Our Instructors

Kathy Porcell

My first Pilates Mat class was in 1995. Instructor, Lisa Hoffmaster, a physical therapist with a dance background, utilized Pilates for rehab as well as fitness. She pointed out several imbalances in my body that resulted from a severe back injury while dancing. Pilates changed my whole body, brought me back in balance and stirred a new passion in pain free movement.

My Pilates teaching journey started in 2008 with a Power Pilates Mat certification and a beginner/intermediate apparatus certification. In 2010 I completed a Comprehensive Apprenticeship with Master Trainer, Bob Liekens. It was one of the most inspiring times of my life, training with seasoned Pilates professionals to complete a cumulative 800 hours. The learning never stops and continuing education seminars are part of my regular practice.

After 4 years of teaching, Elevation Pilates opened it’s doors in 2012. Every day is still a learning experience as I witness positive changes Pilates brings to chronic weakness; creating strength, stability and flexibility in my clients. I have a keen eye for chronic imbalance and post physical therapy clients recovering from knee, hip, shoulder, neck and back surgeries.

My client list includes elite athletes from the MLL, Arena football, Adirondack Thunder, U.S. Military and the NY State Troopers. I train women and men ages 14-86 including 4 Pilates pregnancy clients who continued their practice right to their deliveries.

Deb Gecewicz

After discovering her love for Pilates in 2014 she decided to Journey into teacher training. She received her comprehensive classical Pilates training through Body Tonic Pilates Gymnasium Teacher Training Program, under the tutelage of studio owner Jennifer DeLuca and Rhinebeck Pilates owner Elaine Ewing. She completed her 500 hour observation and apprenticeship at Elevation Pilates under the supervision and mentoring of studio owner, Kathy Porcell. Deb teaches with expressive motivation and her classes have an energetic flow.

Ann Monger

Ann is an accomplished hair stylist that came to Elevation Pilates to strengthen her core muscles in order to continue working on her feet all day in a bent over position. Her passion for Pilates and the supportive strength is has given her made her want to pass it on. She received her comprehensive classical Pilates training through Body Tonic Pilates Gymnasium Teacher Training Program, under the tutelage of studio owner Jennifer DeLuca and Rhinebeck Pilates owner Elaine Ewing. She completed her 500 hour observation and apprenticeship at Elevation Pilates under the supervision and mentoring of studio owner, Kathy Porcell. Ann has a gentle, yet commanding approach to teaching.

Carrie Whitelaw

Combining over 20 years of experience in occupational, horticultural and massage therapy, Carrie loves to empower people by teaching them simple and effective ways to play a larger role in their own health and wellness.

She provides therapeutic massage, bodywork, and MELT Method instruction in her private practice, BLUEPRINT Structural Bodywork and Self-Care, as well as teaches group MELT® classes at Elevation Pilates and at various locations around Saratoga Springs, NY.

Carrie trained directly with the incomparable Sue Hitzmann, the creator of MELT and is qualified to teach MELT Hand and Foot, Length, and NeuroStrength techniques to those that that want to create more length, strength, and tap into their “neurocore”.

Using small hand and foot treatment balls and a soft foam body roller, MELT rehydrates your connective tissue and rebalances your nervous system resulting in reduced pain and injury and improved spinal alignment and pelvic stability that can deepen and transform your Pilates practice.

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