Our Classical Pilates Teachers
Erika Linton Groff, PMA-CPT, Licensed Teacher Trainer
Erika was trained in the esteemed classical tradition of Romana Kyrzanowska by Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel. She is a teacher of teachers who is sought out by instructors and advanced students from around the country who are looking to take their practice and training to the highest level.
Erika was first introduced to Pilates as part of her training in classical ballet in 1992. She continued to practice the work throughout her dance career and became an apprentice to her teachers at Mira Costa College in 1998. As a student and then teacher at the renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, Erika completed the Advanced Teacher Training Program in 2002 and The Master’s Program in 2008. She also received her certification from The Pilates Method Alliance in 2008. In addition, Erika earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado where she also studied anatomy and kinesiology.
Erika was hand picked to become one of the first Licensed Teachers for The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program in 2008. In addition to training teachers at her studio, she offers continuing education workshops around the country. She has taught at the annual Pilates Method Alliance Conference and presented workshops at The Pilates Center’s Summer Conference.
Erika opened The Pilates Workshop in 2011 and the studio was selected to be a Licensed Studio for The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program the same year. In 2015 she moved the studio to its spacious and beautiful location in the Outer Sunset district.
Erika’s teaching style is firmly rooted in classical Pilates and informed by her knowledge of anatomy, dance, yoga, and mindfulness practices. She believes whole-heartedly in Pilates as a transformational life practice, capable of creating vibrant health and true wellness in anyone who commits themselves to the work.
When she’s not in the studio, Erika can be found meditating, practicing yoga, running, or hiking with her husband, their two young children, and dog, Oso.
Aura Fischbeck, PMA-CPT, Senior Teacher
Aura completed her Pilates teacher training through The Pilates Center of Boulder, CO, and has been teaching the Pilates Method since 2003. Her interest in Pilates as an exercise, rehabilitation, and mind/body integration technique evolved out of her background as a dancer and continues to be informed by and inform her dance training.
As an instructor she aims to meet each individual client wherever they are in their fitness or skill level, and custom design an appropriate workout experience for each client. Her emphasis is on breathing, proper alignment and healthful technique, creating lasting positive effects beyond the studio and into everyday life.
Aura Fischbeck was introduced to the Pilates Method by her long time mentor Cara Reeser, while attending college at the Naropa University. While at the Pilates Center of Boulder she had the great fortune to study closely under the mentorship of Amy Alpers, Rachel Segal, Deborah Kolwey and Kim Haroche (among others). Since relocating to San Francisco in 2003 she has taught at a number of spaces throughout the Bay area. She has also done many continuing education studies with esteemed teachers such as Amy Alpers, Rachel Segal, Deborah Kolwey, Cara Reeser, Amy Lange, Blossom Leilani Crawford and with Kathy Grant through Pilates on Tour. She is honored to currently work as an advisor and examiner as part of the Pilates Center of Boulder teacher training program at the Pilates Workshop. In 2014 Aura completed the Kathy Grant Heritage Training program under the tutelage of Cara Reeser. Aura also completed The Pilates Center Master's Program in the fall of 2015.
In addition to teaching Pilates, Aura continues to cultivate an active presence in the SF Bay area dance and performance community, creating and presenting her choreography locally and nationally, teaching and working as a performing artist with some amazing Bay area artists.
Susanne Staehr, PMA-CPT, Licensed Teacher Trainer
Susanne began her Pilates studies in 1995 as a compliment to her dance training and continued to practice extensively throughout college. She earned a BFA in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University in 1999, and one year later completed the Advanced Pilates Teacher Training Program at the renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, CO. In 2010 she completed the Master’s Program and went on to become a Licensed Teacher Trainer for The Pilates Center’s teacher training program. She teaches their lecture series, advises trainees and gives educational symposiums and teaching clinics at The Pilates Workshop of San Francisco, CA. She co-founded and operated The Pilates Place in Jackson, Wyoming, has given workshops and lessons in New York City, Italy, Colorado, Wyoming and California. Susanne explores various bodywork modalities and movement practices to deepen her perspective on the human body and inform her teaching. Along with teaching at the The Pilates Workshop, she also teaches downtown at The Pilates Collective.
Mollie Rose, Senior Teacher
Mollie has been a student of movement for her entire life. As a dancer she was introduced to the Pilates basics early on but wasn't until a hip injury limited her activities that she became a serious student. Years later this passion morphed into a desire to teach and share the transformative power of Pilates with others.
The Pilates Center at Boulder was the perfect fit but she was not interested in leaving San Francisco, the city that had nurtured her though her recovery and become her home. As luck would have it she was able to complete her studies at The Pilates Workshop, a licensed teaching studio for The Pilates Center, and became a Classical Pilates Teacher. Mollie also serves as an advisor for current students of The Pilates Center teacher training program at The Pilates Workshop.
Lisa Owens, Senior Teacher
Lisa is a former professional dancer and dance teacher, Lisa turned to Pilates to get back in condition after several years at a desk job. She discovered so many benefits of the Pilates method that she wanted to share her experience with others. She competed the Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center of Boulder, CO in 2009, and has taught Pilates in San Francisco and in communities along the Coast. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Nicole Lancie, Senior Teacher
Nicole became a Pilates student when she was fired from a job and desperately searching for something to ease her shame, self-doubt and uncertainty. Pilates quickly became her source of power and inspiration. She learned to focus her mind, ease outer chaos with her breath, and felt happiness emerge from within her body—everything just started to make sense.
Five years later, Nicole left the fashion world to become a Pilates Teacher. She has been teaching as a certified Pilates Teacher since 2011. Self discovery mixed with a strong desire to be a great teacher lead her to the world-renowned Pilates Center teacher training program. Nicole completed her advanced studies in Classical Pilates with The Pilates Workshop and was further certified as Classical Pilates Teacher in 2014. Nicole also serves as an advisor for current students of The Pilates Center teacher training program at The Pilates Workshop.
“I’ll make you laugh, support your accomplishments, inspire your future vision of yourself and always teach to your health.”
Miriam Damon, Certified Teacher
Miriam was first introduced to Pilates in 2000 as a way to rehabilitate a longstanding hip injury, which Pilates quickly healed. She fell in love with the Pilates Method and decided to pursue a career as a Pilates teacher. She completed The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Workshop under the direction of Erika Groff and Susanne Staehr and graduated in 2016. Miriam also brings her experience as a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) and Marriage Family Therapist (MFT).
Kelly Liekhus, Certified Teacher
Kelly grew up in Redmond, WA, where from a young age, she lived a very active lifestyle. Her passions ranged from running, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, dance and performing arts. After many years of an energetic and lively routine, she settled in a desk job that weaker havoc on her alignment and general health. Kelly started practicing Pilates as a method of pain management, and soon realized it was her calling.
She moved to New York City in 2011 and continued her Classical Pilates practice at re:AB Pilates. There she began her teacher training under the tutelage of Brook Siler and Cary Regan in 2013. In 2015 she moved to San Francisco, and continued her Pilates education with The Pilates Center of Boulder's satellite studio, The Pilates Workshop, under Erika Groff and Susanne Staehr. Kelly has completed combined total of 1300 hours of teacher training, and continues to further her education at workshops and lectures.
Kelly helps her clients reach their goals through personally designed sessions, and is delighted to give each and every one of them the gift of health that Pilates has given her.
Anna Lee, PMA-CPT, Certified Teacher
Anna started her Pilates journey in 2015. She worked for years in restaurant kitchens and felt the need to find a more sustainable way to move in order to avoid the chronic pain and injury that is so common in that industry. What was intended to be an occasional activity quickly developed into a passion. Pilates not only transformed Anna’s movement and body awareness; it fostered a seemingly endless curiosity and helped her find calm and happiness in small moments. As her own journey continued, Anna developed a strong desire to share the gift of the Pilates method with others in her community and commit to a lifelong Pilates practice. In 2018, Anna completed the Advanced Teacher Training Program under the esteemed teacher trainers at The Pilates Workshop, a licensed teacher training studio of The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. Outside the studio, you can find Anna scrambling around the beach or hiking the limitless hills of the Bay Area with her pittie pup, Solo.
Destinie Slavich, Certified Teacher
Destinie was born and raised in San Francisco. A rowing scholarship moved her down south to compete for UCLA’s Division-I team. Though she loved the sport, 4 consecutive years of meeting its demands left her with debilitating low back and hip injuries. After graduating, she sought to regain functional health and shed chronic pain, so she started working with a physical therapist and was thereby introduced to the restorative method of Pilates. Pilates quickly turned into one of her passions and she went on to complete The Pilates Center's 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program under the revered teacher-trainers Erika Groff and Susanne Staehr. Destinie believes that through movement, students can work their way to a more pain-free life full of strength and mindfulness. She looks forward to sharing the work and hopes it will touch others in the same powerful way it touched her.
Larissa, Studio Administrator
Through a long journey of finding myself as well as my passions, I was very excited when I encountered Kinesiology. The science of the human body and preventative health touched my heart and gifted me with a sense of purpose. I am now graduating this June from Foothill College with an Associates to Transfer and will continue my studies to finish my degree. When I came across our studio, I fell in love with the teaching style, the program, and its background.
Seth, Studio Administrator
Seth grew up skateboarding and training martial arts in San Francisco. He was first introduced to Pilates by his doctor in an attempt to rehabilitate two herniated discs in his lower back which had been impacting both his hobbies and his schooling. Unable to sit through lectures and reevaluating his future, Pilates allowed him to avoid major surgery and complete his BS in Kinesiology. Seth now works at The Pilates Workshop as a studio administrator and continues to train boxing, jiujitsu and muay thai outside of the studio.