Teachers & Practitioners

Teachers & Practitioners

Marta b & w smallMarta Hernandez

Marta is the founder of Marta Hernandez Studio (formerly The Space Wellness Studio) and Physicalmind Institute Canada, and is considered to be one of the leading Pilates instructors and teacher trainers in Canada. She is also a certified Gyrotonic®Gyrokinesis® and Qi Gong teacher, as well as Gyrotonic® Pre-Trainer .

Marta was a modern dancer before she discovered Pilates, and her background in dance has given her a natural ability to work with the body through movement. After receiving her BFA in Dance from York University in Toronto, she completed her Pilates certification through The Physicalmind Institute in New York in 1999, became a certifying studio five years later, and in 2008 she became head of the Physicalmind Institute for Canada. 

Marta teaches Pilates certification courses in British Columbia and Alberta, and maintains a busy private practice in Vancouver BC.

Stephen Filipowicz

Stephen has been teaching Pilates since 1999. He was first introduced to Pilates in the mid 70’s as part of his Dance training. He was drawn to it years later when he was recovering from a knee and back injury and sought it as part of his rehabilitation. Stephen has used his extensive background in movement, exercise and Pilates to train elite athletes and professional dancers to enhance their performance. He is also experienced with working with the novice exerciser and finds that no matter what level of fitness a person is at, they can benefit from this work.

Stephen and his wife Christine own KW Pilates Studio in Waterloo ON, where he teaches groups and private classes, as well as PMI Pilates certification courses, and workshops on such topics such as Gait, Osteoporosis and Dance Conditioning.

Lindsey Laidlaw

Lindsey has been a movement educator for over 30 years. For the past 15 years, she has specialized in the rehabilitative applications of Pilates in combination with new and groundbreaking restorative therapies. In 2002 Lindsey attained her comprehensive certification in The Method® Pilates through the PhysicalMind Institute NY with concurrent certification through Body Harmonics Pilates Toronto and in 2008 became a member of Pilates Physicalmind Institute Canada and currently serves as their teacher trainer for Atlantic Canada. Lindsey shares her time between seeing clients at her home-based Pilates studio, and the University of New Brunswick where she teaches Pilates Apparatus classes.

Lindsey’s guiding principle and one of her favourite quotes by Joseph Pilates: “I teach for the body in front of me”.

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Suzanne Hepburn

Suzanne received her Mat Pilates certification through the PhysicalMind Institute in 2004, and her Equipment certification in 2006. In 2008 she successfully completed her certification to become a Teacher Trainer for the PhysicalMind Institute, and has trained Pilates instructors in BC, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon.

In 2009 Suzanne received her certification in Physiotherapy Protocols for Pilates, as well as Standing Pilates for the Equipment. She became a certified instructor of the Gyrotonic® expansion system in 2010.


Allison b&wAllison Dunn

Allison has been a practising member of STABC since 2007. After a career in Theatre and Film, Allison has been greatly enjoying collaborating with clients in her shiatsu practice at The Space Vancouver. She has just completed her BSc Nursing, and is hoping to integrate her shiatsu practice with a practice in Community Nursing.

Registered Shiatsu Therapist / R.S.T. is a professional designation granted to a Shiatsu Therapy Association member who has successfully completed all the application requirements and a minimum of 750 hours of training in Shiatsu Therapy, based on the STA 750 Hour Standard. The title “Registered Shiatsu Therapist” is governed by provincial jurisdiction under the Occupational Title Protection.