Heather Low B.F.A. (Dance), Studio Owner

Heather Low, Meridian Pilates

Specialities PMA Certified Pilates Instructor, Balanced Body Master Instructor, Pre- and Post-Natal Specialist

Teaching Since 1996

Heather works with a wide range of people, often assisting people who are dealing with pain, chronic injuries and other limiting conditions; helping them restore healthy movement and optimal physical progress in the face of their challenges. She is deeply interested in assisting people to ’round out’ their physical experiences in movement. Using tools based in Pilates plus some developmental movement patterning and somatic movement sensing, she assists others in recognizing where they are stuck in unbalanced patterns of movement, and where optimal movement has become elusive, leading to a cycle of injury. Heather helps people develop awareness of their physical preferences and challenges in a safe environment, supporting the balanced transformation of their mind, body and spirit.

Heather was first introduced to Pilates while studying modern dance at York University. Intrigued and wanting to learn more, in 1996 she trained in the comprehensive system of Pilates in Toronto with Moira Merrithew, the co-founder of STOTT PILATES®. Since 1998, Heather has worked as a teacher educator in the Pilates method: (STOTT PILATES® 1998-2000); an independent Meridian program (2001-2005); and most recently, becoming a member of the Balanced Body® Education Faculty in 2011. Meridian Pilates Studio has been the BC host-site for Balanced Body® since 2010.

Outside of the studio, Heather enjoys (and has enjoyed) other active pursuits such as yoga, Qi Gong, rock climbing, skiing, and other forms of fitness; not to mention, the busyness of home life with two children, a dog and a cat!

Ali Sales Instructor

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor, Pre- and Post- Natal Fitness

Teaching Since 2011

Growing up on the West Coast of BC, Ali was always active in sport; including swimming, snowboarding, and playing soccer. However, a sporting injury changed the direction of her life, Ali found a new approach to fitness through Pilates. The principles of control, breath, and alignment meant not only new challenges physically, but also holistically. Ali moved to England in 2009, where she trained as a Pilates Foundation mat instructor. Returning to Vancouver in 2012, Ali continued her studio training through Balanced Body at Meridian Pilates with Heather Low. She also completed a specialization in pre and postnatal fitness with Carolyne Anthony in 2015, and having recently returned to work after her own maternity leave, Ali brings with her a personal perspective to pre and postnatal Pilates.

Ali has witnessed the positive influence that Pilates has brought not only to herself but to family, friends, and clients. She approaches each session with enthusiasm, knowing that the participants will all benefit from the practice of Pilates.

Cindy Varney Instructor

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor, Classical Pilates

Teaching Since 1991

Cindy discovered Pilates during her career as a professional dancer. It supported and strengthened her body and helped prevent injuries. Transitioning out of dance, Cindy was in the first group of teachers to be certified by Dianne Miller and by The Physical Mind Institute in Santa Fe. In 1997, she opened her own studio in Deep Cove where she continues to teach.

As a compliment to Pilates, Cindy practices yoga and is always exploring new movement modalities to increase her physical movement vocabulary. One of her greatest joys is watching clients find optimal physical health and move forward with ease and confidence in their bodies.

Hadas Shapira Instructor

Specialities Studied the comprehensive system of pilates with Balanced Body.

Teaching Since 2017

Growing up in Israel, by the mountains of Haifa and the Mediterranean sea, Hadas was always active in exploring the forest and the ocean. She has been dancing from a young age and practicing Rhythmic gymnastics and Israeli folk dance.

That background sparked Hadas with curiosity and awareness to explore the body movement components.

After having her two boys and dealing with chronic back pain, Hadas found Pilates as a restorative and healing tool to gain her strength and health back.

Helping clients gaining their body awareness, inner strength and understanding of their natural alignment guidelines defined Hadas’ practice and source of joy and empowerment.

In her spare time, Hadas enjoys her garden and time spent outdoors with her family.

Krista Bratic Instructor

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor, Registered Kinesiologist

Teaching Since 2011

Krista is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher with inspiration and passion stemming 
from her personal introduction to Pilates in 2002. Originally sought out as a treatment 
approach for chronic pain related to scoliosis, Pilates positively influenced her quality of 
life by transforming the way she experienced movement. Krista completed her 
Comprehensive Pilates Certification with Meridian Pilates Studio, through Balanced 
Body Education® and later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.  
Krista is also a registered member in good standing with the British Columbia 
Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK).

Krista has travelled internationally and experienced a diverse Pilates culture while 
teaching in a variety of studios across England. She holds certifications in the areas of
 functional fascial fitness, embodied anatomy, modern pain management and the female 
pelvic floor. Krista believes that through mindful movement the body will find balance, 
increase strength and flexibility and overcome challenges to achieve optimal wellness.
 Whether it be rehabilitating an injury, training for a specific goal or experiencing a 
whole-body approach to movement, she is excited to work with you!

Outside the studio, you’ll find Krista exploring the city on her bike, hiking in the forest or 
relaxing by the sea. Grateful to be a part of Meridian Pilates, Krista looks forward to 
introducing you to the beauty of Pilates.

Lauren Brandt

Specialities Registered Massage Therapist, Balanced Body Master Pilates Instructor, Balanced Body Master Instructor Core Align and Anatomy in 3D, NCPC certified Pilates Instructor, Pre and Post-natal Pilates specialist, Pain Care Yoga Certificate

Teaching Since 2001

Lauren Brandt, RMT, NPCP graduated with a diploma in Massage Therapy from Langara College and is licensed with the BC College of Massage Therapy. Lauren is a Certified Pilates Trainer since 2001, as well as an educator and a member of the Balanced Body Faculty and co-lead of Meridian Pilates instructor training program. Lauren holds certification in the Pilates Method Alliance, The University of Victoria’s Chronic Pain Management, Carolyne Anthonys Pre and Post natal Pilates specialist, and is a Balanced Body Master Instructor for Pilates, Core Align and Anatomy in 3D. Lauren holds a certificate in Pain Care Yoga and is currently completing her YTT 200.

Lauren is extremely passionate about the human body and the process of helping find balance and ease of movement in all areas of life. Lauren’s strength lies in her ability to bring humour and compassion to each and every session as well as a strong understanding of human anatomy and movement patterns. Working in both an intuitive and evidence-based approach, Lauren believes in using a biopsychosocial model as a lens for addressing the whole person.

Linda Baker Instructor

Linda Baker, Meridian Pilates

Specialities BFA (Dance/Drama), Certified Pilates Instructor, Gentle Movement Awareness and Re-Patterning for Ease and Fluidity

Teaching Since 2000

Linda discovered Pilates through dance and, through Pilates, she discovered the joy of connecting with people and guiding them on their journey to move with strength, flexibility and confidence. After completing university, Linda travelled across Canada as both an independent artist, and as a dancer and choreographer with a dance company that she co-founded.

Linda finds Pilates ultimately reaches for the integration and balance of the body in form and ease of movement. Linda’s work is informed by energy, movement, structure, and intent from Pilates and other integrated movement techniques.

Rebekah Litke (On Maternity Leave)

Specialities Certified Pilates Instructor, B.Sc. (Biology/Human Kinetics), Exercise Therapist (ISSA), Certified Personal Trainer (NASM), Aquatic Therapy Specialist, FMS provider

Teaching Since 2018

Rebekah has been providing post-injury rehabilitation, aquatic therapy and personal training services to clients since 2012. Working in the active rehabilitation field, specializing in aquatic therapy, she quickly developed a passion for helping her clients achieve their health and fitness goals when it may not otherwise be possible early on in the rehabilitation process. She has worked with organizations such as G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Center, Turning Point Rehabilitation Consulting Inc., Paris Orthotics and Sportmed, Canadian AquaFitness Leadership Association, as well as with the Cities of Richmond and Vancouver.

Her interest in Pilates was ignited in 2015 when the practice helped improve lower back pain. In 2018 she sustained an injury in a car accident and turned to Pilates to help her manage pain and improve strength and mobility. She was inspired to begin her Classical Pilates training with Mindful Movement Studio so that she could learn new post- injury rehabilitation modalities to help her clients overcome pain and injury.

Rebekah enjoys an active lifestyle outside the studio and has trained in ballet for 16 years, she was a competitive swimmer, advanced downhill skier and has been a professional lifeguard for 20+ years.

Sierra Terhoch Instructor

Specialities Pilates Instructor

Teaching Since 2019

Passions + Hobbies Sierra has always loved movement; she grew up playing sports and hiking the local BC mountains. It wasn’t until she developed chronic pain in 2016 that she turned to Pilates to manage pain and regain her health. Pilates played a profound role in her journey to rebuild strength and to return to the athletic activities she is passionate about. This experience inspired her to pursue the Balanced Body Comprehensive Teacher Training at Meridian Pilates so that she could share the transformative power of Pilates with others.

Sierra is known for her warmth, humour, and enthusiasm. She has a strong curiosity and belief in people’s capacity to grow and to expand their personal sense of wellbeing. Her own experiences with injury and pain continue to inform her compassionate, open-minded approach, as she supports clients to find ease and joy in their everyday movement. While she likes to dig deep into the details of functional movement, she also keeps sessions motivating and fun.

When she’s not in the studio, Sierra is likely running on the seawall, planning an overnight hike, or cooking up a storm in her kitchen. She is excited to learn and grow as a teacher at Meridian.

Steph Campbell Instructor

Specialities Pilates Instructor; BCRPA registered Fitness Leader, with Specializations in Group Fitness, Osteofit and Older Adult Fitness

Teaching Since 2010

Passions + Hobbies Stephanie’s passion for fitness and for teaching movement has been a
continuous thread in the fabric of her life, from her youth in Ottawa
through a banking and management career that has taken her to
Toronto, New York and, ultimately, Vancouver. Following 20 years of
teaching aerobic fitness and spinning classes, Steph shifted her focus
to pilates, finding in it a deeper, more enriching and sustainable
source of strength and resilience.
Steph is a dedicated teacher and a lifelong student who experiences
real joy in sharing the transformative potential of Pilates. She seeks to
apply an understanding of physical anatomy to her instruction in the
pursuit of corrective and strengthening advancements, and to help her
clients develop the confidence, inner balance and physical fluency that
comes from pilates movement and a developed mind/body
connection.
When she’s not in the studio, Steph is enjoying time with her family,
including her five children, playing tennis or planning the next trip.

Susan Gunn Office Staff

Specialities CPA, CGA

Susan has been enthusiastically attending classes at Meridian since 2007 and cannot imagine life without Pilates in it. When she came to a crossroads in her career, an opportunity came up to work at the studio so, she took it without hesitation! She is very happy to be part of the Meridian experience.

Natalia Rabin Instructor

Natalia Rubin, Meridian Pilates

Specialities BBA, Balanced Body Mat, Balanced Body Reformer, Booty Barre, Certified Pilates and Barre Instructor

Teaching Since 2015

As a long time business co-owner and a mother, Natalia felt that her entrepreneurial lifestyle was taking a toll on her health and personal well-being: she started taking Pilates and barre classes as a way to re-energize her body and mind after long hours of sitting at work. She fell in love with how Pilates made her feel and how it improved her posture, balance, core strength, and joint health. Her experience with Pilates inspired her to study Teacher Training at Meridian Pilates through Balanced Body and she is now an instructor at the studio as well as at True Conditioning Fitness Centre.

Natalia understands firsthand the stress of balancing work, family, and health and wellness. Her goal is to help clients develop their full potential by strengthening their bodies and minds, and helping them reach their personal fitness goals at their own pace and through balanced movement and whole body strength training. Natalia is passionate about sharing her love of Pilates with all of her clients and helping people discover what Pilates can do for them.

Tamsen Simon Instructor

Specialities BASI comprehensively equipment certified, PMA- Certified Pilates Teacher

Teaching Since 2016

A former Olympic athlete, Tamsen competed internationally for Canada’s National Swim Team. She was introduced to Pilates through her own rehabilitative program for chronic shoulder overuse injuries that eventually forced her retirement from swimming after a 14-year career. Tamsen picked up her first certification as a Pilates instructor in 2011 and has since become comprehensively certified on all equipment by Body Arts and Sciences Institute (BASI) and professionally certified through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). A strong believer in continuing education, Tamsen regularly participates in workshops and further certification programs to keep her knowledge up-to-date and her skills fresh.

She teaches that the full body should be given equal thought to any particular dysfunction as good movement requires the whole system working efficiently. Tamsen enjoys teaching technique and deepening the internal connection we all have with the bodies we inhabit. Tamsen believes short periods of deliberate practice have larger impacts on our health than hours of movement.

Marcy Glanzberg Office Manager

Marcy manages the Meridian office with enthusiasm and a genuine interest in all who walk through our doors. Her passion for customer service is apparent in her welcoming smile, personable nature and in her tireless efforts to communicate with both clients and staff regarding scheduling. Marcy never gives up until the ‘right fit’ is found for each client.

Elizabeth Nonay Office Staff

Elizabeth started Pilates as a client in 2009 and loved it so much that she left the corporate world and joined Meridian as a member of the office team. Elizabeth works primarily behind the scenes, but you may see her from time to time when she comes in to help out or cover for others’ holidays at the front desk. Her amazing organizational skills have greatly enhanced the smooth-running of the office and are of benefit to all.