Linda & Chester Freeman, Got2Lindy Dance Studios at Studio87-The wellness house

Professional dance instructors Linda and Chester Freeman met at the MFA program in Bennington College and specialize in swing dance, ballroom and blues and working one-on-one with wedding couples. Since founding Got2Lindy Dance Studios in 2004, they have taught around the world on cruise ships, as the head swing dance instructors at Saratoga’s famous Dance Flurry Festival, in arts-in-education school programs, and throughout the Hudson Valley, NY. Chester is artistic director and choreographer of Chester’s Cool Cats and Kittens and The Got2Lindy Hoppers. He is assistant director of the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers Performance Troupe in NYC. From 2010-2013 Linda and Chester hosted their own radio show the Swing Shift on WHVW 950AM, and in 2013 debuted a television series of the same name.  They were dance consultants on the German movie production of A Second Thyme Around shot at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck. Proudest achievement: In February 2010 they organized a Hop for Haiti Swing Dance Benefit and raised $6000 for Doctors without Borders’ work in Haiti.

About Lisa Knowles, LMT, Partner to heal  at studio 87-The wellness house

Lisa is a dedicated individual whose first priority is working together with her clients in helping to bring them to their greatest point of wellness.  She accomplishes this by first listening to her clients concerns, followed by an assessment using all of her senses to analyze and customize a Therapeutic session to address the root causes of client's concerns.  Her genuine passion for her work drives her to continually stay knowledgeable and trained on cutting edge information related to healthcare to better serve her clients. Lisa Knowles is the owner of "Partner To Heal" and Serenity In Motion" in Dutchess County, NY.  

As a Graduate of "The Finger Lakes School of Massage" she was trained and highly esteemed in the following modalities: Deep Tissue, Medical Massage, Hydrotherapy, Shiatsu, Swedish Massage, Energy Healing, and Aromatherapy.  She has been trained in Myofascial Release by the founder, John Barnes.  Lisa specializes in Pain Management combining one or more Therapeutic modalities to help assist her clients in healing the total body. After previously being a Manager of Information Technology for many years and solving client's business challenges, Lisa decided to follow her calling of working with clients and helping them to resolve their physical challenges.  This was the driving force to answer her call to be a Massage Therapist in the field of healthcare

Working with clients for over 9 years has afforded her the pleasure of both witnessing and being a part of anointed healing and progress seen in client's recovery through Therapeutic Massage and self-care.  Therefore she continues her journey of healing. While there is a place in this world for Western and Eastern Medicine, Lisa strongly believes in trying the Natural Homeopathic methods of healing first.  She is also firmly convinced that practicing "prevention and wellness" is your first defense against disease.


Angela Paul-Gaito (owner of APG Pilates and the wellness house)

was born in Perpignan, France where she trained in dance with master teacher Matt Mattox. After becoming a certified student with the Alvin Ailey school, she  performed for 7 years around  the world in the  french musical "Notre Dame de Paris". She was part of the creation team of "A New Day", Celine Dion" show in Belgium and Las Vegas. She was a singer in the short musical version «The legend of Lion King» in Eurodisney Paris and has worked as a free-lance dancer for various companies, theater and TV projects. She was introduced to Pilates thru dance, but really connected with the intelligence of the technique and became truly involved after her first pregnancy to "reforme" her body. She then, became very aware of all the great benefits as a dancer, a teacher but most importantly as a woman. Angela is  trained by Balanced Body w/Ann Toran , Joy Karley, Fabrice Lamego and became certified by Polestar Education in 2009 with Brent Anderson. Her continuing education include training and workshops with Pamela A Downey"Don't hurt the Momma",Linda FIt "Pilates and props",Anatomy in 3D and Pilates on tour with BB education,where Jennifer Kries convince her about the importance of the classical system...In 2015, Angela start her bridging program with Juliet Harvey from Beacon Pilates to improve her practice and knowledge on the Classical form of the Pilates method.Angela is also teaching at “Pilates Reforming NY” in New York City where her clients have included Broadway performers, radio city rockets, prize NYC marathoners… She also teaches for several workshops in France and taught for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company during their French tour. 

Angela has been teaching in the Hudson Valley since 2009. She opened her own studio in Newburgh in 2012 and has been located in front of the Washinghton Headquarters since March 2014, where she can enjoy the revival of this beautiful city!

 Angela is really happy to be surrounded by a wonderful team. 







Linda Freeman, Bliss Body Yoga at Studio87-the wellness house

Linda Freeman has been practicing yoga since the 1980's and was certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2006 by Joseph LePage at the IYT Center in Brazil. Known for her individualized attention and student-focus, she specializes in gentle, therapeutic yoga. She teaches in New Paltz and Newburgh. She is also well-known in the Hudson Valley for her monthly column, the Holistic Guinea Pig featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal and in Living & Being magazine. Her yoga work  integrates her background in dance movement and holistic therapies. She and her husband, Chester, also teach swing dance in Newburgh, Kingston and Highland.

Kathy Gitto, Pilates mat instructor 

“Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.” 

-Joseph Pilates 

• Kathy received her instructor training in Pilates Mat 1 & Mat 2 through Balanced Body Education at Pilates Reforming NY in NYC. She studied under accomplished instructor and studio owner, Ann Toran and continued on to complete her apprenticeship here at APG Pilates. 

• A Newburgh native, Kathy began taking Pilates several years ago on the recommendation of a friend who touted its many benefits. After one class she was hooked on the Pilates method, which has become an important part of her every day lifestyle. She has taken classes at studios throughout the Hudson Valley, which have provided her with foundations in both classical and contemporary Pilates. 

• For more than twenty years she has taught art in Orange County. Her background in education, coupled with her desire to deepen her own knowledge of Pilates and anatomy are her motivation for becoming a trainer. She strongly follows Joseph Pilate’s philosophy that physical and mental well being are ageless.

Ananda For Life, specializes in Yoga, Reiki and Aromatherapy.  Founded by Kelly Hanna recently in May 2016.  Kelly came to her mat in 2013 for personal healing, movement and peace.  What she found on her journey was transformation, spirituality and a deep love for the practice of yoga.  Being an elementary school teacher for 16 years, she decided to apply her teaching skills to further her practice and train to become a yoga instructor herself.  She believes that work done with a focus on honor, love, and joy can be a tool on our spiritual path.  Each task in our lives are important...she values her task in teaching other yogis to find the inner peace and happiness.  

Kelly received her 200 hour training certificate at Solful Yoga in Monroe, New York.  Throughout her training she also received more specialized training in mindfulness and pediatric yoga.  Just recently, Kelly became a wellness consultant for doTerra and gained her certificate in Aromatouch Technique.  She enjoys integrating aromatherapy throughout her yoga and reiki practice to maximize relaxation and overall well being.  As a mother of three, she understands the challenge of keeping life in balance.  She focuses her yoga practice on maintaining balance, peace and connecting to our inner selves. Her yoga classes are accessible to yogis of all potential shapes, ages and interests.  

        -Lokaha Samastah Sukhino bhavanta…                 May all beings everywhere be happy and free.

Meghan Furman

Hello Yoginis! I am so excited to be a part of the team at The Wellness House! I began my yoga journey while in graduate school for mental health counseling in Albany. Yoga quickly became a way to manage stress and challenge myself physically while in the demands of school and work.  Since then yoga has become an ever-changing personal journey of transformation for me physically and spiritually. As I delved deeper into my counseling career it was apparent that yoga would be beneficial to my clients with the belief that yoga can heal and positively transform one’s life. I believe that practicing yoga strengthens the physical body while also building mental and emotional strength. I went on to enhance my yoga knowledge and skills by participating in a 200 hour Vinyasa/Hatha teacher training. From there I taught yoga at various colleges in the capital region as a way for students to manage stress and anxiety in addition to teaching at private establishments. 

I am a Beacon native who moved back in the area last fall. I currently run an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders in which I include yoga in the clinical program for clients. I am super pumped to be teaching and living in Newburgh! I look forward to meeting the community’s current and new yogi’s!! 

Vinyasa Yoga Flow: Vinyasa yoga flow is an all levels experience class that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Vinyasa flow offers students a fun and motivating practice that will enhance stronger mind body awareness while flowing between postures with emphasis on linking breath and movement. Each class has a creative sequence that is always unique and can be modified to each student’s ability. This class will be challenging while practicing safe with a focus on correct alignment.