An Innovative and Inspiring Mind/Body Professional, Ms. Joan is the creator of the best selling DVDs “element: ballet conditioning”, “Ultimate Body: Yoga Fitness”, and “SHAPE: 20-Minute Makeover”. Elise has been a top Celebrity Trainer with Exercise TV, for whom she has created over 12 of their most popular fitness programs. An Ambassador and community activist for lululemon athletica, ZICO coconut water, Manduka, and Yoga Earth, Elise holds multiple fitness certifications, and is a Celebrity Trainer and contributing host with Lifetime Television, TV Guide Channel, and Better TV. Elise has been featured as a health and fitness expert on ABC News, E! News, EXTRA, CBS News, Amazon.com, and GAIAM among others. She has been published in such magazines as ALLURE, ELLE, GLAMOUR, SELF, SHAPE, and Women’s Health. Ms. Joan was a host, headliner, & celebrity trainer for the SHAPE Beach Bikini Body Event, and OK!Magazine’s Body and Soul National Charity event. She is consistently creating innovative new fitness programs, one of which – BURN BLISS™- is a huge success at the prestigious Equinox Fitness Clubs across Southern CA. In recent press, the Los Angeles Times & Lifetime Television both named Elise a “Top Cardio Dance” instructor, and her techniques met rave reviews at Young Hollywood.com.

Prior to pursuing a vocation in fitness, Ms. Joan has enjoyed an established career as an actor, both onstage in New York City, and on camera in Los Angeles. She has performed with Tony Curtis and Ann-Margret, and has received numerous accolades from esteemed publications including Variety, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She has appeared in multiple stage productions, musicals, commercials, & feature films.

A former soloist with The Virginia Ballet Company, and professional dancer in NYC, Ms. Joan currently trains multiple A-List celebrities on both coasts, and has drawn from her expansive and versatile movement background to create unique programs for her clients and students.
A nationally renowned and dedicated health and wellness instructor, Elise has brought her talent for teaching to top spas, sports clubs and gyms across the country, including Sacred Movement, Sonic Yoga, Equinox, and exhale Spas, where her repertoire of disciplines includes Vinyasa Yoga, Ballet Conditioning, Dance, Core-Barre, Indoor Cycling, and Full Body Sculpting,


  • B.A. in Theater from The College of William and Mary

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