Meet Our Expert Instructors

Our Instructors are expertly trained and certified in classical Pilates or GYROTONIC® methodology or both and all of our expert instructors regularly attend continuing education courses to bring you the very best instruction of Pilates and GYROTONIC® in Los Angeles.

JulieAmickJULIE AMICK, LLC, MASTER TRAINER/CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR/PILATES PRE-NATAL CERTIFIED & PILATES POST NATAL CERTIFIED/CERTIFIED GYROKINESIS® TECHNIQUE/PMA CERTIFIED/OWNER Julie is a classically trained ballerina/dancer with credentials from some of the most prestigious schools and theatres in the nation including: North Carolina School of the Arts, The London Contemporary Dance Company and the Tisch School of the Arts.  She is recognized as one of the most prominent and versatile Pilates instructor in Los Angeles.  Julie received her training under the tutelage of Romana Kryanowska and certified under Power Pilates in New York. With over a decade of teaching both West and East methods of Pilates, she is a great asset to the development of Align Beverly Hills. As principal instructor and cofounder of Align Beverly Hills her prodigious dance background and in-depth Pilates instruction has created a seamless integration of these two demanding fields resulting in a powerful and unique workout. Pre-natal Pilates and Post-natal Pilates Certified Julie Also works daily with Senior Fitness Pilates.

 

COURTNEY HUNKELE, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR / PRE-NATAL CERTIFIED & PILATES POST NATAL CERTIFIED Courtney began studying Pilates 18 years ago and was hooked after only a few sessions! She immediately noticed positive changes in her posture, muscle tone and flexibility as well as relief from chronic back pain. Wanting to share her passion and enthusiasm for the Pilates method, Courtney earned her teaching certification from Power Pilates in 2009. In addition to Pilates, Courtney also has extensive dance training and has studied ballet and drama at New York University, North Carolina School of the Arts and the Atlanta Ballet School.

 

SHER BORRELL, PILATES, BALLET FIT, GYROTONIC® GYROKINESIS® has loved moving and dancing most of her life.  She has been a guest teacher at Align Beverly Hills Pilates for over 13 years and comes from a family that enjoys staying active.  She holds an A.A in general education, a B.A. in dance from the University of California, Irvine, has passed her grade 5 Cecchetti ballet exams, performed on dance teams and has always been interested in cutting edge fitness.   Upon her college graduation, she joined the Nannette Brodie Dance Theater in Long Beach where she taught and performed nationally and internationally for schools, festivals, shows, galleries and fashion events.  This work inspired her to start her own dance collaborative in LA where she produced her own show and worked with numerous multi-media artists.  

While dancing, Sher received her Pilate’s Certification under Tracy Fitzpatrick at Aline Studios in Newport Beach.  At Aline Studios, Sher developed “Ballet Fit” class (for dancers and non- dancers) that was a huge success.  Sher continued to dance, teach, study and share with students from all walks of life from sports enthusiasts to seniors.  She is both a GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® pre – trainer under Lisa Marie Goodwin- Rice.   She has studied with numerous master trainers in the states and abroad, and is certified on all of the specialized equipment.  Under Paul Horvath and Uwe Herbstreit, she has completed the therapeutic applications for pelvic girdle, shoulder girdle and scoliosis.  Sher has taken the rejuvenation course, GYROKINESIS® level 1 and level 2, and GYROTONIC® level 2 with Julio Horvath.  She has completed GYROTONIC® Applications for the Hip and Knee (with Lisa Marie),  GYROTONIC®  Psoas Principles, GYROTONIC® for Golf , GYROTONIC® for Dancers 1 and 2,  and other specialized courses in both modalities.  Sher’s rich history (with over 20 years of teaching experience), zeal and passion for the work is felt in every session and class.    It brings her great joy to see peoples lives change while connecting in mind, body and spirit. For more information, please visit sherborrell.com.

 

AMANDA MONTANARO,CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR/CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER/CERTIFIED NUTRITION COACH  Amanda grew up in Dallas, TX where she began studying ballet at the age of 3. She studied ballet intensively at The Boston Conservatory and went on to pursue her career as a professional ballet dancer at Nashville Ballet, The Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Ballet Inc. in New York City. Amanda developed a passion for pilates throughout her dance career and decided to share her love for it as a certified pilates instructor in New York City. She found the benefits of pilates to be unlike any other physical therapy program she had tried. Pilates helped in her rehabilitation programs, mental well being, and was the reason she was able to dance stronger than ever after various injuries and surgeries.

 

ABBE ROWLINS, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR/CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® TECHNIQUE Abbe a Pilates enthusiast for more than 12 years, began studying with Niedra Gabriel, and was fully certified through Ivon Dahls’ program. She is experienced in working with students with a variety of needs and fitness levels, including many disabilities and chronic conditions. In 2007, she created a ‘Pilates in a chair’ class for the elderly. Abbe has an extensive background in theater, film and dance, and is familiar with many movement techniques, including Alexander and Feldenkries. She loves people and is forever fascinated by observing human movement and has been touched by the profound results Pilates brings to peoples’ lives.

 

STEPHANIE JAMIESON, CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® AND GYROKINESIS®  Stephanie became a certified GYROTONIC® Instructor in 2009; however, her investigation of the body began much earlier. She has been a dancer since the age of three and comes to Align Beverly Hills Pilates with a lifetime of exploring physicality and movement. She first discovered the system while studying for her bachelor’s in dance at Loyola Marymount University. Authorized Master Trainer Lisa Marie Goodwin-Rice introduced her to the system. After discovering the multitude of benefits that GYROTONIC® gave her personally, she immediately immersed herself in the system to become an instructor in order to share the benefits with others. Stephanie is in love with the GYROTONIC® Expansion System and believes in the system as a healing and body transformation technology.

She has taught at In-Spiraling Movement Arts, Natural Pilates & Bodyworks, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Renaissance Arts Academy. As a dancer, Stephanie has had the opportunity to perform throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, Canada and Costa Rica. She continues to pursue her dance career and is currently working with the hip-hop clowning group; Bubble Gutter, LA Sirenes, a dance and circus specialty troupe as well as, Wilderbe; a video projection specific dance company.  **Photo credit Joe Lambie.

 

AURORE JOLY, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR  Aurore Joly is a Certified Pilates instructor. She moved to the US from her native France 10 years ago. She started her professional dance carrier at the young age of 11 years old and has been trained in the biggest ballet schools of France and danced with some of the most renowned ballet companies in Europe. She has danced for many musical artists and Broadway musicals such as Cabaret, CATS, Annie get your Gun.. She recently toured Internationally and nationally with the Broadway hit CHICAGO The Musical .

After going through many injuries as a dancer, Pilates has been a life savior for her and has allowed her to help rehabilitate her body and to keep it strong and aligned. Aurore received her Pilates training though the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Comprehensive teacher training program. Her style is very detailed oriented and she specialized in rehab/hips/low back injuries from athletes to seniors. Her classes are challenging, you will leave feeling aligned and energized. She also enjoys teaching the art of ballet and make her clients move, breath and feeling empowered.

 

MELENA ROUNIS, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR/PRE-NATAL, POST-NATAL PILATES. Melena grew up in Vancouver, Canada where she began dancing at the age of 10. She trained extensively in a variety of dance styles and soon found herself working in film and television as a dancer and assistant choreographer. In 2008 Melena was offered a contract in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil at The Beatles LOVE. This is where she learned about, and fell in love with, Pilates! With an intense performance schedule, she quickly realized the value in Pilates to keep her body strong, healthy, balanced and aligned. In 2013 she joined the Michael Jackson ‘Immortal’ World Tour and settled in LA when the tour closed in 2014. Having seen the value of Pilates on her own body she decided to finally become a certified instructor through the Pilates Sports Center Training Program. Melena is a very goal oriented instructor who looks forward to helping you meet yours!

 

LORI SOTTOSANTI, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR.
Lori became a certified pilates instructor in 2001. Her pilates training helps her to really understand the body, its accessory muscles, and the different angles and movement variations to work those muscles effectively. She loves when clients ask her for routines to help them reach a desired look or specific fitness goal; and absolutely adores that smile on a client’s face when they feel themselves getting stronger and can see the results of their hard work.

 

NIKKI TUAZON, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR. Nikki’s love of dance led her to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a professional dancer where she appeared in numerous commercials, film, TV shows, music videos, and live concert tours for artists like P!nk and Christina Aguilera! After falling in love with Pilates and using it to keep her body aligned, strong, and healthy after years of wear and tear on the road, she finally became a certified instructor through the Pilates Sports Center Training Program. She is also a certified massage therapist. Nikki uses her extensive knowledge of both dance and massage therapy in her sessions to create a teaching style is challenging, focused, and fun with an emphasis on form! She enjoys working not only with dancer and athletes, but with all different body types and is committed to her clients’ overall fitness, health, and well-being.

 

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NICOLE LONG, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR/CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® TECHNIQUE/CERTIFIED GYROKINESIS® TECHNIQUE.  Nicole joins Align Pilates with over 12 years of teaching experience with Pilates, GYROTONICS® and personal fitness.  Nicole has an extensive background in the GYROTONIC® Expansion System.  She holds certifications for GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONICS® and is a GYROTONIC®  pre-trainer in Juergen Hamburger’s network.  Nicole is certified in Pilates Mat and Reformer by STOTT® Pilates. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer.  Nicole’s training style is diverse and detail-oriented.  Her workouts are challenging and energizing! 

 

ERIN WILLINGHAM, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR  
Erin started classical ballet training at 4 years old in St. Petersburg Florida. By 12, she decided to make dance her career, and left home to train at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Virginia School of the Arts boarding schools with former Royal Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet principals. At 18, she joined the Alonzo King Lines Ballet ensemble for 2 years in San Francisco, working with some of the worlds most respected choreographers. Erin then took a scholarship at Florida State University, and spent 2 years training with Suzanne Farrell and learning modern dance by founding members of Martha Graham Company, Limon, & Lewitsky. Erin has attended ballet summer programs such as Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet NYC, Orlando Ballet, and Northwest Dance Project.  

Erin became a Pilates instructor to be able to utilize Pilates principles to deepen her body awareness , and for the lives of the clients she teaches. Her teaching style focuses on attention to detail; She uses creative imagery and helps the client understand how to feel the correct placement in their own body, so they feel themselves working in proper alignment, maximizing all the benefits of the technique. Erin has a passion for helping people to get connected with their bodies and works hard to help clients meet their personal goals, while feeling great!​

 

MATTEY TIBBETTS, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR/CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER  Mattey grew up playing sports – gymnastics, swimming, skiing, volleyball and baseball and his love of sports influences his training style. He received his Pilates certification from the Physical Mind Institute and Angel City Gym.  He is also a certified Personal Trainer, certified Group Fitness Instructor and holds specialty certifications on different apparatus and modalities including the Bosu, Tubing, Kettlebell, Pilates mat, Stott Reformer and Resist-a-ball. We are excited to have Mattey join Align!