At our studio you will be in a friendly, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere designed to bring forth a sense of physical accomplishment. Our sessions provide the ideal combination of personalized instruction to meet your specific needs. We are equipped with a full range of wonderfully crafted and professionally maintained gym equipment and Pilates apparatus (by Body Balance). Our goal is to teach clients how exercise can benefit their body and we design a program for each client consisting of what they can do safely to achieve their goals. The benefits provided from training at The Studio at Newport Physical Therapy can help in the reduction of injuries, enhance your athletic abilities and provide you with more efficient movement patterns with daily activities.
All of our instructors and trainers are very knowledgeable and in addition, have worked as aides to physical therapists. This allow them to utilize their experience working with injuries to modify exercise programs and provide a safe exercise environment. They also have the added benefit of receiving direction from our physical therapist to develop or modify an exercise program when needed. All of our Pilates instructors are comprehensively trained in Classical Pilates and our trainers have Physical Therapy Assistant, Kinesiology or Athletic Training degrees.
The introductory series of 2 sessions for our new clients is the ideal preparation to initiate you to our facility and begin your commitment to better health. No Matter your path, we recommend 2-3 sessions per week to establish consistency and maximize benefits. The Studio at Newport Physical Therapy is available Monday through Saturday to answer all of your questions and make every effort to ensure you are 100% satisfied.
Our Studio Team
Vicky received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Athletic Training and a Minor in Science from California State University, Dominquez Hills in 2003. Vicky has been working for Newport Physical Therapy in patient care and training clients since 2003. Her professional experience’s includes orthopedics, sports conditioning, and functional training. Vicky has experience working with patients/clients as they heal during physical therapy as well as post-rehabilitation. She applies all of her experience to develop a tailored session for her clients.
Kelly is a Body Arts and Science International Certified Pilates Instructor with an emphasis in Dance Conditioning under Karen Clippinger and Rael Isacowitz since 2004. Kelly graduated with Honors from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor Degree in Dance focusing on Kinesiology also in 2004. Kelly has been a Pilates Instructor for Newport Physical Therapy since 2005. Along with an accomplished Pilates career, Kelly has extensive formal ballet training from Ahita Ardaland of the Paris Opera Ballet and the late Erling Sunde a master teacher of the Royal Ballet in London. Kelly has spent most of her life focusing her efforts in learning body movement patterns, muscular balance, flexibility, skeletal support through core strength, and the complexity of human anatomy. Kelly has positive energy and an eye for detail. She can accommodate a range of clients: men and women, all ages, athletes, injuries, and those just wanting to look and feel their best.
Rachel Suggs, CPI, CYI
Pilates & Yoga Instructor
Rachel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) from Rhode Island University in 2010. She was certified in Pilates from Body Arts and Science International under Rael Isacowitz in 2013 and certified in Ashtanga Yoga through All Yoga in 2015. Rachel has a life-long love of sports and movement. While competing nationally in synchronized swimming she used Pilates to compliment her training regimen and found it extremely effective. Currently, she uses a combination of Pilates and weight training to challenge and help her clientele improve their overall fitness level. Rachel believes that the classes she offers her clients are a perfect combination of precision-based movements as well as strength training. She is excited to share her love of gaining strength, flexibility, and balance through movement in the encouraging, friendly environment at The Studio at Newport Physical Therapy.
Debra Stafford, CPI
Debra sees her job as reading the stories your bodies tell, and helping you write the next chapters with greater awareness, balance and correct alignment. Debra discovered Pilates in 1995 at a local college on a summer break from Princeton University. An analytical thinker with a passion for interpretation of objects of beauty Debra was immediately drawn to Pilates. She received her Pilates Certification with an emphasis in Dance Conditioning under Karen Clippinger and Rael Isacowitz at Body Arts and Science International in 2010. Debra has experience in rehabilitative, post-rehabilitative, college, and studio settings. In addition, she is a Level 1 CoreAlign Instructor. Debra's intuitive knowledge of the body and how it works, and her background in a variety of clinical settings, helps her develop the appropriate exercise program for your body, Whether you are recovering from an injury or looking to enhance your performance at a competitive level. She has a meticulous focus on form so that you strengthen the correct muscles and stay safe. Her positive and friendly attitude is encouraging and will inspire you to do your best.
Priya Chisti, CPI
Priya attended California State University, Long Beach and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with emphasis on Exercises Science in May 2014. Priya studied under Karen Clippinger and is certified through Body Arts and Science International with an additional specialization in Pilates for dancers. Priya’s extensive dance training and teaching makes her passionate about sharing the benefits of Pilates to clients of all ages and abilities. In addition to training client in Pilates, she is a Physical Therapy Aide at Newport Physical Therapy, utilizing all her experience with injured populations to most benefit her Pilates clients.
Alex is a Body Arts and Science International certified Pilates instructor. She completed her undergraduate at Whittier College where she majored in Social Work with a minor in psychology. In addition to her undergraduate degree she also spent time at orange coast community college where she received a certificate in nutrition education.
Prior to entering the world of Pilates Alex spent four years teaching gross motor skills through sport to children under five in the city of Newport Beach. Athletics and sports have been part of her life from a very young age and include: water polo, swim, tennis, soccer, softball and cheerleading. When she is not at the studio you might find her hiking, cycling, skiing or relaxing on the beach. She has a positive attitude and enjoys helping people achieve their fitness goals, she is competent in working with all ages and most injuries. In conjunction with her Pilates practice she also works as a physical therapy aid doing Pilates for rehab under the supervision of a physical therapist.
Nina Cintron, PT, CPI
Nina received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno in 1987. She received her Pilates certification from renowned Pilates teacher trainer Marie Jose at Long Beach Dance Conditioning. She has attended numerous continuing education courses in physical therapy including a year-long manual therapy course and has assisted in teaching courses on the spine and sacroiliac joint. She has been an employee of Newport Physical Therapy serving as a Physical Therapist and Pilates Instructor since 2006. She has a special interest in Pilates rehabilitation, manual therapy and orthopedics.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
James Dones, PTA (See Physical Therapy Team)
Physical Therapy Assistant
Functional Training Coach
Erin Thompson, PTA (See Physical therapy Team)
Physical Therapy Assistant