Since 2009, reFORM Pilates and Movement has been under the ownership and management of Kelli Kessler, Matt Lueders, and Teresa Lee. The three-way partnership was a product of years of their working together and sharing clients as a team. reFORM has become a melting pot of ideas, where the best teaching practices stand out and get absorbed by the whole staff. We have seen countless individuals flourish under the critical eye of our many talented teachers and our varied backgrounds allow us to be flexible and work with a great variety of bodies and personalities. At reFORM, we’ve come together to create an exercise space that “invigorates the body and enlivens the soul.” – Joseph Pilates

Portland Pilates Instructor Teresa Lee

Teresa was first introduced to Pilates as a classical ballet dancer while attending the University of Oregon. She was immediately impressed with the work as it improved her sense of balance and control. Teresa continued her Pilates practice when she moved to Colorado to dance with the Boulder Ballet. It was there that she found The Pilates Center, where she embarked upon 800 hours of study with highly skilled and revered mentors and become certified in 2003. Teresa and her husband moved to Portland where she began working at reFORM Pilates and Movement in 2004. She now enjoys the opportunity of working with apprentices as a Host Advisor to The Pilates Center’s teacher training program.

Her passion for movement led her to also train in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and GYROKINESIS® exercise. She finds that the combination of Classical Pilates and GYROTONIC® movement compliment one another and give her clients a heightened sense of healthful movement in their bodies. Teresa is thrilled to work with the wonderful instructors and clients at reFORM. Creating change in bodies and eliminating pain is a very rewarding process that she finds not only ongoing, but very fulfilling.

Portland Pilates Instructor Kelli May

Kelli Kessler May’s intention is to have her clients experience a place where breath is moving freely, the mind is centered on movement, the bones sit properly into their joint spaces, and muscles are pumping the right amount of energy needed to dance with each exercise. There, a person is dropping into that Zen place where they let go of unnecessary holding so they can feel their next unfolding.

Kelli is a Jersey girl who graduated from Colorado College in 2000. An All American lacrosse player, she discovered Pilates her senior year. She fell in love with how it helped her reconnect to her self and helped relieve her back pain. She moved to Boulder, CO to study the Body Knowledge Method of Pilates with Master Trainer Lara Kolesar Lussier. At the center of Lara’s training was a highly hands-on approach to working with the body. Using her touch, Kelli learned to connect with what each very unique body is doing and then help clients feel how to move fluidly from their core. Kelli went on to get her massage license while living in Boulder.

Kelli got certified in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in 2007. She loves the way it complements Pilates as well as how it contacts certain joint spaces in the body that had been unreachable to her before. She is also trained on the GYROTONIC® Ladder.

Kelli is currently on the quest of perfecting her hands-on skills to contact a person’s innate genius within their nervous system. She is studying the Alexander Technique with Robyn Avalon to deepen these skills. She is also currently inspired by Hilary Cartwright and her Yoga for Dancers practice.

Portland Pilates Instructor Matt Lueders

Matt Lueders began his Pilates practice while in college, and he found the emphasis on rehabilitative and sports training allowed him to maximize his own athletic ability. At first with the intention of deepening his own practice, be became certified as a teacher in 2007. Since then, Matt has used his certification to create Pilates training programs for all students of all ages. He particularly enjoys developing Pilates cross-training and rehabilitative programs for athletes.

Matt began studying the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in 2008, became a teacher in 2009. He began teaching GYROKINESIS® exercise in 2011, and is certified on the GYROTONIC® Ladder and the Jumping/Stretching Board. He is an authorized GYROTONIC® pre-trainer in the GYROTONIC® teacher-training system. In 2013 he began practicing Yoga for Dancers with Hilary Cartwright, and since 2015 has been an apprentice in Hilary’s yoga training program. In his spare time, Matt gardens and studies languages, travels, and makes art. He is a graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Art History. He practices rebirthing breathwork and meditation, and he tries to live by spiritual principles and the saying “mens sana in corpore sano.”

Portland Pilates Instructor Fanina Padykula

Fanina is a patient and passionate teacher who incorporates her varied background in Pilates, dance and yoga to create fun and dynamic sessions that bring clients a greater sense of strength, flexibility, alignment, and overall well being. She has experience working with bodies of all shapes and sizes and with varied physical histories, and she strives to tailor each session to her client’s specific needs. She loves to encourage her clients to take what they’ve learned in their sessions and carry it over into their day to day life. Pilates is not just about a stronger body, but also a stronger mind and a more confident spirit.

Fanina found her love of Pilates while she was working through college as an Exercise Leader. After graduating from The University of South Florida with a B.A. in Urban Geography, she decided to further pursue a career in the fitness world by becoming a Certified Pilates Instructor (Mat & Apparatus) through The Physical Mind Institute (2006). She is a certified yoga instructor (YogaFit 2006) and a nationally recognized Middle Eastern dance artist, having received several awards including “Miss Bellydance USA 2011” www.faninabellydancer.com.

She has had the chance to teach, dance and learn throughout the world and is always looking to expand her knowledge about the body and movement through continued education in Pilates, dance and yoga.

Portland GYROTONIC® Instructor Lucy Yim

Lucy’s curiosity for movement and desire for a deep understanding of the geometry of the body is what led her to the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. What she found was a profound system that promoted a fully expressive, uninhibited, dynamically strong body and spirit. As a teacher, Lucy’s main goal is to get her students moving with strength, connectivity, ease, and clarity. Lucy understands that the GYROTONIC® method is a holistic, somatic movement practice, and honors this by cultivating a mindful, compassionate, and courageous body in her students. Imagery is often used to guide the movement and offer an intuitive and insightful way into experiencing the self.

Lucy holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, where after she went to work as a trainer for James Fowler Physical Therapy (NYC). She also studied under Emma Kinsgston, is a GYROKINESIS® Instructor, and is certified on the Archway, Jumping-Stretching Board, and Gyrotoner. Lucy has taken specialized courses for the hands and feet, a hip replacement workshop with Hilary Cartwright, and GYROTONIC® for Dancers. Lucy is a dancer and choreographer who studies the Alexander Technique, yoga, personal training, kettle bells, and contemporary art.

Portland Pilates Instructor Lyra Butler-Denman

Lyra Butler-Denman is a certified Pilates instructor, Contemporary Alexander Technique teacher, GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® trainer, modern dancer, and visual artist. She is deeply interested in and passionate about movement and believes it is important for both our physical and emotional lives. She cares deeply for the well-being of her students, her primary aim is to help her clients engage in the activities they love with strength, efficiency, safety, and ease. Lyra enjoys teaching clients of all ages and abilities and has extensive experience working with rehabilitation, spinal injuries, athletes, joint replacements, pre- and post-partum clients, cyclists, runners, and dancers. Lyra is dedicated to helping others find ease, recover from injury and trauma, and re-discover the quality of life they desire.

Lyra began her study of Pilates and Contemporary Alexander Technique over a decade ago. As a young dancer she used Pilates to rehabilitate a knee injury and used the Alexander work to help find efficiency, strength, flexibility, and presence. After a spine injury years later that left her severely incapacitated, she went back to Pilates, re-discovered the Alexander work, and began to study the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. Since then she has continued to use all three modalities as effective healing and strengthening tools for herself and her clients. In addition to completely rehabilitating her injuries, Pilates, GYROTONIC®, and the Alexander work allowed Lyra to awaken to a stronger and smarter body and a deeper understanding of herself.

Lyra is certified in classical Pilates with Michelle Larson through the Core Dynamics Pilates teacher training program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lyra is certified as an Alexander Technique teacher with the Alexander Alliance SW/NW and Alexander Alliance International, is certified as a Matrix Energetics practitioner by Dr. Richard Bartlett DC, ND, and is a certified GYROTONIC® instructor. She also works as a dancer and artist (www.lyrabutler-denman.com).

Jennifer Cree strives to help her clients achieve their goals in function, performance and wellness through movement. Her own journey with movement therapy began a decade ago. Jennifer was a full-time Dental Hygienist and part-time competitive cyclist and runner. The highly repetitive physical demands of her career and sport led her to her first Pilates mat class. She immediately fell in love with the practice. Jennifer has been Pilates Method Certified since 2014 and has completed the 950 hour Advanced Teacher Training Program from The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.

As a lifelong learner, she has expanded her practice to include the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® and the Alexander Technique, in order  to create comprehensive training programs for her clients. GYROTONIC® training has allowed Jennifer to help her clients improve their movement patterns during work or sport, and to relieve pain. The Contemporary Alexander School training has provided Jennifer a greater understanding of habit, awareness, intention, andmovement. She is currently completing her four year teacher training program in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico.

When not in the studio, Jennifer can be found pedaling her bike around Portland, exploring and adventuring in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, or face-timing with her adorable niece and nephew.

Portland Massage Therapist Crystal Saint Onge

Crystal has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2002, having experienced her own journey of living with, and healing from, years of chronic pain. This experience showed her that in order for full, deep healing to take place, it is important for us to address our dis-ease on many levels. Our emotional and energetic bodies hold and carry pain just as much as our physical bodies.

Over the years Crystal has synthesized her diverse trainings and life experiences into a unique healing form. With a reverence for the history of hands on healing, nature, dance, prayer, and the healing powers of water, a sacred space and intention is held in each session. She also sources from her trainings as a Birth Doula; Massage Therapist: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Advance Myofacial techniques, and Thai massage; Reiki, Polarity and Barbara Brennan Healing Science; and from her many years of first hand experience with Indigenous Shamanic Healing methods including Native American, Peruvian, and European traditions.

Crystal combines intuitive listening, guided energy balancing, deep body grounding and a relaxing, caring presence; providing a whole healing session for her clients.

Certified Pilates Instructor Nicholas Hongola got hooked on Pilates after one of his movement teachers in graduate school taught him the 100s. He pursued Pilates and is a graduate of The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. In addition Nick is a trained actor and a holds a BA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Nicholas grew up in Richmond, California and has lived in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Brooklyn, New York. He’s an enthusiastic and warm instructor and works with students of any level. Nick enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, dancing and collecting vinyl.

Andrea started taking Pilates classes following a dance injury in high school, and quickly became enamored of its holistic, full-body approach to fitness. After she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition in her early 20s, she developed an interest in anti-inflammatory approaches to health and wellness, and found that Pilates was also a great way to exercise without exacerbating her condition. While completing her BA in Classical Studies she continued to incorporate Pilates into her life, and completed her teacher training through Balanced Body in 2010. She is passionate about sharing her love of mindfulness, movement, and the body with others to help them achieve their best health. In addition to her Pilates training, Andrea is currently an apprentice in the Gyrotonic Expansion System.

Andrea is a board certified acupuncturist and herbalist in NE Portland, and loves finding parallels between East Asian medical theory and fitness to incorporate into her classes. Her practice specifically focuses on autoimmune disease, women’s health, and orthopedics. You can find out more about her practice at sageincenseacupuncture.com.

Portland Massage Therapist Daniel Addy

Daniel began his study of the massage arts in 2009, in the midst of several soul searching and transformative weeks on Hawai’i. Encouraged and inspired after this first bodywork retreat, he continued his studies and graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2012. His long standing yoga practice and his movement history as a swimmer and dancer have informed and supported his bodywork practice.

Daniel provides thoughtful, therapeutic bodywork primarily grounded in Deep Tissue, Myofascial release, Structural Integration, Thai Massage, and Craniosacral Therapy techniques, though he takes frequent inspirations from across many modalities and traditions of body and energy work. Sound therapy and other forms of healing medicines influence his ongoing research, as does the wealth of information provided by Osteopathic practitioners through Neuromuscular and Muscle Energy Techniques. Sessions include an informal posture assessment and bodywork that often traverses chair, table, and Thai mat.

gentle presence to his work, and to the shifting geometries of our bodies. He is dedicated to the needs of his clients, intent on helping them move away from experiences of pain and stagnation, and towards greater mobility and flow.