Sherri Betz

Primary Teacher Training: Polestar Pilates®

PT, GCS, CEEAA

Sherri was the Vice-President of the Pilates Method Alliance and served on the PMA Board of Directors from 2003-2009, became PMA Pilates Certified in 2005 and served on the PMA Pilates Certification Exam National Panel to improve the quality of Pilates Instruction. Sherri currently serves as the PMA Research Committee Chair. Selected to serve on the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education (FORE) Professional Education Committee and the NOF Exercise and Rehabilitation Advisory Council, Sherri is involved in improving awareness about bone health for the lay public, exercise teachers and for healthcare professionals. She has developed the Do It Right and Prevent Fractures Booklet for FORE/American Bone Health.

Sherri began her career as a national gymnastics competitor and as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer for Nautilus Fitness Centers in the 1980's. Inspired by the work of a physical therapist in one of the clubs where she trained, Sherri began to pursue a degree in physical therapy. She is a 1991 graduate of the Louisiana State University Medical Center's School of Physical Therapy. Sherri has been the physical therapist for the San Jose Sharks Professional Hockey Team, nationally ranked pairs and singles figure skaters, and Elite-level gymnasts in their rehabilitation and in development of their Pilates-based training programs. Studies with Ron Fletcher and Kyria Sabin have inspired her to become licensed in Fletcher Pilates Towelwork® and Fletcher Pilates Spine Corrector®. She is a graduate of the Ron Fletcher Program of Study.

Sherri is the Education Coordinator for Polestar Education and has been a Polestar educator since 1999. She has developed an advanced program in Osteoporosis Management for Polestar Education. Extensive research on the treatment and prevention of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis led to the development of The Osteoporosis Exercise Book: Building Better Bones, the Pilates for Osteoporosis Exercise Program, Prenatal Pilates, Dealing with Acute Low Back Pain, Pilates for Seniors and Pre-Pilates for Rehabilitation DVD's. She has just released the Reformer for Osteoporosis DVD. She has published the The Osteoporosis Exercise Book: Building Better Bones, 2nd Edition with integration of Pilates and Physical Therapy principles and exercise modifications for those at risk for fracture.She is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist, certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. She teaches community-based classes for osteoporosis, balance and fall prevention for older adults at the Capitola Recreation Center, serves on the Board of Directors of American Bone Health and hosts the American Bone Health Lecture Series-a support and seminar group in Santa Cruz. Sherri is also the Chair of the American Physical Therapy Association's Bone Health Special Interest Group.

Sherri is also certified in Gyrotonic® and GyrokinesisTM.

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