Janet Sunderland – Studio Owner/Master Instructor
Janet Sunderland has been teaching fitness for over 20 years as a Pilates instructor, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. As an instructor Janet has worked with a variety of clients from athletes to senior citizens. Janet believes that Pilates can complement any fitness program as it improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks, and feels. Currently Janet is focusing more on the training and mentoring of other instructors. Janet acts as Balanced Body’s Master Instructor in residence for the Balanced Body authorized training center offerings at Soma Pilates. She also cohosts the Moving Well Podcast.
Janet is a graduate of Bastyr University’s Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Wellness program and Simon Fraser University’s Certificate in Health and Fitness Studies. She is a Balanced Body Master Trainer for Pilates, Movement Principles, Anatomy in 3D, Barre, Bodhi Suspension System, and MOTR. Additional certifications include PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Ace-Certified Group Fitness Instructor, AFFA certified Group Fitness instructor, and Pfilates pelvic floor Pilates certified instructor.
Janet’s detail oriented teaching style will guide you in achieving a newfound sense of body awareness and help you discover and realize your body’s hidden capabilities in a safe, comfortable, environment.
Vanessa Corrigan – Staff Instructor
An artist at heart, Vanessa earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Ohio University where she studied dance, photography, painting, and print-making. She began practicing Pilates to combat the physical and mental stress of being a mural artist spending long hours climbing and painting on scaffolding.
Vanessa did her instructor training with the Physical Mind Institute under the guidance of Tara Stepenberg who now teaches Pilates for The Pacific Northwest Ballet. Vanessa’s Pilates classes use imagery, detailed cueing, and dynamic sequencing inspired by Joseph Pilates’ original work. Since 2002 Vanessa has helped hundreds of clients learn, enjoy, and benefit from the amazing practice of Pilates including professional athletes, dancers, and teens.
When she’s not in the studio Vanessa enjoys hiking, biking, and cooking vegan foods.
Angela Dismuke – Staff Instructor
Prior to her transition as a Pilates professional, Angela was an 18-year career Environmental Scientist for a National Laboratory and also in the private sector. She has worked in the fitness industry for 13 years as a Pilates instructor, group fitness instructor, and personal trainer.
Angela brings with her a rich background that includes an extensive knowledge of anatomy, biochemistry, biomechanics, dance, and movement. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science and Wellness and Biochemistry. She is a STOTT PILATES® Trained Instructor and her expertise includes conditioning for Wellness, Pre-Surgery, and Rehab. Her meticulous eye for details and problem solving allows her to pin point imbalances in your body and then make systematic changes for improvements. All training is done to emphasize the importance of three dimensional breathing to support you and the flow of movement.
Angela uses her knowledge of the human body and her love of dance to blend the art and science of movement to create balanced, strong, and flexible bodies. Her goal as an instructor is to both educate and train. To educate you about your body and how it works the most efficiently and train you in a progressive manner to enhance conditioning, body awareness, and alignment. Through education and training you are empowered to create changes in your body that will last a lifetime.
Michal (Mika) Shafir – Post-Rehab Specialist
Michal (Mika) is new to the USA, arriving from Israel in August 2018 with her husband and three kids. In Israel she worked for ten years as a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation. Michal completed Pilates Mat instructor training in 2006 and added Reformer training in 2018.
When she is not teaching Pilates or studying for her PT credentials here in the US, she enjoys baking, hiking, and discovering new things about the area.
“I believe in using the fundamentals of Pilates to challenge the body with balance, stability, and flow. From my experience, movement is the best medicine, and we can heal our body with correct movement.”