Deborah is a fully licensed medical doctor and avid dancer who first encountered Pilates more than 10 years ago. Pilates enabled Deborah to greatly improve her understanding of movement and reduce the lower back pain she suffered from due to mild scoliosis.
Inspired to learn more and to share the benefit of Pilates with others, she decided to undergo Pilates instructor training. She has had extensive experience training under different instructors in Singapore, Sydney and Hong Kong and is also well-versed in ballet, tap and contemporary dance.
She believes that health and wellness should involve mind, body and soul and also practices as integrative family physician and medical advisor with various medical groups throughout the region. She has a vision of affordable and optimal health for all and it is her mission to inspire and support every individual on their wellness journey, whatever it may be.
During her days as a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and while juggling a dance career in Boston, Thicha discovered and embraced Pilates as a way to recover from a disc and ankle injury while improving and maintaining her overall muscle tone and flexibility all at once, staying healthy and injury-free. She immediately saw the potential and need to be able to help all population type develop healthy movement habits through positive motion.
Thicha has been teaching Pilates for almost a decade now and her clients include an extensive range, from professional ballet dancers, Olympic medalists, Hollywood singers to rehabilitation-based clients. Thicha has a strong interest in helping her clients to achieve their goals and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle through various movement modalities.
Over the past few years, Thicha has been more involved in teaching, mentoring and certifying new instructors in the STOTT PILATES® method. She feels empowered helping these new instructors utilise their skills to rehabilitate others.
Sook Kuen (SK) was introduced to Pilates by her sister after she consulted her on her scoliosis problem, which was causing her to experience bad knee pain. She was soon being put on a program and indeed that was a life-changing experience for her! It was not too long before SK discovered her new passion and was amazed by the benefits that Pilates had brought about for her.
Since then, there was no looking back and Pilates had become an important part of her life. In her quest to share the many great benefits of Pilates with others, SK gave up her rising career in the corporate world and decided to pursue her new passion – Pilates.
Kerstin is a licensed medical nurse by education, specialised in Anaesthesia and
Intensive Care in Germany. She started with Pilates herself during a 3-year stay in India
about 14 years ago. Moving into teaching, Kerstin started her Pilates training 2008 and
got certified January 2009 as a certified STOTT PILATES® and Pilates Academy
International (PAI) instructor.
Since then she has worked with many clients, some of whom have special conditions
(e.g. back, foot, or shoulder injuries), assisting them in post-rehabilitation. Kerstin
teaches with a sense of fun and the intent to have a good workout, while always
focusing on pushing her clients to achieve their personal goals.
– Certified STOTT Pilates Trainer, mat and reformer
– Certified Pilates Academy International (PAI) Trainer
– Mat, Reformer, CCB level 2
– Special Populations and Rehab Pilates Trainer
– GyrotonicTM Apprentice
– Certified NKT Practitioner, level 1
– Certified CORE SUSPENDTM Trainer
– Certified CORE BARRETM Trainer
– Certified CORE REFORMTM Trainer
– Certified CARDIOLATESTM Trainer
– Completed Myofascial Compression Techniques course (Trigger Point
– Clinical Orthopaedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for Neck and Shoulder, Upper
and Lower Extremities, Lower Back and Pelvis, Arthrofasceal Stretching (AFS)
– Certified by Center for Women Fitness in:
– Pilates for Scoliosis
– Pilates for Menopause
– Pelvic Floor Health and Dysfunction
– Myofascial Release Techniques for Pilates
– Breast Cancer Post-Rehab
Dance has always been part of Daisy’s growing up years. Apart from being a medium of expression for her, it was also a form of cardiovascular fitness which she preferred as opposed to regular jogging.
Her exposure to fitness and Pilates started after suffering from shoulder and lower back pain after childbirth. After witnessing how Pilates could allow how to be pain free and inspired by fitness professionals, she decided to undergo Fletcher Pilates matwork, Pilates Academy International Reformer and personal training (ACE) certification.
Previously a personal trainer at SICC, Daisy left to join Breathe as she wanted to focus more on Pilates and rehabilitation. She derives satisfaction from seeing her clients become passionate about fitness and Pilates as she believes fitness and wellness makes a huge difference in our lives. She hopes to always inspire people to exercise well through good training, dance and Pilates.
Mari discovered Pilates while she was looking for an activity to give her energy level a jump-start following years of sedentary lifestyle in her busy corporate life; that involved many hours of sitting through meetings or at her desk. This results in frequent neck, shoulder and back aches. Various therapies and exercises she’s tried provided limited relieve. Through Pilates, her condition improved by focusing on alignment, strengthening her core; and she began noticing how it shaped her body while staying pain free. Even today, she continually found herself connected to all aspects of Pilates to get stronger.
Having experienced first hand the many benefits of Pilates, she decided to pursue instructor certification with STOTT PILATES® to better understand Pilates and soon found herself embarking on a new career. She loves that it is a job where one keeps learning and growing. She believes Pilates is restorative yet challenging – a harmony of big and small muscles working together through stretching, strengthening and realigning our bodies.
Rohini started teaching Pilates over 6 years ago in Melbourne, where she began her teaching career after training with STOTT PILATES. She was drawn toward Rehabilitation Pilates and the specificity Pilates exercises provide for a wide range of injuries and conditions. Her interest in helping people achieve their goals to return to sport or their daily functional activities after an injury or surgery saw her train to become a Rehabilitation Pilates Trainer . She is a certified STOTT PILATES and Total BARRE Instructor, Rehabilitation Pilates Trainer, and has a Certificate IV in Fitness from Fitness Australia. Before moving to Singapore, she worked as a Physio Assistant in Melbourne, working along side a team of Physiotherapists to deliver relevant exercise programs in a Clinical setting.
In her past life, she used to be a Communications professional, working in Public Relations, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility roles.
Rachel specialises in postural correction and pain management.
Previously a finance professional and avid dancer, Rachel was suffering from chronic pain for more than a decade. She understands the value in living a pain-free life and aspires to provide a one-stop solution to those who suffer from constant pains and aches, bringing quality back into their lives.
Rachel has coached clients with scoliosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, tension headache, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, patellofemoral syndrome, plantar fasciitis, diastasis recti, hypermobility and numerous other conditions. She has also coached clients with autoimmune diseases – multiple sclerosis, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, graves’ disease; and genetic disorder – spinal muscular atrophy to restore their bodily functions.
Rachel wears multiple hats. On top of being a pilates instructor, she is also a personal trainer, sports massage therapist and nutrition coach.
Sash is a fully certified Pilates instructor with the Pilates Method Alliance. He has 10 years of teaching experience and specialises in pre and post natal Pilates, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics care. Always keen to learn and keep in touch with the latest developments in the Pilates industry, Sash has attended workshops held by second-generation master instructors Patricia Guyton, Jay Grimes and Alan Herdman and he believes it is a privilege to learn the original principles Pilates was based on.
Sash believes that Pilates is a great exercise system for regaining strength, rehabilitation, injury prevention and developing body awareness. His classes are always challenging and fun and there is never a dull moment with him around.
The desire to return to the ballet studio after having stopped dancing for many years led Dorothy to Pilates to strengthen her core and awaken the mobility in her limbs. Pilates became her staple exercise regime, as she found that it helped her physical performance and body awareness. Drawn into Pilates, she left the corporate world to pursue Pilates teacher training, and moved full-time into the fitness world. Her love for movement, dance and music also led her to train as a barre instructor.
Dorothy finds joy in sharing the functionality and beauty of Pilates and movement, with her clients of various fitness levels, age, and physical conditions, including rehabilitation. When she is not in the studio or scuba diving in the region, she would be somewhere practicing yoga, barre or ballet; or spending time with her miniature Dachshund.
Gemhl’s journey into Pilates started in 2011, while she was searching for a way to relieve her chronic shoulder ache caused by sitting for long hours in front of a computer, working as a marketing executive. She sought many therapies including acupuncture and regular massages, but they only brought temporary relief. The pain and stiffness in her shoulders gradually got worse, and would sometimes even lead to numbness in her hands.
After Gemhl started Pilates, her shoulders quickly started feeling more relaxed, and the pain gradually went away. As a bonus, she walked out of each Pilates session feeling much lighter and taller, and found that her posture, breathing and energy levels also improved. Gemhl benefited so much from Pilates that she decided to begin training as a Pilates instructor while still working full-time in the corporate sector.
Today, Gemhl is a Certified STOTT PILATES® instructor with various certifications from The Center for Women’s Fitness, including Pre & Post-natal Pilates Specialization and Diastasis Recti Recovery.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking healthy plant-based meals, practicing yoga and going for nature walks.
Joyce was first exposed to Pilates during her previous career in research and marketing in Singapore. At the time, she suffered from chronic backaches due to scoliosis exacerbated by poor posture. All it took was one session of Pilates to convince her of the efficiency of the exercises, and since then she’s been hooked and living pain-free! Applying the principles learnt in the studio to everyday life further introduced a great sense of well-being and control to her life.
Joyce has been a full-time STOTT PILATES® instructor since 2014 and has experience teaching clients of all ages and fitness levels. She is mum to a young boy, loves science fiction, the outdoors and regularly scuba dives, hikes, and plays tennis. She tells anyone who will listen how Pilates can complement and improve their game – whatever their game may be!
Nicole developed her passion for ballet and dance at the early age of 5 when she joined the Singapore Ballet Academy, dancing with them for 12 years until she moved to the U.S. to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of California, Davis. She moved back to Singapore and worked in social media and IT, before she reawakened her love for dance through Pilates and Barre.
Having experienced the benefits of Pilates, Nicole decided to switch out of her corporate job to pursue teaching Pilates full time. She loves that it is a job where she can continue to learn and grow, while inspiring her clients to be stronger and improve their body alignment. She believes that Pilates helps to energise and restore the body while focusing on control, mobility, strength and flexibility. Nicole is a firm believer of a holistic lifestyle and is convinced that the burn and glow following each class, translates positively into other areas of life.
In her free time, she enjoys baking, scuba diving, and going for nature walks with her Singapore Special, Mowgli.
Denise was born and raised in Southern California. She is an avid health-nut pursuing any and all modes of fitness. Having a passion for health and nutrition she believes health is a balance of your diet and how you treat your body through exercise.
While trying classical Mat Pilates at University she was introduced to the methods of Joseph Pilates. Years later she went to her first pilates class on the reformer and has never looked back.
Moving to Singapore allowed Denise the time and opportunity to pursue STOTT Pilates training at Breathe. She is trained in STOTT Pilates Level 1 and has developed a passion to show others the benefits of this lifestyle
Sandra is a level II STOTT Pilates® Certified Instructor and former owner of Breathe Pilates Studios. She had her first exposure to Pilates at the age of 17 when she took lessons at STOTT Pilates Headquaters in Toronto to rehab from dance injuries. Since then, she has always known that Pilates will be in her life in some ways.
Sandra shares her natural enthusiasm for movement and attention to form in her group classes and private sessions. Clients can expect a thorough yet fun approach to their practice while they improve body awareness, confidence, and strength.
With her nutrition and biotechnology background, Sandra is a firm believer that food and wellness go hand in hand in making clients feel their personal best. Sandra is also a certified living foods chef and consultant for wellness programs around Asia. She is currently also juggling her role as the regional manager for social startup Green Monday advocating plant-based diets for a more sustainable planet.
Growing up, Charlene spent a lot of time in sports and dance. She was always up for trying out a new activity but when she started pouring her life into work, she didn’t make time for much activities and her fitness level took a dive. After having her first kid, she was reminded how important fitness is to her mind and body, and how good it always made her feel! So she quit the corporate lifestyle and delved straight into the STOTT PILATES training.
Pilates has helped Charlene gain more than just core strength, it has helped balance her well being. She wishes to help others find that ‘neutral’ in their lives.
Sydney’s background is in barre and dance and has a keen interest in ballet. She has completed the Royal Academy of Dance exams in classical ballet. Her goal is to make Pilates accessible, relevant and most importantly – fun!
Sydney is also a wine lover, holds a BBM, is an avid skier and bibliophile.
Born in Seoul South Korea, Suji earned her bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Radiology at medical school before moving to Singapore.
Suji was always fascinated with fitness and wellness which led her to discover and fall in love with Pilates. She found Pilates to be the perfect regime to strengthen, tone and stretch her body as well as focus her mind though graceful yet functional movements.
Her understanding of anatomy through her education, enables her to best assist clients who want to change their posture, or rehabilitate their bodies. Otherwise, her goal is always to ensure clients leave the class feeling stronger, more flexible and relaxed through the practice of Pilates. She enjoys creating a comfortable environment for people with all levels of experience and and fitness and strongly believes that Pilates can transform anyone’s body, mind and well being.
She is fluent in Korean and English.
Born and raised in Singapore, Tricia graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors’ degree in Political Economy and a minor in Music. She had her first taste of Pilates in her youth and was immediately captivated by the graceful, controlled, yet intentional movements of Pilates. Stemming from a deep background in the Performing Arts across Classical Music, Theater, and Contemporary Dance – movement has always been a significant part of her life.
Tricia’s mild scoliosis has caused a dull upper backache over the years. This was exacerbated by the earlier years of her career in long-hour, high-intensity corporate jobs. During this time, she continued to practice Pilates across San Francisco and Singapore, whilst being exposed to various pedagogic disciplines of Pilates. Alongside Pilates, Tricia also consistently engaged in various types of movement, such as Yoga, Barre, Outdoor Hiking, Indoor Spin Cycling, GYROTONIC®, and GYROKINESIS®. Significantly, it was through years of Pilates that she observed holistic improvements encompassing increased body awareness, mental clarity, flexibility, and strength.
Overall, Tricia has a passion in holistic wellness and aims to improve the quality of life of her clients through mindful movement and clarity of thought with Pilates.
Ashley relocated to Singapore in 2018 with her husband from Perth, Australia. She has a Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy from Australia and has worked for the last 8 years as Senior Physiotherapist in a tertiary Hospital in Perth. The last 4 years have been based in an Emergency Department seeing patients with musculoskeletal pain and injuries, fractures, falls, vertigo, neurological conditions and respiratory conditions. Her passion for helping people, as well as multiple injuries and back pain herself from a sporting and dancing background lead her to discover a love for Pilates.
She is a certified level 1 STOTT Pilates instructor and Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute Matwork instructor. Ashley wants to help her clients to improve their posture, body awareness, strength and balance in a fun environment. She is currently pregnant and due to give birth to her first child here in Singapore in August 2019.
“Be in control of your body and not at its mercy” – Joseph Pilates
That is the guiding philosophy of Fiona since she was diagnosed with degenerative discs and spondylolisthesis in her early 20s which her doctor ascribed to her mountain climbing days. Frustrated at the lack of result from rounds of physiotherapy sessions, Fiona was introduced to Pilates and soon mastered control over her own body.
Since then, she is fully convinced of the benefits of Pilates which made her switch from her previous sedentary corporate career to her current Pilates instruction. She enjoys meeting people from all walks of life in the course of her work and seeing clients benefit from their Pilates sessions.
Fiona has a keen interest in clients requiring rehabilitation, especially back related issues. And being a mum herself, both pre/post partum programs, which have kept her supple yet strong throughout and after her pregnancy.
Rachel LOKE has completed all the training and requirements to become a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor for Reformer, Level 1, in 2018. She has also undergone the Classical Pilates Method training in 2015 and was certified by the late Mr Alvin Giam to teach Matwork Pilates. Last year, she completed the training for STOTT PILATES® Intensive Stability Chair and Cadillac.
Prior to embarking on the Pilates Instructor journey, Rachel has been a strategic content developer and marketing professional with extensive international experience across real estate, advanced technology, government and financial sectors.