Our Pilates Instructors

Meet the Instructors that will carry you through your fitness journey.

Join one of our Pilates classes and you’ll enjoy working with a passionate instructor who knows how to get the best results for all fitness levels and abilities. We are proud to offer highly trained Pilates Instructors with varied backgrounds in physiotherapy, exercise physiology, rehabilitation, injury prevention, special populations, group exercise, yoga or dance.


Fanny Peters

Senior Pilates Instructor
(Matwork, Barre,
Suspension and Reformer)
Pilates Manager
Rehabilitation coach


2010 - Master in Biotechnology, France

2016 - Breathe Education - Certificate IV in Pilates, Melbourne, Australia

2017 - Pregnancy Pilates, Perth, Australia

2018 - Rehabilitation course, Melbourne, Australia

2022 - The Barre method Instructor course, The Method, Auckland

2022 - Suspension Instructor course, The Method, Auckland

Her story: Born in France, Fanny spent 7 years in Western Australia as a Research Scientist in Infectious Diseases before relocating to Tauranga in 2018 where she enjoys family time with her husband and 2 children.

Passion: Pottery, Pilates, French food


Shelley McGregor

Senior Pilates Instructor
(Reformer, Barre and Matwork)
Yoga 500 Hour teacher (Hatha)
Rehabilitation coach


2008  Certificate Yoga Teacher Training 200hrs - Ashram Yoga

2008  Certificate Natal Yoga Teacher Training - Ashram Yoga

2009  Certificated Infant Massage Instructor - International Association of Infant Massage

2010  Pilates Mat Instructor - STOTT Pilates

2010  Pregnancy/Post Natal Pilates Instructor - STOTT Pilates

2014  Total Barre Instructor - STOTT Pilates

2014  Certificate, Dealing with Injuries and Special Populations – STOTT Pilates

Her story: Shelley moved to beautiful Mt Maunganui in 2018 – and hasn't looked back!  Previously, she had her own Pilates and Yoga studio in Auckland and has run various businesses with her husband.  In her spare time, her two teenage children keep her on her toes!

Passion: Spending time with family and friends, exploring the beautiful BOP and hanging out on the beach!


Laura Macdonald

Senior Pilates Instructor
(Reformer and Matwork)


2007 Graduated Otago University as Physiotherapist

2013 Clinical Pilates DMA Level 1 and 2, Sydney

2014 APPI Equipment Level 1, 2, 3, 4 , Sydney

2015 Clinical Pilates Practitioner Exam Qualification, Sydney

Her story: Laura worked in Wellington, before deciding to travel the world. Not quite ready to head back to NZ Laura worked for several years in Sydney. Since arriving in the beautiful Mount Maunganui Laura has returned to Australia several times for professional development.

Passion: Running, and playing with my cute little 1 year old Frankie!


Susan Boyle

Senior Pilates Instructor
Rehabilitation Coach


2020 - Intensive STOTT Reformer course

2022 - Injuries & Special Populations Course

Her story: Susan's background is in Psychology and she worked in Corporate Human Resources for 25 years before training as a Pilates Instructor.  To counter thousands of kilometers of road running, Susan also practiced Reformer Pilates for many years.

Passion: Marathon running, Pilates and the NZ outdoors. 


Ian Culpan

Senior Pilates Instructor
(Reformer, Suspension and Matwork)
Rehabilitation Coach


2012 - Studio Pilates trained: Core Foundation and Optimal mobility

2014 - TRX Suspension training Certified

2019 - Myofascial Release Therapy: Fundamentals, Advance Upper Body

2020 - Myofascial Release Therapy: Advance Lower Body

His story: Ian was born in Zimbabwe. Brought up in South Africa, he moved to New Zealand in September 2017.

Passion: Enjoy surfing, swimming, general fitness.


Rona Philpot

Pilates Instructor


2022 - Intense STOTT Reformer course
2022 - Mentoring at Encore Pilates

Her story: All around kiwi kid, excelling in both team and individual sports, maintaining a keen interest in sport and fitness throughout the years. Pilates was a natural progression to maintain a level of strength, flexibility and wellbeing for a body which has had a hammering over the years.

Passion: Seeing & experiencing new places at home and abroad
Great food and wine


Claire Waretini-Thomas

Pilates Instructor


2009 – Bachelor of Nursing, Auckland University.

2022 – Dynamic Reformer Instructors course, Reform, Mount Maunganui.

2022 - The Barre Method Instructors course, The Method, Auckland.

2022 - Mentoring at Encore Pilates.

Her story: Claire returned to her hometown of Mount Maunganui after qualifying as a Registered Nurse and time spent living abroad in Japan. She has danced from a young age and found a love for Pilates after returning to exercise post having her three young children. 

Passion: Dance, Pilates, family adventures


Cassie Whale

Pilates Instructor


2023 – Dynamic Reformer pilates instructor course

2018 – Bachelor Degree in Paramedicine (Health Science)

Her story: Born and raised in New Zealand, have volunteered and been an employee as an Ambulance Officer (with several other internal roles teaching, auditing, mentoring, healthline consults) for St John Tauranga for 15 years graduating as a Paramedic in 2018.

Passion: Pilates, helping people, fishing, skateboarding, paddleboarding, music and spending time with partner and family.

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Jade Sorrenson

Barre Instructor


2023 - The Barre Method Instructors Course, The Method, Auckland.
2010 - Diploma in Performing Arts, ED5 International, Sydney

Her story: Recently relocated back to the bay after 13 years away. Jade grew up on the stage dancing, going on to study and then teaching various disciplines of dance in Australia. She had a 10 year break from the industry and has recently found a new passion for Barre. 

Passion: Walking on the beach, hanging out with my 1 year old Tommy and good food and wine.