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 12 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, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR/GYROTONICS® & GYROKENSIS® TECHNIQUE /PRE-NATAL & POST-NATAL CERTIFIED instructor Sher enjoys all forms of movement and sharing it with others. Not only is she a dancer, choreographer and teacher (she received her BA in dance from the University of California, Irvine), she is a certified Aline Conditioning® Pilates instructor as well as a GYROTONICS® and GYROKENSIS® instructor. She has studied, taught and performed throughout the United States, Mexico City, Europe and is currently working in Palm Desert and the Los Angeles area. She has a passion for people, health and overall well being utilizing the movement modalities she specializes in. Working with people of various ages, athletic abilities and fitness backgrounds has enabled her to create innovative programs specific to clients’ needs and goals in studios, gyms, schools, vacation destinations and the privacy of their own home. For more information, please visit her Website: www.shermovement.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.

 

ALEX WOLFF, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR Alex was introduced to Pilates at a young age and was re-introduced after a knee injury. Alex used Pilates rehabilitation to supplement traditional rehab, very pleased with the results, she decided to train as an instructor. Studying with Marie- Jose Blom, she received her certification through Long Beach Dance Conditioning in 2006. Always eager to keep learning, she has continued her studies in a variety of bodywork techniques including Yoga, Feldenkrais, Yamuna Body Rolling, and exercise anatomy. She has worked many times in Senior Fitness Pilates. Guided by the individual needs of her clients, Alex uses safe and effective training to assist her clients in achieving their goals.

 

_AFD0365-2JULIANNE SANDBERG, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR/PRE-NATAL, POST-NATAL PILATES. Julianne grew up in southern California. She has always been extremely passionate about health and fitness. Through this passion she discovered the Pilates method as a way of maintaining an overall healthy and balanced lifestyle. Her creative teaching style and attention to detail helps clients improve their body awareness and alignment. She enjoys creating unique exercise movements to promote greater flexibility and balance. Julianne is Certified through ABC Pilates in Laguna Niguel.  

 

CELESTE KNICKERBOCKER, CMT, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR/CERTIFIED GYROTONIC® TECHNIQUE/LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST.  A dancer and Pilates devotee for much of her life, Celeste moved from southern California to San Francisco to study Pilates at EHS Pilates. Additionally certified in advanced massage and physical therapy modalities, her aim is to help people move in a thoughtful and enjoyable way. With a passion for movement and health, she enjoys working with people from all walks of life – from professional dancers and athletes to those experiencing or recuperating from injuries. She is thrilled to be back in Los Angeles, to work with the people in the community she considers home.

 

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! 

 

ANA DEBASA, CERTIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR Ana was born in Santa Cruz and moved to Los Angeles when she was 18.  She started working with horses at a young age, and it was though a horseback riding accident that she found Pilates and began to heal herself.  She became certified in 1999 at Perfectly Fit, a classical Pilates studio. She worked there for a few years and then joined Mind-Body Pilates in 2001.  She has been teaching Pilates regularly and is well versed in rehabilitation using the foundations of the Pilates method.  Happily, she has also returned to her love of horses.

 

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!