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. 


Mark Owen Pilates Instructor

Mark’s interest in the Pilates practice started 20+ years ago with a random decision to take a mat class at a health club he belonged to at the time. The love affair continued with Mark becoming a Pilates Instructor through Beacon Pilates in Beacon NY. Mark continues his training at workshops with master trainer and instructors around the globe; Allen Herdman,
Junghe Won, Brett Howard, Benjamin Degenhardt, Enja Schenck and Sean Gallagher to name a few.
He looks forward to sharing his passion and knowledge with each and every client.

Mark’s classes often consist of a warm up on the mat or tower followed by work that encompasses the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Barrels and Magic Circle. Always aimed to challenge yet suit the needs of the individuals in front of him..

Kathy Gitto, Pilates 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.