Instructor Spotlight: June 2018


You’ve been a fully certified Pilates instructor for years now. Tell us about that.

In the late 90’s, I became a Certified Fitness Instructor and loved it. Soon thereafter I was introduced to Pilates by my sister-in-law and soon-to-be mentor, Bonnie. I fell in love with Pilates and was fully certified on all Pilates equipment by Body Arts and Science International, a rigorous program which includes anatomy, postural analysis, and many hours of Pilates training.

What does Pilates do for you, personally?

I get immense personal satisfaction from sharing my knowledge with my Pilates clients. I also feel a deep camaraderie with my coworkers at Pilates Northwest. I’ve been working here for about 11 years and we have formed deep friendships.

Describe your Pilates teaching style.

I would describe my style as adaptable. Each person needs something different. I enjoy guiding clients through exercises that best fit their lifestyle and goals. My style ranges from gentle rehabilitation work to a more stringent workout, always keeping posture and alignment in mind.

What are your clients like / who do you work with?

My current clients range in age from 30’s to 70’s. A wide clientele age range keeps Pilates challenging and thought provoking for me as an instructor.

Do you have another job or hobbies/interests?

Yes, I have a B.S. in Nutrition from Bastyr University. My passion is finding balance between fitness and nutrition. My hobbies include biking, hiking, weight training and my personal Pilates practice.

What would you want a new Pilates client to hear about before they start?

Pilates is for everyone; all ages, sizes and shapes– for both women and men. Come to Pilates with an open mind, as it’s different than other exercise forms. Given a chance, Pilates can be life changing. The strength, balance and functional mobility I see in clients who stick with their Pilates practice is unprecedented.

Any random thoughts or wisdom to impart?

Have faith in yourself and the process. We all have a journey and Pilates can help keep the mind and body moving in a positive direction.

Instructor Spotlight: March 2018


You’ve been a fully certified Pilates instructor for years now.  Tell us about that.

Yes, I was certified by Jane Erskine at the Pacific Northwest School of Pilates back in 2001 after practicing Pilates as a client at her studio for over 10 years, and I’ve been teaching ever since. In addition to my training with Jane, I’ve attended numerous workshops with other wonderful teachers who have been very influential, most notably Dixie Schulman, who studied with Pilates elder Kathy Grant. Whenever I use a quirky cue that makes my clients laugh, I know Dixie is watching over me!

We hear something big is happening in March for you!  What might that be? 

I’m turning 60 at the end of this month! And thanks to Pilates, I don’t feel a day over 40.

You’re known for your disciplined, regular Pilates workout sessions.  What does Pilates do for you, personally?

Pilates is my touchstone. My workouts help me feel calm, balanced, and aligned. And as I get older, I depend on Pilates to maintain my upright posture, stabilize my bone density, and improve my balance. Plus, doing Pilates brings me joy, and who can get enough of that?

What are your clients like / who do you work with?

In my career I’ve worked with a wide range of clients, from teens to seniors, super-fit to rehabilitating from injury, and everyone in between. I enjoy teaching both private lessons, where I can really dig into a client’s individual issues, and group classes, which are so high-energy and fun. I love my current clients at Pilates Northwest, because every one of them is dedicated, open to trying new things, and enthusiastic about Pilates.

Do you have any Pilates specialties?

I’d say that my specialty is probably working with older clients. I so admire my senior clients who, in spite of the challenges that aging brings, show up week after week, determined to keep their bodies strong and their minds active. They are role models for me as I move into the next phase of my life.

Do you have another job or hobbies/interests?

How much time do you have? Seriously, in addition to working as a Pilates instructor at Pilates Northwest as well as teaching a few independent classes and clients, I teach Creative Dance to preschool children, which I’ve been doing for over 30 years. I’m also the author of books for teachers, children, and Young Adults. I was so proud when my Young Adult novel FLYAWAY sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2011.

And in my “spare” time, I host international students in my home. Right now we have two young men, one from China and one from Kazakhstan living with us. They are such a source of fun and joy for my husband and me.

What brings you joy?

Dancing, spending time with friends, reading, writing, going for long walks…and Pilates, of course!

What’s your favorite Pilates exercise?

I love Short Spine and Mermaid. But it depends on the day – I love them all.

What’s your biggest Pilates challenge?

Neck Pull on the mat is my nemesis. On the equipment, I find Snake particularly difficult.

Any random thoughts or wisdom to impart?

Pilates is a journey. Be where you are at any given moment without judging yourself. Enjoy the ride.