Meet our Instructors
Personal Trainer, BA, ACSM, SFG1
Lisa is an ACSM-Certified Health and Fitness Instructor with a BA in Physical Education from Western Washington University. She is also certified by StrongFirst as a kettlebell instructor. She has been teaching group exercise for 28 years, including 14 years at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham where she worked as a health educator and coordinated the hospital’s Worksite Wellness program. An avid hiker and cyclist, Lisa’s enthusiasm for fitness and her passion for people are evident not only in her teaching style, but in that 1,000 watt smile that is sure to brighten your day. Contact the front desk to book a Personal Training session with Lisa and be sure to check out one of her weekly spin classes for a great workout!
Personal Trainer, CSCS, ACSM EP-C, CPT, BIO Force Conditioning Coach, TRX
Geoff has always loved the outdoors. What began as a passion for mountain bike racing, resulted in joining the cycling team at Western Washington University where he raced competitively while completing his Exercise Science and Sports Psychology degree. His resume of notable athletic achievements has expanded since then, including three Ironmans and two 100-mile trail races. Geoff worked for a corporate fitness center in Seattle for 12 years as a Personal Trainer, advancing to Senior Trainer and then Fitness Center Supervisor, managing a team of 15 personal trainers and an entire group fitness department.
Geoff holds many specialized certifications which cover a wide array of health and exercise disciplines. His numerous high-level certifications include Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine. Geoff specializes in injury prevention, corrective exercise, functional fitness, and endurance training.
Geoff’s family is excited to make their dream a reality with their move to the Methow Valley. He shares a passion for this small community and looks forward to bringing his variety of experience to Winthrop PT & Fitness!
Endurance Sport Coach
This modest, two-time Olympian in Nordic Skiing has won practically every Nordic ski race there is to win in North America, including the prestigious American Birkebeiner. Laura is also an expert climber and runner, and her experience as an elite athlete inspires both junior and masters athletes to reach their full potential. Laura’s coaching and strength programs are among the most popular classes offered at Winthrop Fitness. She is also Racing Coach of the Methow Nordic Junior Team. After the tragic loss of her husband Sean to cancer, Laura is now a single mom to two amazing children, Novie and Dashe. A revered art teacher and internationally recognized artist, Sean left behind an art legacy that Laura now manages from her home. To view or purchase art from Sean’s collection, visit www.seanmccabestudio.com
Head Yoga Instructor, E-RYT-200
Stacey Williams has been a student of yoga and consciousness for 25+ years. Her primary path of study has been in the Iyengar tradition as taught by Sri BKS Iyengar in Pune, India. Recently she has completed an Immersion in Anusara Yoga and also has studied Ashtanga Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Stacey co-owned 8 Petals Yoga Studio in Bellingham, Washington before relocating to Winthrop. As a recreational athlete, Stacey understands the athlete’s approach to life. She has herself gratefully used yoga to heal from numerous injuries and challenges over the years, always inviting compassion for self and others in her practice and teachings. All students are invited to attend classes and contact Stacey through the fitness center for private training sessions. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga Instructor, RYT-200 Julia McCabe, RYT-500 Tiffany Cruikshank (in progress)
Bree is a yogi, athlete, anatomy geek and an unapologetic problem-solver. With 15 combined years of teaching and practice she's come to trust yoga as a potent and timeless solution to keep herself sturdy, body and mind. Teaching challenges her to listen to, recognize, and respond to her students' differences. Yoga with Bree makes sense in your body based on how it is designed and challenges your physical and mental limitations so you can experience the freedom you desire.
Lotty grew up in Southern Vermont spending lots of time both Alpine and Nordic skiing. She has worked as a Sherpa guide for youth outreach programs on both the East and West Coasts, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family. Lottie loves to hike, garden, and ski in the winter. She is also a popular instructor of our Fitness Fusion circuit class.
An internationally certified Pilates instructor, a former dancer, and a fitness instructor for over 25 years, Lindsay has trained athletes from ballet dancers to bodybuilders, in all forms of movement. Initially trained in the Classic method of Pilates, Lindsay has traveled from New York to London to evolve and vary her teaching methods. She has acquired over 1000 studio hours of practice including extensive experience with both mat and Pilates equipment. Her innovative style and challenging mat workouts draw a loyal following at Winthrop Fitness.
Chris is enthusiastic about fitness at any age and loves leading our Fitness Fusion class as well as instructing residents at Jamie's Place nursing home. Chris is a Yoga instructor with 200 hours of training in Iyenger Yoga with Aadil Palkivala of Seattle Yoga Centers and 100 hours of Flow Yoga training with Shiva Rea. You may also find her subbing in for Spin Cycle and at the front desk. She has a great appreciation for staying fit and participating fully in quality physical therapy having undergone plenty of it herself!
Todd Williamson is co-owner of Om Base along with his wife Vittoria. Todd teaches Body Learning Integration System Yoga. BLIS Yoga is a blend of Laya (energy), Hatha (physical), Nada (sound), Bhakti (devotional) and Jnana (knowledge) Yoga. The focus is on learning to work with and listen to your body, to uncover and tune into that innate balance that is your essence, your wholeness.
Todd's background as a runner inspired him to start his yoga practice with Ashtanga yoga. Over the years and much more yoga, his style and his own practice has shifted into an 'energy medicine" type of yoga, which includes visualization, meditation, breathing and yoga asanas. Todd's yoga path took him from Hawaii to Los Angeles to Portland -- and now, the beautiful Methow. To learn more about Todd, read his interview with OmBase.
Vittoria is a Life Coach and photographer. Yoga is her first love and she has been practicing in all its various forms and styles for the past 27 years, and teaching for the last 20 years.
She started out practicing and loving power yoga and ashtanga, and over the years her own practice and teaching style developed into a slower and gentle class where students are invited to feel the movements, rather than “do” the poses.
Vittoria is co-owner of OmBase yoga studio in Portland OR along with her husband Todd. They moved to the Methow valley full time in June 2018. For more insight, see her latest manifestations on her website vittoriapalazzi.com