INSTRUCTORS

Wendy Santiago

Yoga, Pilates Aerial and

Personal Trainer

Wendy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida College , majoring in Dance. She is a certified Pilates instructor in STOTT, PEAK  Physical Mind and Polstar. 

Wendy is the owner of Wendy Fit Yoga, Pilates and Personal Training Studio in Dunedin Florida. Wendy Fit Yoga  is a certified 200 hour Teacher Training School since 2001. Wendy is  a  1000-RYT yoga instructor. She fell in love with the practice of yoga in the early 80’s and became a certified Yoga instructor. Her passion for health and wellness took her quickly to Clinical Rehab work. The demand for Yoga as a tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation inspired her to continue her education in Iyengar methods for proper alignment.  Wendy began working with Special Needs clients to assist in rehabilitating from injuries and surgery. Becoming a certified Pilates Instructor and using the apparatus to assist in rehabilitating and/or preventing clients from injury was the perfect combination to take her to the next level in the industry. She has presented at a number of Health and Fitness Expo's and National Yoga Conventions over the past 20 years. In 2000 Time Warner Network, which later became Bright House, began airing Wendy’s show “Yoga for the Healthy Mind and Body” which ran until 2017.

Sara Terrell

Yoga Pilates and Aerial Instructor

Sara has been a fitness professional since 1987. She has always had an infinite passion and love for dance and sharing her knowledge with others, and it has carried over into the fitness industry when she started working for Archie Manning Gold’s Gym. She has work with NFL players and has appeared on national TV in a VH1 series in 2006. Sara enjoys inspiring all fitness levels to have fun and achieve their fitness goals! No two classes are ever the same, as she challenges students with variety and by constantly changing the dynamics of class. Sara's style of teaching is influenced by traditions learned from growing up in Louisiana making her classes like gumbo, a mixture of many different techniques. She infuses every class with lagniappe - "A little something extra!"
 

Sara has studied and trained in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical dance. She has been trained and certified in areas of yoga such as power, hatha, pre-natal, post-natal, and senior. She also has certification in Pilates through the Pilates Institute of America (PIA). She also works as a professional healthcare provider.

Julie Incremona

Yoga and Aerial Instructor

Julie Incremona discovered and fell in love with yoga over 15 years ago and was immediately drawn to the benefits of both the physical and mental aspect of the practice.   She continued with her passion and completed the 200 Hr. Yoga Alliance certification in October 2016.  Julie's main objective is to help people on their journey by teaching a gentle style that will strengthen the mind and body to cultivate a sense of peace, balance and mindfulness that students can carry with them on and off the mat.

Cindy Cottell

Aerial & Yoga Instructor

Cindy began her yoga journey when she shared her Mother’s practice following Lillias Folen on the local TV station. She created her own routine using books she purchased on the subject.

Eventually life took over and her yoga became a “lost” art. Cindy needed something to quiet busy mind and move her still body. She found her way back to yoga and began to realize her strengths and struggles. In 2016, she received her 200 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification through Wendy Fit. Later in 2018, she acquired her certification in aerial yoga.

Valentina Leon
 Yoga  Instructor 

YOGA started as a passionate hobby and became Valentina's Dharma since her accomplishment of 300 hours of Yoga Teacher Training in 2018. She has successfully completed Level One Journey into Power Training in June 2019 at the Baptiste Institute. 

Yoga is a Growing and Learning experience, where the body finds new paths and opens up to a new perspective of Life.

Valentina's teaching skills are either for Power Yoga or Yin Restorative Yoga, where strength and ease are differently balanced and reached.

Valentina's motto is "Only in the Darkness, you can see the stars".

Liseli Harloff
Aerial and Yoga  Instructor 

I began my yoga journey at Wendy Fit after years of running left me with several painful herniations in my lower back. Once I started taking yoga and aerial classes  I realized that my pain levels were much improved. It was at that moment that I decided to join Wendy at her 200 hour teacher training so that I could help others the way she has helped me.  It is with great pleasure that I teach aerial yoga weekly to empower others to get stronger physically and mentally.  

Wendela Jackson

Fitness & TRX Instructor 

 I’ve been in the business since 2015. Prior to that I worked as a Shore Operations Manager for Holland America Line for 17 years and in the corporate office in Seattle for 7 years for a total of 24 years.When the mind, body & spirit work in harmony - the result is looking and feeling great!  As we age it becomes even more important to not only “move” (get fit)  but also “fuel” (eat right) to embrace life to the fullest.

I am here to help you reach your goals and to help you look good and feel great!

Certifications

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

NASM Corrective Exercise Specialized (CES)

Precision Nutrition 1 (PN1)

Sports Medicine Suspension Training

CPR/AED Certified

Gene Chandler

TRX Instructor and Personal Trainer

Gene has always been a health enthusiast.  There were early years of military requirements then later spending hours training members at gyms such as Family Fitness Powerhouse Gym. Gene also studied human physiology, then became certified as a personal trainer. I enjoy encouraging others to participate in a healthy lifestyle.  He assists his clients to improve  weight loss, strength, endurance or general health and fitness.
Training incorporates various methods including but not limited to circuit training, HIT, Core
conditioning, Plyometric. It is also tailored to suit each individual’s goals and within their personal limitation

 

Certified personal trainer through the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT). Four year martial arts student in Wing Chun Kung Fu under Grandmaster Steve Lee Swift-Ip Man lineage.

Cross Core, Functional and TRX Training specialist

Sevdije Lika

Yoga,Pilates Aerial , Personal trainer &

Belly Dance Instructor

 

Sevdije has been seriously practicing the beautiful art form of Belly dance since 1994 and grew up being entertained by bellydancers at family weddings. She now is excited to be teaching here at Wendy Fit. 

 

Also certified in Pilates Equipment, Mat, and Yoga. Her clients have seen positive results in their transformations through consistent work, whether it is a slight case of scoliosis, menopause, poor posture, breathing better, seeking more strength, tone, and flexibility or simply just keeping up with an old injury and thinking "Prehab" instead of "Rehab" in order to stay strong safely as she has had an athletic lifestyle with her own injuries. 

 

For more information on Sevdije you may visit her website to see testimonials, video's, and performances:  www.bellydancepro.com

 

 

Barb Owens

Pilates Personal Trainer

Barb Owens, M.S., graduated from George Williams College with a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology with a specialization in Preventative and Rehabilitative Cardiovascular Health.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois from the College of Applied Health Studies, with a minor in Physical Education.  Barb is a STOTT PILATES CERTIFIED  ® Instructor in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels.  Barb has completed many STOTT PILATES ® Continuing Education courses including Injuries and Special Populations, Reformer for the Older Adult, The Shoulder Girdle:  Stability and Function, Programming for Scoliosis  and Osteoporosis Management, Jumpboard Interval Training, and Foam Roller Challenge.

Barb has over twenty years of experience in the health and fitness industry, having worked as an exercise physiologist in wellness settings as well as in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.  Barb is passionate about Pilates and prides herself in offering her clients a safe, effective, and encouraging workout.

 

Barb's own passion for Pilates began ten years ago.  After years of running, and being very active in a variety of sports, Barb could no longer compete in the sports she loved due to over-use injuries.  Barb was introduced to Pilates, and quickly began to feel her body change.  She felt stronger from the inside out.  She became aware of muscular imbalances and postural faults.  Through her Pilates practice, her body began to change.  These amazing results led her on the path to learn more, and she began her Pilates instructor training in 2007.  Barb firmly believes that exercising and improvement of one's physical condition can be done at any age and fitness level.

Yvette Robles

Yoga Instructor

Yvette decided to explore yoga at home through DVD’s in 2004, after years of living with the pain of bulging discs in the low back, rheumatoid, fibromyalgia & arthritis. She found some relief & although it was challenging she knew she needed to try a live class. In 2007 she went to her first live class, the benefits were greater than what she experienced at home.

Kristine Gerber

 Yoga & Barre Instructor

Kristine has been teaching Vinyasa Yoga full time since 2008. This life change and career choice evolved from being a long time student of both Yoga and Dance and, more importantly, of listening to a deep calling to return to her roots and her dance training from both childhood and college.Kristine moved to Westchester in 2008 seeking a more natural environment but with a close proximity to NYC. She wanted her days to be filled with yoga teaching and with inspiring others in the craft that not only liberated her physical body, but also healed her anxiety and negativity. She had been living a life for others, not for HERSELF.

After a rigorous metamorphosis, she was able to ACCEPT that she is a HEALER. Then she truly stepped into her body, claimed her energy and allowed her true, shining nature to rise up and out.

Her joy in teaching yoga is contagious – with ease, she engages with students she has known for many years or for one day. She is without a doubt gifted; yet will be the first one to tell you that you are your own healer and she is merely a facilitator.

Katharine Kunz

Pilates Teacher

A native of Virginia, Katharine began her movement studies while a dance student at the Loudoun School of Ballet under the direction of Shelia Hoffmann-Robertson.  She performed with the Loudoun Ballet Company and continued her studies at the Joffrey Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and BalletMet Columbus.  Katharine holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University.  She went on to perform professionally with ballet and contemporary companies in Baltimore as well as New York City.   She recently relocated to the Tampa area to dance with the Tampa Ballet Theatre.

 

 

During her time at Towson, she discovered the wonderful benefits that Pilates offers including, but not limited to, core strength and creating length in the body.  After suffering from an injury, she was inspired to further her Pilates studies and teach.  She received her mat certification from Power Pilates in 2009.  Katharine looks forward to sharing her love for Pilates with the Wendy Fit community!  

Michelle Morgan
Aerial and Yoga  Instructor 

Michele Morgan 200hr RYT and Aerial Yoga certified with a passion for bringing balance into life. I began seriously studying yoga in
2009 when my busy schedule had consumed so much of my time that I realized I woke up each morning and hit the autopilot button. 
By day I head a K-8 school for the arts and technology, focusing on having a positive impact on students, teachers, and families. I strongly believe we create the environment in which we want to engage. Meaning, if you long for a positive work environment, home environment, life . . .you create it along with those around you. It takes balance, connection, and commitment.

What I love about yoga is it helps cultivate that environment of balance, connection, and commitment. My classes are paced to meet the needs of each person, as we are all on our own paths. I enjoy teaching everything from traditional hatha yoga skills to vinyasa flow to aerial yoga - always keeping it engaging and fun!

Tony Hernandez

Licensed Massage & Neuromuscular Therapist MA81238

Tony has extensive training in Myofascial release and trigger point therapy along with regular and deep tissue massage. He is available 6 days a week. Just call for an appointment. If you prefer a female, Claudia is one of the best therapists in the area. She is available with a little bit more notice.

Tony Hernandez recently moved from Southwestern Illinois to the Palm Harbor area with wife Priscilla and their two dogs. Previously owner and operated Inner Peace Massage Therapy Center with Priscilla in Missouri and Illinois.