Diogo (Spanish Instructor)
Diogo is from around the world! He studied Creative Writing in New Hampshire and practices languages for fun and for better understanding. Originally from Paraguay, he is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and...English! (and practicing Sanskrit). He's been living in Portland since the beginning of 2019. When he's not teaching you can find him riding his bike, writing poems, playing guitar, or reading.
Erika (First Aid/CPR, Wilderness Survival, Disaster Preparedness)
Erika, originally from Colorado, has worked as an EMT, on a Search and Rescue Team, a Disaster Responder and Instructor for the American Red Cross and a trainer for the City of Portland Neighborhood Emergency Teams. So basically, she’s prepared for anything! She understands that people have their own learning styles and she loves teaching and empowering people to be “good in an emergency.” She has a Degree in Patient Advocacy from Cleveland State University.
Erin (Yoga, Strength and Stretch)
Erin Nova is from from Lafayette, Louisiana, and lives and works in Northeast Portland and beyond. Erin is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and specialist in women’s fitness, balance, and flexibility. Coming from a track running background, she turned to yoga in college when she broke her leg running. She loves teaching and training in groups or one-on-one, focusing on how breathing deeply and well can change the way you feel and live. Erin believes that if you can breathe and move, you can do yoga and get stronger than you ever imagined!
George (CPR/First Aid, Wilderness Medicine, Martial Arts)
George has been practicing emergency medicine for about 13 years in the Portland area. He spends all his free time with his young family. He is a certified CPR/First Aid instructor through the Red Cross. He has also trained in various martial arts such as Brazilian Jujitsu and Kickboxing for over 20 years.
Gina (Martial Arts, Dance)
From the age of 5, Gina’s father has introduced her to Okinawa Shuri-Te Karate. Nicknamed ‘Sensei’s daughter’ in the dojo, Gina soaked up teaching techniques and has instructed all ages as well as held women’s self defense workshops. She trained under Anita Sanford as company member of Dance Northwest in Eugene Oregon and is currently a member of FreshVibe, a dance company. She has a B.S. in Environmental Studies with 5 years of experience as a Park Ranger.
John (Wilderness Medicine)
John's all over the place. He works as a paramedic on a medevac helicopter, Captain and sailor, and Executive Director for Back Country Medical Guides. Not sure if he sleeps often. He's worked as an EMT and Paramedic for 16 years in Santa Cruz, Seattle, Jackson Hole, and Bozeman, MT in a variety of contexts- from the ambulance to ski patrol to helicopter. John has degrees in Neuroscience and Biochemistry from Montana State University.
Megan Gross is an accomplished dance/gymnastics instructor with over twelve years’ experience with a strong background in children’s gymnastics, hip hop and contemporary dance techniques. Megan also has experience teaching a wide range of styles also including ballet and stretch & strength to students of all ages from 3 years old to adult seniors.
Mike (Wilderness Medicine)
After growing up exploring the beautiful Northwest, it's not surprising Mike's path led him to Bozeman, MT where his real exploration of the backcountry began. Pursuing a passion, his journey continued to medical school after two years of adventure traveling through the South Pacific and Europe. Mike spent the next chunk of his life skiing the Wasatch and biking the Utah desert while training in Emergency and Wilderness Medicine. He now works as an ER physician in Portland, OR and ski doc at Mt. Hood.
Taylor Baker graduated from Pacific University Oregon in ‘17 with a BA in Dance. Her choreography, based on the human experience, was presented at the American College Dance Association Northwest conference in 2016 & 2017. Since moving to Portland, Taylor has had opportunities to choreograph and perform. She was part of Pacific Dance Ensemble & 11:Dance Co. She has worked with artists Emma Portner, Ching Ching Wong, James Healey, Mary Hunt & others. She trained, performed & choreographed in the professional company at Polaris Dance Theatre in 2017. Taylor currently teaches & choreographs in the Portland area- In 2018 her work received numerous awards & placed overall at several competitions, in group and solo works. She enjoys sharing her passion for movement with young aspiring dancers.