Dr.Amy Nongowner and Chiropractic Doctor
'My focus as a health care professional is to continually educate patients as we treat and help prevent their unique conditions. I believe that each patient should be treated as a whole rather than just the symptoms. The customized treatment plan each patient receives will encompass a combination of chiropractic, nutrition, rehabilitation, and wellness protocols which will cater to the patient's objectives and comfort. '
Amy Nong is originally from Saigon, Vietnam but moved to Houston, TX during her early childhood. She grew up with a natural health mentality, having a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor for a grandfather who prescribed herbs instead of allopathic medication. Throughout her education, she has maintained that perspective on health. She fulfilled her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin with a Business Foundation and received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, TX. She understands the importance of balancing cardiovascular exercise, meditation, and flexibility to achieve the goal of living to the fullest potential. With this knowledge, she studied under master yoga instructor Lex Gillan at The Yoga Institute, where she was certified as a yoga instructor to implement the practice into her clinic's rehabilitation program.
Dr. Nong is Board Certified in chiropractic and physiotherapy. She utilizes gentle manual adjustment techniques and the instrument assisted Activator Protocol. She is certified in Graston Technique, Webster Technique, and Dry Needlng. Dr. Nong is dedicated to serving the Houston area by improving people's health through chiropractic, yoga, and Pilates and giving back to the community through local volunteer events that benefit organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation, the Longhorn Scholarship Fund, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Valerie WolfordMassage Therapist
Raised in a military family, Valerie has lived in many states and has visited 47 of 50 to date. After getting her undergraduate degree in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado, she worked in Procurement for an oil company, leaving there to be a stay-at-home mom to her 3 kids for several years. Having received professional massages since the age of 17, Valerie chose to go back to school and train for one of the things she loves best, massage therapy. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Valerie believes in the healing power of touch and the value of massage for athletic recovery, surgery/injury recovery, and traditional relaxation therapy.
Kristina McGowenMassage Therapist
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Evette ArmerMat/Reformer Pilates Instructor
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Kerry ChuMat Pilates & Barre Instructor
Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Kerry received her B.A. in Psychology from Providence College, where she discovered her love for running for stress relief. Shortly after graduation, Kerry underwent brain surgery for a genetic condition called Chiari malformation. Kerry’s healing goal was to train for and run a marathon within five years. Four years later, Kerry ran her first marathon, the Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN. Since then she has completed six marathons, including New York City, where she raised $5,500 for the American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project, Inc (www.asap.org). During her marathon training, Kerry noticed how important core strength is for achieving an efficient running stride. Kerry started attending mat Pilates classes. Upon moving to Texas with her husband, Kerry decided to become a certified mat Pilates teacher through the AFPA (American Fitness Professionals & Associates).
Based on the variations she offers with each exercise, Kerry’s classes are beneficial and challenging for both the beginner, as well as the intermediate student.
Kim WeingartPilates & Barre Instructor
'Sharing Pilates and barre with others is my happy place.'
Kim Weingart grew up in New Jersey and later moved to Indiana, where she met her husband. Together they have five children and two grand children. She was introduced to Pilates in 2008. In 2009, Kim earned a group fitness certification through NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association) and a Pilates Instructor Certification through FiTour. Kim instructed individual and small group sessions, once for a popular country singer. She taught Pilates, core and reps group classes at a gym for women in Indiana up until relocating to Texas in July 2011.
Jayne’s yoga journey began in 1998 and she has been actively practicing for 19 years. She is qualified at the 200-Hr level through the national association of certified yoga teachers (NACYT) and has been teaching at Pure Balance since 2014. Her passion to teach is driven by her desire to see yoga improving her current (and future) students’ health and well being and to promote yoga in the Cypress community.
Jayne is a Minnesota native, has BS and MS degrees in geology and is recently retired from a 34 year corporate career as an oil and gas professional. She is the mother of two and lives with her husband, three cats and a dog in Cypress, Texas.
Jayne’s classes are both challenging and fun. Laughter is welcome! Classes are designed to safely lead students of all levels towards increased flexibility, joint opening and strength building. She encourages her students to become aware of their breath as combined with body position and movement and to find their own personal edge. She teaches Hatha, Restorative and Vinyasa at Pure Balance. Her goal is to have students leave the studio feeling strong, refreshed, rejuvenated and at peace with their lives.
“The appeal of yoga is really timeless – it’s a practice that can be adapted as your life changes. Whether you want to relax, reduce stress, get in shape, or stay youthful and flexible as you age; asanas (yoga postures) can be customized to fit your needs. Yoga is truly for everyone.”
For the past twelve years, RYT 200 trained yoga instructor, Laurie Claypool, has been modifying traditional yoga postures to serve a variety of students including adults, children, pre-professional ballet dancers, and those with mobility limitations. She began her studies in Syracuse, New York, with Kripalu certified teacher, Tony Riposo, whose style influences her own. In Texas, Laurie earned her Yoga Alliance 200 Level Training Certificate through Yoga West. She has taught yoga classes at Pure Balance, Texas Yoga Center, and several fitness centers in the Houston area. At Studio of Dance (Robert Underwood, director), Ms. Claypool serves on faculty as yoga instructor for their annual Summer Dance Intensive, a two-week workshop for pre-professional ballet dancers and teaches yoga to children as part of their summer Ballet Story Camp. She also works privately with students to develop their own personal yoga practice designed to meet individual needs. Laurie has been employed as a Staff and Curriculum Developer for the New York State Public School System. In yoga, she has written a training manual and facilitated Yoga Training for Physical Therapy Assistants (2009) and developed a manual and facilitated a workshop on Performance Preparation for Dancers Using Yoga and Ayurveda Techniques (2010). In addition to yoga, Ms. Claypool currently teaches ballet and creative movement. She possesses two Masters Degrees—in Dance (Illinois State University) and Instructional Design (Syracuse University)—and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Teaching of Ballet from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. She was awarded two scholarships for academic excellence for undergraduate work and full graduate assistantships for both of her Masters Degrees. She earned a black belt in Kenpo Karate (1995).
Kristin GutweilerYoga & Mat Pilates Instructor
Kristin is a Louisiana native. She moved to Texas in 2008 after graduate school. She discovered yoga while training for triathlons in Baton Rouge with a group of girlfriends who called themselves the YaYas. 17 years later, she is still practicing! The spiritual and mental
health benefits of yoga are what keep her coming back to the mat.
Kristin incorporates meditation, breathwork, chanting and Ayurveda in her classes. She is certified at the 200-hour level and also holds a 75-hour certification in Yoga Nidra. Some of her favorite memories as a yoga instructor are teaching at resorts in Mexico!
Kristin is a certified and licensed physician assistant. Her passion is to empower her patients to take control of their own health. This led her to studying for a certification in Holistic Nutrition and Holistic Health
Coaching. Kristin saw her first client this year and has found it so rewarding. Nutrition, exercise and yoga are her favorite medicines to prescribe! Healthy living has been a lifelong passion for her and loves sharing this with others!
She is married and has two sweet Golden Retrievers. Exercise is a way of life for Kristin! Cycling, swimming, Pilates, and weightlifting are her favorites. She is also a mental health advocate and has been a speaker for NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) since 2019 to
educate and to slay the stigma surrounding mental health.
Lance WeidmanYoga Instructor
My yoga journey began in 2004 on a dare. My first class was with a gymnast turned Yogi, he was good! After two classes I was hooked. All my preconceived ideas about yoga were quickly dispelled. Over the years I have practiced many types of yoga, but Hatha/Raja yoga allows me to better explore Sthira Sukham Asanam. Hatha yoga is a powerful, transformative force that can lead to self-discovery, balance and harmony on and off the mat, and an enhanced well-being. I like to be creative and have fun in my classes, yet challenge my students to explore their potential. My desire is that my passion for yoga is contagious. I received my YTT200 certification at Houston Yoga and Ayurveda. When not on the mat I'll be on my Harley.
Shannon AtkinsonYoga & Mat Pilates Instructor
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Nicole BuechnerYoga Instructor
I worked in the corporate world for seven years then left the cubical life to pursue my dreams as an aerial/yoga instructor. I've been active with the Acro Yoga Community since 2012 which became a hobby that guided me to discover my passion in aerial and traditional yoga. Before yoga school, I looked outwards for happiness in a constant cycle of wanting something more. I know now that one must look inwards for complete happiness. One of the best choices of my life was to sign up for 200hr-YTT (Yoga Teacher Training). I've been deeply transformed by my experience in my yoga journey and bursting with excitement to share my knowledge with the world! I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing their body, mind, and soul through yoga and hope that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced. I'm on the enlightened path now and would love to guide you through your yoga journey. In my class you will feel welcome and comfortable no matter what age or size you are. See you on the mat!