Vera has been a Personal Trainer at Uplift Studios since its inception. She is firmly dedicated to Uplifts' mission to empower women in a supportive, feminist, and non-judgmental environment. As a former Drama Therapist at Bellevue Hospital, she truly understands the mind/body connection, and believes in connecting women to their strength, passion, and joy through fitness and fun. After turning 50 in 2014, Vera decided to develop a personal training and small group training program for women over 50 years old. "Fit & Fierce after 50" has been a huge success with her clients who have achieved new levels of fitness, and who have found meaningful new friendships with other Fierce Women. As a breast cancer survivor herself, Vera is also currently exploring how fitness and positivity can help other women who have been diagnosed with the disease.
In 2017 she launched Bare Breasted Against Breast Cancer, a not-for-profit organization that provides support and sisterhood to the breast cancer community through the art of storytelling. She has been featured on television and in the press.
What Uplifts her? Spending time with her family and friends in Fire Island and watching her amazing son surf in the ocean.
Her guilty pleasure? Loud dance parties with her girlfriends, ice cold white wine, and pizza with extra cheese and pepperoni.