Nick Cucuzzo Ph.D.

Nick Cucuzzo Ph.D.

(713) 516-8538

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Nick Cucuzzo has been active with wellness, fitness, healthy living and Pilates style exercise. With a Ph.D. in Movement Science, he has been working in diverse areas in the field of preventive medicine. Nick has been involved with: adults in fitness programs, obese children, ballet dancers, ice skaters,  severely burned children, substance abusers, and stress patients, in addition to mentoring university students doing internships and practicums for their advanced degrees. He danced professionally for 14 years in the US and abroad, and is now seeing clients for private sessions in Pilates based exercise at home or in studios.


Nick holds a Ph.D. and a dual masters. One from the University of Houston in Exercise Science, the other a master's in environmental engineering from Manhattan College in New York City.  He was awarded a full graduate stipend from the Florida State University to obtain a doctoral degree in Movement Science. His dissertation study was carried out at the Medical College of Georgia's Preventive Medicine Institute under a grant from the National Institutes of Health in Washington , D.C.  The study focused on the effects of behavior modification as compared to a structured exercise program on selected physiological and psychological factors in obese minority girls ages 7-11.  Nick has attended university and professional language schools in Italy, Greece , Australia , Mexico and Scandinavia.

Performing Artist

As a classical dancer Nick trained with City Ballet of Houston under Margo Marshall and danced in the southwest USA and northern Europe.  He studied with masters of the art such as: Frederick Franklin, Anna-Marie Holmes, Luis Fuente, and the late: Robert Joffrey, Sasha Minz, and George Zorich. While dancing as a guest artist in Scandinavia, he became fluent in Norwegian. He then traveled to Florence to learn the Italian language and study Cecchetti ballet technique. Upon his return to the USA, he performed with the Houston Grand Opera company during its nationally televised PBS premiere season at the Wortham Center, dancing on stage beside Placido Domingo in Verdi's Opera, "AIDA".


In addition to lecturing and conducting research at FSU, he acted as associate director of the successful university-based Adult Wellness Program for three years. He joined the Galveston ’s Shriners Hospital for Children in 1997 under a grant from the National Institute for Disabilities, Rehabilitation and Research. Dr. Cucuzzo's contribution to Shrine efforts of creating a model pediatric burn rehabilitation program, was directing the establishment of the Children's Wellness Center . The center took an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to improving the quality of life of a severely burned child, and their family, by increasing their levels of regular, purposeful physical activity which included use of the classical Pilates reformer and Cadillac work. As a visiting professor in the College of Health and Human Performance’s, Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida , he taught Pilates mat exercise certifying through Pilates Concepts of Houston under John Gossett and the New York Physical Mind Institute. He is also currently on staff at Pilates Houston

Future Aspirations

Nick's future aspirations include achieving optimal wellness; and, mentoring, educating, and counseling others in the same through regular purposeful physical activity and Pilates-based exercise. He aspires to publish literary and scholarly works, extending his interests to the national and international arenas.

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