PAA Conference 2023 – Announcing Workshop Presenters

Introducing our 2023 Conference Workshop Presenters

The PAA is thrilled to begin announcing the lineup of workshop presenters for the PAA Conference 2023!

We are curating an amazing and diverse schedule to inspire teachers in all aspects of Pilates. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather again as a community and celebrate our love of Pilates.

Stay tuned for more information as we prepare for the event – more Presenter announcements coming soon!

Jakki Tobin⁠

Co-owner of The Pilates Centre Mosman in Sydney. Jakki is a qualified physiotherapist, Pilates instructor and Breathing educator with a passion for the therapeutic side of Pilates.

With over 20 years of experience, Jakki has dedicated her career to the Pilates world, and in 2016, she began to focus on Breathing education. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Jakki and take your practice to new heights.⁠


Jennifer Guest

Join Jen, a highly skilled Physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience in dance and Pilates education, at her upcoming workshop. With a background in classical dance, Jen is intimately involved in the practicing and educating worlds of the Pilates Method through Polestar Pilates International. She conducts certified teaching programs and continuing education programs for Women’s Health, Neuroanatomy, Pilates for Dancers, and more.

Jen is passionate about the philosophies of Joseph H. Pilates and is dedicated to staying up to date with the latest research and developments in the field. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn from a senior educator and examiner for Polestar Pilates Education, and enhance your own movement biomechanics and skilled movement.


Joanne Bezzina

Meet Joanne Bezzina – a Sydney-based Pilates educator, mentor, examiner and studio director with 20 years of teaching experience. Jo is passionate about making Pilates accessible to people from all walks of life and is inspired by Joseph Pilates’ three guiding principles of “Whole Body Health, Whole Body Commitment and Breath”.

With her playful use of imagery and storytelling, Jo has helped to demystify even the most challenging repertoire for student teachers in her workshops over the years. Join Jo at her upcoming workshops and discover the power of redirecting intention to create markedly different results!⁠

Julie Frankish

Join Julia Frankish, owner and director of Evolved Pilates, for an immersive workshop experience. With over a decade of teaching experience and a passion for the intelligent movement principles of Pilates, Julia is dedicated to empowering her clients to achieve their health and wellbeing goals.

As a Level 4 Professional Practitioner with the Australian Pilates Method Association, Julia is well-versed in all aspects of the method, and loves sharing her knowledge with aspiring and current Pilates teachers. Come and learn from Julia’s expertise and immerse yourself in the world of Pilates.⁠⁠


Kimi Broadbent

Learn about the benefits of Pilates during pregnancy and postpartum! With over 10 years of experience as an educator for Polestar and building 3 Pilates studios, Kimi has a strong background in Pilates and Women’s Health. Her personal experience battling endometriosis, adenomyosis, severe stress, and infertility for 3 years has given her a unique perspective on the importance of movement during pregnancy.

She has worked closely with pelvic floor physios in clinic and is now a proud mom to a little girl. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Kimi’s extensive knowledge and experience!⁠


Louise Taube

Meet Louise, a highly qualified Pilates instructor with over 22 years of experience. With a background in Dance and Choreography, Louise brings a unique perspective to her Pilates teaching. She holds a Diploma in Pilates and has completed numerous certifications in the field.

Not only that, Louise has also pursued her passion for film, with certificates from the prestigious New York Film Academy in New York. Let Louise guide you on your Pilates journey and experience the benefits of her extensive knowledge and expertise.⁠


Alice Evans⁠

With over 20 years of experience, Alice has developed over 45 hours of online content through her company Evidence for Exercise and trained over 3000 practitioners worldwide.

Her passion for Pilates has led her to establish a multidisciplinary clinic and conduct over 80,000 consults. As a chiropractor, she specialises in low back pain and is an annual international guest speaker at the Virtual Neurology Summit.

Don’t miss out on learning from a former national gymnastics champion and coach who has a lifelong passion for exercise.⁠


Ash Berry

As a former dancer, Ash has been immersed in the world of Pilates for years and is now a certified specialist in conditioning, somatic movement therapy, and dance movement therapy.

Her expertise allows her to facilitate sessions that tackle chronic pain, injury rehabilitation, and nervous system regulation. Come and learn from Ash’s blend of dance knowledge and therapy training to achieve holistic healing through movement.⁠

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Benjamin Rashleigh

Ben is the Co-owner of Aligned for Life Pilates – Melbourne CBD and a PAA principle trainer with extensive experience teaching Anatomy for National Pilates Training. He sees a broad mix of clients on a weekly basis from special conditions, to rehab, to conditioning for elite artists and athletes from a broad spectrum of football codes as well as currently holding a position in the conditioning program and Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance and Melbourne City FC.

His main areas of interest are articular health and strengthening as well as applying strength conditioning techniques to the Pilates method.⁠

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Camila Galvao

Meet Camila, a Polestar Pilates Mentor with over 15 years of experience in Pilates and physiotherapy. Originally from Brazil, Camila’s first encounter with Pilates was during her time as a professional ballerina.

Fascinated by how Pilates could change her body’s awareness and perception, she obtained her Pilates diploma in 2007 and went on to complete a degree in physiotherapy in 2011. Camila’s teaching style is characterised by her caring personality and accurate tactile skills, and she is known for her creativity and passion for movement.

When she’s not teaching, Camila loves spending time with her family and being a mum to her two little girls.⁠

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Catherine Wilks

Catherine began her Pilates career with Body Control Pilates in London in 1998. Over the last 25 years of teaching Pilates, Catherine has worked with a range of clients including Elizabeth Hurley, Pat Cash, Professional Rugby Players, Australian Olympic Gold Medalists, The English National Ballet, The Wimbledon Football Club and the British Olympic Rowing Team.

She is the author of 21 p-i-l-a-t-e-s Instructor Manuals, and has sold over 50,000 p-i-l-a-t-e-s manuals worldwide. In 2021, Catherine qualified as an Anatomy Trains Structural Integration Practitioner, and works with clients from her Pilates studio in East Gippsland, Victoria.

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Cynthia Lochard

Cynthia is a highly experienced and passionate Pilates instructor who began learning the method at age 16 with one of Joseph Pilates’ disciples, Romana Kryzanowska. She went on to have a successful career as a dancer with the New York City Ballet and Sydney Dance Company before returning to New York to study under Romana and becoming a certified instructor herself. Since then, Cynthia has trained and certified hundreds of instructors around the world and continues to be a sought-after presenter at seminars and workshops, sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience.⁠

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Fran Philip

“So, Fran—what do you do?” I’ve taken to answering that I’m a “movement specialist.” Mostly, this is to save everyone involved a bit of time!

In addition to twenty-five years of private and group Pilates experience, I bring with me my past as an aerobics, spin, boot camp, and yoga instructor, personal trainer, and Massage therapist.

The course of this varied work and a lifelong interest in human anatomy has led me to studying fascia, the connective tissue that holds our bodies together. While the community I’ve found in this research is global, I see the biggest impacts right at home: with the new depths it lends my work with my clients.


Katie Crane

In search of healing, I found Pilates while living in the USA. It was an immediate, passionate love affair that changed my life & I knew I needed to share it with the World.

Initially BASI trained in 2006, I am forever a student and am not affiliated with any one school. I have sought learning from many leaders in the field of movement & body work. I love working with complex conditions, helping people regain their life through movement & lifestyle changes.

My career expands from fitness, body work including massage & reiki, meditation & breathwork, movement education and integrative health coaching and my teaching embodies all of these skills.

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Kobi Jack

I was athletic, yet prone to injuries as a teen, so my physio introduced me to Pilates at 15. Through this, I grew to appreciate the beauty of the mind-body connections that Pilates encourages.

My personal Pilates experience led me to pursue physiotherapy and undertake a concurrent apprenticeship in the Pilates method. I’ve been combining these skills since 2003, which has given me a unique perspective on movement as therapy, and I love sharing my passion for anatomy and biomechanics in the context of Pilates for rehabilitation. I’m passionate about information synthesis and knowledge translation, and run introductory and comprehensive Pilates training for healthcare professionals, rehab upskilling for Pilates instructors, and numerous workshops on clinical Pilates for rehabilitation through Calibrate Pilates.

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Lexi Garland

As soon as I started my Physiotherapy career in 2011 I knew I needed to study the Pilates method to better assist my clients in their ongoing journey from injury recovery to health and wellbeing. This led me to undertake a number of Pilates courses through various training groups and bodies.  In 2015 I built on this further by undertaking a diploma in Rehabilitation Pilates through Polestar Pilates, and I just loved this approach and how it really helped develop my skills in movement observation and teaching.  From this, and the calibre of Pilates teachers and Health professionals I was surrounded by, my passion for educating grew and in 2021 I started teaching and educating in partnership with Carla Mullins from Body Organics and Susan Cottrell from The Body Refinery.

Throughout my Physio & Pilates career I have always been drawn to working with athletes and have been lucky enough to work with a number of elite sporting professionals and teams. I have created and delivered Pilates programs for the Men’s and Women’s Brisbane Roar A-League soccer teams, the Queensland Reds Rugby Team and a number of elite iron men/women, ultra runners, marathon runners and triathletes. Through The Body Refinery I have also been involved in the programming for members of the Australian Matildas soccer team and the Brisbane Lions AFL team.

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