Tanya Winter

Tanya is a Founder of Studio Pilates International® and the Education Department, developing and creating all of the Pilates Instructor Training Courses. 

Tanya is a Physiotherapist who has a passion for Pilates both in helping her clients and also in sharing her knowledge and experience to teach people how to become world class Pilates Instructors.
Tanya was originally introduced to Pilates through her swimming career, using it as a cross training tool and later for rehabilitation after a spinal fracture, and has been practicing Pilates herself for over 20 years. Tanya completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1999, and since then, has dedicated her life to the teaching of Pilates.  

In 2002, Tanya co-founded Studio Pilates International®, and set up her first studio in Hawthorne, which is still running today. Tanya has personally taken over 25,000 clients through Pilates workouts in the studio, for rehabilitation, sports performance enhancement and general fitness and toning, and over 50,000 people in Matwork classes in the gym setting.

"Tanya was fantastic! Great to see her in real life after hours on the videos!" - Rebecca G

"Tanya is one of the clearest and most knowledgeable presenters I have seen. I am very glad i chose to do this Pilates course and not another." - Jaime W

"Tanya Winter manages to pack an enormous amount of information whilst manufacturing a sense of effortless calmness and professionalism. Despite the intensity of the course, the atmosphere is fun and relaxed and the setting is one of feeling hugely supported. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who would like to lean to teach Pilates, as one of the most professional there is." - Marie B

James Mangahas

James is a Physiotherapist, Fitness Presenter, Master Pilates Instructor Trainer and head of the Studio Pilates International Education Department. James has a wealth of anatomical and biomechanical knowledge and experience and is an expert in Pilates, having personally taken over 30,000 clients through Pilates workouts for rehabilitation, sports performance enhancement and general fitness and toning.

James was originally introduced to Pilates for rehabilitation through his Physiotherapy career in 2005 and then quickly realised how fantastic Pilates was for the fitness industry and sports specific cross training, using it himself to enhance his own performance in Brazilian Ju Jitsu and helping many elite athletes achieve their goals.

James has helped to design the Studio Pilates International Instructor Training Courses and continues to ensure that Studio Pilates International® delivers the most comprehensive and up to date courses.  As a very experienced Instructor Trainer, he uses his extensive knowledge to help his students gain the skills needed to become great instructors. 

"James was FANTASTIC. His passion and knowledge of Pilates shines through when he teaches. Always with a smile :) I cant thank him enough for such a great experience." - Kelsey A

"James was very knowledgable and was a fantastic instructor. He kept the class interactive and encouraged the students to get to know one another as well which made the learning process more enjoyable." - Andrea S

"James has a lovely way of providing constructive correction.  He was able to provide very "real" life advise. His good humour made me feel at ease with in a very short time." - Charlotte C


Wendy Powell

Wendy is a truly inspirational Master Pilates Instructor Trainer who is so passionate about helping her students to not only become amazing instructors, but also to enjoy the same benefits and success of a career in Pilates which she has experienced.

Wendy had always enjoyed Pilates, but didn't realise its true benefits until the birth of her first child in 2000. Since then, she has been a self-confessed devotee of Pilates and teaching Pilates has become her life's work.  Wendy completed her Certificate IV in Fitness and then became an expert in Pilates after studying at various schools of Pilates including the Pilates Institute of Queensland, Authentic Pilates, BASI and Studio Pilates International®. 

Fourteen years and three children later, Wendy continues to embrace Pilates, having completed her Master Pilates Instructor Trainer Certification with Studio Pilates International® and opening two boutique Pilates studios in Victoria.

Wendy loves helping her students, and really cares about each and every one of them, not just at the course but also afterwards - and she finds nothing more rewarding than seeing them emerge as great instructors by the end of their training.

"Wendy was amazing - a beautiful person and teacher very inspiring her love and passion was incredible - she was so humble, encouraging  and supportive what an awesome gift and to share her knowledge with me - I'm so greatful - thank you Wendy" - Karen R

"Wendy was fantastic! She has a very caring nature. Wendy is able to see each individuals qualities which enables her to give clear, encouraging and honest feedback. Her knowledge and experience are priceless." - Danielle A

"No words...Wendy is amazing and has changed my life. A true Pilates professional and you should be honored to have her as a teacher of your method. She is engaging and friendly, yet firm. She expects a high standard from everyone and she got it. As a 47 year old PT, not sure where to go for the next number of working years, Wendy has given me what I am looking for in my career. It was amazing to watch her instill confidence in those of the course who needed it. I am so proud to have been a part of this course with Wendy and a great bunch of participants. Best course as a PT I have ever done." - Gerri Q


Davina Perkins

Davina is not only a Studio Pilates International® Master Instructor Trainer, she is also the head Mentor for the Studio Pilates International® Platinum Studios and a Mentor for the Studio Pilates International® Group Fitness Program in Licensed Health Club.  Davina's expertise and technical skills in Pilates, alongside her energetic and motivating personality, makes her be an amazing Instructor Trainer who really knows how to get the most out of her students.

Davina's background is in the Fitness Industry she has worked as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor (Pilates and High Intensity Interval training) as well as a Pilates Course Facilitator. Davina currently holds a Certificate III and IV in Fitness including Kettlebell, MMA for Fitness and Gravity Training certification. Davina also holds multiple Pilates qualifications including Matwork Level 1, Advanced Matwork, Small Equipment and Reformer certificates.

Davina currently instructs over 25 Reformer classes a week at the Studio Pilates® flagship studio in Hawthorne, as well as Studio Pilates® Matwork Classes at multiple Licensed Health Clubs in the Brisbane area. She also cheoregraphs the programs for the classes in both our studio and the Group Fitness Program and currently facilitates the Group Fitness Program Masterclasses in Brisbane.  Davina, having 3 young children, also has a special interest in Pilates for Pregnancy. 

"AMAZING! I was 16 weeks pregnant and 1000km from home and Davina couldn't have been more supportive and encouraging.  Her teaching style is superb and she utilises a perfect mix or authority, technical knowledge, practical application, humour - I could go on.  She related so well to each individual on the course and everyone felt comfortable with her as our trainer.  I have no doubt that the positive energy we had as a group was a direct reflection of the positive approach Davina takes to her training. I want Davina for all my future training courses!" - Vicki S

"Davina again was perfect.  I really can't rate her high enough, so friendly, always positive and having a joke but really good and giving out clear instructions, always had great advice...... I want to teach like her!" - Lyndal W

"Oh Davina was absolutely brilliant! So clear and concise. Wonderful public speaker and trainer. She was so fantastic at explaining everything and it would be so hard to teach how to teach. She did an amazing job. She's a lovely person too and very patient. She was very helpful and gave me great constructive criticism!" - Alle J


Jane Pavlovic

Jane has been involved in the fitness industry for more than five years in a variety of roles, including instructing Pilates and Yoga, Group Fitness Management and Instructor Training.  Jane quickly realised that her passion was for Pilates, and now dedicates a majority of her time to instructing Pilates in the gym setting, in the studio setting, as well as teaching her students how to become great Pilates Instructors.

Jane is an ambassador and Mentor for the Studio Pilates International® Group Fitness Program, teaching Masterclasses for the program, mentoring other instructors and also choreographing the class programs.  Jane currently holds a Certificate III and IV in Fitness, as well as Pilates Matwork Level 1 and 2, Reformer Level 1, Ball Circle Band and Advanced Matwork, Level 2 Yoga and Flow Yoga certifications.

Throughout her time in the industry, Jane has assisted hundreds of participants towards living a healthier and more active lifestyle. Jane's technical knowledge and attention to detail are second to none and loves helping her students to perfect their instructing techniques. 

"Jane is fantastic, she has made me feel comfortable and happy and interested both times I have had her as an instructor. She has so much enthusiasm for teaching us, I cant say enough nice things about her" - Daisy H

"Jane was great, she explained everything really well and took the time to make sure all questions had been answered. Then before the assessment made me feel really confident, instead of the bundle of nerves I had been." - Avril S

"Jane was wonderful! As soon as i met her i really liked her, she made us all feel relaxed and taught us very well with a bit of humour thrown in! She explained everything really well and was open to ALL our questions no matter how silly we felt asking them. A great teacher." - Mandy T

Karen Russell

Karen's career in education and fitness began in 1989 when she completed a Bachelor in Human Movement majoring in Education and her Group Fitness Certificate III. Karen has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, both teaching group fitness classes and Pilates, along with over 14 years of Group Fitness Management roles in major health club chains.

As a Senior Trainer and Head Program Coach for Les Mills Asia Pacific, as well as a Matwork Trainer for Studio Pilates International®, Karen has been training instructors across many class types since 1996, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help her students identify their own strengths and weaknesses on their journey to becoming a Pilates instructor.

Karen uses her many years of fitness experience and her talents at educating her students to facilitate fantastic courses which are delivered in a way that is technical, concise, easy to understand, and fun at the same time, producing amazing instructors at the end of each course.

Karen's goal is to help her students to become the best instructors possible, so that they can help more people improve their quality of life through Pilates.

"Karen was awesome... She had a very simplistic approach to teaching which I loved. It made learning sooo much more enjoyable and of course Karen is a wealth of knowledge." - Kim W

"Karen is fantastic. She is obviously very dedicated to her work and she has an excellent connection with people. I feel very privileged to have had Karen as my first workshop instructor." -  Susie B

"Karen was a great trainer.  She knew her stuff and passed on her knowledge and experience without hesitation.  She kept things simple and easy to understand yet challenged us at the same time.  It was great to be involved in a course where we got to experience the movements consistently and then test ourselves teaching eachother.  Would love to do more courses under Karen's leadership." - Donna J


Elaine Innes

Elaine has over 20 years of experience in the Fitness Industry, originally completing her Certificate III and IV in Fitness in 1993. She has a strong Group Fitness, Pilates and Personal Training background, alongside many years of Group Fitness Management at a regional level for major health club chains.

Elaine also has been involved for many years in health and education, facilitating a variety of courses. This experience includes facilitating the Certificate III and IV at both the Australian Institute of Fitness and Western Australian Fitness Academy, and as a consultant with Rio Tinto as Pilbara Health Facilitator.

Elaine brings this diverse teaching experience to her course facilitation with Studio Pilates International®.  Her courses are delivered with her usual expertise and attention to detail.  As she loves helping people and sharing her knowledge, her participants leave the courses confident to instruct and empowered to launch their Pilates careers. 

"Elaine was an excellent trainer who was very approachable and more than happy to help with any queries" - Alysia H

"FANTASTIC! Elaine was just amazing. She made me feel so much more confident teaching a class and gave me great feedback for helping me to slow down when cueing and really get my concentration points out without rushing too much" - Alexandra C

"Elaine was wonderful! Great at molding each student individually. Made you feel comfortable to ask questions and interact with the entire class. Elaine encouraged each student to pick up on even the tiniest adjustments which was a nice challenge and inspiring to become the best we could be. We love you Elaine! Thanks so much!" - Natalie W