Our Pilates Instructors

Our experienced highly Certified Pilates instructors will put together a plan to meet your fitness goals. Would you trust your body to anyone less than the best?

Suncoast Pilates is North Pinellas county’s first Pilates studio and one of the Tampa Bay area’s first Pilates studio, with the area’s most experienced, highly trained and Certified Pilates instructors. The studio, opened in 1997 is now celebrating our twentieth year, serving clients in the Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Countryside, Tarpon Springs, Ozona, Oldsmar, Trinity, Holiday, Safety Harbor, North Pinellas, South Pasco and Tampa Bay area. Our fully equipped Pilates studio specializes in Pilates equipment training in private, one-on-one sessions, tailored to each individual, scheduled at a time of your convenience. The studio also offers on select days and times weekly Pilates group equipment sessions and Pilates Mat classes.

Pre-pay for Pilates Private Sessions online 24-7 using MINDBODY Scheduler™. It’s that easy! Then call to book your introductory session or appointment today at (727) 772-6772. Calls are answered seven days a week from noon to 10 p.m.

Patricia Welter, Co-Owner (with husband Robert) / Director of Pilates Instruction at Suncoast Pilates, Balanced Body Master Instructor, Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher ( PMA®-CPT ), Patricia is a “Second Generation Pilates Teacher” and “Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™”. Patricia completed the Pilates Master Mentor Program with Pilates Elder Lolita San Miguel, the only living “First Generation” Pilates teacher who worked with and was certified to teach Pilates by Joseph Pilates himself. She is both a Balanced Body Pilates Master Instructor and CoreAlign Master Instructor. Suncoast Pilates is an approved Balanced Body Pilates Instructor Training Facility and Balanced Body Host site, Patricia teaches monthly Pilates instructor training and CoreAlign instructor training modules and workshops. Patricia is one of the area’s most experienced and highly Certified Pilates instructors. She was a presenter at the International Pilates Day Memorial & Convention in Moenchengladbach, Germany, the birthplace of Joseph Pilates, held May 6 – 9, 2011.

Patricia offers client private, duet and group sessions in both Pilates and the Balanced Body CoreAlign®. She works with clientele ranging from individuals new to Pilates to teenagers to post-rehab to professional athletes. She has worked with National League Pro Baseball Players, PGA Pro Golfers, Triathletes, Pro Skaters, runners and tennis players. Patricia has been teaching Pilates to clients for 25 years. Clients wishing to work with Master Pilates Teacher Patricia, please call to book your session at (727) 772-6772.

Patricia offers to all potential Pilates personal training clients a consultation to ensure that each has the perfect instructor – whether it be her or one of the other Certified, experienced and talented teachers at Suncoast Pilates.

Patricia, who has been a trainer in the area for twenty five years, and has owned an area studio for over twenty years, brings a wealth of training and experience in Pilates as well as other exercise disciplines and holds numerous certifications in Pilates, personal training, fitness, post-rehab fitness and aquatics. Her many certifications, qualifications and trainings are listed below. When looking for the right Pilates instructor, remember to consider experience, certifications, qualifications and expertise.
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AllieAllie, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor, completed her comprehensive training in the Balanced Body Pilates Instructor Training Program here at Suncoast Pilates. Originally from Long Island, New York, Allie graduated from New York University with a degree in French literature and Fine arts. As an avid equestrian, she was competing in the national horse show circuit when a friend recommended Pilates as an excellent way to improve her riding through greater strength and control. Allie instantly fell in love with the method, regularly attending classes for several years in New York and Los Angeles before deciding to pursue a career as a Pilates instructor. Allie has studied ballet, hip-hop and modern dance in New York. She looks forward to helping her clients achieve physical fitness and well being.

Alyssa is a certified Balanced Body Mat Instructor and in training to become Comprehensively Trained. Originally from Miami, Alyssa has been a dancer for over nineteen years. Alyssa studied dance during high school at New World School of the Arts and graduated from the School of Dance at Florida State University with Honors. As a dance major, Pilates became an essential component to her recovery from injury and her continued health as a dancer and performer. Alyssa has interned with The Chambers Fitness in Fort Lauderdale to combine personal training and her knowledge of Pilates. With this combined experience, she aims to benefit dancers and athletes in their artistic and athletic performance and benefit adults in achieving their fitness goals.

NancyNancy,  Pilates Method Certified Pilates Teacher and Assistant Manager for Suncoast Pilates, recently relocated to the Florida west coast from Northern Virginia where she taught Pilates for four years. She is certified through Harmony Pilates Studio/Core Dynamics in Pennsylvania; and with the Pilates Method Alliance. Nancy also holds a certification in personal training and nutrition from the National Personal Training Institute.

ElizabethElizabeth completed professional training with Body Arts Science International, (BASI), Costa Mesa, CA.; an international academy and education was provided by one of the most worldwide renowned instructors, Rael Isacowitz, owner, teacher and practitioner of Pilates. She learned about Pilates through her own spinal injuries. Pilates renewed her and gave her strength and balance that allowed her to maintain daily activities and do the things she loves. She practiced Pilates in private sessions for ten years before enrolling in the academic study of Pilates. Elizabeth is a compassionate, encouraging, and detailed oriented Pilates instructor. After a successful professional career in banking and as a recruiter for private and government organizations Elizabeth changed her focus to Pilates.

NicoleNicole is a Balanced Body Comprehensively Trained Pilates Instructor at Suncoast Pilates. Originally from Clearwater, she attended Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, then continued her studies of Dance, Pilates, Anatomy and Kinesiology at The Boston Conservatory. Upon graduation she joined the modern dance company, Elisa Monte Dance in New York City, performing nationally and internationally. Her tours brought her to dance on the stages of Germany, France, Italy, and England. While residing in New York she also danced for Randy James Dance Works, Metropolitan Repertory Ballet Company, and Ballet for Young Audiences. Nicole taught ballet for children of all ages at Ballet Academy East in Manhattan. As a dancer Pilates was part of her everyday conditioning. Nicole taught Pilates Mat at many facilities in New York. Nicole is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She has since moved to Florida, joining Suncoast Pilates Staff as well as teaching dance at Suncoast Academy of Dance. Nicole is available for private, duet and group equipment appointments four days a week.

SonjaSonja is a Balanced Body Comprehensively Trained Pilates Instructor, available for private Pilates sessions and teaches our weekly Kid’s Only Pilates Mat class at Suncoast. A long time Suncoast Pilates client, she was previously a RDMS (Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography) and RT(R) (Radiologic Technologist Radiographer). As a breast cancer survivor, Sonja has a unique perspective on the power of Pilates both pre-operative and as part of her post-operative recovery, and is an inspiration for all of us at Suncoast Pilates.

SandySandy is a Certified Power Pilates instructor, since December 2012, after 18 months of study and over 1000 hours of studio work. She continues her Pilates education with Balanced Body and is training in the CoreAlign. A double knee replacement in 1999 put her in touch with Pilates. Sandy was skiing 6 months after her surgery. Continuing to work on back and neck problems, Sandy was amazed at the restorative power of Pilates. Her training allows her to focus on the restorative aspects of building strength from within, allowing the body to heal itself by building muscle memory to support the core, create space between the vertebrae, lengthen the skeletal muscles and build flexibility. She has worked with lower back and knee issues, people with Parkinson and MS, as well as all levels of group and private instruction. Her belief in the restorative benefits of Pilates for body, mind, and spirit is her greatest asset. She joins the staff at Suncoast Pilates in September 2017, with prior work experience in a private studio in Phoenix and 3 years at Lifetime Fitness. Sandy works with a wide range of clients and personalities.

Bob WelterRobert Welter, Co-Owner with wife Patricia of Suncoast Pilates, is a Balanced Body Comprehensively Trained Pilates Instructor and Level I CoreAlign Instructor. He works full time in the IT industry as an Analyst, and works evenings and weekends in studio operations and studio support.