Heather Marinaccio Boak, C.P.I.
Heather is a certified Pilates instructor and movement specialist, as well as co-director of Avanti Therapy. She came to discover Pilates having spent her formative years as a competitive Gymnast. In 1998 she began her studies in the Pilates method. She entered into the Physicalmind Institute of New York’s training program in 2001 where she completed her apprenticeship and was certified in the Summer of 2002. Heather taught at several Pilates Studios and dance academies in New Jersey, including the acclaimed Academy of Dance Arts, Red Bank, New Jersey.
In 2005 she embarked on a lifelong journey of studies with her mentor, Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle. Wendy has been her greatest influence, encouraging her to always question the movement form and its infinite potential; to find the truth in movement and to seek the true essence of our beings.
Working with patients with complex injuries at Avanti Therapy, she has found that Pilates can be embodied in the true sense that it was intended; as a way to heal oneself. Her clients continue to inspire and amaze her each day. They bring joy to her life by witnessing their courage and their presence.
Heather has always enjoyed the exploration of movement patterns as they apply to overall function, but her experience reached a new level with the birth of her daughter. With the right prenatal exercise instruction for strength development and movement patterning, she helps women prepare for a birthing process that honors our natural ability to work with our bodies instead of against them, in order to ease the delivery process.
Heather has had the pleasure of furthering her movement studies with various Pilates Instructors, Movement Therapists and Physical Therapists throughout the U.S. She is constantly in awe of the amazing method designed by Mr. Pilates and its true ability to heal. Heather is interested in various forms of movement and in finding the harmony between ones soul and ones being. She continues to explore daily the Classical Pilates method as it relates to every individual. She is dedicated to guiding each client into finding a re-alignment and re-balance of body, mind and spirit through the method, and re-storing their bodies to health.
Clarissa Camp, B.S
Clarissa is a graduate from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Recreation and Event Management. She is from Gainsville, Florida where she worked in office management and event consultation. She is a lifelong learner, and regularly enrolls in classes such as Human Physiology, and positive psychology that help her to further understand the human condition and bolster her knowledge base for Avanti patients.
Her dependability, personability, and organizational skills make her a great addition to the Avanti family. Clarissa is currently the administrative supervisor at Avanti Therapy, and is the “go to” person for all of your administrative questions.
When she is not at Avanti Therapy, Clarissa and her significant other enjoy exploring their new home on the front range.
Kelsey Connolly, BS
Originally from the San Francisco bay area, Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Colorado with degrees in Integrative Physiology and Psychology. She is a PT tech and administrative assistant at Avanti Therapy. Kelsey is a people person and looks forward to becoming a physical therapist in the future.
“I am passionate about working at Avanti because patients are treated as the unique individuals that they are – the whole person, both mind and body, is taken into consideration. It is a mode of care that is very unique to this clinic and is an example of how I would like to work after I take the next step in my education. “
Kelsey likes to give hope to people who have had difficult physical adversities in their lives; nobody is beyond help, and she makes it her mission to remind patients of this as they move through their treatment.
Kelsey enjoys the outdoors and spending time with the people she loves. She enjoys the sense of community that she has in Boulder. She also volunteers with the elderly and is a Yoga instructor.
Brianna is from Littleton Colorado, and is currently a student at the University of Colorado studying Integrative Physiology, with a minor in Spanish. She is planning on going to graduate school for Physical Therapy once she finished at CU, and hopes to one day work as a health care practitioner in Latin America. Brianna is an administrative assistant and PT tech at Avanti.
According to Brianna, “Avanti feels like home. We get to know our patients well, and I enjoy the relationships that we develop here. The therapists take a personal interest in everyone’s lives, which is helpful and therapeutic for everyone”.
In her spare time, Brianna likes to rock climb, play intramural Frisbee and volleyball, and is involved with a Christian ministry club on campus.