Our Teachers

Passionate about maintaining the integrity and traditions of the Pilates Method.

Marilyn Levitt - Owner

Marilyn Levitt has been in the fitness industry since 1987. Since that time she has managed and instructed at many health clubs throughout Dallas. She has been a featured instructor for workshops and master classes across the United States. She has been a guest instructor at The Greenhouse Spa in Arlington, Texas, and Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.

 

A former competitive bodybuilder, Marilyn has won two Gold medals in National and World Aerobic competitions. She was a select member of the Reebok Fitness Pro team and in 2004 was nominated by the American Council on Exercise as Group Exercise Instructor of the Year. She has appeared many times on the ABC affiliate Channel 8's Healthsource with Dr. David Winter and has been a featured fitness expert for the Dallas Morning News.

 

Marilyn studied and received her certification in Pilates with Karen Sanzo, Physical Therapist at  Pilates Unlimited in Dallas, Texas. She has mentored other instructors and is committed to her own development as an instructor and attends Pilates and personal training workshops on a regular basis to continue to expand her knowledge of all aspects of fitness.

 

She works with clients that are seeking to improve their fitness level as well as individuals who have specific rehabilitation needs. Marilyn consults with several Physical therapists for clients that are referred for pre and/or post rehab of joint replacements and other surgical procedures of the spine.

 

Marilyn specializes in Pilates equipment and mat instruction as well as stability ball training, balance training, TRX suspension training, core strength development and resistance training. 

 

Certifications:

2016 Pink Ribbon Program for Breast Cancer Survivors

 

Full Pilates equipment and Mat Pilates 2000

Pilates Unlimited, Dallas, Texas

 

Physical Fitness Specialist 1997

Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research, Dallas, Texas

 

Fitness Instructor 1990

American Council on Exercise

Our Instructors

At Core Pilates Dallas, we are committed to providing you not only the best in equipment, but the best in instruction. Please read about our instructors and their professional backgrounds.

Marie Chandler  PT, NCPT
Physical Therapist, Polestar Pilates Certified Instructor
 

Marie’s passion has always been to help people improve their mobility and activity with exercise. With her roots grounded in 45 years of practicing Physical Therapy she served in various settings and a variety of roles in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health and skilled nursing facilities.

As part of a tremendously successful tenure overseeing and developing the Performance Pilates Program at the legendary Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center since the early 2000s, Marie initiated her fitness training completing the Neuro-Core Kinetic certification in 2004 and a Mat Certification with Power Pilates in 2005. Her first Full Teacher Training Pilates Program was at Pilates Unlimited in 2007.  In 2011, she received her Pilates Method Alliance Certification. Since then she successfully completed the Comprehensive Pilates Transition Certification with Polestar Pilates International in 2015. Currently she is an instructor/educator for the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive certification from 2016-present.

Eager to share and draw on her diverse background she designs programs for individuals with joint replacements, Scoliosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease as well as individuals with movement restrictions related to pain in the spine, hips, shoulder etc.

Pilates brings the possibility to help people age in a strong body.

The multidisciplinary approach is designed for women Pre-Post Natal to reclaim their bodies, athletes to perfect their performance and others who strive to improve their posture, capabilities and overall physical presence.

Marie is a Peer Educator with the American Bone Health Organization and serves on their Education Advisory Committee.

Over the years she has attended numerous continuing education work- shops and made several presentations to Physical and Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant programs in Texas.

For fun and adventure Marie spends time with her husband exploring the state of Texas as they participate in Trail Running throughout the Hill Country, Big Ben National Park, Ft Davis Mountains and Seminole Canyon.

Lori Hufstutler
Certified Pilates Instructor

Lori was a professional dancer when she began practicing the Pilates method and discovered its ability to improve performance and transform the human body.

 Continuing to study Pilates with Ron Fletcher led to a certification from the Physicalmind Institute in 1993. She worked for Jennifer Stacey in San Francisco, California and performed in The Phantom of the Opera.

 After teaching for five years at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, Lori and her husband Mark moved back to Dallas and welcomed the birth of their son, Max. While teaching at Goodbody`s, she completed Comprehensive Pilates Teacher training with Physical Therapist, Karen Sanzo at Pilates Unlimited and taught private clients, duets, mat classes, and group equipment classes there until November 2017.

In April 2017 Lori became a trained MELT Hand and Foot Instructor and is excited to bring this revolutionary method of self-care to her clients.

Teresa Hendrickson  
Certified Pilates Instructor

Teresa was born and raised in Alaska and has been an athlete all her life. She has a love for movement and balance and enjoys challenging herself physically and mentally. She has competed in triathlons, various team sports and even rode the velodrome. 

 

A knee injury brought her to Pilates where she found a new passion. In 2003 she began an apprenticeship in Seattle. She was comprehensively trained in Stott Pilates, later she certified with Michael Miller Pilates and Pilates Unlimited.

 

Teaching Pilates has led Teresa to a love of learning the classical Pilates method with world renowned instructors. Currently she is participating in the Romana Pilates certification program. 

 

Teresa's love of movement has also led her to certifications in pre/post-natal fitness, indoor cycling, TRX suspension training and Steel Mace. 

 

Pilates has helped Teresa recover from injuries and illnesses including a total knee replacement and most recently triple negative breast cancer. Teresa believes Pilates can benefit everyone regardless of age or ability, from the professional athlete to those wanting to maximize their health and wellbeing. 

Haley Hauglum
Certified Pilates Instructor
 

Haley Hauglum received her BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts in 2003. She discovered Pilates in college where the dancers had access to a fully equipped Pilates studio to use as cross-training or rehab, if necessary.   

 

After college Haley moved to New York City where she completed her full certification training in 2005 through STOTT Pilates, with a second certification from Pilates Academy International in Pilates and CARDIOLATES® at Pilates on Fifth, with whom she is still affiliated as a Certifying Instructor-Trainer for both programs.  Haley is also certified in CoreAlign, a core stability and performance enhancement program, and is excited to be able to continue introducing clients here at Core Pilates Dallas to this wonderful compliment to Pilates.  RedCord Active (formerly ActivCore FEX), Pre/Postnatal Pilates and Xtend Barre Method are also a part of her repertoire.  

 

After spending the last 14 years in the Northeast, most recently Boston, Haley is thrilled to be back in Dallas. She loves being able to keep her clients on their toes with exciting and challenging workouts, while still helping them understand the mind/body connections that make Pilates so effective!

Carol Ordeman
Certified Pilates Instructor

Fitness has always been an important part of Carol’s lifestyle, starting in her teens with ballet and yoga, and later adding running, biking, and tennis. She first became certified as a Group Fitness Instructor by AFAA in 1984 then received her Certification in Pilates Matwork from PhysicalMind Institute in 2004. In teaching any of her classes, Carol tries to incorporate core and back strengthening exercises, yoga stretches, and breathing techniques to improve balance and postural awareness. Carol strongly believes in a mind-body connection and wants to foster positive emotional and physical energy when training people of all ages.

 

Memberships and Certifications:

 

• AFAA Member since 1986 – Group Fitness Certification • PhysicalMind – Pilates Mat Certification • International Alliance of Fitness Professionals – Personal Training Certification • CPR – Current • Insured

Experience/Teaching:

• 30 Years teaching experience

• Background in ballet/hatha yoga

• New Orleans 1986-2005

• Owner/Instructor – Body Language Studio o Instructor – Premier Athletic Club, Metairie, LA

• Instructor – Touro Hospital Rehab Center, New Orleans o Instructor – Erin Romney Pilates Studio, New Orleans

• Moved to Dallas Post Katrina – 2005

Caroline Catingub
Certified Pilates Instructor
 
Caroline discovered Pilates as a dancer in college as a rehabilitative conditioning program for injuries and joint stability. Upon returning to the Bay Area after graduating she continued to train at Contra Costa Pilates Center, a Romana based studio, under the direction of Lisa Goldin.Though she received her comprehensive Pilates certification under a classical system, Caroline began to incorporate a more restorative contemporary aspect into her teaching style through workshops as her Pilates career evolved. She has trained in many forms of somatic, therapeutic movement including Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique,and Gyrotonics and incorporates these principals into her teaching. Using these principals in combination with her dance background and Pilates foundation, Caroline developed a very successful barre program and myofascial release class format for Leisure Sports, Inc.
 
Having danced well past her her prime she is a firm believer in finding a fitness regimen that promotes movement longevity and joy! Her teaching style emphasizes alignment cueing and progressive sequencing. She believes "every body is different" and enjoys helping clients connect to their bodies and improve their physical strength for overall health in everyday life.
Vered Abeles
Certified Peak Pilates Instructor

Vered's motto is Pilates is the basis of all of the other good things in life!

Born and raised in Israel, Vered trained as a Modern and Classical ballet dancer from a very young age.

In 2007, after her army service, Vered relocated to New York City, where she continued taking dance classes as well as Pilates and yoga.

At the same time, she studied with leading Israeli chefs to become a pastry chef, and worked at a well-know NYC bakery. As baking quickly took over most of Vered's time, she set aside her dream of becoming a modern dance instructor.

Two children and one move to Dallas later, Vered picked up where she left off, and turned  her new found love, Pilates, Yoga, and Barre, into a new career path.

She was certified as a Pilates instructor with Peak Pilates and certified with Barre Above.

Vered has since continued teaching and practicing, with the goal of helping others to improve their fitness and health.

Jill Roberts  PT, MS
Physical Therapist, Polestar Pilates Certified Instructor
 

Jill received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1998 and then completed her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2001 from Texas State University.

 

Jill has always been passionate about health and fitness which lead her to a career as a Physical Therapist. As a Physical Therapist, she has been able to help patients thrive through movement and exercise, returning to what they love and regaining their quality of life.

 

Jill has been practicing Physical Therapy for nearly 20 years. Over those years, she has gained a wealth of experience in many areas including acute neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics, outpatient sports injury rehabilitation and most recently, orthopedics and post-surgical rehabilitation.

 

Desiring the ability to further address whole person wellness and move towards surgery prevention, Jill was introduced to the practice of Pilates by a friend and mentor. She became a student with Polestar Pilates where she completed her training. Polestar Pilates is a rehabilitative training program that applies current research and practice in orthopedics, sports medicine and movement science to the principles originated by Joseph Pilates.

 

Even with years of experience as a Physical Therapist and knowledge of movement and body mechanics, Jill continues to be amazed at her own progress with body awareness through Pilates. Pilates has been the perfect complement to her career as a Physical Therapist and has allowed her increased ability to visualize faulty movement patterns and provide safe and effective strategies for improvement.

CORE PILATES DALLAS

Old address:   5934 Royal Lane   |   Suite 260   |   Dallas, Texas 75230     Marilyn@CorePilatesDallas.com   |  214.449.4800

New address after the tornado:   8215 Westchester in Preston Center   |   Suite 209   |   Dallas, Texas 75230

By appointment only, Monday through Friday.

© 2021 Core Pilates Dallas. All right reserved.   Site design by Paul Black Design