Alissa’s passion for exercise and fitness began at the age of 3 when she had her first dance class at Steppin' Out Academy of Dance. She studied dance here for 15 years. After leaving the area, she continued taking ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop classes. Most recently Alissa taught Pilates, hip hop cardio and tap at the Virginia Ballet Company. She still enjoys all forms of dancing today and integrates it into her workout routines.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, Alissa took a year to complete a certification in massage therapy. She then received her master’s degree, specializing in biomechanics and knee osteoarthritis. While attending her master’s program, she helped run a stage II cardiac rehabilitation program.
Alissa continued her education at the University of Michigan for two more years in pursuit of a PhD in biomechanics.
She now owns and operates Body Design by Alissa, LLC. Her days consist of laughing with her clients and supporting them in staying healthy, fit and vibrant. Alissa is committed to the highest quality of training in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Integrating dance, personal training, pilates and massage creates a unique approach to fitness. She is regularly reassessing her own training techniques and those of the Body Design by Alissa instructors by requiring completion of new certification programs and staying up-to-date with the latest fitness research and methods.