Instructors

All Master Pilates' instructors attend regular training and industry events to ensure they are familiar with the most up-to-date Pilates practice.

Ann Wilde from Master Pilates South Yarra

Ann Wilde

Ann is the founder and owner of Master Pilates. She has been a Pilates Instructor since 2007.

Ann began Ballet at the age of five, and at the age of 15 moved from Albury to Melbourne to study Ballet full time. Only a year later she suffered a major back injury, and to rehabilitate began Pilates with physiotherapist Rebecca Harding. Pilates not only enabled her to dance again, it became her passion, and she established Master Pilates South Yarra in 2010 so as to help others have a Pilates experience like the one she had.

Prior to Master Pilates, Ann worked at various studios in Melbourne. She has a strong interest in the body, anatomy and injury rehabilitation and prevention. Most recently she has focused on developing her understanding of Pilates with dancers and injury rehabilitation, learning from Paula Baird Colt, the Australian Ballet’s strength and conditioning coach.

Ann’s dance career saw her study at The National Theatre Ballet School in 2000 and graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with a Bachelor of Dance (High Distinction) in 2002. During this time she worked with choreographers including John Utans, Brett Daffy, Kate Denbough, and Jonathon Taylor. She also perfomed in works by George Balanchine and full length ballets Cinderella, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.

Ann is a Principle Trainer & Pilates Instructor with Pilates Alliance Australia (PAA). She is a Level Four Pilates Instructor with Australian Plates Method Association (APMA), and holds a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction with the Pilates International Training Centre (PITC) and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

Ann is married to photographer Jim Wilde and has a daughter Sylvie. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing Pilates and working on her business.

Tanya-Cates

Tanya Cates

Tanya has been an educator and fitness instructor for 14 years. She has taught Pilates since 2004, and lectured in Anatomy and Functional Anatomy since 2000. Drawing on her extensive training and practical experience in the education, fitness, rehabilitation, and Pilates’ fields, Tanya adapts her knowledge to train individuals of all ages and levels of health and fitness. Tanya has also recently completed a PhD Applied Science – Children’s Physical Activity and Self-Perception.

Tanya loves travel experiences that completely immerse her in communities that differ from what she’s used to. She has enjoyed working in Africa and her love of adventure has led her to visit giraffe and elephant orphanages in Kenya, the orangutans in Borneo, and sled dogs in the Arctic circle. Tanya enjoys ‘attempting’ to surf, teaching group exercise classes, playing the bongo drums, dancing, and new opportunities to learn.

Pilates Instructor Ainslie Wright

Ainslie Wright

Ainslie has always been fascinated with Human Movement. She majored in Contemporary Dance at Deakin University and then when on to train and compete in Martial Arts where she completed her first fitness qualification, a coaching accreditation with the Australian Kung Fu and WuShu Association. With her interest in fitness piqued she went on to qualify as a personal trainer, certified Allied Health Assistant and, of course, Pilates Instructor.

Her Pilates journey began after she sustained a serious hip injury, Pilates was an integral part of her rehabilitation and fast became her passion. She understands first hand the amazing benefits of Pilates and now enjoys sharing these benefits with her clients whether their goals be rehabilitative, functional fitness or athletic.

Pilates Instructor Isabelle Jehan

Isabelle Jehan

Isabelle first started Pilates in order to relieve the stress caused by a high-pressure corporate career in France. It was not only helpful in reducing her stress, but also led her to fully rehabilitate her body from chronic back pain that she had long suffered. It was this revelation that prompted a career change, and saw her enrol with the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) to become a Pilates Instructor.

Now a mother of four, she practised Pilates throughout her pregnancies and used it to get back into shape post natal. She has also been able to successfully rehabilitate a serious hip injury that she sustained. Isabelle loves Pilates and is passionate about the mind-body relationship and control achieved through Pilates. She enjoys teaching a variety of clients and creating a program of exercises appropriate to each client’s goal in undertaking Pilates.

Pilates Instructor Sally Rochlin

Sally Rochlin

Sally has a true passion for Pilates. A chronic back injury led Sally to begin practising Pilates on a daily basis, and through successful rehabilitation she developed a love for the method. As a professional musician (completing a Bachelor of Music in 2008), she found the demands of long hours of playing with need to restore functional balance to muscles exceedingly apparent. Sally successfully completed the CTTC with Body Arts and Science International, teaches Pilates in Melbourne as well as attending regular workshops and masterclasses. Her aim is to help clients embody the work and incorporate it into their every day lives, so each movement is executed with better alignment, efficiency, and ease - encouraging better health, longevity, and ultimately happiness.

Peta Tate

Peta Tate

Peta has been drawn to the health and well being industry along with human movement for all of her working life. Her interest in health and well being have provided a path way and opportunities to travel through out North America, and the United Kingdom. Peta was introduced to the method through her dance training during the 90’s. Peta trained in the Pilates method with both Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) and Pilates International Training Centre (Adv Dip). With over 10 years of experience her classes are exciting, challenging and leave you feeling worked!

Peta Tate

Mel Plozza

Mel was introduced to Pilates by a work colleague after experiencing a back injury and chronic back pain, which prevented her from engaging in many daily tasks and recreational activities, including fitness training and dancing. After just a few months of participating in group classes and realising the multitude of amazing benefits of the Pilates method, she decided to make a big career change from industrial chemist to Pilates instructor. She completed her PITC Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction, and worked as an instructor and HR Manager at the Pilates Fitness Institute of WA, before relocating to Melbourne with her family in 2016. Mel combines an analytical thinking style and a keen interest in the human body, with her passion for Pilates to assist her clients in achieving their individual health and fitness goals. She enjoys working with clients of all backgrounds, ages and fitness levels, with a focus on postural correction and functional movement to enhance the performance of the body in daily activities. Mel aims to continually develop her knowledge of the human body and skill as a Pilates teacher, in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients and for her own Pilates self-mastery. She is a full member of the Pilates Alliance Australasia, regularly attending training courses and conferences, and is currently studying towards completion of the Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method. Mel absolutely loves the control and precision of Pilates. Outside of the studio, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, going on nature walks, dancing and dining out.

Barbara Scafidi

Barbara Scafidi

Barbara has been teaching Pilates for over nine years, with the last six of these spent in management roles at Pilates studios in Melbourne. After completing her Polestar training in 2007, in 2012 she became an educator for Polestar Pilates International and still teaches up and coming Pilates instructors today.

Prior to her career in Pilates, Barbara worked as a remedial massage therapist in both private practice and with the Hawthorn Football Club for six years. She brings the knowledge and experience gained through this hands-on work to her Pilates teaching. Barbara’s experience means she is adept at uncovering and addressing the underlying causes of pain and injury and creating long-term change for her clients. She is particularly interested in women’s health, and enjoys instructing clients with dystrophy and 'tricky' bodies.

Danae Vincent

Danae Vincent

Danae credits her former life as a ballerina for developing her intrinsic understanding of the human body and movement. Now an accomplished dance teacher, group fitness trainer, Personal Trainer and Pilates practitioner, Danae has a deep understanding of pain management, spinal health and how to lengthen and strengthen the body so people can power through life pain free. Understanding correct spinal placement has become key to Danae’s understanding of all movement, and has unlocked numerous hurdles for her in her own cardio, weights and circuit training.

Danae credits Pilates training with improving every aspect of her fitness, and is currently completing her Diploma of Contemporary Pilates through Balance and Control.

Sophie Fletcher

Sophie Fletcher

Sophie’s connection to Pilates began at the age of 11, as an activity to complement her ballet training and she continued to practise it throughout her impressive ballet career. She graduated from the Australian Ballet School with an Advanced Diploma of Dance in 2003 and during her training received several scholarships and awards for both her achievements in dance and academic excellence.

On graduating she joined The Australian Ballet and performed with the company for four years. She travelled extensively overseas with the company and was also awarded a travel scholarship in 2005 which enabled her to take classes with major American ballet companies including New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. In 2008 Sophie joined the West Australian Ballet as a guest artist and remained there for two years. Sophie then joined the Czech National Ballet at the invitation of the director Petr Zuska and performed many notable classical and contemporary roles. Most recently Sophie appeared as Princess Aurora in Prague Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty during its tour of Germany.

Sophie credits Pilates with helping her to stay injury free during her ballet career by providing her with a strong, healthy body and mind to cope with the stresses of a demanding career. It also enabled her to maintain optimal fitness during off-peak times of work. In 2015 Sophie retired from the stage and returned to Australia to pursue Pilates. She was inspired by her instructor Andrew Baxter to consider pilates instruction as a career and last year completed her certificate IV in matwork instruction through Polestar Pilates International. Currently she is studying her Diploma. Pilates has become an integral part of Sophie’s life and she hopes her personal experience of the practice will enhance her clients’ experience.