Fitness Trainers | Staff
The owner of Personal Pilates Plus, has been in the fitness and wellness industry since 1983 and opened her personal training/fitness business in 1996. Katie specializes in Pilates, personal fitness training and MAT-muscle activation techniques. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports sciences, with a concentration in Wellness Management from CSU in 1991. She has been a personal trainer for 35 years and is certified through National Strength and Conditioning Association. She earned an Associate’s Degree as a physical therapist assistant in 1998 and worked at St Anthony Central in acute neuro-trauma. She received her Pilates certification in 1999 and has been training herself and others ever since. Katie and is now currently being certified in the 2nd level as a MAT, muscle activation techniques, specialist. She is certified in pre-natal/post-partum exercise. She taught gross anatomy, anatomy, physiology and medical terminolgy at CSU and DTC. Her passion is facilitating a balance in life with family, education, occupation, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual wellness. She loves rock climbing, river rafting, camping and all outdoor exercise (indoors, when she can’t be outside)
Heather Lee has her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993. She obtained her Physical Therapists Assistant degree from Denver Technical College in 1999. Heather received her Pilates certification from the Donna McLean studio and has been using her knowledge in both a rehab setting and here in the studio. She has worked in the physical therapy setting since 1995 in sports medicine and manual therapy settings. Heather continues to work full time as a Physical Therapist Assistant. In her spare time, Heather enjoys the Colorado outdoors and telemark skiing and competes in triathlons.
Julia has been practicing Pilates for over 15 years and followed her passion for the practice into becoming a certified instructor. She went through Whole Body’s Certification Program under the direction of Dana Dreifus. She has been working with the active older adult population in class settings and private retirement communities. She also has worked with young athletes and seen the success of body strength awareness and how it positively impact these young athletes. She received her BFA in Graphic Design and a Minor in Art Therapy from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia. In her spare time she likes walking her dog, spending time with family and traveling.
grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA and was very active in dance and sports throughout her school years. But after college she found herself in a desk job with constant aches and pains. Based on the recommendation from her doctor, Julie started taking classes with Katie Thornhill at Personal Pilates Plus. Seeing and feeling the functional benefits of Pilates, she decided she needed to learn more and bring those benefits of Pilates to others. “I want to have the ability to do all of the things I love until my dying day – I want to make sure I can still hike with my dog, dance in my kitchen, and travel without limitations – and I want others to be able to do that too.” Julie received her Comprehensive Teacher Training certificate from BASI Pilates and is also TRX certified.
Kara was born and raised in Baltimore. After college, she moved west to the southern Los Angeles town of Manhattan Beach. It was there that Kara developed an interest in wellness and the mind body connection. She took a Pilates reformer class at a neighborhood studio and was instantly drawn to the way her breath facilitated the movement of her body. She worked deeper muscles in a way she had never felt before and felt a new calmness and awareness of her own body. From that moment she was hooked and became dedicated to the practice. In 2011, Kara moved back to completed her Mat Pilates certification through Balanced Body. In 2017, she furthered her skills and completed her equipment training through Balanced Body. Currently she is taking additional training in pelvic floor stability and rehabilitation and Pilates pre natal / post partum in order to specialize and work with those populations. She currently resides nearby in Sloans Lake neighborhood with her two Siberian cats, Leonard and Roseanne. They’re giant fluff balls with big personalities. In her free time, Kara enjoys being active and outdoors; hiking, snowboarding, and surfing. She supports the creative community by attending gallery shows, independent film screenings, and live music. Life’s about being authentic, being kind, and having fun!