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, and then as a stay-at-home mom, Kate discovered her love of sharing pilates with others and helping them feel stronger and healthier. 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, Minnesota. Kate is married to Thomas Coomes, MD a board-certified emergency physician. They have two sons that attend Gonzaga Prep.
Stacy Covey PMA®-CPT
Stacy has always considered herself an athlete. She climbed trees, rode bikes, and played kickball. As she grew up, the activities changed, but her passion for exercise and being outdoors only grew. She spends her free time swimming, skiing and playing golf. Stacy found Pilates about 12 years ago and loved how it complimented her other activities. She believes core strength, mobility, and flexibility are key to our physical well being and these are included in Pilates. Stacy was so excited about the benefits of Pilates, she became a Polestar and PMA certified instructor in 2013. Watching her clients begin to feel stronger, more mobile, and more balanced is what keeps Stacy believing in the benefits of Pilates. Stacy has a BA in economics from Hobart and William Smith Collages and an MBA from University of Oregon. Her husband, Mike, and their children moved to Spokane in 2006. The kids have left the nest, but they plan to stay forever.
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.