A Supportive and Friendly Atmosphere

Our goal is to offer the most comprehensive Pilates experience in Nevada County while making Pilates accessible and affordable for everyone. We provide a supportive, friendly atmosphere that encourages all who come through our door to embrace the power and the joy of the mind-body connection and Pilates well-known core conditioning.

Let our staff help you determine what is best for you. Call or stop by the studio. For those interested in individual or duet sessions, just call the studio to schedule an appointment. Scroll down to view staff bio’s.

Roxanna Cohen - Owner of the Pilates Place Grass Valley

Roxanna Cohen

Roxanna Cohen, Program Director and owner of The Pilates Place has been a physical therapist for 25 years, she is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and has been teaching group and individual fitness for over 30 years.

Polestar certified as a Rehab Specialist, she has been using Pilates and manual physical therapy as her primary method of performing Physical Therapy since 2001.

In addition to being a Polestar Educator, Roxanna is adjunct faculty at Nevada Union Joint High School teaching in the Theatrical Dance Department, licensed to teach Fletcher Spine Corrector/Towel Work and is PMA certified.

Angelika Post

Angelika finished her Polestar Pilates Teacher Training in 2012. She has been teaching at the Pilates Place for four years and has refined her style to be both fun and challenging for her students.

She has been practicing yoga and Pilates for over 20 years experiencing the joy, challenges and rewards of conscious movement first hand. She is dedicated in helping people to feel stronger and more confident about who they are and believes that the practice of Pilates is an excellent way to do that.

Her classes are fun as she likes to mix strength and balance with a lot of laughter.

Jemma Champeau

Originally from Australia, Jemma has a background in dance and danced professionally all over the world for 10 years in an Irish dance company, various musical theater productions and Contemporary dance companies.

She began Pilates as a way of rehabilitating herself from a back injury sustained from her dance career. She took her first Pilates certification with Polestar in 2004 and completed a second with Body Arts and Science in 2006 and has been teaching ever since. She co-founded Performance Health Center, a Chiropractic and Pilates practice in Las Vegas in 2006.

Jemma continued her movement studies with two Yoga teaching certifications in 2007 and 2010 and continues to teach yoga also. She is a Reiki Master therapist and has taken classes in Herbalism, Nutrition and Aromatherapy.

She studied an associate degree in Transpersonal Counseling with emphasis on dance and movement as healing and continues to weave her loves of mindfulness, movement, breath and health in all her classes and private sessions.

Michele Appleby

Michele has been teaching movement for 13 years. She began her first formal training in Yoga in 2003. She began to study Pilates a year later completing her Stott Pilates reformer training and ITT’s essential exercises. She has been teaching group and individual sessions ever since.

In 2009, she completed her Polestar Pilates comprehensive teacher training. She has taught Pilates and Yoga in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Meadow Vista, all over the Sacramento area and in Hawaii. She has worked with all different ages including classes for young children as well as seniors.

She also has a massage practice that she has had for over 15 years and is a lover of movement, health and healing.

Lisa LeBlanc

Lisa LeBlanc has been teaching Pilates since 2002, doing her initial training at The Performing Arts Physical Therapy Pilates Studio in Los Angeles. She is licensed to teach Fletcher Spine Corrector and Fletcher Towel Work, has earned certifications from level one Anusara Yoga teacher training, The National Academy of Sports Medicine and Shiatsu massage.

Lisa began dancing at the age of five and danced her way through high school, at The School of the Arts in San Francisco, and then earned a BFA in dance at the California Institute of the Arts, in Southern California.

In college, she had the fortunate experience of joining ‘Zadonu’, a traditional music and dance company from Ghana, West Africa. Lisa also took a semester to do a field study in Ghana, where she documented and participated in music and dance traditions.

She went on to teach Ghanaian dance at UCLA, Loyola Marymount, and LBSU. She also taught workshops to adults and children of all ages through the Music Center, education division, as well as, the Community Arts Partnership Program.

Tishia Hicks

Tishia Hicks is a PMA Certified Pilates Instructor having earned her initial certification to teach Mat work from the Physical Mind Institute in 2004 followed by her comprehensive training from Polestar Pilates in 2006.

She is also licensed to teach Fletcher Spine Corrector work. Continuing education classes have emphasized working with clients that have Osteoporosis and Scoliosis.

Tishia began dancing at the age of 5 and has been involved with dance and related movement fields ever since. She began teaching ballet during her performing years and continues teaching to this day. She began teaching ballet during her performing years and has continued teaching.

Shari Bookler

Shari Brookler

Shari Brookler has been teaching Pilates and practicing massage therapy since 2000. She holds Pilates certifications from both Center Studio and Body Arts and Science International.

A dancer at heart, Shari began dancing as a young girl eventually making her way to competitive gymnastics. She graduated from UCSB with a BFA in dance. In 1999 she formed Dreams in Motion, a dance company, which created works for the stage and also worked with youth in pursuing their dreams through art, dance, dialogue, writing and game playing.

Shari earned her MFA in choreography and performance from California State University, Long Beach where she taught both Modern dance and Pilates. Following the completion of her Masters degree, she danced and choreographed for The Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company.

Ever curious about the wonders of the human body, Shari continues to expand her knowledge of the human body, Pilates, and movement. She enjoys sharing what she knows and helping people discover a deeper sense of bodily awareness.

Katherine Keenan

Katherine is not new to The Pilates Place but is new to being an instructor. She has been practicing Pilates for over nine years. Katherine is a registered nurse who enjoys the healing sciences and loves to teach.

She likes Pilates because it is healing through movement and gives people a personal responsibility for their health. She graduated in February 2016 from the Polestar Pilates comprehensive program. Katherine brings a compassionate approach to Pilates and is knowledgeable about osteoporosis.

Lisa Guardino

Originally from Southern California, Lisa moved to the Bay Area in 1983. Before the birth of her son in 1992, she moved to Mariposa, California where she opened her Jazzercise Franchise in 1994. After 20 years of owning and operating a successful Jazzercise Franchise, and her son going off to college, she decided to make a life change. She sold her business in October 2014 and moved back to Southern California to live in Laguna Woods. She continued to teach Jazzercise in Laguna Hills at Sway Ballroom Dance Studio.
Soon after she moved, she attended her first Pilates class and loved it. She was so inspired that she enrolled in the Pilates/Dance Conditioning Instructor Certificate of Achievement at Orange Coast College, where she graduated with honors and received her Certificate to teach Pilates in May of 2016. Since then, she has been teaching at Club Pilates in Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel.

She is dedicated to inspiring people to be active. She believes we can create stronger bodies, and happier, healthier lives through movement. Her goal is to make a difference every day in the classes she teaches.
After several years of visiting the Grass Valley/Nevada City area, she has grown to love it and is excited about coming back to the mountains.

Tracy Lease

Tracy Lease completed her Classical Pilates teacher training with Ann Turner and became PMA certified in 2016. She took her first Pilates class with hopes of strengthening her spine and core for her yoga practice and fell in love with how Pilates made her spine feel. Tracy had been working with scoliosis and back pain since high school. Within 6 months of beginning Pilates, Tracy grew ¾ of an inch and was relieved of back pain. She then wanted to share this healing and empowerment practice with others.

Tracy grew up doing gymnastics and has always loved moving in her body. She completed her Yoga teacher training in 2009 with Todd Norian and Ann Greene, where she loved the focus on alignment and therapeutics. Tracy has taught yoga to all age groups—Kindergarten through 85 years of age at studios, universities, in public school classrooms and at retreats including Esalen Retreat Center on the Big Sur coast. Tracy is a certified public school teacher, and has a passion for teaching movement. She wants her privates, duos and classes to be fun, challenging and enlightening.

The Pilate Place Grass Valley

Lisa Spang
Office Manager

I began Pilates while receiving physical therapy for a frozen shoulder. Once my rehabilitation allowed me to move my shoulder again, my next step was to keep it mobile so I enrolled in Pilates classes. It is wonderful to feel strong and to have improvement in my posture. I am also an accomplished gardener. I know that Pilates classes have enabled me to enjoy it more because it has increased my strength and flexibility and has given me more endurance.

Ashley Proctor

I had only heard of Pilates before coming here. I quickly learned why everyone loves it so much! I’ve gotten to experience for myself how your posture improves, your strength increases and the difference you feel when you take good care of your back. Here at the studio, I enjoy assisting our office manager Lisa with a variety of office duties.