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Dr. Pete's unique perspective comes from years of experience as a supervisor and licensed psychologist, consultant, and Romana Kryzanowska certified Pilates teacher. He has spent nearly a lifetime exploring the inextricable relationship between our mental and physical realms.
MIND/BODY: His lifelong study of Pilates and psychology culminate into remarkable workshops exploring the interrelationship between the two disciplines. Because of his extensive work as a teacher trainer and supervising psychologist, instructors, students and the public can benefit from Dr. Pete's insights about mind-body relations.
After earning master's degrees in Developmental Psychology and Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, Dr. Pete trained at two renowned psychoanalytic clinics in New York City, The Karen Horney Clinic and Washington Square Institute. Upon completion of his PhD in Psychology from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was licensed in Pennsylvania and worked as a staff psychologist at Girard Medical Center then Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pete was the associate director of adult outpatient dervices at CATCH, Inc., then director of admissions, supervising psychologist and assessment coordinator at Friends Hospital. Most recently he has returned to Girard Medical Center as a supervisor and clinician.
He has also written on the subject of movement and psychology, most notably in an article entitled "A Research Study on Anxiety & Movement," published in The American Journal of Dance Therapy, based on his research about the ways in which anxiety is physically expressed by professional dancers as compared to non-dancers.
Dr. Pete's love affair with Pilates began in 1988, when he took his first class at Wee-Tai Hom's studio in Manhattan. As his passion grew, he pursued teacher training at Drago's Gym, receiving his certification in 1998 from famed instructor Romana Krzyanowska. Over the years, he honed his teaching and his practice with weekly lessons from the grand dame of Pilates, as well as master trainers Jay Grimes, Kathy Grant, and other distinguished, traditional instructors.
Dr. Pete has dedicated himself to the preservation of the Pilates method, creating the Worldwide Academy of Traditional Instructors. Producer and director of the award-winning Classical Pilates Technique series of six DVDs and author of the critically acclaimed companion book, Discovering Pure Classical Pilates, he has been a frequent guest instructor at training centers throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America. He appeared in Romana Kryzanowska's first commercial DVD project, demonstrating the Pilates Mat workout, as well as the DVD titled "Jay Grimes Revealed," with master instructor Jay Grimes