Deborah Matthews, PMA®-CPT
Master Teacher, Deborah Matthews, founded InsideOut Body Therapies in 2003 and is a highly sought after Third Generation Pilates Teacher. She initially trained at The Pilates Center of Boulder (TPC) whose owners, Amy Alpers and Rachel Segel, studied with Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanowska, a long-time student of Joseph Pilates. She completed her initial Pilates training in 1999 and the TPC Master's Program in 2008. She has also completed The Heritage TrainingÂ® with Kathleen Stanford Grant lineage holder, Cara Reeser. Deborah's teaching is strongly informed by her work with Hubert Godard, Dean of Dance and Movement Analysis at the University of Paris and RolfÂ® Movement Instructor at The Rolf Institute®.
Before moving to Durham, Deborah lived in Colorado. She studied and worked at TPC, managed and taught GYROTONIC® at White Cloud Boulder, and was the Senior Teacher for Cara Reeser at Pilates Aligned in Denver. Deborah offers a classical, yet highly innovative approach to Pilates, with a deep understanding of the damaged body in need of rehabilitation and the everyday body in need of strength and flexibility. Her teaching is influenced by her ongoing study of therapeutic Pilates, Rolf® movement, yoga, fine arts, and the process of her own rehabilitation from many challenging physical issues, including a kidney transplant.
Deborah currently serves on the Faculty of The Pilates Center. She is the Director of the InsideOut Body Therapies Pilates Teacher Training, which is officially licensed from TPC. She is also member of the Pilates Method Alliance® and a PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor.
Deborah is a graduate of The Heritage Training. Learn more about the program and Cara Reeser by clicking the logo.
Mischa Decker, PT, DPT, OCS, PMA®-CPT
Mischa Decker, PT, DPT, OCS, PMA-CPT, co-owner of InsideOut Body Therapies, holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Duke University School of Medicine and a BS in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida, and is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist. Mischa is a PMAÂ® Certified Pilates Instructor and trained at The Pilates Center (TPC) of Boulder whose owners, Amy Alpers and Rachel Segel, studied with Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanowska, a long-time student of Joseph Pilates. She is a graduate of The Pilates Center's Master's Program and has been a Licensed Teacher Trainer for TPC since 2007.
After witnessing the effectiveness of Pilates in rehabilitating injuries during her dance career, Mischa knew she wanted to utilize the Pilates system to help others heal through movement. Mischa developed the Pilates-Based Physical Therapy Program (PBPT) at InsideOut Body Therapies in 2006 and is currently the Director of the Pilates-based Physical Therapy program at IOBT. PBPT is a client-centered approach to healing grounded in the moving body that assesses and treats the whole person -- not just an injury or symptom -- through Pilates exercises and traditional physical therapy methods.
Mischa is a member of the Pilates Method AllianceÂ®. She has training in manual therapy through Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars and Michigan State's School of Osteopathic Medicine and has completed training on the CoreAlign® system. She has presented across the country and her passion for health, movement and healing is conspicuous! When not at the studio, Mischa loves spending time with her husband and two children.
Adam is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a certified TRX® trainer. He is passionate about the fitness industry and is committed to improving the health and well-being of his clients, all while having fun! He enjoys working with men and women of all ages and fitness levels, as well as with children and teens. He has worked with young athletes working to improve their fitness for their sport, as well as clients recovering from injuries or in chronic pain. Adam came to personal training after 15 years as a musician. He continues to sing professionally as a soloist, in a band, and as part of the a capella group, Transit. When he isn't singing or at IOBT he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mischa, and their two children, Zaiden and Naia.
Alli Barnes, PMA®-CPT
Alli Barnes, a former soccer player and swimmer, is a lifelong athlete with a strong passion for movement and fitness. Her active lifestyle and passion for learning complimented her transition into Pilates and Yoga. Alli began taking Pilates 5 years ago when she became bored with the regular routine of going to the gym, lifting weights and spending an hour on whatever cardio machine that was available. She quickly fell in love with the Pilates Method and the changes she observed in her own body. In addition to experiencing the fun of an invigorating workout, she began noticing improved strength and flexibility, as well as a huge decrease in her stress level.
She began her Pilates journey by earning her Beginner & Intermediate Mat Certification through Power Pilates in 2012. A year later she continued her training with The Pilates Center's Advanced Teacher Training Program at InsideOut in Durham, NC. Alli completed the 950+hour comprehensive program in 2014 and immediately began teaching at Vive Pilates and Max Pilates in Raleigh, NC.
In 2015, Alli completed an Intensive Yoga Teacher Training Program through CorePower Yoga in Boulder, CO. The program's emphasis on alignment was what attracted her to this system and upon completion of the program she had a new fondness for the practice and a deeper understanding of the benefits of yoga.
Alli is a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, a CorePower trained yoga instructor and is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance. She is an animal lover and has three loving and exuberant boxers named Hemi, Clutch, and Oscar who make her life anything but boring! When she's not with her pups, Alli and her fiancé, Rick enjoy going to see live music, tailgating at NC State football games and in winter snowboarding in the mountains. Alli loves the IOBT community and is excited to be able to bring her fun and energetic teaching style as well as her love of both Pilates and Yoga to InsideOut!
Amy Ginsburg, Ed.D., PMA®-CPT
Amy Ginsburg, Ed.D., is a PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor and Dance Educator with extensive training in contemporary dance techniques, ballet, Laban Movement Analysis, and Ideokinesis. She completed the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program at Body Precision Pilates Studio near Philadelphia. Amy holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University, an M.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois, and an Ed.D. in Dance from Temple University.
Before relocating to Durham with her husband, Amy developed and directed the Dance program at Dickinson College where she was Associate Professor and Director of Dance. Since then, Amy has taught at Meredith College, Duke University, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). Passionate about Pilates, Amy was delighted to begin teaching at InsideOut in 2005.
Amy's work is fueled by a deep appreciation of the transformative power of movement.
Ashley Smitherman, PMA®-CPT
Ashley Smitherman is a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. She began taking Pilates classes in 2005 while looking for something new to complement her regular cardio & weight training sessions. She quickly fell in love with the method and was fascinated by the changes in her body. Under the direction of Deborah Matthews & Mischa Decker, Ashley completed over 900 hours of intensive education through the Pilates Center Teacher Training at IOBT. A member of the Pilates Method Alliance®, Ashley teaches a variety of mat amp; equipment classes as well as private lessons. She is passionate about sharing the joy of movement through Pilates with her clients & mentoring teacher trainee students as an advisor. In addition to teaching Pilates, Ashley is a busy mom of 2 boys, Wyatt & Yates.
Austin Dixon, L.Ac
Austin Dixon is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) living in Durham, NC. Before moving to Durham Austin and her husband lived in New York City where she attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and received her MSTOM (Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine). After graduation she spent a few years working at City Acupuncture of NY, a high volume/low cost clinic in the heart of the financial district in Manhattan. While in school she held internships at St. Vincent's Hospital in the HIV clinic and at the NYU Center for Joint Disease. She also spent time in China observing clinics in the Beijing hospitals through a program at Beijing University of TCM.
Austin enjoys working with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as women's issues, immune support, and digestive issues. She believe that healing is best achieved when lifestyle changes occur in conjunction with acupuncture. Each of her patients will have an individually tailored treatment plan that may include dietary changes and finding creative ways to reduce negative stress. Every patient is different so every treatment plan will differ depending on the needs and goals of the individual. She states, "One of the most important things to me is that my patients feel ownership and are empowered by their healing process."
Bart Matthews is a Pilates Instructor. He trained at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. A graduate of Duke University in biology, he has a long-standing interest in Pilates, yoga, and tai chi. He greatly enjoys including other methodologies into his teaching such as kettle bells, bosu, and joint mobilizations. His client-centered approach emphasizes innovation and experimentation. He is also an avid musician and athlete.
Crystal West, PMA®-CPT
Crystal West, a Raleigh native, is a PMA® Certified Pilates instructor, dance teacher, and performer. She completed the 950+ hour Pilates Center Teacher Training program at IOBT after experiencing the transformative nature of pilates on her own body and movement quality. Crystal has been dancing, teaching, choreographing, and performing her entire life, and is honored to have studied with many well known and respected artists. She was a guest artist at the Boston Conservatory during during her four year stay in Boston, MA and currently teaches dance for CC & Co Dance Complex in North Raleigh.
She holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in English from UNC Chapel Hill and had a double-life as a software engineer and dancer for years until pilates simply won her over. Crystal is especially passionate about how pilates can both prevent injury and enhance performance for athletes and movement artists. When Crystal isn't in the dance studio or on the Reformer, you can find her spending time with her husband, Jeffrey, and their son, Owen, in Carrboro.
Jenna blue Zaloom completed her Masters training with The Pilates Center in Boulder and is a PMA® Certified Pilates teacher at InsideOut Body Therapies in Durham. Ever the student, Jenna then completed The Kathy Grant Heritage Training with Cara Reeser in 2015. Her awareness and eventual interest in Pilates arose from her disappointment due to a severe knee dislocation ending her lifelong goal to rock NYC stages as a ballerina. Jenna believes that if she had been able to work with a knowledgeable Pilates teacher consistently, all those years ago, she would have gotten back en pointe. Though originally certified in 2003 in NY, with a graduate of The Pilates Center, Boulder CO it wasn't until 2010, Jenna returned to teaching full time and decided to re-certify. While her previous training empowered her to learn the basics about the Pilates exercises, she aspired to acquire the body reading skills of her teachers, Deborah Matthews and Mischa Decker. Jenna finished the 950 hr. Advanced Teacher Training program at InsideOut. She remains an active student of Pilates and yoga. Jenna is an UNC grad and artist. She loves the ocean, hoppy beer, her friends and dog Aino and any salty chip.
Jessica Satterlee, PMA®-CPT
Jessica is a Pilates Method Alliance® Certified Pilates Teacher and is InsideOut's Pilates Teacher Training Coordinator. Jessica fell in love with Pilates after her very first class. Pilates exceeded any expectation she had ever had for exercise and it became an addiction - an addiction to health, happiness, and balance. Jessica's passion for Pilates and her desire to share that passion with others led her to complete The Pilates Center Teacher Training at InsideOut. Pilates has changed Jessica both physically and mentally and she aspires for that change in her clients.
Jessica's other enduring passion is for baking. She loves to see the smiles of friends and family when she shares her creations with them. Visit her cookie kitchen for more information.
Katherine (Katie) Kennedy, PT, DPT, CSCS, PMA®-CPT
Katie moved to Durham in 2009 to continue her career as an accountant. Shortly after her arrival, Katie, an avid runner, biker, skier, scuba diver and yoga participant, decided to pursue a profession in Physical Therapy; supporting her love of a healthy, active lifestyle and physical-mental balance. Katie is a 2014 graduate of Duke University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Upon graduating from Duke, she immediately approached InsideOut Body Therapies for an opportunity to work in an environment that matched her philosophy of whole person wellness. Katie has competed in 5K and 10K running events since high school. She finished her first marathon in May 2014 and is training for the 2015 Boston Marathon. Katie is excited to use her love of exercise and mental balance to help clients achieve their goals for health, fitness, strength and flexibility.
Kim Crowley is a North Carolina native who grew up enjoying life near the coast. She graduated from Meredith College and spent 15 years working in marketing, advertising and office administration. Kim spent the last several years at home raising her two young boys while teaching preschool music classes. Kim's favorite pastimes include hiking, reading, singing and playing music, cooking, playing with her boys, and enjoying the NC coast and mountains as much as possible. Kim is thrilled to be working in a health-minded atmosphere and loves taking pilates and yoga!
KimLien LaFitte, PMA®-CPT, LMBT,
KimLien combines her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology, a grounded analytical mind, keen artistic observational skills, and an intuitive and compassionate nature to assess the structural and energetic body. KimLien gives her clients the information and guidance they need to heal, integrate and transform themselves. KimLien graduated from The Pilates Center Intermediate Pilates Teacher Training Program and her most recent certification was with Cara Reeser in the Kathy Grant Heritage Training Program. She is a Board Certified Structural Integrator in the Rolf tradition of Structural Integration(NCLMBT #6058) and has further training in Neural and Visceral Manipulation. Her studies have given her a deep understanding of how working with the body and mind can free the body of long-held, maladaptive patterns and resulting pain. She developed Body Systems Integration(BSI) as a way to combine her skills and knowledge of manual and movement therapies into one system.
KimLien is a graduate of The Heritage Training. Learn more about the program and Cara Reeser by clicking the logo.
Lori Ginsberg, PT, MPT
Lori Ginsberg, PT, MPT has been a physical therapist for 17 years, specializing in Pilates-based physical therapy since 2006. While working at the University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago orthopedics clinics, she developed a solid foundation of skills and experience with complex musculoskeletal issues. She brought those skills into smaller clinical settings since, sought after by "puzzling" patients who have tried, and failed, traditional PT. Since becoming Pilates certified through Balanced Body she has combined her expertise in human movement, manual therapy and innovative Pilates exercises to help patients achieve optimal strength, stability and function. Her passion is in helping people clearly identify, and then achieve, their health and fitness goals. She has recently become trained on the CoreAlign, an innovative piece of equipment that emphasizes upright posture to improve strength, balance, alignment and functional movement.
A breast cancer survivor, Lori is uniquely qualified to work with those undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and/or post- mastectomy. She credits Pilates-based movement for much of her success in the battle against cancer.
Lori earned her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree at The University of San Diego. She lives with her husband and 2 daughters in Cary and enjoys spending her free time driving soccer carpools.
Matthew Fecteau, LMBT
Matt is a NC Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (#14262). Matt also currently works at Duke University's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience as a Project Coordinator in a research lab examining how learning and memory are affected by emotions. His background in science informs his approach to the art of bodywork. He attempts to marry traditional therapies with contemporary scientific evidence to achieve the most effective results.
Matt is an avid cyclist and runner, he has completed a number of marathons and ultramarathons (any distance beyond a marathon). He discovered that regular massage helped him to recover from training and races and also helped him achieve his personal health goals. He sees all his clients as athletes and is passionate about helping them achieve their goals through increased body awareness and pain-free activity. Matt is the only Full-Body Certified Active Release Techniques® provider in the Triangle and the only member of the ART Ironman® Provider Network in NC (as a massage therapist). He also includes Active Isolated Stretching, Myofascial/Deep Tissue, and Swedish massage methods in his practice.
Megan McCoy, PT, DPT
Megan McCoy, PT, DPT moved to Durham from Atlanta, after graduating from Emory's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.
After moving to Durham, she completed The Pilates Center's 12-month Advanced Teacher Training Program at InsideOut in 2012. She loves the versatility of Pilates Based Physical Therapy and how effective it can be for any type of patient- whether she is helping someone get back to their favorite activity, guiding someone with chronic pain or teaching one how to use a particular body part again.
When she's not at IOBT, Megan loves to spend time with her husband, Cameron, daughter Georgia and their three German Shorthair Pointers. They enjoy any outdoor activities, road races, cycling and taking weekend trips to explore! Megan is currently accepting new Pilates-based PT clients as well as those looking to improve and/or maintain their fitness level through Pilates.
Meredith Ramsey, PT, DPT
Meredith holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Elon University. Meredith's interest in physical therapy started when she had to overcome many injuries growing up as a competitive gymnast. It wasn't until after her time as a gymnast and dancer that Meredith discovered Pilates. She was drawn to this form of exercise due to its artistic nature complimenting her prior activities. After experiencing the positive effects Pilates had on her own body she became interested in combining Pilates with rehabilitation due to its holistic approach. Meredith returned to North Carolina after living in Boulder, Colorado working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. There she gained experience working with a wide range of conditions with individuals of all ages. While in Boulder, Meredith began the Intermediate Pilates Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center in order to grow personally and also professionally. Upon her return to NC, she completed her training at IOBT. Meredith enjoys helping others to overcome injuries in addition to working toward meeting their wellness goals. In addition to her time spent at IOBT, Meredith also works in her other area of interest as a pediatric physical therapist in Raleigh. Outside of her career, Meredith enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking and biking.
Riki Shore began practicing Pilates in 2014, while living in Scotland, as a way resolve back pain from a fall. Feeling better after her very first session, she continued to enjoy increased strength, flexibility and body awareness as a result of weekly Pilates sessions. Before she left Scotland her instructor encouraged her to look into teacher training and she luckily found InsideOut Body Therapies in September 2016. She graduated from the 450-hour training program offered by The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and completed her internship at IOBT in Durham under the guidance of Mischa Decker, PT, DPT, OCS, PMA®-CPT and Deborah Matthews, PMA®-CPT. Riki enjoys working with private clients of all levels who are goal-oriented and motivated to keep moving and growing. She prides herself on being a compassionate listener and a focused teacher. When not at IOBT, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and their dog, as well as cooking, reading, knitting and traveling.
RJ speaks nationally on meditation, leads international meditation workshops, and has completed a number of local community classes with Lululemon, Athleta, Connected Warriors, Girls on the Run and other local businesses. Private sessions around topics of personal empowerment, confidence building, goal-oriented intentions, and self-care, healing and compassion have also been offered on request.
RJ teaches regularly at InsideOut Body Therapies and conducts group and private sessions locally.
With a 200-hour Prana Flow® teacher certification from Evolve Movement, Raleigh, NC and a 200-hr certification in yoga therapy with additional certifications in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Meditation, and pre/post natal care yoga and meditation certification, RJ continues regularly to develop her expertise and offerings. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English with a minor in Creative Writing from West Virginia University.
Samantha Chase is a Pilates Method Alliance® Certified Pilates Teacher and owner of Full Circle Pilates in Raleigh, NC. She has been practicing Pilates since 2004 and after experiencing positive changes in her physical fitness level as well as benefiting from an improved mind/body connection, she decided to embark on a new career to share her experiences with others. Samantha earned her Mat Certification from Power Pilates in 2011 and continued her training with The Pilates Center's Teacher Training Program at InsideOut. Samantha graduated from the 950-hour Advanced Teacher Training program in 2013. Through both classical and innovative approaches, Samantha hopes to not only assist clients in reaching their physical fitness goals, but also aid clients in body rehabilitation efforts.
Samantha Russell ("Sam") discovered Pilates as a method of cross-training back in her youth as a fine artist training in the field of dance. She is a 3rd generation, Classical Pilates Instructor with her teachers, Marianne Adams and Rebecca Quin, having studied directly under Romana Kryanowska. First and foremost a movement lover, she was humbled and inspired by the Pilates method's ability to challenge and heal the body, mind, and spirit simultaneously.
Since her training in Boone, NC she has work with a multitude of varying styles of Pilates instructors which has influenced her training greatly. She considers herself a bit of a "hybrid" between the Classical style she grew up on and a more contemporary/PT-based style. She loves getting down to the nitty-gritty with each individual client; helping them to discover the little nuances of their particular body. Her goal for her clients is to help them learn to move well with all of their many imbalances, while striving to become more balanced. "Our bodies crave movement!" And Sam is hopeful that she can help you find a sense of wonder and enjoyment as you exercise your body and mind.
Aside from her Pilates training, Sam has recently fallen in love with the GYROTONICÂ® and GYROKINESISÂ® methods and is a certified Apprentice in both formats. She is currently gaining her teaching hours in prep for her test-outs. She also dances alongside fellow IOBT instructor Crystal West with Defero Dance Collective, which they co-founded together back in the early-2000's. When she isn't teaching or dancing, she can be found giggling and playing with her new baby boy, Graham and husband Ben!
Susan (Suz) Kokot, PT, DPT
Susan Kokot, PT, DPT holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University's School of Medicine, and a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University. Susan has spent 15+ years in the theatre and dance worlds performing at renowned regional theatres and as a member of the Grand Rapids Ballet. During her performing career, Susan honed her kinesthetic sense, listening and observational skills, and deep understanding of the human condition. Susan feels passionately about using these skills to help others heal and develop a greater awareness of their physicality; to encourage confidence in rehabilitation; to instill belief that an injured body can be strengthened and restored; and to motivate patients to improve overall health and performance. Susan's areas of interest include orthopedic rehabilitation with a focus in the performing arts, women's health, and neurological disorders.
Susan has treated clients in a variety of settings including the triage clinic at the American Dance Festival. She also presented her research, "Prediction of Injuries at a Dance Medicine Walk-In Clinic during a Summer Dance Intensive" at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in 2016.
Susan is currently enrolled in The Pilates Center's Intermediate Teacher Training Program at InsideOut Body Therapies. When she's not at IOBT, Susan can be found attending live theatre and music, swimming, playing tennis, and spending time with her partner and 3-yr old son.
Susan Rhea, PT, DPT
Susan Rhea, PT, DPT, was born and raised in Northern California where she grew up swimming, playing water polo, and enjoying the outdoors. Susan holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University and a B.S. in Kinesiology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After working in a variety of clinical settings, her interests in patient-centered care and a holistic, full-body approach drew her to pursue Pilates-Based Physical Therapy at InsideOut Body Therapy allowing her to explore movement from a whole new perspective. Susan has a special interest in treating shoulder injuries, postural deficits, cardiopulmonary pathologies, and chronic pain. Outside of her career, Susan enjoys spending time with her husband, playing water polo, hiking, knitting, and dabbling in photography.
Taran Rosenthal, LAc
A graduate of Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, Taran had the privilege of being in one of the last classes to learn from the late legendary, and iconoclastic founder, Dr Sean Marshall. Since graduating he has continued his studies with advanced trainings in Tui Na, fascial unwinding, and visceral work with Dr Frank Butler, and Tom Bisio, Craniosacral therapy, Ba Gua I Ching acupuncture, and various styles of palpatory acupuncture. Taran maintains an active movement practice including, but not limited to Ba Gua, Systema, Bouldering, playing tag with his daughter, and work influenced by the Ido Portal Method, Fighting Monkey, and Rafe Kelly. All of this enriches, and deepens his work as a practitioner of Chinese medicine.