Jo-Anne Bunbury B.A., M.A.
Owner and Director, Calgary Pilates Centre
Jo-Anne’s experience in with movement training spans over 15 years. Having been introduced to Pilates while working on her Master’s at NYU, it remained an integral part of her career integrating her training in movement analysis and applied kinesiology.
Her clients have ranged from NHL Hockey players, Olympic Alpine Skiers, Cirque du Soleil artists and professional dancers. Additionally, she has worked closely with physiotherapists and athletic therapists in clinics helping their patients through their post-rehabilitative phase in their journey to wellness.
Jo-Anne is a STOTT PILATES® Certified Lead Instructor Trainer and has taught courses, examined and provided continuing education to Pilates Instructors in Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and the USA. She is currently pursuing Osteopathic Manual Therapy – a wholistic and systemic approach to manual therapy that treats the patient as a whole, working to remove disruptions in the body that blocks its inherent healing processes.
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.
Simone’s fascination with the body and its movement started early in her life at the age of six with her involvement in a variety of dance styles. This interest eventually led her to become a nurse back home in South Africa, but ultimately she fell in love with Pilates and the STOTT Method and decided to pursue this new lifestyle instead. After she moved to Canada in 2012 looking for new challenges (like the weather), she become certified in Level 1 Mat and Reformer as well as Zenga Equipment and TRX. She is currently working on her advanced levels and hopes to be fully certified in the near future.
JoAnna Herring has had a love for dance and movement since she was a child. By making use of her background in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary dance, and Kinesiology, she makes Pilates an accessible and exciting way to redefine the way you use your body.
While completing her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Calgary (2008), JoAnna was introduced to Pilates; she was fascinated by its focused movements and many biomechanical benefits. To improve her knowledge base in this field, JoAnna obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary (2011). During her time in university, JoAnna had the opportunity to teach dance and movement to people of all ages. She was not only given the chance to find out how people understand movement on a personal level, but was able to supplement her teaching with an anatomical background. In 2011, JoAnna began working at a physiotherapy clinic, prescribing and teaching rehabilitative exercise to physiotherapy patients; this was when her love for Pilates was reignited.
JoAnna realized that Pilates was the ideal method to improve the lives of her patients and she made the move to become a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor- Level 1 Mat & Reformer (2014). Pilates has turned into a passion for JoAnna, allowing her to bridge her love of movement, her physiological knowledge of the body, and her desire to help others. When JoAnna isn’t teaching Pilates, you can catch her camping, watching funny movies, or enjoying a glass of wine. She loves getting outside when the weather is nice, and spending quality time with friends and family. Keeping things positive is the aim of her game! JoAnna would love the chance to meet you, and help you overcome chronic injury, improve your posture, your flexibility, and your athletic performance.
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 a Pilates workout provided the perfect balance, working both muscle length and strength along with providing the mind-body connection she craved. To this day Christine thinks about the benefits of Pilates would have brought to her ballet career.
In 2003, 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 I & II, REformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations. As an instructor, Christine enjoys seeing other gain strength, confidence and the body awareness that Pilates provides.
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 believes in a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. Her priorities are balanced nutrition and being outdoors and active year round. She keeps up her fitness through hiking, cycling, tennis, skiing and is a certified scuba diver having completed over 40 dives. Karyn enjoys learning new and innovative ways to challenge the body and embraces new trends in fitness by taking various classes in her free time and constantly trying new activities!
After being introduced to the Pilates Reformer in California, she instantly loved the total body workout it provided. She practiced Pilates with various instructors before deciding to take the instructor training program initially for personal development. It was so fulfilling to see people improve their posture, reduce pain and transform their bodies that she decided to make it a new career.
Karyn is a 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, CAN FIT PRO® Personal Trainer Specialist, AFLCA Aqua Fitness Instructor, TRX® Suspension Trainer, and Metafit HIIT Trainer. She’s taken numerous workshops on all types of small athletic equipment, injuries and post rehabilitation, and courses in Body Mind Nutrition and Sports Nutrition.
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.
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 and has been provoding care for over 15 years in the dental, massage and fitness industry.
She was a professional and competitive Highland Dancer for 20 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 5 years.
Ashley was introduced to Pilates by one of her instructors to help strength and lengthen her body and was amazed by the increased body awareness and physical strength it cultivated through its practice. She is a firm believer in the STOTT PILATES® principles and methodologies and gets the results clients desire by programming safe, challenging and energizing workouts
– STOTT PILATES: Mat, Reformer, Stability Chair, Cadillac, Spine Corrector, Ladder Barrels, Injuries and Special Populations
– TRX Certified
– 200 hours YTT Yoga Alliance Certified
– Surfset Certified
– AFLCA Certified – group exercise and theory, choreography, portable equipment, spin
– Massage therapy
– Dental hygienist and Dental Assistant
– BATD dance instructors certification
– CPR and first aid
Andrea (AKA Andy) was introduced to Pilates when her physiotherapist suggested it as a way to reduce reoccurring back pain. After just a few lessons, she had a reduction in back pain and could see how incorporating the basic principal of Pilates into her own workouts and daily life just made sense! Working as a personal trainer Andrea was taught to focus on big movements while working the bigger muscle groups, but since becoming a certified Stott Pilates instructor, 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 overall 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 turns leads to improved performance in everything we do! As a certified personal trainer Andrea enjoys teaching TRX, group fitness classes and working one on one with clients. Since becoming a fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor, Andrea’s main focus is working with post rehab clients, although she also loves to mix things up and challenge advanced level clients as well! Andrea is also a certified Yamuna ball rolling instructor.
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.
Jackie has completed her certifications for Matwork®, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels all at the advanced level as well as the Injuries and Special Populations coursework.