Meet Our Instructors
Our instructors are professionally trained from elite and rigorous Pilates training programs and many have added professional expertise in physical therapy, dance, equestrian sports, and strength and endurance training.
Kelly is a self-proclaimed fitness addict, Pilates graduate of the New York-based PhysicalMind Institute, and owner of The Pilates Body. And eager learner, Kelly has focused her continued education on pre- and post-natal Pilates as well as recovery programs for back pain and injury. Her newest educational interest is improving neurological function through exercise. Kelly is an active community member and prior fitness ambassador for Lululemon Athletica at the Brand Americana.
A Seattle native, Cindy worked her way down the west coast performing at regional theaters along the way. When she arrived in Los Angeles, she took a Pilates class and fell in love with the Pilates method, exercise that was so challenging and yet so much fun! After practicing Pilates for 5 years, noticing the changes in her body and realizing she was stronger and more flexible than ever, she realized she was passionate about sharing Pilates with others. So in 2004, she got her formal teaching certification from 2nd generation master teacher Jillian Hessel. Cindy enjoys personalizing each session according to what the body needs that day so by the end of your session you feel stronger, taller, flexible, relaxed and more invigorated than when you arrived.
Office manager, public relations specialist, and BarreFierce instructor, Tracy spent eleven years training in all forms of dance at The Center for Ballet Arts in Virginia. After performing the role of Clara in the “Nutcracker,” a serious knee injury waylaid her dance career, but lead her to pursue a musical theatre degree. This path took Tracy to England where she received not only her M.A. at the Guildford School of Acting, but also a keen sense of business in the fitness industry. While working at a high-end fitness studio and training clients privately in their homes, Tracy choreographed her ballet-conditioning method “BarreFierce.” Tracy holds a NESTA Pilates certification, is a certified Weight Control Counselor, and most recently completed the BASI Pilates Dance Specialization program with Karen Clippinger. Her fitness philosophy is mind over matter: she loves helping her clients build strength, endurance, and confidence through positivity and a focused mind-body connection!
Cameron is a certified trainer in the GYROTONIC® EXPANSION SYSTEM and GYROKINESIS® methodology and Pilates. He teahes Pilates and GYROKINESIS® at our studio. He has a rich and diverse background that includes the study of Iyengar Yoga and Feldenkrais Method of Somatic education. Cameron holds a B.A. from Pepperdine University and an M.F.A. from The Theater School at De Paul Univsertiy in Chicago. He appreciates helping clients look and feel their absolute best through precise, dynamic and joyful movement.
Nicole has studied Pilates at Balanced Body University and at Core Conditioning. With a longtime love of movement, she has also studied ballet, modern dance, and world dance with a variety of East Indian styles, such as such as Kathak, Classical, and Indonesian. Nicole is an outdoor enthusiast who stays active by biking, running and hiking. She is currently working on her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and enjoys sharing her love of Pilates and movement with her clients.
Margaret Chapman is a Los Angles transplant, originally from New Jersey, who worked in the world of musical theater for years. Always playing around with the idea of going into personal training, her husband, a successful massage therapist and chiropractor, supported her in getting her pilates teacher certification. Margaret received a classical base training, with contemporary auxiliary and Fletcher influences. Margaret’s style of teaching incorporates the classical practices of Joseph Pilates with other contemporary exercises, passed down from generations of pilates instructors and fitness experts. She tailors every session to each client’s specific needs. Her goal is to make every client feel like their body gets stronger and stronger with every session, helping them look and feel their best!
While studying for her nursing degree, Kat tried Pilates for the first time as she was curious about how this practice would benefit and her other fitness endeavors. Kat began her one of many Pilates certification courses with goals to make her clients healthy, healed if needed and happy (Kat has a warm and fun sense of humor!). In 2010, Kat completed her certification course with the internationally renowned Balanced Body University. She went on to receive her certificate from Kara Wiley Pilates, a strict classical program, often know as “East Coast Pilates” style. With both of these certificates as well as continuing education, Kat is comfortable working with clients of all ages, levels, and goals.
Amanda Charles grew up in Baltimore, MD and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She began practicing Pilates shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2007 and saw an immediate transformation in her body and was hooked. Amanda has been a certified Pilates instructor since 2009, having completed her comprehensive training through Balanced Body University. She loves Pilates and enjoys sharing her passion with others through teaching. Amanda takes pride in motivating her clients and loves seeing the physical and mental transformation that practicing Pilates brings.
Trained as a classical ballet dancer for 15 years, Sara discovered Pilates as a way to rehab her chronic dance injuries. When she stopped dancing in 1998, Sara continued practicing Pilates and received her first certification in 2003 through Integrated Teacher Training Program San Francisco founded by Madeline Black, Jean Sullivan and Jorge Chabowski. In the same year, Sara relocated to Seattle where she completed her advanced certification in 2004 and taught Pilates in Washington until 2012 when she moved back to California. In addition to her movement knowledge gained through years of dance and Pilates training, Sara has taken continuing education classes in massage and manual therapy techniques, rehabilitation, advanced anatomy, scoliosis and kinesiology to name a few. Over the past fifteen years, Sara has worked with a wide array of clients with varying levels of fitness ranging in age from 14-94. She believes Pilates and Pilates-based movement should be accessible to everyone no matter your age or fitness level and thrives on helping people reach their own individual movement potential. Sara spends most of her free time training for pole dance competitions, hanging out with her boyfriend and cuddling her cat.
A graduate of the Yogaworks Teacher Training program, Lila is thrilled to share her knowledge and love of yoga with an emphasis on proper alignment, intelligent sequencing and hands on adjustments tailoring a class to fit whomever walks through the door. Lila is a firm believer that yoga is for EVERYONE no matter one’s shape, size, age, or flexibility and cannot wait to share her passion and love with all those who desire to tread the glorious path of yoga.
Kellie is from Glendale (born and raised). She attended California State University Long Beach and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies. In addition, she attended Mount St. Mary’s University where she received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Kellie enjoys helping children, families and loves spending time with her big Greek family. Kellie started taking Pilates classes about a year ago as corrective exercise for her scoliosis. Pilates has helped Kellie with her posture and increase her range of motion. Kellie is an avid promoter of working out and living a healthy and positive lifestyle.
West coast born and raised, Richie leads an active lifestyle. He enjoys hiking, camping, the beach, and fitness. In his spare time, he’s busy writing and performing music with his group “U4iA.”