A firm believer in the restorative benefits of exercise through creative outlets such as yoga, strength classes and Pilates, Gwyn Harvey serves as coordinator of Mercy Fitness Center - Southfork. Each day, she works closely with instructors and class enrollees, pulling together the administrative details that are required to launch these classes. Gwyn has worked at Mercy Hospital South and its predecessor, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, for more than 30 years, serving in various marketing- and education-related roles. She also represented the hospital on various not-for-profit boards and committees, such as the Depressive/Manic Depressive Association and the American Association of Suicidology.
Bio: Jessica stepped into her first yoga class in high school as a way to stay physically healthy, but realized after years of practice how much deeper the benefits went. She completed her 200-hour training in 2011 with West East Yoga School and is currently enrolled in a 500-hour training focusing on adaptive, yin, and trauma- informed practices. Jessica finds when she’s practicing regularly, she’s more connected to the internal resources that help her move through her day with more intention and peace. Jessica teaches the Yoga Basics class at Mercy and loves creating a safe space for students to connect with their bodies and energy.
Bio: Jean Curtis has been teaching exercise classes for the past 28 years. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in special education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She also holds certifications in pilates and is a National Association of Sports Medicine personal trainer with emphasis in senior fitness, stability and flexibility training. She is currently working on her women’s fitness specialist certification. Jean currently teaches pilates, stability ball, strength training and senior fitness and stretch and roll classes at Mercy. Teaching is Jean’s passion. She not only loves helping people strengthen their bodies and learn correct movement, but she loves showing how exercise improves mood and general mental well-being. Jean strives to create a comfortable, inclusive environment for everyone. Class sizes at Mercy are smaller than big gyms and because of this she can more easily modify exercises to fit individual’s needs.
Bio: Fitness and yoga have been a passion of Debbie’s for over 35 years. She teaches a variety of classes ranging from group fitness, strength training, senior classes and yoga, both chair and vinyasa. Debbie currently teaches for several facilities including corporate fitness. At Mercy South, she teaches chair yoga for seniors and vinyasa yoga. Her classes are user-friendly and modifications are given if needed.
Bio: Kelly Feder has always been interested in human potential and how we create and move beyond our limitations in both moving and thinking. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and has been learning and exploring with this method for 20 years. In her free time, Kelly enjoys being in nature, spending time with family and exploring the endless possibilities of change within herself and with others.
Bio: Craig Miller has been a student of Tai Chi for almost 20 years. He has been teaching Tai Chi for 12 years. Craig practices and teaches meditation, Qi Gong, including Shibashi, and the Chen, Yang and Sun styles of Tai Chi. He teaches both the standing and seated forms consisting mainly of Dr. Paul Lams Tai Chi for Health systems. He is trained in fall prevention and is a member of the “Show Me Falls Free Missouri” coalition. He teaches people of all age groups and has a fondness for people with Parkinson’s and other chronic diseases.
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