Staff List


Angelie Melzer
Angelie is a Master Instructor at Team Pilates.  Angelie began studying Pilates back in 1988 due to severe Scoliosis. As a result of her practice, she had a successful career as a professional Ballet dancer and is still surgery free today! She is an authorized Instructor Trainer for Balanced Body and has co-created and written several courses, manuals and DVDs, to include Balanced Body Continuing Education courses, a Pre and Post Natal Pilates DVD and Movement Therapy for Children Course Manual.  She worked as an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri and University of New Mexico, as well as guest faculty at Texas A&M.

She is the owner/founder of Team Pilates® an Educational/Training Organization Member of the Pilates Method Alliance®. Team Pilates® offers numerous continuing education courses in the Pilates Method, Pilates Movement Therapy for Children, Bosates® and Anatomy in 3D, as well as private sessions on the Pilates equipment, mat and standing work. She has completed continuing education courses in Pilates through DK Body Balancing, STOTT and Polestar. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. She holds additional certifications as a Personal Trainer from ACE and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is a member of IDEA Health and Fitness Association.

Angelie started her Pilates training in 1988 due to severe Scoliosis and continued her Pilates training throughout her professional dance career. Angelie has performed and taught with numerous professional ballet companies throughout the United States including Colorado Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, Dayton Ballet and Kansas City Ballet.

She currently holds the highest level of national certification in the Pilates Industry; a PMA Pilates Gold Certification®. She was one of the first individuals to take the PMA National Certification and obtain this status. She was originally certified by the PhysicalMind Institute in New York City in 1999 and became a Certifying Instructor/Teacher Trainer for them in the spring of 2003, certifying numerous Pilates practitioners throughout the United States. In addition, she has completed the Core Dynamics Teacher Training under the tutelage of Michelle Larssen.

Amanda Johnson, DPT

Amanda Johnson was introduced to Pilates though ballet while dancing with Missouri River Dance Company in Montana. While studying under master teacher Angelie Melzer, Amanda finished her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from the University of West Florida and is a board certified Athletic Trainer. She has also instructed Pilates at the University of New Mexico and the University of West Florida as well as various other venues. Amanda recently graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy school from University of Montana and currently works in an outpatient clinic in Spokane, Washington. Amanda enjoys combining her knowledge of Pilates with rehabilitation techniques while instructing both private and group classes.

Angela Bonascorsi
Angela Bonacorsi Mackie has been an avid athlete and physical mover all of
her life.

She is certified in Pilates mat and apparatus through the Physical Mind
Institute, GYROKINESIS and the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM.

Working with physical therapists in post rehabilitation and through her own
trainings, she has a unique way of working with the body through movement.
Angela is a sports enthusiast enjoying: snowboarding, soccer, mountain
biking, golf, and hiking with her dogs. Her goal is for an individual to
create an enhancement in body awareness during sports performance and
functional everyday activities by using the body and mind connection and
making fitness fun.

Elizabeth Boswell-Jones

Master Pilates Teacher, Movement Educator, and B.A.N.I. Childbirth Educator, Elizabeth Jones-Boswell, M.Ed., PMA-CPT began her career as a dancer. Following a severe injury, she underwent two back surgeries (laminectomy and subsequent removal of a bone fragment) in 1980.

Doctors told her she would neither dance again nor be able to endure pregnancy and childbirth.

She embraced the exercise system based on the teachings of Joseph H. Pilates as a means to recovery, which gave rise to her own rehabilitative techniques. By combining Pilates' work with her many years of exercise and dance training, as well as studies in Alexander, Bartinieff, and Feldenkrais, she now has a system of exercise that will work on any body.

In 1984 Elizabeth founded the Physical Conditioning Centre (Houston, TX), which accommodated over 350 appointments weekly by 2001. In that year, she sold her facility and moved to Spokane where she sees private clients and conducts teacher-training workshops and lectures. She was granted the distinction of master teacher in 2000. Her continued studies have been with master teachers Carola Trier, Ron Fletcher, Alan Herdman, Eve Gentry and her protege Michele Larsson.

She created and appears on the mat work section of the video "Jaclyn Smith's Workout for Beauty and Balance." Elizabeth, mother of four, created a companion set (book and DVD) entitled "Exercise for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Pilates-based Approach for Women". An article about her DVD and book appeared in January 2011 on "Spokane Savvy". She also has developed three exercise videos for her clients and is planning another for public release in the near future.

Elizabeth's mission is to empower clients with the education, inspiration and tools necessary to awaken their body, mind, and spirit through safe Pilates-based exercises and other movement therapies to create a balance of strength and flexibility for a lifetime of joy and physical health.

Kris Duke
Kris Duke is originally from the Spokane area, but has also lived in Denver, CO and Las Vegas, NV. Kris’s interest in physical fitness started when she was a college student. Her interest started with aerobics and weight training at SFCC. Thirteen years ago she hesitantly ventured into an adult ballet class while her young daughters were taking their own classes. She liked it so much, that she started taking floor barre and Pilates, which were also offered as part of the adult class schedule.

Three years ago, Kris discovered how Pilates can bring a person back from injuries and make someone stronger than they were before. When Kris’s daughter Tori was recovering from back and ankle injuries due to dance, Kris found Angelie Melzer to help her daughter rehabilitate her body. Angelie insisted that Kris would be an excellent instructor, and with a little bit of convincing, Kris took her first Balanced Body course, Body Barre. Kris instantly fell in love with Pilates. Since then she has gone on to receive her certifications from Balanced Body in Pilates Mat and Springboard.

Kris continues to grow everyday in her love and appreciation of Pilates. She also enjoys meeting new people and helping them discover what their body is capable of with proper Pilates training.

Rod Melzer
Rod is currently finishing up his 24 year career as an officer in the Air Force.  He is currently stationed at Fairchild AFB as the commander of the 22nd SERE squadron.  Although new to teaching Pilates, Rod has been around the industry for over 20 years due to his connection with is wife, Angelie Melzer. :).  He is excited to be a part of the Team at Team Pilates.  He is the father of 3 little boys, which is the most exciting part of his life....aside from his marriage to Angelie, of course!
Scott Bishop
Scott was a competitive weightlifter at the University of Colorado and received a degree in Physical Education.  He then became a Strength Coach at Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Scott received a great deal of inspiration from practicing Hatha and Inyengar Yoga with Mohamaud Hosseni, Iyengar Yoga Master from Boulder, CO.  Scott has studied Yoga in Richmont, CA as well with Rodney Yee and Jason Crandell from Yoga Journal.  Scott received a certification in Iyengar Yoga at the Center for Yoga of Seattle.  
 
When not teaching Yoga in Spokane, Scott holds classes at the Yoga Sol in Carson City, NV.  Any spare time is spent working at the Mead School District in Spokane, WA.
Avril Stevenson
Avril Stevenson is originally from Missoula, Montana. She started dancing at the age of eight with Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre and received her BA in Dance from The University of Montana in 2004. During that time Avril was introduced to Pilates as dance conditioning. In 2005, Avril moved to the San Francisco area to pursue her career in dance and performed in a number of modern dance companies. In 2006, Avril started her training to become a Pilates instructor with Ellie Herman in San Francisco. She taught at Ellie Herman’s Studio/The Center in Oakland and Ironworks Rock Gym in Berkeley from 2007- 2009. In 2009, Avril moved back to Missoula, MT and opened Studio D Pilates & Gallery and taught at the University of Montana until 2014. During that time she began working with Rhizoterra, as the project manager, and decided to move with the company to Spokane. Avril enjoys teaching Pilates and is excited to teach for Team Pilates Spokane.
Tami Miller
I graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. I went on to do medical research to help others. While doing research I began to teach Biology, Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Physiology to pre-med students so that they could reach their goals of becoming Physicians. I found a passion that I never knew I had - a passion for helping people to reach their goals.

Like many Americans, I did not think about the food that I ate and I paid for it in weight and not feeling well. I started on a journey to eat healthier by slowly adding great foods into my diet to crowd out the bad ones. I became an avid CrossFit junkie and foodie. Once I started to feel amazing, I realized that I wanted to continue on my journey of helping others to reach their goals of having the best life possible. I have certifications in Personal Nutrition, Advanced Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Childhood Nutrition, Diet and Weight Loss, and Health and Fitness. I am currently completing a certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and will be continuing into a Master's Program in Nutrition. Helping others to rediscover their love of life and real food is a passion.

Ashley Mach
Ashley Mach is a certified Pilates instructor through Pilates Sports Center.  Ashley comes from a background of being very non athletic she wanted a lifestyle that encouraged her to stay in shape and have more energy.  Ashley started to work out with Pilates in high school and college. Shortly after college she decided to pursue her passion in Pilates and enrolled in a 500 hour program through Pilates Sports Center. She received training in both modern and traditional Pilates techniques. As well as, a thorough knowledge in anatomy of the human body. Shortly after starting her training she started teaching as an apprentice and taught until she received her certification.
Leslie DoQui Sretenovic
Leslie has been teaching Yoga for over 30 years and was a professional modern dancer, so she knows movement!

"Leslie can easily teach to all student levels. She readily adapts her strengths to fit the demands of the participants and can jump into any class and apply her vast knowledge base to deliver what people expect."
Karen Kraft
Karen (Kromholtz) Kraft began her training here in Spokane with Thelma Young, NYCB soloist William Earl and later with professionals from the First Chamber Dance Company of Seattle. After high school, she trained in New York on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and with David Howard. She was soon asked to join the Joffrey II Dancers where she was invited by Robert Joffrey to join the Joffrey Ballet Company. Later she danced with the Spokane Ballet Company partnering with NYC Ballet and Boston Ballet Soloist Christofer Aponte. Highlights of her performing career include working with Robert Joffrey, Anthony Tudor, Jaques D'Amboise, Laura Dean, Choo San Goh, Christopher Aponte, and performing for President Ronald Reagan. Some of her favorite performances include Le Corsaire pas de deux, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Romeo and Juliet balcony scene, Anthony Tudor's 'Continuo', and Odette from Swan Lake. She has a BA degree in Dance from the University of Washington, is married with four children, and has been teaching ballet in the Pacific NW for the past 25 years.
Nefabit Hinton
Nefabit is a second-generation dancer with over 20 years of experience. She is the director of Northwest Bellydance company, and she produces events, teaches and performs across the Inland Northwest. Her greatest joy is sharing her passion for dance with others.