For over 25 years Dorothy’s trademark zest for life, positive outlook and can-do attitude has encouraged her students into reaching their personal fitness goals. Her upbeat energy and unique ability to make others capture their own moment have inspired the many who have trained with her.
A native of Toms River, NJ, Dorothy began dancing at the age of three and after making the Varsity Competitive Cheerleading Squad in high school went on to place at both the State and National levels. While attending Georgian Court College she received her AFAA certification and began teaching aerobics, step and kickboxing for The Jack LaLanne Fitness Centers. During the next few years she went on to receive her specialty certifications in Pilates, Aqua Fitness and Yoga. Dorothy graduated college in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to work as an Office Manager in the Pharmaceutical Packaging field as well as manage and instruct at several Health Clubs including New York Sports Clubs until owning and operating her own fitness studio in 1996.
During that same year Dorothy trained with Mad Dogg Athletics, received her Spinning® certification and her studio became one of the first Licensed Spinning® Facilities in the area. Dorothy’s passion for the program began immediately and she continued to train with Mad Dogg Athletics. Beginning early on with the Spinning® Program, attending numerous master classes and courses molded her unique style and created the inspiring instructor she is today. Her own “theme” based rides were developed over years of teaching but more importantly by listening to her students who inspire her every day. It is always about building the person you are inside…the body will follow the mind. It is because of this mind/body connection that makes Spinning® the perfect fitness class and training tool. “The hardest part is getting there.” Once you arrive everything falls into rhythm; your breath, your heart rate, your movement and your spirit. Dorothy incorporates this type of connection in every class she instructs.
Before relocating to Hunterdon County in 2000 Dorothy realized that the Spinning® Program was missing from many area fitness and health centers so she started Steel Wheels in Clinton, NJ and became the only Licensed Spinning® Facility in both Hunterdon and Warren Counties during that time. Dorothy developed a strong following with both the outdoor riders and new enthusiasts. Steel Wheels was a huge success and triggered other group fitness instructors and health center managers to look into the program; many of which trained with Dorothy before beginning their own programs and/or instructing in the area.
In order to continue her education and provide her clients with a full menu of services in 2005 Dorothy received her massage therapy certification and developed her own line of holistic natural health and healing products. Her 600 hours of body work training enhanced her ability to provide uniquely personalized classes including her very own Yogalates where the perfect fusion of Pilates and Yoga combines with individual energy work. Recently she had the wonderful opportunity to open her third Group Fitness Studio in High Bridge, NJ where she can continue to utilize her creative teaching and training style in a positive and beautiful environment. She is blessed to have fantastic instructors with her as she embarks on her next journey. Please join her and the team at THE STUDIO for the complete and ultimate mind and body experience.
“Sweaty hug from me to you!”
Dorothy’s Degrees & Certifications:
Bachelor of Science – Georgian Court College 1990
Certified Massage Therapist – 2005
Substitute Teacher’s Credential – State of New Jersey
AFAA Personal Training & Group Fitness Certifications
AFAA Specialty Certifications: Step Aerobics, Kickboxing, Aqua Fitness, Pilates and Yoga
Spinning® JGSI # 25505
American Heart Association CPR
American Heart Association First Aid
ZUMBA® Basic 1 & 2
Cheer Ltd. National Judges Certification
Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. NJRPA
NCA Coaches Certification
NFHS Spirit Coaches’ Bronze Level
National Youth Sports Coaches Association
Pop Warner Coaches Certification
State of NJ Fundamentals of Coaching