Heather was born and raised in San Diego. She has a degree in Theater Arts with a focus in Physical Theater and Modern Dance and spent some time dancing in a professional jazz company in Northern California. Heather’s love and appreciation of the human body combined with her passion for helping other achieve their fitness goals is what brought about the studio. Her favorite thing about teaching Pilates is seeing the rapid changes in her students’ bodies. They are quickly able to move more comfortably and are happier than ever with their bodies overall appearance. She loves being a part of the transformation in both body and mind. In her free time, Heather can be found spending time with her two sons, doing yoga, spending time with friends, hiking or walking, and juicing.
Heidi Strudler is passionate about Pilates and all types of exercise. She has a BSN in Nursing with years of experience helping clients with head , spinal cord , and traumatic injuries to recover. She also has expertise in Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates and has led parent education and transitioning Mother's support groups. She completed Club Pilates Teacher Training, and constantly takes classes and continuing education programs to keep her Pilates Practice fresh and exciting. Clients love that she is always changing up her classes !
Heidi knows first hand the transformative power of a strong Pilates practice , positive energy, and healthy lifestyle choices. She has maintained a one hundred pound weight loss , and is inspires clients to achieve their own health and fitness goals. In Heidi's classes she offers personalized instruction and cueing so group classes can be individualized for injuries, and also to include different challenge levels. You will leave her classes feeling energized and positive.
Along with her Pilates obsession Heidi loves the beach , reading, Dr. Who ,and cooking. She has a wonderful husband Steve , two daughters Ariella and Gabriella , and her Boston Terrier Mr. Mac. Heidi believes that with perseverance , a sense of humor, and gratitude you can accomplish anything!
Rebecca has recently relocated from San Francisco. She is certified in STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Stability Chair™, Barrels and Cadillac. She trained at Blue Sparrow Pilates, San Francisco’s STOTT PILATES® instructor training center.
Rebecca is a dancer, teacher and enthusiast of scuba diving, hiking and kayaking. Pilates has allowed her to become a stronger and more efficient mover in all of her favorite activities. This is something she is passionate about sharing with others. Rebecca has also found pilates to aid in the rehabilitation of a chronic lower back injury.
In 2007, Rebecca graduated from Mills College, Oakland with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance. She also began teaching modern dance technique at Sonoma State University. While performing professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York and continuing to teach dance, Rebecca has found pilates to be a perfect complement to her dance career. She is passionate about sharing her love of movement and fitness with others.
Tina is a San Diego native and has been practicing Pilates since 2009. "I always knew that one day I would want to be an instructor," says Tina of her love and passion towards the work. So in 2013, she became a certified Pilates instructor and continues to further her Pilates education. One of Tina's main goals is to develop a specialization in teaching Pilates to the mature client. To her, maintaining an active lifestyle no matter a person's age is crucial for overall physical health and mental well-being. In addition, Tina has built her own mini-studio in order to create and practice new routines/techniques.
In her spare time, Tina practices yoga and enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities.
Melissa Joy Minjarez
Melissa has a diverse background of skills and training to bring to West Coast Pilates Centre. She obtains a BA of Physical Education, and Pilates certifications through Pilates Coach and Balanced Body. Her experience includes post-rehabilitation conditioning, aquatic and physical therapy, personal training, senior and adult fitness workshops, sports coaching, Barre and PiYo.
Previous to her Pilates training, Melissa has been acknowledged as a gymnast, wrestler, and track and cross-country runner. She is recognized as a northern CA top finisher runner in 5k, 10k, and 1/2 marathon, and ran in the American River 50 Mile Endurance Run 2012. In 1997 she became the first female in California history to advance to the junior college state wrestling finals.
In 2004 she was convinced that Pilates balanced approach to be a magnificent cross-training tool for injury prevention, and to strengthen and lengthen tired overworked muscles. Moreover, giving you that extra strength to take the next step forward towards achieving your goals and in your daily life.
Melissa is very passionate about how Pilates workouts can transforms the way your body feels, looks, and performs. She looks forward to working with clients of all ages and physical conditions to help them see the long-term benefits. Come join her class to breath, be strong, and be happy.
Passionate for a new way of life, Ryo turned to fitness. Now, living as a Stott Pilates instructor she has freed herself from the weekly grind.
Coming from a corporate background, Pilates has made an impact on her life! Foremost, the philosophy of Stott Pilates has changed her understanding of the core. Through her personal journey, she has freed herself from the daily aches and stiffness. Overall it has provided a balanced lifestyle, helping her better understand the mind & body awareness and how the two inter-connect. She hopes her experience will help others gain a similar "happiness".
Ryo Chea is a Stott Pilates Instructor from Seattle, WA. She is fully trained in Mat and Reformer from Bodycenter Studios in Seattle WA. She currently teaches at Intimate Pilates, Tukwila Community Center, and will be joining 5 Elements Fitness starting February 2014.
We are thrilled to have Ryo as a Guest Instructor at West Coast Pilates Centre. She will be offering classes for us in January 2014.
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