Our Pilates Team

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

Lisa Spencer 



Lisa started practicing Pilates in 2002 while living in Ohio, and began teaching Pilates in 2007 after moving to the Mad River Valley. She is a life long mover, and continuously amazed by the mind-body connection. She loves practicing and performing dance, hiking with her Carolina-Dingo mix Raja, spending time with her sassiest cat in the whole town Jasmine, and grows every day as a human through parenting her two children: Mia and River.

Willow Wonder, N.C.P.I. 



Willow 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 in central VT 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!