I am the Detroit Medical Center Fitness Coordinator. In addition I help manage the City Group Exercise division. I am an ACSM certified personal trainer and AFAA certified Group Exercise Instructor with 8+ years of experience. Having my Masters in Public Health, I believe that everyone needs exercise not just for physical health but also for emotional and mental health.  If you are looking for some extra motivation and are not quite sure how to exercise on your own, try one of our many group exercise classes, the schedule is always posted under our membership tab. We have everything from Yoga to Boot camp, Aqua Zumba to Kettle bell! If you want to try a class before plunging into a membership, stop by the DMC Wellness Center and ask me for a free class pass. I look forward to meeting you!
"Don't let the start stop you."   -  Erica Mitra



Hi, my name is Angela Donnellon. I have worked for The Center  for over two years  now. I started my studies in Exercise Science at OCC after leaving the Chrysler corporation in 2008. My interest in fitness stems from being in the Army and wanting a better quality of life. I also enjoy motivating others to do the same. I am AFAA certified in group fitness, Zumba,  and Zbox.  I  can also teach belly dance. I currently instruct four forms of Zumba , belly dance,  and  body sculpt .  I look forward to instructing other forms of fitness and many more years with Ford  Community & Performing Arts Center.


Cristi Carricato

Hi! I am Cristi Carricato and I have been an instructor at the FCAPC since 2003. I am AFAA certified in Primary Group exercise and have a Personal Training Cerftificate in addition to ZUMBA trained, R.I.P.P.E.D. trained instructor along with Turbo Kick Certification. I teach advanced step, boot camp, ZKick, Zumba as well as Cycle, Kickboxing, weight training, and hi/lo aerobic classes. I am also an elementary physical education teacher. I love to share my knowledge and passion of fitness with others."



Hello! This is Sam Pietsch taking a moment between sets to let you know that I have been privileged to be a part of the Fitness Instruction Team at The Center since May 2012.  I have the AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Certification and am CPR certified as well. On August 18, 1999, I decided that I'd had enough with being unhealthy, tired and overweight, and I made myself do 5 pushups and run for 1 minute--barely! Things just kept building, and with encouragement from instructors, and sticking to a schedule of classes, pretty soon this "whole other me" started to emerge.  You can do it, too!  Won't you join us for the fun, personal satisfaction and great teamwork that our classes offer? Look for my Cycling and Circuit Training courses-and take inspiration from the success stories that all of our Instructors embody on the path toward greater fitness.  Remember:  "Wherever you are, that is where you begin."
Best Regards,


Marie LaManes

My name is Marie LaManes and I am an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor.  I have 4+ years experience in the fitness industry.  My passion for fitness comes from the results I've achieved in my own workouts combined with the results I've seen in others. The classes I currently teach are Body Sculpt and Cardio Kickboxing. Other classes I can teach are BOSU Balance Training, Boot Camp, Circuit, Senior Swim and Senior Chair.



I am David Bazzy, a recent edition to The Center. Some of you may know me as councilman David Bazzy but mostly I just go by Baz. I have been involved with fitness for most of my life in both training coaching and teaching. Currently I am teaching a high-end cardio circuit class focusing on core strength and interval training methods. I also sub for boot camp and spinning and down the road hope to add in high-intensity total bodywork out class. I am having a blast being part of this great team at The Center both taking and teaching classes and look forward to seeing you at The Center!



Hello, my name is Raluca. I began practicing yoga in the late 1990s. I received my certification from Rising Sun Yoga (now Yoga for Peace) in Southgate meeting the requirement of the Yoga Alliance 200 hour program in June of 2003. My yoga practice completely changed in 2004 while traveling for business and I took my first formal Iyengar Yoga class with Gabriel Halpern with Yoga Circle in Chicago. Inspired by the depth and the precision of the Iyengar method, my dedication deepened when I began to study regularly with Laurie Blakeney, a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Inspired by the tradition of Iyengar Yoga, my teaching style emphasizes alignment, form, and attention to detail. I thrive to inspire students to develop a regular consistent home practice of yoga by which they can stay healthy in their body and mind and to acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes which can be utilized in their life on the yoga mat as well as off the yoga mat. Registered as an experienced teacher with Yoga Alliance and a member of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States, I attend workshops and retreats with Senior Iyengar teachers whenever possible and dream of one day studying with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. My love for food and interest in healthy alternatives has made it possible for me to certify as a Raw Food Chef and in my time off I especially enjoy preparing raw desserts! I also love walking, reading and going to the theater and enjoy spending time with my two kitties, Basil and Sweet Pepper. Hope to see you on the mat! Namaste.



Hi! My name is Yuka Busuioc. I am an AFAA-certified instructor in Primary Group Exercise, Kickboxing and Bokwa. I am also a Climbing Wall Trainer! Some already know me as the Jump-Crazy Japanese woman in the morning classes. As a Center member, I really enjoy Step and Core, Body Sculpt, Cycle/Spinning, Kickboxing, Cardio Interval, Yoga, Water Exercise, Zumba Toning and Belly Dance. I have benefitted a lot from these classes and now it is my turn to give back and pay it forward as an instructor. I currently teach Kickboxing & Sculpt and Bokwa. Please come join my classes! We will have fun, sweat, smile and be healthy and happy together. I am looking forward to seeing you all. If anyone is interested in Wall Climbing, ask me anytime.



Hi, my name is Maureen Bokatzian. I am an ACE-certified professional in group fitness and have been teaching at The Center for the last seven years. I started my fitness career 34 years ago with the intention to transform my life due to many poor lifestyle choices. Having felt the positive and powerful effects of how exercise and diet have changed my life, I feel it's important to share this with all of you.  Come join me and the other instructors at The Center for an amazing fitness experience.



Hi! I'm Jen, and I've been working here at The Center since 2004. I'm certified to teach Kettlebell and group exercise. I'm also certified as a Personal Trainer. I currently teach cycle, sculpt, Kettlebell and boot camp. Because I believe that activity is imperative to longevity and quality of life, I think everyone can benefit from exercise. And luckily for us, there are so many options when it comes to exercise. There is definitely something out there for everyone. Come by The Center, and sample a class or two. With so many options and instructors, you'll definitely discover something that works for you.



I'm Kelly Vess, a cardio class instructor at The Center. I am certified as an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor and have completed the Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Training at Sattva Yoga Center. I have been attending classes here since 2011, and the dedicated instructors here have had a wonderful impact on my spirit and health. It's my turn to pay it forward. I'm looking forward to joining you in your journey in giving 100 percent to make a difference!



My name is Christine Lambert, and I became a Fitness Instructor at The Center in 2017 after many years of being a participant here and and other facilities. I am AFAA certified as a Group Fitness Instructor, and I am a licensed Zumba Instructor. I have taught body sculpt and cardio interval, and I am a licensed instructor for STRONG by Zumba, a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) class that combines cardio and strength, using your body weight without any equipment. Although dancing will always be my first love, I have come to appreciate all fitness formats, and I enjoy sharing the group exercise experience with others.