Pilates Performance & Rehab has a diverse staff representing Balance Body, TRX, Fletcher, PHI, CenterWorks, BASI & Polestar who are professionally trained to help clients achieve proper form & techniques while utilizing Pilates Equipment and performing mat exercises.

Pilates Performance and Rehab certified trainers are equipped to educate clients on Pilates principles and exercises while assessing each individual's movement patterns and needs.

For clients with advanced medical concerns, specialized workouts can be coordinated with our Polestar Rehabilitation Practitioners, BioMechanics Method Corrective Exercise Specialists, and clinical affiliates who are trained to design modified Pilates programs.

Pilates is often recommended by the medical community for neuromuscular, neurological, and orthopedic clients.


Topeka

Desima Dawdy

Desima Dawdy

Desima Dawdy, A.A., B.S., A.C.E., Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist is the director and owner of Pilates Performance & Rehab. She completed her four year Pilates course-work, observation, apprenticeship and certification process in Chicago, Denver, Miami and Kansas City from Polestar Education.

Desima was comprehensively trained and certified by Polestar as a Pilates Practitioner and has also served as a mentor and teaching assistant for both Polestar Education's Allegro Reformer and Comprehensive Studio/Rehab Hybrid Series.

Polestar Pilates is an international community of research-oriented movement science professionals, transferring advanced knowledge to our clients to improve health and well-being, through the application of Pilates and various methodologies of movement science. Polestar Education was founded in Sacramento California in 1992 by Brent Anderson PhD, PT, OCS, and Feldenkrais Practitioner Elizabeth Larkam MA. Polestar Education is affiliated with Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and is recognized as the leader in providing rehab inspired Pilates and neuromuscular re-education with a vision of impacting the world with intelligent movement.

Desima is also a licensed provider of Ron Fletcher Towelwork®, Floorwork®, Barrework™, and Fletcher Shoulder Stabilization Programming. She feels honored, blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity to study under the tutelage of Pilates Elder/Master Teacher Ron Fletcher and Fletcher Pilates Director Kyria Sabin.

Desima has had the opportunity to receive training from master trainers Dr. Brent Anderson, Elizabeth Larkham, Dav Cohen MSPT, Gerard Hinderlich, Sheri Betz PT, Laurie Tushman, Dr. Noelle Dowma, Dr. Tamara Neff, Dr. Suzanne Martin, Tracey Weibel, Allison Cabot PT, Dawn-Marie Ickes MPT, Gabrielle Shier MPT, and U.S. Olympic Women's Swim Team Trainer Tom McCook, as well as Balanced Body Educator Sara Felt. Desima has also had the honor of attending classes and/or workshops with Pilates Elders Lolita San Miguel, Mary Bowen, Ron Fletcher, and Kathleen Stanford Grant who were trained directly by and studied with Joseph and/or Clara Pilates.

Desima is also a Certified BioMechancis Method Exercise Specialist. The BioMechanics Method® is a systematic process used to alleviate back pain and other chronic pain created by Justin Price, one of the top musculoskeletal assessment and corrective exercise experts in the world. This revolutionary approach to pain relief incorporates structural assessments, corrective exercise techniques and life coaching strategies into a simple system that makes improved function and pain-free living a reality for people plagued by muscle and joint pain. The BioMechanics Method Corrective Exercise Specialist credential is the highest-rated CES program in the health and fitness industry.

Desima specializes in functional fitness programming and neuromuscular re-education to facilitate good alignment, posture, balance and pain-free movement. Clients with pain, as well as cervical, knee, spine, hip, back and shoulder dysfunction who are NEEDING to prepare, avoid or delay joint replacement or surgical intervention are often referred to Desima by their healthcare providers. She also trains post-hab referrals for spine, hip, and single and double knee replacements. Desima also enjoys working with professional and student dancers and athletes to enhance their athletic performance and for injury prevention.

Desima has also served as a mentor/assistant for Body Mind Spirit Expo and is a member and volunteer for the Pilates Method Alliance. In addition to Pilates, Desima teaches Align & Stretch Rx, Balanced Body Foam Roller and ARC, and has received certification and/or training through YogaFit, SAFAX Yoga, Cycle Reebok, Nautilus Headquarters, Reebok University, Fitball, American Council on Exercise (ACE), SCW Aqua, and the The Arthritis Foundation.

Since 1983, Desima has taught or been a guest speaker or instructor at a wide variety of health, college physical education classes and wellness programs at various locations including at her Alma Mater-Washburn University. Kansas Physical Therapy Association, Agriturismo Cascina Papaveri 'The Poppy Farmhouse' in Italy, Kansas Health Institute, The Kansas Ballet, KU Endowment Center, Kelly Lyn Figure Spa, and Absolute Fitness for Women. Desima was also named as a top three nominee in the nation for Entrepreneur of the Year by Club Industry Magazine.

Desima can be reached at kspilates@gmail.com.

Joni Wells

Joni Wells, lead trainer and Studio Manager at the Barrington Village Topeka location, received her Comprehensive Pilates training through Polestar Pilates Education. The Polestar curriculum, designed by physical therapist and Orthopedic Certified Specialist Dr. Brent Anderson, is based on a scientific foundation of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and motor control. It integrates scientific research findings in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine and movement science. Joni is also an instructor for TRX and TRX Sports Medicine Suspension training. Joni has an extensive background in fitness and sports performance with over 20 years of teaching experience. She is married, lives in the Topeka area and is a mother of 2 daughters and has a grandson. Her oldest daughter is married and lives in Topeka and is a graduate of Washburn University with a degree in Kinesiology/exercise physiology. Joni's younger daughter is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Apparel & Textile Marketing/Business. She was also a 4 year member of the KSU Cheerleading team.

Joni started Pilates rehabilitation after a leg injury in 1999 where she was able to fully understand the multiple imbalances that can come with sports training and the overuse and abuse theory that causes problems for many athletes. She began her Pilates certification course work in 2000 and was able to study and attend workshops with Master Polestar Educators Dr. Brent Anderson, Dav Cohen, Director of Polestar Australia, Gerard Hinderlich, Tracey Weibel and Osteoporosis and Bone Health Expert Dr. Sherri Betz. Joni has also had exclusive training with Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist Dr. Tamara Depew Neff and Dr. Noelle Dowma, Polestar Mentor and Pilates Performance & Rehab Practitioner and Owner, Desima Dawdy.

Joni began her fitness career in 1988 at Absolute Fitness for Women, and transitioned to their Pilates Studio at Pilates Performance & Rehab. Joni is scheduling private lessons and small group personal training at the Topeka Studio, as well as specialized injury prevention programming for gymnasts, softball, baseball, and volleyball players, cheerleaders and runners. She can be reached at jonijwells@gmail.com or at www.pilatesperformanceandrehab.com

Cari Thomas

Cari Thomas

Cari Thomas began teaching Pilates in 2006, she fell in love with Pilates as a student and wanted to become a teacher to help others find their best feeling bodies and minds. She has been certified in classical and contemporary Pilates, comprehensively trained through Integrated Balance Pilates (designed by a Physical therapist and Pilates instructor). Cari has taken many continuing education courses and workshops from some of the best Pilates instructors in the world, such as; Lolita San Miguel, Alan Herdman, Rael Isacowitz, Bret Howard and many more. Prior to Pilates, Cari danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet and other small ballet companies, where her love for movement began and led her to Pilates.

Cari trains in the studio and/or virtually, working with individuals, couples, and small group classes. Cari works with all ages from 10 – 100 years old at any level from beginner to advanced, designing workouts that are safe and challenging to each students’ needs. Pilates gives each student strength, flexibility, balance, alignment, and an overall awareness of their body.

Lorna Jarrett

Lorna Jarrett, LPTA, MS, AIB-VR/CON, NSCA, is a graduate of Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Track with PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certification. As a licensed PTA with a Masters of Science in Kinesiology with specialization in Corrective Exercise & Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Adaptive Sports, she utilizes her clinical knowledge gained in outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation centers to create Pilates-based prehab and post physical therapy programs for musculoskeletal conditions. Her extensive background in dance, NSCA personal training and fitness allows her to create challenging workouts for every level. Specialty Certifications include: Pilates for MS & Neurological Disorders, American Institute of Balance/Vestibular Rehabilitation and TheraPilates™ Bone Building & Injuries and NSCA-CPT. Lorna is a wellness leader and mentor in Kansas City co-founding and directing Whole Pilates Studio in Grandview, MO, which integrates whole body health with whole body movement. Lorna plays a role in the Kansas City arts community as leader, instructor or promoter of initiatives such as Go Underground® Bemoved Dance®, Parkinson's and MS movement programs. Valuing leadership and education, she is currently completing her Doctorate of Health Science (DHSc) from A.T. Still University school of Osteopathic Medicine, with emphasis in leadership and organizational behavior.

Lorna's training philosophy is to use Pilates as a tool with physical therapy protocols to move your body from function to a level of optimal performance. Her heart is to mentor those with a desire to dedicate their work to wellness, rehabilitation and fitness. Her goal is to create unique movement opportunities which changes the body by changing the brain.

She is taking new clients in Grandview, MO and Topeka, KS.

Ashley Sandefur

Ashley Sandefur

Graduating from K.U. with a degree in Exercise Science while also studying dancing at KU, Ashley shadowed and interned with Physical therapists. She worked at Bird Physical Therapy in Lawrence, KS before having children and moving into the Pilates field. She found Pilates to marry the beauty and art of dance with the science of biomechanics and kinesiology. Ashley had the opportunity to study under the first Polestar certified instructor in Kansas and began teaching in 2002. Her certifications range from a comprehensive Balanced Body education, Fletcher towel, barre, and floorwork, to HARDCORE barre, the Franklin method, CoreAlign, and many others along the way.

With a passion for movement as it relates to trauma, Ashley was a part of a group helping to educate and bring Trauma Informed Care to practitioners, lawyers, judges, and officers of the law. Believing movement to be truly a wholistic endeavor, Ashley loves to see people benefit from all types of movement for improvement of mind, body, and soul.

Katie Tryon

Katie Tryon

Katie Tryon first became a student of Pilates in 2010 with physical therapy to rehab a back injury, but it quickly became a passion of hers. In 2012, Katie completed the STOTT Mat and Reformer Pilates training. Katie has been a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in Kansas City and Houston since 2006. Adding Pilates to her repertoire helped her appreciate the physiology of exercise in a way she never had before. One of Katie's true passions is helping her clients find their inner strength and faith in themselves through movement of body. She enjoys finding fun challenging new ways of using props, not only in Mat and Reformer but Barre class as well! She strongly believes that exercising and movement should not feel like a chore and tries to bring as much joy and fun to each class and session as possible.

Katie is brand new to Topeka and looking forward to growing her Pilates community here. She is newly married with two lovely stepdaughters and a baby girl due in December.

Kathy Selig

Kathy Selig

Kathy Selig is a retired physical therapist who practiced for 42 years and was undeniably one of the best of the best. She graduated from Kansas State University and KU Medical Center with primary interest in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. She practiced for 21 years in collaboration with orthopedic pioneer and Desima's mentor, Dr. Phillip Baker, founder of Kansas Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. She became familiar with Pilates when she assumed the role of Clinical Manager of Rebound Physical Therapy's Satellite which was originally located in Desima's gym, Absolute Fitness where Pilates Performance &Rehab Studio originated in 2000. When both facilities relocated to temporary acommodations due to construction delays, she, Desima, Joni, and Heather Brewer, PTA, ATC, worked side by side at a co-op space affectionately known as "Camp Pilates." Kathy saw the profound benefits of Pilates Apparatus and Methodology and began incorporating fundamentals of core strengthening and muscle balance into her practice. The staff and clients of PPR also greatly benefited from Kathy's expertise and patient care. Kathy has now ventured into a new wellness role and has completed the certification course in CoreAlign® training. She has enjoyed this functional progression of her interest in Pilates. Kathy has a long-standing concern for decreasing core strength and balance deficits in the general and aging population. Kathy will be focusing on Fall Prevention and Gait Training with weight bearing exercises and strengthening of the core muscles facilitated through the CoreAlign®.

Kathy and her husband live in the country with their three lab puppies and enjoy time with their children and families, including three beautiful granddaughters.

Stacy Zeigler

Stacy Zeigler

Stacy Zeigler is an ACE certified Personal Trainer and has received her Pilates training through Balanced Body Education and Hardcore Barre.

She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in Community Health Education. She has 20 years of experience teaching a wide variety of fitness classes including sports conditioning, yoga, cycling and senior fitness with certifications in Silver Sneakers and the Arthritis Foundation. She is married, lives in the Topeka area, and is a mother of three young girls who are active in basketball and soccer.

Stacy began her fitness career in 1998 in Lincoln, Nebraska, working in corporate wellness and fitness and with Madonna's Rehabilitation Hospital and ProActive. She has worked for the YMCA in Indiana, Canada, and Kansas.

Stacy enjoys volunteering as a youth sports coach in the Upward program, mentoring teen mom through Young Lives, and running half marathons with Team in Training to raise awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Stacy enjoys working with all levels of fitness including youth and seniors.

Alba Blocker

Alba Blocker began her fitness journey at the tender age of 11 as a client of Desima. Alba is now a certified Reflexologist and Pilates Instructor. She has a back ground in Social Work and is Bilingual in Spanish. She is passionate about natural healing and teaching others ways to improve their lives and health. Alba can help clients understand and address their foot health.

As a Pilates Instructor, she provides Pilates Mat classes with props focusing on breath work, body alignment, core strength, flexibility, coordination and balance as well as trains clients on Pilates Apparatus. Alba homeschools and is a Soccer Mom for her three boys, She enjoys coffee dates with her hubby, reading, and listening to 80's music.

Tamara Peterson

Tamara Peterson

Tamara Peterson graduated from UMKC in 1991 with a BS in dental hygiene. She practiced in Topeka for many years. Beginning in January 2020, Tammy began working full-time for KDHE. Tammy went through the Comprehensive Polestar Pilates Program in 2010 with Dr. Noelle Dowma. Tammy is also certified in the Balanced Body Mat 1 & 2, NETA Yoga, NETA Personal Training and Level 1 CoreAlign. In past years she has worked as a NETA certified personal trainer for Great Life and has taught many group exercises classes including Zumba, Yoga and bender ball Pilates.

Tammy is married with two sons, who are both married and have 2 grandchildren in Topeka as well as two grown step kids. In her free time she enjoys running, biking and spending time with her wonderful family.

Lea Huntington

Lea Huntington

Lea Huntington, A.C.E., is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer and a Clinical Exercise Specialist. Lea received her Pilates Reformer training from Power House Pilates and also studies with Tamara Depew, Polestar Certified Rehabilitation Practitioner. Lea's clientele includes athletes and pre- and post-rehabilitation patients, as well as people with limited mobility.



Affiliates / Guest Instructors / Educators

Sara Felt

Sara Felt

Sara Felt
Certified Pilates Instructor, Centerworks Pilates Institute
BM Violoncello Performance, University of Kansas

As a young musician and dancer, Master Trainer Sara Felt was originally introduced to the Pilates method to help her body keep up with the physical demands of an orchestral cellist. After Pilates helped her recover from an overuse injury, she became inspired to help others, and has been teaching since 2004. Sara initially completed her Pilates education through Centerworks® Pilates, and has received additional comprehensive training and continuing education through Balanced Body®, Fletcher® Pilates, Polestar, and many first-generation and master teachers. She has also received research grants and presented numerous lectures on injury prevention for musicians and dancers.

Sara served as lead instructor and studio manager of Pilates Performance & Rehab’s satellite facility for many years and has now transitioned to the role of owner and director of Aligned Pilates in Lawrence, KS. She is also on the faculty of Balanced Body Education. She teaches the Balanced Body Pilates and Barre instructor training programs, as well as specialty workshops, at her Lawrence studio and as a guest presenter across the country.

A dynamic, inspiring presenter, Sara aims to make Pilates accessible to all. Her diverse clientele includes athletes, dancers, fitness professionals, musicians, pre/post-rehab clients, and men & women of all ages and abilities.

Dr. Tamara Neff

Dr. Tamara Neff

Tamara Neff, DPT

Educational Background: Tamara graduated with her BA from Washburn University while earning her Physical Therapist Assistant degree, practiced for a few years and then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has been practicing in the field of physical therapy since 2000, with experience in the outpatient setting as well as inpatient rehabilitation. Since graduation Tamara has pursued extensive training in neurological rehabilitation with training in Neuro-Developmental Technique, Body Weight Support Treadmill Training, and vestibular rehabilitation. She is also a LSVT BIG® certified practitioner specializing in treatment of individuals with Parkinson's disease. As a physical therapist with extensive clinical experience and specialty training, she brings a comprehensive approach to the care of her patients and clients.

Pilates: Tamara began studying Pilates in 2000 with Polestar Pilates Education. While attending graduate school she worked at the Polestar Pilates Center in Coral Gables, Florida. This education and experience has allowed Tamara to implement Pilates based rehabilitation into the inpatient rehabilitation setting to facilitate motor recovery with neurological patients and utilized Pilates practice in outpatient settings to decrease pain and restore movement. Additionally, Tamara has presented on utilizing Pilates in rehabilitation to local organizations including the Kansas Occupational Therapy Conference. She understands and implements the philosophy and principles of Pilates and sees it as a vital tool that empowers the patient to manage and reach her/his maximum potential in a wide spectrum of neurologic and orthopaedic conditions.

Neurological Rehabilitation: Tamara specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement impairments due to disease or injury to the nervous system. She has a strong desire and passion to work with individuals with neurological impairment such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's, Guillan-Barre, balance deficits, and multiple sclerosis. With years of hands on clinical experience, Tamara is able to help patients achieve motor recovery with facilitation techniques that improve their quality of life.

Sports Medicine: Tamara enjoys working with the novice to experienced athlete. As an athlete and runner she is able to relate to individuals with a strong desire to compete and stay active. Tamara is able to identify faulty movement patterns and improper mechanics and enjoys helping athletes improve their motor control to further enhance their athletic skills.

Noelle Dowma

Noelle Dowma

Noelle Dowma DPT, BFA, PMA®-CPT began her study of Pilates as an injured ballet dancer seeking rehabilitation in the summer of 1992. Over the years, Noelle has not only felt the benefits of Pilates for herself, but has witnessed it in her clients and patients. Since her introduction to Pilates, Noelle has studied through the PhysicalMind Institute and Polestar Pilates Education, and holds a bachelors of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Oklahoma as well as a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Miami.

Working for Polestar Pilates since 2001, Noelle was promoted to a principal educator in 2004, and continues to teach courses across the country. As a PMA® Pilates Certified teacher, Noelle has taught in the following conferences: Pilates Method Alliance, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Pilates on Tour, Holistic Holiday at Sea, Polestar Pilates, Kansas Physical Therapy Association, Missouri Physical Therapy Association, Young Athlete, as well as many local and national small venues.

Noelle utilizes Pilates every day in her private physical therapy practice (Kinesphere Physical Therapy and Pilates) in Kansas City, as the dance medicine specialist at Children’s Mercy’s Center for Sports Medicine, and developed the Pilates program at the Kansas City Ballet School. You can find her regularly teaching at local dance schools in Kansas City and she was both a physical therapist for the Miami City Ballet and has worked on Broadway shows. In addition to her dance medicine expertise, Noelle is also a scoliosis specialist, as she is a level 2 certified BSPTS Schroth therapist. Additionally, she specializes in: orthopaedic injuries, osteopathic based manual therapy, craniosacral therapy, osteoporosis, hypermobility (EDS) disorders, and dry needling.

Sherri Betz

Sherri Betz, PT, DPT, GCS, PMA®-CPT, CEEAA, is a physical therapist and director of TheraPilates® Physical Therapy, in Santa Cruz, CA, specializing in geriatrics and osteoporosis. Dr. Betz is an APTA board certified geriatric clinical specialist, 1991 graduate of LSU Medical Center's Physical Therapy program and received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from EIM Institute of Health Professions in 2017.

As a bone health exercise expert, Sherri serves as the Chair of the American Physical Therapy Association's AGPT Bone Health Special Interest Group and serves on the National Osteoporosis Foundation's (NOF) Exercise and Rehabilitation Activities Council as the APTA Liaison and American Bone Health's (ABH) professional education committees. Sherri also serves as Chair of the PMA Research Committee and is the past Chair of the PMA Certification Commission and Board Vice-President. She is the proud recipient of the 2017 PMA Deborah Lessen award for her many years of dedication to forwarding the mission of the PMA.

Dr. Betz has published numerous articles, book chapters, and videos, speaks internationally, and consults on the topic of exercise for osteoporosis. She has conducted and participated in research on exercise for osteoporosis. She is passionately devoted to improving awareness about geriatric exercise, bone health and safe yoga and Pilates-based exercise through professional and consumer education as well as through promotion of low-cost community exercise programs for fit and frail older adults.

The staff of Pilates Performance & Rehab had greatly benefited from Sherri's teaching and training courses since the year 2000. She served as the primary Polestar Pilates Educator for Dr. Tamara Neff and a continuing education provider for Desima Dawdy, Joni Wells, and Lorna Jarrett.

Cathy Spencer Patterson

Cathy Spencer Patterson

Growing up in Topeka, Cathy's love for dance blossomed under the tutelage of Lisa Michaelis at the Dance Factory where she also taught and became the second owner and director. As a young adult, Cathy studied dance in Los Angeles and New York and attended numerous dance conventions. She continued her danced education at the University of Kansas where she received a degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in dance. She was a member of the University Dance Company as well as the Scott Morrow Touring Dance Company. Cathy's performance credits include "Rhymatix" a tap and hip-hop company based out of L.A., Will Roger's "Follies," and several commercials on the Fine Living Channel for HGTV. Currently, Cathy owns Point B Dance and is the artistic director of the Point B Dance Company who performs throughout the MidWest. Cathy is expanding her teaching repertoire from her 200-hour teaching training in Vinyasa Yoga from OmTree Shala. She feels her most appealing attribute is her passion and love for dance and yoga.

Kyria Sabin

Kyria Sabin

Kyria Sabin
Director, Fletcher Pilates, Inc.
Director, Body Works Pilates Studios, Inc.
Recognized as a Master Pilates Teacher and Disseminator, Kyria Sabin initiated her studies with Ron Fletcher in 1991 and founded Body Works Pilates Sudios in Tucson, Arizona in 1993. In 1999 she initiated the first state-licensed Pilates teacher-training program in Arizona, the pre-cursor to the Fletcher Program of Study. She is founder and Director of Fletcher Pilates®, Inc and The Fletcher Program of Study, an international Pilates school representing one of the most rigorous programs of its kind in existence. A graduate of Duke University, a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher and a Licensed Massage Therapist, Kyria developed the Pilates Program at the University of Arizona School of Dance where she serves as Adjunct Faculty. She is an international presenter and has served on the boards for the Pilates Method Alliance, the UA Dance Advisory Board, the Haven Center for Women and the Foundation for Expanding Horizons.

The staff at Pilates Performance & Rehab is very grateful to have Kyria as an Educator and Continuing Education provider of the Ron Fletcher Method, and also for bringing the brilliant Fletcher Percussive Breath™, Fletcher Fundamentals™, Fletcher Towelwork®, Fletcher Floorwork®, and Fletcher Barrework™ licensing courses to Kansas.

Tracey Weibel

Tracey Weibel

For more than four years, Tracey Weibel, MS, LAT, ATC, Polestar Certified Pilates Rehabilitation Practitioner and Educator, led the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and emergency care for Celine Dion and her cast of 50 dancers in Las Vegas, making sure the entire cast was on stage performing at their best. Tracey expertise is in educating both dancers and athletes about anatomy, physiology, the mechanisms of injury, biomechanics, and injury prevention.

"Tracey has been a tremendous help to me," said Celine Dion. "In addition to working with me on training and conditioning, she's always there in times of need to monitor my physical condition, administer first aid, and to make sure that I'm in the right shape to perform at my peak."

Tracey currently lives in Louisiana where she is both a new Pilates Studio owner, and mom she has passed her passion for the Pilates Method to her Kansas family and friends at Pilates Performance & Rehab.

Aliesa George

Centerworks® - Pilates & Wellness for Life!

Aliesa George, PMA-CPT is the founder of Centerworks®. She is a healthy movement habits expert, author, Pilates teacher-trainer, mentor, and workshop presenter, focused on Pilates, foot fitness, and functional movement. Aliesa holds certifications with the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance,) American Council on Exercise (ACE), and has a BFA in Modern Dance. Author of Fantastic Feet! Exercises to Strengthen the Ankles, Arches, and Toes, and creator of the Pilates-Walk® system, as well as numerous other wellness resources... Aliesa loves problem solving to develop safe, effective, creative training programs while staying true to “working the Pilates system” to help keep challenged clients safe, and healthy clients focused, to improve form and function, develop better whole-body health, and ultimately achieve wellness success.

Gerard Hinderlich

Gerard Hinderlich, BS, MS, ATC, has been an expert in sports medicine, Kinesiology, and Bio-Mechanics for over 20 years and is a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer. His specialties are rehabilitation of injuries through manual therapy using Muscle Activation Techniques and the Pilates Method. Gerard is certified with Polestar Pilates and served as a Senior Educator for over a decade. He has also trained classically in the Pilates Method in Boulder, Colorado, as well as Body Arts and Science International (BASI) California. Gerard's experience in professional and college sports gives him a unique skill set to help all individuals pursue their sport and exercise goals. Gerard is also a CPR and MOTR educator. He teaches belief in affirmation and intention, positive action through positive thought and growth of an enthusiastic spirit to enjoy all life's lessons and blessings.

Courtney Collado

Courtney Collado is a professional dancer and Master Pilates Instructor from New York City. She is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - Certified Personal Trainer, and is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Courtney has been practicing Pilates since 1990, and practiced under Pilates Elder Kathy Grant in New York City before earning certification from STOTT Pilates and Pilates Academy International - for whom she is a Master Trainer. She holds numerous other fitness certifications, including the Pink Ribbon Program (Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist), CARDIOLATES Rebounding technique, ActivCore/Redcord suspension training, Les Mills BODYPUMP, and will earn certification through YogaFit in May of 2014.

Courtney is the owner of FitReality LLC, a fitness organization specializing in fitness instruction, education, and certification, and also owns HARDCORE Barre, for which she travels nationally to train new instructors. Ms. Collado has worked as the Fitness Coordinator at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, and also teaches ballet and modern dance as Guest Faculty at Kansas Ballet Academy, performs as a Guest Artist with Kansas Ballet in Topeka, and trains in aerial acrobatics at Voler Aerial Academy in Kansas City, KS.

Beatrice Sawyer

Beatrice Sawyer

Beatrice Sawyer is a certified and experienced PHI Pilates Instructor who teaches both private and small group mat and apparatus classes. Beatrice is also a comprehensibly trained Polestar Studio Practitioner. Bea has a strong family heritage in equestrian training for hunters/jumpers and riders, and has blended her knowledge and experience to specialize in Pilates for equestrians.

Kristy Shields

Kristy Shields

Kristy Shields is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist. She has been practicing as an OT for the past 9 years in Acute Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing and Outpatient Services. She is also a certified fitness professional in both AFAA and Yogafit. Since 2001, Kristy has taught at Bally Total Fitness instructing several popular classes. Kristy merged her passion for helping people, and her love of fitness, at the Polestar Rehab/Studio Pilates Education and Training Courses. Her journey has been incredible. Kristy was an apprentice instructor at the Pilates Performance & Rehab's Lawrence location, and has also recently opened her own private Pilates studio in South Johnson County. She would not have been able to do this without the support and knowledge she has learned from all the Polestar Educators in the area. She wishes to Thank Desima for all her help in achieving her dreams.

Amber Droge

Amber Droge

Amber Droge's passion for movement began at a young age. After several years in the dance field, including 3 years as a Zumba Fitness instructor for children and adults, she began taking Pilates as a way to find relief from her own back and knee injuries. Encouraged by her progress, Amber wanted to share Pilates with others. Her knowledge, coupled with her patience and dedication, makes her a highly sought after instructor. Amber is known for balancing her cheerful encouragement with butt-kicking workouts, all the while keeping it fun. She’s inspired by the changes she sees in front of her as she watches people of all ages and fitness levels build strength and make health a priority. Her specialties include preteen youth, equestrians, and dancers.

Amber is married, lives in the Topeka area, and has two wonderful children. When not working or at the studio, she enjoys spending as much time with them as she can. Amber can be reached at amberdroge@gmail.com.

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