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.

Katalin Gyorgy
Katalin has been teaching Pilates since 2007, began practicing the art and science of yoga in 1999, and in 2011, she embarked on a journey to become a Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner to further enhance her other healing modalities. Katalin creatively combines her knowledge of movement, massage, and nutrition for a balanced and vibrant lifestyle. Movement has intrigued Katalin since childhood when she began dancing in traditional Hungarian Dance style, with her interest piquing in gymnastics during her teen years. After a major car accident at age 20 she began her practice of yoga and core conditioning to heal her back. She graduated from 8Limbs Yoga in 2008 and from Todo Bien Health Center as an Classical Pilates Instructor in 2006. Since then she has studied different forms of Pilates to branch out and to enrich her self a versatile Pilates teacher. During her classes she facilitates an environment that is a challenging and enjoyable way to offer holistic complete body conditioning. She mixes a variety of Pilates styles and occasionally yoga with her Pilates classes to create a rich and challenging class full of innovative movement.
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.

Mackenzie Sipiora

Mackenzie graduated from Seattle Pacific University in June. She currently works as a Wish Coordinator at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Washington. On the weekends Mackenzie works at the front desk of Bria. When she isn’t at work, Mackenzie loves to paint, travel, and spend time with friends and family!

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 move to Seattle to be in a community that valued health and fitness as a lifestyle committment. 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.
Katie Baker
Katie is Body Arts & Science International (BASI) Pilates & Booty Barre certified. She received her Bachelor's degree in pre-physical therapy from Western Washington University and is currently finishing her Master of Science in Nutrition at Bastyr University. In her spare time Katie enjoys hiking, spending time with her family and volunteering within the community.
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.
Suzanne Malmad
Over the last 7 years, Suzanne has worked with a wide variety of ages and fitness levels. In addition to Pilates, she is a licensed massage therapist and is certified in Thai massage. At Bria, she emphasizes a willingness to "go inside;" deepening concentration improves performance, and can truly help each client become more comfortable in his or her body. Suzanne has experience being part of a team with physical therapists and osteopaths, and working with clients recovering from chronic lower back pain, shoulder surgeries, and other physical stressors and ailments.
Megan Boutinen
Megan was born and raised in Portland, OR, and moved to Seattle to attend UW for undergrad where she earned her BS in psychology. She is now completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at SPU, and working as the assistant manager at Bria. After graduating from college in 2009, she spent some time managing a local massage spa, which introduced her to working in the health and wellness field, and she has been connected in some way or another ever since. In her spare time she enjoys running, experiencing the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her friends, family, and two adorable yorkiepoos.
Beth Hejny
Beth was an avid runner until several years ago, when she suffered a knee injury during a half marathon. Four bouts of physical therapy, countless doctor appointments and treatments ranging from Rolfing to cortisone injections didn’t help. She took her first Pilates class at Bria a little over a year ago and within weeks began to notice a physical awareness she had never experienced before. Pilates helped transform her body while keeping her mentally challenged; it was the first activity she found that stimulated her in the same way running had, but with the added benefit of proper muscle movement and core strengthening. She has a Masters’ degree in Library and Information Science and works as a librarian for a consulting firm during the week. In her free time, she is thrilled to be studying Pilates in the Teacher Training Program at Bria and is excited to share what she’s learned with others. She enjoys biking, camping, growing tomatoes, refinishing furniture and spending time with her husband and their dog.
Lexie Berger
Lexie is Bria Pilates and Booty Barre certified. She received her degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington. Go Huskies! She currently works as an application analyst at Nordstrom. In her spare time she loves to travel, cook, eat, read and spend time outdoors. Lexie also works part-time at the front desk.
Macenzie Hadley
Macenzie discovered Pilates after injuring her back in a car accident in 2011. After she was "back to good health" she knew she didn't want to stop there, Pilates is something she wanted to have as part of her daily life routine. She believes Pilates has a mind body connection unlike any other exercise she has tried and no matter your age or what shape your body is, with dedication and practice you can do anything you want it to do and execute with perfect control. Macenzie has joined Bria training program to further her knowledge and share her passion with others.
Kerri Youngs
Kerri aims to provide functional training through Pilates to benefit your everyday activities. She helps you to gain independence in achieving strength and flexibility. She loves to work with your unique body to achieve your goals while making the process enjoyable.
Kara Pegram
Kara is Bria’s fantastic Wellness Advisor. She was born and raised in Montana, where she found a love for the outdoors and everything about leading an active lifestyle. She received her BS in psychology from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and moved to Seattle to complete her doctorate in clinical psychology at SPU. Kara discovered Pilates through her Ironman training. In her spare time she enjoys training for triathlons, exploring the Pacific Northwest, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.