Meet Our Team

Professionalism is high on our list of values. We guarantee you won’t find a more qualified or committed team of professionals in the Niagara Region.  Our commitment to up to date techniques, life-long learning and client centered practices make us industry leaders and award winners for exceptional customer service!

Movement Unlimited Team, Summer 2020
Allison Kares, NCPT

Allison Kares, NCPT

Director, Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher

As a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher and working as an exercise therapist in the rehab industry for 12 years, I have always been curious about efficient and effective movement. This passion has lead me to develop a unique, comprehensive, evidence-based program that will provide you with maximal results. I’m excited to meet with you and help you design a program that will work to help you achieve your ultimate movement potential.

Young or mature, fit or injured, we have a program that will improve how you move!

Emily Robertson

Emily Robertson

Pilates Teacher

As a young girl, I was always drawn to ways the body can move to express art. I grew up dancing at a competitive level, studying tap, jazz, ballet, modern and lyrical. My passion evolved and in 2010 I began teaching both recreational and completive dancers. Looking for ways to strengthen my dancer’s and improve their technique, I attended the Niagara College Fitness and Health Promotions program and graduated in 2017. With my passion for movement, I decided to continue my education through obtaining my STOTT Pilates.

Sydney Dick

Sydney Dick

Pilates Teacher

I began practicing Pilates in 2005, and quickly found it to be an excellent compliment to my already active lifestyle. Pilates soon made me stronger, more flexible, and less prone to injury. It also improved my running and weightlifting, and was helpful while completing a diploma in Outdoor Adventure from Algonquin College. Pilates creates an awareness of how your body moves that allows you to take on all of life’s activities with confidence, whether it’s a week-long backpacking trip, carrying luggage through an airport, or playing with your children at the park.

Alexandra Kotwa, NCPT

Alexandra Kotwa, NCPT

Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, Nutritionist

Whether it is your first time stepping foot in a studio, or if you have been practicing for years, I am well-equipped with the tools to help you practice Pilates. 

After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences in 2017, I advanced my education with a diploma in Exercise Science and certification as both a Nutritionist and as a National Pilates Teacher.

Through working with you, it is my goal to allow you to use Pilates to take control of your life.
My love of nutritional health fits well with my passion towards physical fitness. I can help you break the cycle of dieting and instead help you find a lifestyle that is sustainable and healthy for the long term.

Sally MacDonell

Sally MacDonell

Pilates Teacher, Older Adult Specialist

Teaching is my passion and my love of fitness transformed into the vehicle to help people improve their health and wellness. Having taught for over 20 years, I have become fascinated and truly inspired by the small increments in progress that I see clients making, one cell of their body at a time. Breaking down each movement to meet each client’s needs allows me to see the look of accomplishment in their eyes and the smiles on their faces as we progress to each new level. Fun and fitness go hand in hand. I strive to include activation of the laughing muscles as a key to success.

Brett Foresy

Brett Foresy

TRX Teacher

Brett is an enthusiastic and inspiring fitness professional with 15 years of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Educator and Entrepreneur, throughout the Niagara Region.

He is excited to meet each of you at Movement Unlimited Inc., and looks forward to leading you through a variety of challenging and enjoyable TRX Suspension Training classes

Penny Butler

Penny Butler

Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher

My love of movement began at a young age training and studying dance. I discovered Pilates while attending Ryerson Theatre School studying various forms of dance, anatomy, music and pedagogy.

In 2004, I obtained my Mat Pilates certification in British Columbia, followed by a full comprehensive Pilates certification in 2013, and subsequently certified in Pilates 4 Youth, Pilates for MS and Neurological Conditions and Progressive Ballet Technique in the years following. 

What I have learnt over the years is every person and their body has a story and no two people are alike.  Every day I see the benefits of Pilates and it motivates me to continue learning and sharing with my clients to move in a way that helps them feel the benefits in their everyday life.

Kat Eickmeier

Kat Eickmeier

Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher

I have always loved trying new things and have participated in various forms of movement, from weight lifting and martial arts to contortion and pole dancing. After a shoulder injury in 2014, I was motivated to improve my anatomical knowledge to find the safest and most efficient way to return to the strength and mobility I originally had. After discovering Pilates in 2018, I finally started seeing progress with my shoulder and found my entire body moved more freely.

Since then, I have become passionate about exploring the feeling of freedom through movement and received my National Pilates Teaching Certificate. 

I strive to support my students through the barriers that prevent them from enjoying exercise and give them the confidence to move on their own in both conventional and unconventional ways.

Rebecca Swick

Rebecca Swick

Yoga Teacher

My journey with yoga began at a young age. Originally it was the physical poses that brought me to my mat, but I soon felt the gentle shifts yoga could create in my life off my mat. My practice has challenged me to focus on the present moment, grow stronger, calmer, and more self-aware and become in tune with the connection between the body, the brain, and the mind. I am passionate about living holistically. I use my background as an Occupational Therapist with the soulful, spiritual, and mindful aspects of yoga to encourage others to feel happy and healthy in their lives. 

Kesha Colautti

Kesha Colautti

Yoga Teacher, Meditation Instructor

Kesha is a certified yoga teacher & meditation instructor. She was introduced to yoga at a young age, learning yoga asanas as part of her elementary school curriculum in India & watching her mother practice yoga at home. Kesha continued to explore human anatomy, herbal medicine & Ayurveda through pharmacy school. She teaches soulful classes, slow flow, alignment-based Hatha and Sivananda style, where self-inquiry is encouraged and the joy of being is the principal.

Rachel Ramsden

Rachel Ramsden

Yoga Teacher, Pilates Teacher

Rachel was introduced to yoga at a young age when her mother became a yoga instructor. She developed a sense of home within her body through her yoga practice and wanted to share that with gift others, so she became a certified yoga teacher. Rachel completed her Yoga Teacher Training at YBS and extended her focus with a certificate in restorative yoga, yoga Nidra and yoga for seniors. 

Rachel started at our studio teaching yoga, but her passion for alignment & empowering others led her to begin teaching Pilates, too.

Rachel aims to create an inclusive environment and create a space for all students to feel safe and empowered.

Meet Our Practitioners

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Karen Gemmel

Karen Gemmel

Yoga Teacher

I began practicing yoga in January of 1996. In the fall of 2003, I completed, with Honor of Distinction, an intensive 500-hour teacher training program at the Yoga Centre of Burlington, a recognized Yoga Alliance training facility. I continue to deepen my knowledge of the practice by attending workshops and classes led by senior teachers. I practice and teach a traditional style of yoga which utilizes props for modification to make poses accessible to students of all ages and abilities. Yoga props are used to support the body in restorative poses, and assist you to move into a posture you may not yet be flexible enough to manage on your own. 

Marie-Eve Nackers, MPT, PFPT

Marie-Eve Nackers, MPT, PFPT

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

In 2010, Marie-Eve graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. She was accepted into the Masters of Physiotherapy program the same year and graduated in 2012. In recent years, Marie-Eve has been specializing in pelvic health physiotherapy. This specialty is focused on assessing male and female pelvic conditions in order to treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions. She includes manual therapy, breathing techniques, a cognitive-behavioral approach, body mapping, and Qi-Gong exercises to finally get you ready to move with confidence and resilience.

Kristina Tzvetkova

Kristina Tzvetkova

FST Practitioner

Originally from Bulgaria, Kristina came to Canada in 2005 with her husband and two-year-old son. After less than two years of learning English, she was accepted to Brock University majoring in Psychology. In 2010 she graduated with the highest average and was on the Dean’s Honours List for three consecutive years.

Fascial Stretch Therapy is a full-body, functional, and dynamic modality that helps to release trigger points, increase relaxation, decrease mental stress and improve sleep and energy.  As a treatment, FST is able to correct structural imbalances, increase range of motion and strength, decrease swelling and improve our balance and posture.

Meet Our Admin Staff

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Cheyanne Tessier

Cheyanne Tessier

Studio CoOrdinator

You will see Cheyanne’s friendly face at our new front reception desk. She has been in the Niagara area since 2017 and looks forward to meeting you all.  She attended Niagara College from 2018-2019 and obtained her diploma in office administration and will be an asset to our company. Cheyanne brings with her some knowledge in another fitness environment and also a love of Pilates and walking. Before starting as our Studio Coordinator, Cheyanne had been a devoted client working with many of our staff. She is also a breast cancer survivor and was able to continue her Pilates sessions throughout her treatment. She wants everyone to take their health seriously and find something fun in getting fit.

Gail Smith

Gail Smith

Accounts Manager

Throughout her career, Gail has primarily worked for small companies in an administrative, sales and customer service role. She is keenly aware of how quickly small businesses need to adapt and change to the ever present pressures of the economy, client interest and unexpected challenges such as a pandemic.
Her role as Accounts Manager at Movement Unlimited allows her to connect with you regarding program costs, payments and invoices.

Gail moved to the Niagara region in the summer of 2016 and has loved every minute of her life here. She became a client in 2017, is still a client & knows first hand how Pilates Is for Everyone! As a strong believer in what Pilates can do, Gail is quick to recommend it to anyone who want to improve their movement and strength.

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