Pilates of Pasadena (P/oP), is a pilates and physical therapy studio based in Pasadena, California founded by Maria Jimenez-Tierney. Pasadena is home to the Rose Bowl, the original Trader Joe's, California Technical Institute, and now P/oP!  Our studio promotes physical and mental well-being through tailored exercises in both private and group classes. Call (626)765-6500 or email us to schedule an appointment with one of our wonderful instructors today!

P/oP has certified instructors who work with clients of all ages and abilities including handicapped, athletes, young adults and seniors.

P/oP Staff - Our Stories

Maria Jimenez-Tierney, Founder

From sculptor to Pilates instructor: for Maria, it's all about form and movement. In 1993, while studying art in New York, Pilates captured Maria's imagination. It was the first challenging exercise routine that she also found artistic. She fell in love with Pilates' fluid moves and graceful style of training and pursued it with a passion. Maria returned to Los Angeles in 2000 and received her Pilates certification from the Center Studio in Burbank. Maria had worked at various studios in Pasadena for 13 years before opening  P/oP. She continues to expand the scope of her practice by participating in cutting edge workshops. Most recently, she received additional certification from the Center for Women's Fitness to teach Pre and Postnatal Pilates. Maria is a creative, positive instructor and draws on broad experience to inspire her clients.


Satoko Izumi-Espinosa, Instructor

Satoko is originally from Kyoto, Japan. She began practicing Pilates seven years ago to treat severe lower back pain and spinal problems that developed following the birth of her second child.

Satoko noticed the positive benefits that Pilates provided by transforming her body, mind and life and, in the process, gained strength, flexibility, freedom from pain and greater energy. From that point on, Pilates became her passion and she went on to complete the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Teacher Training Program.

Since 2010, Satoko has enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others and strives to afford the same benefits to her clients by giving them hands-on approaches to Pilates. She develops training programs for new clients based on their unique needs. 

Satoko continues her study of Pilates, and the human body, through daily practice and research, and by attending seminars and workshops. She is bilingual and is fluent in English and Japanese.


Dorthy Waterman, Instructor

Dorothy Waterman has been a health and fitness professional since 1991.  A lifelong athlete and dancer, she finds herself most comfortable engaging in many forms of healthy activities including dance, weight lifting, biking, swimming, running and group exercise.

Dorothy has certifications in personal fitness training, Zumba, group exercise, senior fitness, Pilates, restorative yoga, and laughter yoga.  She trains individuals ranging in age from 40 to 95 in healthy body movement and leads group exercise classes from Zumba to Pilates to water aerobics.

 In her pursuit of personal growth and healing, Dorothy has discovered that the healing power of laughter can be nearly as effective a mood elevator as a 5k run. Plus it’s a lot easier on the joints. 


Abby Hanson, Instructor

Abby Hanson is a classically certified Pilates instructor.  Seven years ago, after having three children and taking many years of yoga, she discovered Pilates.

Using the Pilates method, Abby was able to heal herself from nagging back pain, overstretched joints, and post-natal core weakness. She believes that Pilates is an intelligent system for self-discovery, as well as a beneficial program for staying healthy and moving gracefully as we age.   

Abby has studied Ashtanga yoga and meditation for the past fifteen years and integrates breath and release work with the Pilates she teaches. She finds inspiration in daily practice and in discovering the intelligence of Pilates in everyday movement patterns. 

She is motivated to listen and create joy with every new client, believing that we all start out the same - with the best of intentions and a beginner’s mind. Abby specializes in taking on private clients and encouraging them to personalize the work to reach their own goals.


Charletha Tatum, Instructor

Charletha is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Double Certified Pilates Instructor in Stott Pilates and Peak Pilates, respectively. She has worked in the fitness industry for 18 years, and has experience in many different areas of exercise including spinning/ indoor cycling, boot camp, TRX, basic functional training, and Pilates.

Charletha has traveled and taught Pilates in the Pacific Northwest region and in Utah. From 2004 through 2007 she was a Master Pilates instructor teaching and certifying individuals in the Pilates method.

Her personal training allowed her the opportunity to enter bodybuilding competitions from 2007 to 2009, winning first place in both heavyweight and middleweight divisions of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), the governing board of the sport of bodybuilding and fitness. 

Her interests include reading, writing and the opera.


Amelia Wise, Instructor

Amelia’s training and teaching methods draw from her years of experience using a variety of mind body movements. She started by becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer and continued with her training in Stott Pilates. She has a speciality in Reformer Intensive and Chair/Cadillac/Ladder Barrel Intensives at John Garey Fitness and Pilates in Long Beach. She regularly teaches private, duos and group classes in the following formats: PiYo (Pilates/Yoga fusion), Yoga Flow, Mat Pilates, Reformer, Strength Training and Gentle Yoga. In addition she has taken workshops on Athletic Conditioning on the Reformer and Yin Yoga. Amelia seeks to create workouts that are fun, challenging and pain-free for all clients, regardless of age or physical abilities. Her first experience with Pilates was training in Classical Mat Pilates back in 2005 while enrolled at Smith College. She immediately noticed the change in her physical strength and alignment, eliminating years of back and neck pain. Originally from the East Coast, Amelia relocated to Los Angeles to teach Pilates and Yoga full-time. She believes daily movement practices is essential for mind-body health and well-being.


Brittany Barnes, Instructor

Health and well-being have always been a passion for Brittany Barnes, who grew up involved with sports that included figure skating and volleyball. It was while living in Chicago and London that she discovered and fell in love with Pilates. Eventually she relocated to Los Angeles.

Brittany believes Pilates is truly for everyone and there is no one size fits all approach. She uses contemporary methods to create challenging and fun workouts for any client regardless of age, level or injury. Helping clients achieve their goals is what motivates her on a daily basis.

Brittany is certified through Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI). She studied at BASI headquarters in Costa Mesa, under Rael Isacowitz, the founder of BASI. She also holds a Pre / Post Natal Specialization Certification and Diastasis Recti Recovery Specialization, both from the Center for Women's Fitness. Brittany continues to expand her education through daily practice, workshops and seminars.


Toni Maddocks, Instructor

Toni's first interaction with Pilates occurred on the campus of UC Santa Cruz with a friend's suggestion that she take a mat class through the school's kinesiology program. With a background in dance, she found that the method's fluidity and focus on breath and muscle control was a wonderful complement to her fitness routine.

She studied for two years at the College of San Mateo under Balanced Body faculty member Sarah Artha-Negara’s instruction to receive her comprehensive Pilates training certification and has taught for the past two years at studios and gyms around the San Francisco peninsula. Originally from the Bay Area, Toni moved to the Los Angeles/Pasadena area to further pursue her passion in acting and filmmaking, while continuing to stay active through Pilates.

Her goal is to give each client a fun and challenging workout tailored specifically to their needs and fitness background. When not in the studio, you can find Toni in acting classes, camping with friends, singing karaoke, or reading recipe books (searching for that ever-elusive perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe).


Johanne Andre, PT, DPT

Johanne is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with over 20 years of experience specializing in obstetrics, urology, and orthopedics.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Howard University, and her Doctorate from the MGH Institute of Health.  

She has had the privilege of working in various clinical settings helping clients recover from surgeries, acute illnesses and injuries. With a passion for women's health, Johanne has advanced her studies to focus on pre/postnatal physiotherapy and help clients prepare for labor through educational classes that address body mechanics, and postpartum musculoskeletal dysfunctions. She also works with clients dealing with symptoms that include back pain, diastasis recti and clogged milk ducts. In addition, she has designed rehab plans to help new moms return to health and fitness.

Through her one-on-one sessions, Johanne's goal is to guide and support women to enjoy their pregnancies and return to their strongest and best selves as new moms. 


Heather Grook, Student Teacher

Always looking for a new way to challenge her mind and body, Heather discovered Pilates after her first child and struggled with post natal core weakness. Having been a gymnast, dancer and long distance runner, she finally found her life long passion. She is currently completing the BASI Graduate Comprehensive Program and looks forward to continually advancing her knowledge through daily practice, workshops and seminars.


Nicole Collins, Massage Therapist

Nicole’s passion for educating her clients and helping them realign their bodies through massage started over 14 years ago when she graduated from The Swedish Institute in New York City. During her time at the Swedish Institute she learned both Eastern and Western modalities that she continues to incorporates into her massage practice.

Her background as a dancer and athlete helped her to understand the importance of self-care and body awareness, two principles she uses to help educate clients during her massage sessions. A massage session with Nicole incorporates trigger point and myofacial release, along with stretching and deep tissue work. The  aim of her technique is to relieve tired muscles and restore balance.


The use of hands and forearms to provide flowing strokes to break up adhesions, create relaxation and increase blood flow. The technique can also include joint mobilization and stretching.

 Deep Tissue:

The use of hands and forearms to provide flowing strokes to break up adhesions, create relaxation and increase blood flow.  The use of trigger point therapy and myofacial release are also utilized to affect the tissue on a deeper level and create realignment. The technique can also include joint mobilization and stretching.


A massage to pamper and soothe all of the ailments that can arise during a pregnancy. Focus is spent on those areas that ache the most which include the feet, hips and lower back.

 Massage Cost:

$95 per hour

$130 per hour and a half

 Introductory Special:

3 one hour massages for $225

3 one and a half hour massages $315

  • Prenatal: Cost same as Swedish

  • Injury/Sight specific ex: neck, shoulder, hip (30/45 minutes) $45/$60

  • Sports: Cost same as Swedish

  • Stretching (30/45/60 minutes) prices same as sight specific and massage

Add ons: $15

  • scalp treatment

  • foot scrub