My name is Gisela Pérez. I have been teaching Pilates since 2015. I am a National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) certified teacher and completed a 620 teacher training program through Pilates Chicago. I have also completed several continuing education courses such as Pilates for Neurological Conditions, Cadaver Lab, Anatomy Trains as well as Pelvic Floor and Pre/Post Natal Pilates through the Center for Women's Fitness. I have experience working with clients that have scoliosis, shoulder and knee injuries, pre and post surgery, pre and post natal as well marathoners and athletes. I am passionate about the work that I do and love to see my clients succeed in their goals.
My own journey began just over 15 years ago after the birth of my second child. It took me a few years to fully appreciate what Pilates has to offer and now I am fortunate to be able to share this passion with others. I live in the West Ridge neighborhood with my husband and 4 children.
Alexandra was born in Bulgaria, where she was a gymnast for many years and that lead her body to multiple injuries and misalignments especially after the birth of her child. She experienced Pilates after a chiropractor suggested it is as a way for her body to get stronger and better aligned. After a few sessions she saw the incredible benefits of the exercises and quickly decided to enter the Comprehensive Instructor training program at Pilates Chicago. Soon after completing it, she was certified by National Pilates Certification Program(NPCP). Alexandra has completed continuing education workshops with pilates teachers Madeline Black, Cara Reeser and Carolyne Anthony. She is Pre and Post Natal and Diastasis Recti certified through Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s Fitness.
Matthew has been teaching Pilates in chicago since 1998. For over 20 years he has taught to a very wide population. Having this experience has made him an extremely astute teacher. Therefore being able to cater to everyone’s needs. He has run teacher trainings , Pilates retreats , and has had the honor to have had numerous feature articles in fitness magazines. “I am extremely excited and honored to be here at High Bridge Pilates”
Rebecca is certified Pilates Instructor and theatre performer in Chicago. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in musical theatre and received her Pilates certification from Pilates Academy International at Pilates On Fifth (NYC) in 2016. She is also trained in sports injury rehabilitation. As a dancer, Pilates has always been a part of her life; however, it was the changes she witnessed in her own clients' bodies that made her a Pilates believer. She is fascinated by how the Pilates method improves strength, flexibility, and postures, while reducing pain in the body. Rebecca's workouts are shame-free, fun, challenging, and aims for clients to feel great in their own bodies!
Julie is of Korean descent and currently lives in Chicago, and was introduced to Pilates when she lived in China. Julie learned that Pilates could improve not only the health but also the quality of life for the less privileged who resided in terrible conditions. Julie’s interest has always been about people she can help through the Pilates Method. She realized that Pilates can be a great tool to help people feel better about their bodies and their lives all over the world.
When Julie relocated to Chicago, she entered the Comprehensive Pilates training program at Pilates Chicago and poured her energy into learning all aspects of the Pilates Method. Shortly after finishing her 600 hour training program, she completed her National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) Certification.
Julie is also certified in Pre and Post Natal Pilates through Carolyne Anthonys Center for Womens Fitness.
Julie loves to share the benefits of Pilates and then watch a client’s body learn and move better!
Kara graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in
dance. While attending college, she was introduced to Pilates
after facing multiple ankle injuries her freshman year. Kara
received her certification in Fletcher Pilates under the direction of
Kyria Waugaman with Bodyworks Pilates in Tucson, Arizona.
While finishing up school she worked at Bodyworks as an
instructor and taught mat and reformer classes at the University
of Arizona. Kara is excited to join the High Bridge Pilates team.
She looks forward to helping others build strength, balance,
endurance, and most importantly sharing the joy or movement.