Our Instructors

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Carole Fraser – Studio Owner

Certified Romana’s Pilates Instructor Level 3

Carole has always had an interest in health and fitness and discovered Pilates in 2000. In 2003, after intensive training in both Sydney and Seattle, Carole was tested by Joseph Pilates’ world-renowned protege Romana Kryzanowska and became the fourth person in NZ to be certified in Romana’s Pilates. Carole became the proud owner of Pilates Unlimited in 2007 and has developed the studio into New Zealand’s premier Training Centre for Romana’s Pilates. This ensures that trainees can complete their certification courses entirely in New Zealand, and receive ongoing training from world-class overseas visiting teacher trainers. Carole also travels worldwide each year to learn from other instructors and ensure that Pilates Unlimited remains at the highest level of teaching. Outside of Pilates Carole enjoys walking each morning, half-marathons and mountain walks.


 

Ray Medembilk

Ray Medembilk

Pilates Instructor


Ray’s background is in personal training. He has practiced massage therapy for over 15 years, and brings to Pilates his full understanding of the human body. Ray has been teaching Authentic Pilates at Pilates Unlimited since 2002. As well as working out at the studio on a regular basis, Ray is a very keen golfer and takes a round of golf most Sundays.
Ray also plays a role in teaching apprentices as they progress through the instructor training programme, and he has been awarded the Level 4 certification for these responsibilities.

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 4

Elisabeth Kumar

Elisabeth Kumar

Pilates Instructor


Lizzie has been teaching Pilates for ten years, the last six of which have been at Pilates Unlimited. She originally completed her Stott Pilates certification, before becoming passionate about the authentic Romana’s Pilates method. Lizzie enjoys learning from the many teacher trainers who visit the studio for workshops and lessons. In addition to Pilates Lizzie lectures part-time in literature at Auckland University.

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 4

Sandra Gardner

Sandra Gardner

Pilates Instructor


Sandra has always had a keen interest in health and fitness, and has participated in a wide range of sports including the national triathlon championships. She suffered a serious back injury through snow boarding which introduced her to the Pilates world. Working many years in the highly pressured advertising industry, she realized that she not only wanted to be a client, she wanted to teach to share the benefits of Pilates, so joined the Romana’s Pilates instructor programme. She does a Pilates workout nearly everyday and also enjoys running and paddle boarding and when she is not teaching still works part time in the corporate world.

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 5

Jeneal Rohrback

Jeneal Rohrback

Pilates Instructor


Jeneal grew up surrounded by a very athletic family which is why she has an innate passion for anything to do with fitness and well being. She’ s tried many forms of exercise, from being a serious gym goer to a cross fitter, a walker to a runner, earning the name Pocket Rocket for her sheer determination. But when she discovered Romana’s Authentic Pilates to keep her fit, she knew she had found her calling, and channelled the same determination to become the fittest she’s ever been, and also sign up for the Instructor’s Programme.

Jeneal still keeps a finger in competitive sport by playing inter club tennis. Here she enjoys the fast pace and competitiveness, and best of all, that every muscle she’s strengthened in Pilates has helped her execute those killer shots. On top of Jeneal’s Pilates commitment, she owns and runs a well known advertising recruitment business and teaches on a post grad creative advertising course. These experiences give her even more people and teaching skills needed to help others learn the wonderful gift handed down from Joseph Pilates.

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 5

Vanessa Barrell

Vanessa Barrell

Pilates Instructor


Vanessa is an ex New Zealand hurdles champion and her success and passion in track and field athletics has flowed across to the field of Pilates. Vanessa was originally a client of Pilates Unlimited 12 years ago and has progressed from client to instructor through our inaugural instructor training programme in 2009. She is also a qualified Personal Trainer and comes with a strong belief and knowledge that your body will benefit from the power of the authentic pilates method to help support your future wellbeing.

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 5

Harriette Blackman

Harriette Blackman

Pilates Instructor


Harriette has always had a strong personal focus on health and fitness, and has competed nationally in both speed skating and body building. She was part of the first group of instructors who began the instructor training programme at Pilates Unlimited in 2009. Harriette attended the international Romana’s Pilates Conference in Nice in 2012 and always takes the opportunity to have lessons with teacher trainers in New Zealand and abroad. She is a firm believer in the benefits of Pilates for overall health and wellbeing and helps her clients to improve their quality of life through the authentic Pilates method.

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 5
Natalia da Costa Claudino

Natalia da Costa Claudino

Pilates Instructor


Natalia has been a Pilates instructor for over eight years. From São Paulo, Brazil, she graduated in physical therapy 10 years ago, with a postgraduate in personal training, sports management and physical training. Her knowledge of body and mind, together with physiotherapy, provide clients many benefits, whether physical or psychological, that act directly in their posture and place in the world. She believes that the development of the mind allied to the conscious movement returns an individual’s possession to themselves, freeing them for full happiness. As a motto: “provide beyond success to the client, build the way to happiness”. Natalia is looking forward to teaching in New Zealand.

  • Certified Romana's Pilates Instructor, Level 5