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.
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 – Communication & Marketing Manager
Fit Camp & 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 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.
Sara Paziraei – Pilates Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer,
Physical Education & Sport Science
Originally from Iran, Sara moved to Canada in 2011. She has always been involved in
physical activities and sports. She earned her black belt in Karate when she was 19 and taught Karate for over 10 years. Her love for exercise changed her life’s path, and after finishing her undergrad in Chemistry, she continued her studies in physical education and sports science. She is a certified personal trainer, and is currently working towards her master’s degree in Kinesiology while teaching
exercise prescription at UVic. In her spare time,
she loves fishing and reading books.
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 classevery 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!