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 has been studying yoga and pilates for twenty years.  Her inspiration is to age gracefully and live free from pain.  Abby is classically trained in the Pilates method, but likes to combine modern Pilates movements in her teaching just to keep things interesting and fun.  

Abby recently began teaching yamuna body rolling.  YBR is ball rolling therapy that combines the release of massage with the strengthening and toning of exercise, providing an effortless workout and a deep stretch.  The balls apply traction that frees up connective tissue, reeducates muscle, stimulates bone, and leads to fully releasing negative holding patterns in the body. 

YBR is the perfect compliment to Pilates exercise.  If you are interested please look for future classes at Pilates of Pasadena or contact Abby for private YBR instruction today. 

 

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.

 
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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.

 
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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).

 
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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.

 

Phillip Hwang, Massage Therapist

Originally from Taiwan, Phillip grew up in a holistic environment that used natural healing as a means of staying healthy. His mother played a main part in keeping the family well though acupressure and traditional Chinese medicine. 

As part of his discipline in the martial arts, the master he studied under taught his students the importance of healing oneself through meditation, self-care, and massage. Growing up in these holistic healing environments helped Phillip develop into the healer he is today.

In 2010, Phillip returned to school to pursue a degree in physical therapy. During that time, he worked for a chiropractor and began learning the Western approach to holistic healing. Later, while in graduate school for physical therapy and working for a physical therapy clinic, he found himself integrating both Eastern and Western medicine as a means of treatment for his clients.

Phillip continues his journey to learn and educate his clients to better heath. His passion to help others feel better can be felt through his healing touch. His integration of both Eastern and Western modalities, along with a practiced knowledge of the human anatomy, allows Phillip to perform therapeutic massage for all aspects of healing and helps clients maximize their results and recovery time.

Phillip earned a bachelor’s degree in music from California State University Northridge. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in Culver City with over 800 hours of massage school training. He has more than 5 years of patient-care massage therapy and utilizes a wide range of therapeutic modalities to help clients heal.