Pilates Instructor Bios

Ineke Rush Madsen began her training in Pilates at the age of 12 in New York City with Carola Trier, a colleague and student of Joseph Pilates, whom she trained with extensively.  She
simultaneously trained at the School of the Dance Theatre of Harlem where the syllabus was influenced by Kathy Grant.

After a 10 year career as a professional ballet and modern dancer (Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Ballethnic Dance Company, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre),  Ineke pursued her Pilates Certification with STOTT PILATES®.  She is fully certified to work with all levels as well as those with post rehab injuries and other special conditions.  She has been an Instructor Trainer since 2004, and was designated Lead Instructor Trainer in 2016.  She has taught the STOTT PILATES certification courses and workshops all over the Bay Area, Northern California, and in Reno, Nevada.

Ineke is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer and is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio in Massage Therapy.  She holds a certificate to teach Total Barre and is a Total Barre Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, Inc.  She is currently working toward her 200 hour RYT (Yoga) certification.

In 2006 Ineke opened Mindful Movement Collective in Newark, California, a movement and wellness center which became a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center in 2008.  She opened a second  location in Pleasant Hill, California, in 2017.  She teaches at both locations and is also on faculty at Ohlone College in Fremont and Newark, California, in both the Kinesiology and Theatre and Dance Departments.

Contact Ineke:  [email protected]

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Gail Lewis became a group exercise instructor and ACE certified personal trainer in 1995 before being introduced to Pilates.  All the pieces came together when she received her Full Level Two Certification as a STOTT PILATES® Instructor in 2004.  Her body moved as a whole.  It was empowering to apply the principles and move with sense of well being.  She became a Gold Certified Instructor by the Pilates Method Alliance in 2005.  In 2008, Gail achieved STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer status and currently teaches Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels courses.  She is also a ZEN*GA™, Total Barre™ and CORE™ Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™.  Gail complemented her pilates training with yoga teacher training courses with David Swenson, Kofi Busia and Doug Swenson.  Gail is a Legal Assistant with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Santa Clara University.

Contact Gail:  [email protected]

Amie Wang came across Pilates years ago while traveling as a consultant. It was the first time she fell in love with a movement method. Fast forward a decade and two kids later, life presented an opportunity for Amie to embark on her movement education journey. While working towards her Pilates certification, Amie was introduced to GYROTONIC® Exercises. After one session she was hooked! The spiral and multi-planar motions in GYROTONIC® Exercises complemented Amie’s Pilates practice beautifully in improving her body awareness and deepening her understanding of movement mechanics.

Amie obtained her STOTT PILATES certification in 2013 while living abroad in Singapore. She is also a certified GYROTONIC® Apprentice. Since then, movement education has become her passion. Amie pays special attention to alignment in her teaching and has special training to work with prenatal and postpartum women, and kids. Her mission is to share her passion and knowledge with clients and help them develop body awareness and movement practices to lead active and play-filled lives.

Pilates and GYROTONIC® Exercises keep Amie fit and strong to be active with her two energetic and life-loving boys. To satiate her curiosity of the body and its capacity for movement, she has taken the Feldenkrais Method, Move Your DNA (Nutritious Movement) and GYROKINESIS® workshops.

Contact  Amie:  [email protected]

Adriana Marrelli has been a full time professional dancer her entire adult life and has recently become a first time mother.  She has experience in yoga, ballet, weightlifting, and floor barre.  She is a STOTT PILATES trained instructor and draws on all of her movement education and background in her teaching.  She enjoys sharing and working with individuals who want to have a deeper understanding of their body’s fullest potential and embrace a way of moving that facilitates being injury-free.

Contact Adriana:  [email protected] 

Smadar Sweiry was first interested in Pilates because of her own back problem and was amazed to learn how Pilates improves injuries and posture.  In 2011, she was licensed as a Pilates Mat Instructor and taught in Israel before moving to California in 2013.  She is STOTT PILATES Certified and a mother of two and enjoys staying active with Pilates, hiking, and yoga.

Contact Smadar:  [email protected]

Jenny Smith-Grandbois is a STOTT PILATES trained instructor.  She also is an Instructional Designer and Wellness Coordinator at University of California, Berkeley.  She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University in History, Sociology and Anthropology.  She likes to create a warm and welcoming environment with some laughter in the mix to make working out fun.  She is living her dream of using Pilates to promote positive body image and making the community around her healthier.

Contact Jenny:  [email protected]