OUR INSTRUCTORS

Our instructors are excited to meet you and to learn about your fitness + wellness goals.

They are friendly, approachable and are available before and/or after class to answer your questions and review techniques.
Each instructor will happily share information and advice about their classes and related health, wellness + fitness matters. Just ask!


TRX - Gravitate Studio

Debbie Kemp

Debbie has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years.  She has worked in all aspects of fitness and the one common area that she loves is the interaction with individuals to get to know them, to help them towards reaching their goals and feeling healthier.

She understood the importance of exercise at a young age, when she started working out to help with her sports.  Through years of experience and continued education she has become an instructor and personal trainer dedicated to offering a safe and challenging workout for everyone she works with.

Becoming the owner of Gravitate Studio is a wonderful extension of Debbie’s experiences and she looks forward to getting know the neighbourhood more and making the studio a space where everyone is welcome and will receive a great workout and amazing experience.


Avital Shinder

Avital Shinder

My passion for fitness was instilled at a young age, when my parents enrolled me into physical  activities and programs. I transferred my energy and enthusiasm for movement into my education, graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and with a Master’s of Fitness Science. During university I obtained my 250hr Yoga Teacher certification. My favourite style of yoga to teach AND practice is vinyasa. Vinyasa is my, moving meditation. Flow with me every Sunday at 9:30am!


David Beckles

David Beckles

David teaches Gravity, Cardio Sculpt, TRX, Cardio Sculpt + Personal Training.  He teaches fitness because he loves helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle and motivating his clients to reach their goals.


Domenic Clarino

Domenic teaches Gravity, TRX, Boot Camp + Personal Training.  He teaches because he loves sports + people, as well as watching his clients’ lives change for the better.


Donna Bantis

Donna Bantis

I have been teaching Gravity for the past 8 years and still get the same thrill watching my clients get stronger and healthier with every class.  I enjoy great music and having fun in class. My workouts will always be geared to what I know you can do and pushing you harder when I know you are ready!  I love teaching everyone from beginners to experienced clients. I also focus on form as a very important part of the class, making sure you are taking care of your body and staying injury free! 


Jaime Verk-Perez

Jaime Verk-Perez

Jaime is an Intuitive Health & Transformation Coach with 20+ years of experience in the healing arts field. She is a magnetic facilitator who delights in empowering others to manage their health and happiness using simple mindfulness techniques. Jaime is a certified yoga, pilates & meditation teacher as well as a sound healing practitioner.  

She possesses a profound, intuitive ability to help her clients identify & heal their emotional blocks and limiting beliefs, as well as manage chronic pain. She attributes these gifts to her own healing journey and spiritual development process. 

Jaime is a true inspiration to all those struggling with their weight or body image and has lost over 100 pounds using holistic tools she shares generously with her clients.  

Her passion is fuelled by the idea that we are all creators of our own destiny. We are all able to cultivate sublime happiness, heal our most painful wounds and embody more pleasure in our lives if we are courageous enough to go after it. 


Joanna-Nassif

Joanna Nassif

Joanna teaches TRX Bootcamp and is a personal trainer. She enjoys teaching because she loves to give and receive positive energy from her classes. She believes that the body is our greatest vessel and our minds are the composers. A positive mind, creates a positive strong body.


Lesley Minsky

Lesley Minsky

Lesley has been in the fitness industry since 2004. She was inspired at a very young age of 13 to start doing aerobics classes in a group setting. She teaches many different types of classes from spinning to Pilates and yoga, as well as gravity. They all offer different complimentary aspects for total body conditioning. As a mother of 2 young children, she loves to show how important physical activity is in everyone’s lives!


Lindsay McConnell

Lindsay McConnell

Lindsay is a dedicated and passionate pilates and gravitate instructor. She creates a trusting relationship with all of her clients. This trust inspires and enables her clients of all ages to reach their own personal fitness goals.


Sarah Berger

Sarah Berger

Sarah is dedicated to her health and wellness and to yours! She strives to achieve a welcoming, calming and friendly vibe in her classes, which is often met with laughter and fun.  Sarah has a dynamic approach to teaching Gravity + Yoga classes, as she wants to connect with her clients. You will benefit from taking Sarah’s classes because she truly focuses on the needs of everyone, providing individuals with personal attention in an effort to encourage a safe workout.  Sarah’s mantra is “keep calm and yoga on,” which captures the playful essence that she brings to her classes each and every day!


Joanna-Nassif

Sharon Lewis

Sharon Lewis has been a student and teacher of yoga for over 17 years. She is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. She has traveled extensively in search of authenticity, honing her craft.  Having the privilege of being mentored by some of today’s 21st century modern gurus has given her unparalleled experience, inspiration and the privilege and ability to pass along the knowledge that she has been so grateful to receive. 

Today Sharon enjoys sharing her love of yoga, inspiring growth, awareness and self healing in her students. 

Hope to see you soon on the mat!


Stacey Farkas

Graduate of York University – Health Studies and Mohawk College – Health & Wellness. CSEP Certified Personal Trainer, I have experience working with all types of athletes (Dancers, Figure Skaters, Hockey, soccer and baseball players.  Stacey has trained a variety of youth sports teams as well as individual athletes. Stacey’s favorite method of training is Kickboxing and High-Intensity Interval Training, as he loves maximizing results.

 “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.” 

— Swami Vivekananda 


Danielle MacDonald

Danielle MacDonald

Danielle MacDonald was born and raised in North Toronto.
Exercise and fitness have always been her passion, as well as figure skating, which she did competitively in her youth.  She fell in love IMMEDIATELY with Barre and is very happy to have the opportunity to share that love with the Gravitate Community.

Her goal is to deliver a motivating experience and to bring out the little ballerina in all of us through Barre!