Rebecca Pagdan has been involved in San Diego health and fitness professions for nearly thirty years. While still an undergraduate at UCSD, she held exercise instruction certifications through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the International Dance Exercise Association (IDEA). After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering, Rebecca went on to design and implement land and aquatic exercise programs for several facilities including La Costa Spa, UCSD Campus Recreation, and other San Diego health clubs. She then moved to Philadelphia, PA where she graduated from Hahnemann University Graduate School with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. Upon returning to San Diego, Rebecca has since developed, and trained other therapists and instructors, in special populations programs at medical facilities such as Scripps Clinic and San Diego Rehabilitation Institute. These programs included land and aquatic classes for spine, pre-natal, arthritis, and Parkinson’s Disease populations. Rebecca is certified as a specialist in hand rehabilitation and by the Pink Ribbon Program, offering strength, self-esteem and quality of life to breast cancer survivors. Most recently, Rebecca, herself, is a breast cancer survivor.
Rebecca is certified by both The New York Pilates Studio® and Romana’s Pilates, having studied at training centers in Los Angeles and New York City. Among her notable teachers are Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Pace, Zoe Hagler Marcus, and Shari Berkowitz. Rebecca continues to enrich her pilates studies by taking Romana’s continuing education courses, and courses taught by Pilates Elders and industry leaders such as Lolita San Miguel, Jay Grimes, Bob Liekens, Ton Voogt, and Michael Fritzke. She has also worked and studied with Mari Winsor, of Winsor Pilates. Rebecca’s experience in Pilates instruction includes work with notable professional athletes and performers from the NFL, WNBA, and more.