Meet the Team

Connection is our Mantra

Meet the team

Mindful Movement: Yoga, Pilates, aerial

Dr. Kristi Shaw

Founder & Owner; Yoga & Pilates
Kristi Shaw, Ph.D., MHS, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT (Certified Yoga Therapist), NCPT (Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher) began her yoga teaching career in 2006. Following the path of yoga therapy as an integrated approach in her teaching style, Kristi completed her RYT 500 and C-IAYT hours with University of Maryland Medical School, Center for Integrative Medicine. Kristi founded Coastal Retreat Studios and Wellness in 2017 to further her vision of bringing multiple healing modalities under a shared roof, sharing a common focus on aligning and healing the whole person.

Angie Lavezzo


Karen Knauss

Yoga & Pilates
Karen Knauss, RYT 200, Physical Therapy Assistant, Certified Ashaya Yoga Instructor and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher, Karen blends her physical therapy background with alignment-based yoga instruction. Trained at Willow Street Yoga Center by Maria Hamburger, Joe Miller and Natalie Miller, Karen continues studies in children's yoga through Radiant Child. Karen is a Pilates mat and equipment teacher, a certified stand-up paddle board instructor, and a certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) leader.

Sharon Ryan-Gotimer

Yoga & Reiki Master
Sharon Ryan-Gotimer is a RYT200 certified in Yin and Laughter Yoga, a Reiki Karuna & Usui Master Level Practitioner, having practiced for 30+ year, and a DPA - Dream Pattern Analyst. Sharon has a 30+ year background in Corporate America as a CFO and business development consultant. Understanding the need for self-care, Sharon has taken her two greatest loves Yin Yoga & Reiki and created a practice called Nurturing Yoga, allowing the student to nurture one’s spiritual and personal development using the science of yoga through the 8 Limb Path and energetic body work.

Dr. Ann Smith

Yoga & Meditation
Ann Smith, PhD, sits a lot as a clinical psychologist, national trainer and consultant for the treatment of Substance Abuse and PTSD. Prior to that, she moved a lot in her work as a drama therapist, a yoga instructor and as a general overall New Yorker who walked everywhere instead of sitting. Ann has completed more than 500 hours of yoga training under the guidance of The World Yoga Center in New York City and Anusara Yoga. These days, instead of walking to work, she does facial yoga during her commute, and shares her love of yoga and meditation with her patients.