Sara Dimmick, founder and co-partner of Physical Equilibrium has been a personal trainer since moving to NYC in 2000. She has coached triathlon and running clients since 2006, many of whom have qualified for national and world competitions. Using her knowledge of injury prevention and post rehabilitation fitness, Sara designs effective and safe gym programs for her clients to excel and stay injury-free. She also teaches group classes in strength training for endurance athletes, family workouts with kids, and other total body strengthening classes for adults.
Sara is a recognized thought leader on health and fitness and has contributed to numerous media stories, both nationally and regionally. She is an avid triathlon competitor, having completed everything from sprint to half-ironman distances throughout the country as well as running and marathon races. Her most exciting race was competing in the world-renowned Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon several times.
Becoming a mom was the driving force behind the creation of Physical Equilibrium's FamFit series, fitness classes for kids and families.
Sarah Currie, MS RD CDN and co-partner of Physical Equilibrium, is a Registered Dietitian, personal trainer, and triathlon coach. Specializing in post-rehab training, she incorporates her extensive knowledge of anatomy and nutrition into her work with clients who want to improve performance, lose weight, live a healthier lifestyle or who are managing clinical illnesses.
Currie received her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound in Washington State. She earned her M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University in 2008 and completed her Dietetic Internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. She currently teaches Nutrition Diet and Health at the Swedish Institute in their Advanced Personal Training Associate's degree program.
Currie began lifting weights in high school. While competing as a short sprinter for her collegiate track and field team is where she learned to power lift. Post-college she competed in numerous endurance events and has completes more than 10 triathlons, two marathons, and one century ride. In the past few years Currie has shifted her sights from endurance training to body building. She has returned to her roots as an avid weight lifter and is participating in local figure competitions on stage. She is passionate about helping clients get strong and lean through proper strength training and nutrition strategies.
Brandon Acevedo brings over 20 years experience in health and fitness to Physical Equilibrium. During his career he has helped many clients obtain their fitness goals through a progressive fitness approach that strongly reinforces form, posture, and technique. Although resolute about proper mechanics, Brandon's sessions are creative, dynamic and fun. He aims to create functional bodies that are beautiful, streamlined, and balanced, and those that enhance self-image actualization, self-awareness and an overall zest for life.
In addition to his personal training certifications, Brandon is skilled in various injury prevention techniques. He has also studied Jeet Kune Do, Jujitsu, Muay Thai martial arts, boxing and modern dance. In addition, Brandon has competed in over a half a dozen natural bodybuilding competitions.
It is through these experiences that Brandon has learned how to create an aesthetic physique utilizing proper nutrition, training and recuperation. From bodybuilding and fat loss, to posture, core strengthening and flexibility, Brandon’s extensive background and focus enables him to help clients achieve any and all fitness goals.
Rachel Bennett is Physical Equilibrium’s first yoga instructor. Having initially experienced yoga at a small Brooklyn studio over twelve years ago, Rachel immediately knew that she was destined to practice and teach it for the rest of her life. Rachel earned her certification from Yoga Works in 2008, and has since taught at Equinox, New York Health and Racquet Club, New York Sports Club, The Educational Alliance and Reebok Sports Club. Rachel has also studied Jivamukti Yoga, which she credits as deepening her desire to practice and teach.
Born in New Hampshire, Rachel’s love for moving and the outdoors began when her family moved to upstate New York at age 11, and she found her groove dancing. Rachel went on to complete summer dance programs at the New York City Ballet and Boston Conservatory and later attended Hunter College, where she graduated with a dual degree in Dance and Writing.
Rachel is a strong believer that through the constant practice of yoga, magic happens. Cells in the body get more oxygen and become happier, the liver is detoxed, muscles are toned, bones are strengthened and the nervous system is soothed – all leading to a healthy body and mind. It is Rachel’s greatest honor and passion to teach the ancient art of yoga to her clients, and to see them become stronger, flexible, happier and centered.
When she is not teaching, she is writing, dancing, and advocating for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Liz first fell into yoga while earning her BFA in Dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Six years later, with a deepened love for the practice, she completed her Mind Body Dancer 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with TaraMarie Perri, which supports an alignment-based, breath-focused, mindful Vinyasa. She is thrilled to be deepening her yogic knowledge at Laughing Lotus as she works towards her 300-hour certification, and to have been initiated in Reiki at the first degree by Pamela Miles. With ever-evolving inspiration and a strong connection to breath, Liz's classes are thoughtful in their structure, mindful in their manifestation, and full of choices, with the hope that her students feel empowered to be creative and able to truly meet themselves as they are. A lover of travel, art, and fresh air, Liz endeavors to ground her students on their mats, so that they can gain a deeper sense of their personal power and in honoring that potential, move out into the world with greater awareness and compassion.
Laetiçia Emmanuel is a New York-based certified Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor. As a young dancer, Laetiçia was awarded a scholarship to attend the Long Island High School for the Arts and continued her professional training at The Ailey School and California Institute for the Arts. She holds a BFA in Arts Management with a Minor in Dance and Theater Arts from Long Island University.
Laetiçia teaches group Pilates mat classes and several variations of barre classes around New York City. She also teaches private Pilates apparatus lessons. Laetiçia a guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and she has taught Master Classes for the school’s Educational Programming Department.
Lauren graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance. As a professional dancer, she was a member of METdance in Houston TX, Parsons Dance in New York, and an artist of GroundWorks Dance Theater in Cleveland OH. Lauren is a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor on all equipment, with over 7 years experience teaching private and group classes in Chicago, New York, and Cleveland. Her experience includes working directly with physical therapist to transition post-rehab clients back to regular exercise. She is also trained in Active Core (now Pilates Suspension), Core Align, Cardiolates, barre class, and kettlebells. With a special interest in the science behind movement, she likes to focus on alignment for optimal results, and loves the way Pilates can be catered specifically to anyone and their needs.
Matt enjoys teaching an athletic style vinyasa with ashtanga principles. He believes in holding poses longer to focus on the breath to strengthen awareness, and eventually bring his students into meditation through movement. Matt took his first yoga class seven years ago, tired of the weight lifting he had been doing for years. He quickly fell in love with his yoga practice, cancelled his gym membership, and joined a yoga studio. He realized that that he could gain all the strength he wanted through yoga, and in a much safer way. He will admit, he didn't give his breath that much attention at the beginning. Slowly he learned his breath shaped his practice and now it's a point he really hammers home to his students. It was just a workout to him until then, and now it is so much more. "We were taught as little children to take a deep breath when anxious, excited, or moving too fast. That it would help calm us, refocus us. Same applies as adults."
Matt has lived in NYC for over 20 years. He can attest it is the best city in the world, but can also cause stress from time to time. He uses his practice to center and calm himself, as he moves consciously through his day, on and off the mat. And, oh yeah, he's not shy to admit that he enjoys the physical benefits from yoga as well! When he's not running around the city to teach, Matt spends his free time with his wife, and pushing his new baby girl in the stroller as they go running in Central Park.
Julia Halpin has been working with Physical Equilibrium for 6 years. She is certified as a personal trainer by National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). In addition to personal training, she is also a Post-rehab Conditioning Specialist, and holds credentials in Pilates, Yoga, Kettle Bells, TRX, nutrition, and pre/post natal fitness.
With over 14 years of experience and education in the field of health and fitness, Julia has developed an intricate understanding of human body movement. Julia specializes in post rehab conditioning, helping those who have been injured, transition from physical therapy to a regular fitness routine and learn how to manage their injuries. She also works with recreational athletes focusing on cross training and injury prevention in order to improve their game. And she frequently works with new mothers, helping them regain core strength and overall fitness through strength and cardio training.
Julia takes a holistic approach to workouts because she believes fitness is not just about the workouts; rather that it is a combination of exercise, nutrition, daily activities, home life, hobbies, etc. She always takes the time to understand her clients' lifestyle in order to design a program that fits them, whatever their goals may be.
Julia has an extensive background in dance, with training in ballet, contemporary jazz, Latin ballroom, swing dancing, and acrobatics. She performs as a soloist in local showcases and cabarets, as well as produces her own shows and music videos. Since that first day in ballet class at the age of 10, she has never stopped moving and loving to move!
Dee Holliday, originally from Texas, fell in love with yoga after her very first class and the love affair has only grown deeper and more important with time. Dee infuses her classes with a light-hearted, playful energy, creating a mood where students can cultivate and strengthen the relationship they have with themselves in a compassionate and loving way.
She received her teacher training from Yoga Nidra (meditation), Earth Yoga (200 hour), and Om Factory (200 hour) with the mentorship/apprentice program. She currently teaches group classes at Om Factory, Earth Yoga, Hosh Yoga, Manhattan Athletic Club, and sees private clients.
Whether her client's goals are general fitness maintenance, weight loss, or reaching peak performance, Eve's approach to personal training always combines strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, balance, speed and agility work through challenging and varied fitness regimens.
Eve began her lifelong commitment to becoming a well-conditioned athlete at a young age. Learning to ride horses in a converted garage on the Upper West side of New York City, Eve's passion and commitment to the sport took her to compete on a national level. Transitioning from horses to bikes, she worked as a bike messenger in NYC for seven years while also competing in local bike races on weekends.
Weightlifting for close to 20 years, Eve had the good fortune to be trained and mentored by some of New York City's top bodybuilders. Due to the stresses of hard and diverse training on her body, Eve has been exploring both biomechanical rehabilitation methods as well as a neurological approach to treating the body's system as a whole.
Sarah Lorraine is an eight year veteran of the health and fitness industry. As a versatile personal trainer, Sarah specializes in strength training, transformations and sports specific training and has served a diversity of clients, including attorneys, corporate executives, investment bankers, fitness competitors, dancers, models, actors, musicians, runners, doctors, and many more.
Growing up in upstate New York. Sarah benefitted from daily opportunities to be active and explore. She credits her mother, who was involved with running and healthy eating, as her primary motivation to embrace a healthy lifestyle from very early on. Sarah went on to excel at field hockey in both high school and college, which reinforced her passion for being active and fit.
Key to Sarah's success is her fervor, compassion, and a deep understanding of the need to balance fitness goals with life commitments. She genuinely enjoys creating tailored workout routines and nutrition programs that fold easily into each client’s unique lifestyle, fitness level, nutritional needs, and evolving goals. Sarah believes that exercise and nutrition are a life choice; in order to create-and sustain-your body’s optimal fitness level, your workout and nutritional program needs to be personal, realistic, inspiring, and tailored to your needs, goals, and specific life circumstances.
Lauren Ohmer comes to Physical Equilibrium as a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, a certified Thai Massage Therapist, and a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Practitioner. She also maintains years of experience as a certified personal trainer in which she successfully assisted clients in reaching their personal goals and improving their quality of life.
A graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Syracuse, NY, Lauren is educated in various Eastern and Western modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, pre/post natal, and sports massage. Lauren also received her Thai Massage Advanced Practitioner Certification in NYC from Ananda Apfelbaum, with whom she frequently assists in training programs of all levels. In addition, Lauren has spent time in Chiang Mai, Thailand, studying under master teacher and healer, Pichest Boonthumme.
Part of what drew Lauren to Thai massage is its rhythmic, dance-like quality. She was able to combine her passion for movement with her love of bodywork. With a BFA in Dance from Butler University, Lauren has performed principal roles in classical and modern productions on both coasts as well as trained abroad. Since 2007 she has been a dancer with Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, a thought provoking and historically conscious dance-theater company, and also serves as assistant to the artistic director.
Lauren has developed her own unique style of Thai massage through combining her knowledge and love of bodywork with her experiences as a dancer and a fitness professional. It is her goal to share the benefits of this ancient form of healing with others and to help them achieve greater balance, mentally and physically.
Michael Okech is a personal trainer with Physical Equilibrium. One of the things he enjoys most about working with his clients is the opportunity to educate, empower and positively impact their lives.
Michael’s committed and positive approach enables his clients to test their physical and mental limits. His strength lies in his ability to motivate each client to find enjoyment in exercise through programs that are fun, challenging, and lead to great results. He realizes that this doesn't come easily to everyone so he tailors his programs so that there is something that appeals to each client.
After finishing his university degree, his passion for sports and fitness inspired him to become a personal trainer, concentrating on weight management, body sculpting, cardiovascular conditioning, endurance training and sport specific training and movement integrity. Michael is a firm believer in continuing education and is working on becoming a Level III Certified in Fascial Stretch Therapist.
He has been a competitive rugby player for over a decade, playing in Kenya, the US, the United Kingdom, France, and Vancouver, Canada.
When not working with his clients to achieve their fitness, movement and flexibility goals, Michael plays rugby explores different forms of movement such as dance and martial arts or is focusing on his quest to reach “the end of the internet.”
Cherry Reins was a ballerina for many years. Her favorite role was the ballet Isotopes, choreographed for her at Harkness Dance Theater. Cherry has been teaching Pilates for 20 years, for New York Sports Club, Sports Club LA, and the corporate employees of Ralph Lauren. Pilates is Cherry's passion, and she loves sharing this wonderful movement modality with her students!
Elliot has been intrigued by the body from a young age, first wanting to learn how to manipulate the muscles to grow bigger, faster, or stronger before learning that health and physical fitness go deeper than the surface. After spending 4 years in the United States Marine Corp, he decided to give his passion a shot and pursue a career in personal training. He enrolled in the Advanced personal training program at Swedish institute college of health sciences in May 2014 and graduated 2yrs later with an associates degree in occupational studies. In college is where he first met Sarah Currie and learned of Physical Equilibrium. After graduation from Swedish, he worked at Equinox for a year, and now joins our Physical Equilibrium team. He enjoys strength training most, helping clients get stronger week after week, as well as functional training to help them perform better in their every day lives. He also genuinely enjoys helping clients change their physical appearance through consistent hard work in weight training and encouraging them with basic nutritional support. He is certified through the NSCA as a Certified Personal Trainer(CTP), as well as holding certifications in pre/post natal, Kettlebell lvl 1, TRX suspension training, and ViPR training.
Claire Shorenstein is a Registered Dietitian (RD, CDN) with a Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University, and a RRCA certified coach. Claire coaches the Gilda's Club NYC Marathon charity team and sees private running and nutrition clients at Physical Equilibrium. She counsels a wide variety of nutrition clients, with specialties including weight loss, sports nutrition, chronic disease prevention and management, pre- and post-natal nutrition, and general healthy eating. Claire collaborates with her clients to create individualized, sustainable plans that allow them to achieve their nutrition and exercise goals without sacrificing all the joy in their lives!
Claire is an avid distance runner with over 20 years of personal running experience and has competed in numerous solo and team events from the 5km to 50-mile distance. She particularly enjoys trail running and thus far has completed three trail ultra marathons and nine road marathons, including two Boston-Qualifying times. Other running accomplishments include finishing the Boston Marathon in 2013 and 2014 and winning 1st place in the female relay division at the 2013 NYC Triathlon (2nd place in 2014 and 2015) as a member of team Dietitian Divas with Physical Equilibrium co-owner Sarah Currie.
Claire, originally from California, attended Yale University and received a B.A. in Humanities and a M.M. in Oboe Performance. After more than seven years in the corporate world and a year-long solo trip throughout South America, she switched career paths to pursue her longstanding interests in nutrition, running, and health. In her spare time, Claire can be found running around NYC or on local trails with her husband, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring new restaurants, and writing about her experiences on her website, Eat for Endurance. Follow her adventures on her Instagram/Twitter account, @eatforendurance.
Myra Thibault joins Physical Equilibrium as a veteran New York City fitness instructor and personal trainer. In addition to her fitness certifications, Myra is uniquely trained in the Lotte Berk Method, one of the first ballet barre workouts in New York City. She has been teaching the Lotte Berk Method at Exhale Spa's in Manhattan and the Hamptons since it's inception in 2003.
In 2008, Myra teamed up with Michelle Austin, founder of "The Fluidity Bar", to teach her system at several gyms throughout New York City, including, The JCC, The Printing House Gym, Bally's and New York Health and Racquet.
Myra's interest in health and wellness began as a young girl while growing up in Rhode Island. And though she never considered herself a jock, she joined the cross-country team in high school, which expanded her interest in fitness and athletics. She soon found herself frequently in the pool, on the track or on the dance floor.
Myra earned a BFA in Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She continues to pursue acting and loves that her background in movement and dance has helped her to not only live a healthy and balanced life but also to inspire and teach others how they can too.