Welcome! I’m happy you’ve found your way here. My name is Aimee Barnes Pestano and I'm The Founder of Tangram Wellness. AS Coaches, We Help women achieve measurable change in their Physical and emotional well-being so they can Get on with Living A more PURPOSEFUL, Wholehearted and Energized life.
As you venture onto a new path, you may appreciate the support of a Coach who has professional and personal experience with the journey of transformation, whether that means decoding the map, providing motivation, or simply holding the flashlight when the way forward isn’t visible. That’s where WE come in. Browse Around, Get to Know Tangram's Coaching Partners, and Let Us Know How We can Help!
FOUNDER & COACH: AIMEE BARNES PESTANO
I’m a certified coach in the areas of Health, Behavior Change and Addiction Recovery, as well as a writer and wellness industry consultant, working with women across the globe. Following my own transformation journey out of clinical depression and an alcohol use disorder in 2009, I was compelled to make a career shift to coaching, with an interest in combining the fields of coaching, counselling, fitness and wellness. As a coach, I'm committed to assisting people in releasing behaviors that no longer serve them. I help women tap into their total strength- mental, physical, emotional and spiritual- in order to overcome self-defeating behaviors, improve their health, and move toward a more rewarding life.
Prior to coaching, I worked as a writer and researcher in New York City in the areas of public health and socioeconomic development. I still apply these skill sets today by focusing on advocacy to reduce the shame and misperceptions around behavioral health challenges. My work has been featured in wellness and business publications including MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, IDEA Fitness Journal, Simply Her Magazine, Her World Magazine, Thought Catalog, The Straits Times and Asian Entrepreneur. I've been based in Singapore for the past seven years, where I reside with my husband, son, and three fur kids.
Like many people who eventually pursue the path toward renewed health and recovery, I grew up in a difficult environment and learned in adolescence that self-destructive behaviors would distract me from the turmoil that I carried in my body and mind. Throughout my teens and twenties, I was in and out of treatment for depression, an eating disorder and alcohol abuse. I hid behind overfunctioning and perfectionism until I hit rock bottom in graduate school, which led me to make a conscious decision to change the way I was living and thinking. However, it took a few years to begin to figure out how; even the most simple self-care practices were out of mental reach for me.
I was lucky enough to find good support, and I also met others who were going through the same things I was. The fog had lifted; I finally realized that I wasn’t defective- just human. In 2009, I ditched the booze and pills and began to shed self-limiting behaviors and beliefs. Fitness, nutrition, meditation and prayer were keys in my recovery, and I thus decided to reeducate as a health coach and fitness trainer after moving to Singapore from New York, which led to founding Tangram in 2013, as well as completing several distance runs and winning the title of Singapore’s National Physique Champion in 2014. I then pursued training in behavior change, life and recovery coaching and also became certified as an addiction recovery therapist. I’ve been coaching in the areas of women’s health, behavior change and recovery since 2015.
We all possess infinite potential, no matter where we are starting from. Having the privilege to work with strong and courageous women- women who have made the active decision to live consciously- is an incredible gift. As a coach, my mission is to help empower transformation in my clients through the development of values-based action and self-compassion to improve their overall well-being.
NCCA-Accredited Health Coach
NCCA-Accredited Behavior Change Coach
Certified Professional Coach, World Coach Institute
Certified Substance Abuse Therapist Level II, Asia Pacific Certification Board
Certified Addiction Recovery Coach
Smart Recovery Facilitator
Certificate in Integrative Mental Health
Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
Sports Nutrition Specialist, American Council on Exercise
Master of International Affairs (Socioeconomic Development): The New School, New York
Bachelor of Arts: The New School, New York
Associate, Institute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School
Member, ACSM Alliance
Member, IDEA Health & Fitness Association
TANGRAM'S PARTNER COACHES
Health & Fitness COACH:
Fitness has been Anna's passion and calling from the very beginning, and she's been proud to to call it her vocation as well for thirteen strong years. Prior to relocating to Singapore in 2015, Anna spent the past decade in London running an exclusive weight management company catering to busy executives. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and personal training certification with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Anna holds a level four diploma in Obesity Management & Diabetes Prevention, the highest rated exercise qualification by UK standards.
A love of fitness has found Anna regularly competing in triathlon and marathon events worldwide, including the London marathon and triathlon, New York City marathon, and Chicago triathlon. She's had the privilege of working with many clients who are preparing for their first long race, or who are just getting started on their journey as athletes.
Anna's simple yet effective philosophy of maintaining a strong, able body through healthy nutrition and exercise has resulted in a very loyal and satisfied client base over the duration of her career. Anna helps women uncover their physical endurance, strength, abilities and talents while motivating them toward reaching their fitness goals through science-based training that's sustainable over the long term.
Having built on her knowledge by studying to become a specialist in Pre- and Post-natal exercise prescription, she's also on a mission to help new and expectant mothers exercise safely and effectively, and to raise the bar on education and awareness around pre- and post-natal fitness. Through customised personal training, small group exercise sessions and educational workshops, Anna trains and educates women in core strengthening and lumbopelvic stability, with particular focus on diastasis recti (splitting abdominal muscles) diagnosis and recovery.
Anna Kwan, Health & Fitness Coach
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, University of Leeds
Diploma in Obesity Management & Diabetes Prevention, WMC
Weight Management & Nutrition, WMC
Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Pre- and Post-Natal Exercise Prescription, Register of Exercise Professionals UK
First Aid & CPR Certification
Anna has competed in many distance running and triathlon events, including:
London Triathlon (time 3:20)
New York City Marathon
InTEGRATIVE FITNESS & NUTRITION COACH: YAN HUANG
Yan is an internationally certified personal trainer, nutrition coach and Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer survivor. She helps women become stronger and healthier from within by focusing on energy through the lens of keeping the female hormonal system in harmony using integrative health and fitness methods.
Yan earned her Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Food Science and Technology from the National University of Singapore. She is a certified Precision Nutrition coach and is proficient in managing the relationship between hormones and energy levels through nutrition and exercise. She is also certified in Polestar Pilates and Rehabilitation Fitness Training that focuses on Injury Prevention and Management, as movement is inherent to healthy, pain-free living.
Having suffered from body image and self-esteem issues, persistent respiratory illness, skin allergies and severe candida as a teenager and later enduring cancer at 24, she found herself in a state of burnout, exacerbated from a decade of managing her luxury horology business and experiencing multiple body changes with extreme dieting and training.
Through Oriental Medicine and rebalancing her nutrition and fitness routine, her immunity and energy levels improved tremendously. She understands the delicate connection between mind, heart and body. Yan's personal journey in health, fitness and wellness the past 10 years has inspired her to continue her calling to assist more women around the world achieve true feminine health and strength, one step at a time.
She continues to seek evidence-based research and on-going professional training in integrative and oriental healing methods. Aside from time lifting in the gym, she unwinds during long walks with her dog, Groovy, and by reading about Oriental Medicine, Human Movement, and Holistic Nutrition. You can learn more about Yan on Facebook, Instagram, and her website.
Yan Huang, Integrative Fitness & Nutrition Coach
Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise
Certified Pilates Instructor, Studio Pilates Australia
Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant & Coach, Level 3
Certified in Movement Efficiency Training (M.E.T.)
Polestar Pilates Modules Level 1 to 6
Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy- Neck & Upper Extremities
Functional Training Mentorship, Human Motions Associates
R.E.H.A.B. Essentials, R.E.H.A.B. Trainer
Dance Mentorship Program, ECNAD
B.A. in Applied Science (Food Science & Technology)
Dance Performer for Opening of Gardens by the Bay, 2012
Singapore Physique Competitor, SBBF 2011