Meet our Pilates Instructors
At West LA Pilates, we have some of the most highly trained and experienced professionals in the business. Whatever your age, whatever the injury, our team can help you.
Instructor, Studio Owner
Through West LA Pilates, I have helped thousands of people since 1998. After more than 8 years of pain due to a torn shoulder muscle and disk problems, I met a woman who radiated optimal health. Learning she was a Pilates instructor, I immediately signed up for her classes. With each workout, I felt my body heal and strengthen and soon fell in love with Pilates. I work closely with Dr. Park in consultation for any client's rehab that may be required. With my extensive experience and training in Yoga, I incorporate those ideas into Pilates sessions for an optimum practice of health and well-being. At West LA Pilates, it is my mission to share Joe Pilates' amazing technique with others, bringing them relief from pain, increasing their core strength, assisting in developing long, lean muscles, and transforming their bodies for a new and improved lifestyle.
Lee is known in the community as a master Pilates instructor. She has been teaching for 35 years with the philosophy that "everyone can move within their own capacity". As a former gymnast and dancer, Lee recognized the many benefits of the Pilates method. She has studied with Ron Fletcher and worked extensively in movement rehab. Lee draws from her mastery of movement in dance, gymnastics & Gyrotonics and incorporates these elements into each of her Pilates sessions. Always continuing to learn and apply her mastery, Lee's influences have included other master instructors such as Eva Nemeth, Ron Fletcher, Julie Horvath, and Finis Jhung Ballet.
Donna discovered the benefits of Pilates in her hometown of London in 2012. It opened her eyes to the balance and alignment within her own body after working for years at a desk and looking after a young family. Pilates dramatically improved her strength and posture. Donna and her family moved to L. A. where she continued to study, taking her passion to the next level under Master Trainer Julie Amick. Donna approaches and assesses each clients’ individual needs with great care and compassion, focusing on form and technique to create healthy bodies that prevent pain and injury, and resulting in life-long transformations.
Sarah Jes Austell (SJ)
SJ began at THE LAB in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY. From there she went on to work at Equinox, in the busy neighborhood of Midtown East NYC, teaching virtually during the pandemic, as well as in the studio once the gyms reopened. This dedication earned her a spot in Equinox’s Top Pilates Instructors List of 2020. Her 45 clients ranged from ages 40 to 82 years old. SJ is endlessly curious and excited about how Pilates can enrich people’s lives. Making people smile and feel good about themselves is her main motivation, and she looks forward to speaking to you about how she can best fit into your fitness and health regimen.
Annalisa came to Pilates & Gyrotonics out of a dedicated and determined effort to address her own aches and pains which stemmed from chronic scar tissue tightness and structural imbalances. While her pursuit in Pilates & Gyrotonics was initially to help herself, to her surprise she discovered that she really enjoyed assessing other peoples injuries and assisting them in their own healing process. In Pilates & Gyrotonics she was fortunate to shadow her Master Teacher at a Physical Therapy office where she was able to learn more about rehabilitating shoulders, lower backs, knee and hip injuries. She also worked at a Physical Therapy office which specializes in women’s health and wellness where she was able to aid women in breast cancer recovery, women in both pre and post-natal stages, and women with chronic pelvis issues. She uses her wealth of knowledge and creative “out of the box” thinking and attentive hands on approach to work with clients from all walks of life.