Dr. Jennifer Crane
Dr. Jen Crane is known for her innovative approach to injury prevention and performance optimization in circus arts. As a dual credentialed physiotherapist and athletic trainer, she’s spent her career working with athletes and artists of all levels – from recreational acrobats, to Cirque de Soleil artists and Olympic gymnasts. Jen loves leveraging her knowledge on the human body to exceed her client's circus goals -- from contortion head-sits to dynamic aerial work; Jen specializes in troubleshooting barriers to goals that you’d never find in textbooks. In addition to her physio work, Jen is currently training and performing in Montreal with a focus on dance trapeze, aerial straps and handbalancing.
Dr. Carlie Huberman is the owner of Elite Arts Physical Therapy and specializes in treating performing artists and acrobats. Carlie has been doing circus and aerial acrobatics since the age of 11 and has been a professional aerialist and instructor for the past 10 years. She specialises in Trapeze, Silks and Partner Acro. She has been a MyFLEX Coach since the beginning of MyFlex and absolutely loves working with the community and helping people to overcome injuries to reach their flexibility goals.
Carlie teaches live flexibility classes every week through MyFLEX Studio and offers online private flexibility sessions and consults through MyFLEX. Carlie also offers online physical therapy (physiotherapy) rehabilitation sessions for those of you that have injuries holding you back, and want to work with a PT who understands your training program. Feel free to schedule a PT session with her directly. You may even get to meet Carlie’s dog Luna during classes and sessions!
A lifelong proclaimed left-brainer, McKell originally started her career with a sparkly business degree focused on logistics. Shortly after graduating life tricked her into trying an aerial class and she has never looked back! Over a decade later she has taken circus classes with professionals from all over the world, taught hundreds of students, and discovered her neglected right brain through solo and group performances.
After moving to Colorado with her husband, she started Circus Solutions LLC to bring together her background of business and her love of aerial to assist studio owners. Helping others, with flow charts or foot locks, is truly where she thrives. She is excited for the opportunity to help even more people through the MyFLEX program!
Embracing her new role as a mother, McKell hosts the Moms of MyFLEX course to facilitate a training time for parents and their wild younglings and pets.
Tia is a physical therapist based out in Oakland, CA. She is a wife, mom to her little girl and cat lover and owner. Tia’s introduction to movement began with a yoga class in college. Since then, it has continued over the last 20 years where she has taught yoga and other fitness classes and more recently is an aspiring amateur in pole dancing and aerial hoop. She is an orthopedic and pelvic floor physical therapist that specializes in treating the pelvic floor with a focus on self care and body literacy.
As a new addition to the MyFlex team, she is extremely excited to be part of such a great group of talented performers and educators.
Hello, MyFlexers! My name is Teri, and I am thrilled to be here! I am a sparkle-loving wife and mom to a human baby, two cats, and a growing number of neighborhood strays.
When I started training circus arts, I was almost 30, and my biggest goal was to hold a handstand long enough to take a clear photo. I never thought I would enjoy several years performing as a professional contortionist and aerialist.
As a teacher and coach, I’ve always felt that we are each unique and beautiful snowflakes. My passion is tapping into each students’ gifts and figuring out how to address their distinct challenges. I’m available for one-on-one sessions for all levels of flexibility and contortion, and I can’t wait to share my love for contortion with you!
Languages: English & German
Michelle Stripes is a pole dance artist and certified pole dance teacher who is also studying Law in Vienna, Austria.
After falling in love with this creative movement discipline that places high demands on the body, they faced their own challenges regarding strength and flexibility. Michelle then became invested in researching and questioning training methods, especially after they started instructing pole dance classes in 2014. Michelle is a cycle one MyFlexer and loves nerding out on the anatomy of movement.
Michelle is now teaching (online) flexibility trainings, conditioning & mobility classes, as well as dance and pole dance classes. One of their biggest drives is enabling students to better understand their bodies and they strongly believe that the magic lies in a strong foundation, no matter how ambitious the goal. Michelle is passionate about passing on knowledge and in her classes focuses on finding individual approaches for every student. They profit from her ability to break down complex movements as well as Michelle's excellent eye for details.
Jessie Rard is a contortionist and aerialist studying at San Diego Circus Center. They started their journey as a self-taught aspiring contortionist 10 years ago and have since worked professionally as an aerialist and dancer, began attending a full time circus arts program, and began working as a coach themselves. Jessie teaches through his company Twisted Fox Training, specializing in flexibility and end range conditioning for circus artists and martial artists. They are a cycle one MyFlexer and proud to have the opportunity to give back to this amazing community of hard working athletes.
Laurence Agénor earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University. While in physical therapy school, she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Laurence is also listed as a dance specialist on Doctors for Dancers, a nation-wide, online network of health practitioners serving the dance community. Her interests include dance medicine, sports performance, women’s health/pelvic health therapy, orthopedics, and manual and visceral therapy.
Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Laurence was an elementary school teacher at a charter school in Washington, D.C. Her love for teaching, movement and healing others ultimately led her to pursue physical therapy.
Laurence uses a warm, collaborative and tailored approach with each of her patients to help them meet their individual performance goals. She is committed to providing her patients with the highest quality care to assist them in returning to their activities and give them the tools they need to feel successful and empowered outside of the clinic.
In addition to being a physical therapist, Laurence is a dancer as well as a dance, Pilates and Barre instructor. She also enjoys photography, weight lifting, practicing Pilates and Yoga, volunteering, traveling, meditating, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.
Laura is a physical therapist in Atlanta, GA. She is residency trained and is an orthopedic clinical specialist. Laura is a former collegiate gymnast and currently trains a mix of calisthenics, lifting, and hand balancing. In addition to providing in-person outpatient orthopedic physical therapy services, she offers online consulting services.
Tro started as an athlete competing in Gymnastics, athletics and swimming all through high school before studying to become a Paramedic in Australia. Performing and keeping fit remained a passion and Tro started to develop skills as a circus and burlesque performer before finally auditioning and getting into the National Institute of Circus where he graduated with a Bachelor of Circus, specialising in Contortion, hand-balance and aerial straps. Tro has since toured Australia with multiple shows, taught workshops, trained internationally and has recently returned to university to complete a Master of Applied Sport Science specialising in circus training and hypermobility disorders.
This combination of health science and performing arts gives them a unique and detailed perspective on training and conditioning backed by current research. Specialising in high level strength and conditioning, injury prevention, contortion, hand balance and aerial fitness; Tro is a tough and committed coach with a secret warm and fuzzy side. A new addition to the MyFlex team ready to prove his skills.
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