Meet Our Bloggers



Frances Sheridan Goulart

Frances Sheridan Goulart is a Pilates mat and Reformer instructor, Hatha Yoga instructor, certified clinical nutritionist and the author of sixteen books on health and nutrition, including the recent Super Immunity Foods: A Complete Program to Boost Wellness, Speed Recovery, and Keep Your Body Strong (McGraw Hill). She lives in Ridgefield, CT. (View posts)




Rebecca Leone

Also known as the Pilates Nun, Rebecca is a classically trained international educator specializing in fundamentals and problem solving. She owns a studio in Seattle and a finishing school and also hosts an online mat class video. Rebecca’s goal is to unite all teachers, regardless of lineage or level of education. Her mission is to finish Joe’s mission; to make sure anyone anywhere has access to and understands his method. (View posts)

Kathry Ross-Nash

Kathryn Ross-Nash

Kathryn is a 26-year veteran of the Pilates method and owner of American Body Tech, Inc. She has studied with many first-generation teachers and teaches First Generation Pilates. Kathryn is the only woman to appear in both Romana Kryzanowska’s Mat and Legacy DVDs and is regarded as one of the leading instructors in the world on the original work. (View posts)



Kristin McGee

Trainer to the stars Kristin McGee has choreographed countless vids, including her two newest, Weight Loss Pilates and Beginner’s Pilates (Acacia, 2009). The Kelly Kane School of Integration–certified instructor has appeared on Good Morning America and The Tyra Banks Show and has graced the covers of Pilates Style and Fit Yoga magazines. (View posts)




Shari Berkowitz

Shari is the owner of the Vertical Workshop in Beverly Hills, CA, and the director of West Coast education and teacher training for Power Pilates. In addition to studying Pilates under first-generation instructor Romana Kryzanowska and Power Pilates, the former dancer has worked extensively with orthopedists, physical therapists and chiropractors. (View posts)




Buddha Babes

Buddha Babes

The BuddhaBabes – NYC-based Tracy Campoli and Jennifer Farthing – make fitness and wellness accessible to everyone, with an eye toward manageable routines that can be modified and done virtually anywhere there’s room for a mat and time for a laugh. For more than 20 years, Tracy has studied Pilates and yoga and taught around the globe, and is currently at CorpoVita Studios. Jennifer is certified in Vinyasa and prenatal yoga, available for private classes. Look for their Buddha Belly 2 Beach Babe workshops in and around Manhattan! (View posts)




Tom Gesimondo


Tom Gesimondo transitioned from a twenty-two year career in broadcasting to the beginning of a lifetime love affair with True Pilates in 2005. Since taking over True Pilates (formerly, Drago’s) Tom has hosted conventions in New York and Las Vegas, partnered in the opening of a second Pilates studio on 57th street in Manhattan and recently taken on the process of handling day to day operations for Romana’s Pilates Certification. True Pilates New York is the New York home for Romana Kryzanowska and the Romana’s Pilates certification program. (View posts)



Tannis Kobrinsky

Tannis Kobrinsky has taught movement and fitness in Los Angeles for over 35 years; Pilates for 12 and GYROTONIC for 6. Via her biz Health Habitravels, she leads international Pilates holidays. Tannis writes about travel and mind/body practice for online and print publications, including Pilates Style magazine. She’s the producer/star of the acclaimed Pilates-fusion DVD, WELL worked out with Tannis. Tannis brings an innate love of people and joy of reciprocal learning to all her classes, adding a touch of humor and heart to the work. (View posts)



Faye Stevenson

Faye Stevenson is a Romana’s Pilates certified instructor living and teaching in the San Francisco East Bay. Always knowing that she wanted to work as a teacher with the human body as the primary vehicle for learning, she was initially unsure of how to manifest that desire. Upon receiving her bachelors degree from the University of Michigan, she headed to Oakland to begin her search. Her studies in physical education and training as a dancer were instrumental in bringing her to the Pilates method which she now practices with joy and enthusiasm. Her many teachers all credit Romana Kryzanowska as teaching them the method as she learned it from Joe Pilates. In teaching, the moments of insight and heightened awareness are her favorites so she constantly strives to find new ways to help her clients extend their frontiers of body knowledge and facility. (View posts)

Risa Sheppard

Risa Sheppard, creator of the Sheppard Method, is a pioneer in the Pilates field. Risa studied and worked under Pilates master Ron Fletcher in his Beverly Hills studio. She was one of the first teachers to teach The Pilates Method. Risa is the author of the book, Risa Sheppard’s Fitness Formula for a Firm and Flat Stomach, as well as the creator of the new DVD, A Gentle Formula for A Strong Body. Risa’s two studios, Sheppard Method Pilates, are located in Westwood and Toluca Lake, CA. (View posts)




Leah Stewart
Leah Stewart is Senior Faculty and Lecturer for BASI Pilates® and has been teaching Pilates for seven years. She has been extremely fortunate to study Pilates extensively under BASI Pilates founder Rael Isacowitz. Leah is also the founder and owner of LiveLife Pilates™ in Costa Mesa, CA. Additionally, Leah works as a freelance writer and has been seen on the cover of the Body Mind Spirit conference catalog and has been featured in Pilates Style magazine, along with Rael Isacowitz’s book Pilates and the BASI Pilates® Movement Analysis Workbooks.
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Ariel Hernandez
Ariel Hernandez is the owner and director of Fusion Fitness Pilates and Personal Training in Lake Mary, FL. With experience in dance and gymnastics and more than 10 years tenure as a Master Pilates Teacher, Hernandez has expanded his training methods to include rehabilitation and fitness trends. His certifications include step, stick, yoga, spinning, powerflex, power pump, jump rope, box board, kickboxing, funk, hip hop, strip aerobics, body sculpting and interval training. Hernandez has been a Master Teacher for PHI Pilates for more than seven years.
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Erika Bloom
A former professional dancer, Erika Bloom has been studying Pilates for close to 20 years and teaching in New York City for 10 years. She was certified through Physical Mind Institute and has studied with master teachers Doris Hall, Lesley Powell, Shelley Studenberg and Kuan Hui Chew as well as anatomy with Irene Dowd. In addition to Pilates, Erika has studied many holistic body methods including Klein, Alexander, Feldenkrais and yoga and is a certified yoga therapist. Erika has a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in both dance theory and performance and in mathematics from Hunter College and also completed post-baccalaureate studies in pre-medicine there. Her studio, Erika Bloom Pilates Plus, is located on Madison Avenue in New York City, where she runs a teacher-training program. Her DVD, Next-Level Pilates with Erika Bloom, is available at and

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83 Responses to Meet Our Bloggers

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    Cute story, Krisitn. I enjoyed the blog. I had ordered your dvd over a year ago. Make some more!!! Good luck on your wedding.

  2. Thanks for the info and great insights on Pilates!

    Curious to know how one becomes a blogger for Pilatesstyle?

    Who do I need to talk with to be considered and approved to submit articles to share???

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  3. Shannon Whitney says:

    Are you hiring summer interns! I’m a current Pilates instructor and I’d love to work for your mag or blog!

  4. carolina quevedo says:

    Thank you for this information. After reading it I couldn’t stop wondering why almost all of the blogger where from Romana’s school or trained by someone who has been trained by Romana. There are so many great Master instructors out there who have been trained by other 1st generation, I think they could be a great contribution to your blog as well.

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    does anyone know of any articles about pilates causing carpel tunel or trigger finger? thsnks

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