ABOUT THE STAFF
owner & lead instructor
Misha founded Misha Patel Studio, LLC, known to its clients as MPS, in San Jose, CA in 2009. Since then, MPS has touched the lives of thousands of clients, with around 150 active clients in any given week. Central Core, founded in 2016, is MPS' location on California's central coast.
Misha is a fully certified Stott Pilates and TRX Suspension Training instructor with an emphasis on injuries and special populations. Hence, in addition to offering classes to the general public, professional athletes, expecting and new mothers, young adults, and active seniors, Misha welcomes clients with herniated or bulged disc, spinal fusions, neck trauma, rotator cuff injuries, ligamental injuries, carpal tunnel, meniscal tears, breast surgery, or scoliosis. Additionally, Misha has extensive experience in training clients who have separated abdominals, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, TMJ, biceps tendinopathy, frozen shoulder, tennis and golfer elbow, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, MS, and neuropathy. Misha's instruction is heavily influenced by her understanding of human anatomy and kinesiology, which enables her to aid each of her clients achieve individual goals in a healthy, appropriate, and proactive manner. As an accomplished dancer, figure skater, and choreographer, Misha has spoken at several national and international conventions about injury prevention and the importance of strength and flexibility to that end. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Marketing from Santa Clara University.
Shawna has a background in anatomy and special needs care through nursing school and completed Pilates Mentorship Program Level 1 in early 2017. Having personally recovered from back pain utilizing the Pilates reformer, Shawna works to improve the general wellness of all clients and helps those with specific needs recover from physical setbacks, or child birth. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Emily is a NASM certified personal trainer since 2015, with experience in TRX, Barre, and Pilates Jumpboard. Dedicated to helping clients from all walks of life, Emily provides challenging workouts appropriate for each individual’s specific needs. She is studying toward a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.