Susan VanCadsand – Owner | Program Director | Instructor
B.Sc. Kinesiology, M. Education
Susan was introduced to Pilates while dancing with the New York City Ballet and studied under Carola Trier, a long-time student of Joseph Pilates and master teacher of his method. Susan’s love of dance and body movement continued on into her studies where she completed a Masters in Human Kinetics and PhD in Education. Since 2002 Susan has studied with The Dianne Miller Pilates Center of Vancouver and is a fully qualified Pilates teacher having trained in several different schools of technique. Susan has also developed a safe and successful regime of her own, incorporating her knowledge as a Kinesiologist.
Nicole Runcie – Pilates Instructor
B.Sc. Kinesiology, M.Sc Physical Therapy,
Certified ACE Personal Trainer
Nicole brings a unique perspective to her practice due to numerous physical challenges she has overcome, motivating her to study with the very best in her field. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in Human Kinetics and a minor in psychology, at which time she also completed her ACSM personal training certification. She completed her Pilates Certification Program in Long Beach, California with Marie-Jose Blom. Nicole is committed to continuing professional development, completing training in gait analysis, meditation technique, and is a certified Fascial Fitness trainer. Most recently, Nicole has completed hermaster’s degree in physical therapy and is working through the
final steps to becoming a registered physiotherapist.
Lisa Erlic – Pilates & Fit Camp Instructor
B.Sc. Psychology, Certified BCRPA Group Fitness Leader
Lisa has played soccer for over 20 years and was traditionally a gym buff. However after having her first child 10 years ago she felt she wanted ‘more’, recognizing she needed to strengthen her pelvic floor and find an alternate way to get back into shape after pregnancy. She decided to try Pilates, not realizing what an integral part of her life it would become — mind, body and soul. Lisa is BCRPA certified and instructs Victoria Pilates FITCamp in which she encompasses the Pilates method of movement for a healthier ‘bootcamp’ style fitness class. Lisa is a fully certified Balanced Body Pilates mat and equipment instructor.
Paula McFadyen – Pilates Instructor M.SC. Exercise Physiology & Certified Exercise Physiologist through Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
For the last 30+ years, Paula has been working in the fitness
industry doing research, fitness testing, and exercise prescription with members of the general public as well as development with national athletes. She taught Human Anatomy and Exercise Prescription at UVIC.Paula began her journey with Plates in mat classes, and eventually began working with the equipment as well. She has been a member of the Victoria Pilates studio since 2008, and has since joined our team as an instructor. In her spare time, Paula loves to sail, hike, and cook.
Jessica Vitrouk – Pilates Instructor
Jessica is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but has lived most of her adult life overseas. She fell in love with Pilates in 1998 in Zurich Switzerland. Since then, every new country she and her family have moved to, the first order of business (after housing and a favorite coffee shop is secured) is finding a Pilates studio. She has been lucky to take classes from wonderful teachers in Switzerland, the UK, Russia, Luxembourg and now Canada. In 2012, she started her teacher training with Balanced Body in Boston and continued her studies with Balanced Body in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to moving to Victoria, she taught Pilates at
studios in Russia and Luxembourg. Before becoming a Pilates instructor, she earned a BA in Russian studies from Middlebury College, and worked until 2012 as a tax consultant
with Ernst & Young.
Catherine Jones – Office Manager
Catherine brings a unique combination of skills to the administrative side of Victoria Pilates. She has had various roles within the arts and not for profit; she’s been employed in more corporate settings, and has had her own business.
She regularly volunteers in her children’s school community, and enjoys an active lifestyle, participating in both individual and team sports.
Jenna Sedmak – Marketing Manager, Fit Camp Substitute & Yoga Instructor
Jenna has a strong background in organizational communication. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Intercultural and International Communication. Growing up as a competitive gymnast, Jenna has always been interested in movement based practices, eventually becoming a coach herself. She has since become a 200hr yoga instructor, bringing her strong belief in the importance of the mind & body connection to her practice. Jenna instructs Fit Camp classes in Lisa’s absence, as well as occasional yoga classes.
Heather Cairns – Pilates Instructor
Heather’s interest in Pilates began in 1999 following a running injury. She became dedicated to the study after personally realizing its many benefits including those for low back problems caused by scoliosis. Heather received her teacher-training certificate from Helene Roy Pilates in Ottawa, and teaches Mat work, Reformer, Chair and Cadillac, and is a Licensed Provider of Fletcher Towelwork® and Spine CorrectorTM. She has continued her study of Pilates and bodywork educational programs with various teachers, conferences with Balanced Body, and Ron Fletcher learning events. Heather worked for six years at the Pilates Space in Ottawa before relocating to Maple Bay in 2011.
Misha Butot – Yoga Instructor
BEd, RCSW, E-RYT 500
Misha is a registered clinical social worker and senior yoga teacher with experience in mental health and palliative care. Misha has practiced yoga asana (postures) since childhood, and completed 500 hours of initial teacher training and was certified by the Yoga Association of Alberta in 1999, subsequently engaging in ongoing study in all facets of yoga including advanced training in yoga nidra (yogic sleep meditation). Misha’s approach is meditative and individualized; classes focus on developing stable easeful
movement and breathing patterns, reconnecting with an
embodied experience of our inherent wholeness, and returning
to balance on all levels. Misha instructs a gentle yoga class
every Monday afternoon.
Leslie Hunter – Substitute Fit Camp Instructor
Leslie enjoys an active lifestyle, and part of that has always been fitness. Leslie first became certified as a group fitness instructor in 1993. Since that time, she has enjoyed learning, developing and leading individual and group training that is safe and effective. Leslie’s teaching past includes: functional fitness, spin class, bootcamp, Pilates mat, step class, specialty and sport specific sessions,and training of fitness instructors. Leslie runs two personal businesses and loves the idea of being a substitute instructor for Fit Camp!