Pukka founder Sharon Manzuk is a licensed physical therapist, PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, and Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist. She’s been working in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years and as an ergonomic and workplace safety consultant for 15 years. Sharon holds a master’s in physical therapy from Mount St. Mary’s College and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She also completed the 500-hour Pilates Teacher Training program through Chakra Pilates in San Diego and continues training with world-renowned Pilates instructors Moses Urbano and Chris Robinson. Sharon brings her expertise in rehabilitation, ergonomics and injury prevention, and passion for Pilates and fitness to provide clients with the optimal exercise experience and successful outcomes for a long and healthy life. She gained an appreciation for Pilates after discovering it relieved her own chronic back pain. Sharon has been a Scripps Ranch resident since 2004.
Michelle found yoga in 2014 seeking a form of fitness that was kinder to the body than Barre or working out on gym equipment. The journey began to offer so much more than she ever imagined possible. In 2015, she found herself enrolled in 200hr Yoga Teacher training while helping to manage Elite Yoga studio. She completed 200hr certification in Vinyasa with Yin training. Michelle continues to attend many workshops and trainings to enhance her teaching and be able to share with her students. Her next step will be to attend and complete her 500hr RYT. As an avid fitness enthusiast, Michelle has also completed a marathon benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and is also certified to teach Spin cycle and METAFIT HIIT. Her favorite pastimes include outdoor yoga, SUP yoga, hiking and spending time with her 6yr old Boxer dog Bentley. Michelle is more than thrilled to be able to share her passion for yoga and meditation with the Pukka Pilates family.
Federico De Silva
Federico De Silva is a 2nd generation classical Pilates teacher whose Pilates journey began in 1998 with the Romana’s Pilates Authentic Pilates Method. Since 1989, Federico has dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence in high performance corrective exercise kinesiology after his initial training under Paul Chek. He is also certified in and uses the Functional Movement Screening Program (FMS.com). Federico’s worked with a wide spectrum of clients including elite athletes, post-rehab patients, children, and the elderly, and instructs using quality weight training techniques while correcting faulty movement patterns to improve muscular imbalances and postural alignment. He uses Pilates to help clients and athletes meet their fitness and rehabilitative goals. Federico received a BS in Aquatic Biology from UC Santa Barbara and holds many certifications including yoga teacher, professional golf fitness instructor, strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), and post-rehab specialist. Ocean waterman fitness and surfing instruction are among his many passions. He also consults with the Olympic ski program in Breckenridge Colorado.
Anna was working as an advertising practitioner at an ad agency in the Philippines when she discovered Pilates around 2000. She believed Pilates was the most beneficial and enjoyable exercise for her. She believed in it so much that in 2007 Anna left the ad agency where she had been for 18 1/2 years and enrolled in the Romana’s Pilates Instructor Training Program in the studio owned by Romana Kryzanowska in Arlington, Texas. After earning her certificate as a Level V Romana’s Pilates instructor in early 2008, she went back to the Philippines and taught at PurePilates. For 7 1/2 years, she gained more expertise teaching private sessions as well as small group reformer and mat classes. She also obtained her certification to teach TRX suspension training. Anna moved to San Diego late 2015 and started working at Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy in 2016.
Diane Liang became a registered nurse in 1986 and received her bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. College is where Diane realized the importance of keeping active and coordinated exercise programs for seniors. She worked as a critical care nurse, medical consultant with three major insurance carriers, and worked telephone triage for several large pediatric practices in the Denver area providing health guidance to young families. An avid fitness enthusiast, Diane has run marathons, completed triathlons, and fell in love with Pilates after her first lesson three years ago. Her most recent endeavor has been completing her Pilates certification with Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy in San Diego and preparing to become a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher so that she can share her new passion of Pilates with others. While staying home to raise her children, Diane has spent the last 10 years involved in her children’s sports activities promoting health through fitness.
Jessica Pickett first discovered Pilates while trying to rehabilitate a low back injury in 2009. After trying all the usual forms of rehab, it was Pilates that helped to relieve her back pain by focusing on strengthening the muscles that support the spine and working from the “inside out”. Energized with a continued passion to help people, Jessica immersed herself in Pilates and completed her Teacher Training Program through Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy in San Diego. She is thrilled to be able to use her physical therapy experience and Pilates training to provide clients with a balanced, whole body workout that connects the mind, body and spirit through movement. Jessica is a licensed physical therapy assistant, PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. She completed her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Sonoma State University and has experience working with patients in the hospital setting, ergonomics and injury prevention.
Coco found Pilates after physical therapy for her lower back issues. Immediately she was hooked as Pilates was the only thing she found to successfully manage her pain. Pilates had such an incredible impact on Coco’s life that she wanted to share her experience and knowledge with others. Leaving the corporate world and event planning, she delved into making Pilates her full-time focus. Coco completed her 500-hour Comprehensive Classical Pilates training with the Lolita’s Legacy program and is a 3rd generation classical Pilates instructor. Lolita San Miguel is one of only two people known to have been certified by Joseph Pilates. Coco continues to train under and learn from some of the best instructors in the Pilates industry and recently received her PMA Certification. She is passionate about helping others and teaching people about the benefit of the mind-body connection achieved through Pilates. When she isn’t doing Pilates, you can find Coco hanging out with her rescue pup, eating delicious food with friends and family, or traveling. Coco is a graduate of San Diego State University with a BS in Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Carrie was inspired to pursue a career in fitness after spending too many years working in front of a computer. Under the tutelage of her long-time trainer, Chris Robinson, she began an apprenticeship in classical Pilates and functional training. Over six years later, she is in the best shape of her life and she enjoys helping others gain strength and relieve pain. After trying many types of recreational fitness, she believes to have found the best modalities for training the injury prone, office workers and even professional athletes.
Moses is a world-renowned Pilates Instructor who works with private clients, other Pilates teachers, celebrities and professional athletes since completing his certification in 1999 under the direction of Romana Kryzanowska at The Pilates Studio of New York. He had the great privilege of assisting Romana, Joseph Pilates’ leading disciple, on teaching tours in the United States and internationally. His passion is to share his journey in Pilates and support Pilates instructors around the world.
Known for his dynamic hands-on approach to teaching Pilates, he is sought-after for Pilates training events and workshops. His base is San Diego, California in the USA and Berlin, Germany in Europe. Moses keeps his own practice on the cutting edge by remaining forever a student, studying with his fellow teachers and instructor trainers at Romana’s Pilates.
In addition, Moses has been featured in San Diego Magazine, Majestic Living, IDEA Fitness Journal, PilatesStyle, and various international publications. He consulted for Stamina Products at “Super Shows” and live on QVC, and he taught for GAIAM Pilates. His live teaching is available on Pilatesology and he is a star performer in “Romana on Pilates-The Legacy Edition.”
“Romana taught me ‘Contrology’ – that’s what Joseph Pilates called his work. I see it as an art form of movement and believe it is the best way to naturally cleanse the body of impurities and replenish it with vibrant energy. It also happens to be a great way to exercise.” Moses Urbano
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