Vanessa received her equipment certification and certifications in Mat and Standing Pilates from the PhysicalMind Institute®. In addition to teaching at CRNP, Vanessa is also an instructer at the Ray Meyer Fitness & Recreation Center at DePaul University. She integrates the standing Pilates repertoire and advanced breath and balance work into her instruction, helping students create efficient and agile movement and increased body awareness in their daily lives. Vanessa received her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University where her movement studies included Yoga, Feldenkrais®, Laban movement analysis, stage combat and various forms of dance. She performs regularly in Chicago area theatres and is an Artist in Residence with the Griffin Theatre Company.