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Counterbalance Studio Pilates is a collective of experienced, independent teachers who organize their own schedules and clients. We all work together as a team and are committed to a high standard of instruction and ongoing professional development.

Elaine Biagi Turner, BFA, MA, founded Counterbalance Studio Pilates in 1998. She has Pilates certifications from Dianne Miller Pilates Centre of Vancouver and Stott Studio, Toronto. Elaine is a 3-D Workout™, levels I & II, teacher. She certified in ELDOA2 with Petra Beathmann of Sphinx Pilates, Toronto, ON. Elaine’s training also includes Resist-A-Ball C.O.R.E Instructor Training, FitBall’s Basic Certification and Body Therapy Small Ball Release Program, and Yamuna™ Body Rolling, levels I & II. Elaine started the East End Pilates Association (EEPA), welcoming independent Pilates and movement teachers to a once a month peer led professional development session. We learn a lot and have a great time!

Contact: elainebiagiturner@gmail.com

Carrie Lynn Nieves. Carrie Lynn Nieves first started taking Pilates as a way to stay fit and relieve stress while working in a corporate setting. Intrigued by its positive effects on her mind and body she certified to teach Pilates in 2002. In 2007-2008 she also qualified to teach 3-D Workout™, Levels I and II. She is now a 3-D Workout™ Professional Trainer and is responsible for the training and certification of new 3-D Workout instructors. Additional certifications include ELDOA2 and MELT Method Hand and Foot technique. Carrie Lynn enjoys working with a wide range of clientele and has even developed exercises based on 3-D Workout™ for toddlers and their caregivers in the Macaulay Child Development Centre's Early Years Program. Her approach is to train the body and mind as a whole. Through her training she hopes to impart to her clients the skills needed to meet all of life's physical demands.

Contact: pilatesand3d@gmail.com


Fiona Macdonald. Fiona Macdonald has been teaching Pilates since 1997. Her original training and certification was with the Dianne Miller Pilates Centre of Vancouver, B.C. and she achieved her internationally recognized Pilates Method Alliance™ certification in 2008. Fiona is also certified in 3-D Workout™ Levels I & II, the MELT METHOD™ Hand and Foot Self Treatment Technique and ELDOA1. Most recently Fiona became a Level 2 Franklin Method® Educator. She continues to study and develop as a teacher and enjoys working with a variety of clientele and conditions including pre and post pregnancy, scoliosis, rehabilitation as well as general fitness. She also teaches from her home-based studio.

Contact: (416) 710-8540 or fionamacdonaldpilates@gmail.com

Sacha Karlewicz, BFA, ARAD, Sacha Karlewicz, BFA, ARAD, Sacha was drawn to Pilates while completing her Fine Arts Theatre Dance degree at Ryerson University. Pilates offered a different and unfamiliar way of moving that made “sense” in her body. Her interest in Pilates culminated in a Stott Pilates Certification in 1999 and continued professional development at the Dianne Miller Pilates Centre of Vancouver. Sacha’s passion for dance has kept her teaching Classical Ballet for the Royal Academy of Dance along side Pilates for over 20 years.

Sacha is a certified Franklin Method™ Level 1 Educator having studied with Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer. She is also a ELDOA™2 teacher. Sacha is an avid rock climber and has been a rock climbing coach for the past 5 years and loving every minute!

Sacha Karlewicz: sachak15@hotmail.com


Sheri Kimura. For 15 years, Sheri mixed a corporate day-job in advertising with teaching dance to adults and children in the evenings. When a good friend introduced her to Pilates and ELDOA™, Sheri was motivated to change careers and focus on helping people discover their capacity to gain strength, improve mobility and live with less pain.

Sheri completed her classical Pilates training with Julia Wyncoll and Cindy Willems in Toronto, ON, and continues to train with Elaine Biagi Turner of Counterbalance Studio Pilates. In early 2018, Sheri completed ELDOA™3 with Rucsandra Mitrea in Toronto, ON. That same year, Sheri traveled to New York to continue training in the work of Guy VOYER, the creator of the ELDOA Method, earning a Myofascial Stretching Certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Sheri continues to coach young rock climbers and dancers. Teaching youth is close to her heart; Sheri is proud to be a trained member of the Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) program.

Contact Sheri sheri.kimura@gmail.com



Mary moved to the west coast of Canada in June. She will be missed by teachers and clients alike. We are grateful for all she has taught us, wish her well on her new adventure and look forward to her visits to Toronto!

Mary Ganzon, movement teacher and body worker extraordinaire, certified in Pilates at Dianne Miller Pilates Centre of Vancouver. She has taught Pilates in Canada, the U.S.A. and Singapore. Mary’s movement certifications also include Level I in 3-D Workout™ developed by Dianne Woodruff and ELDOA3 developed by Guy Voyer. She is certified in the MELT Method™ Hand and Foot Self Treatment Technique.

Mary is also a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and teaches prospective practitioners for the Body Intelligence Training Foundation. Mary enjoys working with a diverse population spanning the spectrum from fitness to rehabilitation. She informs her teaching and bodywork with her practice of Qi Gong, Body-Mind Centering, Alexander Technique, Trager Therapy, Yamuna™Body Rolling and FitBall.

Contact: mganzon@hotmail.com


Please Welcome Our Associate Teachers


Shawn Aarons, BPHE, CSIP. We welcome Shawn as our new Chi Gong teacher. She has a level two Chi Gong certification from Grand Master Rupert Harvey. Shawn continues to study and is an assistant Chi Gong teacher at Golden Harmony Martial Arts and Wellness Centre. (http://goldenharmonychigong.com/).

“I love when she leads us in class.” Julie S.
After University, Shawn attended The Guild for Structural Integration in Colorado and Brazil, which completed her training in the Ida Rolf method of Structural Integration. She has maintained a full time practice since 1991 and continues to study advanced Structural Integration with her mentor David Davis in Denver, Colorado.

Shawn’s many interests and practices include movement studies, martial arts, drumming, singing and dance.

Contact Shawn @ 416-654-9402
Website: www.rolfbodyworks.com
Email: shawn.aarons@sympatico.ca


Shawn Aarons