Lisa Buchmiller began dancing at an early age at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet in Richland, WA. Classically trained in ballet, tap, and jazz, she performed with Mid-Columbia Ballet under the artistic direction of Debra Pearse Rogo. In college, Lisa discovered her true passion - teaching movement and dance. Lisa is a certified personal trainer since 2003, certified yoga instructor, co-creator of The Ellové Technique® and the Yoga Supervisor at Multnomah Athletic Club. Whether working with clients individually or teaching a class, Lisa combines her expertise in many different disciplines to help students prevent injury and find synergy in their bodies. Lisa has taught workshops and instructor trainings all over the country. When she is not traveling to teach she resides in Portland, OR and teaches weekly at Multnomah Athletic Club, Nike World Headquarters, The Portland Ballet and BodyVox. She also serves on the executive board for Oregon Dance Education Organization.
Erin Zintek is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she started her training under Kellie Plathe from Accent On Dance. Erin graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in dance. Pre-professionally and professionally Erin has danced with Charlotte Adams and Dancers, David Dorfman and Dancers, Poetic Rebound Co., and Bill Young, and Jim McGinn with Top Shake dance. During the summer of 2008, she traveled to Brazil to study capoeira and dance with the company Balé Folclórico. Besides teaching dance, Erin is a certified Pilates instructor, certified yoga instructor, and is the co-creator of The Ellové Technique®. While living in Oregon, Erin taught at studios all over the Pacific Northwest including BodyVox, Nike World Headquarters and The Portland Ballet. She was also Head Coach at Multnomah Athletic Club for the pre-professional dance company and served on the executive board for Oregon Dance Education Organization. In August 2019, Erin moved back to Wisconsin to head up the Ellové Midwest Office. Erin is currently teaching Ellové workshops and masterclasses around the Madison, Milwaukee, and Fox Cities area. She most recently taught Ellové at the Wisconsin Dance Council 2019 conference.
Master Instructor, Business Mgr.
Laura Haney grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, and attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied dance and music. She was a company member of River North Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and BodyVox. Laura was also a featured performer in the First National Tour of Fosse and a cast member of the Broadway musical A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden for two seasons. Laura has been teaching for over 20 years and spent 12 years directing the dance program and student company at Multnomah Athletic Club. She is a certified Pilates, BeMoved®, and Ellové Technique® instructor and has held numerous dance workshops and master classes across the country. Laura is currently teaching injury prevention workshops with Amy Werner, DPT and Ellové classes at multiple locations in the Portland area.
Amy Werner, DPT
Contributing Physical Therapist
Amy Werner is the Director of Dance Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Heights Physical Therapy in Portland, OR, and contributing physical therapist to The Ellové Technique®. She has extensive training in dance medicine with over a decade of experience working with dancers of all ages and dance styles. Her background as a dancer, since age three, and university dance science major uniquely qualifies her to address every patient with a dancer's eye for detail of movement. Amy's approach emphasizes a whole-body perspective to patient recovery and her zeal for healthy movement fuels her practice. She values one-on-one treatment with the goal of educating her patients to independently manage their own symptoms. Outside the clinic you will find Amy either dreaming of the wilderness, or quilting, or both. She enjoys spending time on Mt. Hood: hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. If she can't get up to the mountain, she is an active member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild attending several events per month.
Lindsey Nelson, ND
Dr. Lindsey Nelson has specialized in Naturopathic Medicine for the past 14 years and is also a lifelong dancer, having trained with the Jefferson Dancers, Oregon State University, and University of Oregon. Dr. Nelson is a general practitioner who emphasizes discovering the root cause of her patients’ concerns and ailments, and has helped patients of all ages achieve their health goals. She is a Portland native and graduated magna cum laude from University of Oregon with a major in exercise movement science. After graduating with honors from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and completing her residency, she worked with patients for 10 years at a local sports medicine clinic before helping create the in-house Wellness Center at Multnomah Athletic Club. Dr. Nelson has been on the medical team for Portland Fit, and has lectured and been a contributing writer for multiple sports focus groups and magazines.
Ali Miller, RD, LD, CDE
Contributing Integrative Dietician
Ali Miller is an integrative functional medicine practitioner with a background in naturopathic medicine and author of Naturally Nourished: Food-as-Medicine for Optimal Health cookbook (2016) and The Anti-Anxiety Diet (2018). She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Ali developed her Food-As-Medicine approach to disease management through her background in natural food preparation and degree in Nutritional Sciences from Bastyr University, a renowned leader in naturopathic and functional medicine. The diverse medical rotations available in the Houston Medical Center drew Ali to Texas, where she implemented clinical treatment plans provided in some of the top hospitals in the country. Ali's functional medicine approaches are supported by up-to-date scientific research for a whole body resolution vs. management based approach to healing the body, to enhance a patient’s treatment outcomes while reducing medications and their undesired side effects. Her message has influenced millions through media with television segments, features in Oprah, Women's Health, and Prevention Magazine, her award winning podcast, Naturally Nourished, and within the medical community. Ali’s expertise can be accessed through her website: www.alimillerRD.com offering her blog, podcasts, virtual learning, and access to her practice and supplement line, Naturally Nourished.
Kristin Koskinen, RDN, LD, CD
Contributing Integrative Dietician
Kristin Koskinen, RDN, LD,CD is a registered dietitian who grew up dancing. Her interest in nutrition began when she was in her teens and danced in a pre-professional ballet company. There was a lot of talk among the dancers about diets and weight loss, but not much understanding about nutrition to maximize performance or the disordered eating that too often results from dieting. Now, she is a resource for dancers and those who support them.
Kristin owns a private practice based in the PNW where she offers nutrition counseling with a focus on performance nutrition. She incorporates the functional aspects of food in her approach to help athletes of all levels. Her integrative approach recognizes that nutrition isn’t just about the food you eat. It’s important to take many factors into consideration, including environment, cultural influences, social norms, and body image, especially when working with dancers. In addition to her private practice, Kristin is the performance nutritionist for her alma mater, Mid-Columbia Ballet, and is a contributing dietician to The Ellové Technique®. She is an active member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Dietitians, and the Integrative and Functional Medicine dietetics practice groups. She is a frequent contributor to sports and athletic magazines, as well as lifestyle publications and sites including Oprah, NBC, Today.com, and Dance Magazine. You can find her on social media or at her website, www.eatwellpros.com.