Faculty

Jackie Henderson

Owner of Able Mind & Body, Fitness & Dance Professional, Life Coach

FITNESS – Jackie was trained in Los Angeles by Karen Voight. She worked for REEBOK and presented master classes and workshops throughout the US and Europe. Jackie is an AFAA Continuing Education Provider and is a teacher’s teacher. Her classes are fun, informative, and creative. You are guaranteed a great workout every class!!!

DANCE – Jackie was the founder and choreographer for OFF THE CURB. She travelled her dance company internationally, was featured in a hip hop documentary on PBS, & performed on BET’s Teen Summit. Her goal was to inspire talented to dancers to follow their dreams and at the same time, develop good character. Jackie has choreographed for upcoming artists, miss fitness competitors (Rhonda Finlayson won first place in the US), a yo-yo team (they won 2nd in the world), road building equipment (yes, that’s not a typo – she choreographed cranes moving in sync to music) and flash mob dances. She has the rare talent to choreograph for odd events and can fulfill many unusual choreography requests. She has taught dance classes to thousands of people of all ages. Her classes are fun and creative!!!!

LIFE COACH – Jackie has spent her career inspiring others to strive for a healthy and fulfilling life. After studying the life coach strategies and techniques of Anthony Robbins, Jackie is ready to share those life changing strategies with you.

 

Liz Lindh

Liz is an Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor (ERYT 200) affiliated with the Yoga Alliance, a nationally board certified Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc), herbalist and esthetician. She has attended yoga teacher trainings at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Madras, India, the Omega Institute in New York, the Nosara Institute and Blue Spirit in Costa Rica, and Soma Yoga in Newport. She is in the process of completing an advanced training certification in Prana Flow with Shiva Rea.  Liz enjoys studying and teaching around the world.

 

Anya Fisher

Started to teach Zumba just about a year ago but admired dancing throughout her life. Anya was born and raised in Russia, moved to the states in 2008. A year later she was introduced to Zumba….and discovered a new way to live the dream! She is in love with fitness, healthy people and happy workouts!  In her free time, she is mastering a program for International Relations at Salve Regina University.

 

 

Rachel Alexander

Rachel has been a group exercise instructor for 15 years.  She was trained by Jackie Henderson and traveled throughout the country as  a member of the “Off the Curb” Dance troupe.  Rachel has taught at Downtown Fitness and Dance, Newport Athletic Club, Off the Curb Studio and Bridge to Fitness.  Rachel is also a physical therapist assistant at the Newport Hospital and has an amazing understanding of human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology.  She loves to workout and is ready to kick your assets!  :)

 

Lauren Freitas

Lauren is a fitness enthusiast who has been trained by Jackie Henderson. She has a love for running and has participated in many road races. Over the past few years, Lauren has advanced her skills in crossfit and kettle bell training. As a recent mom of two, she knows what is takes to challenge to body and elicit change.   Lauren is an Occupational Therapist at Newport Hospital and has studied human anatomy, kinesiology, and exercise physiology. She is very excited to take on this new venture of teaching!

 

Valerie Mey

After graduating from Salve Regina University with a Marketing and International Studies in 2007, I jumped straight into the business world.  This  gave me valuable experience with business and working with people.  I have a passion to make a difference in people’s lives and my business experience has taught me how.  I am now excited to launch Nutrition Breakthru which will help my clients to realize optimal health through nutrition and a balanced lifestyle.

As a child I was lactose intolerant and a  few years ago I, once again, found myself having digestion and emotional imbalances. After following the dietary recommendations made by my naturopath,  I was able to pin point what was causing my imbalances and reconnect with my body. Since then I have realized that the changes that I have made in my diet and my life have had a huge impact on my health, well being, energy and  how I feel every day.  This led me to a passion for nutrition and wanting to help others who may face similar health concerns. The old adage, “we are what we eat” is so true and if we can identify how which foods and other behaviors are negatively impacting our health, we can proactively take action and fix or prevent disease and malaise.

To achieve this end, I went back to school to become a Nutritional Therapist Practitioner (NTP) from the Nutritional Therapy Association, with a plan to  start  Nutrition Breakthru. My passion is to help others Breakthru their old habits and change to live an optimal life now and for the rest of their lives.  I have been around nutrition and fitness most of my life playing 18 years of sports and being involved with youth sports camps, fitness studios and athletic training.  I am still very active everyday and, in addition to Nutrition, I believe exercise and physical fitness is very important to everyday physical and emotional balance.

As the owner and founder of Nutrition Breakthru, I have made huge life changes in my own habits to feel, look and live a healthier and happier life. I have dealt with health challenges in my life and found that through proper diet, foundational support and emotional balance I am able to live the best possible life that I deserve and you deserve too.

As  a nutritionist, athlete, friend and coach, I am ready and wanting to work with you so you can create your own success story.

 

Maria Parshina

Maria started dancing when she was 6 years old and is trained in ballet, jazz, modern and ballroom. She holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, State University of New York. In 2008 she completed Steele Pilates Mat Certification Program. Maria is very excited to be teaching jazz again!

 

 

Zaida Humphrey

 

Latina with flavor with a  long dance background  and over 3 years experience teaching ZUMBA

LOVE  ZUMBA and passionate about teaching
Trained and certified to teach
ZUMBA basics 1
ZUMBA basics 2
ZUMBA TONING
ZUMBATOMIC
ZUMBA gold/toning
AQUA ZUMBA
ZUMBA GOLD
Also attended ZUMBA conventions in 2009, 2010, 2011  Trained by Beto Perez and from the best of the best!