Kelly Otis, PT
Kelly is a licensed physical therapist and a certified PMA and Polestar Pilates instructor. She has been practicing physical therapy since 1990. As a young competitor in swimming, crew and cycling, Kelly was introduced into the world of physical therapy as a patient after several knee surgeries of her own. In 1990, she received her degree from the Northwestern University Physical Therapy program.
From 1992 until 1999, she founded and directed an outpatient clinic, Solutions Physical Therapy, in Fremont California. There, she worked closely with professional and college athletes, as well as respected doctors of orthopedics, neurology, internal medicine, osteopathy and chiropractic.
In 1998 she relocated to Santa Cruz County and worked with Sherri Betz at Therapilates for 13 years in the field of Pilates as a Polestar certified practitioner specializing in rehabilitation and movement reeducation.
In 2014 Kelly founded Core Connections Physical Therapy in her hometown Scotts Valley. The focus is now working privately sometimes for more than an hour with patients in a supportive one-on-one environment alongside other professional practitioners as a team. The goal is to fully address the many chronic conditions her patients have been struggling to overcome in other Physical Therapy settings.
Kelly’s educational background in physical therapy includes courses in Maitland and McKenzie Spinal dysfunctions and derangements, Sacroiliac Dysfunctions, Craniosacral treatments. She is a Polestar Certified Pilates instructor.
Most recently, Kelly is practicing Visceral Manipulation and engaged in Visceral and neural coursework through the Barral Institute. J.P. Barral has developed very precise techniques to address chronic pain and conditions through gentle and precise manipulation and mobilization of viscera, nerves for the optimal performance of the joints, tendons, and muscles. Visceral Manipulation is based a deep understanding of anatomy...a very gentle and effective way to finally resolve chronic pain.
Teaching Movement and postural exercises with a comprehensive core and joint stabilization program, Kelly is dedicated to enable her clients to understand and work with injuries using the many therapies she has sewn together over her 30+ years of practice.
Helping others gain better control of movement in a functional and pain-free way to stay physically fit, Kelly focuses on a holistic and self-empowered approach to rehabilitation and fitness.
Ruthie Steinfeld, PT, FAAOMPT
Ruthie has over 15 years of experience in orthopedic physical therapy and has also trained in craniosacral therapy and Feldenkrais work. She received her physical therapy degree from the Ohio State University and completed a post-graduate manual therapy fellowship program through the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Physical Therapy Fellowship in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy. This program gave her the opportunity to be mentored one-on-one by some of the most experienced fellowship faculty in the United States. Ruthie works with you to address the root of the problem, whether long standing or acute. Her goal is to help you receive the best rehab possible using holistic and precise methods of treatment.
Denise Quinn, DPT
Denise is a licensed Physical Therapist who has trained in Pilates through Body Arts and Science International (BASI). Denise attended Cal State Long Beach, graduating in 2009 with her BS in Kinesiology, Exercise Science and with a minor in Business entrepreneurship. She then attended grad school at Long Island University, Brooklyn and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. She started working in orthopedic outpatient clinics during her first two years as a Physical Therapist. In those settings she developed experience working with a wide range of patient populations of all ages including pediatric and geriatrics, patients with acute injuries, chronic pain, workers comp, pre/post surgeries, neck and spinal pain/dysfunction, movement disorders, and athletes/return to sport. She enjoyed taking continuing education courses that helped improve manual skills and other modalities to facilitate optimal function and efficiency of movement for patients.
Denise was introduced to the Pilates Method while in Physical Therapy school. She saw the endless benefits of the Pilates approach to fitness and how it could be beautifully blended with Physical Therapy to fully enhance a patient/client’s overall function and quality of life. She appreciates the holistic approach of Pilates, which focuses on connecting the mind and body and encompasses the whole person, mentally, physically and emotionally. As she practices Pilates, she notices positive changes in movement and increased body awareness within herself unmatched by any other exercise program. Starting June 2014, Denise took an amazing opportunity to complete an internationally renowned post-graduate residency program to fulfill her desire for consistent improvement and growth as a Physical Therapist. She completed the certification in PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) at Kaiser Foundation Rehab Center in Vallejo during 2015. There, her specialization was working with patients in the adult neurological rehab setting, including those recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other neurological disorders like MS, GBS, ALS, among many others. She recently relocated to the beautiful Santa Cruz area and is excited to put her focus back into the outpatient setting at Core Connections, utilizing the equipment and principles of Pilates to guide patients toward optimal function and fitness.
Denise provides a unique and effective approach to rehab with her knowledge and experience as a Physical Therapist and Pilates instructor, her advanced training in both orthopedic and neurological settings, expertise in movement analysis, manual skills, verbal instruction and exercise prescription.
I discovered the joy of movement as a child gymnast and continued to embrace it during my teenage years through competitive sports. After being introduced to Pilates in the early 1990s, I was intrigued by the graceful yet challenging nature of the Pilates discipline. My personal practice has since further evolved into a more mindful integration of different modalities with functional movement.
My goal with each client is to create an intuitive and focused workout which addresses an individual’s specific needs. I aspire not only to train my clients but also to educate them to incorporate Pilates principles throughout their daily routines.
Additionally, I enthusiastically train athletic teams with a focus on core strength, speed and agility, and injury prevention. As a former collegiate athlete, and mother of three very athletic children, I understand the importance of match fitness and the frustration of any down time due to injury.
In my leisure time, I enjoy cooking, dinner parties with family and friends, reading psychological thrillers, and girls’-night-outs!
BASI Certified Pilates Instructor
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
TRX Suspension Training, Group Suspension Training, and Functional Training Courses Completed
Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Level 1 Course Completed
Shaw Academy Sports Nutrition Certitied
U.S. Soccer Federation D License
Jeannette Normington ia a Senior Certified Pilates Instructor & CoreAlign Instructor. She enjoyed an 18 year career as a professional dancer, touring the world performing in production shows. Pilates was instrumental in helping Jeannette prolong her dance career. Her certifications include, mat work at UNLV in 2001, Comprehensive Pilates training through Body Arts & Science International in 2003, Pre/Post-Natal at The Center for Women’s Fitness in 2006 and Core Align 1, 2 in 2008. Jeannette interned at the Keith Kleven Institute of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation for Sports and Dance. To deepen her work, Jeannette is currently a part of a one-year mentorship program, “Passing the Torch” offered by Balanced Body, with master teacher, Tom McCook. Jeannette is passionate about sharing the benefits of Pilates for post-rehabilitation, athletic performance and quality of life - for clients and professionals alike.
A native to Santa Cruz, Jeannette is excited to share Pilates and contribute to creating wellness within her home community. In 2008, Jeannette offers quality instruction and diversity into her workouts combining BASI, Stott and Polestar methods. Jeannette is an avid sportswoman, also trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and yoga, lately enjoying Tai Chi and Qi Gong. She is dedicated to helping people of all ages achieve their maximum fitness potential and making people feel well cared for. Core Connections is the perfect environment for Jeannette to apply her skills and extensive teaching experience towards rehabilitation and ongoing painfree fitness for our clients!
Kristine is a Certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor.
Physical fitness has been a primary element of her lifestyle throughout her adult life. Any chance she gets, she loves being outdoors. hiking, gardening or a peaceful walk on the beach. For many years, boxing, kick boxing, Tae Kwon Do and yoga were some of her chosen practices. But over time, her hips and lower-back would feel the stress. A good friend suggested she try Pilates and after her first class, she was hooked. She loved the deepened mind-body connection and over time, her hips and lower back felt stronger.
Kristine is dedicated to helping her clients find the same relief from muscular and structural imbalances that she did and her goal is to bring a mind-body focus to her client’s Pilates practice and life style. Her clients range from highly-focused athletes, to clients simply looking for more strength and flexibility. She enjoys working with people just starting, or perhaps returning to an exercise routine to improve their overall health. Kristine enjoys bringing functional movement into goal-oriented exercise programs that are fun and challenging at any level.
Kristine is a life learner of the human body and is currently studying Myofascial Meridians for Movement Therapist.