The shared energy, passion and expertise of our team translates into everything we do at Bend Pilates. We are fortunate to count a close group of talented individuals, including Pilates certified instructors, certified trainers, and licensed massage therapists, as part of our team.
“Passionate,” “supportive,” “creative” and “friendly” are some of the words Debby’s clients use to describe her teaching style. Her keen eye for movement, attention to detail and encouraging approach ensure that her clients get the most from each session. Debby enjoys creating unique exercise modifications to challenge her clients on both a physical and neuromuscular level.
“I love seeing the rewards that the Pilates method brings to my clients: freedom from pain, better posture, enhanced athletic performance, leaner stronger bodies with flexible muscles and a body awareness that resides within them throughout their days,” explains Debby. “My goal is to share my knowledge of the Pilates method with as many people as possible, helping them make positive changes in their lives through mindful movement.”
Debby is the owner of Bend Pilates, and was naturally drawn to Pilates in 2002. As an athlete, she realizes the importance of proper muscular balance and movement. After having her children, Debby studied the Pilates method through the Core Dynamics Pilates certification program led by Michele Larsson, where she learned the Classical Pilates repertoire. Since her certification she has taken workshops from many well known disciples including Ron Fletcher, Kyria Sabin, Marie-Jose Blom, Elizabeth Larkam, Rael Isacowitz, Madeline Black, Kelly Kane and many more. In 2008, Debby was the first Pilates instructor in Central Oregon to be certified through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), and is only one of two in the region currently. Debby’s formal education includes a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Masters in Water Resources.
Carolyn D’Agostino is an accomplished STOTT Pilates instructor with over eight years of teaching experience. She has earned a comprehensive certification including the Advanced repertoire from STOTT Pilates on Mat, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Reformer, Injuries and Special Populations, as well as Total Barre. More recently, she completed her training of Balanced Body’s CoreAlign1: Foundations. She also holds a Personal Trainer certification from ACE.
Carolyn brings an enthusiastic, supportive, and innovative approach to each of her classes. She works to provide a challenging and fun workout while being mindful of each client’s individual modifications. She enjoys working with clients of all fitness levels and believes that physical activity is at the center of a balanced life.
Carolyn is a mother of two daughters. She and her husband enjoy hiking, gardening, movies and cooking together. She is a graduate of the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.
Emma Maaranen is a comprehensively certified instructor through Balanced Body Pilates. Emma has more than 15 years of experience as the founder of Focus Bodywork, a sports injury clinic in Utah meeting the needs of athletes through massage, movement and physical therapy. She is on the faculty of Central Oregon Community College and shares her passion for applied anatomy and physiology in the Allied Health College. Emma also rides mountain bikes professionally for Team Rolf Prima/Trek.
Emma references her background as a massage therapist while guiding her clients through their Pilates sessions, helping them achieve their individual movement goals by incorporating tissue release techniques to maximize fascial potential. She loves to help clients create balance in their body for intelligent movement through life’s demands, develop cross training programs for specific athletic pursuits, and to aid clients in confidently returning to an active lifestyle after an injury. Emma is a perpetual student of movement therapy and is excited to share modern spins on Joseph Pilates’ masterwork.
Kelsey Goggin fell in love with Pilates when she began practicing while a student at Oregon State University. Kelsey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences, with a minor in Public Health. In 2016, she trained at Pacific NW Pilates in Portland, the region’s premier Pilates education center, and became a Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor in all levels of Matwork and Reformer, as well as Injuries and Special Populations.
Through her certified instruction, Kelsey encourages her clients to live the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves while exploring all the life-enhancing benefits of Pilates.
Newly relocated to Bend, Kelsey enjoys the active outdoor lifestyle of Central Oregon and loves to cook.
Allison Risdon first studied the work of Joseph Pilates with the distinguished Diane Diefenderfer while attending the University of California Irvine, and she began intensive study of the Pilates Method with master trainer Tracy Fitzpatrick of Aline Studios in Newport Beach, Calif., upon her graduation with a BFA in Dance in 1997. Her subsequent career dancing professionally with the Anaheim Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Metropolitan Ballet, and the Nanette Brodie Dance Theater, where she was the principal dancer for 12 years, has informed her work as a Pilates instructor since.
Ali enjoyed performing and teaching around the world and continued to grow as an instructor. In 2000 she began managing the first Pilates studio within a Yoga Works in Laguna Beach. In 2006, she and her husband Russ opened their own studio, Fluid Pilates, in Laguna Niguel. Since moving to Bend in 2011, Ali can be found teaching Pilates and Barre at Bend Pilates, the Athletic Club of Bend, Central Oregon Community College and the Dailey Method. She is certified in Barre, and enjoys her ongoing study with renowned Pilates trainers including Elizabeth Larkam, Rael Isacowitz and John Garey. Ali enjoys drawing on her applied knowledge of dance and Pilates to help make a difference in the lives and bodies of her clients.