Meet our Pilates Instructors
At West LA Pilates, we have some of the most highly trained and experienced professionals in the business. Whatever your age, whatever the injury, our team can help you.
Instructor, Studio Owner
Through West LA Pilates, I have helped thousands of people since 1998. After more than 8 years of pain due to a torn shoulder muscle and disk problems, I met a woman who radiated optimal health. Learning she was a Pilates instructor, I immediately signed up for her classes. With each workout, I felt my body heal and strengthen and soon fell in love with Pilates. At West LA Pilates, it is my mission to share this amazing technique with others, bringing them relief from pain, increasing their core strength, assisting in developing long, lean muscles and transforming their bodies for a new and improved lifestyle.
Lucia is a native of Brazil, where she worked for many years as Director and Coordinator of a prestigious health club, developing an effective weight loss-program that combined land & aquatic based training exercises which showed satisfactory improvements in posture, weight loss, self-image and well-being. Through her experience & approach to Pilates, she offers a progressive and innovative training that is accessible to anyone's needs, age and level. Lucia is Pilates certified by Equinox and BASI Pilates with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and holding various certifications in multiple levels & methods of Fitness Training.
Lee, a Pilates instructor for 30 years, teaches with the philosophy that "everyone can move within their own capacity". As a former gymnast and dancer, Lee recognized the many benefits of the Pilates method. She has studied with Ron Fletcher and worked extensively in movement rehab. Lee draws from her mastery of movement in dance, gymnastics & Gyrotonics and incorporates these elements into each of her Pilates sessions. Lee's influences include master instructors Eva Nemeth, Ron Fletcher, Julie Horvath and Finis Jhung Ballet.
Tomono discovered Pilates in 2008 after relocating to Los Angeles from Japan, where she worked as a fitness and dance instructor for close to a decade. During her training she quickly realized the healing power of Pilates, deciding to make it her vocation. She received comprehensive teacher's training certifications from Body Art and Science International in January 2009 and has since worked with a vast array of clients, ranging from individuals in their 80's to collegiate athletes. Sharing the benefits of Pilates is Tomono's great joy and love!
Brittany is certified in the Classical style of Pilates from Jill Cassady's Pilates Technique Certification Program. Teaching with enthusiasm and passion, Brittany specializes in modified workouts accommodating clients pre-existing injuries and health conditions. She has taken specialized classes using the Pilates chair and reformer, as well as workshops on lower body injuries, Pilates mat and the power of touch. With attention to detail, interest in the aesthetics of the human form and positive philosophy, Brittany believes that fitness is a natural part of life and an expression of self.