South Tampa Pilates Instructors

Owner Kelly Griffin is a PhysicalMind Certified Pilates instructor and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. Her B.A. in Social Sciences from SUNY Buffalo led her to develop the South Tampa Pilates community where students get solid results. She followed her passion for health and wellness and completed extensive formal training, earning mat and comprehensive apparatus certifications through the PhysicalMind Institute. Kelly’s commitment to continuing education has allowed her to participate in advanced workshops, training directly under Shelly Power and Brent Anderson of Polestar Pilates.

Liz Meyer is both a Balanced Body trained Pilates Instructor and a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. As a graduate of South University's rigorous PTA program, Liz utilizes her extensive knowledge of human anatomy and Pilates to individualize a Pilates fitness program that can both promote rehabilitation and improve strength. Liz's goal is to create flexibility and muscle balance to obtain a pain free and functional life for her clients.

When Liz is not teaching Pilates or helping clients as a PTA, she is a Table Games Dealer at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino here in Tampa. Liz enjoys traveling and discovering the most incredible waterfalls and hiking mountains. She has a passion for live music, loves to dance, is an avid reader of Harry Potter and a Taco enthusiast.

Marina Falcone A native of the state of Maryland, Marina Falcone’s roots are in Potomac. At a young age, she found her niche in competitive swimming and quickly became a standout in a number of distances and events. Her career took off in high school and today she continues to compete. She swam for the Division I program all four years at the College of William and Mary, being the first woman in the school’s history to break 5 minutes in the 500, and held the 500 freestyle record for 3 years. After graduating in May of 2009 with a B.A. in Kinesiology, she was employed at the Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland as the Assistant Director of the Pool and Ice Rink Facilities. In February 2011, she moved to Naples, Florida to train with T2 Aquatics to pursue a goal of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic trials. She moved back to the area in 2012 and continued training at Georgetown Prep with NCAP until 2014. Upon return to the Chevy Chase Club in 2012, she built up a loyal clientele in the Fitness Center as a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. She taught Spinning, TRX, Pilates MAT and Pilates on the reformer. In addition to training and teaching at the Club, she spent the last 8 months at MyThrive Pilates in Arlington, VA teaching TRX, Pilates Mat and Reformer classes. Marina is excited to join the South Tampa Pilates Studio in Tampa and continue teaching Pilates classes and working with clients on a weekly basis. A coach as well as a competitive athlete, Marina shared her passion by working with young swimmers in the Montgomery County area for 13 years. Her group exercise experience spans over 7 years with a special focus in Pilates. She swims regularly, competes though masters swimming while also enjoying tennis, golf, cooking and time with family and friends!

 

 

 

Teresa Williams is a member of Pilates Method Alliance and is a Power Pilates Certified instructor. Power Pilates is a classical system of training which stays true to Joseph Pilates original teachings. She trained under the direction of Tess Whelan, a student of Romana in NYC. She is an avid sports fan whose background includes 6 years as a personal trainer at the YMCA as well as running several of their athletic programs.  She also launched the YMCA's first  self-defense classes for women and children.  Her passion for the mind-body connection started with martial arts, where she was a national karate champion and a member of the US team.  Her 6 year study of karate led her to an instructor position where she taught the physical as well as philosophical teachings of the style.  Pilates, much like karate, is a discipline that takes years to perfect.  Your pilates workout constantly evolves as your core becomes stronger.  Teresa enjoys helping others live a healthier and happier lifestyle through a strong body and mind.

Alicia Conrad is a Balanced Bodies trained Pilates instructor and a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. In addition to teaching Pilates, Alicia holds both a bachelors and master’s degree in the field of nursing and has worked in the field for almost 20 years. Through her work in nursing, she has developed a passion for health and wellness. It is this passion that pushed her to transition from a Pilates student to a Pilates instructor.

In her spare time, Alicia is an avid triathlete & runner. She has completed several sprint & Olympic triathlons, half & full marathons and finished her first half Ironman race in 2017. She credits Pilates for keeping her injury free and flexible throughout her training. As an instructor, Alicia hopes to show others the many benefits of Pilates training.

Kiyla Ortega is an integrative fitness specialist and massage therapist. Over a decade ago she discovered her calling to teach mindful movement and assist others in discovering their inner strength and balance. Through the years Kiyla obtained certifications in Comprehensive Pilates Apparatus, TRX suspension training, NASM Personal Training, MOTR instruction, Neurokinetic Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, and Active Isolated Stretching. Kiyla combines her knowledge of movement and anatomy with imagery and touch cues​​ to develop fun, challenging sessions uniquely tailored to help clients understand how their body works and meet their fitness goals. It is her mission to help clients feel powerful and present while reinforcing mind-body awareness. She believes that she can positively change the world one healthy, happy body at a time. Kiyla strives to keep current with all she can about mind-body-spirit fitness, therapeutic touch & food based healing so that she can effectively coach others in holistic lifestyle choices. When she isn’t being nerdy about her career, she spends time hoop dancing, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen or going on outdoor adventures.

 

 

Now that we’ve revealed our top quality instructors, it’s time to reveal your best self.