About Teresa

As demanding as Pilates can be, Teresa brings out the joy of movement and the fun in trying something challenging.”
-Penelope E.

Teresa is uniquely qualified as a Pilates instructor. A combined total of 30 yrs of Dance, Pilates and Physical Therapy experience informs her integrated approach to the art and science of helping people find ease and joy in movement. A native New Yorker, Teresa toured worldwide for almost a decade as a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company of New York City, the oldest and most celebrated contemporary dance company in America. She has been a licensed physical therapist since 1996, earning a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Pilates Certifications

Teresa holds Pilates training and certification with the respected:

Pilates With Teresa

Teresa founded the now flourishing Pilates program through the School of Medicine’s Health Improvement Program at Stanford University where she served as principal instructor and lecturer for two decades, teaching her sold-out trademarked Aging Strong Pilates® classes.  A teacher of teachers, she is frequently invited to present at Pilates conferences such as the Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting and IDEA World Conference.  Her private practice Pilates with Teresa LLC, is celebrating over two decades of service to the community and continues to be a source of pride and accomplishment though she counts her greatest blessings as her two children, Katelyn and Tyler, and her rock of Gibraltar husband, Tom.

Teresa’s Goals:

  • To inspire people to find joy in painfree movement
  • To guide people to age powerfully and gracefully
  • To empower people to reach beyond what they thought was possible

Martha Graham Dancer Benefits From Pilates

Teresa was first introduced to the Pilates method in 1985 as a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She studied Pilates to augment her dance training and for injury prevention.  Teresa explains, “Dance, sports, and life, in general, is inherently asymmetrical. For instance, a dancer might have to do 8 leaps on the right leg and only 2 on the left. A dental hygienist at work or a golfer may routinely rotate only in one direction. This asymmetrical patterning, done repeatedly, creates muscle imbalances that need to be addressed.”  Teresa credits Pilates with addressing those needs and providing her with a relatively injury-free dance career.

In 1994 Teresa retired from professional dance, and with the encouragement and support of Marika Molnar PT of WestSide Dance Physical Therapy, earned her Master’s Degree in PT from the University of Pittsburgh, and began work as a licensed physical therapist in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in CA.  She routinely incorporated Pilates exercises into her patients’ rehab programs. That experience provided overwhelming insight and solid proof of the significant benefits of combining Pilates with physical therapy.

This motivated Teresa to become a certified Pilates practitioner and open her own blended PT/Pilates practice. With Teresa’s unique background, she is able to serve those who desire general conditioning, specific performance enhancement, as well as those with special physical needs. Her passion is supporting the active ager.

Pilates for Bone Health

Teresa’s interest in osteoporosis led her to be trained by Sara Meeks in the Meeks Method of osteoporosis treatment and management for physical therapists.  She serves as an ambassador for American Bone Health where she leads community workshops to increase awareness of bone health. She also offers Pilates Teacher Trainings in her unique method: BoneSmart Pilates®. Her method guides instructors of Pilates on how to work with their clients that have low bone density, to keep them safe and strong. Contact her to learn more about hosting a workshop.

More about Teresa’s Dance Background