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Instructors & Practitioners

Ellen Comerford

Founder, CEO, Teacher, Bodyworker

Certified Movement and Postural Analyst (thru Tom Myers Kinesis)

Teacher, Specialized Master Trainer, GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, and Specialized Equipment, (+ Authorized Pretrainer for GYROTONIC®, and GYROKINESIS®)

Teacher Trainer:  Yamuna Body Rolling,  and Yamuna Body Logic Practitioner;

Teacher: Pilates (Power Pilates and STOTT), Power Plate Teacher Trainer, TRX, CrossCore ® Teacher Trainer

Thai Bodywork

Reiki Practitioner

Board Certified Health Coach

Ellen has been a health and wellness professional for more than 25 years. Her goal is to help people surpass their own perceived limitations. Ellen has earned degrees in both marketing and management, and led a successful career in high tech marketing. She is a Holistic Health Practitioner and received her certification in holistic health counseling from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and State University of New York.  She is also a certified Genesis Transformation Coach.  Her passion for guiding people toward healthier lifestyles drew her away from marketing. She now spends all of her energy helping to empower people to change their lifestyle patterns for the better. Ellen is the founder of Core De Vie, a Master Trainer owned and operated GYROTONIC®,  GYROKINESIS® and Pilates studio in Boston.

Ellen has received certifications in more than thirty health and fitness methods, restorative muscular-skeletal disciplines and movement practices. She is currently a certified Master Trainer for GYROTONIC®,  GYROKINESIS®, and GYROTONIC® specialized equipment.   She received her Master Trainer certifications training from Juliu Horvath, the creator of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise system. She has is also certified in Yamuna Body Rolling, and Yamuna Body Logic having trained with the creator and founder, Yamuna Zake.

She also has a keen interest in nutrition and the dynamics of today’s dietary trends. She weaves her training and certification in holistic health counseling into all of her teachings.

She is a certified Movement and Postural Analyst through Tom Myers’ KINESIS.

Ellen decided to open her own studio so that she and her team of highly trained instructors can provide the benefits of their combined experience to our local community. Prior to opening her studio, Ellen taught Pilates, GYROTONIC®, and GYROKINESIS® at several Boston venues including Sports Club LA. She also held the position of Adjunct Professor in the Dance Department at the Boston Conservatory where she taught Pilates, GYROTONIC®, and GYROKINESIS® as part of the dance curriculum.


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Steve Erwin

Certified Instructor: Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis ® Specialized Equipment, Pilates, Power Plate, TRX, and CrossCore ® Teacher Trainer






Kelly Beriau

Group and Personal Fitness Trainer

Kelly2After earning my B.S. in Health Education I pursued a career in the fitness industry. To embrace my passion for educating individuals and helping them achieve their goals I worked as as a group and individual fitness instructor at former Boston studio.  I now use that experience and my years of competitive figure skating and cheerleading as inspiration to help others achieve their goals through behavior and lifestyle changes and improving one’s mind body connection. Since I am no longer a competitive athlete I realize I no longer need to train like one, this has lead me to ReDefine my physique, redesign my daily workout regimen, and reeducate myself on muscle movement. Over the years I have learned that every body is different and everyone has a different learning style. I am able to customize an individual’s plan based on their own needs, goals, body type and understanding of their muscles by enhancing their mind-body connection. My personalized, hands-on approach results in longevity, proper alignment, and beautiful long lean muscles, ReDefining the way we look at exercise.







Stephanie Brennan

Gyrotonic, Barre, Power Plate




Hannah Shepherd

Gyrotonic®, Power Plate, and CrossCore® Teacher

Hannah Shepherd

Hannah Shepherd


Hannah has been with Core De Vie for several years.  Hannah is interested in pursuing movement therapy.   Hannah recognizes the importance of wellness as a connection of body and mind. Hannah works with clients to make use of all of the tools available to strengthen and develop this connection. In her years at Core de vie, she has witnessed just how much movement can improve a life. Discovering abilities of the body that may be new or simply unused is exciting for everyone, no matter their fitness goals or experience.








Pam Zaley

Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Massage

Pam is licensed in acupuncture and herbal medicine by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine and is board certified as a Diplomate by the National Commission of Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a member of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts (AOMSM), as well as a licensed massage therapist. Pam’s journey as an alternative health care practitioner began after graduating as a dance major with a BFA from The Juilliard School in New York. Having turned to massage many times as a dancer, she decided to pursue a career in massage therapy. Upon graduation from the Swedish Institute (one of the oldest massage therapy schools in the US), Pam established a sucessful career in NYC. She then relocated to the Boston area in 1998 and built a sucessful practice in Brookline. Wanting to expand her knowledge of the healing arts, she attended the New England School of Acupuncture and earned a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Pam’s mission is to provide a safe environment that supports people in their pursuit of wellness by providing skillful, client-centered bodywork that encourages relaxation and increased body and self-awareness while helping to enhance the body’s innate power of healing.


 katymKaty McLaughlin

Massage Therapist
Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Cupping, Crystal Healing

Katy is a licensed massage therapist and graduate of the Swedish Institute in New York City. With an emphasis in Eastern studies, she considers the whole body when treating physical symptoms of joint and muscular dysfunction. Katy’s background in dance performance and yoga connected her to the body’s expression and wellness from an early age. Moving to a new state every 3 years during her formative years, Katy was exposed to various people and cultures across the U.S., nurturing a natural curiosity of people and life as well as an ability to change and adapt to different spaces and energy. In each session, Katy pulls from her knowledge of the body’s own healing mechanisms while tuning into each body’s unique expression of tension, pain, discomfort, release, and recalibration. Her work draws from her studies of Western and Eastern bodywork modalities, Hatha Yoga,  Crystals, Energy Healing, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, many forms of Dance, and personal life experience. Offering bodywork to her community fulfills a passion and desire for healing and connection.




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 Visiting Instructors and Practitioners

 Jessica Breton

Acupuncture, Tui Na, Cupping


Jessica is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the states of Arizona and Massachusetts.  She received her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Tucson, AZ.

She holds a B.A in Holistic Health from Prescott College as well as certification in Shiatsu, Tuina, Massage, and craniosacral therapy.  She has held a private practice in Tucson for the last 12 years.  For the past 7 plus years, she has maintained a successful practice in acupuncture and Tuina both in Boston and in Tucson treating a wide range of conditions.  She is part of the Supportive Care for Healing team at the University of Arizona Cancer Center providing acupuncture for patients interested in a holistic approach to their treatment plan. Because of her background in Western Sciences and Eastern philosophy, her approach to acupuncture concentrates on the benefits of combining both methodologies.

Illness, chronic pain, and stress are not just a result of physical imbalance, they can be due to an emotional and/or spiritual imbalance as well.  Every treatment is customized and based on the individual.  Cosmetic acupuncture treatments are no exception, those that choose this form of treatment will experience visually pleasing results along with all-over body benefits.

Jie  Fan-Roche

Craniosacral Therapy


Jie Fan-Roche, PT, NCMT, is a French-trained physical therapist with a US license as a nationally certified massage therapist who is fluent in French, Chinese and English. She integrates a variety of modalities, including craniosacral therapy, Chinese reflexology and acupressure and teaches Tai Chi and Qi-Gong. She is an Upledger Institute-certified CranioSacral therapist and certified instructor of the “Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy” workshop- a course appropriate for both health professionals and the general public. Since 1990, Jie has been integrating these modalities into her work in Europe, China and the US, working for the last 5 years as a member of the Harvard-affiliated Integrated Care Center. Jie works with people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. Her current practice focus is on CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release and Chinese reflexology. These techniques give Jie the opportunity to adapt to each client’s needs. Her goal is to give each person a taste of a new way to approach their own body and the freedom to relax and express themselves, physically, emotionally or spiritually.

In her leisure time, Jie loves to play the cello, travel, read, and orchestrate her three boys’ musical development.

Ieva Aldins

Ieva Aldins

Ieva Aldins

Yoga Teacher and Gyrotonic® (Nantucket and Boston)

Ieva Aldins became a GYROTONIC® Apprentice in 2013, when she was working for Core de Vie as a yoga instructor. She studied under master trainer Ellen Comerford. Originally, Ieva became attracted to the exercise modality through her love of yoga and unending curiosity of the body, biomechanics, and a developing passion for therapeutic body work. As she began to practice on the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® she quickly recognized it’s therapeutic benefits to the body.

Ieva has been practicing yoga for 15 years. She is a certified Yoga Alliance instructor. She studied Sivananda yoga in India, Restorative & Therapuetic Yoga with Jillian Pransky at Kripalu, Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis and is a trained aerial yoga instructor . She is also a surfer, a sommelier, and in a previous chapter of her life she was an avid runner and graphic designer.

I believe you can do anything you put your energy and efforts towards. May you experience great peace, health and happiness.” -Ieva



Mary O’Malley

Pilates, Gyrotonic, Meditation

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