Smartbody Movement chooses its instructors with great care. Each of our teachers is part of a dynamic team. We give highly individualized and expert instruction! 


    IWALANI KALUHIOKALANI is Founder of Smartbody Movement. With over 20 years experience, she is additionally a Center Director and Teacher of Teachers for The United States Pilates Association™️ a licensee of Authentic Pilates™️ and The New York Pilates Studio®️. Later studies in movement based whole body conditioning methods led to her certification in GYROTONIC®️and GYROKINESIS®️. She is a Pre-trainer for the Foundation Teacher Training Program and certified also to teach on all of the Specialized Equipment. She has been studying under the guidance of GYROTONIC®️ creator Juliu Horvath from the onset of her practice in this methodology since 2003. She is educated in Laban Bartenieff Movement as a CMA (certified movement analyst) through LIMS, the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. Iwalani's educational background includes an understanding of anatomy and biomechanics through Visual and Performing Arts studies in college. She has worked from the human figure in Painting and Drawing at Bard College and Massachusetts College of Art. Also having studied modern dance and performance art there. Her life is inclusive of being a professional artist showing her Paintings primarily in Boston's SOWA district.

    KAREN BURKA first became acquainted with the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in 1995 while doing her Pilates training at Long Beach Dance Conditioning in California. As a dancer with scoliosis, she found that it enabled her to move and keep her body aligned and healthy. Karen is certified in all of the specialized equipment, a pretrainer in GYROTONIC®, and GYROKINESIS®, and an apprentice master trainer in GYROTONIC®. Karen has a diverse background as not only a dancer but as a clothing and textile designer, and wardrobe stylist to the stars. She has a sports medicine degree from San Diego State University and also teaches Hatha yoga, (children’s, aerial, and Thai.) Karen continues to further her education with GYROTONIC® creator Juliu Horvath on a regular basis.

    ANN BROWN ALLEN is a USPA Authentic Pilates™ teacher. She has also completed the PhysicalMind Institute Pilates Mat work certification and The Power Pilates Teacher Training course. In addition to teaching at Smartbody Movement, she is a full-time Instructor of Jazz Dance and Ballet at Boston University. For the past two decades, Ann has toured New England, New York and Europe with all of Boston's major modern and jazz dance companies, including Peter DiMuro and Associates, Back Porch Dancers and Dance Collective of Boston. She has also been a guest artist with several ballet companies. Ann earned her BA in Education and Psychology at Simmons College.

    KATHLEEN R. ANDERSON is a certified instructor in GYROTONIC®️, GYROKINESIS®️ and Pilates. Her background in movement also covers Iyengar yoga instruction and instructing in the bar sculpt method. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Dance Movement Therapy from Antioch/New England Graduate School, Keene, New Hampshire. She obtained a B.A. in Dance form S.U.N.Y. Brockport. Attended Middlesex Polytechnic, Barnet, Hetrfordshire, London, England to study the Performing Arts.

    JENNIFER BENDER has been practicing Pilates since 1997. She was certified in Authentic Pilates™ in 2015. She was certified in Peak Pilates in 2014 and teaches Nutrition at UMass Boston. She focuses on having her students gain self-mastery of their bodies and a return to health through Pilates through movement and lifestyle. Jennifer is also a Boston based environmental scientist at Boston University. She is actively involved in bridging gaps between scientists, policy makers, the public and other stakeholders when it comes to issues relating to the marine environment and our coastal zones. She is a consultant, Executive Director of the Marine Studies Consortium, writes for Community Voices on Boston.com and for Edible Vineyard on Healthy Oceans. Jennifer hold's a Master's degree in Administration and a Ph.D. In Geography and Environmental Science.

    Ellen has been practicing Pilates since 1996 and teaching Pilates since 1998. She is comprehensively certified through Power Pilates in N.Y. in addition to the Gold Standard Pilates Method Alliance. Ellen takes pride in preserving the” magic" of the Classical Method, originally named Contrology by Joseph Pilates in the 1930’s. Through in depth study of “Contrology”, Ellen’s “hands on approach” and “ keen eye” gives her tools to guide students to achieve proper alignment and placement. She encourages precison and form through breathing, activating deep core awareness and flowing movment. Students ultimately leave invigorated and refreshed as they bring their bodies into balance, thus attaining a true mind/body connection. Fitness goals are acheived both safely and effectively as they bring the major principles of pilates into their everyday life. Ellen works with individuals of all ages and abilities. Her experience allows her to tailor programs to meet the needs of each student. Her commitment to continuing to learn has never waned as she firmly believes that a great teacher is always a student. Ellen continues weekly lessons and attends educational workshops with internationally known experts in the field. She has trained with master teachers Bob Likens, Kathy Van Patten, Nora Gomez Dears and Clare Dunphy. Nutrition is also been a passion as she is always inspiring her students with new ideas for nourishing themselves as well as their families. Ellen has a B.F.A in Dance from the Boston Conservatory of Music, a Masters in Education in Movement Therapy from Lesley University, and is a A.A.D.P certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

    Born in Boston, Adriane Brayton attended the Boston Arts Academy and Connecticut College, where she received BAs in Biological Sciences and Dance. She is a United States Pilates Association Certified Instructor, and GYROKINESIS® Method Certified Instructor at Smartbody Movement. Adriane is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), specializing in swedish massage, sports massage, and myofascial release. Adriane is the Co-Artistic Director of Continuum Dance Project along with fellow Smartbody teacher Fernadina Chan, which received the 2017 Winter Residency from The Boston Center for the Arts. In 2017 she completed a 3 year guest artist residency for the Expansive Meanings and Makings in Art/Science Project in partnership with the The National Science Foundation. Adriane is thrilled to be part of the Smartbody Movement team.

    FERNADINA CHAN has studied Pilates and GYROTONIC® for many years. In 2008, she became a certified GYROKINESIS® instructor and in 2009 a certified GYROTONIC® instructor. Fern was the founder, artistic dean and the co-chair of the dance department of Boston Arts Academy. She dedicated 34 years to Boston Public Schools as a dance educator until her retirement in 2012. During her tenure at BPS, Ms. Chan garnered numerous awards including: the "Distinguished Arts Educator in Dance” from Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education in 1999; Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship in 2001; Teacher of the Year from the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education in 2005; and Educator of the year from Boston Public Schools in 2011. Before moving to Boston, she was on the faculty of the State University of New York in Binghamton. She received her B.A. in Physics from Southern Illinois University and M.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois. A Conant Fellow, Ms. Chan received her M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1993. Fern enjoys working with movers of all abilities and all ages. In addition to teaching at Smartbody Movement, she has taught GYROKINESIS® at Boston University, Boston Arts Academy, high school and college dance festivals, and currently at Mt. Auburn Club.

    BETSY COHEN is a nutritionist and owner of Whole Health for Men and Women. Betsy is passionate about her work and brings her broad experience and education together into one program designed to help men and women find balance in their lives. Betsy’s training in Integrative Nutrition as well as her years of experience as a Whole Health Educator and counselor with a M.Ed in Counseling Psychology, make her uniquely qualified to help men and women achieve integrated nutrition for a balanced life. She creates personalized programs which radically improve your health and happiness. Together, will help you explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover tools you need for a lifetime of balance. Betsy is a Certified Health Counselor, Columbia University, Teachers College and Integrated Nutrition. Certified Whole Health Educator, The New England School of Whole Health Education Mind/Body Training in Positive Psychology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Certified Pilates Mat Instructor, Visiting Mom, Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

    Cheryl’s life changed when she began practicing the Pilates Method in 1997. Her experience with her first teacher Clare Dunphy inspired her to undertake with determination the rigorous Pilates Method of Body Conditioning with master teacher Romana Kryzanowska. She holds her certification from the Pilates Guild of New York and has been teaching and sharing her extensive knowledge of the Method for 17 years. Cheryl”s teaching style is based on her commitment to preserving the authenticity of the Pilates Method and her mission is to support the potential of all students. Her teaching style is direct, energetic and clear. Her creative lesson planning which includes the use of helpful props is especially appreciated by her students rehabbing from injuries or challenged by physical limitations. Patience and unflinching attention to details make for very happy students at the end of a session. When not in the studio Cheryl is busy chasing around 3 beloved grand kids or undertaking small renovations around the family home.

    KATIE DOYLE MILLER Katie Miller is a USPA Authentic Pilates teacher since 2016, as well as a Physical Therapist with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College where she graduated in 2003. She spent 9 years of her career focusing on neuro-rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital working with individuals following Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries as well as other neurological and movement disorders. She has also spent time more recently in the homecare setting, working with individuals with various neurological, orthopedic and complex medical diagnoses. She begun practicing Pilates regularly in 2012 and began her initial training to teach mat-based classes in 2012 through the Equinox teacher training program. In facing her own health issues shortly thereafter, Katie turned to Pilates to help keep both her body and mind strong during this challenging time. Due to her own personal experience with Pilates, Katie decided to become comprehensively trained in order to share the benefits of Pilates with others. Her passion is to teach others to move with purpose and intention in their day to day lives

    MEGAN HOUNSLEA began practicing Pilates in 1996. Her endeavor began as a very young dancer who needed more core strength to rehabilitate a back injury. She continued dancing and later certified through Power Pilates in 2006. Megan graduated from Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA and has a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Throughout her years of teaching she has had the pleasure to learn from Master Pilates trainers such as Lolita San Miguel, Bob Liekens, Nora Gomez Dears and Kathy Van Patten. Most recently Megan had the privilege to teach Pilates to the dancers of the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program which was a rewarding experience since she had first been enriched by Pilates in a similar environment.

    Karen is a certified Level V Romana’s Pilates instructor. She received her certification from Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo at True Pilates New York in 2009. In addition, she has trained with the highest level Romana’s Pilates instructors including Cynthia Shipley, Janice Dulak, Kyra Strasberg and Jerome Weinberg in the traditional method as devised by Joseph Pilates. Karen is also a musician and a member of the administration of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After years of aerobic and weight training, combined with musical practice resulted in hip, knee and shoulder problems, Karen discovered the healing properties of the mind/body method of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates. She sees Pilates as a discipline, learning to move from the center of the body and engaging one’s mind to stretch, gain strength and control the body, in much the same way as music is a discipline. Most recently, Karen began work with Janice Dulak on a certification in Pilates for the Dressage Rider, and is now an Assistant Instructor in the method which teaches riders how to use their bodies to help them achieve harmony in movement with their horses. Karen is the Associate Director for Faculty and Guest Artists at the Tanglewood Music Center (the Boston Symphony Orchestra's academy for advanced musical study) and received degrees in Performance and Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music.

    MARY ELLEN LIACOS is Studio Director, a certified USPA Authentic Pilates™ and GYROTONIC®️ teacher. A New Hampshire native, she moved to Boston in high school to pursue her dance career. She attended and trained at Boston Arts Academy and The Boston Conservatory where her journey in Pilates began. Mary Ellen graduated from UMASS Boston with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and has been recognized for her work in arts and social activism. She currently works with several non-profits in Boston that raise social consciousness. Mary Ellen continued her Authentic Pilates™ training at Smartbody Movement and has worked with fantastic educators such as David Freeman, Brett Howard, Clare Dunphy, Peter Fiasca, Iwalani Kaluhiokalani, Sheila Mello, Jennifer O'Mara and Cary Regan through the United States Pilates Association. Mary Ellen currently dances with Anna Myer and Dancers, Continuum Dance Project and Brayton Dance. She incorporates her training in dance with her Pilates practice and instruction at Smartbody Movement.
  • LYNN (the one and only)

    LYNN (the one and only) is an avid dance student and performer. She has been practicing Pilates for 15 years and is a USPA Authentic Pilates™ teacher since 2014. In addition to dance and Pilates, Lynn loves swimming and yoga. She is inspired by students who strive to improve their health and well-being by applying Pilates principles to their hobbies and everyday life. When she is not in the studio or swimming in a pool or lake, Lynn is busy as a radio producer.

    SHARI REPASZ has been teaching GYROTONIC®️ since 2013. With a background in Pilates and Stretch and Strengthen, her teaching experience spans more than 18 years of dance education for children through adults. She has taught explorative, contemporary, ballet, musical theatre and jazz dance in the Boston area independently as well as at Dancers Workshop ofSudbury and The Rivers School of Weston. She has choreographed for large scaled musical theatre productions such as Chicago, West Side Story and others. As an independent choreographer and dancer, she has formed a number of companies locally in Boston and produced many works for various venues, including her 2005 epic suite, ‘128 - An Inner State’ performed at Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge and later released on DVD. She has also performed with a variety of local companies including Adrienne Hawkins and Jody Weber. Shari occasionally performs with her composer husband Ben Schwendener and The Mobile Trio.

    Luis is a Sr. Level Pilates instructor with a B. S. in Physical Education. He has ten years experience in the physical education field. He later found Pilates in 1997 and was Certified in 1999 in Brazil with The Pilates Guild under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia-Santo. Luis moved to Boston to teach Pilates end of 2000 and worked in several leading studios of the area includes Sport Club/LA. He has studied with many prestigious teachers such as Clare Dunphy, Shari Berkowitz and Bob Liekens. Luis believes in making clients feel better through invigorating and fun sessions that focus the mind and body to work as a whole.