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Personal Profile: Carissa Laitinen-Kniss

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.