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Meet  Our Team

   

Stephanie Rice, Fit Fab Life Founder

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Stephanie was an extreme athlete from a very young age. If she wasn’t at school or work she was kicking butt on the softball field. She fell in love with health and wellness while working with a personal trainer during high school. This love led her to Jacksonville University where she graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science, Cum Laude, and received the Exercise Science Student of the Year award in 2008.

 

Stephanie more than understood the benefits of exercise, but the years of high intensity gym lifestyle was leaving her with hurting joints, and sore, tight muscles that made her miserable for days.

 

Then Stephanie tried a Pilates Reformer class

and her life was changed forever. 

 

Stephanie could feel her body changing a little more after every session. Her sense of where her body was in space increased. She could feel her body balancing out, lengthening, and getting stronger without the miserable days to follow. Her body was finally functioning properly, leaving her with no more pain to manage everyday life.

 

This transformation turned into pursuing a Balanced Body Pilates certification and ultimately opening up Fit Fab Life. Her goal is to help those who want to find exercise and movement that make their bodies feel alive today so they can move better tomorrow.

 

Certifications:

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

  • ACE Weight Management Specialist

  • TRX Suspension Trainer

  • MBG Advanced Functional Nutrition

  • Balance Body Pilates Reformer Instructor 

   

Fit Fab Life Instructors

Dori Gonzalez, Pilates & Barre Instructor

Dori holds a Classical Pilates Education Comprehensive Apparatus and Mat Certification, as well as a VAULT Barre Certification. Dori grew up dancing and cheering. She first fell in love with Pilates as a teenager when she took weekly classes at the YMCA in her hometown of Winter Park, Florida. After graduating from FSU, she worked in the Public Relations industry for a few years before turning her passion of Pilates into a full time career. Dori loves helping her clients achieve their Pilates goals of becoming stronger, leaner, more flexible and confident in their bodies. She believes the core principles of Pilates transcend into everyday life!

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Katherine Hanson,
Yoga Instructor

Katherine Hanson is a Registered Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, holding both a certification in trauma-focused somatic care and a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification.  She specializes in helping her clients to use the body to heal the mind and calm the nervous system as they seek to overcome stress and heal from trauma.  She is passionate about working with students to give them the keys to their own health and healing by cultivating mindfulness and joy through movement.

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Cheryl Bozeman,
Yoga Instructor

Cheryl has found confidence and courage through her own yoga practice. In 2019, yoga played an important role in a journey that transformed both her physical and mental health. Through her personal practice she became friends with her body again, learned the power of the mind-body connection in health and healing, and has found that much of what she learns on the mat transforms life off the mat. She recently completed her C-HYI 200 certification and desires to share her love of yoga as a physical, mental and spiritual discipline.

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Rachel Earlywine, Pilates Instructor

Rachel is a Tallahassee native and has been a health and fitness enthusiast most of her life. She graduated from Florida State University in Political Science, and has a law degree from University of Florida. Rachel's love for fitness took her away from practicing law. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and has served as group fitness instructor in a variety of disciplines, including Classical Pilates Comprehensive Apparatus, Barre, TRX Suspension Training, indoor cycling and rowing. Rachel is also a certified nutrition coach with a focus on performance nutrition

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Matti Higginbotham,
Pilates Instructor

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Lindsey Pyle,
Yoga Instructor

Lindsey feels that Yoga found her as she was finding herself well over a decade ago. She earned her 200 RYT through YogaWorks training, while earning her masters in Holistic Health. She was later certified specifically for children’s yoga and earned her 500 RYT certification with the Yoga Alliance as well. A few years ago, she became a YACEP provider for the YA, teaching continuing education for existing yoga instructors. Although she has trained and taught from coast to coast, owned and operated her own yoga and wellness business for years, Yoga and life are simple to her… it is all about loving yourself, others and helping others find union of the mind and body. She believes that if you just show up for your body, your mind will eventually follow. She also believes that if you just show up for your mind, that your body will eventually follow

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Matti is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. She holds certifications in Polestar Pilates, Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension Training, and Pilates OOV. She enjoys helping her clients understand and connect with their own movement practice by guiding them in awareness of how their individual body functions in a safe and efficient manner. She fell in love with Pilates with the approach of whole body wellness, healing through movement, and mind-body-spirit connectivity.

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Stephane Ughetto, Yoga Instructor

Stephane views yoga as lengthening, strengthening and listening to music. It is that simple to him; he loves yoga. He believes yoga is an opportunity in self inquiry—

by continuing to come to the mat, your inquiry may grow into other areas of your life. He earned his 200 Hour YTT Certificate with Awakened Life School of Yoga, at Blue Spirit in Nosara, Costa Rica, and recently completed his 300 Hour YTT at Nexus Yoga Institute, also in Nosara. He is a 500 RYT registered with Yoga Alliance. He loves how individual a person’s practice can be – it can be on their own mat, chair, even in a group class. Stephane specializes in the ever-evolving practices of modern postural yoga and gentle vinyasa flow – he hopes to see you in class soon!

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Riley Ford, Yoga Instructor

Yoga has been transformational for Riley. What started as a hope to find a new movement practice, after she stopped dancing in college, became a deep appreciation for the inner work of yoga. As she dedicated herself to practicing yoga, her sense of peace and grace expanded.

Riley completed her 200 hour YTT with Ember Hot Yoga in Woodstock, GA and started dreaming of sharing her love of yoga with as many people as possible.

You can expect her classes to be grounding with plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself. Each of her classes focuses on breathing and becoming more aware of how your body and mind respond to the movement.

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Jamie West, Pilates & Yoga Substitute Instructor

Both a teacher and a student, Jamie's love for yoga is unwavering. Her yoga journey began in 2006 as an avid student, which soon turned into a quest for instructing. By May of 2011, she had completed her 200 hour RYT. While she loves teaching, her personal practice is a priority. She believes that teaching keeps her honest in her personal practice, while her personal practice fuels her teaching. She is also the owner and creator of Be American , a hat and clothing line that honors those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom. Jamie is also a certified TRX instructor, and her high energy HIIT class is a

Fit Fab favorite! 

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"Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty
to not only to attain it but to maintain it.”

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Joseph Pilates