About Our Instructors

The Team at The Pilates Room consists of a unique blend of Pilates & Gyrotonic Instructors from all different trainings such as Polestar, PHI Institute, Stott, Gyrotonic Expansion System, Hatha Yoga, and Dance.  A Combined 35 years of experience amongst the Professionals at the Room; coming from a variety of backgrounds; they are passionate and dedicated to the safety and well being of their clients. We have experience with the following: Knee, Hip, & Shoulder post rehabilitative replacments, Scoliosis, Stenosis, Herniated / Bulging discs, Cerebral Palsy, Neuropathy,   


Janine Donlon began her Apprenticeship Style training 20 years ago in Singapore & Hong Kong. She is certified in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, and the Wunda Chair by Polestar, Powerhouse, and  Level 2 of the GYROTONIC® Expansion system as well as Advanced Connective Tissue massage. Her experience specializes in Pilates for Osteoporosis, Pregnancy, Sport Specific & Pilates with Injuries.   She established The Pilates Room in McLean Va in 2002 and since then has been a Platform for numerous Pilates Instructors to come and gain experience with teaching the Technique in a Format of Group Apparatus Classes. The variety and style of classes offered at The Pilates Room is unlike most places. ALL major PIECES of APPARATUS are offered in a GROUP environment - the REFORMER, TOWER and CHAIR, so the variety is endless. Very intimate, very personalized, and always changing to keep the mind fresh and the body challenged.


Susan has been with The Pilates Room almost from the beginning.  With a background as an Aerobics Owner & Instructor turned AFAA Personal Trainer, & certified Reebok cycling Instructor, Susan continued her to expand her knowledge on the cutting edge of the Pilates trend.  Susan is certified in Mat-work, Tower, Chair , & Reformer by PHI in Pittsburgh & Mark Trudeau of Quantum Fitness.  Susan’s classes have a unique energy that combines the true workout of Pilates with the compliment of Personal Training approach & pace of an aerobic class.  Her most recent obsession is the Ballet Barre.  She has created her own blend named BarrAtone which again is composed all of her backgrounds.  She is a Mom of three and enjoys playing golf, and spending time with her family at her Easton, MD


Christin began her ballet training at the age of five in Salt Lake City, Utah and embarked upon her path toward a dance career with the Ballet West Academy at the University of Utah at age 10.   She also participated in summer programs at the New Zealand School of Dance, the Hong Kong International Summer Dance School, Jacob’s Pillow and the Berlin State Ballet.  Christin continued her studies at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C..  Upon graduation from the Kirov Academy in 2002 she joined the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea.  Throughout her training and career as a professional ballet dancer she has studied Pilates, Yoga, and GYROTONIC®  She is now a certified GYROTONIC® and Pilates instructor.


Heide has been a movement professional for over 20 years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.  Her experience in Pilates, Yoga and Dance enables her to give students a unique workout experience with a focus on alignment.  She received a BFA in Dance from Purchase College and is certified with Yoga Alliance and PHI Institute and most recently in Thai Foot Reflexology. She has performed and taught in New York, San Francisco and Virginia.  She has choreographed for many community theatre productions and is on staff with Dodgeball Theatre.


Terri, is our full time massage therapist at the studio. Growing up as a dancer, she has always been an advocate of health and fitness. She feels it's not just a job, but where her passion and heart is. She graduated at N. Virginia School of massage therapy in Falls church. In 2011, she expanded her training and received her certification as a Pilates instructor from the PHI institute. She is certified in Reformer, Tower, Chair and Mat work as well as Total Barre by Stott.Her massage training includes: Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Sport, Trigger Point, Connective tissue, Thai foot Reflexology, Hot Stone and Swedish massage.We all have a purpose in life... a unique gift or special talent. When we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the exhilaration of our own spirit.... unknown.


While working on an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY, Kari was diagnosed with Lyme disease.  She ended her six year organic farming career returned to college.  Kari graduated from Bard College with a BA in Art in 2003.  While at Bard, she also studied modern dance and found Pilates.  Convinced Pilates boosted her healing from Lyme disease, she pursued a Pilates certification through Power Pilaters In New York City in 2003. Because of the effects of the Gyrotonic Expansion System on her Aunt living with Parkison’s Disease Kari furthered her training in 2003 with completed her certification with Magali Messac at Gyrotonic Seattle. In 2010 she trained with Mia Munroe and is a current Gyrokinesis apprentice. From September, 2004 until moving to the Washington D.C. area in 2012, Kari owned the first Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio, called Mountain Lake Holistic Movement Studio, on Orcas Island in Washington State. 


Kimmie is a fully Certified Instructor of GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS® Exercise and STOTT PILATES®. Kimmie has taught Pilate to dancers, athletes, rehab and injured populations since 2002. She completed much of her training at Pilates on Fifth in New York City, while studying frontiers of mind-body medicine at NYU.  Kimmie graduated from University of Maryland, with a B.S. in Kinesiology and soon after also certified as an Instructor of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodologies. Kimmie continues her Gyrotonic education with certifications in the Gyrotonic specialized equipment as well as Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic level 2. She began her study of the body as a lifelong dancer, Kimmie grew up training locally with Ballet Theatre of Annapolis and with Fran Peters.  She is now Co-Artistic Director of a local dance opera company DEVIATED THEATRE [www.deviatedtheatre.org] which shares original tales through acting, aerials, and contemporary dance.  She is a recipient of the 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Award for Choreography (MD), the 2013 Audience Favorite at the Breaking Glass Project (NYC), and 2011 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project (DC).


Christina Hritz, a former dancer and lifelong mover, first discovered Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® techniques in 2005. Since then she has worked with a wide range of clients, having witnessed healing and transfomation, pain reduction and prevention, and the freedom through movement that Gyrotonic® exercise can provide. Currently she is a Gryotonic® Master Trainer and a Gyrokinesis® Pre-Trainer, she has also studied the Therapeutic Applications of Gyrotonic and is certified on the Ladder, Jumping, Stretching Board, and Leg Extension Unit.


Judi received her 200 hour yoga certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Kripalu means 'compassion' and Judi follows that example by teaching with compassion and with her heart wide open. Judi specializes in working with children with special needs. Judi uses her extensive experience and training to encourage children to discover that yoga provides them with a safe and supportive environment where they can develop at their own pace and be accepted for all the gifts they have! Judi is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association.