With a BA in English from the University of Michigan, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Jen launched a successful career as a marketing professional in Manhattan. She began her yoga practice after her third knee surgery at the age of 39. Originally there for the physical benefits, she soon realized that the philosophy behind the practice was helping her make peace with the negative body image issues she had struggled with since her teen years.
Eager to share yoga’s benefits, Jen received her 200-hour teacher certification from Ben Wisch at Flow Yoga in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and opened her own studio, Defiant Yoga, with the mission of helping individuals of all ages learn to love and accept themselves exactly as they are. She is proud to expand this mission as co-founder of Body Positive Works.
Jen has trained with Dr. Melody Moore of the Embody Love Movement, Leslie Kaminoff of Yoga Anatomy, Charlotte Stone of the Stone Center for Yoga and Health, and Christine Loyacano of the Bergen County Transcendental Meditation Center. She was also instrumental in launching Kula for Karma’s Body Positive Yoga program, which she continues to teach weekly.
Melanie Struble, LCSW, LCADC
Melanie, co-founder of Body Positive Works, is a psychotherapist whose practice is dedicated to working with adolescents, adults, and families who are dealing with eating disorders, body image, substance addiction, and stage of life issues. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 25 years of direct practice experience, she holds the highest New Jersey licensure in both disciplines.
Over the years, Melanie has worked with clients in a variety of settings: hospital, crisis center, private non-profit agency, and private practice. She has gained a broad perspective and deep understanding of the challenges her clients face when seeking specialized services from multiple resources. The Body Positive Works was born of the realization that having a variety of services under one roof – and providing a strong sense of community – would support clients in achieving greater overall health, recovery, and long-term growth.
Melanie holds a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University and a BA in Psychology and Law and Justice from The College of New Jersey.