Valerie comes from a solid background in physical education from a number of disciplines including martial arts, aerobics and strength training. After the birth of her second child she experienced severe lower back pain which was not remedied by her normal fitness regimen. A friend advised her to try Pilates. Valerie trained under the guidance of teachers from Romana's Pilates and eventually found relief from her pain.
While training her own body in the Pilates method, Valerie became inspired and began training as an instructor. Her early training was in Den Haag, Holland, under the tutelage of Marjorie Oron, and completed at Drago's in New York under Sari Mejia-Santo (Romana’s daughter).
Since Valerie started her certification program in 2004, she has trained with Romana Kryzanowska (our master trainer), and other great trainers including Jane Poerwoatmodo, Cynthia Lochard, Juanita Lopez and Jay Grimes.
Valerie has worked around the world as a Pilates instructor including Taiwan, Frankfurt, New York, Holland and Mauritius Island, all the while gaining valuable skills and knowledge.
Valerie arrived in Australia in December 2005 and commenced working with Cynthia Lochard in the Pilates Method Studio for almost two years, and has since opened her own studio. She always gets great satisfaction in teaching the authentic Pilates method of body conditioning, the form of exercise that has great benefits for people of all ages and body types.
Valerie is a certified level 5 Pilates Instructor.