Pilates Instructors

larry-weismanLawrence Weisman
Pilates Director

Lawrence Weisman, a Brown University graduate, is a Stott trained
Pilates Instructor who trained with Master Trainer P. J. O’Clair in
Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrel as well as Mat Levels I & II.
Lawrence is also an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and a Phase II
SPINNING Instructor. He has participated in many specialized
training programs at HSS, New York for exercise and rehabilitation,
which were essential for use in his Physical Therapy& Pilates Studio
that he owned in Rhode Island. He is currently working towards certification as a Postural Alignment Specialist with Egoscue University. Lawrence is also a Classical Pianist and a baking enthusiast. He resides on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island with his partner, luxury Real Estate Broker Cort Facteau, and their soft coated Wheaton Terrier, Truman.

Fitness Philosophy: “I want people to feel joy of movement at every age and focus on what you can do”.

 

diane-peters-bronderDiane Peters
Pilates Instructor

Diane is a Power Pilates Certified Pilates Instructor and is fully certified in all apparatus! She also continued her Pilates education and instruction by learning about the use of Pilates for osteoporosis/osteopenia. Diane graduated cum laude from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Performance Studies. After graduating she moved back to Boston to pursue her dance career. For 2 years she danced for a few small Boston based dance companies including Danny Swain Dance Co. She pursued furthering her career as she moved to Brooklyn, NY.

In NYC she injured her knee thus beginning her journey into Pilates. Some of her hobbies include snowboarding, dancing, hiking and fishing. One of her finest accomplishments this far in her journey was graduating cum laude from RWU and never getting mugged while living in New York! If given the opportunity to travel, she wishes to visit Paris. Her favorite foods are anything chocolate.

Fitness Philosophy: “Fitness is about finding your passion and using it to create a healthier you. Also, it is about being able to eat more cake!”

 

kathleen-dickeyKathleen Dickey
Pilates Instructor
Kathleen is a Boston-based fitness professional specializing in STOTT Pilates(Mat and Reformer), TRX suspension training, Cadillac and Stability Chair, and Barre Fitness and Spinning. She is currently in the works of attaining her Personal Training certification as well. After several years of practicing Pilates, Kathleen decided to embark on a teacher training so that she could bring her passion for Pilates to others. She completed her Mat Training during the summer of 2012 and her Reformer training in the spring of 2013. In addition to having an active Pilates practice, Kathleen has participated in several half marathons (5k’s, 9 and 10k’s) She believes that her time on the mat or reformer makes her stronger in other physical activities such as running, swimming, or downhill and cross-country skiing. Prior to her fitness career, Kathleen worked in the Fine Arts and Antiques field in both Boston and London and most recently in non-profit fundraising. She currently serves on the Development Council of the Fenway Alliance and volunteers with Back on My Feet’s Boston Chapter. A Massachusetts native, she is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology, (where she graduated cum laude) and a Masters Candidate in the History of Fine and Decorative Arts at Harvard’s Extension School. When not at the studio, she can be found out and about in the Boston area indulging in her passion for good creative vegetarian food and photography.
Fitness Philosophy: “Everybody needs to move, find the right form of movement and balance for life”
jessica-smithJessica Smith
Pilates Instructor

Jessica, a Comprehensively Certified Power Pilates Instructor, was born in North Carolina and spent most of her adolescence dancing and performing with friends at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts. Jessica found a love for movement that she continued to investigate at East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance. Graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2010, she sought to find an excercise lifestyle to supplement her blossoming performance career…PILATES was her answer!

She is ever-inspired by the relationship between intellectual concentration in the studio and the balance of movement in life. Taking her to new places of control and physical awareness in her dancing, Jessica knows her Power Pilates certification will continue to further her multi-faceted career. She hopes to inspire her clients, dance students, and friends to look in new places for physical fitness and overall peace of mind. Movement heals!

 

kristina-shumskyKristina Shumsky
Pilates Instructor

Kristina trained as a classical ballet dancer in southern NH before going to London where she danced and studied to become a certified teacher through the Royal Academy of Dancing. Her passion for movement and teaching won her a 5 year scholarship at Texas Women’s University where she was introduced to the Pilates method. She finished her degree in Dance and Kinesiology a year early, and got certified at The Physical Mind in 1998 to teach Pilates. She completed her foundation certification in GYROTONIC® in 2001 at Boston Bodyworks and is certified in specialized equipment and completed two week workshops on hip and lower back issues. Kristina was a senior instructor and The Movement Center, studio and certification center in Boston, first STOTT and Power Pilates. She’s also taught at Boston University, Emerson College, Boston Conservatory, and Boston Ballet.

She has lived in Boston since 1999 and has been a volunteer at the Franciscan Food Center since 2010 and when she’s not teaching you can find her taking classes of every type. You never know where you’ll have your next ah-ha revelation.

Fitness Philosophy: “I want people to feel joy of movement at every age and focus on what you can do”.

 

lisa-tornatore Lisa Tornatore
Pilates Instructor
Lisa is a STOTT PILATES certified instructor and a ZEN•GA qualified instructor. Lisa found her passion as an instructor after many years of practicing Pilates to stay in shape. She has been continually drawn to the Pilates method for its focus on form, technique, and the mind-body connection. As a self-proclaimed hater of the traditional gym workout, Pilates provided an entrance into the fitness world that has inspired Lisa to constantly learn more about how the body works. Lisa has a bachelor’s in psychology from Boston University and also works full-time there, managing the University’s sustainability outreach and communications efforts. Sustaining ourselves and doing right by our environment are not unrelated. Lisa feels strongly that mindfulness can be practiced within one’s own body as well as within the context of the external world. She is the proud guardian of two cats, Stella and Stout.

 

Debbie Levy IMG_0014Debbie Levy
Pilates Instructor
Certified STOTT Pilates instructor, Debbie enjoys the challenge of teaching her clients to exercise with correct form while incorporating breathing and stabilization techniques to deepen the effectiveness of the exercises. Her passion for Pilates stems from personal experience, being an avid Pilates practitioner for over 10 years, prior to completing her instructor training. Although she enjoys a variety of fitness activities, it is Pilates that has always kept her attention. The benefits of Pilates are undeniable: strong lean muscles, increased endurance, flexibility, mobility, balance, body awareness, and improved posture. Debbie is also a graduate of McGill University.