History of Teachers

The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles Celebrates A 20 Year History of its Teaching Staff & Graduates

We wish to acknowledge our Guest Teachers, Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanowska and Master Pilates Teacher Trainer Sari Mejia Santo. Special Thanks for over five years of "exclusive" Pilates Teacher Training programming on the West Coast of the United States at Performing Arts Physical Therapy / The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles which began in 1992. And for over ten years of "exclusive" Pilates Teacher Training Programming for The Pilates Studio®  & Pilates Inc.

We would also like to acknowledge, thank, and identify, some current and former Pilates teaching staff. Below you will find a partial list, which includes both “Certified Pilates Instructors” and “Pilates Apprentice Instructorswho have studied and taught Authentic Pilates at The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles. Most of the individuals listed below have completed and earned their final Pilates Certification through The Pilates Studio®. However, some may have achieved only partial certification, such as Mat and Reformer.

Important Note: All Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles “Certified Instructor” is presented with an official certificate, which should be displayed in their place of business for client verification. If you do not see a copy of your instructor’s certificate displayed, we suggest you ask the instructor to present it to you.  All Pilates instructors certified by The Pilates Studio® will be proud to present a copy of their Pilates certificate.

Our Pilates teaching staff over the years have included both Certified Pilates Instructors, and Pilates Apprentice Instructors (who had completed all coursework). Some of the individuals below may not have finished the full apprenticeship portion of their training, and were not finally certified by The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles. The Pilates Studio® cannot be held responsible for those who claim to be “certified” but did not complete the full certification process.

Unfortunately, there are those who claim to be certified or have been certified for longer than the actual truth.  In fact, we have noticed individuals who make claim to be certified by Melinda Bryan, Romana Kryzanowska, or The Pilates Studio® even before the first program was created. The very first Authentic Pilates Certification Program was first offered at the Pilates Studio of Los Angeles®.

In fact from, 1992 - 2000, 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 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 and is misleading the general public.

This is why we strongly recommend that anyone seeking Pilates training take the time to verify their instructor’s certification. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a copy of the instructor’s certificate, and verify its authenticity.  Contact us for The Pilates Studio® of Los Angeles verification, if you feel it is necessary.  We will be happy to verify the certification status of those certified by our organization. Always verify your Pilates Instructor's credentials. No exceptions. This is including all individuals listed below:

PAPT / The Pilates Studio®  of Los Angeles

Minimum Requirements for Pilates Instructor Designations


Pilates Apprentice

10 hours private Pilates lessons, participation in Certification Program, current observation and practice of

Pilates teaching and assisting Certified Pilates Instructor


Pilates Instructor

Certification Program Completion

200 apprentice hours teaching clients/students


Certified Pilates Instructor

Certification Program Completion

450 apprentice hours teaching clients/students


Certified Pilates Master Instructor

10 years teaching as a Certified Pilates Instructor


Certified Pilates Master Teacher Trainer

10 years teaching clients

5 years teaching apprentices


Senior Certified Pilates Master Teacher Trainer

15 years teaching clients

10 years teaching apprentices


Principal Certified Pilates Master Teacher Trainer

(Licensed Professional Healthcare Practitioner)

20+ years as a licensed medical professional

15+ years teaching clients

15+ years teaching apprentices





Always ask to see a copy of the instructor’s certificate, and verify its authenticity.

This includes all individuals listed below

Adams, Melanie
Angelov, Pavel
Anissina, Ahha
Artamova, Bepa
Backer, Berlyn
Banerjee, Raj
Barnes, Theresa
Beard, Natasha
Bedell, Lauralinda
Berry, Jennifer
Berzak, Lihi
Bloomquist, Lisa
Boone, Megan
Bostwick, Agata
Bowman, Kimberlee
Brazil, Michelle
Brown, Theresa
Brunell, Monique
Bryan, Dave
Bullard, Holly
Burchmore, Bruce
Busche, Donna
Campbell, Mathieu
Carruthers, Kimberley
Carter, Mariela
Caruana-Thomas, Thalia
Cassady, Jill
Cassisi, Jeannette
Cavazos, Leslie
Chang, Cai
Cohen, Wendi
Colombo, Alexandra
Colon, Sasha
Crowe-Fain, Carolyn
DeJesus, Pamela
Dekelbaum, Alayna
Domingo, Michelle
Doyle, Juliana
Dyer, Mary
Ellison, Stephanie
Evans, Elise
Farrell, John
Fernandez, Terri
Fine, Shannon
Flack, Deanna
Fricke, Therese
Fry, Nela
Gabriel, Ed
Galati, Gina
Garland, Trish
Gentile, Holly
Glaser, Nona
Gonzalez, Katherine
Goodman, Em
Graham, Patricia
Green, Bobbi
Grimes, Jay
Groper, Jessica
Guevara, Maritza
Gulyayeva, Alina
Gupta, Tina
Habbas, Joanna
Hagler, Zoe
Handler, Dana
Handy, Cassandra
Harman, Harish
Hazell, John
Healy, Mary-Jo
Heikka, Cheryl
Herlofsky, Angela
Hernandez, Milagras
Hilleary, Julia
Hirsch, Eliza
Hopkins, Eric
Howell, Holly
Humphries, Brian
Jones, Gabrielle
Jordon, Shemar
Kahn, Drugi
Kantor, Burt
Kask, Maj
Kincaid, Amy
Kingston, Christian
Kjellin, Christina
Kling, Heidi
Komar, Ahtoh
Koziak, Sasha
Krech, Ken
Kuchta, Aggie
Latin, Andrew
Lee, Robert
Lee, Huang
Leo, Allison
Leon, Heather
Lieuw, Angie
Lim, Florence
Lippman, Beth
Lipshutz, Amy
Logsdon, Cyndi
Long, Leah
Lu, Wang
Ludwig, Erica
Lundin, Adam
Madwani, Suchita
Magallanes, Chandra
Mais-Hanson, Charlene
Maldonado, Leah
Manith, Shanique
Martin, Rachel
Mathis, Lacey
McCutchan, Cathy
McDonald, Shawna
Milian, Pablo
Millstein, Audrey
Mizin, Boris
Montague, Susie
Moran, Karen
Musser, Joellyn
Nolan, Norma
O'brian, Aimhirghin
Palumbo, Suzanne
Peluso-Gianni, Jennifer
Petersen, Agustine
Phillipes, Patricia
Pierson, Cathy
Rae, Deana
Rakow, Marcy
Reese, Arlene
Ricketts, Amber
Rivera, Natasha
Romano, Maria
Rounds, Tracey
Rudkilde, Adrian
Sapenoff, Lauren
Schmidt, Adali
Sherwood, Myara
Silva, Lisa
Smirnoff, Stephanie
Smith, Kimberly
Smith, Simon
Souder, Glory
Stewart, Gina
Svaleson, Marcia
Tal, Ruth
Tan, Liu
Taylor, Joanie
Teeter, Cathie
Tegner, Albin
Timpson, Christine
Tiu-Laurel, Francesca
Tomkins, Cathie
Turnbow, Melanie
Valencia, Jose
Villarroel, Paolo
Warren, Patricia
Whitaker, Lorraine
White, Denise
Wild-Norris, Helen
Wilson, Kim
Wong, Zhang
Wright-Wagstaff, Marion
Wu, Li
Wu, Wendi
Wyatt, Elizabeth
Zeppezaur, Kimberlee
Zi, Zhang
Zukeran, Cori