OUR INSTRUCTORS

Sue Walther, PT, MTC, PMA®-CPT

As a physical therapist specializing in Orthopedics and Women’s Health for over 30 years, Sue believes patient outcomes are improved with integrating the movement of Pilates with the science of Physical Therapy. This approach keeps the Pilates work safe and maximizes the benefit. This program emphasizes core control and optimum postural alignment through six basic principles. She received her Polestar Rehabilitation Pilates Practitioner certification in March 2013 and completed the PMA, Pilates Method Alliance, standardized test for Certified Pilates Teacher designation in 2015. Sue received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana and her Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine, Florida in 2001. She received her Pilates Certification in 2006 by master teacher Elizabeth Boswell Jones. Sue has two daughters and is married to Steve Walther, a principal at ALSC Architects. 

Liz Gilbert PT, MTC, MHSc, PMA®-CPT

Liz has worked as a physical therapist for over 40 years with most of those years specializing in outpatient orthopedics. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana and her Certificate in Physical Therapy from the DT Watson School of Physiatrics  which was then affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh. Through the University of St. Augustine in Florida she became board certified in Manual Therapy a specialization within orthopedic Physical Therapy. Also from the University of St. Augustine she earned a Masters of Health Science with a focus on clinical orthopedics in Physical Therapy. She received her Polestar Rehabilitation Pilates Practitioner certification in March 2013 and completed the PMA, Pilates Method Alliance, standardized test for Certified Pilates Teacher designation in 2015. All of these avenues of formal training have augmented and complimented each other in Liz's determination to achieve clinical competency and excellence in Physical therapy. Her work at Studio Pilates and Physical Therapy reflects a culmination of that effort.

Kate Coomes PMA®-CPT

Kate Coomes has been a Pilates student since 2009. After a lifetime of running, skiing, and biking, she began to feel stronger and seemed to get “more” out of every activity when pilates was added to the mix. Pleased and intrigued, Kate decided to deepen my understanding of pilates. She received her Polestar Studio Pilates Practitioner certification in March of 2013. After a career as a product manager in the analytics and information management industry, Kate discovered her love of sharing pilates with others and helping them feel stronger, healthier and balanced. Kate holds a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN

Julie Swenson - PMA®-CPT

 

Julie was introduced to Pilates by Kathy LaMarche when Kathy asked her to invite several friends to an introductory class at Studio Pilates and Physical Therapy.  After the class Julie knew she had found the yin to her yang and Julie asked Kathy if she would mentor her to become a Pilates instructor. She knew focusing on deepening core strength and improving body alignment, would be the key to her kayaking, horse back riding, rock climbing, biking, dancing and picking up grandbabies. In her active lifestyle Julie began experiencing severe nerve pain and lost the ability to lift her big toe. Kathy recommended physical therapy with Sue Walther. After a spinal fusion surgery of L4-L5, Sue and Kathy helped Julie recover. Julie learned the concept of “less is more”. In 2013, she became a certified Pilates instructor through Polestar. Now she finds great joy helping others learn how to apply the six principles of movement and proper body alignment to their daily lives. Most of all she enjoys hearing and seeing the joy clients feel when they discover the power of healing through movement.  In 1983, Julie graduated from WSU with a BA in Education and began teaching elementary school.  She has been a fitness instructor since 2007.  She has been involved with Spokane Mountaineers since 1997. 

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Sandy Nolting - PT, C-IAYT, S.A.I.L.


Sandy has been a practicing physical therapist in Spokane for the last 30 years. She has worked across the continuum of care from inpatient and rehabilitation services to home care and outpatient therapy. Sandy graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1991 with a BS in Physical Therapy. Her continuing education has focused on motor dysfunction related to breath/postural mechanics with Dr. Mary Massery, manual therapy skills and balance. To raise fall prevention awareness, Sandy is trained as an instructor for S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance. Sandy has been offering yoga classes and private yoga therapy instructions since 2006. Sandy understands that each person benefits differently from yoga. To make the exploration of poses and philosophy more comfortable, Sandy's humble intent is to provide space for people to learn yoga's subtle nature in a methodical, accessible and safe manner. She is able to adapt the practice to a variety of health needs. Sandy is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200. In 2017, Sandy completed requirements as a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). She is also a Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Trainer through a practicum with Elise Browning-Miller.