A native to the Bay Area, Desiree returns to Hayward after her academic career took her to UC Irvine where she graduated with her B.A. in dance and B.S. in biological sciences, then to Northwestern University in Chicago where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; and then to New York City to treat NYC Ballet dancers, School of American Ballet students, and Broadway performing artists at Westside Dance Physical Therapy.

After giving birth to her son, Desiree completed the Polestar Pilates Mat Foundations curriculum as a way to self-rehab and to formally incorporate Pilates into her physical therapy practice.

Desiree currently continues her Pilates education with the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training.

As a physical therapist, Desiree is passionate about proper movement biomechanics and brings a rehabilitation perspective to her Pilates classes. This enables Desiree to appropriately modify exercises for clients with existing injury, whether it’s a sports injury, chronic low back pain, low bone density, etc., and to reduce risk of future injury. In addition to Pilates, Desiree enjoys dancing West Coast Swing with her husband and spending time with her family