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 – Instructor
B.Sc. Kinesiology, 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 now a certified Fascial Fitness trainer.
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.
Krista Bratic – Instructor
Certified CSEP Personal Trainer
Krista has always been involved in athletics and sport-related movement throughout her life. In 2002, she became a dedicated student of Victoria Pilates after being introduced to the Pilates Method, which positively influenced her quality of life by transforming the way she moved with scoliosis. Krista’s passion for movement and aspiration to help others led her to begin her teaching practice in 2010 through Balanced Body at Meridian Pilates in Vancouver. She continues to teach at Victoria Pilates as she works toward her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology at the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence in Victoria.
Heather Cairns – 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.
Aliesha Wright – Instructor
As a former rhythmic gymnast and coach, Aliesha was introduced to the Pilates method in 2005. Initially drawn by the focus on the breath and depth of the mind body connection she felt, she began her certification in Pilates mat work. She then went on to study with Second Generation Master Teacher Michele Larsson in Santa Fe, NM, and became certified on all Pilates equipment. Shortly thereafter, Aliesha met her next teacher, Rucsandra Mitrea of the Mitrea Wellness Centre in Toronto. There she was introduced to the ELDOA method and Myofascial Stretching techniques created by Guy Voyer, DO. Pilates, ELDOA and Myofascial Stretching form a beautiful and effective combination to help open up the body and help it heal, all the while working to enhance the quality of your connective tissue and therefore your overall health. Aliesha is a Certified ELDOA Teacher and loves sharing her knowledge to help others on their journey.
Catherine Jones – Office Manager (Photo Coming Soon!)
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 & Yoga Instructor
Jenna has a strong background in organizational communication and marketing. 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 registered 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 and workshops.