Instructors

IMG_8218Stephanie Crank – Owner

Certified STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor-Trainer

A professional ballet dancer for more than 12 years with several companies including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Stephanie was introduced to STOTT PILATES® during her rehabilitation from a difficult back injury. Pilates not only helped her to strengthen and restructure the faulty muscular patterns that led to her injury, but also increased her strength and confidence as a performer.

After retiring from dance, teaching pilates seemed the perfect career transition. Impressed with the level of research and thought behind the STOTT PILATES® method, Stephanie sought instructor training and very quickly developed an even deeper respect for the method and the organization behind it. She has been teaching STOTT PILATES® since 2004 and became a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer in September of 2008.

Stephanie believes that the greatest gift of a regular pilates practice is improved posture, function and comfort in one’s own body. Her focus is helping people to feel healthy and energetic and assisting them in achieving their goals, whether athletic in nature or simple daily tasks made easier and more joyful.

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lindsay-burnley-lgLindsay Burnley

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

With a background in classical ballet, Lindsay developed a high level of body awareness and a keen eye for detail at an early age. As a student of the Classical Ballet Training Program at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Lindsay was exposed to the STOTT PILATES® method and considered it very helpful in developing her technique and in preventing injury.

While attending college at the University of South FL, Lindsay began her training to become a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor. Now with a bachelor’s in Health Science and several years of experience as a Certified STOTT PILATES® instructor, she is more excited than ever by the post-rehabilitative benefits of pilates.

Lindsay enjoys helping to lead her clients toward a more healthy and active lifestyle, and finds it especially satisfying helping clients with chronic injuries to find joy in movement again.

IMG_2505Alyssa Paraggio

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor-Trainer

Alyssa comes to pilates from a movement background. She began dancing as a young girl. At the age of twelve, she began serious ballet training at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio in New Jersey.

She was first introduced to STOTT PILATES® while undergoing rehabilitation following a dance-related hip injury and surgery. When therapy wasn’t providing much improvement, Alyssa sought out a physical therapist who specialized in treating dancers and was also a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor.

It was the use of pilates that made her rehabilitation successful, enabling her to dance again. Pilates helped her gain the strength to maintain proper pelvic and spinal alignment and taught her how to work properly and avoid further straining her hip flexors.

Alyssa went on to attend the University of South Florida where she received a B.A. in Dance Studies with a concentration in exercise science and a B.S. in Biology. Interested in both science and the arts, she finds STOTT PILATES® a perfect blend of the two. Alyssa enjoys incorporating her knowledge of anatomy and her passion for STOTT PILATES® to create fun and challenging workouts for her clients.

christine-borchers-lgChristine Borchers

STOTT PILATES® Trained Instructor

From an early age Christine was attracted to movement, in particular, through dance and traditional exercise modalities.  Unfortunately, her introduction to pain and injury came early as well.  At the age of 13, she sustained a broken hip, and while healing she began to experience compensatory pain on the opposite hip as well.  

Despite these early injuries, she remained active through college where she performed as a dancer with George Washington University and Long Island University Dance Companies.  After working and dancing in NYC through continued hip discomfort, she started taking pilates when she moved to Florida in 2000.  In pilates, she had finally found a form of exercise that simultaneously helped to relieve her pain and to return balance to her body.

In 2001, Christine became a Physical Mind certified pilates instructor.  After some years of teaching, she took time off to start a family.  Two beautiful boys and 10 years later, after finally receiving corrective surgery for her long-time hip pain, Christine returned to exercise at Pilates Movement Studio.  Her workouts helped her to fine-tune her hip strength and mobility post-rehab, and sculpted her body again in the way she remembered that pilates could!  She was so enthusiastic about the STOTT PILATES® method that she decided to pursue a second pilates certification in order to deepen her understanding of the STOTT PILATES® repertoire and biomechanically-based approach.  Christine hopes to offer others the rehabilitative experience that she enjoyed.  She loves helping clients achieve balance, strength, and the many other wonderful benefits of pilates!

Alyson Coscia

Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Even as a child, Aly’s enthusiasm for movement was unmistakeable. Growing up, she found herself passionate about a variety of artistic and athletic endeavors including dance, gymnastics and swimming. Along the way Aly was exposed to Pilates as a way of enhancing her performance and taking care of her body.

While attending college at Florida State University, where she earned a BFA in Dance, she was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method. Upon graduating, Aly moved back to the Tampa Bay area where she began teaching, choreographing and performing in the local dance community. During this time she became interested in deepening her knowledge of body mechanics and conditioning to further assist her students and to enhance her own dancing. This led her to enroll in her first STOTT PILATES® certification course. Her appreciation and enthusiasm for the training soon developed into an interest in becoming a full-time STOTT PILATES® instructor.

Aly enjoys the way Pilates makes her body feel and loves sharing that feeling with her clients as well!