Fletcher Pilates Conference


Workshops & Lectures

Catherine has been involved with movement her whole life. She studied and danced professionally until she found her true calling; teaching people how to move and feel better. Catherine has been teaching Pilates for over 18 years as a Fletcher Pilates® Professional Teacher. Owner of Studio 4 Pilates in Half Moon Bay, CA, she works with a variety of clients, from novice movers to elite athletes. In her tireless pursuit for education, Catherine has sought out cutting edge concepts of how the brain and body must work together to improve performance. Through her integration of both Fletcher Pilates® and ZHealth Performance concepts, she has worked with youth athletes and clients to successfully decrease injury, diminish pain and improve performance.

Sherri has been a physical therapist since 1991, is a Geriatric Certified Specialist, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, Polestar Pilates Practitioner, Fletcher Pilates® Program of Study Graduate and director of TheraPilates® Physical Therapy Clinic since 2001. Ms. Betz is Chair of PMA’s Research Committee and Certification Commission, and co-authored the PMA Exam Study Guide. She is passionately devoted to improving awareness about geriatric exercise and bone health through development of professional and consumer education and has served on: American Bone Health’s Professional Education Committee, National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Exercise Advisory Council and APTA Geriatric Academy’s Bone Health Special Interest Group.

Nannette’s love of dance and movement began at an early age in her native state Louisiana, motivating her to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Arizona in 1999. Nannette began studying the Ron Fletcher work in 2001 and received her Level II teaching certificate in 2004. She taught at Body Works Pilates in Tucson, Arizona from 2002-2009 and nationally and internationally with the The Ron Fletcher Program of Study as an Adjunct Faculty member from 2004-2011. Presently, Nannette resides in south Louisiana along with her husband Gary, dogs Harvey and Vera, and cat Sophia. Nannette works at Action Therapy and Wellness as a Physical Therapist Assistant. As a Fletcher Pilates® Qualified Teacher, she’s looking forward to future teaching endeavors and is honored to be a part of the Fletcher community.

Diane Diefenderfer, former professional ballet dancer and second-generation teacher, began her Pilates studies in 1978 with Ron Fletcher, Diane Severino and Michael Podwal. In 1987, she founded Studio du Corps/Pilates Center of Orange County. Diane is a full-time faculty member at the University of California, Irvine Dance Department teaching ballet and directing Pilates education for the Dance Wellness Program. Diane is PMA certified, a regular presenter at Fletcher and PMA conferences and a Distinguished Teacher for Pilates Anytime. She has given workshops and master classes at studios and universities throughout the U.S., Mexico, Japan and Korea and is a contributing author to a recently published book, Women’s Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan.

Karma Kientzler is a leader in the fitness, aquatics and movement therapy industries. She was General Manager and Fitness Director at the Oaks of Ojai Spa before moving to Tucson to be a Founding Member of Canyon Ranch. In addition to developing the physical fitness programs, she served as Director of Spa and Fitness and pioneered the introduction of Pilates and Movement Therapy, the first of such programs in an exclusive spa setting. During her tenure at Canyon Ranch, Karma co-authored a book and produced three fitness videos. She currently serves as a consultant, public speaker and workshop presenter, continuing to bring cutting edge therapies to her clientele as well as to the fitness industry.

As Director of Education for Fletcher Pilates®, Deborah manages curriculum development for the Fletcher Pilates® Program of Study. Her strong movement background includes a BA in Dance from Santa Clara University, as well as extensive study with Pilates Master, Ron Fletcher. Deborah oversees the Comprehensive Program in Tucson at Body Works Pilates, where she has taught continuously since 1996.

Jonathan began his career in Pilates after a four-year skating tour with Ice Capades. He was certified at the Pilates Center of Boulder in 1992. Jonathan attained his physical therapy degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1999. Since then, he has been integrating Pilates methodology with his physical therapy practice. Jonathan studied extensively with master teacher Ron Fletcher and completed the Ron Fletcher Program of Study in 2005. Jonathan currently practices physical therapy at Alta Physical Therapy in Boulder, CO and teaches Pilates at Pura Vida Fitness and Spa in Denver, CO.

Michael Podwal, a native New Yorker and graduate of The High School of Performing Arts, received a dance scholarship to Julliard. Podwal performed on Broadway, in television and movies, and worked for Jerome Robbins, Gower Champion, Donald McKayle, and Anna Sokolow. He moved to Los Angeles in 1972 where he studied and worked under Ron Fletcher for over a decade, while assisting choreographer Jaime Rogers on The Sonny and Cher Show and Mary Tyler Moore Television Specials. Under the auspices of Dr. James Garrick he helped develop the first Pilates Program for the 1979 opening of The St. Francis Memorial Hospital’s Sports Medicine Center in San Francisco. He trained Karma Kienztler to implement Pilates at the Canyon Ranch Spa in Tucson and relocated to Florida in 1999, where he began the Pilates program at Frenchman’s Creek.

Martha Ramirez first began her study of movement as a dancer and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Arizona. Kyria Sabin and Deborah Mendoza introduced Martha to Fletcher Pilates® during her studies in Arizona. She continued to pursue her passion for movement education through The Ron Fletcher Program of Study in 2003. Following graduation, she began teaching at Body Works Pilates. Martha was recognized as a Qualified Teacher by Ron Fletcher and now serves as a Professional Teacher and lead Fletcher Faculty for the Fletcher Pilates® Program of Study in Tucson.

Diane is a Julliard alumnus who studied with Martha Graham and taught modern dance extensively in New York and Los Angeles. As Ron Fletcher’s first apprentice, and former co-proprietor of his LA studio, Diane pioneered Dance Medicine techniques and lectured on the use of Pilates to rehabilitate dance injuries. Diane has also worked with numerous Hollywood celebrities and prides herself on shaping beautiful bodies.

Anne is a transformational teacher and facilitator who brings a rich mosaic of modalities to her work. She has been teaching movement for over 30 years including Pilates, dance, yoga, breath therapy, stretch therapy and meditation. Anne has a master’s degree in psychology with focus on research, has worked as a counselor and life coach, and has also worked in the world of corporate training and communications. It was while she was an actress that she embraced Pilates as a way of life. In 2009, she met and began working with Ron Fletcher and other Fletcher Pilates teachers. She felt a clear affinity for the work, a bingo! providing exactly what she had been looking for to take her work to the next level. Over the past several years, her focus has been on fascia as it relates to movement and overall health. She is a Fletcher Pilates Adjunct Faculty and owns and operates her own Pilates Studio-Connected, Pilates in Sync in Chattanooga, TN.

Jenna’s desire to find strength and confidence as a movement educator led her to a career in Pilates. For over a decade, Jenna has worked with a diverse clientele, cultivating a teaching practice based on guiding others in developing autonomy over their movement abilities, no matter what obstacles stand in their way. As a Fletcher Faculty member, Jenna is honored to have mentored the next generation of Fletcher Pilates® Teachers. She also offers continuing education through courses and conferences and can be seen on Pilates Anytime as a visiting instructor. Jenna owns Helios Center for Movement in Chicago where she lives with her husband Josh, son Jaxon and wonder-dog Horatio.


Mylène Wiltberger Brock, PMA®-CPT
Originally from France, Mylène is a movement teacher with thirty-five years of teaching experience in both Europe and the United States. She holds a physical education degree from France and has been an ACE certified personal trainer since 1992. Starting her Pilates Method exploration with Kyria Sabin Waugaman and Deborah Mendoza in 1994, she completed the Fletcher Pilates® Teacher Program of Study Level I in 2002, and became a Fletcher Qualified Teacher (Level II) in 2007.
Mind and body movements enthusiast, she is most excited about her empirical discovery of the fascial network, originally on her home-made boards since 1994, then on the freeFORM boards since 2013.

Dr. Eric Cobb
Dr. Eric Cobb, the creator and co-founder of Z-Health Performance, is widely considered one of the world's foremost experts in utilizing the neurology of movement to create extraordinary change in the human body. His company, Z-Health Performance offers an advanced education curriculum that specializes in innovating ultra-practical, neurologically-based rehabilitative and sports performance programs based on emerging research. Based out of Phoenix, Arizona, Z-Health teaches physicians, therapists, elite fitness trainers and other professionals around the world. 

Dallas Everleth
Dallas Everleth is an educator, Pilates instructor, massage therapist and anatomy nerd. She is the owner and program director of Center Strength in Berkeley, CA. Her practice focuses on rehabilitation; she has helped clients use Pilates to manage a variety of conditions including spinal injuries, joint replacement, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, chronic pain conditions, and repetitive strain injuries. Since 1999, she has worked with clients of all ages, fitness levels, and conditions to move better, feel better, learn about their bodies, and take charge of their own health and wellbeing. In an effort to more fully understand how the body informs the mind, Dallas studied Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. Dallas is a Balanced Body Master Instructor and, since 2005, has presented at conferences nationally and internationally, developing anatomy and Pilates workshops of special interest to movement educators and body workers.

Daniel Vladeta
After completing a BSc in Anatomy and Physiology, Daniel continued Post Graduate studies in Neuroscience, Molecular Biology and Osteopathy. In private practice, he continued his studies with Myofascial and Cranial Sacral techniques. Daniels interest was in how compensatory patterns translate to physiological and functional change and ways treatment and rehabilitative exercise could be used to address these issues. In the late 90’s, Daniel began work with a Spinal and Orthopedic Company, that led to him working with top surgeons from around the world, and the development of Surgical Devices.  His return to Australia led him to commence development of a device that acted as a bio-feedback or self-regulating device, creating an unstable base, to be used in both rehabilitation and functional exercise. The Oov was launched. Daniel now works with leading practitioners collaborating on rehab and exercise prescription, and delivers workshops to Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Exercise Physiologists, Pilates instructors and Personal Trainers around the world. He has worked with elite and professional athletes in all sports, including Tennis, Golf, Rugby, AFL, Swimming and Athletics.

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– Evelyn