Our Staff

 

 

Stephanie Westberg is a Senior Pilates Instructor who works with individuals of all fitness levels to encourage functional movement. Stephanie believes Pilates is foundational work that will build strength as well as balance. Stephanie uses the method of Pilates to build strong core, as well as, a kinetic awareness of the body.  Stephanie believes with the kinetic connection we can direct where and how our body moves.   Stephanie has practiced and taught Pilates for over 10 years and has owned and operated her own Pilates Studios and now works with many studios in the DMV area.  Stephanie holds a bridge certification from Balance Body and is preparing to become PMA certified.  Stephanie additionally holds a bachelors degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Boston University.

 

 

Karla Brooks is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts where she majored in classical ballet. She danced professionally for over a decade with various ballet companies throughout the states. Karla was introduced to the Pilates discipline during her dance career. She has over 20 years of personal  Pilates practice and teaching experience.

Karla was a member of the teaching faculty at Body Arts and Science International(BASI), an internationally recognized certifying organization.  She remains a featured model in many of BASI’s study guides and manuals.
Karla’s fitness background includes certifications from the American Council on Exercise(Health Coach)AFAA(Group Exercise Instructor) Healthy Mom’s Fitness(Perinatal Specialist) and BASI(Comprehensive Pilates).
Courtney Puidk
RD, Stott Instructor
Courtney is a comprehensively trained Stott Pilates instructor. She has been a Pilates enthusiast since 2008 and started as an instructor in 2010. She has fun incorporating an athletic emphasis into contemporary Pilates, and believes that the original method and basic principals of Contrology should be preserved to see best results. Recently, Courtney inflicted a knee injury and was told by the orthopedic surgeon that she didn’t need to see a physical therapist because she does Pilates. This made her very happy, and is a testament to the Joseph Pilates quote, “Change happens through movement, and movement heals.”
Seungah Choi

Seungah “Sung” Choi’s passion for dance and physical movement encouraged her to study at the University of Calgary, Canada where she gained her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2009. Her first introduction to Pilates was during her University yearswhere she was strongly intrigued by the philosophy of Pilates and her interest in the whole body system grew. She completed her Pilates Instructor Training programs through PHI Pilates ofPittsburgh, PA in 2015. She is a certified PMA Pilates Teacher who has taught classes ranging in size from private to large groups in South Korea the last few years at schools, studios and hospitals.

She has lived in four different countries which has given her a better understanding of people from different cultures, backgrounds and learning styles. She uses this knowledge to build connections with and to tailor her teaching style to each individual client. When teaching, she is motivated to help her clients become healthier and happier while finding the balance within themselves. Outside the classroom, she enjoys running, oil painting, and exploring new places. She also loves animals especially her dog, Liz.

 

 

 

Duncan Trudeau

 Duncan Trudeau began his Pilates journey 10 years ago as just a summer job. Living a relatively inactive lifestyle up until that point, Pilates allowed him to reconnect with his body and what it was capable of and he quickly fell in love with working out. After going through hundreds of hours of training and gaining his PMA certification two years later he has practiced throughout DC, working with a wide array of clients and class types. Since then he has sought out many other forms of exercise including TRX, yoga, free weights, martial arts, and even Pro Wrestling!