The Complete History

Performing Arts Physical Therapy / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles, established in 1992, is an internationally recognized professional organization and creator of the very first, most respected, Professional Authentic Pilates Teacher Certification Program in the world. PAPT / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles is independently owned, operated, and founded by Veteran Physical Therapist and Principal Pilates Master Teacher Trainer, Melinda Bryan (previously known as Mindy Boehnert - Bryan), and by co-founder Kaz®, Pilates Authority (Los Angeles, California, USA).


Our former sister company Performing Arts Physical Therapy / The Pilates Studio® of New York / Pilates Inc., independently owned and operated by founder, Sean Gallagher of New York, New York, USA is the only other authentic Pilates organization first recognized internationally.


In 1992, PAPT / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles and New York together created and presented the very first and only Professional Authentic Pilates Teacher Certification Program in the world. It was the first and only “official” Pilates educational program focusing on maintaining the purity of the method. In fact, from 1992 - 2000, as the former corporate owners of the now rescinded Pilates trademark PAPT / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles and New York were the ONLY legally recognized Pilates licensing organizations in the United States.


No one else other than PAPT / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles and New York can make this claim and substantiate it. Anyone who posts, promotes, or makes claim to offer an older authentic Pilates certification program is simply being untruthful.  Today, our Pilates programming continues to be the most professional, mature, consistent, traditional, and classical Pilates certification program globally.  It is the only original Pilates program created by Pilates professionals who are also licensed medical professionals.


Although Joe Pilates taught many students, including Ron Fletcher, Kathy Grant, Mary Bowen, Lolita San Miguel, and Eve Gentry, there was one who shined above the rest, Romana Kryzanowska. She was considered Joe Pilates' most experienced apprentice, and chosen by Joe Pilates to carry on his teachings. PAPT / The Pilates Studio®, for over 10 years, secured the exclusive services and knowledge of Master Pilates Teacher Trainer Romana Kryzanowska, and created the first Official Authentic Pilates Teacher Certification Program in the world. This is significant, since at this point in time, there was no one more skilled to teach the original work of Joseph Pilates.


There was never a structured Pilates Certification or Teacher Training program until Performing Arts Physical Therapy / The Pilates Studio® collaborated with Romana Kryzanowska to create the accomplished program known today. Before this program, a less organized apprenticeship without clear goals and requirements was the only education available, and “Pilates Certification” was issued based on a blessing, and not by any professionally structured standards. Although there is no one living more knowledgeable about Pilates work than Romana Kryzanowska, she is not a medically trained professional. Joseph Pilates did not have a medical background either.


In 1992, before offering the program to the public, Melinda Bryan brought Performing Arts Physical Therapy / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles together with New York, and for the first time arranged for Romana Kryzanowska to meet with several leading orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles, to discuss programming and safety. Both Medically trained Physical Therapists and Pilates Professionals, Melinda Bryan and Sean Gallagher recognized those Pilates exercises and routines that appeared to be safe, and others that were inconsistent with their advanced medical knowledge. These concerns could only be identified by medically trained professionals, and would never have been noticed by Pilates fitness experts without a medical background. This is why they went unnoticed for decades.


The exercises were specifically discussed amongst Melinda Bryan, Sean Gallagher, Romana Kryzanowska and the participating orthopedic surgeons. Recommendations were made to either eliminate, correct, or modify selected Pilates exercises or routines. All changes made at that time remains undisclosed. Each year Melinda Bryan continued to teach and administer the program at PAPT / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles, and hosted Romana Kryzanowska and her daughter Sari Mejia Santo, who traveled from their home in New York City several times a year to teach students "exclusively" at their “home away from home,” PAPT / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles.


Over the many years together teaching, Melinda Bryan and Romana Kryzanowska continued to improve and perfect the certification process. Students traveled from all around America, and from all around the world to participate in the Los Angeles based program. Melinda Bryan apprenticed each student through 600 hours of on-site training, and with her extensive physical therapy expertise, she has applied current medical information to the method while keeping it authentic. Performing Arts Physical Therapy / The Pilates Studio® raised the Pilates “bar” and made a lasting impact on the world, directly responsible for substantiating Pilates in the global medical community.


Today, 20 years later, now with over 50 years of experience combined, there is no better Traditional Pilates Certification program available anywhere. Melinda continues her relationship with these prestigious medical professionals, and is currently responsible for the rehabilitation of many patients from the doctors at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Southern California Orthopedic Institute, Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group and Tower Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, amongst many other known professionals internationally.  


It is very important to note that most fitness instructors including “Pilates experts” are typically not qualified to evaluate exercises or make decisions or recommendations, unless they have advanced training. No Pilates or fitness instructor should perform a medical or physical therapy evaluation since it is outside the scope of their practice, and requires a license. A fitness certification does not qualify any individual to offer medical advice. Medical advice should only be given by a licensed professional.


History cannot be altered... Performing Arts Physical Therapy / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles continues to be the leading Pilates authority offering Authentic Pilates Teacher Certification in the world. Now keeping with the tradition of being the leader in the field, Performing Arts Physical Therapy and The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles are proud to present PilatesCertificationOnline.Com, the first and only professional online Authentic Pilates Teacher Certification Program in the world!


The availability of Joseph Pilates' work has been limited since bringing his method to the U.S. in the 1920’s. It has only recently been more accessible to people worldwide over the past decade. We believe that it is now necessary to allow the educational experience to evolve with the freedom we have today through the Internet. Our goal is to make the method more easily available, while at the same time maintaining all the original authentic principles and purity of the method.


All you need to do iscommit and clickand you are on your way to becoming one of the most respected Pilates educated professionals internationally. Be one of the elite… when it comes to true Pilates certification, our program directed by Melinda Bryan is your best choice. Experience you can count on, knowledge you can trust.


Important Note: Companies who use phrases for example: “A Pilates Studio” “Pilates Studio in Los Angeles,” or “Los Angeles Pilates Studio” “thePilatesStudio.com” & “thePilatesStudio.net” and such others,  are not in any way affiliated with Performing Arts Physical Therapy / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles, and use these terms and phrases to confuse the public.  Look for our trademark, Official Logo, (as seen here on our top banner). If you do not see our logo, it is not the correct organization. And look for the Certified Authentic Pilates” Seal when seeking Authentic Pilates Certification, instruction, or services.