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Kim Smith

     “I sing the body electric!” Walt Whitman “praised the thrilling aspects of the human body,” precisely how Kimberly has felt for most of her life. She studied Communications, Theatre and Psychology in college, paying her way through school as a personal trainer and a surgical tech for orthopedic surgeons and opthalmologists. Her passions have always been the stage, travel and great food.

 

     Years later, Kimberly returned to school to earn her Culinary Arts degree, which lead to more travel as a chef and caterer. She earned her nickname Gypsy by traveling through the US and Latin America, cooking in cities like Steamboat Springs, CO. and Chicago, IL and living for years in Mexico, Venezuela and Honduras. A debilitating, painful spinal injury kept her in and out of bed for nearly ten years, often interfering with work, travel and life despite her attempts to heal through conventional methods and exercise. Her travels finally landed her on Martha’s Vineyard, where fate would lead her to Pilates.

 

     Through Pilates and Rolfing she was completely pain free after less than a year! Her experience was so profound that she decided to train as an instructor and therapist. Studying with Stefan Knight on Martha’s Vineyard and The Pilates Center of Boulder, she received her Pilates teacher certification in 2003, followed by her internationally recognized PMA certification in 2008. Kimberly has a keen eye for gait analysis and a gift for pain empathy. Always eager to keep learning, she has continued her studies in a variety of bodywork techniques including Yoga, Feldenkrais, Yamuna Body Rolling, Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and exercise anatomy.

 

     Guided by the individual needs of her clients, Kimberly uses safe and effective training and proven goal coaching techniques to assist her clients in achieving their goals. She loves working hands on with people, is forever fascinated by observing human movement, and has been touched by the profound results Pilates brings to peoples' lives. Kimberly has been a full-time resident of Naples, Florida since 2006. She has held long-term teaching positions in the Naples and Bonita Springs YMCA and in private studios from Ft. Myers to downtown Naples throughout the years.

 

     She lives an active and rambunctious life with her husband Shaun and two beautiful sons, loving the momlife she’s been blessed with. “Next to becoming a mom, the most impactful event in my life has been the gift of movement again through Contrology. Joe (Pilates) was 50 years ahead of his time! His work is unsurpassed and every day more and more people finally get it. I will never stop doing Pilates or spreading the love!”