Meet our team

Janice DulakMaster Teacher Janice Dulak

Janice Dulak is a Romana’s Pilates® Master Instructor Trainer with an international reputation, and an avid dressage rider and author of books and DVDs about Pilates and equitation. A revered Pilates Teacher of Teachers, she is sought after for her clear and concise distillation of the Pilates Method. Her training began two decades ago with the heir to the Pilates Method, Romana Kryzanowska. Today, her work continues through instruction at Living Legacy Pilates in Champaign, Illinois and through Pilates for Dressage®, which empowers riders to effectively communicate with their horse through body control.

Elizabeth BartellStudio owner and Level 4 instructor trainer Elizabeth Bartell

Why do you teach Pilates?
I enjoy making a positive difference in someone’s day week and potentially, life.

I love it when my clients…

Set a goal and achieve it. Whether that is a certain exercise or a feeling in their body they haven’t experienced before.

I believe in Pilates because…

It inspired me to take a huge leap of faith and completely change my career and life.

What’s your teaching style?
It’s always evolving as I continue to learn more as an instructor.

Favorite Pilates exercise? Most challenging?

My favorite exercise is footwork and my least favorite is the mermaid.

What do you like to do for fun?
My husband and two children enjoy boating and water skiing.

What’s your favorite Joseph Pilates quote?
“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.”

Terry BoyerInstructor Terry Boyer

Why do you teach Pilates?
I teach Pilates because to me, it’s not a job. I get to help improve the quality of people’s lives. I don’t consider it work. Teaching Pilates is a way to provide a little bit of freedom by way of movement in a person’s body.

I love it when my clients…
Come in and tell stories about how they use Pilates in their everyday life. Whether it be dancing, working out or just maintaining their household, the client uses their Pilates to do it. It feels good to know they listen to what we say and believe in it.

I believe in Pilates because…
It works. It changed my life, really. I work in the service industry, and my body started to feel its age. Pilates helped relieve my lower-back pain and increased my overall flexibility and strength. Most importantly, it gave me control over my body, which then gave me confidence.

What’s your teaching style?
When I first started teaching, I would stand back from the client and I was loud because of my inexperience. Now, I put out as much energy and guidance with my hands to help the client move correctly and with energy! I like to be hands-on because it helps the client and continues to help me learn.

Favorite Pilates exercise?
I really like leg springs because of the length I get throughout my whole body. I really like the snake, twist and swan dive on the mat.

Most challenging?
Teasers are extremely difficult exercises to do and to do them well. It’s easy to hold teasers in the wrong parts of your body.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to play cards and go to the movies. I really love to go camping, but I guess my favorite thing to do for fun is eat!

What’s your favorite Joseph Pilates quote?
“With every movement of our life can be the beginning of great things.” I love to dance. Dance comes from movement and Pilates can greatly increase movement.

Barb BabcockInstructor Barb Babcock

Why do you teach Pilates?
I have always been a coach or teacher or mother. In my life, I have been drawn to helping people do or be better and cheering them on along the way. It is very rewarding to help a client gain flexibility or strength — or just leave feeling like their world is a better place because they feel good.

I love it when my clients…
Tell me how much better they felt since our last lesson in the studio. That’s what we all work for — to really improve peoples’ day-to-day lives.

I believe in Pilates because…
It has worked in my own body and mind. I have always been active, but my core was not strong and it was even weaker after having four babies. Something I have always loved was the feeling of getting into the movement and finding the focus needed to do it correctly. Pilates was a great stress reliever when our kids were young and I was working full-time as a teacher. My Pilates sessions were (and are) my time and I have always felt better after a challenging workout.

What’s your teaching style?
With my background in special education, I gravitate toward being more student-centered and focus on cognitive learning. I love learning and sharing new things with clients that work for their body on that day. The work of Pilates is as much mental as it is physical because it requires focus to physically complete the exercises correctly.

Favorite Pilates exercise?
I love to stretch my back all the way down to my toes with Short Spine Massage or Tower on the Cadillac. It feels amazing after a weekend of yard and housework!

Most challenging?
Crab on the mat is just not something that comes naturally to me, but we are all a work in progress!

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy being with my husband, four children and our two dogs. We love to travel and go SCUBA diving when we are able. I was a figure skater and coach when I was younger and I love to get back on the ice when I can.

What’s your favorite Joseph Pilates quote?
“Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.”

kevin_burnside_resizedInstructor Kevin Burnside

Why do you teach Pilates?
I love learning about how our body works. I love helping people discover ways to use their bodies most efficiently.

I love it when my clients…
Discover a new way of moving based on their Pilates training.

I believe in Pilates because…
It works! I was fortunate to be a student of Pilates way before I started the teacher-training program and I was blown away at the difference that it made in my personal life and for me as a dancer. 

What’s your teaching style?
Firm, consistent and detailed

Favorite Pilates exercise?
The Roll Up

Most challenging?
Probably Jackknife or Rolling Stomach Massage

What do you like to do for fun?
 Garden, dance or travel

What’s your favorite Joseph Pilates quote?
“The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.”

Lisa StaplesInstructor Lisa Staples

Why do you teach Pilates?
Pilates changed my body and my life. It hits all the important things I wanted: strength, stretch, length, balance, functional, efficient, pain management, and so much more. What better way to incorporate it into my life, on through my older years, than to teach? Every day, I know I made the right decision to change career paths because I am able to help my clients gain control over their bodies, and create real change at any stage of life. And at the same time I’m constantly learning more about my own body, Pilates, and how it all relates to my clients.

I love it when my clients…
Tell me how they use their Pilates while driving in their cars, or how it’s helped them gain comfort in their everyday lives. One client told me she used to get severe back pain after standing on her feet lecturing 2-4 hours a day. Now she’s able to stand with better posture and alignment, without pain. Another client no longer falls. She has more confidence and trusts that her Pilates will help her stay balanced. These stories and comments always make my day!

I believe in Pilates because…
It teaches a person to move mindfully, with purpose and efficiency. You can learn how to move from your core for everything you do. It’s like a user manual for your body. And it applies to literally every body, no matter your age or particular concerns.

What’s your teaching style?
Flexible, in that I want to teach the client in front of me; not every client the same way. Every client has a different reason for coming, so I want to tailor each session for every client based on their body on that particular day. Getting to know the client and their body from lesson to lesson allows us to work toward their goals.

Favorite Pilates exercise?
ANYTHING Leg Springs.

Most challenging?
Anything on my shoulders with my legs in the air.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to play pool, travel, go boating, hiking, and camping.

What’s your favorite Joseph Pilates quote?
Do I have to pick just one?? It’s so hard because they are all so good! I’ll go simple, and to the point: “It’s the mind itself that shapes the body.”

Instructor Carrie Thompson

Why do you teach Pilates?
Mainly because it’s good for any-“body” and helps with anything from stress (mind) to gaining strength and flexibility of the spine. Also you see results and feel so good!

I love it when my clients…
Feel so much better after their lesson.

I believe in Pilates because…
I see and feel results from body to mind-body control.

What’s your teaching style?
Teaching you to control, center, and concentrate each move while strengthening your Powerhouse (abdominals) and getting flexibility and strength in your spine. Also add some fun into it!

Favorite Pilates exercise?
Leg springs.

Most challenging?
Over head.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to read, go on walks, hang out with my husband, and get together with my friends.

What’s your favorite Joseph Pilates quote?
“You are only as young as your spine is flexible,” and “Be in control of your body and not at its mercy.”