Our Staff

Gail DeSart

Anne McMahon

Bobbie Suchil

Claire Henning

Eleanor Wilson

Kellie Saylor

Kirby Slavin

Kris Nagatani

Meagan Wiggins

Nicole DeSart

Stephanie Janes



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Gail DeSart

Gail was raised in Ojai and lives in Ventura with husband Mike DeSart of over 30 years. She has two children Nicole and Sophia. She also has two crazy pups, Levi & Riley. Gail loves to dance Jazz & Tap. In her free time Gail is a passionate gardener.

As a Graduate of Lu Ross Academy of Hair Design in 1980, she became a licensed Cosmetologist. Gail owned and operated a facial and body waxing business in an all women’s gym. She continues her education in aromatherapy, acupressure, face mapping and massage therapy.

She was hired as an Aerobic Instructor and Fitness Trainer in the early 80’s. She was trained to teach by Pam Franco & Karen Voight at the Voight Center in Santa Monica. Gradually, she moved into Aerobics Directing & Gym Management. During the mid 80’s her career took her through numerous gyms. She worked as a massage therapist for 9 years at a chiropractor’s office. Since the late 80’s, She has worked at the Pierpont Racquet Club and held multiple positions and responsibilities from Racquet & Health Club Management to Director in Fitness & Aerobics, Human Resources, and Membership. For over 30 years, Gail has been teaching in the health & fitness profession as a personal trainer & private contractor offering a wide variety of services, breathe awareness, specialty population such as MS, Parkinson’s, Spinal Back rehab and obesity and teaches a variety of classes such as kids class, hi-lo, step, funk, body conditioning and weight training, FMS, Foundation Training and AMN techniques.

In 1998, Gail found Pilates. Immediately she knew this unique form of movement was what she had always been searching for. In 2002, she was introduced to Rael Isacowitz and Body Arts & Science International. She achieved her BASI Pilates Certifications in Mat and Full Comprehensive course.

Since 2003, Gail has been affiliated both as host and assistant to the Body Arts and Science International Certification program hosted at her studio. In 2008, she achieved the honor of becoming a Junior Faculty member for BASI.

She meets and exceeds the required yearly continued education in her field always learning and fine tuning her skills.

In 2003, she opened The Mind & Body Wellness Studio Inc. Then in 2004, opened a sister studio overlooking the beach, The Mind & Body at the Pierpont. The Mind & Body Wellness Studio has been Voted #1 Studio 7 years in a row. Gail has been Voted #1 & #2 Pilates Instructor 5 years in “Best of Ventura”.

She received private sessions with the Pilates Elders, Romona and Mary Bowen. She has attended workshops with the other three Pilates Elders, Ron Fletcher, Lolita San Megal, and Kathy Grant.

In 2005, Gail received her Gold Member Pilates Certification under the Pilates Method Alliance.

In 2012, Gail was approached by Dr. Eric Goodman to consult and assist in the creation of the FT Certification. She accepted this task and soon joined the FT family. In December of 2012, FT launched the first Foundation Training Certification. In 2013, Gail left BASI to pursue an incredible opportunity with Foundation Training. Gail is now a Master FT Instructor and teaches at all Foundation Training Certifications and Workshops. She is responsible for reviewing and approving all the student requirements as the FT Assessment Auditor and administrator of the Foundation Training Discovery Workshop program.

Gail is passionate about continuing education and is always staying on the cutting edge by keeping high standards.

• Aerobic Pipeline Group Instructor Certification 83
• AFAA Group Instructor Certification 83-86
• International Dance and Exercise Association Certification 88
• American Council on Exercise (ACE)Group Instructor Certification current since 88
• Individual (ACE) Certifications in Step 91, Slide 94 and Aqua Aerobics 93
• American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Training Certification current since 99
• PhysicalMind Institute Certification in Pilate Based Essential Mat Exercise 99
• Graduate of the Body Arts & Science Pilates Certification Program 02
• Gold Member Pilates Method Alliance Pilates Certification 05
• Educational Faculty Member Body Arts & Science Pilates Certification Program 2008-2013
• Functional Movement System Specialist 2011
• Foundation Training Certified Trainer 2012
• PR & First Aid Certification current since 86

Private Sessions with Gail DeSart

Pamper yourself with a one-on-one private session with Gail. Receive a personalized workout designed to correct negative movement patterns, achieve optimal body strength and well being. Gail specializes in pain management.
10 Sessions $950
5 Sessions $500
Individually $110 each
30 min Session $75
Semi-Private Session with Gail - 55-55 min
Two people are taken through a session designed for strength, coordination and flexibility.
10 Sessions $600
5 Sessions $325
Individuallly $75
All sessions are appointment only. All packages have a 6 month expiration date.