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Meet the Team

AMY O'CONNELL

AMY O'CONNELL

Owner & Instructor

A competitive runner, certified barre instructor, and Colorado native, Amy O’Connell has run everything from 10k’s to 100 mile races in the Rocky Mountains and the Alps. She loves pushing past her limits, but found that she was held back by overtraining injuries from a lack of cross-training. She discovered barre as a way to build strength, prevent injury and improve her running performance. After opening her own Barre Forte studios in Denver and joining the Barre Forte corporate team, Amy moved to Steamboat Springs with her family. As the new owner of Steamboat Fitness, she is excited to bring running and barre classes back to the studio, and help others achieve their personal fitness goals. She believes that with hard work, anything is possible!

Wendy Puckett

Wendy Puckett

Founder & Instructor

Wendy is a certified Pilates instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute and Yoga Instructor through CorePower Yoga and has been teaching for 20 years. She is a former NCAA captain for the University of Colorado cross-country/track teams. She passionately credits Pilates for her strength and flexibility needed to enjoy a wide range of activities, especially running and marathons, including 6 Boston Marathons and a Marine Corps marathon, mt.and road biking, and skiing. She has 2 sons in college, 1 skiing for DU and the other skiing for the US Ski Team and Dartmouth. She loves working with athletes in the physical and mental arena to help them go after their goals. Her extensive understanding of the body and its mechanics will help you leave her class feeling stronger and re-inspired to go after what you want in life!

Kristin Stevenson

Kristin Stevenson

A fully certified instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute, she has been teaching for over 20 years with a background emphasizing rehabilitation. She is the owner of the Pilates Training Institute which certifies people nationally and internationally to teach Pilates. Her Bachelor of Science/Kinesiology degree, former job as a Univ. of Colorado athletic trainer, injury prevention educator for Italian cycling and dance teams, and six years in a physical therapy clinic brings a well-rounded knowledge to the studio to challenge and assist clients of all levels. As a former competitive ski racer she realizes the importance of a strong core. You will “enjoy” finding muscles you didn’t know you had in her classes.

Pam Pieknik

Pam Pieknik

Pam is fully certified through the Pilates Training Institute and has completed TRX, Spin & Barre certifications. She grew up participating in numerous sports in Denver, CO from soccer & competitive swimming to skiing & triathlon at CU Boulder. Pam enjoys hiking, biking, camping, boating, and everything the Colorado mountains have to offer. As a passionate athlete for life, Pam is aware of the need to have a strong connection between the body and mind. She discovered Pilates while recovering from a knee injury in 2005 & fell in love with it immediately. Pam was impressed by the recognizable changes in her body during everyday life; increased flexibility, balance, and overall core strength, that she was inspired to share it with others. She will challenge you to find your own balance & core strength through creative movement patterns…and you’ll have fun doing it!

Lora Labaree

Lora Labaree

Lora is a fully certified classically trained Pilates instructor through the internationally renowned BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates® Certification program founded by Master Teacher, Rael Isacowitz.  Lora was first introduced to Pilates during her professional dance career, as a way to enhance her dancing and help keep her body flexible but strong.  She grew up in Northern California and was involved with the Greentree Ballet Company for 14 years.  She then went on to major in Dance and Education at the University of California, Irvine.  After college she danced professionally for Disney in California and Japan.  Lora is extremely passionate about teaching Pilates and educating people about their bodies.  She always brings a smile to class and incorporates her training, experience, and years of dance to help clients find grace, coordination, flow, and core strength.

Pam Eppard

Pam Eppard

Pam joined the Steamboat Pilates team in March of 2018.  She has been a fully certified Pilates instructor through PhysicalMind Institute since 2008, a certified CoreAlign instructor through Balanced Body University since 2011, and an instructor in many forms of group fitness including Spinning, Yoga, BodyPump and BodyFlow for over twenty years.  Outside the studio, Pam loves spending time with family, hiking, biking, yoga, and camping.
Jaudz Liu

Jaudz Liu

With a background of dance, therapeutic yoga-anatomy training, and recovering from her own back injury, Jaudz feels Pilates is beneficial for everybody, and all ages.  Her interest in the mind-body connection, combined with her passion for movement, makes her an innovative and inspiring practitioner.  Jaudz is fully certified through the Pilates Training Institute.

Jess Ryan

Jess Ryan

Jess Ryan has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and it has truly changed her life both mentally and physically. She uses yoga to manage stress, stay fit and keep her mindful and focused. With a desire to share yoga with others, in 2015, she earned her 200 Hour Certification from Bhakti Barn Yoga in Millburn, NJ. Knowing that being a good teacher comes from being a good student, Jess is open to new experiences and loves to share those with her students. Her Vinyasa style classes are challenging and fun. 

MORGAN COX

MORGAN COX

Born and raised in Steamboat, Morgan began her pilates journey in her teens years when she began rehabbing from hip surgeries. Little did she know that those would only be the first of many grueling injuries she faced, and Pilates would be the constant to help aid her through each of those recoveries. It wasn’t long before she fell in love with Pilates and all the incredible benefits it offered. She believes not only in the incredible physical benefits but the mental component as well, using Pilates as a way to “escape” both the stresses of day to day life, and physical pain of injuries, while strengthening her body and mind along the way. 

 

She completed her training in 2021, and through the process introduced “boys night” to the Steamboat Pilates family by offering men only reformer + Jumpboard classes, which remains one of her favorite classes to teach, to this day. As a full time wedding planner, she spends her free time doing Pilates, skiing, hiking, and enjoying all the amazing things Steamboat and Colorado have to offer. 
KEZIA GRAHAM

KEZIA GRAHAM

Kezia brings her passion for functional movement, and her deep history teaching Pilates to all her clients and classes.  With a full certification from PhysicalMind Institute, she has been teaching for over 20 years.  A personal back injury brought Kezia to Pilates through physical therapy.  After being told she would never ski or run again, and coming back stronger to all the activities she loves, Kezia has a better understanding of the power of the body to heal and what is possible with core strength.  Kezia grew up horseback riding, skiing and competitively bike racing. She has over 700 hours of Yoga certification, is fully certified through PSIA teaching both Alpine and Telemark skiing, and passionately enjoys mountain biking, gravel riding, river time, camping and trail running.   Teaching from a broad perspective of activities,

Kezia brings her love of movement, human alignment and anatomy to her teaching. She is passionate about guiding people to discover their strongest potential in the studio to better live doing all the activities that bring them joy.

Kezia loves to Nordic ski, and is an awesome mother of two amazing kids.
ASH KEMPTON

ASH KEMPTON

Ash brings several years of strength training and fitness experience to the studio, with her own personal passion for endurance sports.  She is always up for adventure and finding creative ways to get stronger.
Ash is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, with a focus on weight loss, prenatal, rehabilitation, and athletes. In her free time, you can find her on outdoor adventures with her family and traveling the globe.