Staff

About Our Coaches


Ardy Conway

Owner/Instructor
Ardy Conway opened her pilates studio in 2000 to fulfill her passion for fitness. A native of South Dakota, she grew up in an athletic family and has never looked back. Ardy holds a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. Prior to opening her studio, she spent over 20 years working in corporate fitness consulting, and personal fitness training. Ardy’s athletic background includes basketball, softball, track & field, and long distance running. She spent over 30 years as a serious distance runner pounding the pavement. The road was calling her name. Ardy was lead to pilates because of a back injury after competing in the Boston Marathon in 1996. She earned her Pilates Certification through the PhysicalMind Institute. In addition, she is a Pilates for Golf and Osteoporosis Specialist. Ardy has been a guest Pilates Instructor at the famous Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. She continues to study Pilates from leading world renowned Pilates Instructors. Now retired from serious running, she fuels her passion for running through riding her stand up bicycle the ElliptiGO, the closest thing to distance running without the impact. In 2015 she completed a 50 mile cycling event called Tour de Chutes, in Bend, Oregon on her ElliptiGO. The road is still calling her name.  Ardy is a Certified LifeStretch Instructor having trained at the Stretch to Win Institute with Ann and Chris Federick who developed Fascial Stretch Therapy.
"Take care of your body, 
it’s the only place you have to live".

"Fitness is not a destination. It is a way of life."

Kim McGuire

Instructor
Kim combines her lifelong dedication to fitness with the satisfaction of helping clients achieve life-changing results. After many years in the 9 to 5 world sitting at a desk or traveling, she suffered from chronic leg and hip pain. She heard that Pilates could offer relief and enrolled in a series of classes. The dramatic decrease in pain and increase in energy she experienced led her to quit the corporate world and train to become a Pilates instructor herself. Kim received her Pilates apparatus certification through the PhysicalMind Institute in 2007. She is also an ACE-certified personal trainer and is certified by the Arthritis Foundation. She previously owned a Pilates studio in Arizona, where she specialized in working with seniors.

Annie Peterson

Instructor
Annie Peterson started her Pilates journey at age fifteen at Ardy's Fitness. She is certified as a comprehensive instructor by Balanced Body, having studied with Tom McCook and Evangeline Kochanek. An accomplished guitarist, ballet dancer, and ballet teacher, Annie incorporates her passion for dance and music into her Pilates work. Her aim is to help each client achieve his or her own personal goals, and to maintain a feeling of wellness between body and mind.
'I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.'- Pablo Casals

"Life's a journey, not a destination." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kathy Gerber

Instructor
Kathy Gerber has been a modern dancer for decades and was introduced to the benefits of Pilates through the dance world. She first studied Pilates with Nora Reynolds Daniels (principle dancer with Bella Lewitzky Dance Company) and Michele Larsson (a long-time student of First Generation Teacher Eve Gentry) in New Mexico over 20 years ago. She received her Mat training through Central Coast Pilates/Kinetic Balance in 2006 and transitioned her training to Balanced Body Education in 2009. She has completed Balance Body’s Comprehensive Apparatus training and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for this practice with her students. In addition Kathy’s passions include nature, philanthropy and photography and is involved with several projects combining these skills. Here are links to her website and “The Gathering” Facebook page to explore how she is using her skills as a photographer to tell powerful and meaningful stories that evokes an understanding and/or action.
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Diane DiResto

Massage Therapist
Diane DiResto has been giving bodywork since 1995. She graduated from Pacific Coast School of Massage in San Luis Obispo. She listens to her clients needs and creates a massage just for you. She has certifications in Deep Tissue, Aroma Touch and Sports Massage.
You may reach Diane at 805.801.1241 to schedule an appointment.
"Massage is not just a luxury. It's a way to a healthier, happier life."


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