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Lisa Ortega LoyaFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 06/2017 Owner On Balance Pilates Studio, Certified Pilates Instructor ACE and TRX certified
Lisa Ortega Robertson began her Pilates journey in California where she received her Dance degree from Cal State University, Fullerton. Managing her back pain from scoliosis, Lisa underwent treatment from a chiropractor that took her under his wing and trained her how to teach rehabilitation exercises. One of her patients was a secretary from a nearby Pilates studio. For the next several years, Lisa immersed herself in the Pilates technique and became one of the founding members of The Institute for the Pilates Method, the only national Pilates organization at the time. She worked with Hollywood’s Samuel Goldwyn, writer Judith Krantz, and other celebrities in Beverly Hills.
After moving to Hawaii in 1990, Lisa taught creative movement and dance in local schools with the Hawaii State Dance Council and became a certified personal trainer through American Council on Exercise (ACE) and American Federation of Fitness Association (AFAA). In 1993 she opened On Balance Studio, the FIRST Pilates studio on Oahu. She has since moved to Kailua where her current studio also offers Gyrotonic (R), Gyrokinesis (R) and the TRX Suspension System.
Lisa has conducted workshops on Oahu and outer islands for HMSA, Alexander and Baldwin, Mid-Pacific Country Club, Ko Olina, Olelo, and YMCA. On Balance, a former certifying studio for the PhysicalMind Institute, has been featured in The Honolulu Advertiser, Midweek, HMAA newsletter and KITV News. Through years of continuous study and personal practice, Lisa has developed a unique eclectic style. Her teaching integrates her rehab, dance and fitness background, and she enjoys challenging and inspiring her students in their own practice and mind-body connection. Lisa hosted the Franklin Method educators here on Oahu and they are the first group to be certified in Hawaii for the Level One Franklin Method Training.
Donna LuderFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 PMA-Certified Pilates Instructor
Donna has been practicing Pilates since 1993 when she began using the method to improve her dance technique. She was the first Pilates instructor in Monterey when she opened her studio in 1997. At that time, few of the locals knew what Pilates was!
She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and further certifications with Eric Franklin.
Her certifications include:
–Pilates Instructor, awarded by Marie-Jose Blom-Lawrence of Long Beach Dance Conditioning 1997
–PMA-certified Pilates Instructor
–GYROTONIC® Level 1, awarded by Juliu Horvath, founder/creator of the GYROTONIC Method 1998
–Franklin Method, awarded by Eric Franklin, author/creator of the Franklin Method, 2004, 2006
–GYROTONIC® Ladder, awarded by Master Trainer Debra Rose of San Francisco GYROTONIC, 2001
–GYROTONER®, awarded by Master Trainer Debra Rose of San Francisco GYROTONIC (2000) and Lisa Marie Goodwin of Angel City Body Kinetics (2006)
Fiona MacdonaldFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 11/2018 Pilates / Movement Teacher
After a successful career as a professional ballet dancer, I have been a Certified Pilates teacher and have acquired over 20 years of education and experience in body mechanics.
During that time I have worked with a wide variety of loyal clients, some for more than 15 years. With each individual I create a personalized program of movement activities to meet their unique needs. By educating them about body mechanics, and working together to increase their strength and flexibility, my clients can move more easily and efficiently.
Having had two children of my own, I especially love helping women physically prepare for childbirth and then regain their form and strength post-pregnancy. I also specialize in helping runners, cyclists and other athletes recover from sports injuries, and maturing adults who want to enjoy pain-free living and ease of movement.
Diane MassikFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Certified Pilates Instructor at Motion Studies and the owner of Integrated Physiotherapy, Inc.
Diane is a Certified Pilates Instructor at Motion Studies and the owner of Integrated Physiotherapy, Inc. located at Motion Studies. She earned a BA in Dance from Butler University in Indianapolis before embarking on her professional dance career with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and Louisville Ballet. During her dance career she performed in excess of 100 roles including title roles in productions of The Firebird and The Sleeping Beauty. Upon retiring from the stage, she completed training as a Massage Therapist and earned a BHS in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky. She continued her love of dance through teaching and choreography during this time.
Diane was introduced to The Pilates Method during her dance career and became a student at that time. Ultimately, she completed her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through the Professional Health and Fitness Institute and has been teaching since 2002 with clients of all ages and levels. She has worked as a Physical Therapist in numerous settings since 1995 with an emphasis on Manual Therapy techniques. In 2005, Diane achieved her goal of combining these approaches as complements of each other within the cooperative atmosphere of Motion Studies.
With a strong foundation in movement arts and science, her aim is to provide individualized instruction to enhance clients’ experience of movement and health. Diane is also a Certified Level 3 Educator in The Franklin Method®, which synthesizes movement, imagery and somatics into a unique and accessible tool for improved experience and performance in any body or movement discipline. She looks forward to sharing the benefits of this work with everyone at Motion Studies.
Marisol MayellFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 11/2015 Alexander Technique teacher. Qigong instructor
I have been interested in mind-body techniques since my early teens and have been teaching Alexander Technique and Qigong for over 20 years, both in private and group settings. Between 2002 through 2012, I worked at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Boise Idaho for the Integrative Medicine Program teaching Qigong exercise to cancer patients and their caregivers, and leading one-on-one relaxation therapy sessions for high-risk pregnant women at the Antepartum unit.
In the late Spring 2012 I moved to Northern Virginia and most recently graduated as a Level 1 Franklin Method Educator. This program has greatly enriched my knowledge in how the body is designed to function, deepening my understanding that any desirable change is truly a whole person process.
My interest is to keep delving deeper in The Franklin Method to better serve my students and for myself. I believe that successful learning is best accomplished when humor, enthusiasm, curiosity and kindness toward oneself, are part of the process. I offer private and group lessons, and am willing to travel to my students providing they live within a reasonable driving distance.
Damian McCannFranklin Method Faculty
After 12 years of extensive training with Eric Franklin, Damian now offers weekly classes in NYC, workshops around the world and leads teacher training classes in the Franklin Method. His goal is to empower his students with all the necessary tools to feel good in their bodies, minds and lives. Damian can relate to many, as he began his own exploration into the body/mind connection over ten years ago because of crippling back pain. Now, because of this regular use of the Franklin Method, not only has he healed all his chronic pain and sports injuries, but has found a deep and profound pleasure and love of even the most basic functions of the body. Something as simple as breathing or walking, or sitting at a desk can become an opportunity to heal. Damian applies Franklin Method to all his favorite activities: snowboarding, hiking, surfing, martial arts and has found his skills improving at an incredible rate. Because of the profound changes he has experienced, Damian is compelled to share this awareness with the world. You can find out more about him here: http://www.damianmccann.com/
Tom McCookFranklin Method Faculty & FM Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011 Founder and Director of Center of BalancePilates Teacher
Tom is an internationally recognized fitness and movement specialist. Beginning his full time career in personal training in 1984, Tom designs programs for health and life performance for working professionals, people rehabilitating from injuries and world-class athletes including Olympic Gold Medal swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Jenny Thompson and Misty Hyman. Teaching Pilates since 1995, Tom is a Master Instructor of Pilates and CoreAlign for Balanced Body.He has certifications through the PMA, ACE, along with being a CEC provider. Since 2004, Tom has been studying the Franklin Method and is a Level 3 Educator and on the Franklin Institutes teaching staff. The Franklin Method has been an instrumental part of his teaching, offering an incredibly effective approach for improving movement potential and health. Tom’s goal as a teacher is to empower, educate and inspire others to live more fulfilling and balanced lives. He lives on the coast outside of San Francisco with his wife and business partner Karen deMoor
Irene McDermottFranklin Method Educator Level 2 Certified, reg. 06/2013
Kate MersekFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 11/2015 Pilates Instructor
Kate Mersek has been teaching within the movement industry for over a decade for health care networks, physical therapy clinics, universities, and studios. She approaches her life and career with a high degree of passion, enthusiasm, and commitment. Kate is known for delivering thoughtful and creative sessions in a client/student focused manner. She has carved out a niche in working with sports/function performance goals as well as clients of mature ages. Delivering a positive movement experience with functional applications, Kate empowers her clients to prioritize and revel in their health and wellness.
Kate, BS, PMA-CPT, is a Franklin Method Level 1 Educator, a Polestar Pilates educator, Oov educator and a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor from Body Technic Systems, Inc. She has extensive training within a wide variety of Pilates schools in addition to GYROTONIC(R), Feldenkrais, Butekyo, difference dance forms and Iyengar yoga.
Alan MiddlebrookFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 04/2017 Personal Trainer
Alan has a background in many sports including cycling and rowing. These days his focus is on running marathons and ultra marathons. He is in no danger of challenging the running elite, but he has won several ultra marathon trophies in his age category (40 to 49). To date Alan has completed over 40 marathons and over 20 ultra marathons. In 2012 he also set a new record for crossing the English Channel in a Cornish Adventure Gig, along with 7 of his clients.
If you have a desire to improve your health and fitness to achieve greater results in your sport or just to get more from life, then Alan would like to help you on that journey.
Fiona MillwardFranklin Method Educator Level 2, reg. 2014 Dance Artist and Certified Rolfer
Having worked as a dancer, teacher and choreographer since 1985 I continue to be inspired by the mediums of movement and touch, believing they offer an invigorating and intrinsic understanding of the world around us, as well as the world within. My fascination with how each individual discovers greater physical freedom and expression has always underscored my work, leading me to explore and experience a range of approaches.
I met and studied with Eric Franklin in 1997 as part of an International Choreographers Residency at the American Dance Festival and was immediately drawn to his work. I found it enabled me to make sense of what I had intuitively discovered within my movement practice and articulate it more clearly to others as part of my teaching. In 2004 I qualified as a Level 2 Franklin Method Educator and know that the work is woven into the fabric of my teaching and moving.
Alongside my work as a dance artist, my love of movement and touch has led me to qualify as a Rolfing Structural Integrator and Rolf Movement Practitioner and I continue to enjoy teaching movement sessions drawing from these experiences in a variety of different settings.
Alyce MorganFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 03/2015 Pilates Trainer, Laughter Yoga Leader
Owner of Embody Zest! A Pilates, Franklin Method, Mov Nat, and Aerial Yoga studio. Certified 1997 Pilates with PhysicalMind Institute. Certifying studio 2000-2010. PMA certified 2008.
Began Franklin Method teacher training in 2011 and completed level 3 in 2015.
Alyce has also studied Dance Therapy, Qigong and Gyrotonics. She has danced all of her life from Modern to Improve to African and mostly for joy.
Her love for engaging others to participate in their own life experiences is the reason Franklin Method is her method of choice.
Mollie McClelland MorrisFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 04/2017 Yoga Teacher
Mollie’s signature style of yoga teaching unites the beauty and wisdom of the yogic teachings with embodied self-inquiry, physical challenge, sensitivity and fun. As creator of Grace and Presence Yoga Teacher Training and Mentoring Courses, she has over 15 years of experience teaching, mentoring and encouraging people to live healthy, happy, mindful lives. She co-owned and co-directed Sadhaka Yoga centre in London, until it was closed due to a fire. Since then she has been practicing self-reflection through the journey of motherhood, and physical training and exploration through Franklin Method.
Bettina MuenchFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 09/2011
Just like Joseph Pilates, Bettina grew up in Germany where she took up gymnastics and later dancing.
In 1990 she co-founded a dance company with which she performed and for which she also choreographed. Successes included winning the South German Dance Championships, first place in the German Cup for Show-Dance and finishing sixth in the World Championships.
When she came to the U.S. in 2001 she discovered Pilates, fell in love with this holistic exercise method and joined a certification program at Body Precision in Rosemont.
Bettina always loved continuing Education. After traveling all over to study with great Pilates Master Teachers she discovered the Eric Franklin Method in 2007. She completed the level one certification in 2008, level two certification in 2009 and the level three certification in 2011.
The Franklin Method was the missing link in her education it changed the way she thinks about movement.
She teaches at her home in Malvern, PA, Main Line Pilates & Yoga in Paoli, PA and in Miami, FL.
She lives in Malvern, PA and Miami Beach, FL with her husband and her dog.
Shannon MurphyFranklin Method Educator Level 3, reg. 2011 Dance Artist
Shannon Murphy is dance artist and educator in Philadelphia. Shannon is a level three Certified Franklin Method teacher and has been studying with Eric Franklin since 2007. She specializes in Franklin Method for dancers and has taught at many university dance programs, including Drexel Universtiy, Point Park University, Swarthmore College, University of the Arts and Temple Univerity. She also teaches FM and dance at many programs for young dancers in training including the Rock School, Koresh School of Dance, Maralyan Council for the Arts, Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. She has proudly worked at University of The Arts since 2013 where she teaches contemporary studio practices and Franklin Method, allowing her to research and develop Franklin Method’s impact on contemporary training. She became the curricular head of Body Pathways in the Fall semester of 2016 creating a curriculum to deepen these practices. Shannon’s creative practice is also deeply rooted in her Franklin Method practice. She is both an independent maker and a co-director of idiosynCrazy productions along side Jumatatu Poe. She is currently an artist in residence at the Whole Shebang where she teaches professional level technique classes and is developing a new work. Her work has been presented nationally and throughout Philadelphia. As a freelance performer, Shannon has worked with many dance artists/companies, including: anonymous bodies||art collective/Kate Watson-Wallace, Dance Theater X, Group Motion Dance Co, Kosoko Performance Group, The Naked Stark, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, and has performed works by Peggy Baker, Boris Charmatz, Wally Cardona, and Rennie Harris.
To see more of her work, Please visit shannonmurphydance.com
Pam MusilFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 2015 University Professor – Dance Education
Pamela S. Musil, MA, is a Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University where she serves as an Associate Chair of the Department of Dance. She teaches Kinesiology for Dancers, Teaching Methods of Contemporary Dance and other courses within the contemporary area and the Dance Education major program. Prior to her work in Higher Education, Musil taught dance in a secondary public school setting and was recognized as the National Dance Association’s K-12 Dance Educator of the Year. Her scholarly research addresses pedagogy within 7-12 and higher education settings, and gender-related issues of dancers in adolescence, young adulthood and higher education. Her work has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, and Research in Dance Education among others; and in several arts and dance textbooks. She has presented at professional conferences throughout the US and in Italy and China, and has taught pedagogy workshops in Mumbai and Bangalore, India. Musil has served on the Board of Directors for the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO); currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Dance Education and Arts Education Policy Review; and is a past President of the Utah Dance Education Organization. She is a certified Level I Franklin Method Educator (FME). She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of seven brilliant grandchildren. She and her husband David love to ski, travel, garden, and spend time with family.
Kath NisbetFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 04/2017 Pilates Instructor & Hendrickson Method Manual Therapist
My background is in Circus and Physical Theatre. I found Pilates and the Alexander Technique through injury 20 years ago, and my life took on a very different path. My passion & curiosity of the moving form and improving its efficiency, lead me to study the Franklin Method in 2016. I love what I do and I consider myself very lucky to support others to make changes in their daily movement patterns. I teach Somatic movement, Pilates, Franklin Method and Manual Therapy in my sunny rooftop studio in Leeds. I also have an interest in Mindfullness and other Mind Body techniques to manage pain and improve movement habits.
Georgia Norgren, PT, DPT, CKTPFranklin Method Educator Level 2 Certified, reg. 06/2013 Physical Therapist and Ski InstructorCertified in Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation, Franklin Method, Muscle Activation Techniques, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Functional Movement Screening, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Manual Therapy and Kinesio Taping
Georgia has been intrigued by and has enjoyed “movement” since the time she was little running around and playing sports with her brothers. She has worked in the sports/fitness industry teaching aquatics, personal training, Pilates, Franklin Method, in-line skating and alpine skiing. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the #1 University of Southern California in 1999, and has had the opportunity to work as a staff, contract and travel physical therapist in dozens of facilities across the western US. This vast experience has afforded her insight into a holistic mind/body treatment approach where she combines research, movement science, imagery, awareness and humor to restore balance and function and optimize healing for the individual. She has a strong commitment to furthering her education with advanced continuing education and certifications including Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation, Franklin Method, Folsom Manual Therapy Program, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Functional Movement Screening (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Osteoporosis Education and Treatment, Kinesiotaping and Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT).
In her free time, she enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, in-line skating, a good movie and just “being”.
Jessica NotmanFranklin Method Educator Level 1, reg. 02/2016 Pilates Instructor and Wellness Coach
I work out of my private Pilates studio in Seattle, WA. My interest in the body was sparked in 2004 when I began racing triathlon and wanted to improve my performance while maintaining my body as much as possible. Since my journey as a fitness professional began, I’ve obtained certifications in STOTT Pilates, NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer, USA Triathlon Coach, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coaching Level 2, Certified Functional Diagnostic Practitioner and Metabolic Typing Advisor.
I create customized movement, nutrition and lifestyle programs for my clients that help them to feel their best and empower them to make healthy decisions for themselves.