Fitness Trainers | Staff

Katie Thornhill

The owner of Personal Pilates Plus, Katie Thornhill, has a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports sciences, and an Associate’s Degree as a physical therapist assistant. She is a certified personal trainer with National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Pilates instructor, and a certified prenatal/post-partum instructor. She has worked in the fitness and health industry for 20 years. Other specialties include stability/core training, ball exercise, and free weights. Her philosophy is facilitating a balance in life with family, education, occupation, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual wellness.

Heather Lee

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.

Heather Phifer

Heather began her love and exploration of Pilates as a student at Personal Pilates Plus in 2008. She found Pilates to be such an invigorating and relaxing practice that it became crucial to include it in her life permanently and to explore the practices of Joseph Pilates in more depth. In 2009, Heather received her certification from the Donna McLean Studio and continues her education under the supervision of second generation Pilates masters and the senior staff at PPP. In her spare time Heather enjoys making modern, unique children’s rooms and home decor at her local business, Elevated Scraps.

Erika Cunha never really got over her goal to be a Solid Gold Dancer. Unfortunately, the show was discontinued while she was in elementary school so she had to reevaluate. Since that time, Erika acquired a BA in Psychology and began her graduate studies in Expressive Therapies. Here specialization is in movement. She is a certified pilates teacher with over 400 hours of training in the STOTT method with a focus in rehabilitation and has taught yoga nationally to students of all ages for 10 years. She continues to dance a few times a week and balances her workouts with eating sweets from her bakery Living the Sweet Life.

Aimee is a Physical Therapist here in the Highlands who became interested in pilates after seeing the benefits it provided her mother who didn’t look like a “typical” woman in her 70s in New Orleans, LA as well as for her patients after discharge from PT. She currently teaches Reformer One and Mat One classes and is pursuing her future certifications as a rehab based instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. Her interests lie in using her Masters in Physical Therapy and B.A. in Exercise Science background to provide the most current, research based principles of pilates including efficient posture and movement patterns in both post injury and wellness clients. Aimee attended Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, TX and completed her degree in 2005. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, traveling, and loves checking out the local food and cultural scene.