Faculty

FACULTY

Kim Mazzella

Kim Mazzella is co-owner of Reach Pilates and a certified Core Dynamics Pilates Instructor. She lives in Roscoe Village with her husband David and their four children. Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant with her first child at just 30 years old. She is blessed to be a 15-year breast cancer survivor. After recovering from cancer and chemotherapy she found herself looking for a new way to exercise. She studied under Michele Larson with the prestigious Core Dynamics Pilates teacher training program and became certified in 2005. Kim is a funny, positive and inspiring teacher that understands the needs of a busy mother. She is willing to experiment with new exercises and techniques to meet the individual needs of her clients. Kim feels that the key to a successful studio is to keep it friendly, welcoming, positive, and fun. Reach Pilates is all of that and much more.

Margaret Guira

Margaret Guira is co-owner of Reach Pilates and a certified Core Dynamics Pilates Instructor. She lives in the Roscoe Village neighborhood with her 3 daughters. She started taking classes with Margeaux Raymond and immediately fell in love with the results and benefits pilates can do for your body, including your back and abdomen. She entered the Comprehensive Core Dynamics training program and became a certified instructor in 2005. Margaret loves teaching and has a wide range of clients at Reach pilates from teenagers with knee injuries, pre- and post-natal women, clients with back issues, and clients in various stages of Parkinson’s disease. She has a laidback but serious approach to her teaching. Some Pilates studios tend to be intimidating and stuffy. Margaret wants you to know that Reach Pilates is a welcoming friendly neighborhood Pilates studio.

Lynn Castiglioni

Lynn Castiglioni has been teaching pilates for over 12 years. She started taking pilates as a student after she was diagnosed with three herniated discs on the recommendation of her orthopedic surgeon. Strengthening her core would be essential in alleviating her back pain. She fell in love with pilates and decided to become an instructor and now enjoys a life minus back pain. She completed the training program at From The Center and then immediately entered the Core Dynamics program and received her certification in 2001. She is a mother of three and has had extensive experience teaching pre- and post-natal pilates learning through her own practice during her pregnancies. Lynn also has a background working with clients in various stages of Parkinson’s and believes that pilates movement is a great complement to their current exercise program. She is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance and Idea Fit. She has the experience and knowledge to take on a wide range of clients. She can provide a challenging workout or get a client back into shape post baby or injury. Lynn is a wonderful, caring teacher who listens to the needs of her clients and will put together a plan to for maximum success.

Molly Barnes

Chicago native Molly Barnes has been teaching Pilates full time since 2008 when she received her Fletcher Pilates Qualification. An active member of the Pilates Method Alliance Molly has been PMA Certified since 2009 and regularly attends workshops and conferences. Her continuing education has enabled her to study and workshop with top educators in the Pilates field: Pat Guyton, Wendy Le Blanc-Arbuckle, Mary Bowen, Mari Windsor, Irene Dowd, Diane Severino, the late Ron Fletcher, and her mentor, Susan Salk, director of Pilates Palm Springs. She is also certified in pre- and post-natal fitness through Healthy Moms. Molly is thrilled to be part of the Reach Pilates family where there is a wonderful and fun sense of community. She prides herself on her energetic and athletic group classes, and her work with student Pilates teachers. Molly and her rescue Lab Mona are proud residents of Avondale.

Bridget Gross

Bridget Gross is a certified yoga instructor. She attended her first yoga class in 2001. She continued practicing yoga during her third pregnancy and found yoga to be her most challenging cross training day while training for the 2004 Chicago marathon. During the 3 month teacher training program at Yogaview, she saw a real transformation of mind and body. She has attended workshops with Ray Long, Sianna Sherman, and Natasha Rizopoulous. Studying closely with Geri Bleier, Tom Quinn, Quinn Kearny, and Claire Mark has been an amazing experience! She is eager to share her passion for yoga and to offer others a gateway to a calmer mind and a stronger, more flexible body. She is grateful for all the time spent on her yoga mat and for her teachers who continually inspire and motivate her to reach for new heights!