Five years ago, Melissa first discovered her passion for all-things Pilates (including and perhaps especially for toe socks). She turned her hobby into a career through a beginner and intermediate mat certification with Uprise Classical Pilates & Wellness Center. Her teacher trainer there studied in NYC under Joseph's Pilates's protege Romana Kryzanowska herself. Melissa further enhanced her knowledge by earning her Reformer certification from a former STOTT teacher-trainer, who worked with her privately to mentor her. 
When she's not on the mat or the Reformer, Melissa can be found at the computer, typing away. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing and is a Marketing & Communications Manager by day for a private school in the city.