Sugarfoot Therapy creator
Katie Schaar has over a decade of experience as a Los Angeles-based professional dancer and choreographer. Her many performance and choreography credits include Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, the American Music Awards, the European Music Awards, MTV VMA’s, the BRIT Awards, the Latin Grammy’s, feature films The Muppets and Rock of Ages, P!NK’s “The Truth About Love World Tour”, P!NK’s “Beautiful Trauma World Tour”, P!NK’s “Try” Music Video, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” music video, Katy Perry’s “Prismatic World Tour”, and the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show starring Katy Perry. With a real gift for breaking down movement, Katie has worked closely with the world’s biggest stars…Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Annie Lennox, Katie Holmes, Paula Abdul, David Hasselhoff, Cher, P!NK, Megan Mulally, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift. Furthermore, Katie has over 15 years of experience as a dance convention faculty member, teaching dancers of all ages all over the United States. She has a BA from Loyola Marymount University, where she studied Communications Studies and Dance. And she is the Director of Operations at MOTI Physiotherapy in Los Angeles.
Dr. Nick Cutri
PT, DPT, FAFS, CSCS – Sugarfoot Therapy creator
Dr. Nick Cutri earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California after earning his BS in Kinesiology at San Diego State University. A practitioner of functional physical therapy, he completed the Fellowship Program in Applied Functional Science with the Gray Institute for Functional Therapy. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has extensive experience treating both amateur and professional athletes and dancers and has developed an in depth understanding and appreciation for the unique physiology and biomechanics of dancers. He is the Owner of MOTI Physiotherapy in Los Angeles, where he practices as an Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapist and treats many dancers of all ages and skill levels.
Dr. Traci Ferguson
PT, DPT – Sugarfoot Therapy contributor and Teacher Training Seminar leader
Dr. Traci Ferguson earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University St. Augustine for Health Science after completing her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California State University San Marcos. Traci has over 20 years of dance experience, many of which were in the competitive studio environment. As the Assistant Clinic Director at MOTI Physiotherapy – Los Feliz, she enjoys working with many dancers and performing artists…from competitive youth dancers, to college dance majors, to established professionals with credits such as Radio City Rockettes, So You Think You Can Dance, and Jennifer Lopez.
Dr. Megan O’Linn
PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS – Sugarfoot Therapy contributor
Dr. Megan O’Linn earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Mt. St. Mary’s University after earning her BS in Kinesiology at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Megan is inspired by using a holistic approach to manage musculoskeletal pain and has focused her continuing education to increase her knowledge in developmental and functional movement to treat the body as whole. To further pursue her expertise Megan received her Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) board certification, and she is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). As the Clinic Director at MOTI Physiotherapy – Los Feliz, Megan has had the opportunity to treat many high level professional dancers. She enjoys creatively applying her background in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) to meet each dancers’ needs and goals.
Kellie St. Pierre
Sugarfoot Therapy teaching artist
Kellie St. Pierre is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist based in Salt Lake City, UT. Originally from Bakersfield, CA, Kellie graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, a minor in Business Management, and a minor in Civic and Community Engagement. During her years in college, Kellie had the privilege to perform under Donald McKayle in his Étude Ensemble. In 2012 she joined DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion where she toured internationally and nationally, and originated choreography within current work and new creative projects. In addition, Kellie performed with the company among the top 10 contestants of America’s Got Talent Season 12. Since she has been invested in several choreographic opportunities including Cal State University of Los Angeles, University of Central Oklahoma, Bakersfield City Ballet, and various festivals around the nation. In addition to exploring herself as an artist, Kellie is an advocate for the health and wellness of the dance community through the teaching of yoga, mediation, and injury prevention. Certified under Katie Schaar and Dr. Nick Cutri, Kellie became a Sugarfoot Therapy Instructor in 2019, where she has been able to offer injury prevention and conditioning courses for dancers through AMDA Performing Arts College, Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program, Hollywood Connection Dance Convention, and at the MOTI Physiotherapy Clinic. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Modern Dance at the University of Utah in pursuit of merging her passions for both dance and wellness, intrigued by the holistic health of the dancer, while exploring the effect of memories, traumas, and shifting experiences residing fully in the body.