Instructor Trainer Bios

Injuries and Special Populations Instructor Trainer, Kristi Quinn received her Master of Arts degree in Dance at American University in Washington, D.C. in 1997, with core competencies in teaching, kinesiology, choreography, and movement analysis.  She has danced professionally throughout the United States and across Europe before moving to Seattle in 1998.  Upon her arrival to the West Coast, Kristi began teaching Pilates at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Velocity Dance Studio.  It was during this time that she met Melissa Kerber.  Together, they formed Bodycenter Studios in 1999.  Kristi has three great kids which keeps her happy and extremely busy.

Kristi is a Lead Merrithew® Instructor Trainer, specializing in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre®, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training and ZEN-GA®.  Kristi holds specialty designations in the following areas:  Pre and Post-Natal Pilates, Athletic Conditioning, Active for Life, Post-Rehab, Dance Conditioning, Group Matwork, and Group Equipment.

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Lead Instructor Trainer, 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 Merrithew™ 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 Athletics and Theatre and Dance Departments.

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.

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