Our Pilates Team

Rosemary Leach, B.A. (Co-owner)

Rosemary LeachRose has been teaching and performing dance and movement from coast to coast for the past 20 years. She graduated from Hampshire College in 1993 with a degree in Dance.  Since receiving her Pilates Mat Instructor certification from Power Pilates in 2007, she continued her Pilates training through Balanced Body University, Power Pilates and Pilates on Tour.  She is currently on the faculty of the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio in Montpelier.

Hope Sharp

Hope SharpHope Sharp received her Mat Pilates certification from Power Pilates in NYC in 2009, followed shortly after by Balanced Body University Reformer Training at Boston Body in Boston in 2010. Hope enjoys working with clients of all ages and with varied challenges, and strives to customize each class to the specific needs of the participants. She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Figurative Painting from Johnson State College, and lives in Montpelier with her two children.

Willow Wonder

Willow WonderWillow first came to Essential Physical Therapy and Pilates with a shoulder injury in the winter of 2013.  As a dancer, she was very impressed with their use of Pilates as a rehabilitation tool--so impressed she decided to become a Pilates instructor and one year later received her Comprehensive Polestar Pilates Instructor certification.  Willow  holds a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from Purchase College Conservatory and an Ashtanga Yoga Instructor certification. She continues to dance and perform professionally and has been teaching dance with Moving Light School of Dance since 2002. Willow is passionately committed to bringing more movement into people's lives. Working at Essential Physical Therapy and Pilates is a wonderful gift!

Kaarin Shipitko

Kaarin Shipitko

Kaarin Shipitko came to Pilates through her career as a professional ballet dancer. After a serious injury, she started taking Mat classes and fell in love with all Pilates had to offer. After dancing in the U.S. and Russia she decided that she wanted to be able to share the benefits she found in Pilates with others and began training to teach at Pilates Academy International in New York City. Kaarin loves that Pilates can be adapted to different bodies and fitness levels making it an ideal fitness method no matter where you are in your life. She focuses her classes on getting a good workout while maintaining alignment and increasing the students’ awareness of their own bodies

Kelia Marara (Office Manager)

Kelia MararaKelia is originally from Rwanda.  She serves as the office manager; managing day to day operations and providing assistance to our customers. She loves working with people and is dedicated to working hard to produce winning outcomes. She is currently working toward her degree in Business and Administration at Community College of Vermont. Kelia lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

Contact Us


81 River Street - Suite 201
Montpelier, VT
phone: 802.262.1500