Find a Scolio-Pilates Instructor - OsteoPilates

Find a Scolio-Pilates Instructor

Currently there are 17 women world-wide that have the extensive training that is required to call themselves an Authorized Scolio-Pilates Practitioner. Here they are! Please reach out to them. They are ready to help you.

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patti-green-1 Patti Green

Location: Mesa, AZ

Owner of PS Pilates a home studio in Mesa, AZ. B.S. Education K-8 and B.S. Education Hearing Impaired K-12 from Bowling Green State University.  Polestar trained and Stott Certified.

It was from her personal diagnosis of adult onset scoliosis that began her desire to become a Scoliosis Practitioner.  She now devotes herself to educating and training others to get themselves out of pain and manage the progression of this condition.  

Her studio offers private and group sessions for all ages.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates Instructor since 2016

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Karena Thek

Location: Oxnard, California

Karena is the author of Scolio-Pilates® and the creator of the Scolio-Pilates Method for managing scoliosis in the Pilates and therapeutic settings.  Karena continues to teach at her home studio, Pilates Teck, while traveling internationally to instruct other professionals on the Scolio-Pilates Method. When she’s not traveling and teaching she is investigating two Scoliosis-related studies. The first is the development of “The Scoliosis Syndrome”: a predictable pattern of muscle facilitation and inhibition in scoliosis. The second is a Scoliosis Breathing Pattern Study: looking for a predictable breathing pattern for those with scoliosis.

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Karena is available for in-person and online sessions. Please see our Getting Started with Scolio-Pilates document

Jenice Acosta

Location: San Francisco, California

Jenice is a ScolioPilates practioner and also specializes in pelvic floor dysfunctions by studying with Diane Lee DPT in Canada. Completing a Womens Heath Course in July of 2015, in New Perspectives from The Integrated Systems Model for Treating Women with PGP, SUI, POP and/or DRA treating pre and postnatal women and men in pelvic floor issues. Jenice will be returning to Canada to continue her studies in pelvic floor dysfunctions in June of 2017. She recently completed another course in February 2017, specific to Diastasis and the true role of the transverse abdominis in healing the linea alba with A Clinical Guide for Those who are Split Down the Middle. Teaching to populations with injury, in helping people thrive with new movement skills and awareness of their own body, Jenice also teaches athletes and to the healthy population. She hopes to reinvigorate and help bring people to their fullest potential with a learning body through awareness of oneself in how to create lasting change. 

Jenice Acosta is a former professional dancer with a BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Kinesiology from ASU. She brings a varied movement training background from personal training to dance and Pilates, all within a scope of rehabilitation emphasis as well as challenging healthy bodies. She recently completed pre-med coursework in preparation for a degree in Physical Therapy, but was unable to pursue grad school due to hemifacial spasm that transformed her life. Jenice has also had some major injuries in her lifetime, including a torn disk in the lumbar spine and understands the process from the acute phase of injury to full recovery personally. She now combines her training and many healing experiences to teach sound movement skills with Pilates. Working as a Physical therapy aide for 2+ years in preparation for grad school, she walked patients through injury and surgery to recovery, under the guidance and supervision of Gina Giammanco and Harvey Deustch. Therefore, Jenice understands fully the delicate balance that needs to happen to begin the road to recovery with education and precision of placement of joints, pelvis, and spine along with the compassion needed to get people back on their feet with confidence and knowledge. She began her journey in Pilates training at Turning Point Studios in 2002 with Nora St. John and Naomi Leiserson, with an emphasis in rehabilitation of sports injuries. She has continued her study at Re:Ab NY with Brooke Siler, Carolina Czechowska, Cary Regan, Emma Rivera, and Lynn Balliette. Continuing her thirst for knowledge, she just completed another 950 hours of internship through The Pilates Center of Boulder.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2016

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Michelle Ames

Location: Calabasas, California

Michelle Ames, PMA-CPT, is the owner of Honor Body Pilates in Calabasas, California where she instructs her clients using the Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner skills learned from Karenna and comes to us as a Certified Pilates Trainer with an eclectic movement training education. She trains her clients in her studio in Calabasas via private sessions only using Pilates, Red Cord, Franklin Method and Core Align techniques.

A graduate of the Franklin Method Level 1 Educator program studying with Tom McCook and Morton Dittmer, she uses her Franklin Method skills to train you by honoring your body’s natural bone rhythms along with naturally allowing your cardiovascular breathing to expand as she encourages your body’s natural movement abilities to guide your sessions. Michelle completed the Balanced Body Mentor Training Program with esteemed Master Pilates educator Jillian Hessel in 2014 and to this day still continues to be professionally mentored by Jillian, each week being educated in the never ending knowledge of the Pilates elders who came before us. Michelle graduated from Balanced Body Core Align training in 2017 with 222 hours of expert training from Tiza Riley and is qualified to teach all levels of Core Align. She is a graduate of the Pilates Sports Center educational facility with a Comprehensive Pilates Training Certificate and is a 2013 graduate of Karenna Thek’s Scolio-Pilates Mentorship, a graduate of Mariska Breland’s intensive training for Multiple Sclerosis and Neurological Disorders and has completed the Somanaut journey with esteemed educator Dr. Gil Hedley, completing two full body dissections for the purpose of understanding the human body’s inner workings.   As an energy healing modality to go with the physical pursuits she is also a Master Reiki Practitioner.

Michelle customizes and create special individualized programs for her clients with asymmetrical bodies and clients who are struggling with their scoliosis symptoms. She strives to teach and heal people through movement using dynamic movement modalities that will help you stay strong, flexible, easy in your body and mind, to prevent injuries, to recover from them, to learn and discover new skills. When working with clients Michelle endeavors to teach efficiency of movement as taught to her by Kim Haroche using the science and understanding of the autonomic nervous system which will encourage self-reflection, introspection, and the use of mind and spirit to connect with the physical self to inspire clients to get to know, understand and love the trifecta of body, mind, and spirit fulfillment. If you want to change your body, first change your mind! Michelle welcomes all skill levels and walks of life into her studio each week in Calabasas.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2013

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Gaby Diskin

Location: Orinda, California

Gaby Diskin is a Pilates and CoreAlign instructor at DiskIN Pilates Center. She did her Pilates training with Body Arts and Science International and completed her CoreAlign certification with Balanced Body. Her own scoliosis has led her to specialize in working with asymmetries and back care maintenance.

Gaby is also a yoga for scoliosis instructor certified by Elise Miller. Gaby has a background in dance and a Bachelor of Arts in Design from San Francisco State University.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2014

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Gwen Miller

Location: Windsor, California

Gwen is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Trainer as well as  C.H.E.K Practitioner III. Her background gives her a unique perspective on seeing the changes of the body and how best to bring those changes back to an improved alignment. Gwen is the owner of Physio|Balance Pilates, and you can find her there using a wide variety of modalities to help bring her clients back to health.  In addition to her Pilates and C.H.E.K background, Gwen holds multiple nationally recognized personal training certifications, and is a Yoga Alliance-Registered Yoga Teacher.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2013

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Roseann Pelayo 

Location: Granada Hills, California

Roseann instructs with Authorized Scolio-Pilates Practitioner, Michelle Ames, at @Pilates. The two create a formidable team for those in the Los Angeles area needing help for scoliosis.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2015

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Rose Thomas

Location: Novato, California

Rose is co-owner of Novato Pilates in Marin County, CA.   She is certified through ITT Pilates in San Francisco, most recently completing her Mastery Level certification in 2013 (primary teachers Jean Sullivan and Madeline Black).

Having worked with numerous clients with scoliosis since she started teaching in 2005, a desire to better serve each of their unique structural and functional needs led her to Scolio-Pilates.   Being able to apply what she has learned to any client with imbalance was the icing on the cake!  Rose has no greater satisfaction than seeing her clients’ joy and relief in getting their pain levels under control and finally able to enjoy life to the fullest–from participating in sports and other extra-curricular activities, to playing with their grandchildren, or even doing chores like picking up a laundry basket, washing the dishes, or gardening.  Helping her clients to move, rest, and live a pain-free life is her passion.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2016

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Janet Sharp-Freedman

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Janet began her fitness career teaching group fitness classes at Indiana University while earning her undergraduate degree in dietetics and her masters degree in exercise physiology. With over 20 years in the fitness industry she has found her true passion in Pilates. She gets much satisfaction from educating clients and empowering them to understand and manage their spines with improved alignment and strength. Janet is a PHI certified Pilates instructor. She has spent her life working to understand scoliosis and the alternate treatment methods. Janet has a Herington Rod fusion and her daughter is currently using scolio-pilates to help reduce her scoliosis curve and manage her pain with much success.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2014

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Victoria is owner and lead instructor of Mogo Pilates in Wayzata, MN a suburb of Minneapolis, MN. She is PMA® Certified and is the only certified Scolio-Pilates® practitioner in Minnesota and the Midwest. Her studio offers both weekly and intensive Scolio-Pilates® programs for clients with all degrees of scoliosis. Mogo Pilates is a fully equipped studio with Scolio-Pilates® equipment such as Scolio-Wedges and the K2 Scolio Wedge. Victoria has helped several clients over the years balance and strengthen their bodies to achieve a neutral spine.

For over 20 years, Victoria has been practicing and teaching Pilates. She is a graduate of the advanced teacher training program at The Pilates Center (TPC), Boulder, CO. and has her Master’s certification from TPC.  She continues her education with multiple programs and workshops each year including the Pilates Plus Psyche with Mary Bowen in Northhampton, MA and is being mentored by TPC’s Debora Kolwey in Eve Gentry work.

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 catherine Catherine Fieldman

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Catherine is the owner of Stabilize Studios, focusing on the special needs of individuals through Pilates.    She did her Pilates training with Body Arts and Science International and will be finishing  her second comprehensive certification with Polestar Pilates in March.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates Practitioner since September 2016

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Nancy Reilly

Location: Galveston, Texas

Nancy is a certified Pilates and Gyrotonic Instructor working out her studio Coastal Groove in Galveston, Texas.  Nancy’s passion for helping those with scoliosis led her to eventually begin a group class for Scolio-Pilates™ from the many private clients she was seeing.  And group Scolio-Pilates™ is great.  Everyone benefits, not only from Nancy’s knowledge but from the support of the other students in class going through the same experiences.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2013

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Suzanne Koucheravy

Falls Church, Virginia

Suzanne is a certified Polestar Pilates Practitioner on the staff of an integrated Physical Therapy and Wellness clinic.  With over  30 years of experience as a ballet dancer and teacher, she is perfectly equipped for what she does today: using Pilates and Scolio-Pilates as a tool to rehabilitate and strengthen her clients. She has successfully helped many dancers to return to studio and performance work as well as assisting dancers to overcome the complications of scoliosis.  Her goal is to empower each of her “curvy” clients to manage their scoliosis for health of mind and body.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates Master Teacher since February 2014

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2013

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Joanne Wong

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Joanne works as an Exercise and Manual Therapist at Sitka Physio and Wellness teaching various methods as needed by her clients. Scolio-Pilates has been an important addition in helping those with Scoliosis to reduce or eliminate pain. Her certifications are in Pilates, Pfilates/Bellies Inc, Yoga, TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) and KMI Structural Integration with advanced myofascial training in manual therapy for Scoliosis.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since September 2014

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Julie Selwood

Location: Tuebingen, Baden Wuerttemberg

Julie graduated from the Royal Ballet School (RBS) in London to begin her career as professional classical ballet dancer. During her school training at the RBS an injury enabled her to discover Pilates and after unbelievable results went on to practice it whilst travelling the world dancing She became a certified Pilates instructor in 2001 with Brady Wedmann from the Pilates Centre of Boulder Colorado. She founded and directed the Jules pure Pilates studio/ teacher training school in Zurich until 2012. Since this time Julie has trained Private clients through out Europe and numerous specialized workshops. She is also a certified Scolio-Pilates practitioner since 2015.

Pilates is a way of life to celebrate and share to help gracefully preserve/ heal mankind. With 23 years of experience in the method it remains a personal passion!

Julie is fluent in English, German and basic French.

Authorized Scolio-Pilates Practitioner since 2015

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