Gretchen Turzo is co-owner of Novato Pilates and is an ITT certified Master Pilates instructor who trained with some of the leading Pilates professionals in the Bay Area including Madeline Black, Jean Sullivan, Debra Schubert, Jorg Chabowski and Leah Putnam.
At a young age, Gretchen was a serious gymnast later moving on to dance, yoga, and competitive sports. She has found her calling as a Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor in the Bay Area.
Gretchen truly enjoys working with others as they learn mind-body awareness and integrated movement and use it to further their health and life endeavors. Since becoming a Mama, Gretchen has added a specialty in working with Pregnant and Postpartum Mamas to strengthen and heal our mama bellies and bodies.
Rose Thomas is co-owner of Novato Pilates and has been a student of Pilates since 2002, earning certifications through San Francisco-based ITT Pilates in 2005 and 2008 (Madeline Black, Jean Sullivan, Debra Schubert, Jorge Chabowski, and Leah Putnam). She continued her studies and in 2013 earned her ITT Master Trainer certification with Jean Sullivan. Rose has advanced training in scoliosis, completing her Scolio-Pilates Practitioner certification in 2016 through a mentorship with Karina Thek. She recently attended a rehab series addressing asymmetries in the body with Jean-Claude West and is a certified MELT Method for hands and feet practitioner.
Rose believes in a team approach to healing, working collaboratively with clients of all ages and fitness levels, tailoring and custom-building each private session to address not only immediate/acute issues but long-term fitness and rehabilitation goals. With continuing education in myofascial release, Rose is able to incorporate releases into client sessions when stuck tissue prevents desired movement. She has experience working with clients post-surgically for shoulders, knees, hips, and feet (including total knee and hip replacement), and extensive experience working with clients with osteoporosis.
She is a keen observer and strives to provide clear cueing to help her clients connect with and strengthen their inner "sleeve" of spinal core, abdominal core, and breathing muscles. Rose's overall goal is to provide her clients with the tools and training to move confidently, freely, and pain-free in their day-to-day life.
Kathy Lou Kronenberger discovered Pilates in 2005 while recuperating from a back injury. It was no less than miraculous. After experiencing pain for over 5 years, she was able to regain the strength she’d lost and start doing the activities she’d always enjoyed doing.
Pilates changed her life so much she decided to become an instructor and eventually purchased the studio where she started as a client. Pilates has become her life path and she loves helping people. She recommends Pilates to literally everyone, no matter their age or physical capabilities. Anyone can do it and it can change your life as it did hers.
Christina Gere was introduced to Pilates in 1995 in Del Mar, California, and used it as an athletic performance enhancement while training for a marathon.
Years of studying Eastern healing traditions as well as many non traditional esoteric modalities such as Thai massage, Scaravelli yoga, Tai-Chi & QiGong, Vipassana meditation and‘Optimum Health’ nutritional studies cultivated her personal philosophy on health: Pilates and Yoga is a high-energy partnership of physical and spiritual exercise techniques to revitalize the mind and body.
She received her Pilates certification in summer 2004 from Susan Branum and Mercy Sidbury through Yoga in Motion Studio in Napa, California. Susan Branum was certified by Physical Mind Institute under the direction of Michele Larsson and Madeleine Black in San Francisco.
Debbie Abell brings over 20 years of passion and training in fitness, mind-body exercise and wellness. Debbie’s diverse background as a comprehensive Pilates trainer, group fitness instructor, personal trainer and Integrative Corrective Exercise Specialist feed into her interdisciplinary training approach.
"I believe that mobility is the key to quality of life. I enjoy working with people of all ages and movement abilities, and take an active role in helping my clients reach their goals, whether it is improved performance or rehabilitation."
trained to a professional level of ballet, teaching for 15 years. She has a strong background in the medical field as an x-ray technician and medical administrator and has worked in sports medicine and orthopedic offices. With her love of dance and studying Pilates for years, Sharman decided to combine all by becoming certified through Pilates Academy International in New York.
Sharman’s goal is to bring a strong mastery of dance, functional anatomy, biomechanics and Pilates exercise repertoire to all levels of fitness. She wishes to inspire and motivate students to discover healthier movement patterns and more freedom for all body types and fitness levels. This can be achieved by using the Pilates principles to seek a balance in training with a creative, positive and fun atmosphere.
Sharman has advanced training in scoliosis through Scolio-Pilates® with Karena Thek. She has also delved more deeply into understanding hip and spine functionality through studies with Kuan Hui-Chew and Madeline Black.
Cindy Herzog has a Physical Therapy Assistant degree from De Anza College and earned her
APPI Pilates Mat Instructor certification in 2014. APPI is the Australian
Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute. Cindy has worked as a physical therapy assistant
at Bay Area hospitals, rehab centers, and physical therapy offices for 30 years.
After injuring her back 10 years ago, Cindy healed herself and is now pain free, all by
learning to strengthen her core muscles with proper alignment in movement using
the APPI approach. Cindy specializes in working with people with chronic back
pain and in improving geriatric strength and balance. She has extensive experience
and training in working with those with bone density loss (osteopenia and
When she is not in the Pilates studio, Cindy enjoys sailing, hiking,
and travelling with her husband.
Janie Miklaunus completed her teacher training in Pilates with Madeline Black and Jean Sullivan through ITT, and is PMA-CPT certified. Janie continued her education by attending workshops with Jean Claude West, Eric Franklin and Elizabeth Larkam. She is also certified personal trainer through NASM.
As an instructor, Janie focuses on individuality in the study and practice of body awareness. Student growth is built upon each individual’s needs guiding them to reach their desired objectives, facilitating growth in strength, wellness and awareness. She is recognized as an innovative and creative teacher.
Janie attended the University of London, Laban Center for Movement and Dance and attained her BA in Dance and Drama. She has resided in the USA for the past 30 years showing great artistic versatility in her career ranging from choreography to movement awareness instruction.
Janie brought her background to Marin Theatre Company where she choreographed numerous classics for the Shakespeare Conservatory. Her artistic interests extend to American favorites and contemporary work including ethnic, jazz, modern dance and performance art. Her work in movement and body awareness progressed naturally to Pilates. Other interests include sailing, kayaking, hiking, and music. Janie remains active in the dance community.