U.S.P.A. Faculty

“ …The instructors are dedicated to preserving the original method, and love teaching it. I highly recommend this program as it has given me the skills to teach effectively, and has instilled in me a great appreciation of the genius of Joseph Pilates.”

  • Brett Howard

    Brett Howard, The Pilates Haus

    Brett Howard is the Director of Education of the United States Pilates Association™ and a Senior Teacher of Teacher of the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program. The United States Pilates Association™ is a licensee of the Authentic Pilates™ Method of Body Conditioning, as well as the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program- […]

  • David Freeman

    David Freeman is a principal and Teacher Trainer for the United States Pilates Association ® LLC (U.S.P.A. ®). He began his Pilates training in New York in the mid 1990s. His bad back brought him to the doorsteps of the New York Pilates Studio ® Teacher Certification Program. David trained extensively with and was certified in […]

  • Catherine Cuzzone

    Catherine is a Principal/Director and Teacher Trainer of The United States Pilates Association ® (U.S.P.A. ®). Catherine was a Sr. Level Corporate Executive for ten years. In 1996, she graduated from The New York Pilates Studio ® Teacher Certification Program under an Independent study with Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanowska and established the first Pilates Certification Center in Rhode Island. […]

  • Jennifer O’Mara

    Jennifer O’Mara has owned & operated The Pilates Loft since 2003. A graduate from the University of Florida, Jennifer’s background is firmly placed in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. She studied Pilates under and was certified by Romana Kyrzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protégé, in 2000. With a specialization in spine care, Jennifer found an […]

  • Rebecca Pagdan

    Rebecca Pagdan

    Rebecca Pagdan has been involved in San Diego health and fitness professions for nearly thirty years. While still an undergraduate at UCSD, she held exercise instruction certifications through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the International Dance Exercise Association (IDEA). After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering, Rebecca went on to design and implement land […]

  • Pamela Dejohn

    Pam Dejohn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of California at Los Angeles. In the following years, Pam grew more and more curious about the study of anatomy and movement of the human body. This caused her to do many post-graduate courses in functional anatomy and physiology. Pam came to Pilates training after an […]

  • Iwalani Kaluhiokalani

    Iwalani Kaluhiokalani is the Founder of Smartbody Movement, a professional Authentic Pilates™ and GYROTONIC® Studio and United States Pilates Assocation ®Teacher Training Center in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. Iwalani has practiced the Pilates Method since 1997. She is also a Pre-Trainer in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®, which she has studied intensively since 2003. She is a Center Director […]

  • Sheila Mello

    Sheila Mello is the senior instructor at PilatesRI, and a Teacher of Teachers for the U.S.P.A. in the Providence, RI training center. She is a former classical ballet dancer, who began her study of the Pilates method in Chicago, IL, under the tutelage of master teacher Juanita Lopez. She obtained her certification from Sari Mejia […]

  • Suzanne Lavey

    Suzanne Lavey started taking Pilates lessons in 1996 while still a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. She danced as a full time member of the Met for 34 years and retired in 2001. In 2002 she became certified in Authentic Pilates ™ through The New York Pilates Studio ®Teacher Certification Program. She […]

  • Tetsuo Yoshida

    Tetsuo Yoshida started studying Pilates with second-generation teacher and physical therapist Roberta Wein at PT and Pilates in New York City.  He was certified in 2008 by the United States Pilates Association™ a licensee of the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program, the first and oldest Pilates professional training program in the world.  He trained extensively […]

  • Erica Almodovar

    Originally from Brazil, Erica began her Pilates experience in 1999 and received her certification in 2003 by Authentic Pilates at the New York Pilates Studio studying under the supervision of Master Trainer Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo. She studied with Bob Liekens at Power Pilates in New York City doing the Pilates bridge program […]

  • Donna Collins

    Donna Collins was certified an an Authentic Pilates ™ Instructor by the United States Pilates Association ®, having successfully completed The New York Pilates Studio ® Teacher Certification Program. She has further successfully completed the U.S.P.A. ® Teacher Training Program and is a Teacher Trainer for the U.S.P.A. ®. She has studied and trained under Jaime […]

  • Jennifer Cybulski

    Jennifer Cybulski began her Pilates experience in college in 1998, while studying dance. A former gymnast with old injuries, she found Pilates to be the only form of movement to strengthen her deep muscles and relieve her of any pain resulting from those old injuries. She knew right away that she wanted to share her […]

  • Alia Staples

    Alia has owned & operated The Pilates Loft Arlington since 2014. Prior to opening the studio in Arlington, she was a full-time Pilates Instructor at The Pilates Loft in Orlando, Florida for four years. Alia has always had a passion for fitness, but a major spinal fusion surgery at the age of 15 challenged her to […]

  • Lauren Casanova

    Lauren Casanova is the co-owner of Vie (partner to Heather since 2010). She received her BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan. Lauren enjoys team athletics, and has participated in the Detroit Marathon and several half marathons. As a Personal Trainer, her goal is to help clients achieve fitness success and fulfillment through fun […]

  • Heather Dupuis

    Heather Dupuis is the founder of Vie and is active in every facet of its operations. She brings over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry to the studio having become a certified personal trainer while completing her degree in human kinetics at the University of British Columbia. Heather has competed in numerous adventure […]