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Sue OkudaFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2005
Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from UC Berkeley, a Master of Arts in Music History from California State University, Fullerton, and a law degree from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley.
Sue is the lead exercise specialist at Ando & Aston. Drawing on her knowledge of Pilates, movement imagery, ballet and yoga, Sue combines her gifts for words and images to help her students find new movement and freedom in their bodies, whether the students’ goals are artistic performance, recovery from injury, or just a desire to feel and look their best.
Sue’s life-long passion for movement led her to study Pilates at Studio du Corps, the first Pilates studio in Orange County. Pilates is a system of exercise created to improve not only strength, but also body awareness, flexibility, dynamic alignment, and balance. It uses specialized equipment designed by Joe Pilates to develop smooth flowing movement, with concentration and focus on specific movement muscles. Sue is certified in Pilates through Studio du Corps, and she taught there for many years.
Sue believes that your body speaks your mind, so that what we think about ourselves shows up in how we move. She studies movement imagery with Eric Franklin, a world-renowned dance medicine specialist, author, and director of the Franklin Method® Institute in Ulster, Switzerland. The Franklin Method combines dynamic imagery, experiential anatomy and movement to safely optimize performance in disciplines such as dance, athletics, and acting. It is used by professional ballet companies and elite athletic teams to achieve top performance, reduce injury rates, and prolong careers. Sue is excited to be among the first Franklin Method® teachers certified in the U.S. by Mr. Franklin.
Sue is also a certified pre-trainer of GYROKINESIS®, a movement method which emphasizes organic movement from not only the spine but the body’s deep muscle tissue, building energy through the body and refreshing the mind. As a pre-trainer, Sue offers the first course required for those seeking certification as a GYROKINESIS® instructor.
At Ando Studio, a division of Ando & Aston Physical Therapy, Inc., Sue specializes in Pilates rehabilitation exercise and holds weekly classes in GYROKINESIS® and Tai Chi. She also teaches Pilates and yoga for dancers at Orange Coast College, as well as Pilates mat conditioning at the DeFore Dance Center in Costa Mesa, California.
Debby OrlandoFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 2011 Park View Pilates and Franklin Method Center
Debby Orlando is a full-time Pilates instructor and a graduate of The Pilates Center, an internationally renowned Pilates certification program located in Boulder, Colorado. She has over 1400 hours of Pilates teacher training, and has been teaching the classical Pilates method for seven years. Debby is experienced in teaching all of mat and equipment classes. Her widespread teaching has given her the experience to teach all body types, from the beginner, intermediate, advanced, or injured bodies to the professional athlete.
Debby is certified through the Pilates Method Allianceís National Certification Examination and had achieved Gold Certified Teacher status. In addition, Debby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alverno College and worked in health care industry for 25 years.
Debby is a graduate of the Masters Program and currently a certified teacher for the Masters Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.
Debby is a certified Level 3 Franklin Method Educator.
Lora PavilackFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2010 Movement Educator
Level 1 Certified Instructor of the Franklin Method
Pilates Instructor Certification – Center Studio & Core Conditioning
Pilates Sports Center – Master Teacher Trainer
Burn at the Barre – Master Teacher Trainer
Da Vinci BodyBoard – Master Teacher Trainer
Level 1 & 2 Certified Instructor of GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®
Level 1 Certified Instructor of GYROKINESIS®
Pilates Method Alliance Certified
Pilates Method Alliance Educational Member
Preferred Trainer – Balanced Body
Studio Member – Pilates Method Alliance
CPR / First Aid Certified
B.S. in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University with an emphasis in dance performance
Eva Pérez AtienzaFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2005 DANCER / TEACHER
I WAS DANCING IN THE CND (COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA MADRID) AND HAMBURG BALLET. AND ALSO IN CUBA BALLET.
I BECAME A PILATES, GYROTONIC AND GYROKINESIS TEACHER
I HAVE BEEN WORKING AT THE CSDMA (CONSERVATORIO SUPERIOR DE DANZA MARÍA DE ÁVILA) TEACHING BALLET CLASIQUE AND CORPORAL TECHNIQUES.
Francesca PhilipFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 2008
My life has always revolved around people. No matter what industry, it was not the product that inspired me but the people I came into contact with. Recently, I found myself in a unique situation where I could fill my days with whatever passion I chose and I gravitated toward health and fitness. It was a life changing and wondrous adventure. I hope to share this journey with those that I come into contact and aspire to make a difference to their present and future living.
I have been working in the health and fitness industry since 1997. Yet, I have been involved in sport and fitness since the age of 7. I have found my strengths lie in water and land group fitness teaching but could not ignore the calling to become a personal trainer. I strive to continue learning, developing and growing in all areas of mind, body and spirit. I began Pilates Mat seven years ago have loved what it has done for my health and wellbeing. Now I am teaching Pilates equipment and love to share the joy this work brings.
I find myself loving every type of group fitness class imaginable also swimming, boogie boarding, golf and tennis. I love anything Italian, travelling, folk art painting, cooking, family and friends. But, my true joy in life is to search out and find anyone willing to have a chat.
Nicole PillerFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 11/2015 Yoga/Pilates Instructor & Reiki Practioner
Nicole Piller is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Franklin Method Educator, and Reiki Practitioner based in Toronto, Canada with more than 14 years’ experience in movement education / body work. Her long involvement with movement began as a classical ballet dancer. She hung up her pointe shoes in 1991 and went on to completing BA at McGill University and two years at George Brown Theater School.
Nicole initially came to Pilates following a dance injury and then completed the comprehensive certification program at Stott Pilates in 2001, followed by four years of study in Mat, Reformer, Chair, and rehabilitation with Master Teacher Dianne Miller, founder of the Vancouver Pilates Center. Alongside Pilates, Nicole has been practicing yoga since her early 20’s, and completed two year comprehensive yoga certification at Esther Myers Yoga Studio in addition to her pre and post-natal yoga training.
Additionally, Nicole has studied Myofascial Stretching and ELDOA’s with osteopath Guy Voyer, and she completed her First and Second Degree Reiki training (Usui lineage), and brings reiki healing into all her work.
Most recently, Nicole completed the Franklin Method Level 1 Teacher Training in Toronto with Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer. The Franklin Method is a large influence in all her teachings with clients as well as in her personal practice and in life.
In addition to being a teacher/healer, Nicole is a lifelong student, mother, and clown. Nicole’s clown “Countess Von Tilda Von Schiffenberg the Third” was tickled pink to obtain a spot in Cirque de Soleil’s “Artist Bank”. She has yet to run away with the circus….
Lesley PowellFranklin Method Educator – Level 1, reg. 01/2012
LESLEY POWELL, the founder and director of Movements Afoot, has been a private fitness trainer since 1986. She received her CMA/Certification as a Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff institute. She shares her knowledge and wisdom in movement therapy with physical therapists, medical practitioners and sports training institutes as an adjunct modality for re-educating patients approach to fitness. Lesley Powell received a BFA-Dance from Temple University in 1978. She choreographed her own work and presented throughout the tri-state. Lesley was on the faculty of Drew University from 1991-2001, teaching classes in modern dance, dance history and choreography. She has been a teacher at Dr. Bacharachís Osteopathic Center for Sports and Dance Medicine and JRW, and a physical therapy practice using Pilates for rehabilitation.
Lesley Powell founded Movements Afoot with the philosophy of teaching people the basic concepts of movement theory: proper movement initiation, integrating breath with movement and spinal integrity, by equipping people with the necessary tools for a lifetime of fitness and wellness. Since itís inception in 1993, the Director of Movements Afoot, Lesley Powell has appeared in many articles about Mind Body Fitness including O Magazine, Self, Time Out Magazine, Elle, Newsday, the Village Voice, Shape Magazine, etc. Lesley also assisted the PhysicalMind Institute in the development of Standing Pilates and the book, ìStanding Pilatesî .
Alissa RaeFranklin Method Educator Level 2 Certified, reg. 06/2013
Alissa first became fascinated with pilates in 1998 after a horrific car accident left her with whiplash and broken ribs. Her lifetime of being active in dance and sports was suddenly compromised. After choosing pilates as her method of rehabilitation, she quickly recovered her active lifestyle and pilates became a true love. A love that grew as she was able to move and feel more free in her body. Alissa is continually awed by her body-mind connection, and is inspired to learn, share and expand about others connections. Alissa is continually awed by the body-mind connection pilates brings.
Alissa Rae was trained and later employed by PMA certified master teacher Julian Littleford at JL Body Conditioning in San Diego, CA. Julian is recognized globally for his ability to teach original Pilates principals while incorporating modern style. Alissaís clients, while working with Julian, included the San Diego Padres, Cirque du Soleil, and Jenny Craig. Alissa is certified in Franklin Method and plans to attend level two of the teacher training as well.
Tambre RasmussenFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor, has 23 years of experience teaching Pilates fitness, rehabilitation and Franklin Method. She enjoys working with a vast array of clients ranging from healthy people wanting to become better movers to post-MVA clients, prenatal & postpartum women, seniors with osteoporosis, equestrians, elite level cyclists, runners, dancers, competitive figure skaters, & those suffering from chronic pain associated with postural stamina & overuse syndromes. Pilates classes have often been inaccessible to people with serious injuries. Tambre was one of the first to develop lower level Pilates rehabilitation classes in Colorado; making it accessible for those transitioning from passive therapies. She feels it is crucial for patients to believe that they can safely take a more active role in their healing process and rediscover the joy of movement.
Tambre received her Pre-med degree from CU-Denver and completed internships at Health South Physical Therapy and Colorado Center for Physical Therapy. She has over 2000 hours of training with her two Pilates certifications from the Ron Fletcher organization and Polestar Education. Tambre is a Level III Franklin Method Educator. She teached Injury Prevention in the Theatre and Dance Dept. of the University of Colorado and plays an active role in the local dance community teaching workshops on injury prevention to young dancers.
Deborah RedmondFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 2008
Deborah grew up in Los Angeles as a contemplative child. She yearned to understand the nature of the human condition. Encouraged by her spiritual grandfather, she spent many hours studying philosophy, psychology and religion. In 1985, her father introduced her to an Indian Yoga teacher. After 8 years with her first teacher, Deborah studied and practiced with other teachers and developed her own teaching style. Using heart, intuition and a keen ability to integrate and simplify healing arts, she helps people experience lasting personal transformations.
. Student of Baba Hari Dass .
. Licensed Marriage Family Therapist: interning in 1988; licensed in CA in 1993; licensed in PA 2002.
. Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy in 1989.
. Cofounder & Clinical Director of Red Mountain Wellness.
. Practicing & studying Yoga since 1985. Practicing Yoga Therapist since 1996.
Teaching Yoga since 1993 and training Yoga teachers since 1999.
. Certified Yoga Teacher in 1993 in the lineage of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh.
. Certified Pilates Instructor in 1997. Introduced to Pilates in 1994. Completed first training in New York in 1997.
. Completed second training in PA in 2001.
. Certified American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor in 1997.
. Completed Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in 1994.
. Studied Viniyoga for 18 months.
. Certified Franklin Method Level I Educator in 2007.
. Certified Franklin Method Level II Educator in 2009.
. Other influences: Bihar Yoga, J. Krishnamurti and Swami Venkatesananda.
Patrick RedmondCertified Franklin Method Level II Educator
As a teenager, Patrick longed for deeper meaning in life. Then, his father died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 49. This led Patrick to become a vegetarian. A few years later, while buying his groceries at Avatar’s Golden Temple in New Cumberland, PA, he saw a flyer for Siri Neel Singh Khalsa’s Kundalini Yoga classes. Feeling a “natural high” from his first class, he found that Yoga offered a holistic way to inner peace. Patrick continues to study and practice Yoga and he primarily teaches Pilates Equipment Classes and Franklin Method Classes & Workshops.
. Student of Baba Hari Dass .
. Graduated summa cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University in 1986.
. Worked in commercial insurance underwriting for 15 years after college.
. Began studying and practicing Yoga in 1987; began teaching Yoga in 1999.
. Certified Yoga Teacher in 1999 in the lineage of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh.
. Completed a 32-week Tantra Yoga Initiation.
. Studied Viniyoga for 18 months.
. In 2003 began Pilates Instructor Apprenticeship under Deborah Redmond.
. In 2004 began teaching Pilates as an Apprentice Instructor.
. Certified Pilates Instructor in 2007 after accumulating 6,000 total apprenticeship hours including 4,000 hours teaching classes.
. Completed the following Stott Pilates Instructor Training Programs: Intensive Mat; Advanced Mat; Intensive Reformer; Injuries & Special Populations.
. Certified Franklin Method Level I Educator in 2007.
. Certified Franklin Method Level II Educator in 2009.
. Favorite book: Fire Without Fuel by Baba Hari Dass; favorite magazine: Pilates Style; favorite pastime: playing piano at home.
Iddy RichardsonFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2014 Movement Teacher
Born to move, Iddy began her life happily bouncing in a springy chair and energetically dancing off the couches of her parents’ living room. Many years later, Iddy discovered the wonders of Pilates while studying dance at Saint Mary’s college. Continuing her Pilates training, Iddy studied Pilates Mat with Integrated Teacher Training (ITT) and equipment training with Tom McCook through Physical Mind Institute.
Iddy continues to grow her library of expertise with continued studies in Pilates, human anatomy, massage, Alexander Technique, The Franklin Method, yoga, Gyrotonic, Feldenkrais, dance, TRX, trampoline, swimming, surfing, functional movement patterns, tabata, muscle confusion, and total body fitness. She has studied with many teachers and mentors along her journey ~ Jessica Adams, Tom McCook, Deborah Marcus, Liz Donahue, Nicole Dessoye, Francis White, Carol LeMaitre, Sharon Gallagher, Morten Dithmer, Shannon McMurchy, Kathy VanPatten, Cindy Buff, Nora St. John, Elizabeth Larkam, Dana Lawton, Janice Garret, and Christine Cali to name a few.
Iddy is certified in Pilates Mat from Integrated Teacher Training, in Pilates equipment through Physical Mind Institute, and completed the Teacher Training program at Pilates Education Lab. Iddy is also certified in Level 1 Gyrotonic, and Level 1 Franklin Method. In Addition to teaching Pilates, Iddy combines her many interests teaching Gyrotonic, The Franklin Method, Dance for the Rhythm & Motion dance program, and GIT Fit at The Corner Studio in San Francisco. Iddy also has an extensive background teaching children swimming, dance and physical education.
Enthusiastically, Iddy shares with her clients the pure joy of movement, while also finding whole body wellness and boosting self confidence. Known for her warm, passionately intense personality, Iddy combines athleticism and fluidity, to form an integrated approach to teaching that results in freedom and precision of movement. Her classes have been described as “challenging and delightful”.
Megan RobertsonFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2016
Moving for the joy of it – creating a healthy body and mind. This is what attracted me to both Nia and the Franklin Method after being a competitive rhythmic gymnast.
I consider it an honour to guide people in discovering just how amazing their body can be: how it can move, how it can heal, and how good it can feel!
Lindy RoyerFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 2010
I’m an outdoor enthusiast from Australia who now lives near Denver, Colorado. I trained and worked in physiotherapy in Sydney, Australia, before moving to the US to pursue my life-long passion for skiing. After spending a few years as a ski Patroller in Steamboat Springs, I returned to the practice of Physical Therapy in 1987. Many years later, having experienced the limitations of the traditional medical model as both patient and practitioner, I began to explore a more balanced body/mind approach to health, fitness and rehabilitation. This lead me to studying The Pilates Method, where I discovered an amazing teaching and treatment system, which opened a whole new world of possibilities. Over the last decade, I’ve developed a unique therapeutic program that focuses patient awareness, movement understanding, the latest research in brain science, and imagery, to restore balance to the whole body for natural healing. This process of finding new and improved ways to facilitate the healing process resulted the opening of Park Meadows Pilates & Physical Therapy in January, 2005. I enjoy spending time in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, as well as travelling to new places with my husband and my two amazing “boys”. Oh yes… and I love “Dancing With the Stars”. It’s a good thing it’s not on TV all the time!
Cheri Dostal RybaFranklin Method Educator Level 3 Certified, reg. 03/2015 CIAYT Yoga TherapistSpecializing in therapeutic private lessons and large group workshops
Teaching movement and embodiment for over 16 years, Cheri now serves private clients, trains and mentors teachers, and offers group workshops, intensives and retreats. She currently lives and teaches in Southern California, and also works with clients internationally online.
Christa RypinsFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Founder of Intelligent Body Movement Studio in Murphys, California
Christa is the founder of Intelligent Body Movement Studio in Murphys, California, where she offers private and group instruction for all levels. She is from the Kripalu yoga tradition, which focuses on meditation through movement. She became a Pilates instructor with Tom McCook at The Center of Balance, and taught at his studio for three years, during which time it was voted Best Pilates & Yoga Studio in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine. She has developed a line of yoga clothing and produced three movement DVDs, including Yoga for Meditators, Yoga for a Better Back (with sports medicine chiropractor John Sousa), and Yummy Yoga: Gentle Stress Relief for the Hips, Back and Neck.
Marcy SchaflerFranklin Method Educator Level 1
Marcy Schafler, owner, Mind Over Movement Pilates Studio, is an International PMA Certified Pilates instructor. Marcy is Balanced Body Faculty for Comprehensive Pilates, Anatomy in 3D, MOTR and a CoreAlign Master Instructor.
With a background in movement as a teenager, she always put movement in her life, but not as an educator. When her corporate career didn’t fulfill her desires, she contemplated a career change. Her career as a Pilates instructor began at the ripe young age of 45. Marcy’s Pilates training began at Movements Afoot in New York City. There she trained with Doris Pasteleur Hall (a student of Carola Trier) and Lesley Powell.
In 2006, Marcy participated as an instructor in a study led by Urogynecologist, Dr. Patrick Culligan, of the Atlantic Healthcare System on the rehabilitation and support of the pelvic floor. Marcy is a cancer surthriver (her own coinage). Surviving both uterine and breast cancer. Pilates has had a huge an impact on her ability to come through the challenges of surgery, radiation and rehab. “Continuing education is such an important part of our growth and often gets overlooked when we are teaching for awhile. I love working with and taking other instructors workshops. There is always something new to learn.” Which led her to studying with Elizabeth Larkam in 2010.
Marcy’s has just become a Franklin Method Level 1 Educator. The Franklin Method uses imagery and bone rhythms to enhance movement to be more efficient, better balanced and prevent injury. Look for workshops coming to the studio soon.