Vanessa Kelly, PMA Pilates Master Teacher Trainer and Posture Alignment Specialist through Egoscue University, is the owner and founder of Function Pilates Studio, located in Tempe, AZ.


Vanessa first learned the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) method of Pilates in 2009. The mission of BASI Pilates is to create and maintain professional standards for the teaching of the Pilates Method, and to preserve and perpetuate the gift of Pilates by educating teachers of the highest standard. She began her Pilates career as an independent contractor in 2009 at Core Fit, a private Pilates studio in Las Vegas.


During her time there, Vanessa discovered her passion for rehabilitation and posture analysis through corrective exercises. She attended her first workshop, in San Francisco, on how Pilates can help correct scoliosis and decrease chronic back pain. Her education continued with Vanessa attending The Pilates on Tour Rehabilitation conferences held in Phoenix.


In 2011, Vanessa accepted a position as Lead Pilates Instructor at Life Time Athletic Summerlin, where she quickly proved that her dedication to her craft and her attention to detail with clients was extremely valuable to the company. After learning and assisting in the Pilates program, Vanessa eventually accepted a promotion as the Pilates Coordinator at Life Time Fitness Tempe in April 2013.


Since coming to Arizona, she has shown that her tireless work-ethic, and undying care for the experience of the studios clients. The fusion of the Pilates Method with Postural Alignment came to life during a conversation with a client suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and Scoliosis. Vanessa began researching Egoscue, and quickly found that by utilizing the postural re-alignment methods with Pilates, she was able to provide faster, more functional results for her clients. This dedication and desire to help people builds through her knowledge of both Posture Therapy e-cises and Pilates which led her to the grand opening of Function.


Vanessa currently resides in the Chandler area with her husband, Dr. Nick Poff, daughters and family dog, Lexy.

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