Our Instructors

Debra Fishman

tahoe-perfect-workout-debra-fishman-instructor-trainer-pilates-biodensity-trxDebra has been teaching for more than 20 years to clients of all levels and ages as well as clients with a variety of health and physical issues. She is certified through the reputable Pilates Coach/Leslee Bender, and is ACE certified. Recently, she opened her brand new second Pilates studio at Raley’s Center in Incline Village, just a few blocks from the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort. She has been written up in Pilates Style Magazine, Balanced Body Marketing Magazine, and was in the March 2008 Fitness Management Magazine of England. Additionally, she is a member of ACE, IDEA and Pilates Method Alliance.

Debra graduated from Alfred University in New York State, and has a background in social work as a senior case worker for Child Protective Services in New York, and held management positions for INA and Cigna Corp in both Dallas and Los Angeles. She studied voice for 6 years at the prestigious Parker School of Music, and performed in local theater groups as a singer and dancer.


Tara Styer

tara-styer-tahoe-pilatesTara grew up in Northwest Montana appreciating many outdoor activities, so it was natural for her to move to Tahoe to enjoy the mountains and Lake.  Tara originally sought out Pilates to complement physical therapy following two car crashes.  She was quickly captivated by the movements and uniqueness of the practice.  Tara’s comprehensive training is through Balanced Body.  She is also a qualified instructor of TRX and believes there is a great marriage between TRX and Pilates.  In addition to these exercises, Tara enjoys indoor cycling and Barre classes.  Tara is a member of Pilates Method Alliance and she prides herself on attending classes when she travels to bring new exercises and techniques back to her clients.

Tara graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Sociology.  After college Tara moved to Tahoe for a winter season to enjoy life and ski often.  She quickly learned that Tahoe has a way of turning one season into multiple years.  In 2006 Tara returned to school at San Diego State to attain her Master’s Degree in Public Health.  She appreciates the science and focus on prevention that Pilates emphasizes.

Kristen Elias

Kristen-Elias-tahoe-pilatesKristen grew up in Incline Village, NV and has been active her whole life – from playing sports (volleyball, softball, and basketball) to running in races (Reno-Tahoe Odyssey, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race). She worked in Washington, DC for the US Senate for four years, before deciding that physical fitness is her true passion. Two years ago, she officially became certified as a personal fitness trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), and is currently undergoing her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification through Balanced Body. She teaches Pilates Reformer classes and works with the TRX and the Barre to keep workouts fresh and exciting. Along with ISSA, she is also a member of IDEA.

Kristen graduated from the University of San Diego with degrees in International Relations and Theatre Arts. She understands the difficulty in finding the time and energy to take care of your body when a job sits you at a desk all day, but her philosophy is that a healthy balance of work and play is key to happiness in life. She works with men and women of all ages to help them find balance in the form of exercise.