Ambassadors

The Momentum Fest ambassador program highlights teachers in our community who are energetic, excited and driven in their Pilates practice and love of life. They embody our mission and are helping to spread Momentum Fest’s vision to their hometowns and studios!

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Meet our 2019 Momentum Fest Ambassadors

 

Sue Merren

Momentum Fest ambassadorSue Merren owns and operates Balance Cayman, a boutique-style studio specializing in Pilates and functional fitness in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Sue’s certifications include STOTT® Pilates, ACE® Personal Trainer, TRX®, Booty Barre®, Buff Bones®, PN L2 Nutrition Coach, and several other specialty certifications. She has also completed the BASI Pilates Pro-Bridge and Mentor programs to further expand her Pilates teaching skills.  Her teaching style is fun, compassionate, and professional. Sue truly believes that movement is medicine for the mind, body, and spirit. When she’s not at the studio teaching clients and classes, she loves to spend her free time with her husband & son and enjoying all that the island lifestyle has to offer.

 

 

Amy Rost

Momentum Fest ambassadorAmy is the founder of ARC Pilates in Cochrane, Alberta Canada (located just outside Calgary, AB in the foothills of Canadian Rockies).  She completed her Level 5 Advanced Classical Pilates Certification at the only accredited Pilates school in Canada, Embody School of Pilates in Canmore, Alberta.  She worked in private healthcare for 15 years as an Administrator of Disability Management, then decided to leave her corporate job working in a spine clinic to pursue her passion for Pilates.  She is the busy mother of four children and movement is a part of her and her family’s everyday life!

 

 

Ashley Chubrik

Momentum FestAshley is a lifelong health and fitness enthusiast who first came to pilates after a running injury several years ago. She discovered a love of Pilates that has since turned into a passion for teaching and sharing the method with others. Ashley began the certification process with Ellie Herman Studios in 2010 and has completed over 500 hours in training. She continues to deepen her knowledge of anatomy and body mechanics by attending seminars throughout the country. Ashley enjoys working with clients of all different levels in both individual and group settings to help them achieve their specific goals.

 

 

 

Melissa Nagai 

Melissa Nagai, owner of b.PILATES & FITNESS, began her career in fitness in the early 1990’s, teaching high energy aerobics, weight training, and spin classes for many years before she discovered Pilates.  Ongoing education and training in both Pilates and fitness brought Melissa to where she is today, holding certifications as a Pilates Teacher, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Kettlebell and Ultimate Sandbag training. Melissa credits studying and practicing Pilates with changing the way she personally approaches fitness as well as how she trains her clients.  She believes that it is very important to find a balance in the physical fitness activities that you are doing so that you are able to continue on with the activities that you enjoy for many years to come.

 

 

Victoria Mogilevsky  of Mogo Pilates

Victoria Mogilevsky is PMA®-CPT and a graduate of the Advanced Teacher Training Program from The Pilates Center, Boulder, CO. She is also a TPC Master’s Program graduate and Host Advisor for the teacher training program. She has completed the Pilates Plus Psyche with Pilates Elder, Mary Bowen, in Northhampton, MA and the certification for Scolio-Pilates® Program with Karena Thek. She is being mentored by TPC’s, Debora Kolwey, in Eve Gentry work. As a perpetual student of Pilates, she recently graduated from the Kathy Grant Heritage Program by Cara Reeser. She is the owner and lead teacher at Mogo Pilates which is a classical and inclusive studio located in Minneapolis, MN.

 

 

Stacey Extence 

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Stacey began practicing Pilates in 2011 to become healthier. She soon realized how much more it was to her than simply a healthy lifestyle. Pilates became a form of therapy for her mind and soul and she fell in love with the movement practice. Stacey enjoys her Pilates practice at home and also spends time traveling and seeking out new studios and practitioners to learn from. She is a Pilates enthusiast and loves sharing the method with anyone who’s willing to listen and try it out! She looks forward to completing a teacher training program in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanna Baldridge

Suzanna Baldridge is an instructor for Club Pilates at the Kent, Bellevue and Newcastle locations in Washington State. Although she had been long time fitness enthusiast in general, Suzanna first discovered the benefits of Pilates after her C Section in 2013.  Having seen the amazing difference it made in her life, she quickly realized that she wanted to share her passion for Pilates with others. She completed a 500 hour comprehensive teacher training program through Club Pilates and now teaches four days a week. Suzanna loves that Pilates translates to all body types and can be as low impact as needed, or as dynamic as desired for athletic conditioning. Outside of Pilates, “Suz’s” interests include wine, trying new restaurants, rock music, and hanging out with her husband and four-year-old son in their West Seattle neighborhood.

 

 

Emily Sharpe

Emily Sharpe is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Instructor and is comprehensively trained through Balanced Body. Additionally, she has been trained in Balanced Body MOTR, BODHI Suspension System and Barre. Emily discovered Pilates over eight years ago and dove into learning the method, ultimately leaving her advertising career to pursue teaching Pilates full time. Emily strives to bring energy, passion and enthusiasm to her students so they can have a positive movement experience. When not in the studio, Emily can be found hiking with her husband and friends or learning mountaineering skills through the Colorado Mountain Club. She also enjoys traveling to adventurous places, most recently Australia, New Zealand and Africa to hike Mount Kilimanjaro!

 

 

 

Amanda Kindschy

Amanda was raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she grew up riding horses, doing gymnastics, and playing team sports. She loved being active, but hadn’t found an activity she wanted to continue into adulthood. That all changed when she discovered Pilates in 2013. She was trained by Club Pilates in 2015 and since then has pursued continuing education and mentoring with teachers such as Anula Maiberg, Try Fry, and Carrie Pages. She’s passionate about being both a Pilates teacher and student. Amanda’s also excited to be a part of the current movement of teachers working to create an inclusive Pilates community where there is a feeling of mutual respect and appreciation for different types of purposeful movement.

 

 

 

Lexy Adkins

Lexy is the Senior Instructor and Outreach Coordinator at Bolder Pilates in Boulder, CO.  She has run her own studio for 5 years, completed intensives in functional anatomy and biomechanics, earned her 200 hour and prenatal yoga teacher certifications, and completed yoga therapy training. After enduring a traumatic accident in 2011 that resulted in 5 surgeries and a lot of personal experience with rehabilitation and compensation patterns, Lexy has a deep understanding of the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of being injured and finding your way back to movement. Lexy has a passion for working with people with injuries and improper movement patterns, competitive athletes, and those who are simply interested in learning about their body and having fun with movement.

 

 

Linda Tillotson

Linda Tillotson is co-owner of Pilates On Western in Oklahoma City.  She trained  through the Balanced Body University and received her full certification in 2012.  Linda continued her education and received her Pilates Method Alliance certification in 2013.  Linda found Pilates after suffering a low back injury which started her on the journey of teaching and eventually owning her own studio. She loves sharing the method of movement with body and mind in individual and group class settings.  Linda also enjoys spending time with her husband and four beautiful children. 

 

 

Jennifer Weaver

An Austin native, Jenny found Pilates while working for Equinox in Southern California. Jenny’s Pilates training came through the classical system from the school of Romana Kryzanowzka. She has been teaching Pilates since 2012. After returning to Austin she continued her education with a 200hr alignment based Vinyasa yoga certification. In her quest for more knowledge about the body in a more holistic lens, Jenny completed her education to be a certified raw food chef out of Mathew Kenny Culinary school as well as a Health Coach. Her intention behind teaching is to create space for clients to discover new possibilities, empower strength and allow for the rediscovery of joyful movement!

 

 

Marisa Oldefest

Marisa is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, Qualified Fletcher Pilates Teacher and Certified Massage Therapist. Marisa developed a love for movement through dance and went on to study ballet with the Colorado School of Ballet and Performing Arts. She found Pilates after an auto accident left her with a neck injury in 1996.  After just one Pilates private session session she felt immediate relief from her pain and realized she needed to become a teacher so she could share the benefits of the Pilates method with others. She owns Peace of Mind Pilates in Denver, Colorado. Pilates is Marisa’s passion and she is always continuing her Pilates education  in order continue to offer her clients the very best in the Pilates industry. Marisa truly loves teaching every body at every age and stage of their life!

 

 

Summer Turner

Summer has been devoted to movement since she was a young child, and was an endurance athlete for many years. She first tried Pilates in 2002, to rehabilitate her lumbar spine after suffering a back injury in her early twenties, and it felt like Pilates was something her body had always known and loved. Pilates has taught Summer to slow down, breathe deeply, and practice mindful movement. She is a Pilates enthusiast and life-long student, and hopes to one day be a teacher to share the benefits of Pilates with others. She is in the process of completing a Mat teacher training program through Core Dynamics Pilates, and is in the planning phase for opening Humboldt Pilates on the northern California coast.

 

 

Martiza Pallone

Martiza found Pilates 15 years ago after suffering a back injury that required surgery. Two years later she began studying with Pilates Teacher Brooke Siler and was certified through the PMA shortly after. She continues her education in both Pilates and other movement modalities and also works daily on her own Pilates practice. She is the owner of Sound Beach Pilates, an intimate studio in Old Greenwich Connecticut. Martiza loves sharing her passion and dedication for movement. She has a unique approach to teaching and continuously looks for creative ways to keep the work challenging and fun for her clients.

 

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