Instructors

Instructors

Energy, compassion, knowledge, expertise and personality all come together to make Propel Pilates and Fitness instructors the finest instructors
in San Diego.

Each instructor, with their varied background and wide scope of expertise, will make every session an amazing experience. All of our instructors are certified through internationally recognized Pilates or Personal Training organizations. Each is dedicated and passionate about providing you the best training possible. Our instructors adhere to strict training and certification guidelines and participate in ongoing continuing education to maintain their teacher certifications.

Pilates instructor Karen RickettKaren Rickett, M.S., R.D., Owner and Fitness Director

Karen Rickett is a Registered Dietitian, Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer. She has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years and practicing as a Registered Dietitian for 18 years. Karen holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and is a nationally credentialed Registered Dietitian through the American Dietetic Association. Karen holds a comprehensive Pilates certification through The PhysicalMind Institute headquartered in New York and a personal training certification through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America. She is also a Johnny G certified spin instructor.

Karen has owned and operated two successful fitness businesses as well as a successful retail business. She brought her business, fitness, and nutrition knowledge together to open the largest and most comprehensive Pilates and Personal Training studio in San Diego County.

pilates instructor portiaPortia Page, Master Pilates Instructor

Portia Page is a faculty member of Balanced Body® University and a STOTT PILATES®-certified instructor as well as a gold-certified Pilates teacher through Pilates Method Alliance®. She has been in the fitness industry for over 19 years and has served as a teacher, competitor, program director, instructor trainer and international presenter. Portia has been part of the Balanced Body® creative team for choreography and program development for the EXO Chair and the Pilates Arc and now for the CoreAlign. She also has helped develop and cultivate several new programs and classes for large fitness centers such as 24 Hour Fitness® and Frog’s Club One. She has conducted trainings throughout the United States and abroad for over 10 years.

renee-boeh-headshotRenee Boeh, Pilates Instructor

Renee Boeh has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. She graduated from SDSU with a BA in Physical Education with an Exercise Science emphasis. Renee is a Certified Pilates Instructor, an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, and a Fallproof Balance and Mobility Specialist. She has taught various types of classes throughout her career, with specialties including Pilates Equipment training and Pilates Mat, strength and flexibility training, indoor cycling, boot camps, circuit training, and special populations. Employed for nine years at the world-renowned Golden Door Spa in Escondido, California, she trained and instructed an elite clientele. Renee believes health and fitness is a lifestyle that can be interesting and fun, and her goal is to help other develop a passion for fitness and find ways to include exercise in their lives.

pilates instructor karen cookKaren Cook

Karen grew up in Orange County, California where she began studying dance. She continued her dance training at the University of Utah, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and workshops throughout the country. She studied ballet, jazz, and ballroom and specialized in modern. She received her bachelor’s degree in dance from UNLV.

While completing her degree, Karen began using the Pilates method to enhance her dance training and rehabilitate from injuries. She studied with Dolly Kelepecz and enrolled in a certification program through UNLV. After graduating she moved to Portland, Oregon where she taught dance and Pilates mat classes. She has completed the comprehensive Pilates certification from UNLV and continued training through D.K. Body Balancing Method and Body Design in Newport Beach, CA. Now living in San Diego, Karen teaches Pilates, yoga and hoop dance.

barb-debish-headshotBarb Debish, Pilates Instructor

Barbara Debish holds a Masters of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Oklahoma. After completing her degree, Barbara worked for a hearing specialist in San Diego and for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. After starting a family she decided to pursue a career that would give her more flexibility with her children and chose to become a Pilates instructor. She has been practicing Pilates for over 12 years and teaching for over 7 years. Barbara received her teaching certification from STOTT Pilates after studying in both Virginia and San Diego. Pilates became instrumental in helping her stay healthy while training for marathons. She enjoys working with clients and helping them achieve all of the wonderful benefits of Pilates.

Pam Drango, Pilates Instructor

Pam discovered Pilates in 2002 while helping a friend become certified as a Pilates instructor. As an instructional practice body, she quickly realized the physical benefits of Pilates. Pam is a Comprehensively Certified Pilates Sports Center Instructor (Mat, Reformer, Chair and Cadillac) and began teaching in 2013. Pam is passionate about sharing the joys Pilates provides including strength, stretch, stamina and stability – and knows everyone can share these benefits at any age and level. She personally knows how “movement heals” (a term often used in Pilates) as she has practiced Pilates to recover from skiing and biking accidents as well as working through her own knee and shoulder issues. All of Pam’s previous career experiences in multiple fields have helped develop her ability to communicate, plan and be flexible to each client’s needs. Pam and her husband Gary now reside in Rancho Bernardo. They have two adult sons: one in Waco, TX in sales, and one in Cleveland, OH as a professional football player. In her free time, Pam can be found hiking, biking and attending Cleveland Browns football games!

Pilates teacher Rachel HoldtRachel Holdt

Rachel has studied Pilates for over 15 years both in personal practice and as an instructor. She received her Comprehensive Teaching Training Certificate from Body Arts and Sciences Institute in Long Beach, CA. This certificate program included a dance specialization allowing her to cater to this specific population. She is certified on a versatile range of equipment including Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda chair, jump board, ladder barrel, Pedapul, and mat. She has been teaching for over six years to varied demographics including dancers, athletes, seniors and general population.

She teaches Pilates throughout the San Diego Area, and has worked in studios, colleges and corporate fitness facilities. She teaches BASI Pilates to group classes, private sessions, duets and trios. Additional training in Alexander technique as well as TRX fitness informs her teaching style. Her MFA in Dance has enlivened and enriched her teaching practices as well as deepened her understanding of human movement through dance and Pilates.

ian-isles-headshotIan Isles, Pilates Instructor

Ian Isles, a native of San Diego, is an instructor of Dance, Pilates, and Movement for Non-Dancers. He finished his training in Pilates from the Body Arts Science International headquarters under the direct instruction of Rael Isacowitz. Ian holds a degree in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures, is finishing certification in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals under the direct instruction of Peggy Hackney, and is also an avid practitioner of Ohad Naharin’s movement language, Gaga. He is a company member of bkSOUL and his work has been presented at UCLA, events curated by San Diego Dance Theater, and in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. LA Weekly described Ian as being “among L.A.’s most inventive and thoughtful choreographers.” Realizing the growth of his interest in Pilates, Dance, Laban, and Gaga, Ian is excited to see where his career in movement will take him.

pilates trainer cindy nealCindy Neal

Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Education degree, and is a certified Personal Trainer through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America. Formerly, Cindy taught K-12 Physical Education in Marblehead, MA, coached and officiated high school varsity field hockey, and officiated high school volleyball in California. Cindy has always led an active life. Being an avid tennis player, she knew she had to do more to protect her body from injury if she was going to continue to play competitively. Pilates has toned and strengthened her whole body while increasing her flexibility, all while being easy on her joints too!

Her passion for Pilates took her on another of life’s journeys when she decided to become a comprehensive Pilates trainer through Balanced Body. Cindy is putting her teaching and coaching skills to good use while doing something she loves; helping clients look and feel their best while having fun is her goal!

jenny-redford-headshotJenny Redford, Pilates Instructor

Jenny was introduced to Pilates through her ballet training with Boston Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre in New York City; she was immediately drawn to the fluid, purposeful movement and the connection of mind and body. In 2005, she trained and certified in Pilates through The PhysicalMind Institute, and in 2015, The Pilates Method Alliance. She has worked with mentors of varying backgrounds across the country.

Having also trained in Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga, she tries to bring the same grounding aspect to her Pilates sessions. Jenny’s approach is deeply rooted in classical Pilates principles and repertoire while embracing contemporary innovation and kinesiology. She strives to find freedom and creativity within the Pilates framework, introducing unique sequencing that flows and invigorates. She seeks to promote intuitive movement that challenges the body while creating a whole body experience. Jenny’s gusto for movement and personal commitment to wellness are central to her teaching and her goal is to help all find their very best body through intelligent exercise.

Komala Saunders, Pilates Instructor

Komala completed the Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates training in 2007. Since then she has been working alongside her teacher and mentor Donna Parsons. She has experience in mat, Reformer, Cadillac, and chair teaching. After teaching large classes for about two years, Komala decided to focus her talents and interests to private sessions and smaller classes in order to work with people to help them properly perform the exercises in a safe and effective way.

She also regularly practices yoga and dance (African and free form movement) as a way to explore movement, breath, connectivity in movement, alignment and core strength. Komala often takes workshops and trainings to expand her repertoire of exercises, understanding of the body, and how to bring the body into health and balance. She is also an Ayurvedic chef and natural foods chef, Massage therapist, and an energy medicine practitioner. She loves to coach people on health, diet, exercise, meditation and healthy living!