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Our meet and greet aficionado. Khloe is our most requested staff member. She will welcome you to the studio and congratulate you on a job well done on your way out. You'll leave stronger and better than before, and all warm and fuzzy too. She loves children and on top of all that, is hypoallergenic!
Better Body encourages Peace, Pilates, and Pups.
Krisi Frazee, M.S
Better Body Founder
Founder of Better Body, Krisi holds an M.S in Exercise Physiology and a B.S. in Psychology. Her entrepreneurial spirit has lead her to manage and operate Pilates and Fitness businesses for over 15 years. Starting in Corporate Wellness where she designed and implemented wellness programs for Corporate America. She has taught for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and later spearheaded her own Portable Pilates business serving residents living in Northern Virginia. Her strong compassion for people has brought her to specialize in clients with special needs, clients with injuries, post surgery, and men. Krisi brings dynamic and progressive innovation to her Traditional approach to Pilates. Her unmatched ability to motivate, originate, and inspire has earned her recognition as being one of the top Pilates experts in her field.
Krisi began her Pilates apprenticeship under disciples of Romana Kryzanowska and learned from master instructors such as Bob Likens, Peter Fiasca, Kathryn Nash, Mauri Windsor, and Michael Rooks. She holds a Certification from Power Pilates, New York, 2004 and received her Baptiste Yoga certification in 2007. She continues her training in the Classical approach and uses her unique creative edge to reach clients' true potential. Krisi continues honing her skills with private training and continued education and believes in practicing what she preaches by including Pilates into her daily life.
Other pastime experiences include theater and film where she worked in a wide array of movies and documentaries. Hobbies include writing, yoga, taking runs along the river, and spending time with her family in Pittsburgh. She has a strong compassion for animals; particularly the canine sort, and contributes to various animal shelters. Krisi lives in McLean, Va with her puppy Khloe. She stands by her mantra that "You will be better than before".
Lindsey found her love for Pilates after completing a BFA in acting and beginning a career in Shakespeare education and performance. She found herself trying multiple studios to and from rehearsals and quickly learned there are a several different approaches to the Pilates method. Her absolute favorite style was found with Classical Pilates led by the instructors of Better Body. She was surprised at how challenging small, precise movements could be and how it’s disciplined systematic approach really does work. Lindsey holds her Pilates Certificate from Power Pilates and her Barre Certification through Vbarre. She has studied with Sheri Berkowitz, Karina Thek Linebeck, and Veronica Combs. Lindsey is proud to wear many hats at Better Body, including one entitled “studio manager”. She loves working behind the desk as well as on the studio floor, and learning from her clients.
Jenna Bythrow M.S., PT
Jenna offers wellness services including Pilates, yoga, and therapeutic Pilates at Better Body studio. Jenna works with all types of clients – weekend warriors, competitive athletes, new moms, and clients who have recently finished rehabilitation. She seeks to make wellness accessible for all of her clients and to bring awareness to wellness opportunities in everyday activities.
Jenna is currently a licensed Physical Therapist practicing in Northern Virginia. She has over 11 years of experience in the wellness industry and holds certifications including: ACE certified personal trainer, certified yoga instructor, and BASI certified Pilates Instructor. Jenna received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from George Washington University, her Masters degree in Alternative Medicine and Physiology from Georgetown University, and her Bachelors degrees in Physiology and Public Relations from The University of Maryland. In her free time, Jenna loves to visit the farmers markets in DC and VA with her husband and take walks with her Boxer dog Sugar.
Became a student of Pilates in 1999, finding the gym routine tiresome and desiring a more challenging and interesting way to exercise. She found Pilates to be constantly challenging and a really fun way of getting around doing the dreaded and boring sit-ups. Her decision to become certified was initially about desiring to be a better student by having a deeper understanding of the work. As a teacher, she uses her own student “ah-ha” revelations to inspire and challenge each client. Falling short of being a cultist, she believes Pilates is the most elegant way to add birthdays. Gayle lives in Arlington with her husband, daughter and three bad dogs.
Ann has always lived an active life style from swimming, tennis, skiing, and long-distance running. After completing four marathons, a triathlon, and over coming many injuries, she knew it was time for a change. In 2003 she started taking Pilates and fell in love with the technique along with the mind body connection. In a fifty-five minute session her strength, flexibility, stability, and stamina are all challenged. In 2011, she began her journey to become a fully certified Pilates instructor and completed her 600 Hours Advanced Training in 2011. She has five years of teaching experience and continues to take CED classes. In 2013 she completed a thirty-three hour yoga certification. She incorporates elements of various techniques to personalize challenging workouts aimed to improve her students’ alignment and posture. She inspires students to empower themselves and to take their strength outside the Studio. When Ann isn't teaching, she loves to be with friends and family sharing a home cooked meal.
Becky grew up in Westchester, New York, where she began studying dance at the age of 5. She continued her dance training throughout college, and she now has the pleasure of sharing her passion for dance with others as a full-time Elementary School Dance Teacher within Fairfax County Public Schools. She earned a BA in Dance from James Madison University, where she also received her Virginia teaching license in Dance. While studying dance at JMU, she began to develop an interest in Pilates and realized how beneficial Pilates is for dancers. Becky believes that a dedicated practice of Pilates will allow greater control of the body and will promote a sense of well-being and balance in your life. She completed her Basic and Intermediate Mat Pilates training through Peak Pilates. She is also a certified to teach Balanced Body Barre. Becky is excited to join the Better Body Instructor team.
Aura Skigen holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She has been practicing Physical Therapy since 2001, and enjoys working with patients of all ages. Aura began practicing Pilates in 2005, while still living in New York City. In 2006 she made her way to Virginia, and received her Pilates Certification in 2007.
Aura has always enjoyed sports and physical activities of all kinds. Whether it be swimming, tennis, dance or running, she loves the benefits of an active lifestyle and the way it makes her feel. The benefits of adding
Pilates to her daily activities is something she wants to share with her
clients and patients. Aura knows that she can provide her clients with a comprehensive Pilates Program that will improve their quality of life so that they can enjoy an active life style. Certifications include: Licensed Physical Therapist, Va and DC / Polestar Pilates / Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates.
Public Relations/Communications Liaison
Ellen works as Better Body's marketing consultant. Her role is to provide constant public communication and promotional opportunity. Ellen's keen sense of perception and unique ability to connect with people has made her an integral part of Better Body.
An avid Plates student herself, Ellen believes in the power of Pilates and all Its healing and therapeutic benefits. A full time mother, Pilates keeps her fit and filled with fuel to get her through her adventurous days.
Ellen's background includes working for the Foreign Service, hosting International Affairs, Culinary Chef, and having a heart of gold. Ellen resides in Arlington Va, with her husband, two adorable children and dog Walley.
To inquire about Better Body social events: Ellen@Betterbodystudio.com
Became a student of classical Pilates in 2003 in an effort to heal herself from a chronic back injury she sustained from participation in high school sports. Overtime, Lori learned to initiate movement from her core/powerhouse, using the classical exercises developed by Joseph Pilates, ridding herself of chronic pain and compensatory weaknesses. She attributes a significant percentage of her full recovery to consistently and persistently doing Authentic Pilates 2-3x a week taught from properly trained instructors. Lori was so inspired by the results (increased strength, mobility, stamina, control, improved posture from proper pelvic & spinal alignment), as well as by the dedicated instructors around her, she decided to become an instructor herself. In 2008, Lori became a certified Power Pilates Instructor following the rigorous 600 hours+ Power Pilates Comprehensive program which includes Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Systems. Lori also graduated from Boston College with dual degrees in Finance and Personnel Management.
Lt. Matt Michaelson, M.S., ACSM-CPT
Instructor, Personal Training / Self-Defense
Matt is a former U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who comes to Better Body with over 25 years experience in health, wellness, physical fitness, and Martial Arts/Self-Defense expertise. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Matt received his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and went on to serve a 20-year military career with service overseas in Okinawa, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Earning a Masters in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 1998, Matt returned to West Point as an Instructor and Asst. Professor in Physical Education, where he instructed hundreds of cadets in close-quarters fighting and self-defense, and presented at both State and National-level ACSM and AAHPERD conferences. As a Certified Personal Trainer with ACSM, Matt enjoys designing specialized fitness programs for corporate professionals in DC, NoVa, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New York, and conducts group Self-defense Workshops and Personal Training at Better Body. He is also available by appointment for individual and group fitness sessions/programs.
As a lifelong runner, injuries forced her to rethink her exercise regime. When she moved to Washington, DC to complete her Master's degree in Museum Studies, she started to explore new options in the DC area. A few years of barre and yoga classes brought her to her Pilates practice. After receiving her Pilates mat training in 2008, barre training in 2008, and 200-hour yoga certification in 2009, she realized that teaching was her true passion. After some serious life changes gave her the push that she was looking for, in 2010 she embarked on her comprehensive Pilates 700-hour certification through Quantum Pilates and now teaches full-time. In addition to her comprehensive training, she also received another non-traditional mat and machine training to further explore aspects of Pilates.
In addition to various workshops with teachers such as Karen Clippenger and Valentin, Addie also holds advanced certificates in Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies through BASI Pilates, Pre and Postnatal training through the Center for Women’s Fitness, and Pilates for MS and Neurological Conditions. Most recently, she completed her PMA certification in 2013.
Addie lives in the Falls Church area with her husband and baby daughter. They love exploring the area's libraries, swimming pools. and parks. She is so excited to join the Better Body team!
Instuctor / Apprentice
Jamie began her study of Pilates in late 2008. Having, suffered a minor back injury, she quickly became a devotee, thanks to the inspirational teaching of Krisi and all the staff at Better Body. In addition to continuing as a student, Jamie is pursuing her Peak Pilates certification and is currently an apprentice at Better Body. Jamie's teaching approach is cool, calm, and collective. She also enjoys keeping fit by doing weight training and staying active in her everyday life. She enjoys travel, reading, and trying new restaurants in her spare time. She lives in Arlington with her coffee-sipping cat, Seamus.
Tara grew up in upstate New York, where she studied ballet and other forms of dance.
She completed her Barre Instructor certification in 2015 at Exhale in New York City, studying under veteran teachers Elizabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito. Exhale's instructor training program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). She began teaching Barre in 2016. She is currently working on her RYT 200 certification with YogaFit.
She also holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.
Tara and her husband live in Arlington with their four children and their chocolate lab.