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.

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Fanny Peters

Senior Pilates Instructor
(Matwork and Reformer)
Pilates Manager
Rehabilitation coach

Training: 

2010 - Master in Biotechnology, France

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

2017 - Pregnancy Pilates, Perth, Australia

2018 - Rehabilitation course, Melbourne, Australia

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: Sewing, Pilates, Food, Delicious food!

Email: fanny.peters@encorepilates.co.nz

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Laura Lyons

Senior Pilates Instructor
(Matwork and Reformer)
Physiotherapist

Training:

2008 - PhysicalMind Institute foundational mat Pilates, Wellington

2012 - Bachelor of physiotherapy (BPhty), Otago University

2015 - Polestar Pilates NZ  comprehensive Rehabilitation certification, Auckland

Her story: Born and raised in New Zealand, graduated from the NZ School of Dance 2007 majoring in classical ballet.

Passion:  Pilates and yoga, walking my 2 dogs, playing piano, swimming in the sea!

Email: laura.lyons@encorepilates.co.nz

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Laura Macdonald

Senior Pilates Instructor
(Reformer)
Physiotherapist

Training:

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!

Email: laura.macdonald@encorepilates.co.nz

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Ian Culpan

Senior Pilates Instructor
(Matwork and Reformer)
Rehabilitation coach

Training:

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: Born in Zimbabwe. Brought up in South Africa. Moved to New Zealand September 2017.

Passion: Enjoy surfing, swimming, general fitness.

Email: ian.culpan@encorepilates.co.nz

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Shelley McGregor

Senior Pilates Instructor (Matwork)
Yoga 500 Hour teacher (Hatha)
Rehabilitation coach

Training:

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!

Email: shelley.mcgregor@encorepilates.co.nz

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Elisabeth van der Molen

Pilates Instructor
(Matwork and Reformer)

Training:

2008 - Bachelor of Science, Georgia Southern University, USA
2018 - Studio Pilates Australia - Anatomy, Matwork, Reformer
2021 - Studio Pilates Australia - Pre/Post-Natal
2021 - Lagree Fitness (US) - Lagree Method Cert 1
 

Her story: Being passionate about sport and fitness from a young age, a debilitating injury introduced me to Pilates - and the love story began! I was certified in Australia in 2018, and in 2021, left corporate life to pursue my passion of helping people, like myself, find their way through Pilates full time.

Passion: Making others smile and feel good! Also dancing, any dynamic fitness, feeding people & enjoying beach life with my husband and English staffy.

Email: elisabeth.vandermolen@encorepilates.co.nz

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Susan Boyle

Pilates Instructor
(Reformer)

Training:

2020 - Intensive STOTT Reformer 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. 

Email: susan.boyle@encorepilates.co.nz

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Hannah Sarcich

Pilates Instructor
(Matwork and Reformer)
Yoga Instructor

Training:

2018 - Registered exercise professional - New Zealand

2020 - Foundation of classical Pilates Mat

2021 - Yoga Alliance registered - Vinyasa Yoga

Her story: Born in Hamilton. Lived and studied in Wellington for five years. Recently moved to Papamoa for a more relaxed lifestyle.

Passion: Movement as medicine!

Email: hannah.sarcich@encorepilates.co.nz