Staff List

Misty Moon Nickel

Bria Founder, Pilates Instructor, LMP

Misty was selected as Seattle's Best Pilates Instructor for 2008 by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine!

Misty has been teaching movement and healing in the Seattle area for over 15 years. Driven by her vision to build a center where movement integrates into healing, Misty constructed Bria where she practices as an advanced trained Certified Stott Pilates instructor and licensed massage therapist.

Misty co-produced Complete Yoga and Pilates, a 4-DVD box set available internationally. Misty also received national recognition when Allure Magazine named her "Seattle's Best Massage Therapist."

Dedicated to a life-long pursuit of the healing and moving arts, Misty has studied around the world and remains current with the ever-evolving science of movement by frequently attending workshops. She enjoys enriching others' lives by drawing on her wide background of related work and employing her extensive knowledge of anatomy and healing.

Christine Jimenez
Christine is an avid athlete and runner. She discovered Pilates a decade ago when a running injury sidelined her and has been hooked ever since!

Christine is the co-owner of Bria. You can find her at Bria most days doing whatever needs to be done to keep things running smoothly. On her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and take on any myriad of DIY home projects.

Heather Skogerson
Heather is passionate about family, wellness, organic food and experiential life! After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Exercise Science, she moved to Seattle to be in a community that valued health and fitness as a lifestyle commitment. She is certified in Pilates from the Pilates & Physical Therapy Center of Seattle. She loves to help her clients become awake and mindful in their bodies. When she isn't teaching pilates she is loving the time she spends with her two young boys.
Heidi Byrnes

Heidi has been a certified Pilates instructor since 2002. Her approach is from the perspective of spine health. She focuses on alignment and proper muscular sequencing of the spine. She aims to have each client "wholistically" use his or her body to balance strength, stretch and alignment to eliminate any pain, and to create stability and the feeling of control over their body. Her goal is to help her clients reclaim their optimal quality of life.

Sharon Lightfoot-Pound
Sharon is a Bria certified Pilates instructor and has 24years experience teaching Yoga. She is passionate about Pilates and holistic health to create good posture and efficient movement balanced by strength, flexibility and breath. Her interests are family and friends, walking, skiing, dance, meditation, healthy lifestyle and nutrition. Sharon also works part-time at the front desk.
Faith Stankevich
Faith loves people and has worked with everyone from 18 year old elite athletes to breast cancer survivors recovering from surgery. Her best match is someone who can have a sense of humor in the face of a difficult challenge.  She strives to infuse her classes with safe and challenging exercises whilst maintaining a light and upbeat environment.
Faith believes that ar any age, in any phase of life, we can learn to be more present and feel better in our bodies.
Lee Gulin
Lee was born and raised in Brazil and was fascinated by dance and fitness from an early age. Upon moving to the USA in 2000, she discovered Pilates and quickly became an avid practitioner. Lee’s university degree in Architecture and Design helped her to develop and launch her own line of women’s fitness apparel in 2003. This company was heavily focused on the Pilates and Yoga communities. Through clothing brand promotion Lee was able to meet and work with instructors from diverse lineages and approaches to the Pilates Method. In 2005 Lee met Rebecca Leone and she started her on the path of deepening her understanding of Pilates and movement biomechanics. Lee began attending some of her workshops and anatomy lab classes and Rebecca has been a key reference, mentor and friend to Lee ever since. In 2013, having practiced and worked around Pilates for more than 10 years, Lee decided to pursue it as a career. She is currently in Rebecca Leone’s Comprehensive Teacher Training Program which has directed her approach to the work with a strong focus on spine safety. She loves helping people understand the mechanics of proper alignment and muscular engagement and how it all relates to their everyday activities, and is very excited to be starting active work at Bria.
Maia Veague
Maia’s interest in movement began at a young age during intensive training with a jazz dance company in the Midwest. Through workshops across the country, she was introduced to many styles of dance, as well as Pilates and yoga. At the same time, Maia was interning with a chiropractor and a physical therapist, and began to see the value of movement as a therapeutic modality. In 2008, Maia earned a BS in Exercise Science and Biology from Millikin University in Illinois. Maia holds a certification in Personal Training from the National Council of Strength and Fitness. Her approach is multi-faceted and strongly influenced by her background in dance, and complimentary to Pilates practice. Maia believes that proper, unrestricted biomechanics, core strength, flexibility, and proper alignment are the groundwork for everyday well-being. Each session is tailored to the client’s needs, be it pain-free functional movement, athletic conditioning, weight loss, nutrition, or rehabilitation.
Kari Callaway
At a young age Kari began dancing, skiing, cycling and running, finding a true passion for movement and physical fitness. After attending her first Mat Pilates class, Kari was instantly captivated and inspired by the combination of elegance, strength and underlying emphasis of control that Pilates offered. This led to receiving a certification with the hopes of helping others to achieve their individual goals and discover their own inner strength. Her goal is to create challenging classes staying true to the original Pilates principals. Kari is also a Barre instructor and loves creating well-rounded Barre classes that are challenging, graceful and fun.
Nicole Pieratt
Nicole believes that every body can benefit from Pilates. She enjoy working with clients with a variety of movement history and create challenging sessions based on individual needs. Nicole has worked with people recovering from knee, hip, ankle and shoulder injuries as well as spinal issues and back pain. She enjoys finding a balance between healing and strengthening for the best possible outcome. Her favorite part of teaching is when she can help her clients really feel a difference in their bodies that carries over into their everyday lives. Nicole's specialty is getting the brain on board so that the work done in the studio results in a mental shift as well as a physical one and her client's overall quality of life is improved. She has completed the 550-hour Vitality Pilate Certificate, as well as the Pilates for Multiple Sclerosis Advanced Training Certificate.
Missoni Lanza
Missoni Lanza has been a practitioner of the Pilates Method since the young age of sixteen. After reading an article in a magazine about the overall improvements Pilates can have on your physical health, Missoni sought out a Pilates studio to try it out for herself. She was instantly hooked and fascinated by the entire Pilates Method and became an avid practitioner. Missoni fully credits Pilates for inspiring a healthier lifestyle, relieving knee and back pain as a result of a head on collision, improving her dynamics and range as a vocalist and living with Scoliosis. “Pilates changed my life, it allowed me to gain a new appreciation and understanding of my body.” Inspired by the powerful impact Pilates made on Missoni’s life, she decided to become a certified instructor to share the method with others. Since receiving her certification at Pilates Sports Center in Palm Springs, CA, Missoni furthered her education receiving credentials from Stott, Basi, Balanced Body, Franklin Method and Kathy Corey. In 2012, she collaborated with J Lane Fitness to bring fitness and nutritional education to schools to facilitate more movement in children’s lives. Missoni’s approach to Pilates is creative while following the fundamental roots of the method. She addresses the body in front of her and what the body needs.
Oanh-Nhi Nguyen
Oanh-Nhi works in women and girls' issues, specifically in ending violence against women and girls in the U.S. She is an aspiring screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and future pilates guru!
Lisa Watsa
Lisa is a true citizen of the world … she was born in India of a Bengali father and English mother, and has lived in Calcutta, London, Bombay and Sydney, before ending up in Seattle in 2007. Her past jobs have included things as diverse as working as an international airline stewardess and as an Exec PA in a multi-national advertising agency. As a result, she brings with her extensive experience in both admin and people skills. She also has a great attention to detail.  Lisa is relatively new to pilates and is loving learning more about it. Combined with her love of yoga, she feels she has found her nirvana!