Cathy is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Pedagogy. She worked on a Masters in Movement Therapy at Hunter College in NYC, and received a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med degree from Columbia University. She was a full scholarship recipient at several Dance Conservatories in NYC such as Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey.
Cathy, who had an extensive dance background, found her way to Pilates to enhance her instrument to perform. Cathy has been practicing Yoga and Pilates since 1996. Cathy is certified through Physical Mind, Power Pilates, Polestar Pilates International and PMA. She is a member with the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) and Yoga Alliance and is a member of good standing with American Fitness Association of America. She is also a member of NAPW (National Association of Professional Women). Cathy's studio is a Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Host Site and she is a Polestar Pilates Movement Educator for Texas. Cathy also completed the 30 hour Comprehensive Smart Core training with Marie-Jose Blom Lawrence. Cathy is also a Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist Level III.
Cathy attends several continuing education conferences every year to learn and know the latest research and approach to movement, for clients with Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Parkinsons, MS and all the spinal pathologies as well as womens health and the physically fit.
Staff Physical Therapist and Certified Pilates Practitioner
Betsy is a graduate of Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and holds a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. She is also certified by Power Pilates and by the rehabilitation-based Pilates program, Polestar Pilates.
Over the past 25 years she has worked with women's health, chronic pain, orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiac patients, in clinic management, and as an Assistant Professor and Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education (ACCE) with the physical therapy academic program at UT Southwestern. As ACCE for UT Southwestern, she became involved with development of the Texas Clinical Student Assessment Tool, sponsored clinical education courses with the Consortium of Physical Therapy Educators in Texas, and presented a poster at the Combined Sections Meeting for the APTA.
In addition to post-graduate training in pelvic floor dysfunction rehabilitation and women's health physical therapy, Betsy has taken extensive course work in manual physical therapy, including visceral mobilization, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy.
Jennifer Stillings Milner is a certified Pilates trainer specializing in dancers and post-injury recoveries, recently moved to Dallas from New York. As a classical ballet dancer, Jennifer danced with several companies across the country before moving to New York to do musical theatre. After a knee injury ended a successful performing career, Jennifer went back to school to get certified in the Pilates method of exercise, which she had found while performing to be an excellent complement to dance classes. Jennifer graduated from the Kane School of Core Integration, studying under the renowned Kelly Kane, and has gone on to form a loyal client base of dancers looking to improve their performance level, people recovering from surgeries or injuries, and people from all walks of life seeking a stronger body and better health.
Jennifer has trained a wide variety of clients, including Oscar winners, Olympic medalists, and world famous dancers, as well as clients seeking to kayak around Manhattan or bicycle through the Alps. In addition to teaching clients at the Kane School and Westside Dance Physical Therapy, Jennifer was also a member of the faculty of the Kane School teacher-training program.
Jennifer studied college anatomy and physiology, massage therapy, physioball with Leslie Powell, pre-natal Pilates with Debbi Goodman, and the Feldenkrais method. She has also taken seminars in Alexander Technique, kinesiology, reflexology, and health and nutrition. This wide and varied health and medical background, along with her dance experience and her own encounters with injuries, gives Jennifer a unique insight and perspective on getting and maintaining a strong, healthy body at peak performance level. She has a strong desire to work with her clients in tandem with physical therapists and other health care professionals to foster an atmosphere of wholeness in the healing process.
Jennifer's approach to physical conditioning is to strengthen weak muscle groups; correct muscular imbalances; build a strong core of support for the body; and lengthen tight muscles to encourage efficient muscle use, prevent injuries, and help encourage long-lasting, better health for the individual. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.
Janis’ background in dance and theatre, both as a performer and teacher, instilled in her a love of movement as a way of life. As a dancer, Janis recognized the benefits of Pilates for strengthening her muscles in a movement-based, effective way. Janis holds certifications from Polestar on Reformer and Comprehensive Mat and Equipment through the Kane School of Core Integration with Kelly Kane. When faced with low bone density and the rising fear of moving, Janis’ search for new ways to adapt the classic Pilates exercises to her condition led her to Rebekah Rotstein and Pilates for Buff Bones®. Janis was one of the first to become a licensed Pilates for Buff Bones® instructor. She has a strong desire to help others with similar issues find their way to a meaningful movement experience. Janis stays fresh through continuing education courses with Elizabeth Larkam, Marie Jose Blom, Rebekah Rotstein, Jennifer Milner, Cathy Baldasserini as well as the innovative faculty at the Kane School. She is also a certified instructor in the Bohdi Suspension System. Pilates for Life is the only studio in the DFW area with certified instructors in the Bohdi system. Courses like Pre/Post Natal Pregnancy Pilates with Deb Goodman and Smart Spine with Marie Jose Blom equip Janis to continue expanding her practice. Janis’ clients come from all walks of life and fitness levels and she uses training and experience to encourage, explain and challenge them. Janis is also a certified Postpartum Doula PCD(DONA).
Paige is comprehensively certified to teach Mat and all Pilates apparatus through Polestar Pilates International. She has a Bachelors degree in education from Texas A&M University. Paige has a background in gymnastics, dance, and competitive cheerleading. She has practiced Pilates throughout her adulthood and loves the physical and mental benefits it can offer. She decided to become an instructor to encourage and help others discover the same benefits Pilates can provide.
Sidra is passionate about teaching yoga so that people can live better lives. She began practicing yoga in 2003 as a way to balance the stress on her body and mind from long hours of studying. She has since become an RYT 200 and a NASM-CPT. She is honored to be a part of the Pilates for Life team.
Yoga has been my passion for the past several years first as a practitioner and then as an instructor. I completed my 200-hour certification from a studio in Dallas and have trained since then under various teachers to grow my knowledge and my practice. My most recent training was a Yoga for Healing Course in India where I learned to leverage various tools beyond just asana practice, like pranayama, meditation and chanting for the purpose of holistic healing. I have since then incorporated a lot of my learning into my classes in the studio and have also offered private sessions for those interested.
I love that yoga is not only about the body but works on the mind and spirit as well. Linking poses to your breath in a fluid sequence, it is about being present and making every move and every breath intentional. Yoga is practiced at your own pace. You are not competing for performance grades or stats. A practice that offers you the flexibility and opportunity to make it your own and tap into your inner strength – “yathashakti
It would be my joy and honor to share this practice with you and hopefully make a small impact in your day.