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Betsy Johnson

Betsy has been the director of the TOSH Pilates program since its inception in April 2015. Prior to this, she worked for Orthopedist Dr. Vernon Cooley for 11 years. After college at Idaho State, she obtained a Master's Degree from BYU in Exercise Science. She is a Certified Athlete Trainer trained in the care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. After a back injury of her own, she learned the value of reformer Pilates in maintaining, and improving upon, the recovery she had achieved during Physical Therapy. Betsy is a certified Stott Pilates instructor. She loves reformer Pilates because of the modifications available to people with various abilities and goals. With her training in injury treatment and prevention, Stott Pilates was a natural fit.

She has always enjoyed being active! She played volleyball in college, and now enjoys Nordic skiing and cycling. Through her work with swimmers, runners, and as a competitor of LoToJa, she understands the injuries caused by chronic overuse caused by long miles of training. She recently completed the epic 196 mile Coast to Coast hike in England with some dear friends. She has 21 fabulous nieces and nephews, and a family she can't get enough of!

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Sarah Poulsen

Sarah Poulsen

Sarah’s love for Pilates started in college. Being a dancer, she found Pilates to be the best way to help her muscles and joints through the physical stresses of dance. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Utah, she began her study of Pilates. Sarah has traveled from coast to coast through her Pilates career — from instructing fellow performers in New York City, to working with clients in need of rehabilitation in Seattle.

One of Sarah’s favorite reasons for teaching is seeing her clients have those “ah-ha!” moments and helping others feel better physically and mentally. She is happy to be back in Utah to share her passions and grow the Pilates community in her home state. Sarah is a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor and also has experience teaching barre, aerobics, aerial, and HIIT classes. 

Sarah and her husband are proud parents of a beautiful, busy baby girl, Rosalie, whom they adore. Outside of the studio, you may find Sarah in the mountains with her cute dog, Bruno, on the stage dancing and singing, or on the hunt for the best pastry in SLC (recommendations welcome)!

 

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Tracy Cash

Tracy Cash

Tracy walks with purpose, dedicated to a meaningful life. She is on a mission to guide people to create happy, healthy lives full of activity and movement. She truly believes in Intermountain Healthcare’s mission of “helping people live the healthiest lives possible.”

“I see Pilates as a great way to stay healthy, supplement training for other activities, and as a tool for overall wellness. The Pilates equipment available is fun for me and brings out my creative side. Pilates has helped me be stronger for hiking, and climbing, and helps me to avoid pain in my knee when biking. I apply the basic principles of Pilates in my daily life and all of my activities for a stronger body and increased function and confidence.” 

Tracy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and then earned a Master of Social Work. She currently works at TOSH as a social worker. Tracy also is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor, a Registered Play Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, and a personal fitness trainer.
Tracy and her husband love to travel and spend time in nature. They enjoy biking, hiking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and running. They also have a dog who loves to run and play with them.

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Shawn Evertsen

Shawn Evertsen

Shawn Evertsen has enjoyed the health and fitness benefits of Pilates for the past decade. Like many others, she used Pilates to help recover from injury, and now relies on it to maintain strength and help prevent future injury. She loves sharing her passion for Pilates with others.

Shawn is a registered nurse by profession and has spent the last 30 years working for Intermountain Healthcare in various nursing roles. She currently manages the Trauma Services department at Intermountain Medical Center where she works with her team to provide care for those who are critically injured. Her background in nursing and her love of, and commitment to, helping people makes her an invaluable addition to TOSH Pilates. She is certified as a STOTT instructor and has taught many fitness classes, such as Barre, mat Pilates and jumpboard.

Outside of work, Shawn enjoys spending time with her husband, five children, and two grandbabies. Her favorite things in life (besides her family) include almost anything involving being active outdoors: hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, trail running, skiing, and paddle boarding. She and her husband love traveling and exploring this amazing world we live in. She also has an adorable little dog, Elvis (Maltese-Yorkie mix), who loves tagging along on mom’s adventures.

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Kirsten Mills

Kirsten Mills

Kirsten holds a bachelor’s of Exercise Science degree as well as a master’s in Business Administration. She is an Emergency Management Program Manager at Intermountain Healthcare covering Alta View, Intermountain Medical Center, TOSH, and Riverton Hospitals.  

Kirsten loves to learn, has boundless energy, and loves people. Kirsten loves seeing others meet their goals and gain greater life fulfillment by increasing their capacity to love life through activity. She joined the TOSH Pilates team after becoming STOTT Pilates certified.

“My background is in exercise science and I missed that part of my life as I left frontline caregiving for my current role. I wanted to understand the principles of Pilates and share my passion for living well. Teaching at TOSH affords me the opportunity to step away from my primary role and interact with others in a more direct way. I love helping clients achieve their goals. The culture at TOSH is positive and inspiring as everyone strives to live their best life.”

Kirsten and her husband, Christian, love spending time with family, traveling, hiking, camping, and playing sports.  

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Mary Garvin

Mary Garvin

Mary discovered Pilates after injuring her back during marathon and triathlon training. Pilates not only helped her heal but also taught her how to move correctly and pain-free. Her enthusiasm of decreased chronic pain focused her career in a new direction of studying movement and becoming STOTT PILATES® Certified. She wanted to help teach others what had helped her enjoy a pain free active lifestyle she now enjoys. 

Mary works with people from a variety of physical backgrounds, but mostly enjoys helping reduce chronic pain allowing others to move and enjoy life. Whether you're looking for pain-free movement or desiring a stronger healthier body, Mary will help you attain your goal. She focuses her Pilates practice on coaching clients through proper muscle recruitment and body awareness.

When not in the studio teaching, Mary is with her husband up in the mountains, traveling, in search of her next big adventure or with Marley, her golden retriever pup.  

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Hillary Brown

Hillary Brown

Hillary recently relocated back to Salt Lake City after living in Honolulu, Hawaii, for 17 years where she owns and directs Manoa Dance Studio (MDS). When she started MDS, many thought she was simply teaching kids the basics; however, she was, in fact, learning to dance again herself. In 2008, Hillary suffered a major stroke that left her unable to speak and rendered her right side paralyzed. After a risky brain surgery, she nurtured her recovery over several years with Pilates. Pilates enabled her to make leaps and bounds in her recovery and allowed her to return to her first passion: dancing. 

Hillary has one constant thread throughout her life—her passion for empowering people through movement. Now, Hillary names TOSH her home where she specializes in neurological recovery with movement, body mechanics for dancers, and injury recovery and prevention.  She also holds over 2,500 hours in movement science, Pilates and Yoga certifications.

Hillary and Ben met in a Pilates studio.  They enjoy spending time with their 2 rescue dogs, road tripping, cooking, and game night with friends. Hillary enjoys working on their land on which they plan to build and learning how to garden and grow delicious veggies.

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Rachel Day

Rachel Day

Rachel was first introduced to Pilates at 19 after sustaining a back and knee injury while playing high school sports. She quickly fell in love with the strength and healing that resulted from Pilates. This excitement led to her to further study and train in Pilates where she then developed a passion for teaching others the importance of Pilates movement as a way to reduce chronic pain and discomfort.

What Rachel loves most about being an instructor at TOSH is the personal connection with her clients and seeing their own change and growth in and mindfulness.  She believes knowledge is power, and the more we understand how the body is intended to move, the more successful her clients’ transformations will be. Rachel is classically trained and Pilates certified. She is also certified in Barre, and Bellicon (mini trampoline).

In her spare time Rachel is also an actor. She and her husband, Jared, have two fur babies, Bruce and Bodhi. They enjoy spending time outside, camping, paddle boarding, hiking, traveling and taking road trips. Rachel is constantly reminded how important Pilates is for quality of life and being able to enjoy life moving with power and intention instead of pain. 

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Brenda Butcher

Brenda Butcher

Brenda received a BFA in Modern Dance and an MFA in Ballet from The University of Utah. She values the pursuit of education and spent over a decade teaching in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at Salt Lake Community College and as an Assistant Professor at The University of Utah in the School of Dance. Brenda earned her comprehensive Pilates Certification from Streamline in 2010 and is a Master Pilates Instructor there.

Brenda enjoys watching her Pilates clients progress as she assists them in developing greater body awareness, increased strength and fitness, and to move more efficiently in their daily lives. Brenda is an RYT 200 yoga teacher and is certified in several fitness styles. In addition to Pilates, she enjoys teaching Barre Fitness, TRX, vinyasa and restorative yoga, and meditation classes. She is passionate about anatomy and kinesiology and has taught both at Salt Lake Community College, in their Yoga Teacher Training Program, and at The University of Utah School of Dance. This knowledge is used in all of Brenda's teaching to both educate and inspire her students.

Brenda has organized and conducted several workshops and training courses for fitness professionals covering fitness and dance conditioning principles. She enjoys learning about and researching the human body. So much so, she recently conducted a case study that researched the effects of meditation on stress levels in collegiate dancers. She presented her findings at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference in Montréal, Canada.

In her spare time, Brenda enjoys traveling, hiking, eating good food, and spending time with the people she loves.

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Dantzel Cherry

Dantzel Cherry

Dantzel was first introduced to Pilates as a teenager by a ballet teacher. She pursued it further when studying dance in college at Idaho State University. She loved how it helped with her own scoliosis and allowed for injury prevention while giving more strength, balance, and flexibility. She was already a dance teacher, but knew that she had to start teaching Pilates too, to help others gain more awareness and control in their own bodies. She certified in mat Pilates in 2007, and loved the matwork so much that she began training on the equipment soon after. She became fully certified in 2013.

Dantzel loves working with different ages and abilities, helping each client reach their potential and honor their body. She has Pilates, yoga, barre, and dance certifications/training through PhysicalMind, STOTT, ISU, YogaFit, and Progressing Ballet Technique. She loves learning more about movement and is always adding to her body of knowledge with new courses and workshops, including Injuries and Special Populations, Prenatal Pilates, and more. Currently she is pursuing her MELT Method Level 1 certification.

Dantzel taught extensively throughout Idaho and Texas for 17 years, and now lives in Lehi near the mountains where she can hike, camp, snowshoe, and cross-country ski to her heart’s content with her husband and 7-year-old daughter. When she’s not teaching or outdoors, she’s reading, writing, or baking.

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