Kristen Iuppenlatz Grech , Owner, Master Pilates and CoreAlign Teacher (video bio!)
It is my personal goal to bring my favorite quote of Joe’s to life by guiding my students toward ‘naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.’ What better way to live than with spontaneous zest and pleasure?!!
Kristen began her study of Pilates in 1993 to alleviate chronic pain from two car accidents. She trained in the PhysicalMind Method before attending the Pilates Teacher Training Intensive at the San Francisco Ellie Herman Studios in 2000. She owned Resilience Pilates Studio for four years before joining forces with Chantill to create Pilates Collective. Kristen studied with four of the five first-generation Pilates teachers who were taught directly by Joseph and Clara Pilates. She draws on her expertise in all forms of practicing and teaching Pilates to create an individualized Pilates program addressing her clients’ needs, and is especially focused on integrating Pilates into everyday movement such as walking.
Kristen creates an individualized Pilates program to address the needs of each of her clients. She is especially excited about integrating the Pilates work into everyday movement such as walking.
Kristen has received training in Walkilates with Ellie Herman and Nancy Myers, Rehabilitative Pilates with Lizz Roman, Pilates for Osteoporosis with Sherri Betz, PT, Pilates for Golf with Sarah Christensen, and in CoreAlign with Jonathan Hoffman, PT. is a member of the Balanced Body University faculty. Kristen’s background is in performing and directing musical theatre, and in voiceover. She is the creator of the Dynamic Presence curriculum developed to help teachers enhance their ability to train both individual students and large groups.
Chantill Lopez – Co-founder, Director of Education, Master Teacher (video bio!)
Movement is the way I experience the world; one of the greatest ways I relate to the joy of being alive. That is the experience I hope to share in some small way with everyone who endeavors to know their body better.
Chantill has practiced Pilates for nearly 20 years and has taught in both California and Hawaii. She is an experienced teacher of Functional Anatomy for Pilates and yoga teachers as well as a faculty member for Balanced Body University. She holds Pilates certifications from the Physicalmind Institute and Body Kinetics with Master Trainer Carol Appel. She is also certified in Yamuna Body Rolling and has continued to study and train in methods such as Yoga, Feldenkrais, Franklin Method, Authentic Movement, and the Halprin Life/Art Process.
Chantill uses classic and adapted Pilates exercises and other movement techniques to bring a balance of strengthening, opening and body-mind consciousness to her work. Her experience and training enable her to work with students of all ages, abilities and special considerations such as scoliosis and osteoporosis. After working in studios throughout the Bay Area Chantill owned Movement In Balance Pilates Studio in Sebastopol before co-opening Pilates Collective.
Angelina Alire – Full Teacher (video bio!)
Angelina received her Mat and Apparatus certifications at ITT pilates in 2007. She trained under Master Instructors Debra Schubert, Madeline Black, Joerg Chabowski and Jean Sullivan. She has been a certified Pilates Instructor since 2008 and currently teaches privates, Trios, duets, springboard and CoreAlign classes at Pilates Collective. Angelina has worked with athletic students, active adults and those with chronic pain. Having personal knowledge of chronic pain, Angelina uses her Pilates training along with her knowledge of Reiki mastery, energy work, and her intuitive skill to work deeply and effectively with those who experience fibromyalgia, back pain, migraine, Lyme Disease and other chronic issues.
Geoff Lusk – Full Teacher (video bio!)
The beauty of teaching is to see the joy of Pilates through my student’s fresh eyes every time I show them a new exercise.
Geoff has taught at the Pilates Collective as an Ellie Herman certified instructor since 2010. He uses a blend of Pilates, Tai Chi and Franklin techniques and the energetic awareness and mindfulness he learned through them to help people rebuild their strength and conditioning, and teaches both private sessions and springboard classes.
Kerstin Stuart, Full Teacher
Kerstin received her Pilates certification in 2007 from Pacific Movement Center in Santa Cruz, CA. Previously Kerstin taught in private studios in Monterey, at UCSF in San Francisco, and at Sausalito Healing Arts. She has a BA in Dance from UCSB, where her training emphasized modern release technique, environmental dance, contact dance and dance for healing. Along with her dance and Pilates training, she has investigated the human body through yoga, continuum, qi-quong, meditation, ceremony and nature studies. Her love of studying and playing with movement comes from how it combines the body’s instinct with the mind’s intelligence and the spirit’s joy.
Zoe Zuniga, Master Teacher
Zoe Zuniga has been a Stott Certified Pilates trainer since 2001, teaching mat work and using traditional apparatus including the Reformer, Pilates chair, Cadillac and barrels, ball foam roll, Pilates circle Barre, TRX, bands and hand weights. She has worked with rehab clients as well as taught hard-core boot camp-style Pilates group classes. Zoe has a background in sports and deep tissue massage as well as modern and Latin dance. She began her career as a fitness professional in Boston, MA, and has since taught yoga, cardio, and salsa dance there as well as in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Zoe is a painter and holds a BFA degree.
Michal Victoria – Apprentice Teacher (video bio!)
Pilates is magic. Few reps, 1 set of a few exercises, and I end up with that cleaned out from the inside feeling, vitalized, more flexible, and in better shape than hours put in the gym!! Pure magic.
Michal Victoria, transplanted New Yawka, was a fitness/health buff from way back, a dancer, a swimmer, a lifeguard who at age 14 held her own aqua-aerobics classes in the pool, just for kicks. She was a certified as an instructor at Jack LaLane at the tender age of 16 (she lied about her age) and the Vertical Club. She became an amateur competitive bodybuilder and at 19, competed in The AAU Western Massachusetts. After relocating to CA, she started her own personal training business in San Francisco. She began her parallel interest as a performing artist at the age of 9, studying and performing in Carnegie Hall (vaudeville!) at The Neighborhood Playhouse Conservatory. A slow developing chronic illness shadowed her throughout, and eventually derailed her life. Her twenties were spent in a bed, watching the world out of the window.
During this time, in an effort to heal herself, she got into shamanism, metaphysical studies and alternative healing. While at the Y, trying to get back into some activity again, she took a Pilates class with Chantill Lopez, and proceeded to follow her everywhere after that, excited at finding exercise that made her feel great and showed such results. The rest is history. Michal feels blessed to be able to share with others this wonderful healing exercise modality. She’s back performing too. She was Puck in Sebastopol Shakespeare in the Park’s Midsummer Nights Dream has been performing in different venues around Sonoma County.
( New Copy) Michal was a fitness instructor and amateur competitive bodybuilder until a slow developing chronic illness changed her life, and later informed her interest in Pilates as a healing modality. She has also been a performing artist since she was nine, and today is performing again.