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Meet the team

We are a small team of friendly instructors with a deep passion for the Pilates method and the benefits it brings to those that practice.

Tamara O'Reilly

As a busy mother and Pilates geek to the CORE, I love anything fun, food, family and fitness! I had been practicing Pilates for 15 years and made the permanent change to teaching in 2008 after a successful career in dance and circus.

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Andrea Boehmer

In 2004 I was travelling around Australia and loved the friendly people and diverse landscape. In 2006 I moved permanently to Australia. Prior to my Pilates training, I worked in Tourism in Germany, Canada and Australia. In 2012 I began my Pilates Instructor journey.

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Tori Cooper

I was encouraged to take up Pilates 6 years ago, following a horse riding accident – I reluctantly started Pilates and got hooked and have never looked back. I left behind a challenging and rewarding corporate career to investigate the Pilates Method further. I felt that it would be a way that I could positively contribute to a person’s life.

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Lani Finnane

I have just moved down to Wollongong from the Blue Mountains and begun my long journey at University, studying Exercise Science and hoping to master in Exercise Physiology and possibly Physiotherapy. I love human movement, I want to bring all aspects of my learning together to help people move better and feel better.

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Baillie Casley

Baillie is currently completing her Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction as well as a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. She is super busy but manages to find a balance of sport, study, athletic training and Pilates.

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Jana Keys

I am passionate about the positive and empowering effect Pilates can have on a body and I’m a strong advocate for the importance of taking charge of your own physical and mental health and creating the future you choose.

I love that as an exercise, Pilates is non-discriminatory and holistic, it is suitable for any age, body type and most health issues.

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Secelea Soidik

Originally from Estonia, Secelea has a strong fitness background. She is a newbie to Wollongong and you will love the variety she brings to her classes!

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Rochelle North - Front desk.

Rochelle is the first friendly face you will meet at TPW. She is the one that keeps the team organised, answers your enquiries and will help you with anything you need!

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Tamara O'Reilly

A Bit About Me. 

As a busy mother and Pilates geek to the CORE, I love anything fun, food, family and fitness! After a successful career in dance and circus I made the permanent change to teaching Pilates in 2008. Nearly 20 years after first starting Pilates I still discover something new everyday, either within my own practice or by teaching my wonderful clients.

Up until July 2014 I ran my own studio in London and enjoyed Pilates workshops and conferences in Europe, the UK and America.

Now Wollongong is home and I look forward to sharing just how wonderful Pilates can make YOU feel! 

Why Pilates?

Because I LOVE it! I am so lucky to have a job that I truly enjoy, I figure if we have to go to work every day, we may as well love what we do. 

I have experienced first hand the benefits of Pilates on so many levels – as a young dancer with back pain, learning to find balance within my body and working hard to avoid injury. Then experiencing the rehabilitation side after bilateral knee reconstructions in 2003, and more recently it’s healing effects after the birth of my two children.

Outside The Studio…

I love to travel and spend time with my husband, and children. We recently moved back to Australia after 4 years in London so we are making the most of the outdoors and fabulous Aussie weather. 

Anything Else We Should Know?

I love getting to know my clients and discovering what they want to gain from their sessions. I believe no two bodies are the same and each person needs nurturing to reach their full potential. 

I enjoy working with a wide range of clients; helping postnatal mums reconnect with their body after giving birth and teaching them how to work safely, all the way to professional athletes looking to improve their game – and everyone in between!

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT).
  • Comprehensive Teacher Training course Body Arts and Science International (BASI – USA) and Ulysses Pilates (Australia)
  • Women’s Wellness specialist (Diastasis Recti, Pelvic dysfunction, Menopause)
  • Faculty for Pilates International Training Centre
  • Certified BLACKROLL instructor.
  • Member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia – membership number L115052285
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110).

Andrea Boehmer

A Bit About Me

In 2004 I was travelling around Australia and loved the friendly people and diverse landscape. In 2006 I moved permanently to Australia. Prior to my Pilates training, I worked in Tourism in Germany, Canada and Australia. In 2012 I began my Pilates Instructor journey.

Why Pilates?

Because I am fascinated by the mind and body connection and gaining more and more knowledge about Pilates reading books, learning in courses or practising in classes with other instructors. After a crazy day at work, I was always looking forward to my Pilates class and to my renewed energy after the class.

Outside The Studio…

I love travelling and spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy cooking and being in nature.

Anything Else We Should Know?

It`s important for me to get to know my clients and work on their personal goals in Pilates. I have a continued interest in how Pilates helps to maintain and promote bone health so have recently completed the BUFF BONES training in Brisbane. I also continue to study and learn about the important role Fascia plays in our body and how it moves; this has added another level to my knowledge and Pilates teaching.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Polestar Pilates studio and rehabilitation method (10521NAT)
  • Mat work Certification with Body Arts and Science International Germany
  • Buff Bones® Instructor
  • Certified Fascial fitness Trainer
  • Pilates 4 Youth: Healthy Movement for Life and Attention Focus Needs
  • Member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia – membership number: L116032480

Tori Cooper

A Bit About Me.

I was encouraged to take up Pilates 6 years ago, following a horse riding accident – I reluctantly started Pilates and got hooked and have never looked back. I left behind a challenging and rewarding corporate career to investigate the Pilates Method further. I felt that it would be a way that I could positively contribute to a person’s life.

Why Pilates?

I have had the opportunity of experiencing the rehabilitative side of the method following several knee surgeries. I know firsthand the amazing benefits, the versatility and endless variety of modifications it can offer – whilst still challenging the mind and body.

Outside The Studio…

I breed dressage horses and love spending time with family and friends.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I take great care in preparing personalised sessions, as we are all unique and have varying needs. I am committed to developing my own skills as an Instructor, through ongoing training and education.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT)
  • Member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia – membership number: GL15042282

Lani Finnane

A Bit About Me.

I have just moved down to Wollongong from the Blue Mountains and begun my long journey at University, studying Exercise Science and hoping to master in Exercise Physiology and possibly Physiotherapy.

I love human movement, I want to bring all aspects of my learning together to help people move better and feel better.

My love for movement started as a young girl when I began vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) and developed through sports, horse riding and then personal fitness as I got older.

I believe in the power to heal oneself and hope to enable this power within my clients.

Why Pilates?

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE PILATES! It has taught me so much about my body and myself. Coming from injuries and having a very hyper- mobile body, Pilates has helped me heal my body and calm my mind. In my 5 years of practice I have developed strength beyond what I even understood possible. Pilates makes me feel taller, stronger, more open and clear minded. I have experienced the wonders of Pilates for my own body and I know it can help so many others, and that is what I love to do, use Pilates as a method to enable others to feel their own strength and beauty that is within.

Outside The Studio…

I love anything outdoors! Feeling significantly insignificant in the ocean, climbing to the tops of mountains to see the wonders below, traveling, horse riding and Pilates in the sunshine are definitely some of my favourite things outside the studio.

I love hosting Wellness weekend/day retreats, the feeling of guiding so many people to unwind and ground themselves with special activities, delicious food in the spectacular Australian outback is truly rewarding.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I love watching my clients succeed. I believe in movement therapy and being able to take control of your mind and body. I take the time to make sure all of my clients understand what they are doing and how their body works so they get the most out of it throughout their daily lives. I bring a Pilates zing to my personal training sessions too because remember, it’s quality not quantity!

QUALIFICATIONS & SPECIALITY:

  • Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40210)
  • Pilates Matwork
  • Certificate of Diet & Nutrition – Principles of Healthy Eating.
  • Currently studying Exercise Science at UOW

Baillie Casley

A Bit About Me.

A current student at University of Wollongong studying Health and Physical Education, I have always placed high value on health and fitness and am lucky enough to now be pursuing a career in this field. Growing up in Wagga Wagga NSW, I was consistently surrounded by and participating in sports at all different levels, and had a particular competitive focus on netball. I moved to Wollongong in 2014 and some time later completed my Certificate III & IV in fitness, before beginning my journey at The Pilates Workshop!

Why Pilates?

I first came to The Pilates Workshop as a client, searching for a new fitness method to mix up the activities I was currently doing. As well as Pilates being excellent for strength and toning, I was aware of the rehabilitative nature of Pilates, and was hoping to reap the benefits as I had suffered from general lower back pain for some time. I fell in love with Pilates immediately, and eventually began my Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction.

Outside The Studio…

When I’m not studying or in the studio, you’ll typically find me somewhere outdoors, mostly at the beach or out socialising with friends.

Anything Else We Should Know?

My goal as a future Pilates instructor is not only to help clients achieve their goals and feel better within their bodies, but to provide a workout that they will look forward to every week! Getting to know my clients and allowing them to get the most out of every session is essential.

Qualifications

  • Currently completing Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT).
  • Currently completing Bachelor or Health and Physical Education (062239G)
  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30313) and Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40210)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate 

Jana Keys

A Bit About Me.

Initially I followed a creative path establishing a successful career in Fashion Design. But sitting at a desk 10+ hrs a day was ruining my health physically and mentally. I was looking for something more, something that would have a lasting positive effect on my soul as well as others. I wanted to do something that in some way made a difference, which helped people.

I had practiced Pilates and Yoga for years, it became my balance, my solace to my hectic working life and before long I decided I had to make the change and I haven’t looked back!

Why Pilates?

I am passionate about the positive and empowering effect Pilates can have on a body and I’m a strong advocate for the importance of taking charge of your own physical and mental health and creating the future you choose.

Through practicing Pilates, I have seen the results in my own body. Not just in strength and fitness but also combating the negative effects of a desk job, relieving stress and anxiety, as well as managing the varying effects pregnancy has on your body Pre & Post Natal.

I love that as an exercise, Pilates is non-discriminatory and holistic, it is suitable for any age, body type and most health issues. You can rewire years and years of unhealthy patterns imprinted in the body and turn your life around, decrease pain and improve your quality of life. Chronic pain is something nobody should have to live with and I have seen the benefits of practicing Pilates and its ability to alleviate pain in a way that is sustainable.

Outside The Studio…

Friends and family are the most important thing to me, which help me maintain a work/life balance. You will always find me with my husband and daughter at the park or beach. I love the outdoors, the sun, the surf, just making the most of the beautiful area we are lucky to live in here on the South Coast of NSW.

I have a love for travel, Yoga helps me find me Zen and being a creative I still try to find the time to paint & illustrate – although these days with a Toddler Play-Doh sculptures & finger-painting are generally the extent of my masterpieces.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I really love getting to know my clients and sharing in their journey towards achieving personal goals. I place great importance on my client’s time; this is YOUR session, YOUR body. Each person is unique, my classes are individually tailored to what you want out of your session…and we have fun!

I’m dedicated to continuing education and training. I love to learn and challenge myself. With knowledge comes power- the power to give more back to my clients. I am particularly interested in Pilates for Women’s health, Pre & Post Natal, general rehabilitation and Pilates for the aging population.

Qualifications

  • Level 2 Comprehensive Teacher Training in Pilates Movement Therapy
  • Member of the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Membership number – Ll2-15048
  • First Aid and CPR Certificate
  • Registered as a Health Fund Provider 

Secelea Soidik

A Bit About Me.

Born in Estonia, I have been a fitness trainer for over 15 years. Moving from Estonia when I was 20, I have since lived in Tokyo (12 years), Shanghai (2 years) and now call Australia my home for the past 4 years. I’ve had the opportunity to work in world class studios and fitness clubs through my travels and have learned a great deal along the way. I’ve recently moved to the Illawarra from Sydney and love it!

Why Pilates?

Of all the different styles of training I have studied over the years, Pilates would have to be one of my favourites because of the physical and mental benefits that can be achieved and the variations possible.

Outside The Studio…

I love good food and trying new things. I enjoy spending time with my sweet cat Puma who has traveled with me from Tokyo and my loving life partner Chris.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I am creative in my job and like to keep my clients guessing!

Qualifications

  • Stott Pilates Reformer Certification Level1, Level2
  • Total Barre Certification Level 1
  • Diploma in Sport Coaching
  • KX Academy Dynamic Pilates Certification
  • Studio Pilates Matwork Certification
  • Registered Fitness Instructor Level 1
  • Group Exercise Instructor Certification
  • Diploma for Teacher of Physical Education

Rochelle North - Front desk

A Bit About Me.

I live life with a positive outlook, in my life long home of Wollongong and have a wide range of passions and interests that has opened up opportunities at The Pilates Workshop where I am able to utilize those passions to bring an artistic feature to the team!

Outside The Studio.

Outside the studio I find love in cinema and film as an art form and a creative outlet to both watch and create. 

Anything Else We Should Know?

You’ll be seeing me around the studio working behind the scenes and making sure Tam and the TPW Team are always on their A game!

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