The kate effect
balancing body, mind, soul

about Kate

As a teenager in the small, Pennsylvania Dutch town of Selinsgrove, Kate was classically trained in ballet by Joan Moyer-Clark of The Moyer Institute of Dance in Sunbury, PA. Kate was a dancer in the institute's traveling music and dance troupe while in high school. During those years she attended summer dance classes with Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet and with Luigi Dance Centre in NYC. She also choreographed and performed in local musicals and became an avid pen and ink artist. 

As a college student, she was a member of the campus dance company, “The Dancemakers,” under the direction of Peggy Blackmon, Christine DeGregoris, and Carolyn Dorfman at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ where she received a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising, Retailing and Marketing. Her enjoyment of the arts carried into the college art studio concentrating on pen and ink sketching with Bill Ronalds and anatomy and life drawing with Howard Knapp. After college, she spent a few years in retail management with U.S. Shoe dba/Casual Corner and Caren Charles and helped launch the 2nd Victoria’s Secret store ever in the prestigious Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. Eventually, her love of Manhattan drove her into the garment center in wholesale fashion sales and management where she prospered for many years. One highlight of her garment center career was selling sweaters live on TV as a guest host on the Home Shopping Network Channel.

While a vegetarian in college, she continued her meatless lifestyle and attended dance classes and assorted group exercise classes at various studios and fitness clubs in New York and New Jersey. After a health scare in 2007 with Hepatitis A, her diet and mindset dramatically changed from vegetarian to entirely plant-based. She devoured books on nutrition, Ayurveda, macrobiotics, cooking with whole foods, and plant-based lifestyle periodicals to learn about a plant-based diet's ability to counteract disease. She studied with Christina Pirello, who cured herself of terminal cancer by altering her diet with whole foods. Kate increased her knowledge and commitment to whole food preparation and proudly calls herself a whole foods advocate for ultimate health and a pretty good vegan chef.

With her hands still in the fashion world as a freelance fit model at Fit Models LLC, she pursued her goal of becoming a wellness coach by becoming a certified nutrition coach with Venice Nutrition. She continued to take instruction from Christina Pirello, America's preeminent authority on natural and whole foods. She continues to enroll in Christina Pirello's cooking instruction and Ayurvedic lectures at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA, as often as her schedule allows.

Kate is also a vegan columnist for Danz'n Magazine, formerly The Dance Magazine of Florida, where she is a Heathy Eating & Lifestyle editorial writer on all things vegan and whole foods for the past 9 years. Please check out her featured articles and Get Vegu-Kated.

Between wellness coaching, monthly column writing, cooking classes, cooking demos at local Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppes and 'athleisure' type stores, as well as, cardio, weight training, Pilates and yoga classes, she became a certified 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher receiving her training through Powerflow Hot Yoga Studio.

Later, she received an additional 30-hour yin yoga certification through Yinside Yoga. Upon receiving 300 hours of private teacher training through Sacred Space Yoga and Wellness, she proudly is now a 500+ hour E-RYT. (experienced registered yoga teacher with 500 plus hours of training.) She has a Vbarre certification and a Barre Conditioning Certification. She has a Chakra Certification through Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D., The Yoga Doctor. Recently she proudly completed Hot 26 training, based on Bikram yoga, with Grace Pizarro at Juniper Yoga and Fitness.

Kate is also a licensed Aroma Reiki Master through Body Wisdom. Reiki is a holislic healing technique based on the principle of channeling energy into a client by means of touch; thereby, activating the natural healing process and well-being of the mind, body, and soul. She infuses essential oils into her aroma reiki practice as well as into all aspects of her small business and personal life. You can often hear her say, " I have an oil for that!” “Diffuse this oil.” “Roll this on fast and frequently!” Adding Young Living essential oils intoner Reiki sessions, enhances this healing technique. Kate proudly distributes Young Living Essential Oils and Oil Products. Please take a look at her Young Living website and order your Premium Starter Kit to get started on your oil journey today.

As a Young Living independent distributor, she is part of a team of oilers who seek holistic support through oils and oil products. Young Living Essential Oils and Oil Products include: Single oils, Oil blends, Skincare and Personal Care for Men and Women, Cleaning Products, Nutrition Products, Healthy Cooking Products, Animal Scents, KidScents, Seedlings-Baby Care and more. Savvy Minerals Makeup is Young Living’s makeup line with healthy ingredients, including essential oils. Savvy Minerals completed her search to find healthy makeup for herself and her clients, The only healthy personal care product missing was nail polish. Then, in May 2019, she found Color Street Nail Polish Strips made in Clifton, NJ. The dry nail polish strips are 8-free of toxic chemicals including no formaldehyde, no toluene, no camphor and no parabens. Her quest for healthy nail polish completed her skincare package.She is now an Independent Senior Stylist for Color Street. Please peruse her Color Street Nail Polish Strips website and order your nail polish strips and see why she is obsessed with this revolutionary nail polish product.

THE KATE EFFECT offers mindful movement in...

• Basics/Beginners Yoga, even Chair Yoga

• Hot Powerful Vinyasa

• Hot 26 (based on Bikram yoga)

  • Yin Yoga

• Restorative Yoga

• Yin and Yang Yoga (90 minute combination class)

• Vbarre

• Barre Conditioning

• Yoga~Barre~Fusion

THE KATE EFFECT is available for private instruction or check her group yoga schedule and catch one of her regularly scheduled classes at local yoga studios.

THE KATE EFFECT compassionately offers meditation guidance for clients to concentrate on spiritual guidance and focus for...

• Building Confidence

• Anxiety and Depression

• Fear of Losing a Spouse

• Fear of Being Alone

THE KATE EFFECT offers a holistic healing package that is affordable and personalized for you..

• Personalized Whole Food Lifestyle Plans/Wellness Coaching

• Group Yoga, Yoga Parties, Individualized Private Yoga Instruction

• Guided Meditation Sessions and Life Coaching

• Aroma Reiki with Young Living Essential Oils in your home, her office, or in Montclair, NJ at Beau Visage European Skin Care

• Young Living Essential Oils Distributor Enroller and Sponsor #1564335 

Kate is extremely grateful for her beloved husband, Frank, who is a pillar of support, encouragement, love and guidance in her life. She thanks her parents, teachers, and students for inspiring her to be a better person, teacher, and healer. Allow her to cheer you on to a balanced, happy, healthy, relaxed and youthful you.

                     THE KATE EFFECT

                                        balancing body, mind, soul

Testimonials from a number of The Kate Effect clients

Video Testimonial from Michael Boan (yoga student)

Video Testimonial from Amy Kalb (yoga, meditation, and nutrition student)

Video Testimonial from Roberta Bernstein (guided meditation, aroma reiki, and life coaching client)


Video Testimonial from Karina Felix (Danz'n Magazine, publisher)

Kate is included in this video below on YouTube.


"Kate introduced me to yoga, meditation and healthy food choices that have altered me physically, mentally, and spiritually...all with amazing results...not only for myself, but for my family, friends and co-workers as well. She is a bright, knowledgable and glowing teacher!" - Amy, Clifton, NJ

"Her knowledge of the power of plant-powered eating is amazing! Delicious meals and desserts are now easy for me to prepare myself." - Francis, Montclair, NJ

"This morning's meditation was more amazing than ever! A 15-minute guided meditation and over an hour of mutual discussion. You have touched subjects that are meaningful to me. No need for a psychiatrist. You have made me so directed and happy! Thank You!" - Roberta, Clifton, NJ

"After 2 ½ years of struggling with stomach issues, countless trips to the doctor, trying different prescription medications...I starting working with Kate and my stomach and my life completely changed...The right foods are my medication now. I am forever grateful to have met Kate and be a client....." - Jennifer, Lodi, NJ

"WOW Kate!!! I just listened to 'The Letting Go Guided Meditation' that you sent to my phone. I didn't realize how much I missed this connection, this balance! As soon as I heard your voice, it brought me back to a peaceful, hopeful, balanced place! I am home caring for my husband who has a leg injury. Can't wait to get back to classes with you. God Bless you." - Jill, Clifton, NJ

"Kate has such a gift and a wealth of knowledge to spread!  She's full of passion and brings such an awareness to yoga class. A gentle, kind soul! Love and light," - Nicole, Garfield, NJ

"I took my first yoga class last night with Kate. She was kind enough to use and share my essential oils in her Slow Flow-Deep Stretch class at Powerflow Yoga Bloomfield, NJ.  There was so much thoughtfulness that went into every movement, song and word spoken that my heart was truly full as I drove home.  It was powerful on so many levels.  Kate was the perfect person to take my first class with. Thanks to you Kate!" - Holly, Nutley, NJ

“…and my favorite class is Yin Yang Yoga which is awesome if you’ve never tried it - I highly suggest this method of tuning into the full spectrum of what yoga can offer. Kate, the instructor for yin/yang is super good. She’ll pass out essential oils if you’re open to that and she really provides a full zen experience all around. Can’t suggest her class enough.” - Anna, Montclair, NJ

“On my first day of yoga teacher training we were asked to journal about our path that lead us to yoga and for me it was obvious. I had dabbled with yoga prior, but it wasn’t until I took Kate’s class that I really fell in love with yoga. There is something so special about Kate’s classes, her energy, her spirit, and her playlists! I am forever grateful for our paths crossing and all the wonderful things that Kate has helped open my world too. Since I had so much faith and trust in Kate for guiding me on my mat, I decided to seek her guidance off the mat for a reiki session and had a wonderfully healing experience. I felt safe, supported and lighter after our session together. I cannot recommend Kate and her services enough!” -Loretta, Moonachie, NJ

“Thank YOU so much for being such an inspiring instructor! I love going to your classes because I know with you, we are learning the proper poses and it only makes me want to learn and practice more! I would follow you to any 106 degree room any day!” - Samantha, Little Falls, NJ

“Thank you SO much for inviting me Sam and Jeff to HOT 26! Jeff had a great time too. Now he’s hooked too. I’m so grateful and always so excited to learn from you!” - Rebecca, Belleville, NJ

“…That same night I observed a basics class at my local studio, which is part of our curriculum requirements for the training program - and was once again in a position to deeply appreciate the skill of the teachers to which I'm fortunate to have access. The teacher, Kate was supportive, clear and loving in her instruction - never once positioning herself above the students, many of whom were clearly beginners with minimal understanding about yoga. It was beautiful.” - Mary, Clifton, NJ

“I really liked Hot 26 today…I felt strong, flexible and empowered. Thanks to you!” - Amy, Brooklyn, NY

“You are so amazing! May I be you when I grow up?! LOL! Seriously, your elegance inspires me every time I take one of your classes.” - Linda, Clifton, NJ

“You are my first yoga teacher and I have to thank you for all your kindness and support. Your passion and love is memorable. I can’t define the peace you bring to me! I see lights shining on you. You make my Monday nights more happy. Thank you for the lessons you teach me. I’m not a “pro” yoga trainer, but at this stage, I can control my emotions and relax. It’s a big difference in my life. I’m not just shaping my body, I’m shaping my MIND!!!” - Camilla, Pine Brook NJ, via São Paulo, Brazil

“Good morning! I have a fun story that I wanted to share ☺️ My little sister is inspired by my yoga practice and while we were working on a balance board I found myself repeating what you always say about zipping up your core and had her focus on a dritshi and she was able to do it! She wanted me to show you her picture and say it really works! Lol! I'm glad, thank you for being such a great teacher - your goodness spreads! 😁💜” - Sam, Little Falls, NJ