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INSTRUCTORS

"We invite you to increase your body awareness and learn exercises that will last a lifetime in an encouraging and non-competitive environment with our excellent instructors. My goal is to create a space where people can enjoy learning about their bodies in a safe and inspiring environment; one in which they feel comfortable to explore movement possibilities in a curious, expressive and creative way, while still honouring Joseph Pilates' grand vision of a revolutionary movement practice and recognizing it's expansive and evolutionary potential."

- Karen Weggler, Studio Director


Click on an instructor's name below to learn more about them

Karen Weggler, BAA dance, MA, CPI, Physio Rehab assistant

Karen has owned The Movement Studio Pilates and Gyrotonic in Vancouver, BC for the past 12 years. She began her career in movement with training in classical and modern dance, and a semi-professional equestrian career.  She began practicing Pilates at the age of 13 and has been teaching for more than 18 years. Her background leant itself to teaching conditioning for dance programs for various ballet companies in Canada and Europe, and training elite level athletes.

She learned to instruct the Pilates method from Pilates elders Romana Kryzanowska, Marie Jose Blom-Lawrence, Ron Fletcher, Kathy Grant, Alan Herdman, and The Pilates Center at Boulder. Karen holds an Honours BAA (Ryerson) in fine arts/dance, and an interdisciplinary MA in Movement Education, and Fine Arts/Dance (Simon Fraser University)

She has taught at both facilities and at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She currently heads up The Movement Studio's Instructor Training program which began in 2008.

Her interest in biomechanics led to further study in understanding human movement, what it expresses, and how to find authentic expression through body-based knowledge. Workshops with Tom Myers on anatomy, Diane Lee (Physio) on lumbo-pelvic stability, and Linda Joy Lee (Physio) on the role of the thorax in movement, have greatly influenced her approach to rehabilitative and functional movement training. She remains dedicated to ongoing, continuing education, as do all the Studio's instructors.

Having sustained injuries in numerous motor vehicle accidents, she became very interested in the relationships between pain, rehabilitation, and movement re-patterning. She is grateful for the work she is doing in concert with Dr. Larry Chan (D.C., N.D. R.Ac), a foundering member of Integrative Healing Arts here in Vancouver, centering on the role of movement re-education in the recovery process as folks address chronic pain, cancer, and injury.

Karen is excited to be part of the Envision Physiotherapy team and the integrative approach the clinic offers. Her love for Pilates, and deep respect for the wisdom of the body, encourages her to continually evolve her teaching practice, and to discover ways to best assist clients in realizing their full movement potential.

Karen is available Mon-Fri, by appointment at the Studio & Envision Physio locations

Cinzia Toniolo, CPI, CST, Physio Rehab Assistant

Cinzia discovered the joy of movement in her adult life. Through Pilates she discovered how concentration and imagination could help her connect with deeper structures in her body to find fluidity, balance, and release. Becoming passionate about Pilates, she trained and started teaching in 2002. In 2005 she transitioned into Pilates full-time and began to experience the many rewards of teaching.

Teaching keeps her imagination fueled as it travels through the many avenues connecting mind and body. Through her practice she developed a keen interest in helping clients dealing with pain, managing and progressing through their rehabilitation. She pursued further training in rehabilitation of the hips, knees, shoulders, spinal conditions.

During her sessions, Cinzia observes, recognizes and supports what works well in the client’s movement patterns, and she offers movement options that help the client optimizing his/her movement efficiency and expressive palette. She brings sensitive hands-on skills, careful, stimulating and inspiring language, and movement options that help recognize and resolve movement tension patterns. 

Cinzia brings focused, constant, keen attention to her sessions with clients affected by spinal conditions, (arthritis, scoliosis, slipped and herniated disks, osteoporosis), and hip, knee, or shoulder injury. Additionally, she enjoys working with pre and post-partum women, helping them find center and balance. Cinzia is an avid runner and loves hiking. Her passion for these things has translated into leading classes specifically geared towards runners and athletes seeking to improve their performance.

We are pleased to announce that Cinzia has recently been certified by Dr Martha Eddy to teach Movement for Life, an exercise program tailored for people with breast cancer and we offer supportive programming for folks post-surgery or currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Cinzia works full time from Monday through Saturday. She offers Pilates, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Movement Therapy as a a certified DESM Therapist.

Odette Slater, CPI, Physio Rehab Assistant

Odette has been passionate about movement for health for more thirty years. Her early influences include her first introduction to yoga in 1975, riding and showing horses in her early teens, a younger sibling with Spina Bifida, and her passion for dancing and choreographing. Odette’s deep respect for structural integrity comes from the influence of her father who was an architect and an artist of many mediums.

Since 1998 Odette has taught Pilates as well as movement and somatic explorations at Ballet BC, Simon Fraser University, Arts Umbrella,and Exceleration Triathlon Club, to name just a few. Her previous and current somatic experience as a dancer, yoga teacher, doula, and through her craniosacral work, has fed her Pilates research for the last twenty years.

She received her BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance in London, England in 1988. Before and since then, she has studied with many masters of Pilates, Yoga, and Dance. She continues to be enriched by her work with her Pilates clients every day and is constantly amazed at how unique each person truly is.

Odette’s Pilates clients span a wide range of abilities and demographics including, people with MS; scoliosis and spinal stenosis; seniors; youth; triathletes; dancers; pre & post-partum women. Odette has helped many professional ballet dancers and athletes return to their careers after injury as well as surgery.

As a devoted mother of three children and a grandmother, Odette values keeping her busy teaching life in balance through outdoor activities like skiing, cycling, swimming, hiking and gardening. Odette is very excited to be working at The Movement Studio where there is a truly genuine attitude of shared focus, creativity, expertise and a deep respect for what everyone has to offer.

Odette is available at both our Studio and Clinic locations

Mark Dennis, CPI, Physio Rehab Assistant

Mark was initially exposed to Pilates while training at Canada’s National Ballet School. He has travelled the world dancing with companies such as the National Ballet of Canada, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Kelowna, LesGrands Ballets Canadiens, Northern Ballet(UK), & the West Australian Ballet.

Throughout his career, Mark has constantly relied on Pilates for both cross-training and rehabilitation. Whether it was a minor or more serious injury, Pilates has allowed him to return to dance efficiently and  effectively; often coming back stronger and more anatomically aware than before.

Mark completed his Pilates Certification through The Pilates Process, created by Laura Helsel. His continuing education in Pilates has been through Fletcher Pilates, Polestar Pilates, Eric Franklin and Irene Dowd.

Mark’s teaching experience ranges from working with professional dancers to chronic pain clients in the Physio Stream Clinical Pilates Program (NeuMovement) in Kelowna.  Mark is a dedicated teacher and passionate about the power Pilates has to truly heal, balance and transform the body.

Mark is available at our both our Studio & Clinic locations

Hana Rutka, CPI, Physio Rehab Assistant

Hana has had a life-long fascination with movement. Having trained extensively and professionally as a dancer, she is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, and is currently a dance artist and Pilates instructor residing in Vancouver. Hana was drawn to the rehabilitative power of Pilates as a result of several dance injuries, and has been practicing Pilates alongside her dancing for over a decade. She is certified in all apparatus, Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrel, and has experience working with post-acute rehabilitation clients and athletes. Hana strives to create a nurturing environment in her classes by encouraging students to deepen their awareness in order to achieve a dynamic sense of alignment and integrated, functional movement.

Hana is available at both our Studio and Clinic locations

Myola Pautler, CPI, Physio Rehab Assistant

Myola was introduced to Pilates while attending York University as a dance major. After graduating with a BA in Dance, she moved to Courtenay BC, where she began practicing Pilates with increased focus and interest. She was inspired to become a Pilates Instructor and moved to Toronto to train. She is fully trained in all apparatus, including mat, reformer, cadillac, chair, and barrel work.

Myola is still passionate about her love of dance and movement, and continues to train regularly in Contemporary and Ballet techniques. She has choreographed several shows and festivals, working with some of Vancouver's talented dance artists and musicians. She has recently taken a break from Choreography to spend more time with her young daughter. Being a mom has given her a passion for pre|postnatal Pilates training, understanding first hand the importance of the work in preparing for baby, rehabbing after, and becoming stronger to meet the increasing demands on the body as baby grows.

In addition to dance and Pilates, Myola's interest in various movement styles, including the Eric Franklin Method, Mind Body Centering, Laban & Feldenkrais techniques, give her a great repertoire from which to draw in responding to a client's particular needs, on any given day. Best yet, she has experienced firs thand how amazing Pilates is, and how with the right instructor and the right facility, miracles can truly happen.

Myola is available at both our Studio and Clinic locations Tuesdays and Sundays