Lisa Lamberti (BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies; Pilates Pre and Post Natal; Foot bio-mechanics; Innovations in Pilates (deep stretching)
In 1996, Lisa completed her BComm degree (commerce), and began a career in project management. In 2000 she decided to make a career change to fulfill her wish to help people improve their lives through learning about their bodies. She trained with Stott Pilates in 2000, and with BASI Pilates in 2004. During her years of teaching Lisa has continued to learn from many different methods of Pilates.
Prior to setting up the The Pilates Clinic, Lisa had a studio in nearby Southfields for 10 years. Opening The Pilates Clinic Wimbledon in 2012 was a very exciting step in Lisa’s Pilates life: the culmination of years of learning, changing and dreaming, and the excitement of being able to offer clients and instructors a beautiful place to discover the wonders of movement, freedom and good health.
Lisa is humbled to be part of the prestigious BASI faculty, offering training in the studio to students on their journey to becoming BASI Pilates instructors. Lisa is the Licensee for BASI Pilates in the UK and Ireland. Click here for details
Carla Pereira (Polestar/BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies, Pre and Post natal Pilates
Carla discovered Pilates in 2002 when she started university. She decided then that she wanted to eventually teach Pilates. Carla has a degree in Physiotherapy and a post-graduate degree in hospital Physiotherapy. In 2008 Carla did her first course in mat Pilates. In 2010 she became a fully qualified mat and equipment Pilates instructor through Polestar Pilates. Carlas experience also lies in caring for the elderly, massage therapy and global postural re-education.
Carla chose to work with Pilates, in line with her belief that physiotherapy is about movement. She believes that by treating people through the movement patterns of their body, they will learn how to move their body safely, which she believes is the best asset she can give someone who has been injured or who is trying to improve their performance.
Julia Pietersma (BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies, Pre and Post Natal Pilates
Julia is a Body Arts and Science Institute (BASI) Pilates instructor, born and educated in South Africa. She graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2010 with the degree in BA Human Movement Science. In her third year of her studies she was introduced to Pilates, and it was here that her passion for pilates started, and when she decided to study further.
Julia has worked with a diversity of injuries and enjoys seeing the development and improvement of her clients through Pilates. She enjoys meeting new people and sharing her enthusiasm for the body, which lead to her being accepted onto BASI faculty, presenting teacher training to new students. She is extremely talented at this and loved by all who encounter her teaching.
Mike Scott (BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies, Pre and Post Natal Pilates
Mike, a great addition to our team, has a background as a fitness and spinning instructor, and as a sportsman. He has a great knowledge of the body and how to get the most efficient use out of it in sports and in rehab. Mike is comprehensively trained through BASI Pilates, and has also completed the BASI Injuries and Pathologies course. Mike has great compassion as a teacher, and knows how to challenge, respect and enlighten whoever he is teaching. Mike grew up in Tanzania and was educated in the UK, subsequently studying international development and child welfare to Master’s level and working with international children’s charities and the UK government on a range of issues affecting vulnerable children.
From a fanatical sporting family, Mike played county schools’ rugby union, cricket and hockey for Somerset. Whilst studying at Warwick University and the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), he played international rugby league for Scotland Students and represented London Skolars in the National Conference League. A disc injury took Mike away from rugby and into marathon running, cycling, triathlon, fitness and sports coaching and Spinning instructing. Through his love of sports and movement, Mike became increasingly interested in injury rehabilitation and the importance of a strong core and flexible body in achieving holistic strength and fitness. Mike enjoys the challenge and change felt in his own body in confronting and attempting to master the Pilates repertoire, as well as the joy of communicating this passion to others.
Markella Kefallonitou (BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies; Pilates for Dancers, Pre and Post Natal Pilates
Markella started her career as a dancer and dance teacher. She holds a BA degree in Dance Education and an MSc in Dance Science. During her dance training she was introduced to Pilates as a rehabilitation and body conditioning method, which she found very effective and complementary to dance training.
Charlotte Webber (BASI)
Extra training – Pre and Post natal Pilates, Injuries and Pathologies, Hypermobility specialist
Charlie has trained and qualified as a BASI Pilates Instructor. Born in the UK and educated in Australia, Charlie received a Bachelor of Health degree at University of Tasmania. She was first introduced to Pilates over 15 years ago as part of her ongoing rehabilitation programme to manage her hypermobility.
When Charlie is not teaching Pilates, she does the PR for global health & wellness brands.
Having been desk-bound for most of her working life, Charlie is passionate about helping clients find the tools they need to ensure better posture and is a strong advocate in her own office for getting people moving. Charlie enjoys keeping fit and you’ll usually find her trying out the latest fitness fad around various gyms in London.
Rika Brixie (Pilates Therapy centre /BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies, Scoliosis expert
The Pilates Clinic is very fortunate to have this very talented lady joining our team. Her teaching skills and talent in her ability to read movement are what give us such inspiration when we watch her teach.
Rika is originally from the south of England, where she first discovered Pilates whilst training as a young dancer in the area, before moving to New York to study at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. In New York, she began to implement regular Pilates classes into her training, recognising it’s potential for injury prevention and body conditioning. As a dancer with a scoliosis, Rika also found Pilates to be particularly beneficial in maintaining balance in her musculature and gaining control of her condition. Rika continued to practice Pilates over the next few years, whilst dancing professionally with Atlanta Ballet and, subsequently, Oklahoma City Ballet.
Upon retirement from her ballet career and returning to the UK, Rika began training to become a teacher at the Pilates Therapy Centre in Bournemouth, where she also worked for two years, using a combination of Pilates and therapeutic techniques in order to address a wide array of injuries and conditions. Rika completed her BASI comprehensive training and is excited to join the Pilates Clinic as a BASI instructor. She is very passionate about movement and feels honoured to be able to help people to integrate movement into their everyday lives.
Rika has written a course for Pilates teachers on how to teach those with scoliosis, a rather complex configuration to work with. She delivers this course internationally, and it has changed many lives of those struggling with pain from the condition. We love seeing a pained body turn into a joyful smiling one, and Rika certainly achieves that with her extensive knowledge and experience in the field.
Bonia Sarosiek-Groenendaal (BASI)
Extra training: Injuries and Pathologies, Pilates for Cyclists (APPI)
Bonia’s background is in Arts (she has an MA in Literature and a BAHons in Architecture) but she truly discovered her calling when she became a Pilates instructor. In 2004 she had an accident which left her with three prolapsing discs in the lumbar spine, chronic lower back pain and sciatica. Thanks to her friend and a personal trainer who introduced her to the Pilates method, Bonia’s journey diverted toward fitness.
Since then Bonia accomplished an Advanced Diploma in Mat Pilates with Future Fit (Level3), Reformer Pilates training with Polestar® and a Comprehensive training with BASI®. Apart from teaching Pilates, she is also a Spinning® Star 3 instructor, a TRX® suspension trainer and a Kettlebell instructor. Bonia promotes Pilates to athletes to help them improve their performance and prevent injuries.
Bonia teaches Pilates because she loves seeing people getting better – she believes Pilates brought her back to life and she loves spreading the message.
Anita van der Geest (BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies and Pilates Through pregnancy and beyond
Anita fell in love with exercise and movement whilst studying Philosophy, Politics, Economics at Oxford university, where she also participated in college rowing, dance, gymnastics and aerial arts. She started assisting instructors and found a new passion leading her to qualify as a studio instructor, where her fitness and Pilates journey began.
Anita is fascinated by the body – how it moves, adapts and transforms, working together with the mind. She is excited by the precision of Pilates and how it has impacted herself and her clients’ training. Keen to continue her learning, she trained as a Comprehensive Pilates instructor with Body Arts & Science International (BASI), and enjoys taking courses and workshops on a variety of topics by renowned teachers.
She believes Pilates can benefit people from all walks of life and is excited to work with clients on their individual goals from rehabilitation and performance improvement to increased strength and mobility.
Outside the studio Anita has a corporate career in financial services. We are delighted to have such a talented teacher join our team.
Victoria Gibbs (BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies and Pilates Through pregnancy and beyond, Pilates for the mature client, Optimising shoulder mechanics
Since discovering the benefits of Pilates, Victoria (Tor) hasn’t turned back. As an avid runner and exercise enthusiast, with a desk-based job, Pilates helped bring strength, balance and enhanced mindfulness to her daily life.
After over a decade of working for the UK Government, in 2019 Victoria decided to retrain as a Pilates Instructor, with BASI Pilates UK in Wimbledon.
She has always loved to work with people, and is excited to share her love of Pilates and the positive effects it can have, whilst continuing to deepen her own understanding and learning.
Although Tor is fairly new to teaching Pilates, we jumped at the chance of taking her in as one of ours, because she is exceptional and we know she will do very well.
Laura Teahan (BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies
Lisa La Marca (BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies
Along with Pilates Lisa is also an Illustrator which is another huge passion of hers. She is now able to combine the two and was so privileged to be commissioned to illustrate all the instructors at The Pilates Clinic.
Kendra Neethling (BASI)
Extra training – Injuries and Pathologies
Originally from South Africa, Kendra made the move to the UK with her husband in 2018. She has always had a passion for movement and holistic wellbeing and, as a Qualified Occupational Therapist, Kendra decided to enhance her skill set further by qualifying as a BASI Pilates Comprehensive teacher.
Kendra’s interest in helping and supporting individuals with functional movement and a balanced lifestyle has subsequently lead her to completing the Injuries and Pathologies Course run by BASI, numerous workshops and she is excited to be participating in the Pregnancy and Beyond Course in July.
Since qualifying Kendra has loved working with busy individuals who are motivated to create space within their lives in support of their health and wellbeing. She feels privileged to be part of the Pilates Clinic team and supporting individuals with functional, intentional movement.
Melissa Hetherington (BASI)
Born and raised in London, and with a passion for dance at a very early age, Melissa trained from eight years old at the Royal Ballet School. She subsequently trained vocationally at London Studio Centre – establishing a love for contemporary dance – before joining Michael Clark Company with which she performed internationally for eighteen years. Leading the company’s Creative Learning Program, Melissa has taught dance technique classes and creative and repertory workshops across Europe to both professional dancers and non-dance enthusiasts. Melissa retired from professional dancing in 2019 and has since pursued her long-term interest in Pilates by achieving her BASI (Body Arts Science International) Mat qualification. Identifying ways to strengthen both her own physical practice and well being, she loves to help others improve their mobility and flexibility; she also coaches amateur and semi-professional cyclists and runners in endurance and Pilates-based holistic strength. Melissa is certified in Dance Conditioning With Pilates, and is currently marrying study for her Comprehensive Pilates training with ongoing dance teaching commitments in both professional and pre-professional settings across London. A busy and loving mother of two, Melissa is excited to be exploring this new chapter in her profession and is thrilled to be asked to join The Pilates Clinic’s team.
Corey Annand (BASI)
Extra training – Pilates for Scoliosis
Corey is a professional dancer and Body Art Science International (BASI) certified Pilates instructor.
Corey started practicing Pilates at the age of 9 at the Royal Ballet School associate program. Each class started with Pilates exercises before moving onto classical ballet training. The focus on conditioning the body to help prevent injury and prepare the body for the demands of classical ballet from such an early age, really instilled the importance of caring for your body right from the beginning of her journey to becoming a professional dancer.
After graduating from Elmhurst School for dance in 2012 at 19, she moved to Copenhagen to perform the lead role in ‘The Nutcracker’. Since then she has performed in various widely acclaimed productions both in the UK and internationally before deciding to study to be a Pilates teacher.
Pilates has, and still is, guiding Corey through her career. Allowing her to push herself to new heights pain free, despite a scoliosis and various minor injuries along the way.
Corey believes Pilates is the key to understanding your own body and how to work with it, so as to be able to live a pain free life no matter what your fitness goals or vocation.
Corey is a very talented teacher and we are very lucky to have her to fill in for us when she’s not on stage!
Sarah McKenna (Alan Herdman /BASI)
Sarah was born in Northamptonshire and began life as a classical ballet dancer. Her education in the field of anatomy and dance took me to the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea, London. In 1998, she graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in the Art and Teaching of Ballet from Durham University.
Pilates was an integral part of ballet training and Sarah was fortunate to be taught in London by Alan Herdman. While dancing and teaching ballet in London, Sarah became very interested in the methods available for the prevention and treatment of injuries; as well as corrective exercise. This is where a deep passion lies in the rehabilitation from pain, discomfort or injury as her own self practice kept her body happy and healthy during her career.
Sarah trained as a Pilates teacher directly with Alan Herdman (2001) and initially taught for Alan in his studio at The Chelsea Harbour Club, London. Sarah continued to work with dancers and was the Pilates Instructor at the Royal Academy of Dance, where she joined the team of staff to educate future classical ballet teachers.
Some 20 years on and Sarah is still constantly updated her skills with more training (in 2019 re trained with BASI Pilates at The Pilates Clinic) and she truly believes that Pilates is for everyone and is very passionate about making sure people feel at ease and confident in their own bodies not only in the studio but where ever life takes them beyond the studio door.
Jennifer Foster (BASI)
Jenny is trained and qualified as a BASI Pilates instructor who was born in Canada. From a young age Jenny keenly pursued activities such as hiking and canoeing, cross country and athletics alongside her main passion, ballet. It was while involved in dance and teaching fitness classes that she discovered Pilates and fell in love with it. Upon completing a degree in the History of Art at the University of Toronto Jenny moved to the UK in 1997 to complete a Master’s degree at UCL. After a few years working happily in the art world at a major auction house and gallery and then having a family, Jenny’s passion for movement led her to train as a Pilates teacher.
As someone involved in dance and sport throughout her life Jenny is fascinated by the way Pilates encourages a mind/body connection that can be transformative bringing bodily strength and mental well-being. As someone who has had to cope with injury-causing hypermobility Jenny has experienced first-hand how Pilates can transform the body away from instability and pain towards long term strength and functional movement. Jenny strives to improve as a teacher by continuing her education. She loves working with people; she is inspired to share her love of Pilates with clients of all ages and abilities, to support, challenge and inspire them to attain their fitness goals through the challenge and beauty of Pilates.