Wellness Studio Instructors

The Wellness Studio at UW Health at The American Center offers a wide range of movement classes that promote a holistic approach to health and well-being.


Meet our instructors:


Dianné Jean Aldrich


Instructor Dianné Aldrich

Dianné Aldrich is an Integrated Wellness Expert with more than 30 years of experience. She has a dynamic background in the healing arts and enjoys sharing her passion and expertise with a wide audience.


She is an international performer and taught dance in New York City for more than 14 years and now owns and runs her own business, 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace, LLC, an integrated wellness, dance, yoga, qigong and pilates studio in Monona.


Those who work with her can anticipate a genuine connection from the heart, a precision approach to assessing and correcting inefficient structural and neuromuscular habits, and improved overall well-being. She is masterful at creating sacred space for peace, healing and spiritual growth.


Dianné's classes: Core and Restore • Meditation in Motion


Deidre Buckingam


Instructor Deidre Buckingham

As an advocate for living large and self-acceptance, Deidre uses her training as a massage therapist, physical therapist and yoga instructor to help others find the best in themselves. She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Alignment Yoga and holds a Curvy Yoga certification. Through her practice and teaching of yoga, she brings a deeper understanding of the core, breath and body alignment and their contribution to wellness and vitality.


Jess Clark


Instructor Jess Clark

Jess Clark is a long-time yogi who loves sharing the transformative power of yoga with her students. She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a certified Unnata Aerial Yoga Teacher.


Her yoga classes focus on individualizing the practice for each students' needs, strengthening the mind-body connection through breath, and finding joy and ease in the physical postures. When not teaching yoga and aerial yoga, Jess enjoys spending time outside with her family, taking care of her backyard farm, and dancing through the air as an aerial dancer right here in Madison.


Jess' classes: Aerial Fitness • Aerial Yoga • Therapeutic Yoga


Nikki Cook


Instructor Nikki Cook

Nikki is a 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher and has a Masters Degree in Education-Counseling. She specializes in therapeutic yoga, body positive and accessible yoga. Nikki believes yoga truly is a practice that is for every body. She creates classes that allow you to meet yourself where you are, at any given moment, taking what you need from the practice. In Nikki’s classes you will find a welcoming, supportive community where you are encouraged and free to be your authentic self.


Nikki's classes: Aerial Yoga • Restorative Yoga


Kate Hemesath


Instructor Kate Hemesath

Kate Hemesath joins the Center for Wellness at The American Center as a fitness supervisor, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. Kate holds her bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science and Psychology and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.


Kate has been working for UW Health for three years and has transferred into her new role at The American Center from UW Health Research Park Sports Medicine Center where she oversaw operations in the aquatics center and worked with various populations in the fitness center. Kate also has years of experience working as an exercise specialist with a variety of clientele and patients at Midwest Medical Center.


Throughout her career in the wellness field, Kate has acquired an experienced skill set necessary to work with people of all ages and ability levels. She believes whole-heartedly that fitness is a lifestyle and that it is ever evolving as with anything else in life. Kate aims to educate clients, help them obtain positive behavior change, and create lifelong healthy habits.



Katie Heiser


Instructor Katie Heiser

Katie Heiser is the Fitness Coordinator of aquatics at UW Health at The American Center. She has a background in aquatics and has enjoyed coaching and teaching swimming for 30 years. She started training on TRX in 2008 and has truly enjoyed sharing the strengths and challenges of the straps since then.


Every TRX class is different, focusing on core strength, balance and some cardio. Katie’s favorite part of teaching is encouraging her students to challenge themselves. Her goal is to have each student finish the class feeling strong and proud of themselves, leaving the Wellness Studio with a smile on their face.


Katie's class: TRX Complete


Timothy Lee


Wellness instructor Timothy Lee

Timothy Lee is an avid martial artist who is inspired by all facets of healing arts. He specializes in corrective exercise, performance enhancement, movement neurology, nutrition and weight loss.

Tim has a bachelor's degree in Holistic Health Science and is completing his master's degree and doctorate in Natural Medicine. His passion is in healing with energy, movement and intent by leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Tim strives to bring out the best in people and help them discover their potential in each of his sessions.


Tim's classes: Movement Essentials • Personal Training


Sheba McCants


Instructor Sheba McCants

Sheba McCants is a dancer for life and a licensed Zumba Kids instructor. Sheba's favorite dance styles are Samba and Salsa and she is the co-founder of Ótimo Dance, a Madison-based, Latin fusion dance company that creates and performs original works inspired by various styles of Brazilian dance.


Sheba loves to teach in a variety of settings, including employee wellness, community events, schools and health clubs. She hopes to continue to share her love of dance through teaching and performing for many years to come.


Sheba's classes: Zumba


Iris Mickey


Instructor Iris Mickey

Iris Mickey is a Certified Yoga Therapist with more than 2,000 hours of advanced training in Yoga. Iris brings years of experience and personal practice to her teaching and is passionate about helping others learn techniques to help themselves.


She offers the practices of Yoga Nidra and Hatha Yoga in a down-to-earth, accessible style. She owns and operates Synergy Therapeutic yoga and offers one-on-one therapeutic yoga, as well as other group classes.


Iris' class: Yoga for Back Care


Meg Miller


Instructor Meg Miller

Meg Miller is a certified yoga and pilates instructor who is passionate about bringing mind-body movement to students for more than a decade. She teaches with a non-intimidating and playful style and creates an environment for every student to feel comfortable. In pilates we work to ignite the core and incorporate our movement with the breath. You will leave class feeling stronger and taller, with a greater awareness of your breath and body. Classes are always taught with each individual student's unique body in mind, including modifications and moderation.


Meg loves to introduce students to a yoga practice that incorporates an aerial silk as an additional prop. The silk provides support for students to explore feeling weightless, playful and free. Whether you want to fly or experience the deep relaxation of shavasana in the silk, aerial yoga has something for everyone.


Katie Schwartz


Instructor Katie Schwartz

Katie Schwartz is the Fitness Coordinator at UW Health at The American Center. As a Certified Wellcoach and Kripalu Yoga Instructor with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she brings a well-rounded perspective to health and well-being. She has been practicing yoga for more than half her life and has been teaching yoga since 2006.


She is passionate about sharing her love for yoga with others. Her classes explore deep breathing, mindful-movement and alignment principles that create and support solid physical foundation. Class focuses on building strength, balance and flexibility. She teaches to a diverse group of people and offers various modifications for those with limitations.


Katie's classes: Kripalu Yoga • Strength and Flexibility • Mindful Yoga • Health Coaching


Brenda Smage


Instructor Brenda Smage

Brenda took her first yoga class at 12 and immediately fell in love. As she became truly dedicated to her practice, she found so much more than she thought possible through yoga, including strength, patience, self-love, peace of mind, a sense of calm, and the ability to become present. This growing passion for yoga led her to pursue a 200-hour RYT certification through Inner Fire Yoga, with an emphasis in Power Flow. Aerial Yoga became a passion, and Brenda became a certified Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher.


She is truly honored to have the opportunity to teach and to share her love for yoga with my students.


Brenda's classes: Aerial Yoga (Introduction) • Aerial Yoga


Steve Scoville


Instructor Steve Scoville

Steve is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. His experience includes personal training, fitness classes, health coaching and working as an aide for multiple physical therapy clinics.


Through his professional and athletic experiences, Steve has learned the importance of mobility and includes everyday movements in his workouts. He believes recovery is an important factor to overall fitness and has designed workouts that help the body recover and keep people wanting to come back for more.


Jenny Wallskog


Instructor Jenny Wallskog

Jenny Wallskog has always been drawn to physical activity and exercise as a child, teenager and adult, ranging from rigorous organized sports, to outdoor adventures, and now to more gentle exercise. With her strong interest in movement, it comes as no surprise that she has had a 30-year career in physical therapy in Madison. Over the past several years, She has become fascinated and encouraged by the new neuroscience research and strategies to treat persistent pain in the physical therapy realm. During this same time, she also began learning Tai Chi, an ancient, Eastern mind-body health practice. As her Tai Chi skills and understanding developed, she began teaching older adult fall prevention classes utilizing Tai Chi movements two years ago and last year began teaching a class for people with persistent using education and Tai Chi movements through Madison School and Community Recreation. The positive outcomes and high participant satisfaction of combining Eastern and Western practices have been extremely gratifying and motivating.


Cindy Weber


Instructor Cindy Weber

Cindy Weber became a Yoga Instructor after practicing for several years and noticing yoga's mental and health benefits. It felt like a seamless transition to go from classroom teacher, with her master's degree in Middle Level Education, to teaching Yoga and other fitness classes.


Yoga allows us to move in a way where we truly learn more about ourselves. Connecting body awareness to breath helps each of us live a fuller, more authentic life. Cindy's classes provide foundations, grounding, strength and connection of movement to breath through fantastic form cues that will embolden you to find courage and energy in each pose. Classes are energizing, innovative and you'll find your own passion through your personal practice.


Cindy's classes: Balance in Motion • HIIT   Yoga Core • Chair Yoga