INSTRUCTORS

Founding Partners

allison

Allison Ward Fuscaldo, Studio Owner
allison@lightspacechicago.com

B.A., History, Indiana University
M.A., Arts Administration, Indiana University
PMA Certified Instructor
Certified Clinical Qigong Practitioner, ICEH
LightSpace Teacher Trainer

Allison discovered Pilates in 2007 after experiencing chronic lower back pain due to many years as a tap dancer. She endured numerous (frustrating!) trips to doctors and physical therapists, which ultimately led her down the path to exploring more holistic treatment options. Since then not only has her back pain disappeared, but her experience led her to an entirely new career helping guide others on their own paths to pain-free movement. She completed her Pilates training in 2010 and is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance. From 2014 - 2019 she completed a 500-hour certification in Clinical Qigong, Movement Qigong, and Chinese Neuro-Energetic Therapeutics through the Institute of Chinese Energy Healing, ICEH.

Allison has the unique ability to see and understand pain, and she intuitively knows how to motivate and guide clients to discover healthier and happier movement. Using a West meets East approach, she combines Pilates exercises, Clinical Qigong healing and Gift of the Tao Qigong movements, and even a few things from her experience in the dance world, into a treatment method that helps clients connect to their bodies on a deeper level in order to heal from injury.

In addition to her work at LightSpace, Allison is a senior student of internationally acclaimed Qigong Master and NQA Certified Level IV Teacher Michael Lomax. Since studying this system she is constantly amazed at its effectiveness, and incorporates it into her teaching in a variety of ways, depending on the unique needs and personalities of her clients.

Allison has many years experience in dance performance and athletics, starting from an early age. Her first job was dance demonstrator and class assistant for Diane Gudat at The Dance Company of Indianapolis. Allison moved to Chicago in 2007 after earning her M.A. in Arts Administration from Indiana University, and worked for several years in that field. However the world of working closely with people, and teaching them healthier movement, is where she really belongs.

SESSION RATES

Pilates: single session $95
Clinical Qigong Treatment: $95 per treatment

annie

Annie Murray, Studio Owner
annie@lightspacechicago.com

B.A. History, Pomona College
M.B.A., Booth School of Business
PMA Certified Instructor
Teacher Trainer
Certified Integrated Movement Specialist

Annie first began her study of Pilates in 2006 and immediately recognized the unique benefits to her post-partum health and overall well being.  In 2010 she decided to become an instructor and was trained at Urbancore Pilates. Annie completed her PMA certification in 2011.

Annie strives to broaden her knowledge and experience with continued study of Pilates, anatomy of movement and various post-rehabilitation protocols. In 2013 she completed her certification as an Integrated Movement Specialist (functional anatomy) with Evan Osar, and she is currently pursuing certification in Clinical Qigong, Movement Qigong, and Chinese Neuro-Energetic Therapeutics through the Institute of Chinese Energy Healing and is a direct student of internationally acclaimed Qigong Master and NQA Certified Level IV Teacher Michael Lomax.

Annie's varied experience in finance and consulting, and as a mother of three children, gives her a unique ability to connect with and motivate a variety of clients.

SESSION RATES

Pilates: single session $95
Clinical Qigong Treatment: $95 per treatment

 

beth

Beth Gilmore, Studio Owner
beth@lightspacechicago.com

B.S. Business Administration, Marketing, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
PMA Certified Instructor
Shiatsu Massage Therapist, AOBTA CP

Beth has done Pilates on and off over the years and always enjoyed it, but in 2012 when Pilates and Qigong helped her avoid surgery for a bulging disk she became passionate about it. With her eyes opened to how she had been compensating for a weak core while running, playing tennis, strength training and even sitting at her desk, Beth began learning more about Pilates and its many benefits. She began her Pilates certification in 2013 at Urbancore Pilates and Fitness. Beth is certified through the Pilates Method Alliance.

Beth is currently pursuing two additional certifications, one in Shiatsu bodywork at Zen Shiatsu Chicago and the other in Clinical Qigong, Movement Qigong, and Chinese Neuro-Energetic Therapeutics through the Institute of Chinese  Energy Healing and is a direct student of internationally acclaimed Qigong Master and NQA Certified Level IV Teacher Michael Lomax. She has already begun incorporating these techniques into her work to help her clients address their pain and achieve their goals. These tools, combined with years of experience in competitive sports (tennis, swimming, volleyball, softball, and badminton), marathons and triathlons, allow her to design programs for her clients that help them move and feel better in everyday life as well as on the court, field, or in the pool.

After over 15 years in advertising, sitting at a desk and on hundreds of planes, she loves her second career in Pilates and wellness. Originally from the northern suburbs, Beth has been living in Chicago since graduating from college.

SESSION RATES

Pilates: single session $90
Clinical Qigong Treatment: $95 per treatment
Shiatsu Massage: $95 per session

lisa

Lisa Slattery, Studio Owner
lisa@lightspacechicago.com

B.A. Early Childhood Education,
Columbia College Chicago
PMA Certified Instructor

In her teaching, Lisa blends both Western and Eastern techniques and guides her clients toward their goals using this distinctive method. Building upon her knowledge is imperative to Lisa’s teaching and she continues to integrate different classes on anatomy and movement into her schedule. Lisa is currently pursuing certification in Clinical Qigong, Movement Qigong, and Chinese Neuro-Energetic Therapeutics through the Institute of Chinese  Energy Healing and is a direct student of internationally acclaimed Qigong Master and NQA Certified Level IV Teacher Michael Lomax.

Lisa enjoys working with people who are new to Pilates and encouraging them to experience the most minute activation of muscles for the first time. Lisa loves when her clients are dedicated to the practice of Pilates and, in turn, experience positive changes in both their body and life style as a result.

Lisa is a certified specialist in diastis recti recovery, the pelvic floor, and pre- and postnatal Pilates, receiving these certifications from Carolyne Anthony of the Center for Women’s Fitness. She finds that Pilates has been a way to get many clients who are having pain from their daily schedule of being at home with their children or having the two jobs of being a mother and going to their other line of work feeling pain-free.

Lisa’s main goal is for her clients to leave without pain, have better alignment in their bodies, and feel stronger. Lisa also finds that the hour of fluid and peaceful motion can help her clients achieve a better balance in their daily life. And who doesn’t want to feel balanced, fluid and calm?!

SESSION RATES

Pilates: single session $90
Clinical Qigong Treatment: $95 per treatment

Partner

Steven Winterstein, Partner

Steven began teaching Pilates in 2001, certifying with Michelle Larson of Core Dynamics in Santa Fe. He is extremely knowledgeable in anatomy and joint mechanics having studied extensively at both UIC and National University of Health Sciences. At National he spent three years in the Chiropractic program learning soft tissue manipulation, orthopedic joint testing, chiropractic assessments and joint mobilization techniques- plus that lovely but invaluable year of cadaver dissection. He incorporates all of these elements into his Pilates practice enabling him to work with a wide variety of injury/rehab issues.

SESSION RATES

Pilates: single session $110

Certified Instructors (Tier 2)

Gretchen Soechting

Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. A lifelong practitioner of dance, she was early in her education introduced to Pilates as a supplemental regimen to training in ballet and modern dance techniques. After many years dabbling in mat repertoire, Gretchen came to Kinetic Axis serendipitously, where she fell in love with Steven’s functional anatomical approach and the changes it incited in her own physicality. While her years of somatic movement experience enrich her work teaching in a studio. Pilates has, in turn, enlightened her understanding of and experience in the efficiency of movement. She is fascinated by the body as machine, and finds Pilates to be an invaluable tool in living well and wholly. When not teaching as Kinetic Axis, Gretchen can be found collaborating and dancing around town as a freelance performer. She is in her sixth season as a company member with Synapse Arts.

Kathleen Christianson

Kathleen has been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 1998. In 1996, while completing her certification, she worked in direct care with residents of Misericordia in the therapy dept. This afforded her the opportunity to develop her skills and apply them to her practice. Kathleen became a Certified Pilates Practitioner at Body Balance in 2000.


Certified Instructors (Tier 1)

Jill Rimmey

A native of Minnesota, Jill moved to Chicago in 2009. Prior to moving to Chicago, she attended the University of Iowa where she received a B.A. in Political Science.

Jill started attending Pilates mat classes when she was in high school. While in college Jill participated in Pilates classes off and on, but it wasn't until she moved to Chicago that she started practicing weekly. She became stronger and more centered, which was important for her because of her work as a bartender in the service industry. The job is demanding and hard on the body. After committing to Pilates as her primary workout, she noticed improve strength, flexibility, and stamina.

In 2016 Jill decided to pursue certification to become a Pilates instructor under the instruction of Annie Murray and Allison Ward at LightSpace. Her passion and love for Pilates is palpable and shows through in her approach to the craft.

Priscilla Alvarez

B.A. Spanish Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Research Administration, Rush University

Priscilla started practicing Pilates in November 2010, when she began experiencing job-related chronic lower back/hip pain after making a career change. She went from a physically active job as a physical therapy aide, to a 9 to 5 desk job which was not active at all. This took such a toll on her body it became painful to even walk! Familiar with Pilates as a form of therapy for back pain, she sought out a rehabilitation-specific studio near her and found Urbancore Pilates. Not only did she feel immediate pain relief after her first couple of private sessions, she discovered an exercise that helped her find the Mind-Body connection she always sought. She’s been addicted to Pilates ever since!

Priscilla continued to practice Pilates weekly in the form of a duet for the next five years, and it remains the only physical exercise she is truly loves. Listening to her gut she decided to take her practice to the next level by completing teacher training with her favorite instructors at LightSpace, and is now fully certified through the Pilates Method Alliance.

During her teacher training, she discovered how well she responded to Eastern energetic techniques/Qigong which are an integral part of the LightSpace system. She enjoys introducing beginners to the basics of Pilates and movement Qigong, as well as to returning to her roots of physical rehabilitation using the Pilates method to address injuries.

Priscilla is currently pursuing certification in Clinical Qigong, Movement Qigong, and Chinese Neuro-Energetic Therapeutics through the Institute of Chinese Energy Healing and is a student of internationally acclaimed Qigong Master and NQA Certified Level IV Teacher Michael Lomax.

Priscilla was born and raised in Chicago (Little Village!).  When Priscilla is not at LightSpace, you’ll most likely see her out and about on her bicycle, at a local brewery, or catching her favorite bands in concert.

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Rachel Andre

B.S. Entertainment Business, Full Sail University
A.S. Music Recording/Production, Full Sail University

Rachel rediscovered Pilates in 2014 after being reminded of the health and wellness benefits she had experienced years before. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Rachel moved to Chicago in 2006. Since then she has been employed as a Graphic Designer, working on music projects with her husband and traveling when possible. Although happy with the creative aspects of her profession, she had been combating the side affects of having a desk job. She started seeing a Chiropractor for some mild back pain and was encouraged to get back into Pilates.

Rachel began taking Private Sessions from LightSpace owner/instructor Beth Milligan, where she not only started to feel healthier and more energized but also inspired to teach. She hopes to encourage and impact others the same way.


Apprentice Teacher Trainees


Dorothy Mora

It took two hip surgeries, a back surgery, and constant battles with anxiety and mysterious allergies for Dorothy to explore more holistic treatment options. In 2015, she found Pilates and Qigong and it opened up an entirely new way to experience life. Since then, physical pain and inflammation has been replaced with mobility, strength, and stability. Anxiety and insomnia has been replaced with awareness and peaceful confidence.

When she was able to break free from pain and anti-anxiety meds, she knew she needed share these tools with others.

Dorothy is proud to offer Pilates, Clinical Qigong, and Breathwork sessions to support and energize her clients’ personal goals and transformation.

Dorothy holds a B.S. in Education from Indiana University. She is a certified Breathwork facilitator and is currently pursuing certification in Clinical Qigong, Movement Qigong, and Chinese Neuro-Energetic Therapeutics through the Institute of Chinese Energy Healing and is a student of internationally acclaimed Qigong Master and NQA Certified Level IV Teacher Michael Lomax.


Kelli Kaul

Kelli’s motivation to join the LightSpace instructor team comes from the personal impact Pilates and Qigong have made on her life.  She no longer relies on pain medications or visits to the chiropractor to get by.  For the first time, she has the ability to manage her own stress and feels incredibly fit and powerful from exercise.  Even better, she won’t need another surgery to repair a 2nd herniated disc caused by a disc surgery years ago.

Kelli wants to make a positive impact on other’s lives at work.  Her goal is to focus on students that want to overcome physical, personal and emotional life challenges.  She’s extremely gratified to be able to make a difference.

Melissa Mai

Melissa began practicing Pilates in 2014, hoping to find something exercise-related that could hold her interest better than the traditional gym setting. She immediately loved everything about it - the challenge, how strong she felt, and the great learning environment. Pilates became more than just an exercise program when she began to experience very serious and incredibly scary symptoms including back pain, leg numbness and spasticity, and trouble walking. It took took six months for doctors to properly diagnose and treat the severely herniated disc in her neck. Following the first of two surgeries, Melissa's neurosurgeon told her that she could have very easily have become a quadriplegic!

During that scary time, she put her Pilates practice on hold and instead sought out pain relief in the form of Clinical Qigong treatments at LightSpace. As she healed, Melissa began to fold Pilates back into her recovery and they continue to be an integral part of her life.

Both practices have brought so much to Melissa's life on physical, energetic, and emotional levels! They helped her navigate the frustrating and stressful rehabilitation she went through, as she re-learned to sit, stand, and walk without using her neck. She is beyond excited to bring Pilates and Qigong to others - especially those who may never have considered them before or may be too intimated to try!

Roneen Ordower

Roneen is an MD and 15 years ago after a bout of medical difficulties she realized that no amount of green tea would improve her health unless she started moving. She tried joining a gym, but realized that without proper body alignment and a strong core all she was doing was injuring herself. So 8 years ago Roneen added pilates to her “keep moving” list. Now, she “gyms”, she does pilates, and 4 years ago started learning Salsa. Cuban Style. And Pilates made everything possible. But, for the record, she still doesn't like green tea!