Vikki Belchers-Volk is a certified STOTT PILATES™ instructor, Level 1 and 2 Eldoa instructor and owner of the studio. After competing in figure skating for many years Vikki turned to instructing Pilates. Having used Pilates as a complement to her training she knew she completely believed in the benefits of Joseph Pilates’ exercises.
At STOTT PILATES™ , Vikki received certification on all pieces of equipment, including at the Advanced level. She also completed a course in Anatomy and the Injuries and Special Populations certification. Her training included many hours of in class training as well as completing a mandatory apprenticeship program. Since becoming certified over 15 years ago, Vikki has committed to staying current with her training, completing continuing education credits in many courses including prenatal, back care and athletic conditioning courses. As an instructor she also calls on many years of dance and strength training to enhance her skills when working with athletes and dancers. She has taught a variety of clients from young athletes to car accident victims, to the aging population. As a mother herself, Vikki brings this additional knowledge to her prenatal and post natal classes.
Vikki also manages the studio and day to day operations, ensuring we hire only the best of instructors who are compassionate, inspired and who have a genuine love for what they do.
Vikki brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and genuine care for the well being of her clients to all the classes she teaches. She has been recognized in the community for her fitness training expertise, including being the #1 fitness instructor in Burlington last year. This experience and care ensures that whether you work with her as an instructor or as owner of the business you will feel confident in her hands.
Dawn Robertson brings an enormous amount of knowledge as well as passion to her classes. She is a Registered Massage Therapist having attended Kikkawa College, as well as being a certified Athletic Therapist. After attending Sheridan college to become an Athletic Therapist, Dawn also attended STOTT PILATES™ in 2008 to add to her education with Pilates training. She has continuously added to her education, taking courses in soft tissue release, craniosacral therapy as well as muscle energy and functional muscle testing.
Dawn started dancing at the age of 4 and only stopped competing when she was 21, where she was first exposed to Pilates. She immediately loved the way Pilates focuses on your primary and secondary core muscles which allowed her to strengthen her own spinal and pelvic stability. Over the years of doing Pilates herself, Dawn felt stronger and was able to maintain her flexibility even after no longer studying ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance disciplines.
For many years Dawn has worked actively with athletes in Rugby Canada, the Oakville Crusaders, Junior A Hockey and Junior A Lacrosse players as well as both the National Ballet and Cirque du Soleil. She spent the last 2 years at Queen's University working with their varsity athletes.
When working with Dawn, not only will you get an instructor with great knowledge and experience but also someone who is passionate about bringing you an inspiring workout. Dawn brings her love of Pilates and fitness to every session she teaches.
Ashley McIntosh began her curiosity of movement 10 years ago with her New Year's resolution to start living a more health conscious life. Using different websites, Ashley was learning a lot about movement and fitness, absorbing all information she could find! It was with this growing passion that she decided to enroll in a Physiotherapy assistant program and successfully completed her education, receiving her diploma in 2012. It was when Ashley started working in her first Physiotherapy clinic that she was exposed to Pilates. She instantly loved it! Pilates helped Ashley connect to her own body and corrected her imbalances while toning her body.
Practicing both Pilates and Yoga while working in various Physiotherapy settings helped Ashley develop the strong anatomy and physiology background she utilizes today when teaching her clients. Ashley added to her diploma by becoming both STOTT PILATES™ certified and receiving certification in Yoga instruction as well as Eldoa Level 1,2 and 3. It's with her vast knowledge plus her passion for Pilates that Ashley is able to provide knowledgeable instruction, proper cues, corrections and modifications for her clients. She has a great appreciation for being a part of her client's fitness and wellness journey.
Ashley has worked with clients of all ages from teenagers through to seniors. She also has experience with athletes, dancers and clients using Pilates to improve their golf game. Ashley works hard to ensure her clients leave invigorated, feeling taller, leaner and that they have achieved their fitness goals. Her love for the way Pilates makes her own body feel and her extensive knowledge comes through Ashley's teaching making her classes a great experience for all!
Zhanna Strilets is a certified Stott Pilates TM instructor who found Pilates after having her first child. Hoping to use Pilates to get back into pre baby shape she realized it was so much more than that. Zhanna practiced Pilates for a number of years, experiencing it as a client before deciding to become an instructor. She wanted to share her experience and passion for movement with clients. Zhanna has great enthusiasm for creating mind and body connections and desire for well being for others which she brings to her sessions each and every time. Whether it’s a client’s first time trying Pilates or if they have done a thousand classes before, Zhanna has a knack for knowing exactly how hard to push her clients to achieve their goals while being mindful of their injuries and apprehensions. Her truly caring spirit and vast knowledge are an excellent combination.
Over her career Zhanna has worked with clients with disc injuries and degeneration, shoulder, knee and hip issues. She also has a fitness background, teaching both spin classes and Mommy and Baby stroller fit classes. Zhanna’s fascination with how functional Pilates movements are and her own personal results from Pilates make her an amazing instructor. She’s a well rounded, empathetic and kind instructor who will be able to take you to the peak of your own personal goals.
Katie Napier began exploring the world of Pilates when she started living on campus completing her undergraduate degree. She noticed a number of interesting classes on the campus gym schedule, and being the active person she was, tried as many of the classes as possible. She fell in love with the Pilates classes and the benefits it offered for her posture and core strengthening, especially as she was feeling the stagnant effects of sitting in long lectures in uncomfortable chairs most of the day! It also peaked her interest because it taught her to become more aware of her body, its needs and how to keep it safe during activity.
Katie completed her education in anatomy and ergonomics and went on to become a Registered Occupational Therapist in the return-to-work field. But she never stopped doing Pilates as her career began. After settling into her field of work, Katie went on to complete her training in the Stott program to become a Pilates instructor.
As an instructor, Katie enjoys teaching her clients to enjoy the physical benefits of Pilates but also to love the mental workout you get from it as well. She encourages her clients to be aware of their different muscle groups working, focussing on implementing the basic principles required to keep her clients safe while still giving them a great workout! Katie’s history as a competitive gymnast at an elite level helps her to work with competitive athletes and young adults and teenagers. Her Masters degree in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is a massive compliment to her teaching, Katie knows how to make her workouts functional for everyday living, educational for her clients to learn more about their bodies and always enjoyable.
Kathryn Bezan started doing Pilates a number of years ago to help ease pain due to her scoliosis. She loved discovering that the simple movements could be so effective and be felt throughout the body. Kathryn could see from her own workouts that Pilates was so versatile for any one and could constantly evolve and change as her body did.
Kathryn enjoyed practicing Pilates so much she went to Stott Pilates to become an instructor and share her love for Pilates with others. It is one of Kathryn’s main focusses in all her sessions- teaching her clients in a way that ensures her clients love Pilates as much as she does. And it shows- Kathryn helps her clients develop better body awareness, feel stronger from their sessions and have a fantastic time in class with her. Kathryn feels personally uplifted and inspired from her own Pilates workouts and she does an amazing job of sharing that with whoever she teaches.
Kathryn has a degree from Brock University- a double major in music and psychology and a diploma with honours from George Brown College in ASL-English Interpretation. All this additional education only adds to Kathryn’s abilities in the studio and with her clients. She has worked with an Olympic Kayaker, pre and post natal clients, knee and hip replacement clients as well as many other injuries.
Not only is Kathryn one of our valued instructors she is also our Product Merchandiser, looking after our amazing Lorna Jane clothing.
Dominique Cheshire is also a STOTT PILATES™ instructor. But the certifications don’t end there! Dominique is also a certified Yoga instructor, a level 3 Reiki Practitioner and Barre Instructor, not to mention countless courses and continuing education. It is with this knowledge that Dominique brings both a safe and motivating session to her clients each and every time she sees them.
When Dominique trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre Pilates was a part of her training but she admits she really didn’t know what it was. It wasn’t until she had a major accident and a friend recommended Pilates for her recovery that she really started to understand Pilates. Pilates helped Dominique to recover, made her fall in love with the practice and gave her the realization and power that she was in charge of her body and her recovery.
During her career Dominique has taught in Pilates and dance studios, Physiotherapy clinics and private clubs and spas. She has taught clients of many different backgrounds looking for Pilates to help issues such as herniated discs, scoliosis, osteoporosis, knee and hip replacements, brain trauma and even worked with athletes and women who are pre and post natal.
Dominique genuinely loves Pilates and has always felt like it was a natural progression from her dance background. She says she loves “to offer a blueprint for people to explore what their own movement possibilities are. There’s a beautiful magic that happens when we take time to connect our mental and physical body, that transcends beyond our Pilates practice.” Dominique loves connecting with people, and offering space for them to connect to themselves. She enjoys the trouble shooting of movement patterns that comes with teaching Pilates, and that amazing ‘aha’ moment that happens with clients. She believes that in Pilates, there is always a way. Whatever someone comes to her with, or is trying to achieve, there is a path for that goal- and the practice is for every body! Dominique has a knack for making you understand that with her and A Lyrical Body you are in a safe space to work hard, love your time together and discover how amazing your body can function!