Jo-Anne Bunbury B.A., M.A.
Owner and Director, Calgary Pilates Centre
Jo-Anne is a STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer whose experience and practice spans over 10 years. She has taught certification courses and examined Pilates method instructors in training in Canada, Japan, South Korea, USA, and Brazil, and often presents workshops for local and national industry conferences.
A former dancer and choreographer with a passion for human kinetics, Jo-Anne first discovered Pilates while in New York pursuing her Master’s of Arts at NYU. It was through her studies in dance, education, movement analysis and kinesiology that she was introduced to Pilates, and was hooked.
Since her certification she has worked with physiotherapists, helping their patients on the road to recovery, trained athletes to enhance their athletic performance and assisted breast cancer survivors rebuild their strength and spirit.
Marie has her B.Ed. from the University of Alberta and is fully certified in the STOTT PILATES® method. She began her foray into the wellness world in 1997 which led to a position as Fitness Program Director at the YMCA and shortly thereafter an instructor of fitness leaders, personal trainers and a conference presenter. Marie stumbled upon Pilates in 2000 and found the missing link between her fitness background and passion for purposeful movement and dance. She became an instructor in 2001. Her specialty in Pilates comes from her extensive movement training background and her programs capitalize on her variety of certifications. You can expect programs that focus on form and variety, as well as efficiency of movement. She firmly believes that every program must be carefully tailored to each individual based on background, goals, and lifestyle.
Marie’s personal interests include outdoor adventure, (she is an avid mountain biker and climber) paddle sports, yoga, dance and running. Most recently she has ventured into the world of triathlon and, just to keep things interesting, aerial acrobatics.
In 2007, she received an invitation by STOTT PILATES® Corporate Training Centre to become an Instructor Trainer and fulfilled the requirements with high recommendations. She currently trains and certifies instructors in the STOTT PILATES Method, presents workshops and hosts courses throughout the province. She is the proud mother of two relentlessly active children.
Tomo moved from Tokyo to Calgary to pursue her ongoing interest in promoting optimum health in people’s lives through pilates. She is a former triathlete, and counts the Ironman competition in Hawaii among the many races she has completed. Her formal education was conducted at Colorado State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Exercise Science and gained a great deal of practical experience working with the body as an aide in orthopedic physical therapy clinics. Having discovered pilates in the world of rehabilitation, Tomo pursued her certification with the belief that pilates could help people maintain a strong mind and body.
Tomo has achieved the distinction of STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer. She continually draws from her diverse background and knowledge of the human body to help those wishing to become certified instructors, as well as in the interest of providing the most comprehensive program that will help clients achieve their own fitness goals.
Cary is currently the Administrative Support to Calgary Pilates. After getting her CMA (Certified Management Accountant) designation in 2005, Cary decided to work and travel around the world for about 4 years. She worked in Australia, London and Edinburgh as a contractor but it was in Australia where she found her passion in circus arts. Her two favorite pursuits are tissu and poi and when she returned to Canada in 2009, she continued her pursuits and passion in circus arts. She currently teaches Adult Aerial classes in the evenings at Calgary Circus Studio and through this medium she was connected to Calgary Pilates.
Christine was a professional ballerina, dancing principal and soloist roles for over 10 years. Upon retiring from her career in ballet she was looking for something that would help to maintain her flexibility and increase her core strength. Christine tried Pilates and was quickly hooked. She found that it was the perfect balance between stretching and strengthening, and to this day thinks about the benefits Pilates would have brought to her ballet career.
Having enjoyed taking Pilates for 2 years, Christine decided to get her certification so she could help others benefit from having Pilates in their lives. She has completed her full certification through STOTT PILATES®, which includes Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. As an instructor, Christine enjoys seeing others gain strength and confidence as they reap both the mental and physical rewards of Pilates.
Diana has been leading an active lifestyle for the past 15 years, but is currently very active with swimming, cycling and race walking. She has run marathons and completed numerous triathlons of varying distances and finds Pilates a great help in maintaining a body that can do all of these exciting things. She enjoys leading people through new experiences and likes that Pilates makes positive changes in peoples’ lives.
Diana is a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® instructor, which includes graduate level Matwork®, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations coursework.
Karrie grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Calgary, allowing her ample opportunity to participate in various sports and lead a highly active upbringing. At a young age she discovered a love for dance, and pursued her passion for six years in a competitive atmosphere. Upon completing high school, Karrie took an interest in the hair industry. After training under some of the most accomplished stylist’s in the city, she began a successful career in one of the top salons in Calgary. After three years in the industry she developed a rare condition that progressively caused weakness and atrophy in her arms, no longer allowing her to continue with her career.
After years working on her feet causing back pain, and increasing shoulder and neck muscle tension from her condition she discovered the benefits of Pilates and how it helped improve her quality of life. Upon further research she discovered the STOTT PILATES method and was drawn to the extensive anatomical knowledge incorporated into a functional fitness practice. She began her certification in 2005, and has been an instructor with the studio since early 2006. Since then she has become a fully trained STOTT PILATES instructor, and has had the pleasure of working with many clients with varying health issues. She finds deep gratification in helping others to achieve goals they felt were unattainable due to years of chronic pain, or limitations from health issues. Having had to accommodate her own condition has helped her to become more imaginative and innovative in modifying exercises to accommodate her diverse clientele.
Karyn enjoys a very active lifestyle, from her daily 10km power walk to participating in the 60km walk to end Breast Cancer. She keeps up her fitness through hiking, biking, rollerblading, circuit & resistance training. She’s a certified scuba diver & has completed over 40 dives. She was introduced to the Pilates Reformer in California and instantly loved the total body workout. After working with many trainers, she decided to take the instructor training program initially for personal development. She loved training people so much, she decided to make it a new career!
Karyn enjoys learning new & innovative ways to challenge the body! She is a certified CAN FIT PRO® Personal Trainer Specialist, TRX® Suspension Trainer and fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor including Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Ladder Barrel, Arc Barrel, and Spine Corrector to advanced levels as well as Injuries and Special Populations. She is also a certified Zen-Ga instructor. Through all her personal & professional experiences, her most proud accomplishment is the close relationship she has with her 21 year old daughter!
As a young athlete, Kathie competed in as many sports as she could. Kathie left the corporate world to pursue her love of fitness and taught aerobics until a back injury turned her on to the brilliance of Pilates. The more she learned about the Pilates method, the more she knew it was the right fit. She began her Pilates training in 2000 and is now certified in all equipment. She stays active in her favorites sports like golf, tennis, skiing , biking and hiking.
As a mother of two extremely busy girls, Laura makes time to follow her personal passion of instructing Pilates. Her involvement in dance, gymnastics and synchronized swimming as either a participant or instructor throughout her life convinced Laura that the Pilates method of conditioning drew from the same principals of fluid movement and body control.
Over the past several years, Laura has obtained Full Certification in all disciplines of STOTT PILATES®. Laura teaches group classes, as well as private and semi-private clients that range from post rehab, pre and post natal, to high functioning athletes. Laura is also certified in CPR.
Laura’s training in the Pilates Method cemented her faith in its benefits. Watching the magic of this method enhance people’s lives is a daily pleasure.
Michelle has been a high school math teacher since 2000, currently teaching adult upgrading courses part time for the Calgary Board of Education. Her first experience with Pilates was in a fusion class some years ago at a small yoga studio, which she immediately loved. It didn’t take long for Michelle to realize how much more there was to Pilates than just a work out. After only 2 years as a client at Calgary Pilates, she decided to become a STOTT PILATES® instructor.
Michelle received her initial certification in October 2010. Having no previous fitness education, she was astounded at the amount of knowledge the course offered. She completes continuing education workshops every year and is excited to expand her pilates certifications.
Michelle’s other passion is Bikram Yoga, practicing 5-6 times a week, and recently became a Bikram Yoga Instructor. The principles learned within the STOTT PILATES method have been incredibly beneficial to her yoga practice and finds the combination the two disciplines incredibly rewarding, both physically and mentally.
Anna moved from England over 8 years ago and has been a massage therapist in Calgary ever since. In 2007 she discovered Pilates through a friend and a year later was certified in the STOTT PILATES® Method. She really enjoys sharing the benefits of Pilates with clients of all ages and backgrounds, while continuing to practice massage therapy. She also loves getting outdoors as much as possible whether it’s walking, hiking or occasionally skiing.
Ashley emits enthusiasm for living a well rounded holistic lifestyle. Her practice is comprised of mindfulness and meditation, various forms of exercise and consuming organic/local foods. She is highly educated within the health and wellness industry, obtaining diplomas in Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene and Massage Therapy. She was a professional and competitive Highland Dancer for 15 years, performed throughout Ontario with a Scottish Dance Troupe and competed worldwide. She later obtained her associate status teaching degree with the British Association of Teaching Dance and taught competitive dancers for five years. Ashley was introduced to Pilates by one of her instructors to help strengthen and lengthen her body and was amazed by the increased body awareness and physical strength it cultivated through it’s practice.
Ashley is a firm believer in the STOTT PILATES® principles and methodologies. She gets the results clients desire by programming safe, challenging and energizing workouts. Ashley has her certification in STOTT Pilates Mat, Reformer, Special Populations and Injuries. She also is a certified TRX Group Fitness instructor and Spin biking instructor. She is devoted to advancing her knowledge through workshops so she can keep things challenging and versatile. Her passion is to work with athletes and rehab clients but due to her diverse skill set she has the ability to challenge clients at any age and ability.
Pilates aside, she stays active competing in dragon boating with CDBC “Crew Yahoo!”, hiking and biking in the mountains and embraces her love of the arts, music, and yoga.
Andrea, (a.k.a. Andy) was born and raised in Victoria B.C. Her personal interest in anatomy and physiology led to a challenging and rewarding career in the fitness industry. In 2006 she became a certified personal trainer. Andy was introduced to Pilates, when her physiotherapist suggested it as a way to reduce back pain and improve posture. After just a few lessons, she had a reduction in pain and she could see how incorporating the basic principles of Pilates into her own workouts, as well as her daily life, just made so much sense! Her education as a personal trainer taught her to focus on big movements while working the big muscle groups, but since becoming a certified instructor in the STOTT PILATES® Method, she has gained a deeper understanding of the importance of all the small, stabilizing muscles in our body and the effect these muscles have on posture, improving strength, endurance and ultimately preventing injury. She trains with the belief that being strong means being balanced throughout the entire body, working from the inside out! And this, in turn, leads to improved performance in everything we do! Andy is also certified to teach TRX, and indoor cycling. She loves to mix things up and is always thinking of new and exciting ways to provide a challenging workout for clients.
In 2001 Jackie discovered the practice of Pilates after experiencing lower back problems during intense exercise stemming from a childhood injury. Becoming exhausted with visiting chiropractors, she decided to strengthen her core with Pilates. Faithfully practicing 2-3 times per week, she noticed immediate results and never looked back.
After 10 years of practice, and growing tired of the corporate world sitting in a posterior pelvic tilt, she enrolled in the Instructor Training Program. Through teaching she has found instant gratification in assisting clients to attain their goals, and will continue educating to enhance her teaching skills.