Our Instructors

Anna Carabetta

Anna began her journey in the health and wellness industry after the sudden loss of her father in the early nineties. As a young wife and mother Anna’s formation led her onto her life’s journey in advocating the importance of health and wellness in her community and beyond. She has placed great emphasis on faith, family and fellowship and is inspired to help others.
She was mentored by several experts in the fitness, nutrition realm while working in gyms and raising her children. Anna specializes in a holistic approach to wellness. In October 2011, she opened STAR Studio a center focused on promoting lifestyle changes  that incorporate exercise and nutrition.
Her key goals are to empower one another. She has been an extremely effective and tireless volunteer to a long list of non-profit and community organizations. In her spare time, Anna enjoys cooking, gardening, crafting, spending time with her family and loves to travel both domestic and internationally.
Anna’s vision for all, “YOU are a STAR”
 Strength, Team, Agility, Respect

Nancy Verdonlini

Nancy Verdonlini is the proud mother of twin daughters and is an avid athlete. Nancy is no stranger to the fitness industry, she has many years of experience and is certified in different fitness modalities. You can join Nancy as she teaches TRX, BARRE, and other HIIT classes.

Denise Nowakowski

Denise Nowakowski  enjoys teaching KETTLEBELL AMPD, one of her favorite certifications, and would like all people to feel welcome to work out and have fun in a warm environment.  She would like to inspire others to join her as she finds balance mentally, and physically and share the positive results that follow when you include fitness as part of your lifestyle.

In addition to teaching part time, she works full time as a marketing/special projects professional.

When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as spending time outdoors from short scenic walks to extensive and memorable hiking in New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut.  

Stacy Kubeck

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I am a registered nurse and Arbonne Independent Consultant. I have dedicated my life to helping others and my passion is focusing on health, wellness and prevention rather than illness and disease. As an Arbonne Independent Consultant, I share a holistic approach to healthy living inside and out, focusing on the mind-body-skin connection. I help others create mindful habits that become a lifestyle by incorporating clean eating with nutrition supplements.

In my spare time, I enjoy time with family and friends, beach walks, hikes and travel.

Frank Latina Jiu Jitsu

In 2019 Frank received his Black Belt from Head Instructor and original member of Team Nova Uniao from Brazil, Danilo Cherman Goltsman.  Frank has trained with Danilo for 11 years in both Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Frank has debuted in many competitive tournaments in addition to appearances at Mohegan Suns Reality Fight Nights. Frank has earned numerous Gold Medals in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). Frank also has a Mixed Martial Arts record of 6W-4L.  One of Franks greatest passions for the sport is teaching others the ability to use Jiu Jitsu in real life situations in addition to competing.

Judy O'Brien

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License Esthetician and Nail Technician
 
About Me:
A Tranquil Place in life is my motto. I practice mindfulness through yoga, meditation, and aroma therapy. 
As a sales representative for a beauty skin care professional line, I found myself wanting to teach and educate on skin care. I had a desire to perform hands on treatments and to
pamper clients with spa services.
In 2013 I became a Certified Esthetician. I work in the spa industry for a time before becoming a mobile spa. Taking my spa treatments intothe clients home.
In 2014 I contracted with Masonic Ashlar Village in their wellness center offering foot care pedicures to the residents. I found myself enjoying the seniors, bringing them a little compassion 
care to their feet.
After two years I went back to my mobile spa with a focus on pedicures for the elderly and homebound clients. In 2020 I  became an Advanced Nail Technician and Safe Salon Certified. 
I continue to study nail care and I am currently enrolled in a Medical Nail Technician Certification course. July 2020 I became a licensed Esthetician and Nail Technician by the state of CT.