Name: Carissa Laitinen-Kniss
Occupation, location: Owner/instructor Twisted Bodies
Birth date and place: July 15 in San Diego.
Family: Husband, Justin, 36; sons, Gavin, 9, and Caleb, 4
The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: seeing people make progress.
My business philosophy is: training bodies intelligently.
If I could, I’d be a: superhero.
I’m so sick of: people underestimating themselves.
The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: Dolly Parton, Joseph Pilates, Isadora Duncan, my Great Aunt Lily
My hobbies are: biking, attending my son’s sporting events, hanging with my family.
The last book I read was: Pilates Anatomy by Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger.
I wish I knew how to: sew.
My worst habit is: doing too much.
Nobody knows I: write all my goals on my bathroom mirror.
The person I most admire is: my former ballet teacher, Susan M. Friday.
My guilty pleasure is: coffee and dark chocolate.
I drive a: truck.
I’d like to be driving a: Four-door Jeep Wrangler.
My favorite restaurant is: anything Mexican.
I’m happiest when: I am snuggled up with my family watching a movie.
I regret: Not following my dreams earlier in life.
If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: Buy a little farm, with all miniature animals.
If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: better public transit.
When I retire, I plan to: own a miniature farm.
Community activities: Denton Chamber of Commerce; Yoga Alliance; Pilates Method Alliance; Association of Texas Professional Educators; Susan G. Komen North Texas sponsor, fundraiser and community partner; Learning Through Sun, Sand, and Surf and more.