About the Team
Our graduates are the key to our growing BASI Family. All of our graduates have successfully completed an intensive teacher training program and have passed a number of requirements in order to be called a "BASI Graduate".
FacultyBASI Pilates® programs are taught by a select faculty of expert educators, based in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, Australia and South Africa. Each faculty member is a highly experienced teacher and practitioner of Pilates. Faculty Members are diverse, eclectic, and multicultural teacher trainers coming from backgrounds such as dance, academia, physical therapy and martial arts.
The process of becoming a BASI® teacher trainer is a lengthy and rigorous one. Each faculty is individually chosen and only the most qualified and dedicated succeed in joining our faculty. Our Faculty's performance is continually monitored by BASI headquarters, ensuring that every student receives a high-quality education.
Administrative TeamThe BASI Pilates administrative team works at the international headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. The office is responsible for writing the educational curriculum, coordinating the course offerings, scheduling, and marketing efforts for the BASI Host studios and worldwide Licensees.
It also operates and manages the BASI Studio which offers classes for local Pilates enthusiasts, professionals and students. Workshops and certificate courses are offered in BASI Pilates Advanced Education, providing professionals with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Pilates for select populations and teaching practices.
Rael Isacowitz holds a Bachelor of Education and teaching credentials from the Wingate Institute, Israel and a Master of Arts in Dance from the University of Surrey, England. He has been practicing Pilates for close to 4 decades and is recognized internationally as an expert in the field.
In 1989 Rael founded BASI Pilates® (Body Arts and Science International®), a comprehensive Pilates education organization spanning the globe. He spearheaded the development of Pilates Interactive, the one-of-a-kind e-learning software and designed the concepts for BASI Systems Pilates equipment. Rael has authored two best selling books, Pilates and Pilates Anatomy (Human Kinetics); the latter co-authored with Karen Clippinger, plus multiple professional workbooks and DVD’s.
Rael is part of the great legacy of Pilates teachers and mentors. He has studied and taught with luminaries of the Pilates world including several of the Pilates Elders, first generation teachers. His contributions to Pilates as a teacher, author and innovator are recognized and respected throughout the Pilates industry. Creativity and energy suffuse Rael’s work. His passion for the art of Pilates is well known as is the unique athleticism he brings to the method – a synthesis of body, mind, and spirit.Read More
— Meet The Team —
Student Affairs Coordinator.
Kristen found BASI as a former professional dancer looking for a career change. She went through the BASI comprehensive teacher training course in 2009 in Herndon, VA and soon began to teach Pilates following her completion. Kristen saw an ad on the BASI Job Board for an administrator position, applied, met and interviewed with Rael and the rest is history. She moved her way up in the company, started as an administator and she now the Student Affairs Coordinator. She assists, guides and adminsitors all students, just as she use to be, through the teacher training process from A to Z, from the first inquiry to Graduation. When Kristen is not in the office, she enjoys hiking, riding her beach cruiser, stand up paddle boarding, trying new restuaruants and hanging out with friends. Read More
Operations Manager, BASI Studio Host and much, much more!
Always a smile on her face, Stella is in charge of not only the BASI Studio at the Academy in Costa Mesa, but also of managing all of BASI Operations. Having worked in and with many different branches of the fitness industry including Pilates, Stella brings a wealth of experience from both the Student and Trainer side. Among her many accomplishments is her time as IMX Master Trainer, BASI Graduate and 2nd degree black belt practicing Ninjitsu Jiujutsi. Stella loves BASI and shares Rael's Passion for Pilates and Training. When she is not working at BASI, she enjoys hiking on the Trails, weight training and gaming.
Jennifer PearlsteinCosta Mesa
BASI Senior Faculty, Education/Faculty Coordinator.
Jennifer Pearlstein came to Pilates with a BA from UC Davis and many years in the fitness industry. She has been on staff since 2001 and is currently the Education and Faculty Coordinator for BASI Headquarters, working closely with CEO and founder Rael Isacowitz. She is a highly sought-after instructor, traveling extensively, both domestically and internationally, to teach a variety of training courses. Her travels have taken her to Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Spain and Turkey, as well as cities across the United States. She is a strong advocate for the profession. She has taught at the Pilates Method Alliance Conference, Canfit Pro conference in Toronto, Canada as well as AFFEX and China Fit in Beijing, China. In her free time, Jen enjoys doing yoga, hiking and meditation, and is a Certified Mindfulness teacher trainer. Read More
Ofie DatesRancho Palos Verdes, CA
Ofie Dates, founder and owner of Ofie’s Elite Physiques, Inc., a Pilates based Health and Fitness Studio, is renowned in the Pilates and fitness industry for her years of experience, passion, and dedication to the art. Ofie is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Early Childhood Education Program and for over 25 years, has devoted herself to mastering the various disciplines of the fitness industry. After studying all entities of fitness and dance, her career flourished, and for ten years, Ofie maintained a dual career as an international model/fitness promoter and as an Executive Director for Health and Tennis Corporation of America. Her accomplished career extends beyond the fitness industry to professional performances in dance, theatre, film, television, and video.
Ofie’s personal commitment to her craft catapulted her career further when she earned the Certified Exercise Physiologist credential from the American College of Sports Medicine/Loma Linda University. She is an Accredited Athletic Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine and Master Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Ofie is certified in the Pilates Method with classical training from the PhysicalMind Institute and was designated their West Coast Regional Examiner. As a dedicated teacher with a strong commitment to helping others, Ofie further enhanced her qualifications with the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) organization as an Accredited Pilates Educator with a Dance Intensive Specialty from Cal State University Long Beach. Ofie’s academic achievements, coupled with her unrelenting pursuit of health fitness excellence, has enabled her to find her passion and true connection with BASI Pilates. As she continued her Pilates’ journey and further immersed herself in the depth of the work, Ofie successfully completed the Mentor Program, Master Program I, and Master Program II under the guidance of world renowned practitioner and teacher of Pilates, Rael Isacowitz. With Rael as her mentor and source of inspiration, Ofie is currently a proud member of the BASI faculty, a position she holds very dear to her heart. Ofie’s passion for the philosophy and integrity of the BASI organization creates opportunities for her to share her knowledge, embrace each student, and teach BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Courses and workshops, both nationally and internationally.
From the enthusiastic beginner to the elite athlete, Ofie’s passion for helping others is personified in her highly skilled individualized strength, cardiovascular, and sports specific Pilates based programs that transforms, revives, and reconstructs the bodies and minds of those who seek a greater purpose in life. Ofie has shared this gift nationally and globally through her features in PilatesStyle Magazine and presented with the opportunity to work with the American College of Sports Medicine’s delegation of People to People Citizens Ambassador Program to develop and implement the “Exercise is Medicine” initiative. Ofie’s deep understanding of a truly healthy lifestyle and love for her calling in life has become an inspiration for everyone she embraces.
Ofie resides in Rancho Palos Verdes with her wonderful husband Clifton. She is an active independent fundraising coordinator for several charities including, the American Heart Association, City of Hope, Feed the Children, the LA Union Rescue Mission, and the Professional School of the Arts. Her special interests and activities include Pilates, dance, modeling, music, art, running, sports, and athletics.Read More
“She loved life and it loved her right back.” Tash Barnard is undoubtedly an embodiment of this adage. With her illuminating smile, infectious laugh and effervescent personality, Tash effortlessly exudes a characteristic warmth that endears everyone she meets, to her. An international certified Pilates instructor, Tash originally had aspirations of being a professional dancer, graduating with honours in the Ceccheti Ballet and IDTA Modern Dance methods in 2000. This stood her excellent stead to flow naturally into an illustrious career in Pilates; she qualified as a BASI instructor after completing her studies directly under Rael Isacowitz in 2001. Now a BASI faculty member, Tash is extensively involved in building a strong, focused Pilates community through facilitating and teaching workshops and courses for BASI. Her energetic, patient teaching style has seen her share her knowledge across the globe including sessions in Morocco, London, Dubai, Salzburg and Hong Kong. She is also a guest teacher on Pilates Anytime. Tash owns and operates a highly successful studio, Tash B Pilates, out of Ballito on the North Coast of South Africa. The studio is a beautiful marriage of Tash’s tangible passion for Pilates and her heart for her clients: she and her band of instructors have created a caring, nurturing environment for students of all levels to flourish in. Tash’s unshakable faith undergirds her professionally and personally, as a wife to Andre and mother to Asia and Carter. Her humility precedes her, and her generosity is unrivalled; yet Tash remains firmly grounded. She is strong-minded and zealous about sharing the wonder of Pilates, which she believes has changed her life, and allowing it to do the same for others. This vision coupled with Tash’s incredible heart for the community, sets her apart not only as a respected Pilates instructor but a woman of integrity, value and worth.Read More
Sheri LongEl Segundo, CA
Sheri Long is a proud Senior Faculty member of the Body Arts and Science, International (BASI) with an extensive background in dance, fitness, and health. She is honored to be teaching BASI Pilates Courses and Workshops around the world including locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. Sheri's passion for the art of movement formed over 30 years ago as a professional dancer and teacher. Following many years of practicing Pilates with her mentor, Rael Isacowitz, Sheri began a journey to introduce others to the magic of the BASI work. As a BASI graduate, Sheri opened her own studio in El Segundo, California. There she provides private sessions, semi privates, and small group classes. She is proud to have the opportunity to work with many of her fellow Pilates instructors and the population she is the most passionate about (and proudly refers to as) The Ageless Beauties. Sheri has been featured as Rael's assistant in several educational webinairs through the Pilates Method Alliance and numerous workshops including the Master Program. She continues to participate in ongoing education to refine her skills and teaching ability. She brings a commitment and passion for learning, believing the path to excellent teaching is through the experience of an avid student. Sheri believes deeply in the philosophy of the BASI Pilates program. Utilizing the progressions and methodology of the system and encouraging functionally correct biomechanics, while maintaining the quality and integrity of the original work of J.H. Pilates. Sheri is inspired by the past and encouraged by the future of Pilates, and the place BASI Pilates holds in the community.
Myriam KaneHerndon, VA
Myriam Kane finds great joy and satisfaction sharing her passion for efficient and balanced movement. Her 24 years as a fitness professional has given her a broad perspective of the varied needs of individuals from all ages and walks of life. She has over 10 years of experience teaching Pilates and is an accredited BASI instructor. Her desire to contribute to the wellness of others, while sharing years of insight led her to pursue her current faculty position with BASI.
As the founder of Elemental Fitness, Myriam has the chance to bring Pilates alfresco and lead classes that incorporate the practice into women's bootcamps in local parks and other outdoor venues, where the "apparatus" becomes nature and gravity.
Myriam resides in Northern Virginia with her wonderful husband and energetic yellow lab. She has 2 amazing grown children and a fabulous son-in-law.Read More
Linda YadaoWaialua, HI
I am BASI certified and moved to Hawaii in March 2007.
I have an MFA in dance and taught for many years at UH Manoa. In addition to being a former professional dancer, I spent many years teaching children and adults creative movement, physical education and bicycle skills.Read More
Carrie SmithHerndon, VA
Carrie Smith has been teaching students for over 35 years. She started teaching children at the YMCA in the 70s, taught group classes in the fitness field during the 80s and 90s, but her passion for movement since 2003 has been Pilates. She earned her Mat accreditation with BASI Pilates in 2004 and completed her BASI Comprehensive course in 2007. Carrie is co-owner of Balanced Bodies Pilates studio in Northern Virginia, (DC suburb) which is a BASI host studio for teacher training courses as well as many workshops and continuing education programs. She is a member of the BASI Faculty, having taught in various locations in the US, Japan and China. Carrie will be working toward her Z-Health Certification as soon as she can find the time!, and, when she is not doing Pilates, loves to spend time outdoors, biking, jogging, gardening and watching her son slide into home at baseball games.
Miriam Friedrich HonorioFreiburg
A BASI Faculty member since August 2006, Miriam Friedrich Honório has the distinction of owning the first BASI studio in Germany. Her studio, Dynamic Arts in Freiburg, is also an Education Center for the German Pilates Association, the Deutsche Pilates Verband.
Miriam was educated as a dancer and teacher of contemporary dance and dance improvisation in Rotterdam. She subsequently worked as a dance teacher at the Dance Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and as a choreographer and dancer for several theaters.
In addition to Pilates, Miriam works with the Gyrotonic® Expansion System and Gyrokinesis® in her studio. She is a Gyrokinesis® Master Trainer, Gyrotonic® Master Trainer, Archway and Jumping Stretching Board Master Trainer and specialized on all the additional equipment.Read More
Cindy ReidChicago, IL
Cindy Reid, PMA-CPT, is Director of Flow Studios, founded in 2002. Introduced to Pilates in 1993 while dancing professionally, Cindy has been teaching Pilates for 20 years and dance and exercise for 25. Cindy is a Senior Faculty member for BASI Pilates™, teaching two courses per year at her studio. This year, Cindy will also offer at Flow, BASI's Pro-Bridge course for professional Pilates instructors seeking to advance their education with BASI. Cindy is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance and presents workshops at Flow and nationally on Pilates topics which focus on injury prevention and optimizing technique. In 2010, Cindy started Jumpboard Dynamics: a teacher training program designed to elevate the instruction level and benefits of Jumpboard classes. Cindy's course offers training in jumping technique, and a new repertoire and vocabulary for teaching Jumpboard. She has presented over 20 workshops and trainings at Pilates on Tour, at the BASI Pilates Studio in Costa Mesa and in studios nationally. Cindy is also a faculty member and host site for Balanced Body's CoreAlign Teacher Training program in Chicago. Cindy has an MA from Northwestern University in Performance and Choreography and, has expertise in protocol for joint and alignment dysfunctions, spinal conditions, pre- and post-natal issues, pelvic floor disorders, and aging as well as performance training for advanced athletes and dancers. Among her mentors, Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger have provided her with a deep perspective and holistic approach to wellness and optimal fitness. In her years of teaching, Cindy has consistently observed the power of Pilates to heal, re-balance and revitalize one's body and spirit and is committed to bringing clients those positive results. Cindy teaches regular Pilates, CoreAlign(TM) strength and dance classes at Flow, and instructs privately students of all ages and abilities.
Gail DeSartVentura, CA
Hired as an aerobic instructor and fitness trainer in the early 80ï¿½s. Trained to teach by Karen Voight at the Voight Center in Santa Monica. Gail has been teaching in the health & fitness profession as a personal trainer & private contractor for over 26 years. She offers a wide variety of services; breathe awareness, specialty population such as MS, Parkinsonï¿½s, back rehab and obesity. Classes; kids class, hi-lo, step, funk, body conditioning and weight training. Since the late 80ï¿½s, She has worked at the Pierpont Racquet Club and held multiple positions and responsibilities from Racquet & Health Club Management to being a Director in Fitness & Aerobics, Human Resources, and Membership. In 98, Gail found Pilates. Immediately she knew this unique form of movement is what she had always been searching for. In 2002, she was introduced to Rael Isacowitz and Body Arts & Science International. She achieved her BASI Pilates™ certifications in Mat and the Full Comprehensive course. In 2003, she purchased a Pilates Studio. The Mind & Body Wellness Studio Inc. Then in 2004, opened a sister studio over looking the beach. Mind & Body at the Pierpont.In 2005, Gail received her Gold Member Pilates Certification under the Pilates Method Alliance. Since 2003, Gail has been affiliated both as host and assistant to the Body Arts and Science International Certification program hosted at her studio. In 2008, she achieved the honor of becoming a Junior Faculty member for BASI Pilates™, teaching the BASI Pilates™ course at Mind & Body Wellness Studio Inc. Gailï¿½s love for exercise has given her the opportunity to share and help many to achieve their own personal levels of health and well-being. She continues her post-graduate education keeping all required credits current for the following certifications: Aerobic Pipeline Group Instructor Certification 83AFAA Group Instructor Certification 83-86 International Dance and Exercise Association Certification 88 American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Instructor Certification current since 88Individual (ACE) Certifications in Step 91, Slide 94 and Aqua Aerobics 93American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Training Certification current since 99 PhysicalMind Institute Certification in Pilate Based Essential Mat Exercise 99Graduate of the Body Arts & Science Pilates Certification Program 02 Gold Member Pilates Method Alliance Pilates Certification 05CPR & First Aid Certification current since 86
Sarah BertucelliSanta Barbara, CA
Sarah Bertucelli has been working as a dance and fitness professional since 1989 and is senior faculty for BASI. She discovered Pilates when searching for a way to treat a debilitating back injury. The method worked, and she never looked back. She received BASI accreditation under Rael’s direction and subsequently joined the BASI Faculty in 2003. She has taught BASI courses and workshops in China, Brazil, Paris and various locations across the US.
After graduating from UCSB, Sarah spent 4 years as a full time fitness instructor for the renowned Golden Door Spa and Rancho La Puerta before moving on to found and direct The Pilates Studio at Pacific Athletic Club in Palos Verdes, CA. In 2007, Sarah partnered with the Santa Barbara Athletic Club and started Integrity Pilates, where she served as director for 6 years. Sarah now teaches Pilates at The Studio at Padaro Beach where Pilates Anytime is filmed. Currently she has 10 classes on the site, and is one of PA’s most popular instructors! A mother of two, an athlete, and a dancer, Sarah’s passion for the body builds daily!
Arisa majored in dance at Citrus College in CA. While studying, she realized she wanted to do something more than dance by providing assistance to other dancers to improve their movement skills. She was introduced to Pilates at the same time, and became a practitioner immediately. Arisa was determined to have the opportunity of studying with Rael, and made a move to Costa Mesa for the BASI education. Upon completing of the Comprehensive Teacher Training Course in 2006, Arisa began teaching as one of the first instructors in BASI Japan. At first, Arisa thought Pilates was for dancers only, but as she interacted with various clients through teaching Pilates, she can say with certainty that Pilates gives many benefits to every body.
Michelle LamNorth Point
Michelle Lam is Program Manager and lecturer at AASFP (Asian Academy of Sports and Fitness Professionals) in Hong Kong. She was accredited by BASI Pilates, under the personal instruction of Rael, in 2006, and is today a BASI Faculty member, qualified to teach BASI courses worldwide.
A registered physiotherapist in both Hong Kong and Australia, Michelle obtained her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. She is an AASFP-certified Advanced Personal Trainer, an AASFP/FISAF-certified Group Exercise & Aerobics Instructor and a Pilates and Fit-Ball instructor.
Besides being a private physiotherapist specializing in sports injuries, Michelle is a part-time lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Adult Learning Center, where she is responsible for sports-related courses, including Sports Injuries Management and Prevention, Sports Massage, and the Weight Management Program.
Michelle is currently the principal Pilates instructor and physiotherapist at the Asian Fitness Therapy Center (Hong Kong. and works as a Pilates instructor at one of the biggest fitness chains in Hong Kong. She has presented at a variety of conventions, including the AFEEX (Asian Fitness Education Expo) and Asiafit.Read More
Brandon Douglas GambleSeattle, WA
Brandon Gamble started in the fitness industry in 1987. He has dedicated most of his life to health and fitness. As an active surfer, snowboarder, and water-skier, he knows the value of Pilates to strengthen and balance the body. After making Master Fitness Trainer in 1997 he began intergrading Pilates into his programs and working with physical therapist Donna Thomas at Las Vegas Athletic Medical Center. There he realized the true benefits Pilates had to offer his post rehab clients. Brandon is recognized throughout the dance and entertainment community in Las Vegas for his attention to detail. He is also recognized for innovative techniques for dancers and acrobats in the various shows. As a proud graduate of the Body Arts and Science International certification program and Senior Faculty (a select group of teachers worldwide that teach the educational BASI programs for BASI. He has lectured and taught in China, Japan, Australia, France, Columbia, Canada and all throughout the U.S. After publishing several articles including “Who is Pilates For” he has started his first book, “Pilates at Work”. Brandon also owns Pilates Bodies in Motion, University Place, Washington. This 2500 square foot facility runs six days a week with ten instructors and offers all the amenities of a full service studio. He continues to teach the BASI Pilates method and is always working towards higher education. Brandon is dedicated to excellence and innovation in his teaching, movement, and technique. He is a wonderful instructor for all ages, male or female, post rehab therapy, sports conditioning, and any of your health and fitness needs. After years of national and international travel, his love and passion for teaching Pilates is recognized worldwide.
Lianne GambleGig Harbor, WA
Lianne Gamble began her professional dance career at age 17, and danced throughout the US and overseas before suffering injury due to the physical demands of her job. She had encountered Pilates at a young age, while studying ballet, and, frustrated with traditional therapy, she returned to the method in order to rehabilitate her body.
The success of her personal practice of Pilates instilled in her a desire to teach and help others. At the end of her dance career, she began to work closely with a physical therapy team in Las Vegas, which used Pilates for the prevention of injury to dancers and acrobats. As the method caught on in Las Vegas, she began to work as a teacher trainer for the UNLV certification team.
Lianne has taught Pilates throughout the US to individuals and groups, including the Luxor dancers in Las Vegas and the dancers for the 2000 Super Bowl in Atlanta. In 2001 she moved to Gig Harbor, Washington, where she opened her first Pilates studio. Two years later, she opened a second location in University Place, Washington, and in 2009 another location in the Old Town district of Tacoma. She met Rael at a conference in 2005, fell in love with his teaching style, and received her BASI accreditation. A year later she felt the need to have all her instructors accredited by BASI and started hosting BASI teacher training programs at her Gig Harbor studio.
In addition to being a member of the BASI Faculty, Lianne has been certified in Les Mills Body Pump, RPM, Zumba, Pole Fitness and Power Plate. She teaches many workshops, including Pilates for Pregnancy, Myofacial Release on the foam roller, and integrating cardio with Pilates.Read More
Kelly MiltonThe Woodlands, TX
Kelly Milton was raised in Pensacola, Florida and has always had a love for nutrition and fitness. She attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she double majored in Management and in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Having problems with low back pain, Kelly discovered Pilates as a way to help alleviate the problem. She felt a great passion for Pilates and the results that came with the form of movement. After researching the Pilates industry she enrolled in Body Arts and Science International.
She was honored to become a Pilates Ambassador for lululemon athletica two years in a row, where she volunteers her time to help promote Pilates. She has two children and loves how Pilates has helped her keep her strength and flexibility during pregnancy as well as how fast she recovered after her emergency C-Section.
Deciding to fulfill a lifelong dream of running a marathon, she embarked on the journey with the help of cross training with Pilates. She was able to run a Half Marathon only 3 months after her son’s birth and completing a full marathon on her son’s first birthday…all injury free.
Kelly was also privileged to be asked to become a faculty member for Body Arts and Science International. After continuous training under Rael Isacowitz at BASI headquarters she now travels around the country sharing her love of Pilates to future instructors. She continues to host, teach and bring the BASI Pilates knowledge to Breathe Pilates Studio making Breathe the pinnacle of Pilates studios in the Woodlands.Read More
Meredith RogersSanta Barbara, CA
Born in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Meredith Rogers has been passionate about all things athletic since early childhood. Competitive participation in downhill skiing and soccer led to her discovery of Pilates about twelve years ago, while rehabilitating a knee injury.
She studied with, and was accredited by, BASI Pilates and subsequently joined the BASI Faculty, on behalf of which, she has travelled extensively within the United States, as well as to such exotic destinations as Australia, Japan and China. She relishes the opportunities she has to share her love of the Pilates method and the BASI technique with students all over the globe.
Meredith is currently a resident of Santa Barbara, California, where she has been teaching at La Playa Pilates and Wellness center since its origin in 2002. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of students ranging from children to teenage athletes, new mothers, clients wishing to enhance specific sports related endeavors and the elderly population.Read More
gretchen iniguezPetaluma, CA
My passion for Pilates began in 2005 when I was certified through Fuerza Pilates, but it wasn’t until 2008 that I opened my own studio, which has only grown with each passing year. I strongly believe that health and fitness are a way of life, which is why I’ve built a lifestyle that exhibits this belief as well as my dedication and my commitment to helping others enjoy their path to optimal health.
As a veteran of over 18 years in the fitness industry, I taught gymnastics to children and adults for 12 years and was a certified Personal Trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA) for three years. I am also a graduate of the Institute for Interactive Nutrition (IIN) and a fully certified Holistic Health Coach. Additionally, I am certified by Balanced Body Barre to teach Barre classes.
In continuing my education, I earned a Comprehensive Certification from Body Arts and Science International (BASI), and in 2011, I further advanced my knowledge by studying Pilates for Clients with Scoliosis, through Jean Sullivan, and Safe and Effective Exercises for Prenatal and Postnatal Clients. Then in 2012, I studied Pilates for Clients with Injuries and Pathologies.
My enthusiasm for health and helping others continues to be one of my driving motivations. I'm very excited to share my knowledge and grow as an Instructor, and I look forward to meeting you!
Andrea SmithLong Beach, CA
Andrea has been teaching Pilates since 2005, and has been a BASI faculty member since 2010. As a dancer, she was introduced to mat Pilates at Santa Ana College and apparatus work at Orange Coast College. She then pursued a degree in dance science at Cal State University, Long Beach where she studied with Karen Clippinger. However, various injuries brought her dance career to an end, and she decided to focus strictly on Pilates. Upon completion of her certification through Body Arts and Sciences International with Rael Isacowitz, she taught for 5 years at On Center Conditioning in Costa Mesa. In 2012, she relocated to Live Life Pilates, owned by fellow BASI faculty member Leah Stewart. Her other certifications include pre and post natal pilates and hoop dance. She also appears as a model in BASI's revolutionary Pilates Interactive software. Andrea's more than 20 years of dance training has helped her develop an eye for technique, an appreciation for beauty and a sound understanding of the benefits of movement. She is extremely proud to be a part of the BASI team and looks forward to offering her knowledge and insight to Pilates students around the world.
Dominique LesperanceAptos, CA
Dominique Lesperance, owner of Body In Motion Pilates in Aptos, began her career in the fitness industry in 1992 as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer. She considers herself a consummate fitness junkie who recently, at the age of 41, began competing and performing in aerial acrobatics. Something she believes would never have been possible without her Pilates training. Originally certified in Pilates by the Physicalmind Institute of New York. After 11 years of teaching and attending Pilates conferences, she always came away feeling most inspired by the courses taught by Rael Isacowitz, founder of Body Arts and Science International (BASI®). She decided it was time to go back to the beginning and study directly with him. In 2008 she earned her BASI Comprehensive Teaching Certificate with Rael in Costa Mesa. She was so excited by what she learned that she became a Host location for BASI and convinced her entire staff to earn their BASI Comprehensive certificates as well. A member of the Pilates Method Alliance, she is also a certified Gyrotonic® teacher by Julio Horvath (creator of Gyrotonic®) as well as an Xtend Barre instructor. In the effort to always remain a student, Dominique has continued to study and has attended numerous BASI advanced education courses over the years, including; Injuries and Pathologies with Samantha Wood, Bone Smart for Osteoporosis with Teresa Marchock and Low Back Pain and Shoulder Injuries with Karen Clippinger. She completed her BASI Pilates Mentor and Master Certificates in 2011 and received BASI Pilates Ultimate Certificate in 2012. She is proud to be a part of the BASI Pilates family and faculty.
Eduard Botha is an accredited BASI Pilates instructor, with nine years of Pilates teaching experience. Prior to taking up Pilates, he was a Martial Arts instructor and a certified personal fitness trainer from the Exercise Teachers Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a certified Russian Kettlebells trainer.
Ed currently teaches Pilates at edb pilates, his beautiful studio overlooking Camps Bay beach, Cape Town. He also owns a boxing gym in Cape Town, catering to ‘white collar’ boxing enthusiasts.
In 2005, Eduard spent a year teaching and developing Pilates in Beijing, China. He has since had the opportunity to teach BASI Pilates courses in both Indonesia and Japan. Most recently, Ed completed an Ashtanga Yoga certification in order to further explore the roots of his Pilates practice.Read More
Evie Mathieson (Sahagun)Monrovia, CA
I am proud to be a BASI certified Pilates teacher. The teacher training course that BASI offers takes you through a rigorous and comprehensive educational experience that will prepare you to be well equipped to share the knowledge of the full body/mind practice of Pilates.
I have been teaching since 2009 in the San Gabriel Valley. I have a deep love and passion to teach Pilates. It brings me great joy and satisfaction as I guide my clients in their practice, witnessing their progress and great satisfaction as they discover the growing benefits of Pilates from their regular practice.
I look forward to reaching out to more people so they too may experience the joy of movement and the results of personalized, quality techniques that the BASI method offers. I have learned so much and continue to yearn and learn more as a teacher and as the life-long student that I relish in being.
(please visit my website: www.precisionpilatesbyevie.com)Read More
Jordanna has extensive dancing experience, including ballet, contemporary dance, modern jazz, hip hop, and tap. After completing high school Jordanna continued her dance studies by completing an Associate Degree in Dance at the Queensland University of Technology along with her Australian Teachers of Dance certification.
Jordanna has been a dedicated teacher of Pilates since 2002 and combined her dance knowledge and movement with Pilates. Teaching BASI Pilates has changed her teaching career, fortunate enough to be involved in Australian Interstate and International advanced education with Rael Isacowitz and BASI Faculty.
Jordanna opened her Brisbane studio in 2005 along with completing her BASI Comprehensive Teachers Training Course. In 2012 Jordanna was very proud to join the BASI Faculty teaching team. Jordanna and her husband Shayne run a very successful BASI affiliate studio and represent BASI within Australia.Read More