Lesley Davenport is from Marietta, Ohio and moved to Pittsburgh to attend Point Park University. Upon graduation from PPU with a BA in Dance Ballet and Jazz concentrations, she freelanced throughout the greater Pittsburgh region gathering as much experience teaching and performing as possible. During these years Lesley was lucky to have become a founding member of H20 Contemporary Dance, whom she still dances with.
Her first exposure to Pilates was mat class held in a yoga studio. Chronic back pain and spasms forced her to take a private session with a friend who was an instructor, Gwen Ritchie. After a few short weeks of regular work, Lesley was a believer. “My body shape began to change quickly and my chronic pain was cut in half. All due to one weekly lesson and practicing as I could. I discovered that I was incredibly unbalanced, with weak abdominals and an unstable pelvis. My body had a host of consequences occurring that I thought were normal and I needed to live with. With a steady Pilates routine I was able to correct many issues and in turn it gave me back my health. I can do things now that I struggled with in my performance years. The positive effects of Pilates continue to blossom for me season by season in the studio. It became a passion for me to help others have opportunities for excellent training and positive experiences in the studio.”
Lesley founded The Pilates Center of Pittsburgh in 2006. Her certifications include Core Dynamics, Power Pilates, and Women’s Center for Fitness Prenatal and Postnatal Certificate. Consistent and numerous hours of continuing education keep Lesley inspired and evolving as a studio owner, practioner and teacher of the work. She lives in Dormont,PA with her husband Michael and two young children.
Allison Castello is a graduate from Point Park University. She earned a B.A. in Dance with a concentration in Modern Dance. Allie is a comprehensively trained Pilates teacher through Power Pilates. She has done numerous hours of continuing education to deeper her understanding of the method. Allie works full time teaching dance and Pilates. She understands that movement can be used in multiple facets. Through teaching and her own practice Allie has experienced how movement heals. Allie continues to dive deeper into the layers of Pilates, hoping that she can continue to empower those she teaches through movement.
Ruchi Acharya PT, MS, CAE and the owner of Vitality Physical therapy, has over 15 years of clinical experience as a Physical Therapist.
Ruchi received her B.S. in Physical Therapy at State University of New York, Buffalo, and M.S. in Biomechanics and Ergonomics at New York University. Her work experiences include acute care, in-patient rehab, cardio-pulmonary rehab, vestibular rehab, outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine.
Ruchi practices a genuinely holistic treatment approach known as Myofascial Release (MFR). The MFR approach maximizes healing in patients by engaging both the body and mind. She treats patients with the aim of achieving independence through proper body mechanics and movement, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
Ruchi accepts medical insurance and is a certified direct access PT, no referral from PCP needed. She currently accepts Medicare, High Mark, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna.
Kiley Coulter’s first experience with Pilates was at Slippery Rock University, where she received a BA in Dance. After college, Kiley lived in NYC for eight years where she continued to dance and take Pilates classes. Her desire to maintain a life-long career in movement inspired Kiley to enroll in the Power Pilates teacher training program, where she completed all levels of mat as well as the Comprehensive program under the direction of Bob Liekens and Susan Moran. Kiley taught at the Power Pilates flagship studio in NYC until she moved to Pittsburgh in 2013.
For Kiley, Pilates is both fun and challenging, and it has been the optimal method for improving her strength, balance, and overall body awareness. She strives to bring the enthusiasm and knowledge gained through her own practice and training to each session she teaches, and she provides appropriate challenges for each client to grow stronger and work towards their full movement potential. Kiley’s clients should expect detailed instruction on technique and form, but most importantly they should be ready to move! You can also follow Kiley on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pilateswithkiley.
Michael Duray has been a body worker since 2002. Mike maintains a private practice which focuses on Structural Integration, orthopedic massage and an exploration of movement though individual Pilates instruction. A student of motion, he has actively practiced Shotokan Karate since 1972. He volunteers his time as an instructor at the University Of Pittsburgh. Mike is a certified Peak Pilates instructor and is also on staff at Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Athletics where he teaches group classes. He is also a faculty member of the Massage Therapy Institute of western Pennsylvania, where he endeavors to increase local awareness of the benefit of Structural Integration and Visceral Manipulation.
Tonya Ford trained and danced at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Point Park. She has trained under the direction of renowned dancers such as Valentina Moukhanova, German Zamuel, Dana Arey and Patricia Wilde. She has been dancing for 38 years , her training includes the Vaganova Technique. She has danced at Heinz Hall and the Benedum. Tonya has taught hundreds of students over the years. She taught ballet at Northland Gymnastics, Fairgrieves School of Dance and other local dance studios. She was the director of the deck work for synchronized swimming at North Hills. For the past seventeen years, she has been teaching children ballet. Tonya made numerous trips to New York City and studied under the creator of the MELT Method. She is currently certified to teach the hands, feet, length and neuro-strength MELT Method techniques.
During the summer of 2012 Tonya spent a week at Bryn Mawr College refining her teaching of the Vaganova method under the direction of the prestigious John White of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. She has studied the anatomy trains curriculum for movement therapists. She recently studied the psoas under the direction of Liz Koch. Tonya recently became certified in MAT Pilates through Power Pilates. Pilates Mat classes will be implemented into the older dancers classes to build strength. She is currently certified in CPR.
Nadine Troetschel is a recent graduate from Point Park University. She earned a BA in modern dance. She began her Pilates training in high school and has been consistent since.She was inspired to share Pilates with others when she saw the benefits it brought to her everyday life as well as her work in Dance. Nadine is a Comprehensively trained instructor and is working on her personal training certification. She is excited to continue her journey in teaching and help others along their path to health and happiness.