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  • Alexis  

    Alexis has been a leader in the fitness world for over 15+ years, as a top fitness trainer and coach in the industry. She is a Bay Area native and holds a degree in Communication and several national certifications in Pilates, yoga and Personal Training. Her extensive experience as a wellness coach have given her a unique holistic approach to fitness. She has trained in premier health clubs and private studios as well as, her own wellness consulting practice.

    Alexis is a Mom of 3, passionate about healthy living and green lifestyle and all things positive. Her philosophy is that your fitness starts from the inside out and with the right mindset, any goals can be achieved. Pilates can transform someone physically and mentally and that strength carries over into daily life.

    Alexis invites you to train in her classes or private sessions. She has experience training all fitness levels and believes that Pilates is really for every body. Participants will be amazed with her professional and effective instruction and will see their strength, flexibility and posture improve.

    Certifications: Balanced Body Pilates, NCEP personal trainer, NCEP program design, and Triyoga, SURFSET.
  • Allison  

    Allison believes Pilates is a language of movement that anyone can learn, no matter their level of fitness. She came to Pilates after years of living a sedentary life and feeling incredibly disconnected from her body. Pilates helped her find a sense of joy in movement, regardless of how she looked.


    She wants to bring that same joy to all students of the method via her dedication to fostering body positive attitudes in her group classes and her private lessons. She knows that life isn't one size fits all, and neither is a Pilates practice. She's a firm believer in HAES/HAAS (health at any/every size).


    She is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher and she loves to stay curious and continually learn new research that she can then bring into her teaching.


    In her free time she can be found spending more time figuring out what to watch on Netflix than she actually spends watching Netflix, sewing 16th century clothing, or cuddling her two kitties while her nose is buried in a book.


    She looks forward to meeting you in the studio!

  • Angella  

    Angella’s desire to challenge her bodies’ physical limitations first started with dance. Then eventually athletics became her passion. Angella was a two sport athlete with collegiate and Olympic dreams. Unfortunately, after tearing her ACL her senior year in high school, that road was cut short. Her training and her injury has given her the insight on how to challenge the body and how to patiently deal with injury.

    Before joining the Pilates V family, Angella was furthering her education in kinesiology and a dedicated stay at home mom. Her background as an elite athlete, driven student, personal trainer, chiropractic assistant and dedicated mother gives her the acumen needed to be a attentive and thoughtful instructor. She has been a Pilates instructor just short of a year. Her classes reflect years of personal training experience, 300+ Pilates reformer certification hours, experience teaching TRX, and barre. Angella style derives from her love of dance and fitness. She looks to improve her students flexibility, core strength and coordination, while building their confidence in their overall fitness journey.
  • Annie  

    Annie has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years promoting wellness to her clients in a variety of settings including studio, fitness, corporate and clinical. She is a practitioner of the contemporary Stott Pilates method and holds certifications in Comprehensive Mat/Apparatus, Injuries and Special Populations, Total Barre and is an Instructor Trainer at Mindful Movement Collective LLC in Newark. In addition she is an ACE certified personal trainer and Registered Dietitian since 1988.

    After a low back injury from distance running and with the birth of her third child, Annie was introduced to Pilates and immediately experienced the rehabilitative benefits in both body and mind. In 2002 she started. her certification training. She enjoys designing individualized programs as well as creative group class formats that make Pilates accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Annie's mindfulness practice also includes spending quality time with friends and her three children; John, Juliana and Jocelyn. She also enjoys exploring nature with her two canine companions.
  • Belen  

    Belen has always enjoyed dance and movement since a very early age. While attending UCLA in the early 2000s, she started taking yoga classes at the campus gym. She quickly fell in love with the movement and centering aspect of yoga. This love eventually led her to becoming a certified yoga instructor through Yogafit in 2009. She thoroughly enjoyed being a yoga instructor but often times developed ongoing chronic joint pain while teaching and during her own practice. Her physical therapists urged her to let go of her yoga practice in favor of teaching pilates. Due to this, in 2014 she took a leap of faith and did a one-on-one comprehensive 75 hour Classical Pilates mat certification with the owner of Total Body Wellness in Albuquerque, NM. Her mat training was the beginning of her passion of Pilates and specifically the reformer apparatus.

    “The reformer has helped my body to feel like it did in my twenties. My freedom of movement greatly improved and allowed me to continue the other activities I loved.” -Belen

    Belen has taught yoga and mat pilates in different cities in the US and the United Kingdom. Her goals are:

    - To help her students develop a mind-body connection.
    - Improve her clients' efficiency of movement in their daily life.
    - A focus on alignment and accuracy of movement.

    Her teaching approach is about helping others find a mind body connection with an emphasis on proper alignment. She enjoys learning as much as she can about Pilates and hopes to share her positive energy with her clients! In her free time she enjoys doing outdoor activities with her family and their dog.
  • Camilla  

    Camilla is a health enthusiast who has a strong passion towards building a well-rounded lifestyle. She believes that preventative care is the most important thing you can do, and one way this can be achieved is through practicing Pilates.

    Camilla received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California in Irvine. She has been trained in Pilates Mat and Reformer through Balanced Body University. She is also a 200-hour RYT Yoga Instructor certified through Yoga Alliance. She plans on refining her skills in healing the body through exercise to prepare for her future career as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

    Camilla brings fresh enthusiasm and energy to each and every exercise class. She is driven to help others reach their own health and fitness goals. She uses her knowledge in psychology to help her students feel motivated and continue to challenge their limits, believing it is never too late to start living a healthier lifestyle, and it is always possible to be better today than you were yesterday!
  • Carissa  

    Bio coming soon
  • Darin  

    Many years ago, I was experimenting with many different forms of exercise to lose weight. One day, I brought myself to try the Pilates Reformer Class and I fell in love with it. I finished my sixty-class program very quickly. I can say that this is the one and only workout that I did not need any external factors to encourage me to exercise. After attending a marathon of Pilates Reformer sessions, I still felt something was missing. Although my body got stronger, I still did not reach my personal expectations. Then I found Pilates Instructor Training Programs. With no doubt, I gave myself a shot! I told myself, if the program is not good, then I would drop the course. But I never ever dropped. Instead, I finished all three Pilates Instructor Training Courses and became a Certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor (Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor). I also strength my knowledge & teaching skill by getting personal trainer certification from The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I am so grateful and appreciative that I followed my dream.

    Besides Pilates, I coach indoor rowing. Exercising, cooking & baking are my main hobbies. I have a bilingual food blog in which I share my passion for cooking with family, friends and my readers. I always enjoy making healthy food (Whole Food, More Greens, Less Sugar, Low & Good Carb, Low & Good Fat) in my kitchen.
  • Giselli  

    Giselli is an international Pilates Instructor and Physical Therapist with over 10 years of experience. She was first introduced to Pilates as a result of back pain and has continued to study Pilates because of its exceptional benefits to her health. Giselli received her first Pilates certification in Brazil and continued her education at Body Arts and Science International in Virginia where she completed her teacher training certification in BASI Pilates. She loves the challenge of instructing both groups and individuals for a fun, modern and safe workout.

    "In my practice, my teaching and in my life I am inspired by connection with the body and soul. I am committed to doing my best to live fully in each moment. I have personally benefitted from Pilates in every way. As a teacher, my intention is to create a space where each student can experience their own greatness."
  • Grace  

    Grace moved from Beijing, China to Los Angeles, California to pursue a Chemical Engineering degree at USC. While balancing her reverse osmosis studies (ask her about industrial water treatment) with fitness, she discovered Pilates as the best way to overcome her muscle imbalance problems caused from years of intense fencing competitions.

    Grace's interest (obsession) with Pilates only grew from there, and as a student of Rael Isacowitz, she completed her BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training in Newport Beach, California at BASI headquarters. Joined by her husband, Grace attended BASI's LFTL (Learn from the Leader) Conference in Pretoria, South Africa.

    Grace incorporates an engineering approach to analyze her clients movements during her Pilates lessons, where she helps clients re-educate their muscles, gain better alignment, and achieve optimal balance between flexibility and strength.

    Grace enjoys traveling to new places, eating spicy Chinese hot pot meals, and playing with her three big fluffy dogs.

  • Grecia  

    My name is Grecia Gutierrez, I decided to start practicing Yoga and Pilates approximately 6 years ago through a community college for PE credits and I decided to try Yoga and Pilates and I fell completely in love with it. It has not only helped me physically but mentally as well.

    I became an instructor because like everyone else, I too have my own story to share and hope it helps someone out with their own journey. I have my personal experience with what it’s like to want to work out and pursue a healthier lifestyle but not having the correct guidance and full support team. I’ve had my share of struggles and low moments to a point where I had given up on myself but something inside me pushed me and helped me get to where I am at right now. Since I know what it’s like to take on a journey by oneself I want to be that support system for someone and help them and allow them the encouragement they not only want but need and deserve. I have received my Comprehensive Pilates Certification and Yoga Certification from College of San Mateo, I love expanding my knowledge, growing as an individual, mentor and instructor, and sharing the benefits of all of the Pilates apparatus with my clients.
  • Heather  

    Heather has practiced Pilates for more than 10 years, and has completed training in both mat and reformer-based Pilates. She has completed her comprehensive 500-hour certification with Pilates V and is a PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified instructor. Heather is a former corporate executive and mother of two young children, who seeks the benefits of a more active lifestyle by incorporating a robust and consistent daily exercise practice into her routine.

    Heather is passionate about using Pilates to help clients tackle common fitness challenges, including:

    - balancing a demanding career with the need for self-care
    - regaining fitness and strength following pregnancy
    - improving core strength and flexibility to decrease the risk of injury in other athletic pursuits
    - maintaining bone strength

    Heather believes in the importance of Pilates as a strength, flexibility and balance builder, and for its power in encouraging proper use of muscles during exercise and in daily life. In her Pilates teaching, she focuses on building overall strength, improving posture, and relieving stress. Besides Pilates, Heather’s other athletic pursuits include high intensity interval training and boot camp.
  • Janelle  

    Janelle loves to see clients enjoy the benefits of Pilates. She is certified by Balanced Body, PMA, NASM and has pre-/post- natal and TRX continuing education training. After experiencing how Pilates on the apparatus helped her recover from a back injury, she was inspired to become a certified instructor to help others.
  • Jeanette  

    I am a Fitness fanatic - from boxing to yoga, running to somatic dance, I'll try any workout at least once. I am kinesthetic so its important to me to always stay connected to my body and I can accomplish this through working out and conscious movements.

    I'm a Bay area native who recently transitioned from the tech world of corporate marketing to Pilates and the business of wellness for body and mind through movement, meditation and good nutrition. Sitting sedentary at a desk for 9+ hours a day, made me quickly realize how much pressure and lack of love our spines and core unit receive. I found pilates as a solution for nagging back pain, low energy levels and quickly fell in love. However, it was Mimi San who brought life to my love of Pilates and gave it meaning and purpose. Over the past year, I've been able to work with many different bodies and see the direct correlation between the breath and movement and the zest for life that Pilates provides.

    Outside of pilates, I'm probably somewhere on the coast sitting by an ocean or learning from the great outdoors, on my yoga mat exploring new ways to connect with my body or spending time with my husband and Buddy - my cat.

    Really excited to join the Pilates V family and continue learning and growing from each and every one of you.

  • Leanne  

    A California native, Leanne was born and raised in Campbell, CA. She studied Radio Broadcasting and Dance at San Jose State and at Brooklyn College in New York. Leanne worked for the Walt Disney Company at Radio Disney (San Francisco and New York) for almost 10 years. All the while, she continued to study dance and preform in Musical Theatre in both California and New York. She was a member of the San Jose State Spectrum dance team and has danced professionally for the San Jose Stealth and Stockton Wolves. After working in the radio industry for over a decade, she felt it was time to explore the fitness industry and that's when she decided to make a career out of Pilates. Leanne completed her teacher training through a 500 hour, comprehensive Pilates training program. Her extensive dance background and personal experience from the benefits of Pilates have helped to shape her into the upbeat and energetic instructor that she is today!
  • Marilyn  

    Marilyn has been in dance and fitness most of her life. When she is not working you can find her on the Ballroom floor. “Ballroom is very demanding on the body so I take my own Pilates practice very seriously. It keeps me strong and in perfect balance”. She started working as a Personal Trainer 15 years ago. Soon after she starting teaching Personal Training she found C.H.E.K Institute (Corrective, High-Performance, Exercise, Kinesiologist) and took the Exercise Coach, Neuromuscular Therapy, Scientific Back Training, and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching certifications, as well as a TRX certification. She is very passionate about holistic health and wellness.

    Shortly after she found Pilates and is now fully certified through Balanced Body. Pilates became a passion because she loves the “mind / body connection”. She continued with specialty certifications in scoliosis (dealing with scoliosis herself). She loves connecting to her students and helping them reach their goals, all while keeping an element of fun in the workouts.
  • Melinda   

    A Sunnyvale native, Melinda has over 10 years of experience teaching Pilates in San Francisco and more recently on islands of various sizes: Manhattan, Parrot Cay (Turks and Caicos) and Nantucket. Fluent in both classical and contemporary Pilates, she is a National Certified Pilates Teacher® and NASM® Certified Personal Trainer with advanced training in biomechanics, neuromuscular control, and motor learning. In other words, NERD alert :) Her teaching style is fun, educational, and challenging. She loves to see her students develop strength and confidence while they learn to appreciate all their bodies can do.

    When she’s not at the studio, you might find her on the dance floor, on a climbing wall, or strumming her banjolele. She is super excited to join the Pilates V family and finally teach Pilates in her hometown!

  • Michele  

    Michele Mandell earned her Exercise Physiology and Nutrition degrees at CSU, Chico, but her journey in the fitness industry started in the 80’s when she started taking Group Exercise classes. Right away Michele knew that group exercise (aerobics at the time) was going to be an important part of her life.
    By 1987 she was teaching “aerobics” at three different fitness centers and spreading her love of fitness.

    In 2008 Michele, who was now working in Santa Clara as a Group Exercise Director, started her study of Pilates. Right away she realized that Pilates was special. Anyone could participate, whether they were an 80 year old or a 20 year old competitive athlete and get fabulous benefits. Michele finished her Peak Pilates certification in 2009 and is currently working on a second certification through Balanced Body University.

    Michele, a ACE certified group fitness instructor, teaches weekly classes in cardio kickboxing, athletic conditioning, BODYPUMP, and Pilates. She found a new passion in teaching at Pilates V, where she has found an amazing community of wonderful teachers and students.

    She invites you to join her energy-filled classes every Saturday morning in Campbell.

    “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

  • Monica  

    Monica has always been passionate about health and fitness. When she began practicing Pilates she found it greatly benefited her both physically and mentally. It is an amazing practice that not only connects the mind and body while performing the exercises but can also be integrated into daily life. Learning and applying the principles of Pilates is safe, accessible, and beneficial for everyone.

    After a debilitating car accident she used Pilates to rehab her body and it inspired her to eventually pursue a career in helping others benefit from Pilates as she has done. She loves working with clients and helping them achieve their goals.

    She has been trained through Balanced Body University's Pilates Instructor certification course and plans on continuing her education as there is always more to learn!
  • Sarah  

    Sarah is a professional dancer and fitness instructor, classically trained in ballet for over 20 years while studying styles such as Modern, Contemporary, and Lyrical. She currently performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula with the New Ground Theatre Dance Company as one of their core dancers.

    Sarah’s passion for movement brought her to Pure Barre where she trained to become a certified barre instructor. Over the last 6 years of teaching she has honed her skills, created a strong client base, and developed a powerful presence within the fitness community. Looking to deepen her love of technique and form, which she attained from her extensive ballet training, Sarah turned to Pilates to broaden her practice.

    Pilates has not only strengthened her own personal practice and performance, but given her the ability to bring greater knowledge and understanding of movement to her clients. Sarah is extremely excited to bring her talent and personality to Pilates V and looks forward to helping each and every person she works with reach new heights!
  • Shannan  

    Professional Background: Physical movement has played a vital, constant role in Shannan’s life. Pilates is her rock. She’s been doing Pilates, playing sports, and dancing since childhood. Pilates has helped her feel more healthy, confident, and relaxed. Shannan wants to help others feel these profound Pilates benefits while working toward their own personal weight loss, lean muscle toning, balance, posture, coordination and injury rehab goals.

    Why Shannan Does Pilates: Shannan discovered Pilates as a very young athlete looking to cross train. She’s been hooked ever since! The intensity spectrum of Pilates is awesome. It makes her feel strong and powerful, yet it is gentle on her joints. It’s amazing how Pilates can provide a seriously kick butt workout, but can also be gentle enough to prevent and rehabilitate injuries by correcting muscle imbalances and improving flexibility and core strength. Shannan loves a hard core workout, but also has a history of pain in her neck, back, shoulders, and knees so Pilates is perfect for her. It has been essential for her injury rehab and keeps flare ups at bay. Shannan really enjoys using Pilates to help people feel more pain free and happy.

    - Teaching Pilates since 2011
    - STOTT Pilates: Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels
    - NUTRITION Coach/Personal Trainer: NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) since 2012
    - Kickboxing Instructor
    - Barre Instructor
    - TRX Instructor
    - HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Boot Camp Instructor
    - BA, Dance, UC Irvine (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Pilates Reformer, World Dance)
    - USC Physical Therapy Background (#1 PT school)
    - Student Athletic Trainer for UCI Sports Teams and Dance Department
    - Dance Science Researcher and Presenter at IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine & Science) conferences overseas

    Personal Fun Facts: Shannan loves dogs and just got a Maltese puppy:) Fun cardio integrated Pilates, healthy eating, and a great TV show are musts in her life.

    Shannan’s own personal fitness mantra: “Exercise, especially when done mindfully, is the key to a long and happy life.”

  • Sharon  

    Bio coming soon
  • Stephanie  

    Stephanie developed her love for barre, Pilates, and body mechanics in the amazing city of Los Angeles. where she found Pilates to be a welcome respite from work and her graduate studies. Among other hidden talents, she is both a competitive and professional dancer, traveling around the world with various companies as a corps member and fire performer. She found that Pilates not only improved her movement technique, but also her quality of life. This is what she strives to impart unto others--and doing so with firm, yet empathetic guidance. She believes Pilates is an extremely time-efficient way to strengthen supporting muscles which will not only decrease likelihood of injuries but will greatly enhance other workouts and functional everyday activities. Most importantly, learning how to become a master of your body is what makes it so much FUN!
  • Sally  

    Bio coming soon
  • Emily  

    Emily is the Director of Studio Operations with Pilates V. She is a Power Pilates Master Instructor, NASM/ASFA Certified Personal Trainer with StrongFirst Olympic Lifting & Kettlebell certifications and an RRCA Certified Running Coach. When she’s not at the gym she enjoys training for & running marathons, drinking wine and hanging out with her doodles, Ziggy and Chewy.
  • Gina  

    Owner & operator, primarily focused on everything internal.
  • Michael  

    Owner & operator, primarily focused on everything external.