Our Instructors

Anju brings together professional instructors with diverse training and experience to guide, support and motivate you toward greater well-being. Through well-designed programs and personal attention, we help each client achieve optimal vitality and improve overall health.

Ellen Pfeifferinstructor_ellen

Ellen Pfeiffer founded Anju to help people create positive lifestyle changes through fitness and nutrition. Her integrated approach to wellness emphasizes the whole individual.

Ellen’s lifelong enthusiasm for healthy living motivated her studies in multiple disciplines. She holds two Master’s degrees—one in Nutrition, one in Exercise Physiology—from the University of Michigan, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor.

Ellen specializes in therapeutic and rehabilitative fitness and nutrition counseling. She welcomes clients of all ages and abilities, and is known for her careful attention to each client’s personal goals.

Laura Steffeyinstructor_laura

Laura Steffey initially came to Pilates in 2005 as cross-training for figure skating and modern dance but soon noticed significant improvement in balance, mental focus and kinesthetic clarity. That led her to a dedicated study of Pilates, which culminated in Stott training in 2009.

Laura has been a figure skater for more than 30 years, and coaches both figure and power skating at RIT. With her extensive background in figure skating and modern dance, Laura has a keen awareness for body alignment and movement. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Dance from SUNY Potsdam, an M.A. from the University of Rochester in Teaching and Curriculum, and is NYS-certified in Childhood and Special Education.

Laura believes that Pilates can benefit people in all aspects of life. Her goal is to make the exercises accessible to clients of all fitness levels, and help them integrate Pilates principles into a meaningful practice that is supportive and successful in meeting their individual needs.

Eugenia Richardsoninstructor_eugenia

Eugenia Richardson began taking Pilates when she experienced back pain after years of dance and teaching aerobics. Not only did her back pain go away, but Pilates was magical for her! She began training with Jennifer Kries in New York City and continued her Pilates training with Physical Mind Institute and Body Precision where she earned her complete Certification in 2005. She taught in Rochester for a few years and then followed her dream to teach in the Caribbean. She had her own studio in St. Martin for six years and worked with local Island clients as well as people from all over the world including Tyra Banks, Salma Hayek and Allegra Versace.

Eugenia’s interest in Pilates has led her to continue taking Pilates courses for osteoporosis, golf, Barre Pilates, and rehab related course work. As a trainer she has worked with varied health conditions and injuries including back and neck pain, knee and hip replacement, breast cancer, and stroke.

“Teaching Pilates is my way of giving back. Pilates has enriched my life in ways I never knew possible. I am happy to be back in Rochester teaching Pilates and helping to change people’s lives!”

Paul Wheelerinstructor_paul

Paul Wheeler brings a varied educational background to his Pilates and fitness teaching. He studied and received his certification in Classical Pilates in 2010. That same year, he became a certified Licensed Massage Therapist from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. He then went for additional education for Orthopedic Massage and Myofascial Release. Paul believes that teaching Pilates and practicing as a Massage Therapist tie into his commitment for health and wellness as both are preventive and healing arts.

In December 2014, Paul earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from the State University of New York at Brockport.

Paul not only brings a depth of knowledge and expertise to his work with clients, but also a passion and motivation to help them achieve their health goals. Among the many benefits his clients find are increased core strength, improved posture, greater flexibility and decreased risk for injury.

In Paul’s spare time, he enjoys training for triathlons, playing soccer, hiking, and running.

Debbie Zaniniinstructor_debbie

Debbie Zanini has been in the health and fitness field since 2008. Over the past several years she has helped clients achieve a variety of goals ranging from losing weight to improving balance to increasing endurance. In May 2017 Debbie received her Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. She’s a Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist with an interest in helping women at all stages of the life cycle.

Debbie has a non-intimidating approach to exercise that allows you to feel comfortable and confident. Her top priority is providing you with an exercise program that is appropriate to your level of fitness! She believes in helping clients set realistic goals, build confidence, gain strength and achieve a healthier lifestyle. With her positive upbeat attitude, you will leave feeling energized and recharged!