As an Oregon native, who grew up in Bend, Cara moved to Portland at an early age to pursue her formal dance training at Oregon Ballet Theater, and continued her training at Pacific NW Ballet in Seattle. As a dancer in her teens she discovered Pilates while rehabilitating from a knee injury. She found the full body/mind movement system to be truly beneficial in recovering from injuries, but also and more importantly in enhancing the strength and coordination you need as a dancer and athlete. Returning to Pilates later in life after having her daughter in 2012, Cara fell in love with it once again. She is passionate about bringing the benefits of: proper body alignment, strengthening and healing movement, and the connection to your core, to anyone and everyone. She also strives to make each class fun and approachable. Cara is PEAK Pilates certified in mat and apparatus equipment, she trained with Peak Pilates Master Instructor Jessica Schultz, here in Portland.