Staff List

Angelie Melzer
Angelie is a Master Instructor at Team Pilates.  Angelie began studying Pilates back in 1988 due to severe Scoliosis. As a result of her practice, she had a successful career as a professional Ballet dancer and is still surgery free today! She is an authorized Instructor Trainer for Balanced Body and has co-created and written several courses, manuals and DVDs, to include Balanced Body Continuing Education courses, a Pre and Post Natal Pilates DVD and Movement Therapy for Children Course Manual.  She worked as an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri and University of New Mexico, as well as guest faculty at Texas A&M.

She is the owner/founder of Team Pilates® an Educational/Training Organization Member of the Pilates Method Alliance®. Team Pilates® offers numerous continuing education courses in the Pilates Method, Pilates Movement Therapy for Children, Bosates® and Anatomy in 3D, as well as private sessions on the Pilates equipment, mat and standing work. She has completed continuing education courses in Pilates through DK Body Balancing, STOTT and Polestar. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. She holds additional certifications as a Personal Trainer from ACE and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is a member of IDEA Health and Fitness Association.

Angelie started her Pilates training in 1988 due to severe Scoliosis and continued her Pilates training throughout her professional dance career. Angelie has performed and taught with numerous professional ballet companies throughout the United States including Colorado Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, Dayton Ballet and Kansas City Ballet.

She currently holds the highest level of national certification in the Pilates Industry; a PMA Pilates Gold Certification®. She was one of the first individuals to take the PMA National Certification and obtain this status. She was originally certified by the PhysicalMind Institute in New York City in 1999 and became a Certifying Instructor/Teacher Trainer for them in the spring of 2003, certifying numerous Pilates practitioners throughout the United States. In addition, she has completed the Core Dynamics Teacher Training under the tutelage of Michelle Larssen.

Amanda Johnson, DPT

Amanda Johnson was introduced to Pilates though ballet while dancing with Missouri River Dance Company in Montana. While studying under master teacher Angelie Melzer, Amanda finished her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from the University of West Florida and is a board certified Athletic Trainer. She has also instructed Pilates at the University of New Mexico and the University of West Florida as well as various other venues. Amanda recently graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy school from University of Montana and currently works in an outpatient clinic in Spokane, Washington. Amanda enjoys combining her knowledge of Pilates with rehabilitation techniques while instructing both private and group classes.

Elizabeth Boswell-Jones

Master Pilates Teacher, Movement Educator, and B.A.N.I. Childbirth Educator, Elizabeth Jones-Boswell, M.Ed., PMA-CPT began her career as a dancer. Following a severe injury, she underwent two back surgeries (laminectomy and subsequent removal of a bone fragment) in 1980.

Doctors told her she would neither dance again nor be able to endure pregnancy and childbirth.

She embraced the exercise system based on the teachings of Joseph H. Pilates as a means to recovery, which gave rise to her own rehabilitative techniques. By combining Pilates' work with her many years of exercise and dance training, as well as studies in Alexander, Bartinieff, and Feldenkrais, she now has a system of exercise that will work on any body.

In 1984 Elizabeth founded the Physical Conditioning Centre (Houston, TX), which accommodated over 350 appointments weekly by 2001. In that year, she sold her facility and moved to Spokane where she sees private clients and conducts teacher-training workshops and lectures. She was granted the distinction of master teacher in 2000. Her continued studies have been with master teachers Carola Trier, Ron Fletcher, Alan Herdman, Eve Gentry and her protege Michele Larsson.

She created and appears on the mat work section of the video "Jaclyn Smith's Workout for Beauty and Balance." Elizabeth, mother of four, created a companion set (book and DVD) entitled "Exercise for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Pilates-based Approach for Women". An article about her DVD and book appeared in January 2011 on "Spokane Savvy". She also has developed three exercise videos for her clients and is planning another for public release in the near future.

Elizabeth's mission is to empower clients with the education, inspiration and tools necessary to awaken their body, mind, and spirit through safe Pilates-based exercises and other movement therapies to create a balance of strength and flexibility for a lifetime of joy and physical health.

Kris Duke
Kris Duke is originally from the Spokane area, but has also lived in Denver, CO and Las Vegas, NV. Kris’s interest in physical fitness started when she was a college student. Her interest started with aerobics and weight training at SFCC. Thirteen years ago she hesitantly ventured into an adult ballet class while her young daughters were taking their own classes. She liked it so much, that she started taking floor barre and Pilates, which were also offered as part of the adult class schedule.

Three years ago, Kris discovered how Pilates can bring a person back from injuries and make someone stronger than they were before. When Kris’s daughter Tori was recovering from back and ankle injuries due to dance, Kris found Angelie Melzer to help her daughter rehabilitate her body. Angelie insisted that Kris would be an excellent instructor, and with a little bit of convincing, Kris took her first Balanced Body course, Body Barre. Kris instantly fell in love with Pilates. Since then she has gone on to receive her certifications from Balanced Body in Pilates Mat and Springboard.

Kris continues to grow everyday in her love and appreciation of Pilates. She also enjoys meeting new people and helping them discover what their body is capable of with proper Pilates training.

Rod Melzer
Rod is currently finishing up his 24 year career as an officer in the Air Force.  He is currently stationed at Fairchild AFB as the commander of the 22nd SERE squadron.  Although new to teaching Pilates, Rod has been around the industry for over 20 years due to his connection with is wife, Angelie Melzer. :).  He is excited to be a part of the Team at Team Pilates.  He is the father of 3 little boys, which is the most exciting part of his life....aside from his marriage to Angelie, of course!
Scott Bishop
Scott was a competitive weightlifter at the University of Colorado and received a degree in Physical Education.  He then became a Strength Coach at Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Scott received a great deal of inspiration from practicing Hatha and Inyengar Yoga with Mohamaud Hosseni, Iyengar Yoga Master from Boulder, CO.  Scott has studied Yoga in Richmont, CA as well with Rodney Yee and Jason Crandell from Yoga Journal.  Scott received a certification in Iyengar Yoga at the Center for Yoga of Seattle.  
When not teaching Yoga in Spokane, Scott holds classes at the Yoga Sol in Carson City, NV.  Any spare time is spent working at the Mead School District in Spokane, WA.
Avril Stevenson
Avril Stevenson is originally from Missoula, Montana. She started dancing at the age of eight with Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre and received her BA in Dance from The University of Montana in 2004. During that time Avril was introduced to Pilates as dance conditioning. In 2005, Avril moved to the San Francisco area to pursue her career in dance and performed in a number of modern dance companies. In 2006, Avril started her training to become a Pilates instructor with Ellie Herman in San Francisco. She taught at Ellie Herman’s Studio/The Center in Oakland and Ironworks Rock Gym in Berkeley from 2007- 2009. In 2009, Avril moved back to Missoula, MT and opened Studio D Pilates & Gallery and taught at the University of Montana until 2014. During that time she began working with Rhizoterra, as the project manager, and decided to move with the company to Spokane. Avril enjoys teaching Pilates and is excited to teach for Team Pilates Spokane.
Tami Miller
I graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. I went on to do medical research to help others. While doing research I began to teach Biology, Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Physiology to pre-med students so that they could reach their goals of becoming Physicians. I found a passion that I never knew I had - a passion for helping people to reach their goals.

Like many Americans, I did not think about the food that I ate and I paid for it in weight and not feeling well. I started on a journey to eat healthier by slowly adding great foods into my diet to crowd out the bad ones. I became an avid CrossFit junkie and foodie. Once I started to feel amazing, I realized that I wanted to continue on my journey of helping others to reach their goals of having the best life possible. I have certifications in Personal Nutrition, Advanced Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Childhood Nutrition, Diet and Weight Loss, and Health and Fitness. I am currently completing a certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and will be continuing into a Master's Program in Nutrition. Helping others to rediscover their love of life and real food is a passion.

Ashley Mach
Ashley Mach is a certified Pilates instructor through Pilates Sports Center.  Ashley comes from a background of being very non athletic she wanted a lifestyle that encouraged her to stay in shape and have more energy.  Ashley started to work out with Pilates in high school and college. Shortly after college she decided to pursue her passion in Pilates and enrolled in a 500 hour program through Pilates Sports Center. She received training in both modern and traditional Pilates techniques. As well as, a thorough knowledge in anatomy of the human body. Shortly after starting her training she started teaching as an apprentice and taught until she received her certification.
Leslie DoQui Sretenovic
Leslie has been teaching Yoga for over 30 years and was a professional modern dancer, so she knows movement!

"Leslie can easily teach to all student levels. She readily adapts her strengths to fit the demands of the participants and can jump into any class and apply her vast knowledge base to deliver what people expect."
Karen Kraft
Karen (Kromholtz) Kraft began her training here in Spokane with Thelma Young, NYCB soloist William Earl and later with professionals from the First Chamber Dance Company of Seattle. After high school, she trained in New York on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and with David Howard. She was soon asked to join the Joffrey II Dancers where she was invited by Robert Joffrey to join the Joffrey Ballet Company. Later she danced with the Spokane Ballet Company partnering with NYC Ballet and Boston Ballet Soloist Christofer Aponte. Highlights of her performing career include working with Robert Joffrey, Anthony Tudor, Jaques D'Amboise, Laura Dean, Choo San Goh, Christopher Aponte, and performing for President Ronald Reagan. Some of her favorite performances include Le Corsaire pas de deux, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Romeo and Juliet balcony scene, Anthony Tudor's 'Continuo', and Odette from Swan Lake. She has a BA degree in Dance from the University of Washington, is married with four children, and has been teaching ballet in the Pacific NW for the past 25 years.
Nefabit Hinton
Nefabit is a second-generation dancer with over 20 years of experience. She is the director of Northwest Bellydance company, and she produces events, teaches and performs across the Inland Northwest. Her greatest joy is sharing her passion for dance with others.
Kelsey Ward
Kelsey grew up in a small Washington state town and participated in many sports throughout middle and high school. She attended EWU pursuing her RN degree and finished her education at Carroll College in Helena, MT.After getting married and having 3 children, she sustained a back injury, and in her pursuit of a natural, healthful way to recover her strength and agility, she found pilates. From the first class, she was hooked.Kelsey and her family moved to Spokane and found Team Pilates, who share her vision for health and wellness and passion for Pilates. In 2016 she started the Balanced Body training program and is now ready to get to work!
Lauren Hovik
Lauren Hovik is a lifelong mover, dancer, teacher, and advocate for healthy active living. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Idaho with Bachelors of Science degrees in both Dance and Exercise Science and Health. During this time, she found a passion for Pilates after seeing the difference it made in both her dancing and in minimizing her chronic aches and pains. Lauren completed her Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training with Dance Specialization through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) and is consistently pursuing continuing education. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science where her research in jump landing biomechanics was chosen for presentation in 2015. Lauren has taught Pilates and dance courses for the University of Idaho as well as for various schools and studios in Idaho, Washington, Utah, and Alaska. She has danced professionally with Vytal Movement Dance Company, Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company, and Long Beach Ballet performing throughout China and across the United States. Lauren is interested in researching the body through performance and somatic practices.
Alison Dyer
I have been a client with Angelie for the past four years. It was while working with her trying to rehab my hip that I first realized how disconnected I was to my own body, particularly in my pelvic area. It can be a hard and painful process to come back and live in your body, but I remember the first time I felt like I fully inhabited my own body, it was an incredible experience and worth all the hard work. I have since become an apprentice instructor in the Gyrotonic method of movement.I am a person who has been abused and has spent a lot of years learning how to live with the damaged parts of me in a healthy way. I understand how the experience of abuse cuts to the very core of you not only mentally and emotionally but it can also cause you to feel like your own body isn’t yours anymore. Your body is no longer a place of safety. It’s not home. I want Empower for Hope to be a place that allows a space for women to come and be and learn how to come home again in their own bodies. It’s a journey I have walked and continue to walk. I have been able to come home. It’s my passion to be able to walk beside other women who have been abused and to be a voice of understanding and hope.
Vincas Greene
Vincas Greene, Modern, Coaching, AcademicsVytal Movement Dance Co.Artistic Director– Vincas is the founding director of Vytal Movement Dance Company (a new company based in Spokane, WA), an independent dance artist and an award winning professor currently working and developing dance community in Spokane, WA and​ teaching at Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and Company Ballet School. Along with his company development, he is currently working on a new project with film director Juan Mas and has recently presented at the 50 Hour Slam film competition and in Uncharted, a collaboration with the Spokane Symphony, Terrain Arts and several Spokane artists. As the Chair for the Department of Dance at Brenau University, where he was a faculty member for 21 years, he led the university to full accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance. Vincas guest teaches nationally at colleges, high schools and private studios. He had the honor of being hosted as a master teacher at Nanyang Normal University in China. Working with Brenau University, the Gainesville Ballet Company, Theatre Ballet of Spokane, Belhaven University, Jacksonville University, Gonzaga University, Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre, Pebblebrook Performing Arts High School and others, he has choreographed over 40 dances and three operas. Vincas was privileged to perform dance works by Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham, and Jacques Heim (Diavolo). In his home state of Washington, he performed in the companies of Erin Matthiessen and Long Nguyen and apprenticed with the Mark Morris Dance Group. In New York, Vincas danced with Pat Catterson and Dancers and Peter Healey’s Mesopotamian Opera Company and received scholarships to study at the Merce Cunningham Studio. After moving to Atlanta, he danced with the Carl Ratcliff Dance Theatre and several other companies including the Gainesville Ballet Company, Robin Williams, the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater and Susan Eldridge's Red Clay. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts where he was invited to dance in the CalArts Dance Ensemble. He has trained with notable dance artists Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Marjorie Mussman, Jocelyn Lorenz, Erin Matthiessen, Alex Magno, Tina Yuan, Laurence Blake, Carl Ratcliff, Pat Catterson, Brenda Daniels, and Gerri Houlihan among many others. Vincas was elected to the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) Commission on Accreditation and served as a Visiting Evaluator for NASD and as a board member for Dance Upon Injustice. He has also written for Dance Informa.
Corinne Nugen
Corinne Nugen is a classically trained Pilates instructor through the Balanced Body University and has been teaching for the past 10 years around the country. She is a fully certified Pilates practitioner and is now teaching the Gyrotonic modality. Corinne has recently transplanted to Spokane from Flagstaff, AZ. After traveling back and forth to continue learning with TEAM Pilates, Spokane felt like the perfect place to raise a family. Having worked with many athletes, body types/age groups and injuries, Corinne truly believes in pain free exercises. If you are interested in living with less pain, living healthier, being stronger & relaxing your mind, please come try Pilates with me. In addition to Pilates, Corinne has been an Interior Designer for the past 18 years. She is nationally certified through NCIDQ and owns/operates a high end residential and commercial design firm. Corinne now resides in Spokane year-round with her husband Chad Nugen, a local real estate agent and their two sons. Together they enjoy many outdoor activities and traveling the world.