evolution pilates

Awaken Your Body's Potential.

Awaken Your Body's Potential

 

Our Instructors


Michelle Pritchard, Owner

m_Evolution-Pilates-May2014-012.jpg

Michelle Pritchard danced professionally in New York City and Los Angeles for ten years before returning to her hometown, Rochester NY, in 2007. She has worked in the fitness industry for over fifteen years as a personal trainer, yoga instructor, golf conditioning instructor, adjunct professor of dance, and Pilates instructor. Michelle holds an MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and has taught Pilates and dance at SUNY Brockport, Loyola Marymount University, Orange Coast College, St. John Fisher College, the Nazareth Academy, La Dance Workshop, the Harro East Athletic Club, the Country Club of Rochester, and the Rochester City Ballet among others.  Michelle is currently an adjunct professor in the dance department at Nazareth College. 

Michelle is certified to teach Pilates by the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City and by Body Arts Science International in Costa Mesa, California. In California, Michelle also studied Pilates with Karen Clippinger and earned a specialized Pilates certification for dance conditioning. 

“I really look forward to my Evolution Pilates time with Michelle. It just feels good-physically & mentally. I always leave a session feeling better than when I arrived. Actually, most clients I’ve seen at Evolution Pilates finish their sessions with smiles. Also, although I’m 70, my regular Pilates work with Michelle is making my ‘every day’ better- with improved flexibility, strength, and balance. Thank you Michelle!”
— Marcia Armitage, client since 2009

Contact Michelle here: michelle@rocpilates.com


Sondra Affolter, Certified Physical Therapist

Evolution-Pilates-May2014-055.jpg

Sondra has been practicing as a physical therapist for almost 20 years. She earned her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1995 from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Sondra began her professional career in rehabilitation working with patients that had sustained a stroke or brain injury. She was part of a multi-disciplinary team that worked towards reintegrating these patients into the community. While working for the rehabilitation hospital she was introduced to myofascial release. Finding that the majority of patients recieved such benefit from it she pursued additional coursework in manual skills, including Cranial Sacral Therapy from the Upledger Institute and Orthopaedic classes from the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Since 1998, Sondra has continued her work in an out patient setting, treating people with orthopaedic issues.

Sondra and her husband moved to Honeoye, NY in March 2009 to be closer to family as both have roots in New York State. Sondra's parents retired to Honeoye and her in-laws are in Syracuse. In her free time Sondra trains and competes in dog agility. Sondra is certified with Polestar, a leader in the industry specializing in Pilates training for physical therapists.  She is also certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, a professional association and certifying agency for Pilates teachers that is recognized worldwide.


Penny Greco, Senior Instructor

Penny comes from a creative background and holds an AAS degree in design. She is currently working in graphics for FineLine Graphics Corp. She is a proud mother of 3 and has always searched for ways to maintain an active lifestyle and stay healthy. She fell in love with Pilates about 10 years ago after looking for a way to exercise that would strengthen her core and possible alleviate some back pain that she was experiencing. Penny started practicing Pilates on a regular basis and found that it not only relieved her back pain, but she saw a positive difference in her strength, self confidence and appearance. Once discovering the tremendous benefits, she became an advocate for Pilates and has developed a passion for it. What Penny loves most about Pilates is that it meets you at your level, wherever that may be, and takes you to the next level. This is what she aspires to do for others through teaching. Penny completed her certification through Balanced Body and is a Senior Instructor at Evolution Pilates where she has taught since 2012.


Cathy Chambers, Senior Instructor

Cathy Chambers has been living in Pittsford for 23 years where she and her husband have raised four children and started a Rochester based company. She graduated with a teaching degree from Fairfield University and is certified in K-6. While raising her children she was very involved with the Pittsford School District, tutoring in the city and volunteering at her church. In addition to teaching she has a passion for cooking, gardening and both of her book clubs. Cathy was an athlete growing up and continued to incorporate exercise as an every day part of her life. After years spent running and attending various exercise classes she found her way to Evolution Pilates and hasn't left! Cathy is extremely excited to apply her teaching background to an exercise format that has meant so much to her. She finished her certification with Michelle Pritchard at Evolution Pilates in July 2012. In their free time, Cathy and her husband enjoy visiting their older children in Denver, New York and Massachusetts, boating on Canandaigua Lake and walking the golf course with their fourth child, an avid high school golfer.


Jacquie Szachara, Full Instructor

Jacquie became a Pilates teacher in 2012 when she graduated from the Advanced Training program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. It was there that she was able to train with Rachel and Amy Taylor as well as Deborah Kolwey and Leah Wecksler who were all taught by an original elder of Joseph Pilates. She then continued her education with Cara Reeser in Denver, CO. a friend and apprentice of Kathy Grant. Jacquie also holds a certification through the Pilates Method Alliance (a professional organization and certifying agency for Pilates teachers) Prior to Pilates, Jacquie worked in the Computer industry as a Software Engineer and Project Manager.

Jacquie started her Pilates journey because she couldn’t bike, run or play tennis without low back and knee pain. Pilates gave her the movement patterns to allow her to do those activities pain free, along with increasing her strength, flexibility, and balance. Providing a renewed sense of vitality. Jacquie is committed to helping others feel good about their bodies and get a new sense of freedom through movement!

Jacquie lives in Pittsford with her husband and her 2 high school children. They have another child that is close by in his 2nd year at Syracuse University. In her spare time, you may see Jacquie on her bike riding through many of our beautiful farm roads, hiking with her dog Bella or playing tennis and paddle.  Jacquie joined Evolution Pilates in 2016.


Kelsey White, Full Instructor

Originally from Rochester, Kelsey attended Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University graduating with a double major in Ballet and Mathematics. Kelsey performed two seasons as a dancer with the Rochester City Ballet. Kelsey enjoy's spending free time hiking with friends and family. One of her recent accomplishments is hiking Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado! She has a goal of hiking all 46 peaks in the Adirondacks! She believes in the power of movement and body awareness to improve ones quality of life and looks forward to not only learning more about Pilates, but also being able to share it with others.  Kelsey received her Pilates certification from Michelle Pritchard at Evolution Pilates in 2016.


Beth Rodbell, Full Instructor

rodbell.JPG

Beth is from Sandy Hook, CT and attended Indiana University's Jacob's School of Music where she received a degree in Ballet and Political Science. A professional dancer, Beth is in her fifth season with the Rochester City Ballet. Some of her favorite things are family, music, fashion, the beach, Pilates, sunshine, traveling, her German Shepard Ruby, champagne, and pizza!
 

 


Janet Mirsky, Full Instructor

Janet Mirsky is a native to Rochester, NY.  She grew up in an athletic family with 3 brothers. Janet has participated in fitness and sports all of her life. Janet graduated from Boston University with a degree in Hotel and Food Management. She worked in that industry for about 10 years. She is now an artist, working mostly in abstract mixed media on canvas. Janet has been practicing Pilates for over three years and was thrilled to finish up her teacher training with Michelle Pritchard at Evolution Pilates in July 2012. It was an invigorating process for her. Her style of teaching is to use her creativity to discover new exercise challenges for Evolution Pilates’ clients. Janet is also currently in the final phase of becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist.

 


Katie Yatteau, Office Manager

Katie began working at Evolution Pilates in the summer of 2012, after moving back to Rochester from New York City.  Katie is also a certified 200 hour yoga instructor.
A native of Rochester, and graduate of Ithaca College, she has a great love of the Finger Lakes area, and loves to spend summer weekends on Cayuga Lake. As a resident of Pittsford, she loves to walk the village, run on the canal path, or people watch at the Village Bakery.

Katie can help you with any questions, concerns, or scheduling needs that you may have. She can be emailed at katie@rocpilates.com.