OUR TEAM

ANN PELINO

Owner/Personal Trainer

Meet Ann

My clients are often surprised to hear the details of my personal journey. I actually never exercised growing up and physical activity and healthy eating was simply not part of our family routine. It was only years later when I moved out of the city and was looking for new activities that I was drawn to a local personal training facility. I specifically asked to work with the owner/head trainer and did so for years. I started to recognize that I also felt differently depending on what I ate so I began buying cooking magazines and experimenting in the kitchen. I felt great through each of my three pregnancies and found I was able to get myself back in shape after each baby was born.

Eventually the owner of my gym encouraged me to become a certified personal trainer. I thought he must be kidding but he was completely serious and eventually I believed in myself enough to give it a try. I really enjoyed my role as a Personal Trainer, but noticed some of my clients were not seeing enough change in their bodies and became discouraged. That led me to enroll in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition so I could add Health Coaching to my service offering. Now I even opened my own studio so I can work with clients on their bodies and nutrition needs in a setting that is comfortable for them. Few things make me happier than having clients work with me and ultimately find themselves in a better place than they were when we first met.

When not at work I enjoy spending time outdoors with my children Nicky, Joey, and Nina. I hope to inspire my children so they too can feel proud of the choices they make and beautiful lives they live.

My training started when I began my Personal Trainer certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. That training taught me how to customize programs to help my clients achieve their goals.

Later, I became a fitness class instructor and a Certified Pilates Instructor through the IM=X Pilates program. I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.

During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world's top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities. My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.


DR. TEJAL RAMAIYA

Physical Therapist

Meet Dr. Ramaiya

Since 2002, Dr. Tejal Ramaiya has been helping people of all ages stay active and healthy by participating in activities that they enjoy and compete in, without medication or surgery. She received her Master's in Physical Therapy in 2002 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2004 from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Upon graduation from physical therapy school, she took on a number of positions in outpatient orthopedics and sports physical therapy where she served a variety of clientele including post-surgical cases, sports injuries, pediatrics, triathletes, and geriatrics. Over the years, she has earned a number of specialized certifications including:

  • Certification in Strength and Conditioning
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling, Kinesiotaping
  • Graston technique
  • Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Assessment
  • Functional Movement Screening

Tejal's strength lies in her drive for learning and her enthusiasm for implementing new evidence-based techniques into her clinical practice daily. Her membership in the American Physical Therapy Association allows her to constantly be in touch with the newest research in the Physical Therapy field. She has a lifelong love for learning through continuing education courses and her reading.


RADHIKA TRUFFA

Yoga Instructor

Meet Radhika

Radhika is lifelong student and teacher of yoga that believes in focusing on integrating and balancing the body, mind, and spirit to help prevent or manage illness and injury. Radhika also has a strong background in personal training which she has been doing since 2002 and she completed her Master's degree in Exercise Physiology in 2006. Radhika blends Exercise Science with Eastern health and spiritual practice to create individualized programs designed to promote a holistic approach to health and fitness.


PAOLA ZINGARO

Reiki Master

Meet Paola

Paola is a Certified Reiki Master offering Reiki sessions by appointment along with essential oil and healing crystal therapy. Reiki is a healing technique that can help reduce stress and promote relaxation and healing. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit leaving you with a feeling of peace, security and wellbeing. Paola can be reached at 917-514-8811 or email her at Paola.zingaro@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

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