Carrie Lamb, PT, DPT, OCS, NCPT
I am a mover – plain and simple. I fidget, I stretch, I sit on the floor, I make things. I cook, I teach, and I play outside as much as I can. I’m grateful every day that 20 years ago I was accepted into Physical Therapy school.
I found my calling early and have spent my entire career as a curious observer of how we move. Functional, dysfunctional, different, interesting, and outright unbelievable movement patterns spark my curiosity and my creativity. I continue to be inspired and fascinated with the ability of the human body and mind to adapt and change (for better or worse) to meet the demands being placed on it.
I’ve spent many years learning manual techniques to align, lengthen, release, and stretch different areas of the body. What I’ve learned is that they are all useful as long as they help restore MOVEMENT. We are mobile beings and interact with each other and our world through our ability to move. I am passionate about empowering people to optimize their movement and fully engage with the world around them. This passion has given me amazing opportunities to teach locally, nationally and internationally to spread my love of movement. I hope to share that with you too!
- University of Colorado, Masters of Physical Therapy 2000
- Regis University, Doctor of Physical Therapy 2012
- Board Certified in Orthopedics
- CoreAlign® Master Instructor
- Nationally Certified Pilates Trainer, PMA®
Lindy Royer, PT, NCPT
As a little girl growing up in Sydney, Australia, I was always very curious about how things were put together, and spent hours taking my dolls and toys apart trying to figure out how they worked. Eventually, I applied this curiosity to the study of physiotherapy, Pilates and human movement.
My passion for skiing and adventure brought me to the US and I moved to Steamboat Springs, CO, in the late 1970’s. Before returning to the practice of PT several years later, I experienced a variety of jobs, working as an EMT/Ski Patroller, a fitness club manager and group fitness instructor (complete with mandatory ‘80’s headband and legwarmers), a rafting guide, and doing odd manual labor and landscaping jobs. For me, movement is life, and no matter what work I was engaged in, the theme was the same—I gravitated to physical activity in the outdoors.
I was introduced to Pilates over 20 years ago and it instantly and forever changed the way I related to movement, movement teaching and Physical Therapy practice. After gaining my Comprehensive Pilates Certification, I became a Pilates Educator for Polestar Education in 2002, and had the opportunity to teach Pilates courses throughout the US. For the past 11 years I’ve represented Balanced Body Education as a Master instructor in Pilates, MOTR and Barré.
Providing our clients and patients with tools to empower them and improve the way they move throughout life continues to inspire me, and I love sharing what I’m learning along the movement journey with others. And yes, I’m still passionate about skiing!
• Physiotherapist, Sydney University/Cumberland College of Health Sciences
• Nationally Certified Pilates Instructor (NCPT) through the National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP)
• Balanced Body Master Instructor in Pilates, MOTR and Barré
• Franklin Method Educator
• Inner Matrix Systems Apprentice (Mindfulness and Meditation Training)
Rachael Britton, PT, DPT
Rachael developed a passion for the body and how it moves long ago while growing in North Dakota. She found that she especially enjoyed anatomy and the sciences and moved to Colorado, where she played college tennis while studying for her undergraduate degree.
Upon graduating with a BS in Kinesiology/Exercise Science, she furthered her knowledge by obtaining a certification in Massage Therapy from the Colorado School of Healing Arts, as well as a Mat Pilates certification through the Physical Mind Institute. While practicing massage and teaching Pilates, she was intrigued to learn more about how the body functions and works together as a connected unit, and enrolled in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, graduating with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2009.
Rachael blends her unique background of physical therapy, massage therapy, and Pilates into physical therapy treatments and especially enjoys working with patients who have struggled to get better elsewhere. She enjoys teaching her patients about the correlation between anatomy, posture, and movement patterns. No two people are treated the same.
She believes highly in the value of continuing education and has done extensive studies through the Institute of Physical Art and Balanced Body Pilates, completing Reformer I and II trainings. Putting her skills to use, she has volunteered her time to help athletes perform their best, and especially cherishes her experience as a Sports Massage Therapist at the 2004 Athens Olympics. In her free time, Rachael enjoys snowboarding, tennis, hiking, biking, travel, and the incredible opportunities for adventure Colorado has to offer.
Victoria fell in love with the Pilates method the very first class she took over ten years ago! She has been a Professional Photographer for 20+ years, enjoys fitness of all types and loves spending time in the Colorado outdoors with her partner Nick and pup London. Looking to shoot a little less, and fulfill a desire within her to help people, she decided to become a Certified Pilates Instructor. She has completed the Level IV 1000+ hour Classical Pilates certification and is so enthusiastic about sharing with others how Pilates can really change your body and everyday life wellness.
Claire Kenkel, NCPT
Claire’s first experience with Pilates was through a mat class in 2005 where she discovered that Pilates was a great foundation for running and recreational sand volleyball – adding balance, coordination, and flexibility. Now as a full-time business consultant, Claire recognizes daily the benefits of improved posture and core strength in offsetting the effects of computers and travel. She has been sharing her knowledge and passion for Pilates as an instructor since 2016 and has completed comprehensive training through Balanced Body. She is recognized as a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) by the NPCP, as well as a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. Claire focuses on helping her clients understand proper alignment and how to initiate movement, while identifying and avoiding movement patterns that can contribute to chronic pain. Above all, she believes in helping people learn about and appreciate their bodies rather than wishing for new ones.
Sarah has been teaching pilates since 2014. She got her certification from the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO and then completed the Heritage Training with Cara Reeser. She is also continuing her education consistently by attending workshops and learning from some of her favorite teachers. Sarah loves helping others understand body mechanics as well as the body’s innate wisdom and intelligence. Pilates has opened many unexpected doors for Sarah and has changed her life in so many ways. When Sarah isn’t teaching, she spends her time making music and playing shows with her band Heavy Diamond Ring. She also loves hanging out at home in Evergreen, CO with her family.
Erika Cunha never really got over her goal to be a Solid Gold Dancer. Unfortunately, the show was discontinued while she was in elementary school so she had to reevaluate. Since that time, Erika acquired a BA in Psychology and began her graduate studies in Expressive Therapies. Her specialization and passion is with movement. She has found movement not only to help with fitness but also loves the healing power of moving your body.
She is a certified pilates teacher with over 400 hours of training in the STOTT method with a focus in rehabilitation and has taught yoga, dance and pilates nationally to students of all ages for over 23 years.
She continues to dance and has focused on West African dance for the last 20 years. She balances her workouts by baking with her 2 children, Lila and Remy.
Karen Spohn – Pilates Instructor and NeuroKinetic Therapy Practitioner
Karen’s love of movement began during childhood in her home state, Wisconsin, where she grew up as a dancer. While earning her college majors of dance and psychology, she was introduced to Pilates, and her passion to share this method was ignited. She moved to Colorado in 2001 and completed the Advanced Teacher Training program at The Pilates Center, in Boulder. Ever since, Karen has benefited from, and seen in her clients, the power Pilates can have in one’s life. She has also completed other trainings such as, Pilates for pregnancy, CoreAlign ®, Rocktape®. She also continues her anatomy education, and assessment and treatment skills through Neurokinetic Therapy® and Immaculate Dissection ®. All of which add tremendous tools to her repertoire in guiding clients on their wellness journey. Outside of the studio, she enjoys raising her family and time in the great outdoors.
Bryann Lynch – Polestar Pilates Instructor
Bryann lives at the foot of South Table Mountain with her husband and dog. She
discovered Pilates when looking for a way to add stretching to her weight training
routine. Bryann learned that Pilates is a mind-body method that involves centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing and flow. After years of focusing on mat work, Bryann added the apparatus to her repertoire. Pilates enriched Bryann’s life so much she decided to pursue teacher training through the Polestar Comprehensive Pilates for Studio education program, which she completed in 2014.
Bryann is fortunate to teach at Connect, where she can share her love of Pilates
and movement with others. When not in the studio, Bryann enjoys spending time
outdoors with her husband and dog.
Dr. Kathleen Bower, DPT
My path to physical therapy started with a passion for movement; I saw my first ballet at three years old and immediately became intrigued about how the human body could move so gracefully. Dance taught me about pushing the limits of what the human body is capable of, and what it takes to return someone to the high levels of performance that we seek.
For over a decade I have been treating, educating and guiding patients and practitioners through a unique holistic approach to optimize performance and prevent the “fit but unhealthy” athlete. I believe that as a patient you are so much more than just a diagnosis from a doctor, you are a whole person. It is my goal to empower my clients with the skills they need for lifelong participation in the activities they love.
Since hanging up my dance bag in 2012, I found a deep love for endurance sports. I took to road cycling that year, and soon began training and racing for half and full Ironman distance triathlons. My new-found joy in endurance athletics has expanded my knowledge and understanding of the unique demands placed on the female athlete and how to help women create longevity in their chosen sport.
To me there is no better feeling than the empty legs and full heart that come with a day on the bike, or an epic day in the mountains! I look forward to working with you in achieving your full movement potential.