Pilates Instructors

Pilates Instructors at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic

All the Pilates Instructors at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic are also Chartered Physiotherapists (members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy or M.C.S.P.). This enables them to teach Pilates with a medical understanding of clients’ problems and adapt exercises according to their ability and specific medical conditions. Small class sizes (a maximum of 6 clients in all of the mat Pilates classes and a maximum of 4 in Reformer and Equipment Studio Pilates classes) enable the Pilates Instructors to give clients the attention they require to perform the Pilates exercises correctly and to understand how to progress to the next level of difficulty.

Sonja Fitzpatrick

Sonja Fitzpatrick

(Director) M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Sonja qualified as a Mat Pilates Instructor in 2003 with Body Control Pilates and has been teaching Mat Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 2003. Sonja is also qualified to teach Reformer and Equipment Studio Pilates with Body Control Pilates and is a qualified Riding Instructor teaching Equestrian Pilates at the clinic and at Wildwoods Riding Centre and teaching groups of riders in the Pilates Equipment Studio. Sonja says, “I love teaching Pilates at the clinic because it complements Physiotherapy so well. The small groups enable me to focus on the movement of my Pilates clients to help them to achieve good posture, prevent injury and resolve any physical problems they may be suffering from. Many of my clients have been doing Pilates with me every week since April 2003.”

Sue Fernihough

Sue Fernihough

M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Sue qualified as a Mat Pilates Instructor in 2014 with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and has been teaching Mat Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 2014. Sue Teaches Mat Pilates classes at the clinic part-time while working part-time as a Chartered Physiotherapist at this clinic. Sue says, “I enjoy working at the clinic as the small class numbers and superb facilities give me the opportunity to give individual attention to all my clients to ensure they reach their full potential and enjoy getting there.”

Susie Elliott

Susie Elliott

M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Susie has been teaching Mat Pilates (in addition to working as a physiotherapist) since she completed her APPI training to become a Mat Pilates Instructor in 2011. She loves the fun dynamic of teaching small classes, and being able to work with each person to make a real difference to strength, flexibility and keeping back problems at bay.

Gabriella E Silva

Gabriella E Silva

A.P.A., H.C.P.C.,

Gabriella qualified as a Mat Pilates and Large Equipment Pilates instructor in April 2019 with the Pilates Dynamics Education and Training Centre and has been teaching Reformer and Equipment Studio Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since January 2020. Gabriella teaches Reformer Pilates one day a week while working full-time as a Chartered Physiotherapist for various NHS trusts. Gabriella says, “I have a huge passion for using my Physiotherapy background of anatomy and pathology to facilitate my Pilates teaching and enabling clients to achieve their rehabilitation goals. I believe that movement is the best therapy and that with the guidance of a clinical Pilates instructor we can maximise our body’s movement in the most optimal way.”

Joanne Fidock

Joanne Fidock

M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Jo qualified as a Mat Pilates Instructor in 2009 with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and also qualified to teach Reformer Classes and Equipment Studio Pilates with Polestar Pilates in 2010. Jo has been teaching Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 2012. Joanne teaches Mat Pilates, Men’s Pilates classes and Studio Equipment Pilates at the clinic part-time while working full time as a Chartered Physiotherapist for Nuffield Health. Jo says, “I absolutely love teaching Pilates at the clinic. The small group sizes are perfect to offer bespoke advice and encouragement to clients and the clean and airy space makes it a delight to teach there. Drawing on my clinical knowledge and experience teaching Pilates, I am able to make my classes challenging yet enjoyable.”

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Sarah qualified as a Mat Pilates Instructor in 2012 with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and has been teaching Mat Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 2012. Sarah teaches Mat Pilates and Men’s Pilates classes at the clinic part-time while working full time as a Chartered Physiotherapist. Sarah says “I really enjoy working at the clinic and enjoy teaching interesting and fun classes. As the classes are small you really get to understand the clients and see them develop which is really rewarding.”

Alexandra Moyle

Alexandra Moyle

M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Alexandra qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2001, and spent many years working in both the NHS and private practice with a special interest in Neurological Rehabilitation. After a back injury at work herself, Alexandra found Pilates and loved it so much she trained firstly in matwork with the Pilates Foundation in 2004 and then on the studio equipment with Polestar Pilates a few years later. She taught for years in various Pilates clinics in London before having a break to have her first child, take over the family business and make the move down to Surrey. Teaching Pilates is Alexandra’s real enthusiasm and she has been teaching Mat Pilates and Reformer and Equipment Studio Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy Clinic since 2018. Alexandra says, “I’ve really enjoyed teaching classes at the clinic as Sonja is so supportive, the class sizes are small and the clients are so lovely to teach.”

Bethany Brookes

Bethany Brookes

M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Beth has been teaching Mat Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since she qualified with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute in 2017. She works at the clinic alongside her NHS role as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Beth participates in several other sports as well as Pilates. Beth says, “I love being able to enable others to enjoy Pilates and see the benefits it can bring in so many ways.”

Lucy Penwarden

Lucy Penwarden

M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Lucy completed her Pilates matwork training in 2018 with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and has been teaching Mat Pilates and Men’s Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 2018. Lucy works full time as a private musculoskeletal physiotherapist and teaches evening Pilates classes at the clinic. She has a keen interest in ski injuries, biomechanics and prehab having worked in Val D’Isere for two years. Lucy says “I enjoy teaching Pilates at the clinic as the regular weekly classes and small class sizes allow for individualised corrections, enables the client to see quick progress and there are usually a lot of laughs along the way.”

Nichola Youster

Nichola Youster

M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Nichola qualified as a Mat Pilates Instructor in 2013 with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and has been teaching Mat Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 2014. Nichola teaches Mat Pilates and Men’s Pilates classes at the clinic while working part-time as a Spinal Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner at the Royal Surrey Hospital. Nichola says, “I enjoy working at the clinic as the small groups allow a tailored Pilates program to be made. It allows focus on the individual’s ability and exercises to be modified and progressed to ensure everyone is challenged in a way that suits them best.”

Marina Zabell

Marina Zabell

M.C.S.P., H.C.P.C.

Marina qualified as a Mat Pilates Instructor in 2011 with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and has been teaching Mat Pilates at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 2011. Marina teaches Mat Pilates and Men’s Pilates classes at the clinic part-time while working full time as a Clinical Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist for Central Surrey Health. Marina says, “I love working as a Pilates Instructor at the clinic because I really enjoy motivating others to exercise in the correct way and make Pilates part of their daily lives.”