Instructors

Body In Motion is a fully equipped Pilates studio in Santa Cruz County, offering group mat classes and private sessions on all of the apparatus designed by Joseph Pilates. We are staffed with highly skilled, fully certified, professional instructors, dedicated to giving you the highest level of service.

Dominique LesperanceDominique Lesperance, owner of Body In Motion and BASI™ Pilates Faculty, was certified as a Pilates Instructor in 1997 by the Physicalmind Institute of New York. After eleven years of teaching Pilates, she went back to study with her mentor, Master Teacher Rael Isacowitz, founder of Body Arts and Science International (BASI™) and earned her BASI™ Comprehensive Teaching Certification. A member of the Pilates Method Alliance, she is also a certified Gyrotonic® teacher by Julio Horvath (creator of Gyrotonic®).

Beginning her career in the fitness industry in 1992 as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer, Dominique’s diverse background gives her a multidisciplinary approach helping her clients achieve their maximum physical potential. Her intuitiveness, passion and enthusiasm for her work is apparent. She considers herself a lifelong student and has had the pleasure of studying with numerous first and second generation master teachers such as Ron Fletcher, Lolita San Miguel, Kathy Grant, Mary Bowen, Michelle Larsen, Elizabeth Larkham and many more.

Dominique’s mission is to provide the clients of Body In Motion® with the most advanced, effective forms of body conditioning in a supportive, peaceful environment.

Sridevi FournierSridevi Fournier was born and raised on the island of O’ahu, where she enjoyed playing sports, dancing, climbing mountains and swimming in the ocean. In 2007 she moved to Los Angeles to attend LMU where she graduated with her BFA in Dance. She was introduced to Pilates in the University dance program and was very excited to find such a good way to work out and develop muscle strength and flexibility. She was impressed by how much her Pilates instructors knew about the body and how they helped her find muscles that she did not know how to use.

During the summer of 2009, Sridevi took a massage certification course at IPSB, the Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing. She learned and developed a greater awareness of all of the muscles and bones of the body and their functions. She also learned that the body and mind are directly related and our bodies mold to our perception and interactions in the world. This means that most people, who have spent years carrying heavy back packs and spending a lot of time bent over and slouching at a desk, do not have good/correct body alignment or posture. Practicing Pilates is very beneficial for correcting muscle imbalances and for developing and maintaining a good posture. Pilates helped Sridevi overcome what could have been crippling injuries and allows her to rejoice in an active lifestyle.

In the summer of 2010 she received her Pilates teacher certification through the BASI Pilates training program with an emphasis in Pilates for dancers. With a background in Pilates, Yoga Therapy, dance, anatomy, and massage, she is excited to be a part of the Body in Motion Community.

Most of all, Sridevi has always been interested in making the world a better place, and she feels that one of the best ways to do this is by helping others remain functional and happy by taking proper care of themselves. She understands how important it is to live a healthy life free of pain.

These days Sridevi enjoys teaching Pilates, doing Pilates, dancing, aerial dancing, hiking, cooking, practicing yoga, playing, traveling, and enjoying life!

Denise LouiseDenise Louise is a licensed Physical Therapist who is in the process of certification for Pilates training through Body Arts and Science International (BASI).

Denise attended Cal State Long Beach for her BS in Kinesiology, Exercise Science with a minor in Business entrepreneurship, graduating in 2009. She then attended grad school at Long Island University, Brooklyn and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012.

She started working in orthopedic outpatient clinics during her first two years as a Physical Therapist. In those settings she developed experience working with a wide range of patient populations of all ages including pediatric and geriatrics, patients with acute injuries, chronic pain, workers comp, pre/post surgeries, neck and spinal pain/dysfunction, movement disorders, and athletes/return to sport. She enjoyed taking continuing education courses that helped improve manual skills and other modalities to facilitate optimal function and efficiency of movement for patients.

Denise was introduced to the Pilates Method while in Physical Therapy school. She saw the endless benefits of the Pilates approach to fitness and how it could be beautifully blended with Physical Therapy to fully enhance a patient/client’s overall function and quality of life. She appreciates the holistic approach of Pilates, which focuses on connecting the mind and body and encompasses the whole person, mentally, physically and emotionally. As she practices Pilates, she notices positive changes in movement and increased body awareness within herself unmatched by any other exercise program.

Denise finished the coursework for Pilates through BASI in May 2014 while working full time as a licensed Physical Therapist.

Starting June 2014, Denise took an amazing opportunity to complete an internationally renowned post doctorate residency program to fulfill her desire to consistently improve and grow as a Physical Therapist. She completed the certification in PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) at Kaiser Foundation Rehab Center in Vallejo in 2015. There, she specialized working with patients in the adult neurological rehab setting, including those recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other neurological disorders like MS, GBS, ALS, among many others.

Combined with her knowledge and experience as a Physical Therapist, expertise in movement analysis, manual skills, verbal instruction and exercise prescription, she can reach a wider range of clientele using the Pilates Method.

Chloe HaeuserChloe Haeuser began her dance training at a young age in San Luis Obispo county and in nearly two decades of dance training quickly realized her love for teaching movement. In the pursuit of her BA in Dance, Option in Dance Science at Cal State Long Beach, Chloe explored the Pilates method and after four years of Pilates training, she completed the Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI) certification plus Dance Specialization in 2014. Inspired in her tutelage by renowned mentor Karen Clippinger, Chloe’s approach is subsequently influenced by years teaching in both rehabilitation and fitness settings.

Being immersed in Pilates in a physical therapy setting led Chloe to pursue Balanced Body’s Passing the Torch program in 2016, providing an in depth view at Pilates for conditions of the spine such as scoliosis, sacroiliac dysfunction, osteoporosis, herniated discs, and others. Chloe enjoys the process of continual growth as an instructor and she hopes to cultivate in her students a deeper understanding of how the body works and share with them the joy in moving. Chloe loves to be active in hiking, backpacking and camping, doing yoga or dancing, reading and cooking. She is thrilled to help others in her community become stronger and healthier through practicing Pilates.

Chloe HaeuserSydney Jeffery recently graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a BA in Dance Performance and Exercise Science. She has been competitively dancing her entire life and finds great enjoyment in any physical activity.

Sydney is certified in Xtend Barre and is so excited to be teaching at Body in Motion. Sydney is passionate about building genuine relationships and shining love and light through her eyes, heart, and soul. She longs to educate others about the importance of loving and treating your body, inside and out, with complete care and respect. Living a healthy lifestyle and spreading the joys that lie within challenging and taking care of one’s body is her ultimate goal. She hopes to see you in class!

Shari ScrutonShari Scruton, Senior Instructor.

I discovered the joy of movement as a child gymnast and continued to embrace it during my teenage years through competitive sports. After being introduced to Pilates in the early 1990s, I was intrigued by the graceful yet challenging nature of the Pilates discipline. My personal practice has since further evolved into a more mindful integration of different modalities with functional movement.

My goal with each client is to create an intuitive and focused workout which addresses an individual’s specific needs. I aspire not only to train my clients but also to educate them to incorporate Pilates principles throughout their daily routines.

Additionally, I enthusiastically train athletic teams with a focus on core strength, speed and agility, and injury prevention. As a former collegiate athlete, and mother of three very athletic children, I understand the importance of match fitness and the frustration of any down time due to injury.

In my leisure time, I enjoy cooking, dinner parties with family and friends, reading psychological thrillers, and girls’-night-outs!

BASI Certified Pilates Instructor
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
TRX Suspension Training, Group Suspension Training, and Functional Training Courses Completed
Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Level 1 Course Completed
U.S. Soccer Federation D License

Lisa RosendaleLisa Rosendale has been a resident of Santa Cruz County since 1983. She has been in the nursery business growing plants for just as long. She and her husband own a nursery called Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens in Watsonville, California.

Lisa started practicing Pilates in 2000, but took a break after a couple of years to start a Girls Volleyball Club in addition to running the nursery. The physical demands of the nursery business and coaching made it clear that a renewed interest in Pilates was essential. So in 2008 Lisa took up Pilates again, here at Body in Motion.

Lisa became so enamored with the (BASI) Body Arts and Science International system, taught at Body in Motion, and the way it made her feel that she went deeper into the practice and earned her teaching certificate through BASI in 2012. She enjoys teaching people how to be healthy, fit, strong and balanced in their bodies whether they are exercising, training, playing or completing day to day activities. And she especially enjoys it when a client “sees or feels” how strength and body awareness gained through regular Pilates practice can be applied toward improving their lives, like it did for her.

Patti HarrillPatti Harrill  hails from the East Coast and has been a lifelong athlete. She swam competitively throughout her school career and into college. Patti received a B.S. in Applied Sciences from Western Carolina University and proceeded to work in virtually all aspects of the Textile and Apparel industry.

Patti found Pilates in 2001, discovered BASI Pilates videos in 2004 and was completely hooked. After using Pilates to heal an injured back and shoulder and enhance her swimming performance, she wanted to help others make positive changes in their lives.

In 2013, Patti decided to follow her passion for fitness and health and become a BASI Certified Pilates Instructor through the Body In Motion Studio. She enjoys working with people no matter what their age or fitness level helping them to achieve their goals. She could not be happier to be making the move to the West Coast and her new home at Body In Motion.

Ana HarrisAna Harris 

Dancing has been one of Ana’s enduring passions since childhood. After earning her B.A. from San Francisco State University, Ana was fortunate to channel that passion into a Professional Salsa dance career, teaching and performing internationally for 5 years. She then expanded her teaching repertoire into the fitness world, teaching Zumba and Barre Classes at top San Francisco gyms such as, The Sportsclub LA, Equinox and Crunch Fitness, among others, as well as fitness retreats in Mexico, such as Bikini Bootcamp.

As a serious Ballet student, Ana always knew about Pilates but it was only when she had an injury from teaching too much Zumba, her Physical Therapist prescribed Pilates. As Pilates became a tool for her own injury recovery, she was inspired by the changes she saw, and was eager to share the strengthening and healing capabilities of Pilates with others.

She received her Comprehensive Mat & Apparatus Pilates certification in 2009 from Integrated Teacher Training (ITT Pilates) in San Francisco. The reputable program incorporates modern exercise principles, and applies proven and accepted practices in rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement.

A lifelong learner, Ana regularly attends continuing education workshops to deepen her knowledge and gain specialization in working with special populations. Ana holds a Pre/Post-Natal Pilates Specialist certification from The Center for Women’s Fitness and she has most recently completed advanced education through BASI Pilates, which focuses on a Physical Therapy approach to working with clients who have injuries, physical limitations, or movement dysfunctions. Additionally, Ana holds a 200-Hour Yoga Instructor Certification, and is a Certified Redcord Suspension Trainer for both Corrective Exercise and Active levels. Her specific areas of expertise include: Back Pain, Piriformis Syndrome, scoliosis, sacroilac joint dysfunction, sciatica and care for prenatal and postpartum population, especially pelvic floor issues and diastastis-recti correction.

Ana enjoys witnessing the strength, balance, and overall sense of wellbeing that Pilates brings to the body. She brings her strong passion for movement to her teaching, and with the varied background in Dance and Fitness, her teaching style is fun, fresh and challenging, and she finds true joy in teaching Pilates and movement.

Carissa FernandezCarissa Fernandez 

I started doing restorative yoga at age 18 after I got hit by a car and could no longer play field hockey and lacrosse my senior year of high school. I had grown up as a dancer, so the movements resonated with me. I continued my yoga practice on and off through college and as I moved to New York to pursue a career in cosmetics.

In 2009 I finally gained enough courage to move all the way across the country to live my California dream. I joined a local Santa Cruz gym and started to practice yoga again. This gym also offered Pilates and I decided to try it. I loved Pilates because of the way it complemented my yoga practice.

In 2012 I began my journey of becoming a certified yoga teacher, then started the Balanced Body Pilates Instructor program shortly after. I originally started the program because I wanted to learn more about the exercises and my body, but then connected more to the idea of sharing my knowledge to help others.

I am constantly learning about movement and integrating different methods of what I learn into my teaching. My professional goal is to help people feel better in their bodies through integrative movement and breathing practices.

Kate OatesKate Oates 

Kate grew up in the Midwest playing sports, biking, running and taking ballet classes. However, she knew from a young age she was bound for the West. Since moving to California in 2002 her interests have expanded to backpacking, rock climbing and trail running. And now that her boys are a little older, Kate has decided to incorporate her love of movement into a career. Kate is an Xtend Barre certified instructor and is actively pursuing more certifications so that she can better share the joys and benefits of living an active and healthy life.

In addition, Kate an artist and designer. Her inspiration comes from feminists, the abstract, nature and bright colors.

Wauhillau ErbeWauhillau Erbe 

After taking Xtend barre for the first time in October of 2016, I fell in love with the format. That very same day I made a phone call to Dominique to let her know that I was determined to become and instructor! I love the way that the class combines ballet, and pilates to sculpt and condition every muscle in the body.

Kiabeth LavalleKiabeth Lavalle

My love for a good beat and all things rhythmic drew me to the Xtend Barre method. I am certified in both Xtend Barre and Buti Yoga. I started dancing salsa when I was 5 years old and have been moving ever since. I began practicing yoga and taking barre classes in 2011 and am so excited to share my love of movement and be able to teach these fun, dynamic classes to you!

I majored in Politics and Legal Studies at UC Santa Cruz and graduated with University Honors, Cum Laude. While working towards attending law school, I turned to Xtend Barre and Buti Yoga as methods to connect body and mind, and to find tranquility and inner strength. The bonus of core and body strength was a definite plus.

My goal is to provide Body in Motion clients with the same mind-body awareness that I have enjoyed as a student. I strive to help students like myself achieve greater endurance, flexibility, and strength. At the same time I aim to teach every class with positivity, support, and encourage you to Xtend your limits!

Aubrie PolitoAubrie Polito

Aubrie first started practicing Pilates using Mari Windsor’s Pilates DVDs in her family room. In college, Aubrie attended her first mat class in Santa Cruz, and she was instantly hooked! After graduating from Santa Clara University with a BS in Sociology, Aubrie decided to enroll in the BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training Program at Body in Motion Pilates Studio in 2010. After completing her teacher training, Aubrie decided to pursue another passion of hers, elementary education. She went on to earn her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Master of Arts Degree in Education through Notre Dame de Namur University.

Aubrie loves that she is always teaching, whether it’s working with children in the classroom, or adults in the studio. She loves to teach and help others, and is so excited to be returning to Body in Motion after living over the hill these past few years. Aubrie has also completed teacher training programs in barre and yoga, and loves that she is able to bring those both into her Pilates teaching. Aubrie can also be found teaching 1st grade at Main Street Elementary in Soquel.

Aubrie PolitoSonia Bachir

Music was my introduction to the arts which naturally led to my love of dance and whole body well-being.

As a teenager, I discovered a passion for physical fitness. My first aerobics class I was instantly hooked, blending music and fitness together was the catalyst that has driven me to explore and discover the many ways I can connect to mind, body, and spirit.

In 2008, I decided to experience dance on a whole new level and registered for ballet and modern at Monterey Peninsula College. After taking a couple of semesters, I decided I wanted to improve my balance, flexibility, and stamina. A dear friend of mine suggested I give yoga a whirl. Following my bliss led me to the world of yoga and its beautiful kinship with dance. Being in the moment, connecting and moving with breath, letting go of the ego, and opening up to a higher consciousness has enhanced my ability, not only in dance, but in life itself.

This experience gave me the desire to dive deeper into my yoga practice. In 2016, I completed my 200 hour intensive yoga teacher training, rooted in Hatha Yoga, at The Yoga Center of Carmel. I’m also registered with Yoga Alliance. In 2017, I received my certification for Buti Yoga at Body In Motion Pilates Studio.

As a teacher, I hope to be a guiding light for students on their yoga path, opening an awareness and connection to body, breath, and mind; help them tap into their inner power and the love and wisdom they carry within.

When I am not on my mat or barefoot raising my vibration on the studio floor, I work full time as a Registered Dental Assistant in Monterey, which I’ve had the pleasure doing for 20 years.

“Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul, creates the symphony of life.” ~ BKS Iyengar

Aubrie PolitoJolisa Wilfong

Jolisa Wilfong is a 500 hour certified and register yoga instructor who has practiced yoga for over 10 years and taught since 2012. Born in New Jersey but always a California girl at heart, she pursued a degree in design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Jolisa was introduced to yoga postures and mindfulness practices at 8 years old but it was moving to California that sparked her desire to dive deep and learn more. In 2008, she began to study yoga intensely and immersed herself not only in the physical practice of yoga but also in its philosophy. Her passion for Eastern traditions led her to pursue a degree in South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. There, she studied Classical Sanskrit, South Asian Religions and Indian Philosophy. She has carried out research on the famous Ramayana dance and its performance traditions in Indonesia and returned to the country to study and perform Dayak tribal dance under master choreographer Ary Ogam. Her scholarly work at Berkeley has earned her awards, fellowships and the honor of graduating with distinction.

Jolisa holds certifications in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Trauma-Informed Yoga and was recently certified in Buti Yoga, an energetic yoga practice that integrates cardio-intensive tribal dance, plyometrics and spiral movements. Jolisa’s classes blur the line between work and play. She is contagiously enthusiastic about expanding her knowledge of modern mind-body practices to help others grow and reach their highest potential. Her teaching style is inspired by her primary teachers, Edna Barr and Janet Stone. Classes are centered around exploring intuitive expression through rhythmic breath and mindful movement.

Inspired by her own journey as both student and teacher she created the blog DailyRitualYoga.com to empower others to embrace yoga-based wellness practices in everyday life. Move better. Feel good. Be happy!