTT PILATES with John Garey Fitness & Pilates in Long Beach for their reputable, well respected classical methods and emphasis on fundamental principles. Her goal is to help clients feel stronger, motivated and energized.
Dr. Eric Walz is an experienced outpatient physical therapist that focuses on skilled manual techniques to promote optimal movement and the ability to live pain (dysfunction) free. His background includes experiences in many different PT settings with his main focus being the orthopedic and athletic populations. Eric is able to utilize his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science to transition patients that are crippled by dysfunction back to a place where they feel comfortable returning to the gym. Eric moved out to California to pursue his therapy career while enjoying the incredible outdoor adventures that California has to offer. Being from the Midwest, he also enjoys riding motorcycles all year round.
Doctor of Physical Therapy from Carroll University
Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Carroll University
NKT Level 3 certified
Ed Szeto received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of San Francisco & started his professional career as an analytical environmental chemist. After a few years, he realized being exposed to toxic chemicals wasn't healthy and decided to move into computer programming. After 9/11/2001, he changed careers once again to Massage Therapy to help others.
He acquired his first certification at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica. He has since studied with Upledger Institute for Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation, Thai Massage, Upper Body Stretching, Lower Body Stretching, Trigger Point Therapy, Shoulder Joints at Hands on Healing and the Swedish Health Institute, & has also studied Myofascial Release under John Barnes.
Currently he is learning Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques with Erik Dalton & has completed about 70 percent of the course work. He anticipates becoming certified in a few months.
For recreation, he enjoys TRX and Martial Arts, and sometimes skiing.
Kelsi McRee has a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from CSUN with a minor in Recreation/Tourism Management and expects to complete a NASM personal training certification in March 2019. She comes to Kinesis with a background that includes working in her family’s small business & managing large groups of attendees through outdoor adventures & team-building exercises.
She’s a highly motivated self-starter with strong people and computer skills who definitely adds value to any team.
She enjoys the great outdoors, spending time with her family, and helping others.
Liza Quirante has been a part of the Kinesis Front Desk Krew for quite some time but is now transitioning to another part of the Team.
She is a Reiki Level III Practitioner dedicated to learning about holistic health and energy healing. Reiki is a gentle healing modality used for stress relief and relaxation - think energy massage. It has its own intelligence and guides the energy to where it’s needed in the moment, improving energy flow that leads to an overall sense of wellbeing. Sessions can provide peace, balance, and a heightened sense of awareness.
Liza has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and intends on applying to DPT programs this year. Her vision in service involves combining the knowledge gathered from her degree and her love of energy work to help others heal on all levels. In her free time, she likes to read, explore the outdoors, and spend time with loved ones. Visit www.lizaquira.com for more info on Liza...