While recovering from her first desk job, Kate discovered the Pilates method. She was enthralled by its focus on balancing the body, developing inner awareness, and moving in harmony with breath. Kate trained at Pilates Chicago, where she now teaches and also serves an assistant for the instructor training program. Her favorite exercise is cat.
The Pilates Chicago Family
Martina Helesic has completed her training and apprenticeship with Pilates Chicago in Rogers Park in 2010.Her training with Jen and Matt was a wonderful learning experience. She also holds certifications with Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) as a Pilates trainer and with American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a personal trainer.
Martina discovered Pilates while searching for another form of exercise to challenge her body and mind. She fell in love with the method for its effectiveness, depth and ingenuity.For her, this journey means a lifelong learning, and exploration, so she attends as many workshops and courses she can to broaden her knowledge and learning.
Martina loves working with clients of different levels and skills, and as well with those after rehabilitation.Now she is excited to be a part of the Pilates Chicago family.
Denise was introduced to Pilates while studying Dance at Columbia College Chicago. She graduated with a BA in Dance Teaching and earned a Masters Degree in Dance Movement Therapy. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching many forms of fitness. She is currently teaching Pilates, Zumba, Aqua Zumba, and Yoga. She is certified in group fitness and personal training. She has worked with clients of all ages, from 4 to 103, and believes in the movement potential of every client.
Denise studied at Pilates Chicago for Mat Training in 2005 and then Comprehensive Training in 2009. While practicing as a Dance Movement Therapist in a hospital setting she witnessed the healing nature of Pilates to re-pattern and correct maladaptive movement patterns in her own body and in the bodies of her clients.
Then, after a ski accident, which left her unable move her left knee for two months, she utilized Pilates exercises every day to help support her rehabilitation process. She was able to move beyond the expectations of her doctor for a full recovery.
Jolie discovered Pilates in 1994 as a part of her rehabilitation from a dance injury. After practicing the Pilates method for several years, she realized how much it had to offer for the overall health of body and mind, and wanted to share this with others.
Jolie received her certification from The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO in 2003 and completed their Master’s Program in 2011. In 2010, she received her certification as a Pre and Post-Natal Pilates Specialist through The Center for Women’s Fitness. She has a BFA in dance and is a CMT through the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado. Jolie’s background in dance and massage therapy has given her extensive knowledge of anatomy and movement, deepening her insight into Pilates. She emphasizes a holistic approach to Pilates and enjoys encouraging and empowering individuals to lead healthier, more balanced lives.
Jennifer has been dedicated to the field of Pilates and movement education since her first class in 1995. By 1997, she had become a Pilates Mat instructor, sharing her passion in gyms and studios around Chicago. In the original style of Pilates training, Jennifer became a private apprentice to a local teacher and taught students until eventually pursuing formal Pilates training through the newly-formed, Physicalmind Institute in 1998. Along side her Pilates education, Jennifer pursued education in yoga, Japanese acupressure, medicinal herbalism, and Chinese diagnostics.
Always curious, Jennifer has sought out a variety of programs and dedicated to study with master teachers in movement, such as Irene Dowd, Jean-Claude West, and Diane Lee, as well as Pilates focused teachers such as Mary Bowen, Madeline Black, Bob Liekens, Debra Lessen, and Michelle Larsson. With a strong interest in cutting edge anatomical information, Jennifer has attended multiple dissection courses with Gil Hedley and studied with the top Fascia researchers at the International Fascial Research Congress and the University of Ulm’s Fascia Summer School.
Jennifer’s competence in anatomy brought her to develop and teach Experiential Anatomy courses to massage students at The Chicago College of Healing Arts, while simultaneously developing her own Pilates training program, the Pilates Chicago Instructor Training Program, taught along with her husband, Matthew, in 2003. As of 2016, the program has officially launched the first satellite program in Sydney, Australia. Along with her dedication to her studio and training program, Jennifer gratefully embraces the busy home life of 4 active sons.
As an enthusiastic presenter, Jennifer’s expertise has been recognized with features in multiple media outlets, such as Pilates Style Magazine, IDEA Fitness, Yoga Journal, Massage Therapy Journal, Disney Family.com, PilatesAnytime.com, and FusionPilates.edu. She has been a sought after provider of continued fitness education, as a regular presenter at conferences such as Pilates Method Alliance and Pilates on Tour since 2006. Jennifer provides continued education for both PMA and ACE requirements.
Jennifer Zumann (Senior Teacher)
Ame Kaplan (Senior Teacher)
Gianine first felt the benefits of Pilates back in the late 90s and was not only impressed with the transformation on the outside, but the benefits of general health on the inside. Inspired to help others, she completed her comprehensive training with Pilates Chicago. The rewards for teaching Pilates are plentiful, but number one for Gianine is to see students' steady improvement in strength, posture, flexibility and physical awareness. Gianine received her bachelor's degree in theatre from Stephen F. Austin University before completing her masters in theatre at Western Illinois University. Outside of the studio, Gianine is an avid cyclist, using her bike for both her primary form of transportation as well as recreation.
Jessie Novak is a PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor, Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher RPYT 85, and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. She received her Pilates teacher training from Pilates Chicago in 2008, 200 Hour Yoga teacher training and 85 hour Prenatal Yoga teacher training from Bloom Yoga Studio in 2013 and 2014. She also completed specialty training with Carolyne Anthony and the Center for Women's Fitness with distinctions as a Pre/Postnatal Specialist and Pelvic Floor Health, and The Center Method® for Diastasis Recti Recovery in 2016. Jessie has been on the Lead Teaching Faculty for Pilates Chicago Teacher Training since 2009 and a Co-Lead Trainer for Bloom Yoga Studio Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training since 2016.
In 1997 as a college freshman at the University of Iowa, Jessie took her first Pilates mat class and later wrote in her journal, “This is exactly what I want to do later in life.” These seeds took root while also becoming more curious about kinesiology, Laban, Bartinieff, Feldenkrais, in addition to ballet and modern dance techniques. She has loved observing the human body in motion from an analytic, postural, and aesthetic perspective and has been so fortunate to share this passion with students of all ages across Chicagoland since relocating here in 2002. She continues to seek out teachers and opportunities to further her knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and healthy functional movement for people of all ages and stages of life and her primary influences are Jennifer Zumann, Madeline Black, Francine Kelly, Cara Reeser, and Carolyne Anthony.
While rehabilitating several common and not-so-common dancers' injuries, Jessie discovered the benefits of integrating Pilates into an overall strength and conditioning program. After retiring from the professional dance world, she received her Pilates certification in 2009 and has continued to grow and learn from her own experiences recovering from injuries and births, as well as from her students in class and teacher trainees. Following the birth of her first child, she attended Mom & Baby Yoga classes and sought out yoga teacher training to continue serving this population of women in the childbearing year. She is deeply grateful for the tools and strength her Pilates and yoga practice has provided her as a mom, a partner, and human in the world.
Whether working with groups or individuals, Jessie is a passionate, engaged teacher, applying a holistic and functional approach, while using creative imagery reflecting a love for anatomy and physiology. She believes movement, music, and breath benefit every body, every age, in every stage.
Carolyne Anthony (Senior Teacher)
Carolyne Sidhu Anthony has been in the Dance, Fitness and Pilates world for over 30 years. She trained as a professional dancer in London in the late 1970’s and received her teaching diploma in 1982. She went on to dance professionally in Europe, Asia and Africa. Carolyne was introduced to Pilates in 1983, at the prompting of her Jazz instructor.
Among her fitness and Pilates certifications she has been certified by AFAA and AEA as a group exercise leader and is comprehensively trained as a Pilates Teacher through Polestar, PhysicalMind, and the PMA. She has been a faculty member for BASI and Balanced Body University, both USA based Pilates Organizations. She is an international presenter at conferences such as IHRSA, Pilates on Tour and Body, Mind, Spirit.
Ame began her pilates experience in southern California, training with and working for Julian Littleford. She continued her Comprehensive Pilates training with Rael Isacowitz in the BASI (Body Arts and Science International) program, and worked with private clients at Planet Fitness of La Jolla. Since her return to the midwest in 2002, Ame has worked at a number of different studios and health clubs, as well as in-home settings with private clients. She is delighted to be a part the Pilates Chicago community as both an instructor and faculty member for the Teacher Training Program. Ame brings with her a long history of focused movement that includes dancing professionally (as a trainee with the Joffrey Ballet and a company member of Indianapolis Ballet Theater, Jazzworks Dance Company and San Diego Ballet), cycling, and enjoying the playground with her two daughters ages 7 and 11.