Our Instructors

Vikki Belchers-Volk is a certified STOTT PILATES™ instructor, Level 1 and 2 Eldoa instructor, trained in Myofascial Stretching 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 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 also worked 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.  She brings her love of Pilates and fitness to every session she teaches.  Dawn currently teaches online for the studio.

 

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.  She is also currently enrolled to become an Osteopath in her second year of education.  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!

 

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.

 

Ashley Frejilich, BA, MSc is a certified ELDOA practioner and qualified Yoga instructor.  And if that's not enough, Ashley can also teach Pilates!  She brings a wealth of education and years of athletic experience to her role at A Lyrical Body.  As a former competitive figure skater and cheerleader, Ashley sustained several injuries, which led her to study the body and the mechanisms of injuries and healing.  In understanding the body, Ashley's unique approach incorporates her past training experiences.  She has continued to evolve her practice and uses current techniques and methods to better help clients with their injuries, pain and thus increases mobility.

Ashley's specialties include a therapeutic style of conscious corrective exercises for self-myofascial release, core training, spinal decompression, and alignment using the ELDOA TM method.

Known for her dynamic approach to teaching. Ashley has a kind heart and a great sense of humour.  She is personally committed to making a difference in the lives of her clients by offering them empowering tools to optimize their vitality, resilience and overall well being.  Ashley is passionate, caring and constantly expanding her teaching to give her clients the best experience.

Ashley is the inspiration behind our Mobility and Recovery Program and helped to found the program.

 

Emily Minor began her Pilates journey after becoming a Mom when she was recommended to take classes to help with her postnatal recover.  She immediately loved the way Pilates made her feel stronger, healthier and even better than before she had children. Emily loved Pilates so much that she decided not to return to her office job after her MAT leave and went on to get her certification so that she could help others feel the benefits that she had begun to enjoy. Attending STOTT PILATES™ , Emily also added their Total Barre to her training.

Emily has worked with clients of all ages and abilities, helping them to reach their full fitness potential. She has worked with clients with scoliosis, hip and knee replacements, shoulder injuries, Prenatal and Postnatal clients, retired athletes and clients who are part of our aging population. Working with Emily you will learn better body awareness, improve your alignment, increase your strength and flexibility while learning about your body and what your individual goals should be.

She is a truly caring instructor who brings a positive energy to all her classes plus an impressive amount of passion for what she does.  Emily loves developing a relationship with her clients and thrives on seeing their body’s change and their confidence increase as she progresses them through the repertoire.  A goal for Emily with each of her sessions is to make her clients feel like they have had an awesome workout, that they have worked their muscles in the correct way and that they are getting stronger.  Emily encourages her clients to find their safest but furthest limit while feeling lengthened and relaxed.  She has a knack for making you feel comfortable instantly and you will have a good laugh while still learning a lot.

 

Becky DiBiase started on her Pilates journey over 10 years ago after learning Pilates could help the symptoms of her scoliosis.  Also having some arthritis in her knees, Becky was looking for a form of exercise to help strengthen around her knees that was low impact. She felt stronger and less pain after starting her own Pilates practice.  This discovery pushed Becky to start the instructor training in mat and reformer and she has gone on to add other pieces of equipment to continue her education further.  Over her teaching years, Becky has worked with clients with osteoporosis, shoulder injuries, hip and knee replacement, sciatica, neck injuries, rectus diastasis, and also pre and post natal Pilates, just to name a few.  Becky’s skills have helped many of her rehab clients but her own experiences with Pilates make her an excellent instructor for our clients looking for a great workout!  Her versatility as an instructor means Becky currently teaches everything from our rehab clients to our cardio classes.  As your goals change and evolve, she can evolve with you.

Becky has worked at showing her clients that Pilates is a discipline that with modifications everyone can be challenged at whatever level their body thrives best at. She has assisted her clients develop core strength and draw awareness to their postural muscles facilitating proper alignment to their spines. Becky has helped many of the clients she has worked with develop stronger muscles and help decrease their risk of injury during their other activities and sports. Becky brings a calming but passionate approach to her teaching style. She enjoys studying the connections between an exercise and the outcome, enabling a client to feel strong, confident and reduce pain and stiffness. Becky truly believes creating mobility allows you to feel younger and forget about the aging process! And who doesn’t want to feel younger?!

 

Sinead Gaffney began her relationship with Pilates many years ago when she was dancing.  Growing up in northern British Columbia, Sinead’s sister was at the Alberta school of Ballet and introduced Sinead to Pilates videos over the off season when they were back together.  Sinead would visit and the sisters would work out together.  When Sinead became pregnant with her youngest child, she was introduced to a Pilates studio and the reformer and fell in love right away!  Movement has always been an important part of Sinead’s life and a career in Pilates has been a perfect fit.

It was her love of movement that expanded Sinead’s practice of Pilates into completing her Pilates teacher training.  When doing her own workouts, Sinead noticed improvements physically and mentally. She was generally happier and felt she had control of her body during pregnancy and postnatal.  Sinead noticed that the same exercises were challenging no matter what level you were as you learned to activate and bring awareness to new muscles.  She wanted to share what she had learned with others and make a difference in their lives.  Sinead wanted to show people it is possible to stay healthy and functional no matter what age you are and also inspire confidence in others.  Pilates has kept Sinead grounded and focussed and connected to her mind, body and soul even when things in her life may have not have seemed as stable.

Sinead has worked hard to further her education and skills to deliver her experience to as many different types of clients as possible.  She has certifications in mat, reformer, barre, knee injury and ACL repair specialty track plus pre and post rehab protocols for hip replacement as well as being Yoga and Reiki certified.  Sinead also completed courses focussing on Yoga for kids and teens.  She has experience working with pre and postnatal clients, knee and hip replacements, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis to name a few.

When asked why she loves teaching, Sinead said “I love when a client reaches one of their goals movement wise. Seeing their success makes me so happy.

I love that I can share my passion and feel fulfilled at the end of the day and build life long relationships and connections while doing so.”  It is because of this love that you will complete classes with Sinead and feel centered, strong and accomplished.  Sinead strives to have you feel great and help bring awareness to your full body.  She does this with a genuine compassion, patience and support. Her effortless way of teaching makes you push through to discovering what you are capable of while feeling like you are in the best hands!